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Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Much thanks to all for the terrific recommendations.

Last night we had a fabulous meal at Hungry Mother, probably our fourth since our first soon after it opened. We always loved a special cocktail they made with sorghum, that's not among their specialty drinks any more, but they made one for us they said would be a close approximation. It was good, but not exactly what we remembered and loved. The food, though, was sensational last night, start to finish. They continue not to exactly cater to vegetarians (!) on their menu, but served me a platter with what was described as corn porridge (really good), a squash melange (lovely) with the best cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes I could ever imagine tasting. Wow. The special side we ordered, cauliflower with almonds and butter, was fantastic. The omnivore absolutely loved his cast-iron chicken, as did we both the cornbread with sorghum butter, and boiled peanuts.

Had a nice lunch at Ulu Cafe in Jamaica Plain yesterday, wonderful ice cream at Christina's the night before, and a delicious (apricot and ?) tart from Clear Flour Bakery this morning.

Looking forward to getting to Istanbu'lu tonight, after lunch at Xinh Xinh...

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area
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Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Ribelle looks wonderful - thank you teezeetoo. We have one dinner left in question, though we're meeting up with folks who may need something more casual and cheaper. If not this trip, hopefully we get back and can try it soon.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Very much appreciated, antimony. Hoping to make it in to Xinh Xinh (AND 101 Bakery) for lunch today. If we can, I'd love to make it to Gene's this weekend, but also would like to hit Bronwyn and Machu Picchu, but time now is running way too short (we start mourning the impending end of our visit almost as soon as it begins). We're in Cambridge near Charlestown, and it may not be a bad drive to Malden for Habeesha... but time is getting tight.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

I really appreciate this suggestion, tysonmcneely. We did go to Yoma, missing Burmese food in NYC, which was a favorite from SF. We had the tea leaf ginger salad (kind of a combo of their ginger and their tea leaf salads) which we enjoyed, and scratched a long-time itch. The plata (layered bread) with potato and bean curry was delicious too. The okra potato tofu was okay, but less successful, and the Burmese kimchee (spicy, sweet and pickled shallots, I believe), was more interesting than gobble-it-up delicious. So hit or miss, yes, but a wonderful treat for Burmese food fans.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

TimTamGirl, thank you! Great information, including spotlighting places that had not been on my radar screen (Dorchester for Vietnamese, and Tupelo). I forgot the name of Istanbu'lu, but we once had a VERY memorable brunch there a few years back. I will indeed keep combing through the boards, but it's not often clear which good places work well also for vegetarians. We've had so much luck finding great places there in the past.

Much appreciated!

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Thank you, addiez! I hadn't discovered Life Alive yet. Sarma looks great, as does Oleana (we love Sofra, which we always include in our trips).

We're booked for a b'day dinner at a (now) long-time favorite, Hungry Mother, and may do one or two others at a moderately high price, but hope to stay around (or under) $20 - 25 per person, without booze, for most.

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

We've been lucky enough to be able to make a yearly visit from NYC to the GBA several times now, excited to be coming up this week. The range of food pleasure in the area is a primary motivator for us, from Turkish to regional Chinese to Italian to (new) Southern to Ethiopian, from bakeries to ice cream to dim sum to deli - we've had wonderful experiences over the years.

If anyone's got current recommendations (and skinny) on places good for these and more, that work for a mixed marriage - omnivore and vegetarian (lacto-ovo) - we'd tremendously appreciate them.

In addition to what's good for the above, we'd love to hear about good Vietnamese, Burmese, and (yes) Indian pudding (years ago memory from Locke-Ober). Oh, and good vegetarian places mixed in would be good for us both too.

Hoping any recs provided are useful to many in addition to us!

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Exactly one nice meal in Portland!

Glad you enjoyed the East Ender, Bob W. We also ate there last night, and also had a terrific meal: outstanding deviled eggs (one set veg, one not), nettle soup, tossed salad, and a salad special (truly special, though can't name the magical ingredients beyond pickled asparagus and mustard greens) - both fantastic, bread basket (wonderful), and mint chocolate chip ice cream (only thing that was just good). Two brilliant cocktails - the Bowlegged Cowboy, made with bourbon, beer syrup, stout and a lucardo cherry, and the Caipirinha Verde, made with cachaca, cilantro and lime. We were relaxed and comfortable by the window downstairs in what may be their bar area, with enjoyable roots/bluegrass/Americana music and good service. The main dining room is up a flight of stairs, if I'm not mistaken.

