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Baked stuffed Lobster in Boston's North End?

Mare Oyster Bar has it on the menu. I've never had it but maybe someone else can weigh in.

Aug 30, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The Clam Box, Woodman's or Farnham's - which one to choose?

We ended up there yesterday after the beach. Thankfully we picked a good time and easily snagged one of the benches in the back (pic attached).

I agree that it is very close to the road but we go back because they have the best fry job of the bunch. So not greasy in any way. Yesterday as good as usual and the clams very flavorful as expected. My wife ended up ordering the shrimp which were also very nice.

Followed up with a trip to Downriver ice cream which was delicious. Had the mocha joe which is coffee ice cream mixed with Oreos. Which sounds disgustingly sweet but they found a way to make it the opposite while not muting the flavors.

Aug 30, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

How was Wink and Nod (looking for Matt H)

Hi DF, sorry for not reporting back on the other thread. We went and enjoyed the food very much. We dont have much in the way of Filipino cuisine in the area, so I am rooting for the chef to jump into his own place after this pop up.

Just off the top of my head, our favourite dishes were the Swordfish belly (one of the best bites of food I've had in the area this year), Pork belly, mini Banh mi, Prawns with squid ink lo mein. I was kind of indifferent to the head on chili shrimp and the fried rice dish, nothing bad, but definitely not as flavour forward as the earlier mentioned dishes.

Service was competent and the room was very nice, the vibe overall was nice but we went on the earlier side of the evening.

The current chef I believe had his stint extended, so make sure to check and see that he is still there during your visit. The next chef in the rotation could bring on a completely different experience, good or bad.

Aug 28, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Cocktails before Richmond Station this Saturday night.

Yes, that dinner was long gone but I just realized I never reported back, which I hate not doing. I unfortunately never got to have that pre dinner cocktail due to time restraints, but Richmond Station was a fantastic place for dinner. Even though I was kind of disappointed by my cocktail experience there. Food was delicious though and service professional as expected.

Aug 28, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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November 2015 Openings and Closings

Thankfully there is still a ways to go to correct many of the Urban planning mistakes made by the Menino (RIP) era BRA. The new director has a better vision for what is left to be developed. Look at the revised proposals for parcels M1 & M2 which have a very Neo-Bankside (London)/HafenCity (Hamburg) vibe to it. Fingers crossed that is the direction the rest of the build out is headed.

Now the question is, will this translate into a better diversity of restaurants? Well that one remains to be seen.

Aug 28, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

August 2015 Openings and Closings

The globe has a nice write up on the new place: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle...

Cant wait to get over there, I dearly missed his food from the Somerville location.

Aug 27, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

That is correct, I will say it is just as good as it was under Evans though.

Another recently opened place in Portland that hasnt been mentioned yet is Blue Rooster. Really great addition and worth a stop. Standard Baking (Mentioned up thread) followed by a coffee at Bard is also a must every visit for us.

Aug 26, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

Another vote for Portland. Its funny because I am in the same boat as you, rental car for a couple weeks due to hail damage and wanted to do the same! Enjoy!

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Thats a shame because I work around the corner and pick up a soup every once in a while. One of the more affordable lunch options in the area.

The Children's project is a much better use of this space though. It will also have retail along the 1st floor, so hopefully a couple new good places will open once complete.

Aug 25, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

6 nights no kids, need opinions please

+1 to all of this. Just a few additions:

Another option for charcuterie and cheese is the new Boston Public Market. Then heading around the corner to the greenway for your picnic.

For Sushi Cafe Sushi in Harvard Square does an excellent omikase as well. I would recommend O Ya also, but the bill will most likely run you a little north of $400 once you are all said and done.

I personally do not care much for Giacomo's and if in the North End I would rather go to L'Osteria or Prezza.

For your out of the city trips you could look into Bondir in Concord and if you are venturing up to Salem I would keep heading a bit more north and try either the Clam Box or Farnhams for a real New England clam shack experience.

Finally if you wanted to switch it up for coffee you could alternate between Thinking Cup and Pavement which is a pleasant 15 minute walk from your hotel.

Aug 22, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Where do people who miss the Columbia Room go for cocktails?

Thank you very much, great to add a few more options to my ever expanding list.

Dram and Grain and McClellan's seem to be the ones that I will hit on my next visit. I also have been to 2 birds, 1 stone, had a great time there as well.

