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Best foods of certain genres

For some reason I assumed you were going to the Daily Catch in the North End, which is no reservations. I haven't been to the other locations, so hopefully someone else can chime in.

Check out the menu's for Alden and Harlow, Shojo and Coppa and see if they catch your eye for your final slot.

about 12 hours ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best foods of certain genres

Daily catch, Eastern Standard, JM Curley all thumbs up from me.

Bartley's has its fans, I am not among them. Cheers? I get it, but please dont eat there. Take a pic, have a beer, then bounce : )

As far as your final meal is concerned, what exactly are you looking for food wise?

Giacomo's and Marliave are perfectly serviceable, I especially love Marliave for dollar oysters and a cocktail, but you really could do alot better. Also keep in mind you may have to go through a wait for Daily Catch already, there is no reason to go through the same exercise (even longer) to get into Giacomo's.

about 14 hours ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

need seafood

Good rec's already for brunch and beer bars. Only brunch place I would add near Back Bay would be Eastern Standard.

For after the Pat's game, I would hit up Tavern Road after getting off the train at South Station. It would be an under 10min walk. Then you could check out the cocktails at Drink across the street if you wanted to keep the evening going at another location. Chinatown is also nearby if you wanted that instead.

about 16 hours ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best foods of certain genres

For Breakfast: Flour Bakery (Fort Point), Paramount (Beacon Hill) or Mike and Patty's (Bay Village)

about 16 hours ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

My favorite public drinking fountain

The "Global Tap" filtered water stations on the Greenway are great.
http://blog.globaltap.org/?p=521

Oct 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best foods of certain genres

Top Italian Seafood: Daily Catch and Neptune Oyster (North End)
Deserts: Maria's and Modern pastry (North End)
Burgers: Alden and Harlow (Harvard Sq), JM Curley (Downtown X-ing),Craigie on Main (Central Square) and West Bridge (only served during lunch-Kendall Square)
Steaks: Bogie's place (Downtown X-ing), Grill 23 (Back Bay) and Boston Chops (South End)
Irish: Druid (Inman Square)
Mexican: Taquería Jalisco and Angela's Cafe (East Boston)

Top 3 places?

1. O Ya (Leather District)
2. Oleana (Inman Square)
3. Asta (Back Bay)

Oct 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston reservations

Union Oyster House is a decent place to stop by for a dozen oysters, bowl of chowder and a beer. The rest of the menu is pretty terrible from my experience. Personally I would replace that reservation with Island Creek Oyster Bar or Row 34. Neptune is also great, you could always stop by early dinner or late afternoon and leave your name and number while you walk around the North End. They will call you back once a spot opens up.

For Burgers check out Alden and Harlow, Craigie on Main and JM Curley. Those restaurants also have excellent menus top to bottom as well.

Italian try Coppa and Prezza.

Oct 11, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Central Square walk-ins on a Thursday night?

Baraka Cafe, Catalyst and EVOO come to mind,

Oct 07, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Mi Tierra tortillas!

Thanks for the heads up on these Tortillas. Picked up a few bags from WFM Prospect st today and they were fantastic with our meal this evening. Definitely my new go-to local tortillas from this point on.

Oct 05, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Late night, but good, eats near Copley Square

How late? Lucca right in Copley serves food until 1am. Later on Chinatown is not a bad walk from Copley and offers Peach Farm, Dumpling Cafe and Hot Pot Buffet off the top of my head. Also if you want delivery to your hotel Beantown Taquiera will deliver until 4am.

Keep in mind that the T runs until 2:30am on weekends, which puts Chinatown 2 stops away from your hotel on the Orange Line.

Oct 03, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

need seafood

For craft beer bars, check out Lord Hobo and Cambridge Brewing Company. Both are in Cambridge near Kendall Square.

Another brunch option would be Craigie on Main in Central Square Cambridge. Coppa and Ribelle as mentioned are excellent as well.

Sep 26, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Chow tip lives on (Mr Jerk - Peanut Plaza)

I agree with everything said in this thread about the Pork. I grew up on the Pork at this location and has never taken a dip quality wise. Honestly this man actually knows how to season his Jerk properly, which is why you can taste the difference between them and all the other middling places around town.

A favorite of mine was always grabbing some Hard dough bread from Allan's and then heading over for the Pork at Mr. Jerk to eat with the bread. I am not a fan of the Rice n Peas, so straight meat for me everytime.

September 2014 Openings and Closings

Any word on what type of Caribbean bakery?

Sep 25, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Suvai - North Cambridge?