Jul 01, 2014
round2 in Northern New England
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Cheap eats to moderate recs?: one week in Portland (with day trips)

This goes way beyond getting me started, making me even more excited about our visit, and grateful for your generosity. These suggestions and comments will be helpful for all readers who get to enjoy the food and beverages of Portland.

I'm actually not a vegetarian who will eat fish, but one who'll enjoy having whatever works for me at a great place for seafood that the omnivore will love. I'm sure I'll do much better than fine there otherwise.

Many thanks, bobbert, and anyone else with additional input you might care to throw out!

Jun 25, 2014
round2 in Northern New England

Cheap eats to moderate recs?: one week in Portland (with day trips)

We're excited to be getting away with a hotel booked for one week in Portland - and a rental car. This trip is a financial stretch, so after having paid for the hotel and car expenses, we're trying not to splurge out on our meals.

But the truth is we're excited about the food of Portland and surrounding areas of Maine. Most meals we're hoping to keep to $20 - 25 per person (hopefully several for less). One splurge will be for Sunday Supper at Piccolo, and one for The Well (at Jordan's Farm).

One's an omnivore, the other a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I'm happily planning to indulge some meals skimpy for a veg (it's seafood land, right?), and he loves healthy, lighter eating, great fresh produce (and lots of meat and seafood). We like places that feel like the owner's lives are invested in them.

Any recommendations for our miraculous opportunity for a week in Maine?

Jun 24, 2014
round2 in Northern New England

Best Restaurant in Astoria (for 16)?

Here's some ideas for places in Astoria that I'd think of as able to accommodate 16 people on a Monday night, in addition to MP Taverna: Trattoria L'Incontro, Ovelia, Koliba, Piccola Venezia, Loukoumi Taverna, Telly's Taverna, Ornella's, Stamatis, Pachanga Patterson, Christos Steak House, Vesta Trattoria, Zenon, eTaverna, De Mole, Kopiaste, Thirsty Koala, Milkflower, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Pye Boat Noodle, Republic Bar, Trakia

I certainly left out some good places, though I knew some that weren't open on Mondays. Others may be. Hopefully this is a helpful start.

Jun 09, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Moegyo Burmese Food Fair 2014

Any reports back from the Moegyo Burmese Food Fair 2014? I was pained to be unable to attend. Any news about future events or Burmese food outlets anywhere nearby?

Jun 09, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

I would not encourage Indonesian food lovers to take this event for granted, counting on the Masjid Al-Hikmah monthly food bazaar's this summer. I stopped in back of there recently and spoke someone who says they're not expecting those to happen this year. If anyone has other information, I know many of us would be interested in hearing it.

Meanwhile, this event in Forest Hills sounds great.

May 15, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Kickshaw

Am I right that you are referring to The Queens Kickshaw, located in Astoria?: http://thequeenskickshaw.com/

Dec 11, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Not Outer Boroughs, but Moishe's Bakery on 2nd Avenue at 7th Street in Manhattan has a cinnamon babka that is very good when fresh. I once happened by there when it had just come out of the oven, and it was pretty wonderful. I've learned to ask what is and isn't fresh there - which is necessary.

Dec 02, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving Dinner

Buttermilk Channel is offering a $45 thanksgiving dinner: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/28...

Nov 08, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Bab al Yemen closed?

This closing opens a big gap in NY, for me. I'm not surprised others had such strong reactions to Bab al Yemen too. I am surprised at how quietly it seems to have disappeared.

Nov 08, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Bab al Yemen closed?

One of the best meals I had during the last year was in Bay Ridge, at Bab al Yemen. Now I hear that it's closed. Does anyone know the story? This place was a Yemeni food paradise...

Oct 28, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Greenpoint, Lomzynianka, Fresh Pierogies and a Bifold of Home Style / Culinary Artistry

Wonderful review, jonkyo. I love Lomzynianka myself. I've had some delicious cheese blintzes there, too, as well as excellent mushroom barley soup.

