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Panama City in April

I enjoyed my meals at Maito, Manolo Caracol and Las Clementinas. Also make sure to stop of at Mercado de Mariscos for some ceviche.

As far as Chinese-Panamanian food is concerned, most of what I ate was fast food chinese, but is worth trying out at least once. There is a chain named Don Lee which is half decent, but the best places are the little stands around the city with take out meals. Had some roast duck, fried rice and tostones from a place in Calidonia that was excellent.

Apr 18, 2014
Matt H in Latin America & Caribbean

Late night eats and drinks ( after midnight) on a Thursday night in Kendall SQ. or vicinity

Most of the options have been mentioned, but Abigails also serves a late night menu until 1am.

Apr 15, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best place for fried seafood/fisherman's platter?

My pick for fried seafood is always Courthouse Seafood in East Cambridge. Green line to Lechmere Station, then a quick walk from there along Cambridge st.

No reservations needed, closed on Sundays and half day Mondays.

Apr 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Some Ting Nice, is it?

A few updates to add after additional visits over the past few months.

Just to get the bad out the way:

- Patty and Coco bread are pretty terrible. I have no idea if they are made in house or not, but whoever made them decided against using any seasoning at all.

- Fried bake. First bites are good, light and fluffy. But strangely they quickly deteriorate into a rubbery texture when left on the plate for any amount of time. I can't explain why this happens, but it does.

With that out the way the good:

- Fish tea is getting better and better. Just awesome and addictive.

- Stew peas started out as okay but recently have been off the chain good. They can up the spice on them as well when asked. Tons of scotch bonnet in my most recent order.

- Black Cake. Moist and delicious. Served with a nice rum sauce on the side if you want to make it extra boozy.

- The best for last? Fried spicy lobster. This dish is just excellent. Brings back fond memories of eating fried seafood and fish on Hellshire beach in JA. Perfectly fried with tons of scotch bonnet pepper. After trying this and the Escoveitch Fish on numerous occasions, I can vouch for how skilled they are with Seafood/Fish dishes.

Apr 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

CHRIS JERK Caribbean Bistro - A GREAT NEW FIND in Scarborough!

This place sounds so legit Charles. What a refreshing change from the usual menu items you find.

I grew up eating Fish Tea (Fish head soup) weekly, and it is not a usual staple on menu's. This is on my short list to try when I am back in TO.

Apr 05, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Fried Chicken and Waffles in Boston?

Darryl's in my favorite in the area. Lucky's used to make a good version, but it hasn't been on the menu for a while.

Apr 04, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

March 2014 Openings and Closings

Its incredible how fast that place went downhill. Went from being one of my favorite places to eat along that strip to one of the worst within a matter of months after the ownership change.

Mar 31, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The deli to go to in NYC if you could only get to one

Pastrami and Chopped Liver on Rye from Katz. Try to have it at least once every couple months.

Mar 27, 2014
Matt H in Manhattan

Birthday brunch with a baby?

+1 for Eastern Standard. They have always been very accommodating to our family which includes a little one as well.

Another great Saturday brunch is Area Four. I know it is in Cambridge, but another option if you wanted to expand your "strike zone"

Mar 27, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

D’Eddy Restaurante (Dominican) Charlestown

Not sure how long they have been open, but at least since 2011 based on the two yelp reviews posted. I must have passed by this place a thousand times myself and never even noticed it.

Mar 21, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

D’Eddy Restaurante (Dominican) Charlestown

I tried this place for the first time today because of a recommendation from my Dominican barber. Located on Bunker Hill st, next to a Spanish market.

Ordered Pig Feet, White rice and beans and Tostones. Pig feet were well seasoned with a great gelatinous fatty texture along with an excellent flavor. Rice and Beans were excellent, amongst the best I have had in a while. Tostones came out hot right before my order, salty, crispy and good. Definitely plan on heading back soon to try some more of the menu, but this was an excellent first impression.

I did not notice any reviews on CHOW, has anyone else tried more of the menu?

Mar 21, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Whole bean coffee: identifying characteristics and local recs

The Barrington Coffee Co. lineup is worth checking out. They typically have a good selection at their cafe in Fort Point.

http://www.barringtoncoffee.com/

I lean towards medium roasts myself and currently am drinking their India Kalledevarpura at home, which I have enjoyed.

Mar 17, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The Merchant

Stopped by yesterday after the Mass Farmers market cocktail event at the W. Ordered 2 cocktails (Newbury OF and a regular OF) First round was a bit on the sweet side but the regular OF was perfect. My friend had two beers from a very good beer list.

Ordered the burger. Cooked perfectly medium rare, nice bun. The aioli on the burger was tasty, but I think it was laid on a bit too heavy for my liking. Overall though, very good burger that I would order again.

