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Just ate the best Jerk Chicken I've had in a while...Fort Hill Jerk Chicken

It comes mostly cooked but you heat it up for about 15minutes at home before serving. I believe you can ask them to have it ready hot if I am not mistaken, so that option is there for you.

Just ate the best Jerk Chicken I've had in a while...Fort Hill Jerk Chicken

I picked up another order of chicken along with pork from Fort Hill again today and it is still on point. These folks are the real deal. The smoky flavor is present and your hands just smell of pimento for hours after you eat both items.

Excellent hidden gem. Picture attached, disregard the rice n peas and plantain, I made those myself to eat with the meal.

2 days ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Jerk Jamaican in Dorchester

Thanks for reporting back.

I think the issue with the patties is that you just got a bad one. You also may be expecting a filling that is similar to an empanada which is different from how a Jamaican Patty is made. You mix breadcrumbs and margarine (amongst other things) that gives it a paste type texture.

We also may have been in the neighborhood at the same time as I was over at P&R Ice Cream across the street getting a patty and coca bread and some Rum Raisin ice cream. In the future if you want to try another Patty, try theirs as it is also made in house.

Glad you liked the food, I will give them a try in the near future. As I mentioned I picked up Jerk from Fort Hill today and it was as exceptional as always.

2 days ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

I walked by The Middle Gray in Brookline Village today and they look close to opening. In the Cafe they seemed to be doing some sort of training and the bar/restaurant area looked near complete.

Jul 31, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Trendy restaurant for vegetarian

Alden and Harlow

Jerk Jamaican in Dorchester

Lenny's is the bakery that bakes in house. P&R in Mattapan does also, but Lenny's is the best if you want to pick up more than a few to heat up later.

The Curry is cooked in a sauce, similar to other countries. As far as the ginger is concerned, I cant help you there. I would try one of the Asian grocery stores or Tropical Foods in Dudley, they probably would be your best bet.

Jul 30, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Jerk Jamaican in Dorchester

I have never been to this place, so I am unable to comment on the food first hand. I did read the article though and the way he is cooking his Jerk (Wood chip smoker) is the proper way so this place seems promising.

I have already placed another Jerk order from Fort Hill for this weekend (Pork and Chicken) but if not this place sounds like it would have been on my immediate must try list. Also typically Jerk Pork uses shoulder as the cut.

Please report back if you end up going.

Jul 29, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Algerian Maarek at Al Hoda

Just wanted to drop a quick note to show some love to Al Hoda in Cambridge for stocking freshly baked Maarek.

I was not up for the drive to Ali's to grab some Roti for my curry chicken this week so I grabbed some Maarek which is similar to Roti instead. What I found was a fresh, expertly baked product that is made locally on a regular basis. Definitely is worth the stop if you want some bread with your meal.

Jul 29, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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How are these restaurants?

Did you by any chance go during the kitchen pop-up that is in place now(Akinto)? I was wondering how it is, because we are going to try it next week.

Jul 23, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Another food crawl planning help request

You could even extend it all the way down to East Cambridge and throw in Lone Star, Courthouse, Loyal Nine and Portugualia. Inman-East Cambridge sounds like an amazing crawl.

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

Chicago Pizza in Kendall Sq. Only one patty necessary to induce immediate vomiting.

Jul 22, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston-Area Ethnic/Cultural/Food Festivals 2015?

Cambridge Caribbean Carnival is being held September 13th.

Jul 17, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Cambridge

Flour and Friendly Toast will serve a full breakfast at that time. Also Area Four's cafe will be open if you want some pastries, coffee and their excellent breakfast sandwich.

Jul 12, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

toddler-friendly fine dining?

I guess it depends on how "fine" you want your dining. There are honestly very few places in town I would feel uncomfortable bringing my daughter (4 year old) along for a meal.

So what type of food do you enjoy eating and do you want a very formal setting or is a more trendy louder type restaurant that serves excellent food okay? Personally I like to stick to the latter when choosing a place to dine as a family.

Jun 23, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Syracuse - Parkview Hotel one night

Thank you both! I am leaning towards picking up a pizza or sandwich from Franco's, especially since there seems to be a bar next door that I can grab a drink while I wait. Thanks for the heads up about walking.

Any opinions on Freedom of Espresso or Recess Coffee? Those look interesting.

