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New York style bagels

Head west on Rt 2, then take 119/2A at the rotary and find Bagel's Plus about a mile up on the right, just past Colonial Spirits. This is the closest thing you'll find to a NY bagel in the Boston area. Get there early on a Sunday and you might be lucky enough to find a few salt bagels....

Jun 23, 2013
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Pastrami in Boston that approaches Katz's?

Only in your dreams.

Feb 14, 2013
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

This thread needs some new blood!!! We are going on our 12th year in Metrowest, and with the notable exceptions of El Huipil in Maynard and Fugakyu in Sudbury (perhaps also the lunch buffet at Bamboo, Westford) it is a veritable dining desert out here. Any new suggestions, ideas or discoveries??

Oct 03, 2012
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Best of Quincy

Scrolling through this post, I see a few mentions about bakeries but nothing on Konditor Meister, which is a very serious place and should not be left out of any discussion. They are old school bakers: butter, eggs, flour, sugar and not a lot of fake fillers, flavors or other rubbish. We still hit them up sometimes for special occasion cakes, and come from Metro-west to do so. They always get our order right, and their quality is consistently high. Try anything, but don't miss the cakes and pastries decorated with fresh fruit.

Oct 03, 2012
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Dining in the 'Dacks

Just finished dinner at http://www.daikers.com/default.htm . Sadly, I was famished enough to eat a few bites of my chicken before realizing that it was cooked medium rare. Am anticipating that salmonella may very well ensue. Alas, this is not a joke. And to make matters worse, the service was non-existent, so there was no one at the resto with whom I could address this issue directly. A brief gander and "haloo" into the kitchen revealed a chaotic, dirty space but no response was forthcoming from any of the overwhelmed young food assemblers. Great view of Fourth Lake, though.

Pappy Van Winkles

Yes. This bourbon will make you want to stand up and cheer.

Apr 20, 2012
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Pappy Van Winkles

I've got my eye on Colonial and didn't see any...

Apr 20, 2012
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Great eats near Dana Farber?

I'd recommend Penguin Pizza. Excellent and creative pizza; exceptional beer list, decent prices and service.

Apr 20, 2012
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Where to dine between Cambridge and Ayer, MA?

The Arlington folks will have a bit more of a hike, but it would be worth your while to detour up the Great Road to Groton and visit Filho's Cucina. As an added bonus, this is a BYOB, but no need to haul anything just walk through the back room to the General Store, where they have an excellent wine (and Scotch, if you're in the mood) selection. Filho's provide glasses, but bring your own if you're fussy about drinking from a proper wine glass...

Dec 15, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

ISO Italian Subs in Newton

Begging your pardon, but "the junk at Antoines"??? There is an excellent chance that I've been going to Antoine's longer than you've been alive, and I've never had any "junk" there!!

Dec 09, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Boston Area Chinese Buffet

We had lunch at the Westford Bamboo's buffet today, always a guilty pleasure but this time not quite so pleasurable as usual. The scallops were overcooked and not done at a high enough heat, so that the exterior had no crunch and the interior not enough moisture. The sushi selection was totally lackluster, and to my great disappointment they didn't bring out any sort of tuna until we had pretty much finished (it was quite good, however). The string beans were mushy and totally lacking any carmelization on the outside, and the fresh spring rolls contained lettuce but very little else. Come on, folks, you know how to do better than this!!

Dec 09, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

B'day dinner for woman of a certain age in Newton/Needham/Wellesley/Dedham/W Rox

We have a similarly fussy Mom of a certain age on board here, and she always adores Bernard's at the Chestnut Hill Mall, and they return her adoration. No private dining room, but they could certainly accommodate twenty and are well used to this type of clientele. Baker's Best on LIncoln St. would be another old lady-friendly venue, and you could either use their resto or the catering service. Either one would easily fit within your budget.

Dec 09, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

New Hampshire Lakes Region.

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Oct 28, 2011
rubysdad in Northern New England

The 10 College Towns with the Worst Food

One glaring omission from this list is Storrs, CT, home of UConn, the Huskies, and no place worth eating.

Sep 20, 2011
rubysdad in Features

Sources for confit de canard in Boston? Fresh, to make at home?

Smart kid. So, if your motherly devotion doesn't run quite that far, seize the opportunity. Set that lad up with three or four ducks and let him have at them. You may want to (both) watch some youtube videos about how to deconstruct a duck, and some others about making confit.
But if he loves this dish well enough, then learning to make it would be a simple and superb point of entry for a seven year old into the world of kitchens and cooking. As an added bonus, you can steal the breasts and serve them to some grown up friends for dinner. One word of caution: read the fine print on any duck you buy. Most frozen and some fresh ones "contain up to fifteen per cent of a solution", which means essentially that they are to some degree a processed food.

Jul 17, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

I'm going to China Pearl Woburn for Dim Sum this weekend ...

Don't expect the full Chinatown quality/quantity may be a bit of an understatement. And as for the free parking, the lot was chaotic, overfull, and had two commercial plate vehicles in the handicap parking spots. We have a placard (for Ruby's Mom) and they didn't... And speaking of vehicles, if you drive one fitted out for biodiesel it might not be a bad idea to arrive with the tank on low and drain the runoff from dim sum into your fuel intake pipe.

Jun 12, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find Burrata?

Wednesday's (25 May 2011) Globe has this update

http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-25...

from the folks at Maplebrook. If it's as good as their smoked mozzarella then the burrata is pretty damn good...