Service was good, the bar area was pretty much full on a Saturday afternoon, but dining area empty for the most part, which is expected in that neighborhood. Look forward to going back and trying out more of the menu.

Mar 16, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

I've lived in 6 cities, 4 of which are in the US and its normal at least in my circle. I do agree that there are some places that are still stuck in the past unfortunately, but if anyone is still impressed by this "mixing" it is more a sign of how uncomfortable they are about it rather than the other way around.

Mar 03, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

I came across the article as well and enjoyed reading it. As someone who left Toronto and has been living elsewhere, it is nice to read about something positive rather than Mayor Ford.

With that said, I've had enough of the gushing over "diversity" thing. I must be of a different generation than the author, because seeing people "mixing with other kinds" is pretty normal shit isn't it?

Mar 03, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great restaurants, for a single course each at the bar, on multi stop anniversary night out near Kendal Square

Definitely let us know what you decide and how it turns out, sounds like it will be a fun evening!

Mar 03, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Great restaurants, for a single course each at the bar, on multi stop anniversary night out near Kendal Square

Stop 1: Craigie on Main. Cocktails, Crispy fried pig tails and roasted bone marrow.

Stop 2: Belly Wine bar. Charcuterie board.

Stop 3: West Bridge. Egg in a Jar.

Stop 4: Catalyst. Skate Wing.

Stop 5. Portugalia. Glass of Port as a digestif.

Mar 03, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston - Monday night, casual dinner, serious foodie

Alden and Harlow in Harvard Square would work well. I ate there for the first time last night and was very impressed. It is also an easy trip from the Liberty Hotel via T or cab.

Another great option would be Coppa in the South End. Toro would work well also, but does not take reservations.

Mar 02, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Toronto's worst dives

I've heard stories, but never went! I guess its a condo now?

That strip also has The Buffalo a couple doors down from Alfie's as well, its great to have options.

Feb 27, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dark stores in Brookline!

Has Cafe Olea actually closed? I was there not too long ago (Maybe 2 weeks?) and ordered a slice of pizza for lunch that was pretty good. I did notice that the old staff is gone and they no longer offer espresso drinks, so I guess it is in transition. I will pop by and ask them what's up.

Feb 26, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Toronto's worst dives

Michael's is truly a depressing place. I prefer classier spots like Alfie's on Queen/Sherbourne.

Also is Town Talk still open on Vaughan Rd, would definitely call that a dive. Cool spot if you are with the right people though.

Feb 26, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fried Okra in Boston area?

The fried chicken there is legit. Keep in mind that they only serve wings, they are quite big, but just wanted to mention that in case you were looking for other pieces.

Feb 25, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Bars in Toronto open for gold medal game?

The Soccer bars open early in the morning every weekend regardless. If you call yourself a Premiership bar then you have to be open actually.

The difference is you have to drink coffee instead of a Guinness. So if they are opened anyways, why not let them open up the taps and pour people a beer or make them an Irish Coffee. Not that huge of a deal.

Feb 23, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bars in Toronto open for gold medal game?

So if there is no market, then those bars will not open and then the ones that do find a market will... doesn't sound that complicated to me.

I know for a fact that every single soccer bar in the city would take them up on that offer and trust me nothing bad will happen!

Feb 23, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bars in Toronto open for gold medal game?

Just wondering, did anyone die in the process of waking up early and having a drink while watching a sporting event before 11am?

I know every soccer fan in Toronto would love if this ridiculous law was permanently done away with.

Anyway, congrats on the gold medal!

Feb 23, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fried Okra in Boston area?

Mrs. Jones in Lower Mills makes very good Fried Okra.

It is one of the things I miss from my time living in FLA, but Mrs. Jones hits the spot.

Feb 23, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Day Drinking

If I get out of work early and want a nice cocktail I end up at West Bridge or Eastern Standard.

When it's a shot and a beer I want then it's off to Corner Pub or Portugalia.

Finally if Chelsea is playing an afternoon match or there is CL football on then Penguin Pizza or The Banshee is the spot.

Feb 18, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hunt for the Best Calzone

It is basically the folded pizza style you mentioned above, give it a try and let us know what you think.

Feb 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hunt for the Best Calzone

I haven't tried the sausage, onion and pepper. I have tried the sandwich there though and wasn't a fan, so didn't bother to give the calzone a try.

The one I am referring to is the sausage parm. It has cheese, sausage and marinara sauce. My wife who has a pretty standard appetite can barely eat half of one, my on the other hand can polish off the whole order, but sometimes regret it afterwards ; )

Feb 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hunt for the Best Calzone

I really dig the sausage parm calzone at Alfredo's in East Somerville. The steak and cheese is also pretty damn good.

Feb 12, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area