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Awesome burgers: new thread

Just got the Surf and Turf Burger at Shake Shack that they are only selling around Boston and Conn., which has Lobster on top of the burger. It's a total gimmick, but ups the mayo quotient on the burger which is always a good thing. While shake shack is not the greatest burger, I do find myself moving into the camp of smaller griddled burgers. Even though it is hard to keep the middle from overcooking, they have so much flavor on the outside. Stack more for more meat.

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

I've been really impressed with the meat at Edgartown meat and fish. Not much more expensive for meats than the fancy stuff at WF. Also, FYI, most WF in Mass. don't have wine and liquor


I believe the dark sauce was their Eel with Maggi sauce.

info for kouign amann fans

You got it. I just want to find out where I can next get her "queen's pastry"

info for kouign amann fans

Queen's Pastry were my favorite when B&B first opened.

Go To Thai?

I've had delivery from Khao Sarn about 6 times in the last year (never been to the restaurant), but have been incredibly impressed. A lot of dishes that aren't on your generic Thai menu with wonderful fresh and new flavors. Never tried it before it showed up on my DiningIn and have wondered why it doesn't get many mentions on Chowhound.

Best sandwiches in Boston?

You could technically call it Arthur's. Arthur is the current owner (I believe still alive) who bought it from his brother Barry (I believe deceased) about 20 years ago.

Best Dishes in Chinatown

In a thread from 2010 someone recommended Ming Kee Eel from Peach Farm. There is also an interview with a server at Peach Farm that appeared in Boston Magazine that recommends Eel with Black Bean sauce. I have not tried either, but would be interested in knowing if others have.

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Are you sure you had this at Dumpling Café and not somewhere else? I tried this at DC and it was bone-in lamb with cabbage, but no Szechuan peppercorn numbingness and not spicy. Maybe I just got a bad batch.

Best Cheesesteak in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville

Joe's Famous in Roxbury is the best I have had here. I would suggest going during the day because it frankly isn't the safest place at night

Raw Bar Scallops?

Raw scallops are one of my favorite things, although I admit they are almost only seen at Japanese restaurants. I could eat 10 spicy scallop handrolls.

Flour Bakery

Agree, but they have a darn good breakfast sandwich.

Bar Boulud

Been their twice. Service still needs works, but the Pate Grand-Mere is truly a perfect rendition.

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Where do you recommend?

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Adding spicy salted live shrimp from the tanks at Peach Farm to the list.

Toronto Foodie Visits Boston

If you are on a seafood hunt and on public transit, I would recommend Island Creek, Neptune Oyster, Row 34, B&G Oysters and lobster rolls at Hooks. Nothing there is cheap (except maybe Hooks) but not fine dining either. Fine dining (not seafood focused) I think L'Espalier or O Ya are top (with a shout out to Asta, which I haven't tried, and Menton). Some hip foodie places that are right now would be La Brasa, Alden & Harlow & Ribelle (not sure about public transit to La Brasa, but not a terrible cab ride). Hope this helps.

Half-sour pickles

I love Barry's, grew up on it, and the pickles are indeed very good. In a strange twist of fate, the Waban Market next door (a Russian-owned market, I believe) has half sours that, dare I say, might be better than Barry's. Don't love much else there, but the pickles are strangely awesome.

Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

Queens Pastry at Bread and Butter

Taiwan Cafe, reopened yet?

Went last Wednesday, not only were they open, but the food was so good I thought they may have put a little crack in it. Apparently, it was just the prescription drugs that they are storing over the food prep area.

1. Best basil/pine nut pesto in Boston 2. Best overall restaurant in Boston

There is nothing like Alinea anywhere, definitely not here. That being said, I would put my vote in for L'Espailer being the best overall restaurant (although OYa, etc. may be more progressive). Interesting take on Italian (although definitely not old school) who's chef just won a James Beard yesterday is Coppa. They do seem to have "Little bell pasta with artichokes, peas and nettle-pistachio pesto" on the menu, which sounds nothing like 80's pesto, but pretty awesome.

West Bridge

I'll throw in another vote for West Bridge being a very good restaurant. It's not my all-time favorite, but very good at what it tries to do. No sure why the negative reaction here, but maybe you should go to Rendezvous, which this board has annointed the greatest restaurant on earth, ever.

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Now I need to get back to Winsor asap. Anyone think anything at East Ocean City is a must try?

Best Dishes in Chinatown

Haven't seen a recent thread on this. I'm looking for true all-star dishes and the restaurants that serve them. I would start with:

XLB - Dumpling Cafe
Sliced Fish Szechuan Stlye - GDH
3 Course Peking Duck - China King
Roast Beef with Scallions Roll in Scallion Pancake - Taiwan Cafe

Maybe I'd add some Szechuan dish at New Shanghai, salt and pepper anything at Peach Farm or some particular Dim Sum at Winsor, but would really like to get specific thoughts from CH's. Thanks.

Is there better Chinese in Boston than Peach Farm?

Jenny, while I really like China King, Peach Farm, Taiwan Cafe and Dumpling Cafe, I think it would be very difficult for two people to go to Gourmet Dumpling House, get a Sliced Fish Szechuan Style, a Beef w/ Longhorn Peppers and a mini juicy dumplings (albeit the bigger thicker kind) and not come out of there thinking you had a really great meal.

Boston style Chinese food

I love shrimp with lobster sauce, have since I was a kid. I think many places do a good rendition of it. That being said, I'd probably recommend going to Peach Farm for actual lobsters or Gourmet Dumpling House, Dumpling Cafe, Taiwan Cafe or New Shanghai for super awesome Taiwanese or Szechuan that you likely can't get in Florida.

Pigskin Playoff/Superbowl meal Craigie on Main.

I tried it yesterday. Ribs were good but not that something I would yearn for again, different from what I have ever had, dry rub, no sauce, sort of N. Carolina style but w/ some Indian spice flavors. The pulled port was just ok (good portion, nothing special flavor wise) and the pork belly was like 4 pieces of soft bacon (fine but not great for a party). They were generous with the sides, great cole slaw, beans and pickled veggies. In the end, I think I would have done better getting BBQ from a BBQ place. That being said, for the Superbowl it is pig's head and pig's tail, which you can't get at most BBQ places and are really specials of Craigie.

Chicago Beef Sandwiches and Giardiniera in Boston?

Combo is serious. Not sure why he wants crunch in the roll. The real test of the roll is whether it can survive being completely submerged in jus.

Best steak in Boston area?

I have been to all of the high-end steakhouses in this city and they are all similar and they all offer good quality meat, nothing earth shattering (there is no Peter Lugar's here) or particularly creative. That being said, I have found that Morton's has the most dry-aged gammyness if that is what you are looking for. I too was underwhelmend by the 100 day aged steak at Grill 23.

Sate Grill - opinions?

Doesn't look particularly special, but this may immediately become the best food available in Charlestown. Low bar, so I'm interested.


This is an easy answer. I don't generally love rabbit, but the Strozzapreti with braised rabbit, picholine olives and rosemary at Sportello is one of Boston's better pasta dishes and easily the best rabbit dish I have had in Boston.