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January 2013 Openings and Closings

A friend of mine dined at Caswell's Seafood in Weymouth last week and the owner told her they will be closing within the week.

http://www.caswellsseafood.com/

Jan 01, 2013
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

June Openings + Closings...Mostly Openings

Cupcake Mojo opened on Washington St in Weymouth (near the Landing) a couple of weeks ago.

http://cupcakemojo.com/

Jun 29, 2012
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

June Openings + Closings...Mostly Openings

It's open... And walking by there, I saw that there are VERY long lines.

Jun 29, 2012
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Fat Cat owner opening new restaurant in Weymouth

Exciting news! I love Fat Cat.

Jun 29, 2012
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Kendall lunch thread

if you are facing the stage where performers are, Redbone is going in the small existing structure off to the left of the stage...sort of near the restrooms.

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Redbones
55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

Aug 16, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Rehearsal Dinner in Braintree/Quincy/Boston

Also, are you looking for a private room or are you fine if your party is out in the open where the masses can see you?

Jul 26, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Boca Grande and Anna's Tacqueria turning into corporate Chipotle?

You are correct, chickendhansak, Boca has had chicken colorado for at least 4 or 5 years.

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Boca Grande
149 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Jul 26, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Quincy Adams T Stop

The immediate area around Quincy Adams is a restaurant dead zone. The T stop is wedged into a corner between the expressway ramps and the train tracks.

There are many more options in Quincy Center near the Quincy Center T stop. I second Pegmeister's Fat Cat rec, which is only a couple of blocks from the Quincy Center stop plus it is usually fairly easy to find parking.

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Fat Cat
24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

Jul 18, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

CH Recommendations for Hingham?

Square Cafe is very good as is Tosca.

Stars on Hingham Harbor can be hit or miss in my experience. Some things they do very well and other things are bad (in my most recent experience their crab cakes were mushy, mostly filler and flavorless).

Lunch at Scarlet Oak is good and in the past we've enjoyed a few appetizers at the bar. Very close to Scarlet Oak, but actually just across the townline in Norwell, is Strawberry Fair, which serves up a great breakfast.

I really enjoy the lobster roll & onion rings at Hingham Lobster Pound. And while they don't have any dining area, you can drive 1/4 mile down the road and eat at Hingham Bathing Beach.

Bloomy Rind is an interesting food shop and practically right next door is Nona's Ice Cream.

In Hull, Jakes is good for casual sit down seafood. And Saporitos is a favorite of ours. Saporitos doesn't look like much from the outside but it is always a great dining experience.

At Hingham Shipyard, while the beer at Hingham Beer Works is good, we've had an overall bad experience with the food...with the exception of the fish & chips, which my husband enjoyed. At Alma Nove, we've had good luck with the appetizers but many of our entree choices have been misses (a fish dish that was too salty, and pasta with strange fatty bits of chicken in it) Alma Nove DOES have a fantastic patio with a fire pit that is a great place to have a drink or two.

I also love the breakfast at Arthur & Pats even though it is a 20+ minute drive from hingham.

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Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Strawberry Fair Restaurant
14 Pond St, Norwell, MA 02061

Square Cafe
150 North St, Hingham, MA 02043

Tosca
14 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Saporito's Florence Club Cafe
11 Rockland Cir, Hull, MA 02045

Jake's Seafood Restaurant
50 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045

Nona's Homemade
19 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043

Alma Nove
Hingham, Hingham, MA 02043

Jul 12, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Live music on the South Shore

I'll second Tosca in Hingham. Of anyplace I can think of right now that has live jazz/piano, they have the best food.

The Red Parrot in Hull has live bands on weekends during the summer...and previous summers they had jazz brunch on Sundays, not sure if that is still going on this year. The food at The Red Parrot is nothing special.

Its not exactly the type of music you were asking for, but sometimes on weekend nights El Sarape in Braintree has a musician or 2 squeezed into the corner of the bar area playing guitar and singing.

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El Sarape
5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA 02184

Tosca
14 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Jun 07, 2011
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Looking for Chicago Hot Dog Ingredients

I will second the Windy City Eats recommendation. He has jars of the relish, sports peppers etc. out for sale.

They are located in Weymouth about 15 miles south of downtown Boston.

