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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.

about 14 hours ago
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Best Dishes in Chinatown

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

2 days ago
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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.

Apr 18, 2014
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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.

Mar 18, 2014
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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.

Jan 29, 2014
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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.

Jan 20, 2014
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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.

Jan 10, 2014
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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.

Jan 05, 2014
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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.

Dec 27, 2013
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LOOKING FOR RABBIT IN A RESTAURANT

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.

Dec 20, 2013
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Pedro's Tacos

Just had a breakfast burritto from Pedro's. Egg, Cheese, Beans, Chorizo, Potatos and their red salsa. Really solid. No one is doing this style burritto in the city, yum.

Dec 10, 2013
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Row 34

I went on opening night as well. Wanted to love it, only liked it. Always great to have another good seafood restaurant, especially one with such a good beer selection, but, unlike Island Creek, I thought they weren't trying to do anything interesting. Oysters were great as was an appetizer that I believe they referred to as fish headcheese. There was not much on the main course page that looked interesting. The whole fish was just boring and tasteless (but seemed fresh). The fried clams were good enough, but they charged $1 each for sauces (a spicy catsup that tasted just like catsup and sirachia, a horseradish mustard that tasted like any horseradish mustard you could buy at the grocery store and a mayo based sauce that I can't remember what it was billed as, but tasted just like mayo). I don't care about $3, but it just looked like they were being greedy asking for extra money for sauces (in particular sauces that were nothing special). Some people like their seafood without much adulteration (I actually consider myself one of them), but its not like they are doing crazy things at ICOB, and given that the bill ends up coming to about the same amount, I would have appreciated some of the creativity in the main dishes that you get at ICOB.

Nov 29, 2013
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Best "classic" martini

It's hard to say that using less vermouth is a fad, when every drink at our favorite craft cocktail places seem to be made with some vermouth or vermouth-like ingredient. Dry vermouth has not much to offer in my opinion, but I'm sure someone will tell me about some wonderful handmade dry vermouth, so I'll just go with to each his own when it comes to Martinis.

Nov 22, 2013
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Debunking Boston restaurant myths

Thanks

Nov 20, 2013
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the great croissant hunt

Just don't seem to see them very much in France. Plain, almond and chocolate, but maybe I'm not looking the right place. Don't care if they are authentic or not, because this crossant is awesome.

Nov 17, 2013
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the great croissant hunt

I've had the ham and cheese croissant at Bread & Butter twice while still hot. Not authentic, but one of the best I have ever had.

Nov 17, 2013
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Debunking Boston restaurant myths

Are their particular types of local whole fish and particular types of preperations at particular restaurants in Chinatown that you would recommend? I always find it a crapshoot because I don't know what I am doing.

Nov 17, 2013
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Huang Fei Hong spicy peanuts?

Wow. My shipment came. Who knew that fat, MSG, chilis & sichuan peppercorns tasted so good together (except everybody who likes sichuan food)? My tongue is totally destroyed, it feels like my ears do after a way too loud concert with no earplugs.

Oct 17, 2013
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squid ink pasta

Not near you, but Monica's Mercato in the North End sells both fresh (made in house) and dried (third party vendor) squid ink pasta.

Oct 16, 2013
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Huang Fei Hong spicy peanuts?

With free shiping and no cost of gas to drive there it is close enough in cost for me to give them a try (bought 6 packs). If I get hooked, may need to find another supplier.

Oct 15, 2013
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Huang Fei Hong spicy peanuts?

Just ordered some on Amazon. Interested in trying them.

Oct 15, 2013
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Best Fried Chicken

Fixed.

I'm fully in favor of leaving breast meat out of any chicken meal.

Oct 14, 2013
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Anniversary Dinner

If you've never been to L'Espailer and you have been to the other two, there is no question you should go to L'Espailer. If someone asked me for a recommendation for a fancy aniversary dinner with no other information, I would have picked L'Espailer. I have done 2 anniversary dinners there that were both wonderful, food and service.

Oct 14, 2013
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Curious why ramen is so rare and yet sushi joints are on every corner?

Lots of great comments from lots of great Chowhounds, but I think this is really just about the Boston restaurant scene being small, slow moving and relatively risk averse. There is clearly demand for good ramen here. If YumeWoKatare (or any other good ramen place) opened up a place 4 times YWK's current size tomorrow in a good location, it would be crowded every day. I was in NY last week for 2 days and all the people that I was with from Boston in their suits just wanted ramen (Went both days, 1st to Momofuku and 2nd to Hide-Chan, talk about different styles of ramen!). It's only a matter of time that Ramen really hits Boston, I just wish it would come sooner.

Oct 09, 2013
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Neptune Oyster Bar advice

Been to Salumeria 100 times and never thought to order a sandwich. Do you have to grab your bread by the door and bring it up there or can you just tell the guy behind the counter what you want? What have you ordered there?

Sep 27, 2013
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Can you get Chongqing chicken in Chinatown?

Any Szechuan peppercorn on that, if you recall?

Aug 30, 2013
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Batali and Charlestown Olives location....

That would be an amazingly good fit.

Aug 29, 2013
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Bread + Butter Pastries: Excellent

Had a Ham and Cheese Croissant that was still warm at B&B. Best savory croissant I have ever had (given that savory croissants are relatively hard to find in France).

Aug 27, 2013
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Can you get Chongqing chicken in Chinatown?

Looked at GDH and New Shanghai menus for what it's worth.

Aug 23, 2013
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Can you get Chongqing chicken in Chinatown?

Title says it all. Haven't seen it on any menus in Chinatown, but maybe they refer to it as something else.

Aug 23, 2013
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