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Dumpling Daugher Weston

It's a winner! Just back with my own dumpling daughter. Clean, well-lit place with friendly service--as you'd expect in Weston, and much better than you'd expect in a typical dumpling restaurant. Pan seared pork dumplings, steamed vegetable dumplings, and Coco's Roll-up (beef wrapped in scallion pancake with hoisin) were all very good. Plus, great bubble tea and Mexican Coke to drink!

Where to find Dungeness crabs in the boston area?

I had one at Summer Shack years ago. It was excellent, but it was one of the nightly specials, so you'll need to call first.

Nov 25, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Zaftigs disappointment

So true about B&D! Favorite dish at B&D: Corned beef with eggs over easy and one of their excellent bagels. I will try Michael's on your recommendation. Thanks!

Nov 04, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Zaftigs disappointment

I confess--Iured by the promise of hard-to-find Jewish treats such as whitefish salad, corned beef and pastrami, I keep going to Natick. More times than not, I'm disappointed too. The real issue here as that nobody's minding the shop--working day-in, day-out to insure good food and professional service.

Arlington Greek Festival this weekend (June 6, 7 and 8)

Went today for lunch after seeing this post. Chicken Gyro wraps were great--comparable to those in Athens. May go back tomorrow for more! Thanks, Gretchen!

Outdoor lunch, Father's Day, Metro West

Wayside Inn in Sudbury has food that's just OK, but a wonderful, quiet patio in the Summer. If memory serves, the lobster roll is quite good. Call them to make sure the patio is open.

Jun 05, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near newton Wellesley hospital....with a child

Papa Razzi is a short walk west on Rt 16. (Maybe a long walk or a short car ride with 4-year old.) Pasta, salads, sandwiches, glass of wine, nice atmosphere.

Apr 17, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Searching for a great Hot Dog as winter winds down.

Flo's (on Rt 1 in York, ME) with special sauce and mayo.

Mar 10, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Karma Coffee Sudbury - GO NOW!

Yes!!!! Incredibly good coffee--it even beats Peet's. Whole beans also available at Whole Foods Wayland.

Jan 21, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Best steak in Boston area?

Agreed on the poor value offered by steak houses. I love the steak frites at Aquitaine Bis in Chestnut Hill.

Jan 08, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Anyone eaten at Lavender in Sudbury? Thinking of going there Xmas Day

Lavender is far superior. We live in Sudbury, and enjoyed Lotus Blossom for years before Lavender opened. But Lavender is our hands-down favorite. The food is more consistent and fresher tasting, and the service is personal. Favorite dishes: wonton soup, salt and pepper shrimp, mu shi pork, sichuan string beans, lobster with garlic.

Dec 22, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

The Clam Box--do we have a problem?

We found ourselves near Ipswich today, and couldn't resist stopping by The Clam Box for lunch. While it's long been our favorite for fried clams, the wait was unbelievably long today. What would have been 30 minutes from arrival to ordering, judging by length of the line, was more than 45 minutes. We waited another 20-25 minutes for food post-ordering. Even by Clam Box standards, that's mighty long. What made it worse was the frustration with watching a normally hard-working crew operate at painfully slow speed. It looked like some sort of forced slowdown during a labor dispute (though I doubt it actually was). Just before the food arrived, I vowed this would be my last visit.

But then the food arrived. The clams were AWESOME!!! A perfect medium size, just the right brininess, light flaky batter. When confronted with such an assault, I was forced to withdraw my solemn vow.

I then went to speak with the owner, to ask what's up. She wouldn't come out to speak with me, but I had a nice chat with the woman she sent in her place. No real explanation and a very small sorry from her, followed by a plea from me for them to please watch the clock.

Has anyone else confronted this problem? Not the long line and commensurately long wait we've all come to expect, and not the delay caused by a mid-afternoon oil change, but what appears to be an incredibly slow team of workers causing the long delay.

Sep 29, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

New Wayland Restaurants

Paani on Rt 20 in Sudbury gets my vote, about 10 minutes west of Wayland center. Only about ten tables, best to call ahead for reservation.

Sep 28, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

New Wayland Restaurants

Sadly, have to agree on the Bertucci's. We were surprised by how weak their pizza was, twice.

Sep 28, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

dairy Joy Menu

You keep comparing apples and oranges, or at least clams and fried food in general. But your point about the seafood plate illustrates the issue well: the photo shows the seafood plate price to be $29.95. An extra $4 at DJ compared to other places is consistent with my experience.

Sep 27, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

dairy Joy Menu

Whoa! OK, Dairy Joy is expensive, but I think you overstate the case when you suggest prices in Ipswich are half. A large fried clam order feeds multiple people. I don't know the exact size of the DJ large, but the real comparison you should make to a $20 Ipswich serving is to the small or the plate for $24.95.

