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November 2014 Openings and Closings

My favorite (?) Harvard Darwin's memory is when a customer spilled his cup of iced coffee on the floor. He looked horrified and started to get some tissues to mop up, but the cashier told him in annoyed tone to leave it alone and go. Which is ok. But then he left, and moments later, while mopping up, she loudly complained to her co-worker that the stupid guy just walked away and didn't even bother to try and clean up his mess. Damned if you do, etc.

about 3 hours ago
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Hot Eastern in Chinatown

Oh wow this looks good. It's tempting me to rejigger my day so I can go out there for lunch.

about 5 hours ago
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Shabu & Mein

I went a few weeks ago for the tonkotsu ramen. It was ok - decent broth, noodles, chashu… Nothing struck me enough as memorable, but if I'm shopping in the Galleria and need a quick meal, I'd go back. The portion was v generous though: it was a LOT of ramen. So there's that. Also, the gyoza was dry - not recommended.

Oct 13, 2014
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

Kung Fu Tea opens in Davis Sq this weekend according to Eater Boston. KFT's FB page says buy 1 get 1 free, 10/3-10/5, for select drinks.

Oct 02, 2014
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WooRi Korean Fusion Grill Arlington

Thanks, I'll check this out soon. I'll miss Manna House - I must have said this many times, but their spicy pork bulgogi was the best I've had in this area. Re: lack of banchan, I've known Koreans who refuse to go to Korean restaurants that don't provide a decent array; myself I'm not so puritanical.

Oct 01, 2014
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Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

In addition to previous comments…
- Atwood's Tavern is more than a couple of blocks away from Lechmere station, but I'd consider that a good burger-and-pint place. (On second look, mkfisher has mentioned this spot.)
- Muqueca is a favorite. Bahian seafood stews, and steaks too. Lot closer to Inman Sq than Lechmere sta, though.
- Shabu & Mein is a recent shabu-shabu / ramen place across the st from Helmand, minutes from Galleria. Only eaten there once and thought the regular tonkotsu was ok, not great, however the portion was very filling. They also have wings that looked good.

Sep 26, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

Manna House in Arlington has closed, according to the Facebook page run by the owner family. Sad to hear - their spicy pork bulgogi was the best I'd had around the Boston area.

Aug 16, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

Ordered on the phone around 5pm, was told it'd be 45min, got the food in 20min. Midsized order. Not so helpful a data point I suppose given that few people eat dinner at 5:20pm. But if you barely had lunch and want a very early dinner, then all seems good to go.

Aug 13, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

I couldn't wait so I just placed an order. it's around 5pm now (i thought around now they would not be so swamped) and I was quoted a 45min wait. will see what happens.

Aug 13, 2014
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Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

Thank you for your answers and thoughts. He's optimistic that he'll recover.

Aug 03, 2014
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Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

Slightly offbeat question about a friend seeking dining-out food during a medical situation. Hope it doesn't violate any guidelines.

Friend has developed Bell's palsy, and the right side of his face has slight paralysis, causing problems eating. He says he can open his mouth somewhat and can chew, but because the skin/muscles around his mouth & lips are limited right now, eating solid stuff has proven a hassle - he basically ends up with chewed food collecting inside his lower right lip. (Sorry for that image.)

After the requisite blend-everything-then-use-straw joke and much mirth, we thought we could ask here: What Boston-area dish would he be able to go out and enjoy until he heals? I'm thinking something that doesn't require much chewing or not at all, and doesn't require one to open the mouth very big. But you might be able to come up with other possibilities. Perhaps small morsels - any particular appetizers you'd think fits the bill? Soup could be ok but he doesn't want to go out to just have soup; he thinks they're not filling enough. Not sure about soup noodles.

Aug 01, 2014
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Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

I also had it again this past week and yes I too found chopped peanuts, not sesame seeds. For interested folks, here's a photo of it.

Jul 11, 2014
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Got a craving for Ramen

For a list, google "your official boston ramen calendar". The first result from Boston Magazine is a pretty comprehensive list.

Not on the list is a recent openng near Galleria called Shabu and Mein. I haven't been there but I think they serve a few diff kinds of ramen.

Jul 04, 2014
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Yeolmu naengmyun at Buk Kyung

Nice, glad you enjoyed it. I was just thinking about going for some this weekend.

Jul 03, 2014
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Lunch between Central and Kendall

H Mart (Korean supermarket in Central Sq) has some lunch options, although both the ramen and the curry were underwhelming for me. The bakery has some sandwiches although I've never tried. Instead, I would suggest checking out the to-go packages that you can find inside the market - they're near the kimchi. You can find a good-sized meal in the $7 Korean-style "lunchboxes", or the different sizes of gimbap (Korean maki) packs. Decent value. (The lunchboxes are sorta-kinda refrigerated - not cold but also less than room temp. They can be eaten cool, but I prefer to microwave them a tiny bit. Certain types of the lunchbox items might also smell more than acceptable in your work environment if you're heating things up in there.)

