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Fire at MuLan, Beauty's Pizza

Hope they bounce back. Never been to beauty's but MuLan is such a great place.

Dec 24, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best seafood restuarant in Cambridge or Somerville?

Agreed on Casa Portugal and Muqueca. Also on that strip is Portugalia if you feel for some excellent bacalhau dishes.

Dec 19, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

Should be pretty easy to narrow down, since apparently only one place serves it...

Dec 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Octopus dishes

Octopus Shish at Sarma
Marinated Octopus at Greek Corner
Grilled Octopus at Restaurante Cesaria
Wood Grilled Octopus at Prezza

Dec 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dog on Boardway/East Somerville

4 stands from what I saw. The Sausage Guy, Fishermans Cove Seafood, Salsa's Mexican and a bakery whose name escapes me.

Dec 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dog on Boardway/East Somerville

Stopped by today and the food court was open.

Dec 13, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dog on Boardway/East Somerville

Cant say exactly but I was told by someone there that it should be relatively soon. They seem to be working away behind that curtain every time I am in there.

Dec 08, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Blanca's Bakery 85B Broadway Somerville - Very Good Tamale

Blanca's is great. My favorite Pupusas on the broadway stretch as well. Their pastries, especially the guava and pineapple in the morning are fantastic as well.

Dec 08, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

Late response, but Russo's had everything I needed. They turned out great that holiday weekend.

Dec 08, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dog on Boardway/East Somerville

Also for future reference he will be opening up a stand/booth? In the Stop n Shop on McGrath as well. Along with a few other vendors.

Dec 08, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Hot Dog on Boardway/East Somerville

Cant vouch for how good it is, but Casey's has a hot dog on the menu.

Dec 08, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

Thanks everyone, I will swing by Russo's today or tomorrow and check it out.

Nov 24, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find some excellent local rainbow carrots and turnips this week? Closer to Boston/Cambridge the better.

Thanks!

Nov 24, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

I need some help with a trip to your city around Dec 5th

A couple other non traditional seafood options that came to mind you could explore are Muqueca in Cambridge for proper Brazilian clay pot seafood that is difficult to find in Toronto and Ricon Limeno for excellent Peruvian seafood dishes.

Nov 22, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

I need some help with a trip to your city around Dec 5th

Agree with your first impressions of the restaurants mentioned above, except Ribelle. Great restaurant and very creative, but not a molecular place at all.

Sushi: Cafe Sushi
Lobster Roll: Neptune Oyster
Chowder: James Hook
Fish Monger: New Deal Seafood
Butcher: MF Dulock

I would highly recommend trying some fried whole belly clams during your visit. It is something that you really cant get better anywhere else outside of New England. In the city, Courthouse seafood is a good choice.

Nov 21, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

I need some help with a trip to your city around Dec 5th

Welcome to Boston in advance Raybon. There are quite a few regular posters who are former Torontonians (myself included) living in the Boston area, so you should get some great advice in addition to the great advice you will get here from just anyone in general.

Your friend is bang on about Neptune and ICOB. Union Oyster House is a tourist trap and best to be avoided. If you wanted to substitute a third option in its place I would recommend Row 34. Other seafood related options are Ostra for high end and Courthouse seafood for a more affordable fried seafood option. You also may want to take advantage of the oyster HH menu's around town. My favorite is at Marliave in Downtown Crossing (4-6pm, 9-10pm).

For the evening you arrive, you could walk over to The Salty Pig which serves their dinner menu until midnight on a Thursday. Next day lunch you could try and fit in one of your seafood options or check out the menu's for Coppa and Toro in the South End to see if they interest you.

There is an excellent craft cocktail bar scene in Boston, so for your drinking check out: Drink, Hawthorne, Eastern Standard, Back Bar, JM Curley, Brick n Mortar, Cafe Artscience and Tavern Road. If you were more looking for beer focused bars, Lord Hobo, Cambridge Brewing, Meadhall are worth checking out.

Otherwise you may need to be a bit more specific about what you are looking for and likes/dislikes. There are quite a few places around town worth checking out.

Nov 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

Unfortunately La Brasa ended their brunch service a few weeks ago. The Market is open at that time, but only with a limited menu.

The Istanbul'u recommendation is a great one as well.

Nov 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

I've dined there twice with my 3 year old, she is well behaved, but have had no issues at all.

Nov 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Please help shape 5-day food itinerary (including birthday dinner) with visiting DC

Kind of difficult to disagree with most of these choices. The only substitute I would recommend is Saturday brunch at Merrill and Company in the South End. It ticks all your boxes (Grits, French Toast, Eggs Benny) plus more.

Nov 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

Alden and Harlow in Harvard Square.

Nov 20, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

el salvadoran breakfast in Somerville?

I like the pupusas at Blanca's bakery. Their guava and pineapple pastries are also very good.

Nov 15, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

need seafood

Glad you are having a good trip!

Not a traditional brunch, but maybe try Neptune today? You can try to get there before opening time so you do not have to wait. Should give you more than enough time to catch the 2:00 train to Gillette.

After the game, maybe a craft beer crawl through Kendall? CBC, Lord Hobo and Meadhall. Not sure how much of a party scene you want though.

Nov 02, 2014
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

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.

Oct 22, 2014
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.

Oct 22, 2014
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.

Best foods of certain genres

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

Oct 22, 2014
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