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When you go to (town south of Boston), get the ( item or dish) at ( place)...

Anything at Hola in marshfield but especially the fried green beans and the flat breads

Jun 20, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Best Italian restaurant - limited to Boston itself

Yes, how so? Bova's calim to fame is that they are open very late for the late night munchies and to absorb many Faneuil Hall beers but just not up to Modern Pastry standards imho.

Jun 16, 2014
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North End Failure

I haven't been to Maurizio's in quite a while but I do know that the original chef owner, Maurizio, tragically passed away a year or two ago and he was almost always the cook in the kitchen so perhaps that caused a downhill trend. Sorry for your bad experience.

Jun 16, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

The new Tenoch in the North end is really terrific.

May 24, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

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

Mushroom soufflé at Il Capriccio; Ravioli with dropped egg at Prezza

May 24, 2014
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Awesome burgers: new thread

JM Curley's had been my fave since I first tried it.

May 20, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Tim Maslow Piece in Bostoon Mag just now

MC, i always respect and welcome your view but as a long time Prezza fan, I would note that while portions are large, you can get a half order on pastas and salads if you ask and if you dine with a companion, orders are easily and happily split. They also change their menu seasonally. Cataurano also has a commercial fishing licesne so on many occasions, he brings in fresh caught fish and makes a special preparation for the evening. I don't remember the early days so I have no frame of reference for your observation, but I am sure you are correct given what Cataurano himself has posted. The intereresting thing that makes Prezza such a welcome spot for regulars is the fact that making the customer happy seems to be job one for them. Of course at their price points, they certainly should.

Apr 04, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Tim Maslow Piece in Bostoon Mag just now

Thoughtful post by Prezza's Chef/Owner Anthony Cataurano on Facebook today regarding the Boston Magazine article. He writes:

"Interesting article for those who have been following along. When I first opened Prezza I was trying to force certain dishes on people. I was definitely some what Ego driven and in need of a check. I was young, 26 actually. I ignored small individual complaints by customers and friends as well as sound advice. Then our second review came out by Mat Shaffer at the Herald, it was less than favorable. At first I was mad and then I realized he was right. It helped to change how and what we cooked from that day on and helped Prezza evolve to what it is today."

Apr 04, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Tim Maslow Piece in Bostoon Mag just now

I agree that Richman is probably just trying to be his a$&%%e self and be noticed. But i also thought that Maslow was very measured in his response and don't think he fretted over the review as much as he just took a deep breath now that he was running two places instead of one. Perhaps it caused him to think over some things that heeventually would have thought about anyway. I doubt he is going to change his vision all that much and I am really looking forward to sampling his different menu options. If it weren't for CH I would never have known about him and I wouldn't have paid attention to Boston magazine article.

Apr 03, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Tim Maslow Piece in Bostoon Mag just now

For all of the CH Strip T fans (I still haven't gotten there, but hope to soon).
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

Apr 03, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

17 year old birthday celebration

All good ideas

Mar 26, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

March 2014 Openings and Closings

Well this is probably a repeat of an earlier post, but I went there once many years ago and it was so bad I kicked myself several times for wasting time and money there; no tears from this part of th world.

Mar 26, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

James Beard Semifinalists

Well, haven't made it to Ribelle yet so in the meantime lots of love for Hammersly's for great dining and years of consistency. Gordon is almost always on the line, the servers are wonderful and of course that Red Sox hat is iconic (or ionic as the former Mayor might say).

Feb 20, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area
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Alden & Harlow

Yes, I live around the corner and always enjoyed the food there. Plus, Mike was very friendly and a huge baseball fan.

Feb 02, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

I must admit: I love the North End

Yours is a very good list imho. For another middle of the road place, I have had some good luck at Artu as well.

Jan 31, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Oh yeah!

Jan 04, 2014
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Help me decide where to cry about my advanced age.

In keeping with Madrid's sentiment, i remind myself from time to time of George Burns' response when asked how it felt to turn 90,: "It's not so bad when you consider the alternative". happy birthday and have a great dinner.

Dec 13, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Fish in Boston

Mercato de Mare is a small shop but whatever fish they have is as fresh as possible. A couple of nights ago they brought in some Pacific black cod (sablefish?) which was outstanding. A kind of sustainable chilean sea bass without the guilt. They will also give you a recipe or two and generally do anything for you with the stock they have, plus they do a lot of cooking there for folks who are on the run and don't have time to cook. Two very nice gals who work as hard as anyone to make their customers happy. Of course it being in my neighborhood makes me somewhat biased but it is a fine fish merchant.

Dec 06, 2013
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Chowhound red herrings

Went to HB just a few weeks ago, taking out of town friends. Had a great meal with no issues at all and this was on a Sunday night with Gordon not working the line so imho there is no change in quality at Hammersley's. Oh and service is consistently great too.

Nov 26, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Yankee Lobster, Daily Catch, or Carmen

Carmen is a very nice spot with very good food, but it is very small so be sure to make a reservation. If you have a very large group you might want to have a fall back plan.

Sep 11, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Brunch for 22 oh Sunday 9/1

btw brunch at AG was great. terrific food, Bloody marys and service were incredbly professional despite the size of our party. Hats off to the staff there.

Sep 01, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Brunch for 22 oh Sunday 9/1

Thank you for your recs. Much appreciated. As it turns out, we will be having brunch at the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, hopefully on the patio in back. Interested in trying out Area 4 before too long, it seems to be a favorite on this Board which means a lot to me. Thanks again.

Aug 29, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Brunch for 22 oh Sunday 9/1

Having difficulty finding a venue for a nice reunion brunch on 9/1 (price not a major issue) Tried for Sam's at Louis but they seemed to limit seatings to 12. Looking for a nice spot, if possible with outdoor seating (in Boston or neighborhoods).tia

Aug 20, 2013
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Looking For Great Wine Lists

If you can travel a little bit west to Waltham, the wine list at Il Cappriccio is extremely lengthy and had some amazing bottles. It is virtually all Italian in focus but it is really breathtaking if you favor Italian wines.

Jun 04, 2013
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Appetito

Although it was along time ago, i went once and really disliked everything about it, so never again. In fairness, only one visit.

May 28, 2013
Northender in Greater Boston Area

Best Margaritas....

East Coast Grill; Boston Harbor Hotel "Cadillac" Margarita

May 28, 2013
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Lamb Sandwiches

No change in the Artu lamb and spicy eggplant sammy. Same as it ever was.

Apr 23, 2013
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Bistro du Midi and Erbaluce

loved erbaluce but very different experience great food and wine1

Feb 23, 2013
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December 2012 Openings and Closings

license was transferred within the last two weeks I think.

Dec 19, 2012
Northender in Greater Boston Area

"Suicide food" restaurant signage in Greater Boston?

Big neon fish - It was only up for a few days before they were forced to take it down.

Nov 14, 2012
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