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LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

Maybe they heard the chatter here and it helped them improve the product? Wishful thinking. I may have hit them on a good day (But it is still not serious competition for Red's Eats in Wiscasset).

Feb 20, 2012
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LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

Had a very nice lobster roll at Island Creek Oyster Bar this weekend. Very nice fresh lobster meat, not overdone with mayo, a nice soft roll - and served with delicious cole slaw and some kettle cooked chips (a side of fries were very nice as well). Not tons of meat so I can't claim it is huge - and at 19.00/roll they could have made it a wee bit bigger - but it was filling and very tasty.

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Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Feb 20, 2012
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area

Best Fish and Chips in Boston?

Ouch ! That stings. I have not been to MM for a few years so I will have to try the Druid and adopt a new standard !!! Thanks Jenny !

Jan 10, 2012
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Best Fish and Chips in Boston?

AGREE with Area Man -- Matt Murphy's are the best in Boston (in fairness to all, I have not tried the Fish and Chips at many of the other places discussed on this thread) -- happen to have fish and chips in England and Ireland and still find Matt's better than any I have had elsewhere. They really do it right.

Jan 10, 2012
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What is the best restaurant in Cambridge?

I do believe their fish is awesome. Agree with your review -- BBQ ranges from fantastic to okay -- just depends on the night and the recipe. The fish has always been a standout - unique ideas - not over-the-top that you lose perspective on the native fish but really fun enhancements to compliment the fish. I have friends that think ECG is the only place to go for an awesome dinner (though the lines can be a little long so a reservation on a weeknight might be the way to go if you can arrange it...???)

Jan 09, 2012
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What is the best restaurant in Cambridge?

Agree about Helmand - love it. How about Atasca (Portugese) near Kendall Square? I also love Rialto (but would be remiss if I said it was "affordable"). Across the hallway from Rialto - Henrietta's Table is fun and great food (more affordable). Red House on Winthrop Street is really nice and great food. What kind of food do you think your guests want to try? Cambridge is a big place - and there are lots of varieties of foods and styles from which to select.

Jan 09, 2012
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JoJoTaipei Report 9/18/11

I would agree FoodDabbler -- both hot (not the hottest dish I have eaten by a long shot -- but it is pretty hot) and absolutely delicious. IF you can't take the heat -- it would not be fun to suffer through it to try to find out if it is delicious. As far as pure heat and fire -- I once had a lamb dish at one of my favorite Waltham Moody Street Indian restaurants that was made "extra hot" at my friend's request -- absolutely it was as as hot as anything I have put in my mouth - almost painful beyond belief ( I could not eat it) and it was amazing to me that it did not melt through the copper kettle dish in which it was served.

Jan 05, 2012
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JoJoTaipei Report 9/18/11

IT was absolutely wonderful. Separately, for the "I love it hot fans" there was a Chinese food truck that parked in front of 500 Tech Square (Main Street Cambridge) each day, it still might be there, and it has a dry fried spicy chicken dish that is amazing - I used to eat it about once a week because it would become addictive (okay so maybe I ate it twice a week :-)

Jan 04, 2012
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Best (NON-Buffalo flavored) Wings in Boston?

Walked by Bon Chon last night -- and saw at least 4 or 5 parties of 4 or more dining on HUGE platters of crispy wings -- I did not get to taste them but I actually walked in and got a to-go menu just to make a note that I have to go back and return to try them. The woman who was cashiering explained that you can make choices of the sauces and that sometimes they have boneless wings in limited quantities (at lunch and maybe a few into the evening -but when they are gone - that is it for the day/night).

Any suggestions about other things to order at Bon Chon?

Jan 03, 2012
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Apple cider donuts

Cold Hollow Cider Mill is amazing ! I have to try Ohlin's and some of the others around town - but I can only speak to when I lived a few miles up the road from Cold Hollow and rushed the donuts home to have them still " Just out of the fryer" warm.

Jan 03, 2012
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Farmer seeking ideas for a CIDER DONUT SUNDAE

I would personally like to see a cider donut sundae made with Cinnamon ice cream and a caramel sauce (on top of the cider donuts) -- if you want to make it ULTRA Decadent - drizzle a little hot fudge and top it with some fresh whipped cream -- but that makes it fattening.

Jan 03, 2012
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JoJoTaipei Report 9/18/11

JoJoTaipei Report - I was there last night (1/2/2012) and coincidentally - I ordered the beef with soft soy-custard on the daily special list (mentioned by opinionatedchef above as --braised beef with tofu pudding (a daily Special).