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Windy City Eats
407A Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02189

May 18, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

South of Boston Lobster Roll Search

In addition to Jake's Seafood (and similarly not right off route 3)..

The Hingham Lobster Pound has a good lobster roll and Linda Bean's on Natasket does a pretty good job too. Linda Bean's has odd hours though. Both of these places are pretty much just take out counters with no tables to eat at.

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Jake's Seafood Restaurant
50 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045

Linda Beans Perfect Maine Lobster Roll
163 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

Hingham Lobster Pound
4 Broad Cove Rd, Hingham, MA 02043

May 10, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Dining out with a new baby

I agree with everything that has been said already. My son is 15 months old now and we've taken him out to eat at least once a week since he was practically a newborn.

Along with what grant said about the small places...learn to travel light. It is a lot easier if you don't bring the world's largest stroller, diaper bag, Boppy, toy bag etc. into every restaurant. I had a small bag with just the essentials (1 or 2 diapers, small pack of wipes, enough feeding supplies to get me thru 2 hours max) in it to get me through a restaurant outing. The backup supplies were left in the car, just in case. Some restaurants will let you bring the stroller to the table and park it there so the baby can stay snuggly inside..others won't let the stoller into the dining room and I've been to a few small places in the burbs that won't even let you bring the stoller inside the restaurant.

Places we've eaten with the baby and had no issues include:
-anyplace we've gone for breakfast/brunch
-flour bakery
-blue ginger
-summer shack
-Helmand
-Gaslight
-Henrietta's Table
-various Italian places in the North End (many NE Italian joints are too small to drag the stroller into, so if you bring it, be prepared to ditch it in the vestibule or fold it up next to your table)
-various ethnic places- japanese/sushi, Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Chinese

Apr 12, 2011
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April 2011 Openings and Closings

Meadhall (or whatever it will be called) in the former Quantum Books space in Kendall Square Cambridge is looking like it will be opening soon. The furniture has been delivered, much of it is still wrapped in plastic...and today they had employee training. Does anyone know of a planned opening date for this place? it will be great to have a new lunch/afterwork option in the area.

Apr 12, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Seasonal Opening - Summer of 2011

From what I hear, Arthur & Pat's is opening on April 16th. Can't wait!

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Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

Apr 12, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

February Openings and Closings

Gabby's Restaurant at 462 Quincy Ave in Braintree (former home of Giomatti's and that Pizza Party place) had their grand opening event on January 29th.

"Gabby's Restaurant & Lounge, the only Argentinian, Italian & American fusion restaurant on the the South Shore. We are a family owned and operated restaurant,"

Here's their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabbys-...
and website: http://www.gabbysrestaurantandlounge....

I haven't checked it out yet. But am interested in trying out some of the Argentenian items on their menu.

Feb 08, 2011
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Least appetizing food ads?

The grossest ad I've ever seen from Dunkins was a large poster print ad in their stores for the Pancake-coated Sausage ball things they had this past fall. The poster was an extreme closeup of one of the sausage balls cut in half and it was glistening with grease and you could see all the little gristly meat bits. yum yum. *gag*

Feb 03, 2011
mangorita in Food Media & News

Least appetizing food ads?

I refer to KFC bowls as "slop bowls".

not.appealing.at.all.

Feb 03, 2011
mangorita in Food Media & News

Creating a Cooking/Supper Club

Just wanted to add a link to this older Chowhound discussion on cooking/dinner clubs that I found: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/378926

There are a good number of posts in there around ideas for themes and people discussing how their club works.

Jan 31, 2011
mangorita in Not About Food

Silk Road BBQ at Kendall?

They were definitely not there on Monday or Tuesday of last week.

Jan 31, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Chicken livers: Any great recommendations?

I like the chicken liver appetizer at El Sarape in Braintree. They arecooked up with tomatoes and onions. Perfect with a margarita and some tortilla chips.

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El Sarape
5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA 02184

Jan 26, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Organizing your "want to try" restaurants

I know it isn't quite what the app was originally intended for but I use the Foursquare app (for IPhone or Android) to help keep track of restaurants I want to try. I add the restaurants to my to-do list on foursquare. The app on the phone makes use of GPS so I can see which items on my to-do list are closest to my current location.