Stopped off this afternoon to grab some take out. They were closed, but once they saw me walking away one of the owners rushed out the door and told me to come back and they would prepare the Sri Lankan sample platter (The non-veg option) to go.

Everything was on point. Chicken curry was delicious and I especially loved the Bean Curd chili dish as well. Easily on par with all the Sri Lankan food I have had around Toronto. Which as you know has a huge population. Cant wait for them to get up and running with the full menu.

Aug 30, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Recs please: 3 meals in Boston

Good point. Definitely not a place to linger, but good place to grab food and linger at many of the great outdoor options near by.

Aug 29, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Recs please: 3 meals in Boston

Breakfast: Mike and Patty's or Thinking Cup (Boston Common location)

Lunch and DInner: Agree with every option posted by RLH and Hotonynoodle. Also would add O Ya (Dinner) if you want a real $$$$ blowout meal. Also JM Curley (Lunch)

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

It can get loud and some people have complained that it is too loud at times. I am not one of them and do not find it overwhelming at all. So opinions differ.

Yes, full bar with very good cocktails.

Aug 21, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

It is a mixed crowd from what I have noticed, but definitely a louder type room and the crowd skews more to the young side rather that older.

Aug 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

+ 1 to all the selections by hotoynoodle. Only place I would add is Ribelle for Italian. Great food, not overly heavy handed (IMO at least) and an easy 15min direct Green Line (C line) train ride from your hotel.

Aug 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

Brick n Mortar, Back Bar, Drink, Tavern Road, JM Curley and Wink & Nod all come to mind.

Aug 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

I hate to steer anyone away from Asta, because it is awesome and seriously putting out some of the best food in the city right now, but the ambiance is probably not what you are looking for.

Bondir is the closest you are going to get based on your criteria. Not sure what the Cambridge thing is all about, but I would not call it a "scene" type place at all.

Aug 19, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Thank you for the detailed report Afong, definitely enjoyed reading it. I have lived in Boston for over 7 years now and never visited Kanes, this will push me to make the drive up to Saugus.

Aug 17, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Romantic dinner between backbay and the theatre district

Where in Back Bay are you staying? Depending on which end of the neighborhood your hotel is located, it may open up additional options.

In Back Bay itself you could look into L'Espalier, Asta and Deuxave. In the theater district is Ostra. Near the Common you could also include No.9 Park and Troquet in addition to the options already mentioned by Teezeetoo.

Aug 17, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Prix Fixe Lunch in Boston

Completely misread that Bistro Du Midi was or was not offering lunch. Brasserie Jo might be another good option, not exactly next door to the Common, but not far either. Beacon Hill Bistro is also doing lunch and very near the Common.

If you are willing to extend your range a bit (not too far) you could also consider Row34, EVOO or Eastern Standard.

Aug 05, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Prix Fixe Lunch in Boston

+1 L'Esplaier.

Also Bistro du Midi and Scampo would be other lunch options from the Dine Out List.

Aug 05, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Going away drinks and apps in Downtown Crossing Area

The Merchant and Carrie Nation have very large spaces and should be able to accommodate you, even if it is a walk in. If you are able to call ahead though, Shojo in Chinatown would be great for this and have fantastic drinks and small plates.

Jul 30, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

What's your favorite Friday lunch spot?

I also agree with the Coppa, L'Esplaier and Row 34 suggestions.

My favorite leisurely lunch if I am working from home and have some time to burn is still Neptune Oyster though, especially if I can get there close to opening time. West Bridge is another place I frequent for lunch because it is around the corner, convenient and great.

Jul 30, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Cocktails before Richmond Station this Saturday night.

Thank you both. I am going to run Drake 150 and Carbon Bar by my dining companions and decide between the two. I am leaning towards Carbon Bar, because I wouldnt mind grabbing a pre dinner snack and have been curious about the food there.

Bytepusher, I do like Nota Bene as well, both for food and drink, but wanted to try something new.

Jul 24, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cocktails before Richmond Station this Saturday night.

Hey everyone,

Back in Toronto for a quick trip this weekend and have reservations at Richmond Station 9:30 on Saturday. Any recommendations for a good place to grab a few cocktails before? Something walking distance or a quick cab ride would be preferable.

Walking distance for me btw is anything under a 30min leisurely walk. Assuming the weather will cooperate.

I know Barchef is nearby but from my two visits I have pretty much written them off. Also I love Library bar which is also close, but wanted to try something a bit more upbeat.

Thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2014
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Breakfast near airport

+1 for Angela's. They actually do both American and Mexican breakfast items well, so tons of selection.

Jul 22, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area