May 27, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Dog friendly outdoor dining

Ruby likes to sit out on the deck at the Brickhouse Center Sports Grill in Chelmsford., right on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Generally she'll stick with draft beer and pizza, but the Thanksgiving in a sandwich option isn't too bad, either, and sometimes Mike (da boss) stops by to hand her a piece of home cooked turkey. Doggie heaven. Sorry, hounds, that link above is incorrect. This place is indeed in Chelmsford Center, right next to The Traveling Rhino.

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Brickhouse Cafe
314 E Main St, Fall River, MA 02724

May 02, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Which new Mexican-ish place should I visit first?

El Huipil in Maynard gets my unequivocal vote, here. Many threads have mentioned the "typical neighborhood eatery, good enough for convenience" but not worth a special trip. This is completely the opposite. The decor is not fancy (that is an understatement), the location is way off the beaten path unless you happen to be in the municipal parking lot, but this place is well worth a special trip. Why? See my post from 12/21/10. And don't forget to bring your cervezas!!

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El Huipil
51 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754

Apr 22, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Chicken livers: Any great recommendations?

I would like to "third" this recommendation. Higaditos Mexicanos at El Serape would have to be among the best chicken livers in the Greater Boston are. They have a bit of grilled crust on the outside but are still pink (may we say this without the germ police swooping in?) at the center. Try them!!

Feb 10, 2011
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Seafood in Boston

Jasper White's Summer Shack is the best all around seafood restaurant in Boston. They are passionate about fish: freshness, proper preparation, and overall quality. The service is prompt and unpretentious. They don't take themselves too seriously, ("eat oysters, get lucky") but they take food very seriously. Legal is at best inconsistent and at worst atrocious. It is also overpriced, overrated, and a classic tourist trap. Poster above might consider ordering the RI style calamari at the Summer Shack as a case in point for comparison to Legal...

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Summer Shack
310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Dec 27, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Knife sharpening?

I would strongly second the sentiment that this is the place to go. If you do have an interest in learning how to sharpen, or in learning anything about knives for that matter, Dave is an excellent resource and a nice fellow to boot.

Also let's not forget that Russo's is just a stone's throw away, over the bridge and a bit to the west in Watertown.

Dec 27, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Harmony Market in Acton and El Huipil in Maynard

Some have said that the food at El Huipil seems home cooked, and this is true, but it falls short of the mark. Might be better to say that it's like eating at your best friends house, and for years he's been telling you about his grandmother who lives in Mexico City, and how she loves to cook and will spend all day doing so. When she comes to visit and you finally get there for her meal, you can taste the love in every bite. El Huipil is like this. Yes, the decor may not be conducive to romance but just shut your eyes and enjoy the food...

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El Huipil
51 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754

Dec 20, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

market basket strength/weakness?

There is so much variation from store to store within the MB chain that it's impossible to generalize about this company. The MB in Tilton, NH is a good supermarket from stem to stern. Their seafood manager (Marty C.) will help with any special order, hard shell lobsters for example, and he will get it right. The floors are clean, the lighting is good, the displays attractive. The Westford, MA store on rt 110 is chaotic, smells rather unpleasant, and staffed by folks who can best be described as indifferent. In any event, both do have some high quality seafood mixed in with other which is not quite so, and opportunities to buy staples in bulk at favorable prices.

Dec 10, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

Café Bella in Randolph probably won't meet your 20 minute criteria, but it's worth the drive. Ditto for Kouzina in the Waban section of Newton. Both are easy to reach from 128.

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Kouzina
1649 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468

Dec 10, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Harmony Market in Acton and El Huipil in Maynard

Yes, the other market a bit further south on 27 is well worth checking out. Don't miss the downstairs!!

Dec 10, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Harmony Market in Acton and El Huipil in Maynard

We got take out from Harmony's this evening-- stir fried Chinese greens, scallion pancake and "Moshu" pork. The greens consisted of baby bok choy, mixed together with other baby bok choy. It wasn't half bad but at nine dollars we expected a bit more. The moo shiu was also decent, but totally unremarkable. The scallion pancake was oil laden and soggy. All in all, we felt that the meal was not worth our 25 dollars. Buffet lunch at Bamboo would have been cheaper and much better.

Dec 10, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Thmor Da/Cambodian/Revere

As it happens, 144 Shirley Ave is off Beach St which is right off route 1A. The map is a bit confusing because one is on Beach for a half block at most, then right onto Shirley. Not a main drag, but easy to find. I have included directions because you will want to find this restaurant. The flavors are authentic, the food is fresh and well prepared, the prices are reasonable if not downright cheap. It is a BYOB, but no need to haul heavy beers. Order your meal (we too liked the Tiger Tears; also seafood with Chinese broccoli), walk several storefronts to the left, and grab a pint of something which will help out the local economy... Yes, Thmor Da is way off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.

Oct 14, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

June openings and closings

At Lemon Tree, now decamped to Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, order shrimp Pad Thai and you will find the following: 1) four small (U50) shrimp on the verge of spoiling 2) overcooked noodles 3) more sugar than a can of Coke 4) ketchup mixed with maybe 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce. 5) a few sad limp bean sprouts-- ditto for scallions

Aug 31, 2010
rubysdad in Greater Boston Area

Wine'ing Butcher in Meredith NH - Fantastic lunch today, can't wait to go back!!!

We are faithful fans of the www.thewineingbutcher.com/ . Their meat is exceptionally high quality and the fish (especially the sushi grade tuna) fresh and reasonably priced. There's not room for an extensive selection of wine or beer, but you'll find some pleasant surprises here which other local stores do not stock. An added plus: all the staff is pleasant and helpful. If you haven't wandered back behind the Irving station yet, do it soon!

May 16, 2010
rubysdad in Northern New England