I will absolutely report back with my thoughts.

Syracuse - Parkview Hotel one night

Hey all,

We heading up to Toronto from Boston end of next week and staying at the Parkview Hotel for the night to split up the drive. We will be arriving late and heading out relatively early the next morning.

Two requests:

Is there anything nearby for later night food once we arrive? Chances are we will be checking in around 10-11pm and we wouldn't mind a small snack/meal as we settle in. Walking distance would be great, but if not a short drive is fine.

Also for the next morning, what is the best cafe nearby to grab a coffee and pastry before we hit the road. We prefer local "Third wave" type places. Again walking distance or short drive is preferred or somewhere near the 81N exit.

Thanks in advance!

June 2015 Openings and Closings

The Daily table, a non profit grocery store that sells surplus food opened yesterday in Dorchester.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2...

Jun 05, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market Proposal

10 addition vendors were announced today. Total is now up to 35:

https://bostonpublicmarket.org/vendor...
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2...

Jun 03, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Just ate the best Jerk Chicken I've had in a while...Fort Hill Jerk Chicken

I got the whole chopped. Really curious to try the wings next round.

I'm pulling for them as well. It takes a lot of work and care to make legit jerk, so these two deserve some burn.

May 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Just ate the best Jerk Chicken I've had in a while...Fort Hill Jerk Chicken

Thanks to the folks at Eater I was alerted to Fort Hill Jerk Chicken this week. Placed an order on Thursday and picked up this morning. Pick up location is at the CCK commercial kitchen in Dorchester.

Let me tell you, Kai and Chris know what they are doing. Perfect amount of smoke, they obviously use the right charcoal and the seasoning is perfect. Smoky, perfectly spiced, juicy, crispy skin equals the best Jerk Chicken I have had outside Jamaica (excluding a few home cooked meals that I wont count, but this is even on par with that)

If you want to be impressed as I was, give these good folks a call or email. They are apparently planning on opening a full service restaurant in the next year. I wish them the best of luck, but in the meanwhile this will not be my last order.

http://www.forthilljerkchicken.com/

May 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Much needed addition to the neighborhood. Their liquor license is still being reviewed and will be housed in the additional 10k of retail space they will be leasing in the Millennium Tower. So dont expect that portion until 2016.

Apr 30, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Trip Planning Help

I like your style!

Apr 24, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Trip Planning Help

A quick walk around the corner from your hotel is Select Oyster Bar. Perfect for both a light or heavy lunch, depending on how you order.

Note: Just make sure to confirm that the mandatory gratuity policy is not a problem.

Apr 23, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Sunrise Haitian Cuisine Somerville

They have a pretty extensive fish menu from what I remember. Spicy Fish (most like Snapper) I believe is also included, but I have not tried it.

Apr 17, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Sunrise Haitian Cuisine Somerville

I used to like Bon Apetit quite a bit, but hit a string of two bad meals and never returned. I would rank the Somerville places in this order: Highland, Sunrise then Blessings.

I havent visited in over a year, but La Perle in Everett is still the best Haitian meal I have had in the area.

Apr 17, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Sunrise Haitian Cuisine Somerville

In the past for Haitian in the area I would typically visit Highland Cuisine and Blessings (Both in Somerville) Recently though I have been picking up food from Sunrise and have enjoyed my meals.

The fried goat, fish and Griot are excellent. The rice and beans served on the side (ask for gravy) may be the highlight of each plate, which is tough to find as dry, overcooked rice dishes seem to be the norm in many West Indian places.

I did notice a couple reviews and complaints re: over fried dishes. I personally have found the fry job on their pork, goat and fish to be top notch. The meals are also served with a sauce containing picked vegetables that is meant to be eaten with the fried dishes. So make sure to combine both for complete enjoyment.

Next on my list are the specials namely the goat in creole sauce and fried quail.

Apr 16, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Pure Vegetarian/Vegan Indian Restaurant

Dosa n Curry in Somerville

Boston Public Market Proposal

It seems like July is the target opening month.

Apr 07, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market Proposal

The first round of vendors was announced today.

https://bostonpublicmarket.org/entry....

Apr 07, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

Thanks! I stopped off this morning. Excellent Mocha to start the morning. The breakfast sandwich is something I want to definitely give a try soon.

Apr 03, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area