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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

Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

Could possibly be Rincón Mexicano, which is pretty new.

Jul 19, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Good to know. I've drove past city slicker a thousand times and have never tried them out for some reason.

Jul 02, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

+1.

I also like their pizza, calzones and subs as well. Even though if I want a sub I'd still walk a few feet down Broadway and grab one from Leone's,

Jul 02, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Alfredo's which is replacing the Snack Bar in East Cambridge seems to be ready to open any day now.

Jul 01, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

I agree Lir is legit year round. I have no love for Arsenal, but the Boston Gooners show up pretty strong week in and week out there.

I need to check out KO Pies for a match, which teams are best to watch there? USA matches?

Jun 27, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Since we have hit the round of 16, any updates on country specific places to watch from who is left in the competition?

A few not mentioned:

Mexico: Angela's has been playing all the Mexico matches, along with $1 taco's and $2 beers during games.

Colombia: Taverna Medallo and Kiosco in East Boston.

Greece: I noticed a facebook post from a friend saying he was going to watch the Greece match at Desfina in East Cambridge. Never been myself, but might be a good option.

Uruguay: There was a Uruguayan meet up to watch their group stage matches at "The Place" in the Financial district. Not sure if this will continue.

Costa Rica: Another meet up for one of their matches at "The Place" as well. Could have just been due to them playing Uruguay, but seems like fans from both countries were there.

France: French cultural center of Boston in Back Bay.

Nigeria: Is Suya Joint doing anything for World Cup?

Germany: Goethe Institut in Back Bay. The Bronwyn also had an event for the US v. Germany match.

US and Brazil I wont both add, too many places to name around town. Otherwise not sure where to watch the other countries remaining.

Jun 27, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge Saturday brunch

I guess everything is relative and yes it could be a long walk depending on who you are. With that said I live in Kendall, have a 3 year old daughter and we make the walk to Central pretty often and easily. Plus umbrella strollers come in handy at times too.

Jun 24, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge Saturday brunch

Area Four does a nice Saturday brunch and is walking distance from Central.

Also if you wanted to hop in your car Istanbul'lu in Telle Square does a wonderful Turkish breakfast/brunch. That would be an under 15 minute drive from Central.

Jun 23, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

World Cup trip June 13-15

Hey all, back from a great weekend, lots of good eating, drinking and of course football. Here are a few highlights:

Eating:

- Graffiato: Ended up here for an afternoon match. Very good cocktails and the truffle and poached egg pizza was delicious. Definitely would love to return to try out more of the menu.

- Del Campo: Once again excellent cocktails, especially the Caipirinha and Pisco Sour. I tried the burger and it was just "good" to me. Cooked as I ordered, but I was expecting more of a bite to it flavor wise. The Yuca fries were very good though.

- Daikaya Izakaya: Went through quite a few dishes on the menu. No misses at all, except for one of baked oysters which still had some shell in it (all the others were perfect though). Loved the quail, chicken livers, beef tongue and tenderloin skewers. The two major highlights were the pork and brussels sprout dish and the mushrooms with miso butter. The mushrooms in miso butter dish was one of the best bites of food I've had this year.

- Fainting goat: Most of the group had left and two others were off doing something else before the France match, so I ended up stopping off here on a whim for brunch and was very happy I did. Excellent burger (blew away the Del Campo burger IMO) and bottomless prosecco cocktails. Very cool bartender and comfortable room.

Also made a pit stop at Nando's to fill our stomachs before heading over to Fado for a couple matches. Has Nando's toned down their spice level? I ordered the most spicy and didnt find it spicy enough. Which is not what I remembered from past visits.

World cup venues:

- Fado Irish Pub: Turned out to be a destination for us for a few matches. The England v. Italy match was especially spirited there. Good venue and packed house.

- Bistro la Bonne: Excellent place for the France v. Honduras match. My French friends were especially impressed by the crowd. Alot of knowledgeable fans and tons of French being spoken in the room.

Coffee:

- Chinatown Coffee was a hit, and hit there both mornings. Brought back a bag of one of their coffee's roasted by Intelligentsia. Definitely a solid "third wave" option.

Once again fun weekend and appreciate the help and advice. We ended up staying within walking distance for most venues because of not wanting to be pressed for time between some other non-football/food related activities. Thanks again.

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

The Brazil v. Ivory Coast match last world cup there was especially fun.

Jun 16, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

I'm sure it didn't hurt that the Dutch hung 5 on Spain's head!! What a slaughter!

Very cool to find out about a NED supporters bar though, thanks!

Jun 14, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Had no idea, but chances are I haven't been there since last World Cup?

Jun 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

If you can't get into Dello, try Paradisio, Graffiti or Ducali as alternatives.

Jun 12, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area