How far ahead are you able to call Dram and Grain to get a Friday night spot?

Where do people who miss the Columbia Room go for cocktails?

Hey DC hounds!

The title is pretty much my question. I visit DC often for work and dearly miss both CR and The Passenger. Obviously DC still has alot to offer in the cocktail category (PX, Gibson, Southern Efficiency, etc..)but what is the closest substitute to either of those two fine establishments?

Next trip I am staying in Dupont Circle at the Fairfax, so near to my hotel is even better.

Thanks in advance!

Boston weekend with teens

Are you making the reservations online? If so each restaurant typically sets aside a certain amount of seats outside of what is on opentable. So a call to both ICOB and Row 34 is worth it if you have not already.

Otherwise Select Oyster as mentioned is another option on par with those two (IMHO). Maybe someone will weigh in on places like Ostra and Mare, but I have not been to either. Also if you wanted a more casual seafood experience, Belle Isle and Courthouse are fantastic alternatives.

Aug 15, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston weekend with teens

Bistro Du Midi is a good choice, but La Voile on Newbury may be my favorite for that type of food/atmosphere.

Aug 14, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Boston weekend with teens

Italian: Coppa (South End), Giulia (Cambridge) and Babbo (Seaport)

Seafood: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Kenmore), Row 34 (Fort Point) and Select Oyster Bar (Back Bay)

Lunch in Brockton or nearby?

If I was in Brockton I would go to Luanda for some delicious Cape Verdean and Angolan food. Really great place.

Aug 13, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Apparently shit gets less salty the more north you go. I heard they just discovered salt in Saguenay last month.

Why is Boston food so bland?

When is your lease up? Might be a good time to move.

Why is Boston food so bland?

Way more fun, the others are obnoxious. Having lived all over the map myself, I think there is more than enough good stuff here to keep people happy. This does not mean we cant complain when a restaurant is fucking up a certain type of food, but if that happens maybe its time to move onto the next place.

Aug 12, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

What I cant understand is your aversion towards leaving your neighborhood to find good food. If someone lived in the UWS, would they ignore places like Momofuku because they are a train or cab ride away?

Speaking of the places you like, if you enjoyed Momofuku, how did you not end up at Ribelle since it was opened by one of Momofuku Saam Bar's former executive chefs? Or if you enjoyed Woodberry Kitchen (I agree I love that place) why not try and get over to Alden and Harlow? Good Luck Dim Sum? Well take a trip to MDM Noodles and follow the recommendations from people on this board. There are countless other examples, but unfortunately you cant walk to all of them from your apartment. This is one of the most compact cities in the country, so getting from one side to another is not that huge of a chore.

The mix of people and the industries that are strong in the area mean that we have people from all over the country and world living here. So this "New England" taste thing you are pushing is really strange to people that actually understand the demographics of the area.

Why is Boston food so bland?

I find it strange as well and I am originally from a place that is known for their spicy food. I guess some of us are just really good at this chowhound thing and end up eating really good food by chance.

Aug 11, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

I dont really venture to Brookline Hills often, but I work in Brookline Village and there are a few good places that I frequent for lunch.

Cutty's - Sandwich shop
Orinoco - Venezuelan
Bottega di Capri - Italian
Sichuan Garden - Sichuan
Brookline Family - Turkish

Also while I have not tried it yet, a new place that opened yesterday named The Middle Gray has a pretty good looking menu.

Of course this does not fill your New American, Microbrew request but gives you a few more options to add to your list nearby.

Boston Public Market is here

We all need to keep in mind that the BPM is only one part of the market district vision that has been planned for this area. The Public Market itself will be operating at full capacity, 7 days a week by year 2. It will house 45 permanent indoor vendors and an additional 20 seasonal vendors outside.

Then on Parcel 9 there are approved plans for a hotel and an additional 25,000 square feet of market space (for reference the Public market is 28,000 square feet) Considering that they had over 300 vendors under consideration for Public Market, I would imagine it would not be too difficult to fill the additional space.

Combine all that with the Quincy Market renovation and a permanent spot for the Haymarket vendors and you are looking at a market district that will hit around 90,000 square feet in total.

So this is merely a preview of what is in store.

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.

Aug 02, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

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.

Aug 01, 2015
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.

Aug 01, 2015
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
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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