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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

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

Thank you very much for the review. Any idea if the Cafe portion is open?

Apr 02, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

April 2015 Openings and Closings

That is the one I have heard also (888 Boylston project- 60k sq feet of retail space) It was originally reported that Bloomingdales would be taking that spot, but they seem to be rumored to take over the expanded former Legal Seafood retail slot once the renovations are completed.

The Assembly Row rumor is also interesting. The new Partners Healthcare development will have 100k worth of retail space, so it could easily fit there.

Apr 02, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

As I said, it has flaws. ; )

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

Which is why despite its flaws this article has a bit more credibility because the writer does live in the area.

You would be surprised how many people do not know about these places when they visit Boston. So if it steers them towards the popular places on the list and also neighborhoods like Dorchester and East Boston, I do not see this as a bad thing at all.

Mar 19, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

I typically skip over many of these food related fluff pieces, but I enjoy reading the features from First we Feast. Their articles on San Gabriel Valley, Oakland and Koreatown in LA have been well done and I think this one on Boston is the same.

Check it out and share your thoughts.

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast with home made hash

Buddy's in East Somerville. Awesome homemade hash.

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Look forward to your post. Hopefully we can steer you to some Scarborough like hidden gems ; )

Best Green Line-accessible lunch between Back Bay and Newton?

I work in Brookline Village along the D line and a few places would work.

Brookline Family (Turkish)
Cutty's (Sandwiches)
Bottega Di Capri (Italian)
Orinoco (Venezuelan)

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

New immigrant communities all around the world are settling outside of the high rent downtown cores of all these cities. So I can think of other places similar to Scarborough, but they are not as apparent to a visitor that does not have a good handle on the city they are visiting for a brief time.

That said, Scarborough is exactly all those great things people are saying and deserves this publicity. It doesnt make sense to name other cities that do it equally as well, because that would detract from the subject at hand, which is how dope Scarborough's food scene is and quite frankly has been for a while.

I could completely do without the "We are the best, greatest, etc" bullshit, but if it means all these small immigrant operated spots get some cred, then I will suck it up and enjoy the ride.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Thanks for posting that. You can never have enough publicity. A few more dollars in the register is never a bad thing for these hard working folks.

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

We live in Somerville and stay close to our area when doing takeout/delivery. Few places we frequent:

Taco Loco
Asian House
Rincon Mexicano
Some Ting Nice
Vinny's
Gauchao
Ernesto's Pizza
Alfredo's Italian Kitchen
Leone's Subs
Fuji at Assembly
Lotus Xpress
Blessings Caribbean
Sunrise Cuisine

We also do some takeout for pastries on a weekend morning from Forge and Paul Bakery.

We will drive outside of our area if needed, but those are the quick go-to places for us.

Mar 15, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

A couple good recommendations already. I would also add River Bar. There are no reservations, but even if the weather is decent the outdoor part of the bar is open and increases seating considerably. The bar staff mostly moved over from The Independent, Lauren being my favorite of the group there. Good balance between food, drinks and comfortable atmosphere.

Mar 12, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

It would have been great and the space was there, but the deal with Eataly and FH fell through. Coordinating the expiration of leases and reconfiguring the space within a historic building ended up being too much to overcome.

I mentioned this above but what I heard was they were closing in locking in the space at 888 Boylston, which would have about 60,000 sq ft of retail space over 3 floors. Of course that is a rumor, but that is what is floating around the "development world"

Mar 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area