Oct 06, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

E Taverna, lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant in Astoria: pile up the small plates

I live nearby, but don't have a car myself. I'm fairly sure that parking is all on the street near E Taverna. Not as bad as some neighborhoods, but could require walking a block or so, depending on your luck.

Oct 06, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

E Taverna, lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant in Astoria: pile up the small plates

Oh, okay - that's interesting. I hadn't heard about those connections. Somehow I'd been assuming that there were some lingering connections to the previous tenant there, Foodoni, which had been a turn-off and why I didn't check them out for a long time, even though I live close by. This new information makes more sense.

Oct 04, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

E Taverna, lovely neighborhood Greek restaurant in Astoria: pile up the small plates

I enjoyed my second visit last night to E Taverna, a charming small neighborhood restaurant in Astoria (23rd Ave & 27th St) with a menu of Greek classics and some less common dishes. I love their current menu offering small plates of many of their menu items. This allowed the two of us to affordably ($37 and change, including one glass of retsina) try 6 dishes, each of which we fully enjoyed.

Both times I've gone I was struck by the warm, welcoming service. The wonderful food delighted my omnivore husband as much as my several vegetarian dishes did me. He raved about his loukaniko (Greek sausage) and avgolemono (egg, lemon and chicken soup). We also had an unusually tasty Greek salad, okra, gigantes ("giant beans"), lemon potatoes, and lentil soup. Fresh bread is delivered to the table with tyrokefteri, a wonderful spicy feta spread. Many Greek standards, very well prepared, with excellent, fresh ingredients. We skipped dessert, with treats waiting at home from an earlier stop at Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights.

Twice now experiencing consistent quality across multiple dishes, a comfortable, hospitable setting, and reasonable prices has made me an admirer. Although we reveled in the wonderful warm early October evening at an outside table last night (where I'd enjoyed a previous solo visit), trips into the restaurant revealed an unusually pleasant low noise/sound volume with lovely traditional Greek music. I think E Taverna’s likely to now become a regular in our repertoire. I hope this place doesn't get lost in the Astoria crowd with its consistent quality and lack of bombast.

Oct 02, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

June Indonesian Food Bazaar

Thanks for this heads up, geckoFeet. As always, I was happy to be able to get over there today, and this time with a plan to load things up to take home. It felt pretty darn hot there in the sun, so I strategized with a quick circle around the Bazaar, and selected several savory and sweet items and rode them in my bike basket home to enjoy. Was glad to be able to again score the Forbidden Rice, and a new (to me) jackfruit dish with green beans in a spicy coconut milk sauce. The heat may have cut down on the crowds, so could well be worth it to head over there at this hour.

Jun 23, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Celebrating mom's 80th b'day in Raleigh/Cary area

I'd be most grateful for recommendations for a good location for a mid-week dinner location to celebrate my mother. We're a group that includes some not-so-adventurous eaters, one lacto-ovo vegetarian, and hope to find a not too expensive nice place. Hearing what's been good recently that may fit the bill will be tremendously appreciated!

Jun 22, 2013
round2 in Southeast

Vegetarian options

Do you know Wafa's?

That place is great, and seems like a workable location for you, no?:
http://www.wafasfood.com/

Jun 14, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Vegetarian options

I think you may do better with Greek food if you need a variety of vegan options, though both cuisines lean heavy on cheese. How about specifying which part of Queens you're in, or willing to travel for pick-up? The borough's not small!

Jun 14, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Voice fires Sietsema

"Nobody does a better job covering ethnic restaurants."

That's a simple statement, and for me, a huge one that's entirely accurate. I am tremendously indebted to Robert Sietsema, and hope he's at work quickly in at least as good a position.

In addition to his contributions to those who love food, he's been a massive supporter of valiant small business people, launching and running food businesses from the heart, and not the corporate bottom line.

May 18, 2013
round2 in Food Media & News

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

By the way, geckoFeet, where did you get this information?

Apr 17, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

Great news - thank you for giving us the heads-up!

Apr 14, 2013
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Vegetarians on David Chang

As someone who has tracked David Chang's, shall we say, lack of vegetarian-friendliness, all of these years, I was amused to discover this article - do people think it reflects a change in the pattern of his restaurants?:
http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/d...

Mar 23, 2013
round2 in Manhattan