It was outstanding -- very spicy (not for the faint of heart) but wonderfully tasty and amazing textures. If you like having spicy dishes which are hot and make you sweat/cry this is one to put on your 'must try' list. Even though it is hot and spicy - you still taste the beef and and the really soft creamy tofu custard (granted - it is pretty tasteless all by itself so it needs to be the counter-point to the sauce for the beef). I hope they keep this one on the regular menu forever.

I noted that four or five of the other tables around me had equally amazing dishes that people were enjoying. Interesting bubble teas, ricey/bean desert pudding looking dishes that a group of students were delighting over as well ( I could not finish my dinner so I was not going to even contemplate desert on this visit). I suggest going with a few people so you can order up a bunch of dishes and share them since there are so many interesting looking choices. Looking forward to a return visit.

Jan 03, 2012
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LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

Agreed AdamD. I love the 2-6 lb/sizes just as much. I have made so many dinners/salads/newburgs whatever you like with the larger lobsters and find them every bit as tasty as the chix at a pound or 1+1/4 -- 2 /bers. I like 'em all ! (Can you tell ?)

Dec 30, 2011
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LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

Agreed. Great additions -- keeping everything proportionately in the tiniest amounts so as not to impede at all on the wonderful lobster flavor. With this being a cornerstone recipe for success - it is amazing to me that there are not a few restaurants that can seize upon this and truly make a landmark statement with a lobster roll that is excellent let along decent in this area?

Dec 30, 2011
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Lots of lobster in Boston?

StriperGuy knows of what he speaks. 100% agree. Pound for pound - I will take a bigger lobster every time because you can access and use ALL of the meat -- in a small lobster, you end up tossing some of the meat because it is just too difficult to get it out or when you do get to it it is the tiniest bit of meat that you are sorry you wasted the time. In a big bug, it is simple to get it out and worth the effort. It is also tender and tasty. I would stick with the hard-shell lobsters every time. Soft lobsters though are frequently a deal, just are not the firm and super pristine consistency of the hard-shell lobsters. I would not forgo eating them all together but if I had a choice - I would go for the hard shell every time.

Dec 30, 2011
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area

LOBSTER ROLLS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

I have yet to see an amazing lobster roll in Boston. Red's is pretty darn good (but are you going to drive to Wiscasset from Boston for a lobster roll?). The only consistency I have seen is that everyone charges a lot for them. Even the crappiest of lobster rolls gets a premium. I agree with StriperGuy- go to the market and have them steam the lobster, shuck it yourself, mix in a tiny bit of mayo - a little dash of salt and some pepper -- a shard or two of super-finely chopped celery if it is to your liking - barely a dusting of paprika and you are totally in business. Hard to beat the simplicity if fresh lobster meat. If you like hot dog rolls, or nice french rolls or no roll at all - just the lobster salad you are in business (and it is just about the easiest thing in the world to make). By the way - Shaw's has a special on Fresh Steamed lobsters for 4.99/lb today).

Dec 30, 2011
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Max and Leo's. Real pizza just off exit 17, Newton.

Agree Jenny --- if they want "fresh" please pre-cook or saute - or do something other than lay them on raw. There has to be a better way than pure canned/jarred mushrooms which actually look funky - and don't taste bad - but are so un-romantic sitting next to fantastic ingredients which are either home made or procured from great places. I need to start really figuring out how to deal with amazing ways to prepare pizza mushrooms.

Dec 30, 2011
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area

Max and Leo's. Real pizza just off exit 17, Newton.

Looking forward to your reivew StriperGuy -- you turned me on to Fiorella's in the first place many years ago !

Dec 30, 2011
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area

Max and Leo's. Real pizza just off exit 17, Newton.

If I am going to head to Pepe's -- the ONLY pizza I am going to order is the CLAM -- amazing.

Dec 30, 2011
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area

Are Buff's Pub wings really all that ?

Buff's are about as good as it gets in terms of classic "Buffalo" wings - the others are good - but just like any place that has their own versions of chicken wings which are tasty. I have yet to find a Buffalo wing in the Boston area that BEATS Buff's -- a few are close to being as good -- but none that I have tried are better. I agree with Cookie Lee and others -- if you are in Cambridge and don't want to trek to Newton Corner -- S & S makes very respectable Buffalo Wings (not quite as good as Buff's - but right up there as a #2 in the area in my humble opinion).

Dec 30, 2011
PhuKew2 in Greater Boston Area