Eater Boston is reporting today that "State Park in Cambridge is now offering lunch Tuesday through Friday, starting at 11:30 a.m." It's in Kendall Sq.

Jul 02, 2014
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Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

I've enjoyed the cold-noodle appetizer at the recently opened Dumpling House on Mass Ave in Cambridge. Lots of cucumber, sesame seeds, spicy oil.

Jun 26, 2014
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Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

If you like naengmyun, try the yeolmu naengmyun at Buk Kyung in Somerville. It's got yeolmu kimchi in it - leafy radish. The cold and the spicy come together well. Might want to call ahead and make sure they are making it that day.

Jun 26, 2014
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Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Yes this is what they did for the last WC. They did make you buy a special package deal where you get a meal, a drink, and a white Brazil t-shirt with the date of that day's match. A bit pricey but was decent fun.

Jun 16, 2014
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Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Boston Gooners posted this before the WC started re: Lir.

"WORLD CUP VIEWING UPDATE:

With the World Cup a mere day away, we wanted to clarify the Boston Gooners group viewing situation.

We will be holding "official" BG events at Lir for each US match. We will be upstairs with the two large tables on the left side facing the rear of the room reserved. We're expecting big crowds for these matches, so those wanting a seat should try to get there as early as possible.

In addition, due to the presence of various Arsenal internationals on various squads, we'll have those same tables reserved to have "unofficial" group viewings for the following matches with favorable time slots:

- England v Italy (Saturday, 14th June @6p)
[NOTE: WE WILL BE AT CROSSROADS PUB (495 Beacon St, Boston) FOR THIS MATCH ONLY– Lir is Puma's official Italy pub and we cannot secure guaranteed space.]
- France v Honduras (Sunday, 15th June @3p)
- Germany v Ghana (Saturday 21st June @3p)

There will doubtlessly be other matches during the week where BGs will be at Lir, but this will be purely on an informal basis with nothing organized."

Jun 16, 2014
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Waltham pubs for World Cup

Are there pubs or other places in Waltham to have lunch & watch the noontime WC game today? Someplace near the intersection of Winter St and 95/128. I don't know Waltham at all so suggestions would be much appreciated.

Update: I see there's a Copper House Tavern - does this place have TVs?

Jun 16, 2014
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Totto Ramen?

Waiting for things to settle down too. I've read mixed reviews on the Japanese-American in Boston blog which wasn't encouraging. Hoping they achieve some consistency before I brave the line.

May 29, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Small fix: Japanese pronunciation is "kare", kah-reh.

Apr 25, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Friday at 4pm: no line at the ramen/curry cashier, but I was told it would be a 30min wait for either dish. Then I was reminded sternly that I should feel "very lucky" that it's only (!) 30min, because a couple of hours ago, the wait was 40min. So lucky!

Apr 25, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Most importantly, is it:
H Mart
H-mart
Hmart
?

Apr 24, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

This post gives good overview of the available parking around the store.

http://japaneseamericaninboston.blogs...

"I was surprised that parking wasn't as hard as I expected although I may have just gotten lucky. I found an open spot on Bishop Allen Drive as soon as I crossed Norfolk Street and one empty parking space in the lot. When I left there were several empty spaces in the lot and on the street. If people don't stay long then there will be turnover in spaces, although if you can leave your car at home and take the T that's probably better, especially on weekends. You definitely don't want to drive there on Mondays when the Central Square Farmers Market takes over most of Lot 5. You can also try Lot 4 at the corner of Bishop Allen and Essex Street but it's really small as is H Mart's private parking lot off Essex Street. There's also Lot 6 near Columbia Street."

Apr 24, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Re: curry, they are having a special $5 sale on almost all curries. From today until 5/5. They were handing out coupons and also telling people to just let the cashier know if you don't have a coupon + you'll get your deal regardless.

Apr 23, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Maybe not today - just finished my grocery shopping and the line is the same. Ramen menu looks pretty much like Porter Sapporo with minor mods. Curious to try the curry.

Apr 23, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Madhouse right now in food court. Plenty of seats, but there is only 1 cashier for both ramen and curry shops, so it's a long wait. (Curry folks say they will soon get their own cashier.) Pastry line is fine.

Apr 23, 2014
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Boston Trip Report, Day 1

Seconding this. And a small-cup order is really enough to satisfy.

Feb 08, 2014
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Ramen Ramen Everywhere, and Not a Chair to Spare

Collecting your own share of yam from the belly of a freshly-slain wild boar, however, will be required.

Feb 08, 2014
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