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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!

about 2 hours ago
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.

1 day ago
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.

Jun 16, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Boston Jerk Fest (June 28) South End

LIke jgg said, I dont think anyone is doing it right in Boston. There apparently is a place in Hartford that uses the proper wood and charcoal (similar to streetside Jerk in JA, not open fire) but I haven't tried it yet.

Hopefully at Jerk Fest a few of the vendor's step it up.

Jun 12, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston Jerk Fest (June 28) South End

The post about the Burmese food festival reminded me about this years Jerk Fest. Details in the link:

http://www.bostonjerkfest.com/

Jun 11, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

They typically set up 2 big projector screens in the dining area during World Cup. Especially during Brazil matches, they clear away all the tables and set up the chairs facing the screens and serve a buffet style meal instead of table service.

Can't say for sure if it will be the same this world cup, but I would imagine so.

Jun 11, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Like you, I also prefer eating at the bar. Some of my favorite bar/dining places in Boston are: Toro, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, Tavern Road, Shojo, JM Curley, Alden & Harlow, Craigie on Main and West Bridge.

For steamers, maybe you could look at Yankee Lobster or Legal Harborside.

Jun 11, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Champions is definitely not a football specific bar, but does draw a good amount of Spanish expats for La Liga matches, so I would expect it to be a decent alternative to the other Cambridge bars especially if Spain is playing.

Jun 10, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Whats more important, atmosphere or the food?

The best pure football pub near MGH is Phoenix Landing in Central square, only 2 stops away on the Red Line.

Other good options are The Banshee in Dorchester (worth the trip on the Redline), LIr (Back Bay), The Field (Central Square) and Landsdowne Pub (Fenway) for general neutral or England/USA matches.

Cafe Delo Sport in the North end is also great, especially when Italy and Argentina are playing. Portugalia in East Cambridge for Portugal matches and Midwest Grill also in East Cambridge for any Brazil related games. There are also quite a few other spots scattered around the city if you wanted to watch a particular country play.

Overall though, every pub or bar in the city will be showing the games, but not all will have the atmosphere of the places mentioned above.

Jun 10, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Food On Wheels - Mini documentary about the Boston food truck scene

Ha, thanks for catching that!

Jun 04, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Food On Wheels - Mini documentary about the Boston food truck scene

Pretty decent quick watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNuLBt...

Jun 04, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

I find the somerville location alot better than the average sub/pizza shop place in East Cambridge. I like the pizza, veal parm and calzones there. Its nothing fantastic, but a good solid option a cut above the rest.

Jun 04, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

World Cup trip June 13-15

Thanks Steve. You're example in the second paragraph is one of the reason's I love the world cup, so much energy, love it.

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

Thank you again for the recommendation. Summers and Four Courts sound more up our alley than Fado. We are all pretty hard core year round for our respective sides, so watching in an atmosphere like mentioned above is preferred.

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

I did come across Summers while reading online. Think it may be a better option than Fado for the Sat afternoon match?

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

Thanks for the heads up on Fado. Of all the venues that is the one I wavered on the most. Truthfully I would much rather find a place that Colombian supporters meet up, as one of the fellas is from there originally. Any ideas?

Lucky seemed like the spot for England fans, which I am, so good to hear its a nice spot. As far as food is concerned, we will be stopping by DGS before, so no need for grub, just drinks.

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

Por qué no?

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

Good advice on POV. Thanks!

May 28, 2014
Matt H in Washington DC & Baltimore