Having enjoyed Dairy Joy, Clam Box, Woodman's and Kelly's many times each; I'm always pained by the price of fried clams, just a little bit more so at the local and quaint DJ. More importantly, I'm almost always glad I splurged a bit.

Sep 27, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

I might get my Hound card taken away, but I had an amazing sandwich

Ironically, there is excellent, Hound-worthy, brick oven pizza right next door at Sorrento's. Thin crust with a bit of char, sweet but not cloying sauce, light cheese. A wide variety of traditional and specialty pies. Worth a drive.

They also have a full selection of subs. Have not tried them, but I'd expect them to be excellent as well.

Fun/glam place for a drink downtown + al fresco dining

Start with cafe section at Sonsie on Newbury St for cocktails. Not quite al fresco, but they open the walls to the street. Glamorous with a Parisian feel.

Then perhaps Taberna de Haro on Beacon St in Brookline. Not glamorous in the $ sense, but authentic Madrid--tapas, paella and larger portions served on the sidewalk.

Aug 13, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Burdick Chocolates: Only Hedge Fund Managers Need Apply

Just to be clear, and I hope you will not take offense, but I think you were unfair in both your focus on price and specific ingredients.

It appears that you paid $18 for 9 pieces of chocolate and enjoyed them all. If you believe had had $18 worth of happiness, you should be grateful. If you were not enjoying these $2 bites, I'm not sure why you didn't stop before you hit 9.

Your accounting on one flavor wafer vs.two just seems like you're angry about the original price issue.

Aug 12, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area
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Burdick Chocolates: Only Hedge Fund Managers Need Apply

One of the wonderful things about Burdick's, is that for just a few dollars, you can eat as well as a hedge fund manager!

It's unfair to deconstruct artisan food, such as Burdick's or Menton, then hold them to Walmart production standards and efficiency. At only twice the price of a Hersey bar, a small Burdick's chocolate puts 10X the smile on my face. It's a bargain.

Best linguine and clams?

Used to swear by the Daily Catch, but Carmelina's on Hanover St in the North End is a definite step up. Pasta made fresh, just the right amount of spice, delicious clams. A nicer atmosphere too. More expensive, though I confess I cant quite remember the prices of either.

Jun 07, 2013
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

What's good in North Cambridge/ Mass Ave between Porter + Alewife Pkwy?

Greek Corner at 2366 Mass Ave in Cambridge. Casual, authentic taverna fare at very good prices.

Dec 26, 2012
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Indian food in the Boston/Metrowest area - thanks!

Paani on Route 20 in Sudbury is awesome. Menu is authentic and varied, food is fresh and delicious, owner is helpful and welcoming for those who need an introduction to the more exotic dishes. Excellent seafood and vegetarian selections in addition to the more common chicken and lamb. It has only about 10 tables, so call for a reservation on weekends.

Anniversary dinner in Boston

More votes for Mistral and Meritage. If you choose Mistral,the cafe seating in front is less formal,you may consider that less stuffy. If you choose Meritage, order all small plates.

Sep 23, 2012
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant near Boston Harbor Hotel for this Saturday evening?

Meritage--in the Boston Harbor Hotel(!)--is wonderful. Order all small plates. Each one is like a little gift from the shelf.

Sep 17, 2012
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Groupon Hounds

Absolutely, at any given moment, the restaurant is better off with $10 to fill an empty table, help cover overhead, build buzz, etc. The restaurant is also better off if, say, 100 new customers come in because of Groupon. But what happens to the restaurant if 100 of its regular customers come in with Groupon 2 or 3 times each? Ouch! All of a sudden that $10 isn't nearly enough to maintain quality and/or stay in business.

Aug 14, 2012
PeterHG in Not About Food

Groupon Hounds

On a number of threads, I've read of my fellow hounds' disappointment with one of their old favorite restaurants combined with their notes that they are doubly sad because they had already stocked up on Groupons for that same establishment.

Does it ever occur to others that the incredibly good Groupon deals are incredibly bad for these restaurants? Maybe the reason the food and service are a touch off is that the owners are struggling? Can good restaurants survive when regular customers--who were previously very happy to pay full price--splurge on buying multiple Groupons? Are "Groupon Hounds" eroding the very spots they claim to cherish?

OK, the restauranteurs are capitalists, and nobody forced them to offer such good deals. But of course their goal was to attract new customers with steep discounts, they didn't plan on reduced revenue from current customers.

As hounds who revere fine food and those who dedicate their lives to bringing it to others, perhaps we should expect a little bit more of ourselves. Take advantage of Groupon when the discount will spur a visit to a new place. But when you know it's gonna be great, show the chef some love. Step up and pay full fare. It's the only way these guys will survive.

Aug 13, 2012
PeterHG in Not About Food