Jan 26, 2011
mangorita in Not About Food

Creating a Cooking/Supper Club

I was in a cooking club a year or so ago. It was really casual (maybe too casual for its own good). The host (or the group) would pick a theme for the meal. It was actually more like a themed potluck hosted by a different person each month. Most of the cooking was done at each person's home and they brought the prepared dish to the host's house. There was also no planned menu and people wouldn't really announce what they were bringing ahead of time...which sometimes resulted in things like a brunch meeting with 4 people out of 8 bringing muffins. THere would also be people who obviously invested a lot of effort and others who just kind of got by. We'd also often end up with a rather uneven meal.

Based on my experience with that group I think things would work better (for this kind of group where not everyone has room to have 6+ people cooking in their kitchen) :

- ahead of time get everyone's food allergies & dietary requirements out in the open(vegetarian, halaal/kosher, gluten-freee, nut allergy etc)...and decide how you are going to handle it..ex. across the board rule of "sue is vegitarian so ALL of our dishes must be" vs. "about 50%+ of dishes at a meal should be veg-friendly

- the group as a whole or the host should pick a menu/dish selection options for each meeting for people to pick from or have the host approve of a selection (ex. I don't like any of those French country picnic options you gave but I have this great recipe for an onion tart, would it be okay if I made that?). This will help make sure your menu is well-covered (avoid the too-many-muffins scenario)
- ask that people commit to their final dish at least about a week before the meal

dkennedy, Sounds like what you are doing is inline with the suggestions I've made above.

Jan 26, 2011
mangorita in Not About Food

Should little boys play with kitchens?

My 12 month old son's new favorite play activity is to take a few little bowls and little spoons and stir in the bowls. He uses the spoon to move his imaginiary food between the bowls and then serve everybody up some of his "food". This CH-mommy couldn't be prouder.

Jan 25, 2011
mangorita in Food Media & News

favorite breakfast places

It seems like your list is mostly north of town, but just in case you want to venture towards the south shore...South of the city we like:

Early American in Quincy for excellent homemade corned beef hash
Kristin's in Braintree for the Johnny Cake pancakes
Arthur & Pat's in Marshfield (closed in the winter) for lots of creative options
Toast in Hull
Strawberry Fair in Norwell
McKay's in Quincy

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Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

Strawberry Fair Restaurant
14 Pond St, Norwell, MA 02061

McKay's Breakfast and Lunch
144 Franklin St, Quincy, MA 02169

Toast
121 Nantasket Ave # 5, Hull, MA

Kristin's Breakfast & Lunch
349 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

Early American Restaurant
1054 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

Jan 24, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Silk Road BBQ at Kendall?

I've seen their stand in Kendall near the entrance to the parking garage near Genzyme....right across from the Segway Tour place. I am hoping to try them out this week if the weather doesn't turn too foul.

Jan 24, 2011
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

Kendall Square: The Boston's Area's Next Restaurant Row?

The end of Kendall closer to 3rd St. & the T station is begging for a good, yet casual bar with great food...a place where the high-tech/MIT crowd would feel comfortable in afterwork. Everyone at my office goes to Characters at the Marriott. after work, but it has no atmosphere and the food is sub par and overpriced. I am really hoping that Meadhall will fill that gap.

I am also always excited about new interesting lunch destinations in the area.

Where specifically are Area IV and Firebrand Saints going to be located?

Jan 24, 2011
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December Openings and Closings

Not sure if it's been reported yet, but a Five Guys is going into the same plaza as Target in Hanover on route 53. I am not sure when they are opening but their sign is up and there is work going on inside.

Dec 13, 2010
mangorita in Greater Boston Area

trader Joe's - baking soda in a classic baking powder container

I like the new style container too due to the fact that it is resealable and less prone to spillage in my clumsy hands. I've seen baking soda packaged this way at other stores than Trader Joe's for at least a year now (in Boston area)

Dec 09, 2010
mangorita in Chains

Seeking real gingerbread

What about Ginger Betty's Bakery in Quincy? I haven't been yet but was aiming to stop in sometime in the coming month.
http://www.gingerbettys.com/

Nov 30, 2010
mangorita in Greater Boston Area