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Parent company of Regina Pizzeria files for bankruptcy

Thanks for all the responses. On reflection, as Gordough said, Regina probably is in trouble. I shouldn't be too hard on them for the words of their amateurish PR guy. They make great pizza, and I wish them the best.

Parent company of Regina Pizzeria files for bankruptcy

I'm a big fan on Regina's pizza, but doesn't this seem kind of slimy? The company is "strong", they just want to get out of some leases? I thought bankruptcy was for people and companies who are actually unable to pay their bills, not those who have just decided they don't want to live by their signed contracts.

May 25, 2015
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Bar Boulud

I'm with you, OJ. Having eaten at Bar Boulud in NYC, I think the real problem is that a diner enters expecting that Mr. Boulud has made sure that the kitchen, service,etc will live up to his name. Sadly, we are then provided with mediocre food and a heavy dose of snobbery. I'm happy to pay high prices and tolerate affectation when the food is great, but that's just not the case here.

May 25, 2015
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Ipswich Clams Set Back

Thanks for sharing. I love that the waitress at the pub, which serves excellent fried clams, just can't get enough at work, so she goes out for fried clams on her time off.

Mar 10, 2015
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Best Cheesesteak in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville

I'm ready to be flamed for this, but as someone who spent his college years in Philly, I have to say that D'Angelo's (yes, the mediocre sub shop chain) has a good authentic cheesesteak (ask for provolone and grilled onions). The meat, bread and oil could all have come from PA. For others who have lived in Philadelphia, it's in the model of Jim's or Abner's.

Feb 21, 2015
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

need advice on affordable New England wedding venues

The best way to save money on a wedding is to have it at a restaurant on a Sunday as opposed to hiring a caterer and renting a venue. This is evidenced by the comments noting starting prices for catered affairs. If you cant do Sunday at a restaurant you love, a number of restaurants, such as Redbones, do a terrific catering job but price their food at restaurant levels as opposed to the rubber chicken for $75 model.

Jan 20, 2015
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daughter 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!

Dec 20, 2014
PeterHG in Greater Boston Area

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