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Best place for dinner & drinks Allston

Thank you for this recommendation as well as the paella tip!

Dec 01, 2011
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Best place for dinner & drinks Allston

Thank you! Cognac Bistro sounds good!

Dec 01, 2011
Kimberley in Greater Boston Area

Best place for dinner & drinks Allston

Thank you for answering. Deep Ellum does look like a nice place to start. Yes, I recall that the best places in Allston are the mom & pop ethnic restaurants. Those would be my preference. However, what we are aiming for isn't fancy, but more like a nice bar with food. So, maybe Deep Ellum is our place.

Nov 30, 2011
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Best place for dinner & drinks Allston

Hounds, I've been a suburbanite too long. Please advise as to your favorite Allston restaurant where alcohol (cocktails) is served. Any kind of food would be great. Thank you for your help/

Nov 30, 2011
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Chelmsford Thai Restaurant Worth a Look

Hi, All.

This is a shout out for Yong Tong II Thai in Chelmsford at 61 Central Square. They have rocking good Thai food that is better than many of the Boston area places and utterly fantastic for Chelmsford.

I have no idea where Yong Tong I is located. If it's as good as II, try it! It is hard to find good food of any kind out here in suburbia.

This Thai restaurant has all the usual offerings done fresh and tasty plus some more unusual menu choices such as a delicious pumpkin custard. The pad Thai is sweet but not too sweet. They use fresh broad rice noodles.

Please help keep this restaurant open. I hardly see people in there, even though it is nice. I think it is because it is hidden in a tough, hard-to-see location in Chelmsford center. I would be so sad to see the one good place (that I know of) in this town leave.

May 14, 2008
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Cretons!

Thank you so much, IreneC. Fantastic information for a new Lowell-area resident.

Dec 25, 2007
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Any Lydia Shire / Locke Ober fans/critics out there?

The other comments are thoughtful and well presented. All I can add is that the Locke Ober food tastes as good to me as all Lydia Shire menus. However, also like her venues from days gone by, I experienced unpleasant to wretched service and/or ambience problems that, for me, ruined the experiences and made me feel cheated. This was true of Biba (although I only went thrice) and also of the one time at Locke Ober. I never bothered with Excelsior, but I had to try Locke Ober because I would go with my family when I was a child and because I always did like the food at Biba. I think your first reply has such wonderful advice.

Apr 20, 2007
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X&O Restaurant in Stoughton - Any Hounds Been Yet?

There was (is?) an X&O Cafe in Southie on Old Colony above Mass Glass. I honestly thought it was some kind of a strip joint based on what the people looked like going in and coming out of the place. I'm curious, is the one in Southie a place to eat?

Mar 12, 2007
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Lunch places in Milton?

Grumpy White's in Quincy on Sea Street (Wollaston) is one of my favorite places to go in that area. It is diner-oriented food. The liver and onions is the best I have ever had. Ever. They have jumbo shrimp longer and fatter than your thumb. You can get tasty burgers. Don't go if you want salad or anything particularly healthy. Mashed potatoes and corn are the primary vegetables.

By the way, I second Newcomb Farms in Milton, although it may be only mariginally healthier than Grumpy's.

Depending on where in Milton you'll be, you may want to head over to Lower Mills in Dorchester (where the Baker Chocolate Factory is). The Common Ground Cafe is on Dorchester Street. The Ashmont Grille is on Talbot Ave.

Mar 12, 2007
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Amrhein's...open or closed?

I don't think either the new or old Amrhein's is worth trying. It's just bad. The same people own Mul's Diner across the street where I have been served overdone bagel and underdone burger and pancake. The old Mul's was cafeteria style food served by sullen waitstaff. The new is overpriced and still has that mass-produced taste but perhaps has moved into Holiday Inn style from cafeteria quality.

Just avoid it.

There are places in the Leather District, Chinatown, etc. If you want a nice pub-style place, go to Jacob Wirth's in Chinatown. The food is good and the atmosphere authentic.

Nov 07, 2006
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Pastry Shops in Boston?

I *have* to tell anyone who doesn't know yet about Cafe Cakes on 51 Galen Street in Watertown (route 16). It is Japanese-French so it is a lot like Japonais, but there is not much redundancy. The tea mousse is to-die-for, as is the berry mousse with macaroon top cake. I also really loved this caramel macaroon thing. The filling was soft like dulche de leche, not gooey. I loved everything, although the cream puff was really a custard puff (the custard was good) because there was no whipped cream in it. The prices are also good. I hope they suceed in this spot.

Oct 27, 2006
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Belmont Newcomer

Thank you all.

I tried Stone Hearth pizza. They put arugula on it at my request and for no extra charge that I could tell. The teenager who served me was very nice.

I also have enjoyed the Armenian strip on Mt Auburn. Severn rocks. I'll keep exploring.

Oct 03, 2006
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Darwin's: Is it just another High (Price) Rise?

I had a feta and veggie salad at Darwin's that had been around too long. It went right through. Also on the same day I bought to take home (so didn't notice until it was too late) a pastry that was dry and bland.

I agree with the consensus opinions in this chain.

Oct 03, 2006
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Apple dumplings?

I really love the Cheesecake Factory ones. They are enormous and very expensive --I think $6.50 each. But the butter crust is yummy and studded with big sugar crystals. The apple is soft, not mushy and full of spiced raisins where the core used to be. Please tell me, if you have one, if it is anything like those you knew and loved. You can get them as take out. If you find some that are perfection, I'd love to hear. Good luck finding a worthy substitute.

Sep 14, 2006
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Pastry Shops in Boston?

Okay, I agree that nothing bakerywise in Boston compares to Paris, NYC, Montreal, etc. I also agree that no one bakery has it all. Each has its specialties. The posts here make it clear that some people responding have more Frenchy tastes, others classic American bread-based pastry tastes and others Asian-oriented tastes.

That said, I think everyone here would be very disappointed --perhaps repulsed-- by Whole Foods' pastry cream. The stuff they use for Bavarian-cream type filling is repugnant. It's different (more a powdery pasty finish than greasy) from typical supermarket chains' planet pus offerings, but it is still nasty. Avoid it.

Some of the cookies, things made whipped cream, etc. are okay. I like the moistness of their cakes.

Aug 25, 2006
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Belmont Newcomer

Hiya, Hounds!

I have received some wonderful advice here on all kinds of food and dining. So, I am moving from the dining wasteland that is South Boston (yes, except for Cafe Polonia I always leave the 'hood for food) to Belmont and would love your input.

Does anyone have recommendations for nearby dining delights in Belmont, Watertown and Waltham, please?

Many thanks in advance.

Aug 24, 2006
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Shanti - Dorchester

Yes! Shanti is my favorite Indian food in Boston and, as far as I know, the only place to get any south of the city central. The food is excellent, the atmosphere great and the service tremendous. They have this cheese and black sesame seed dish with veggies that shows up on their specials menu sometimes. I forget the name but it is so tasty.

Daily Candy recently mentioned them. http://www.dailycandy.com/article.jsp...

Apparently they are owned by the same people who opened Om in Cambridge (which is pretty and has fancy cocktails but is just another pricey-fancy drinks and apps place if you ask me).

Aug 21, 2006
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Frozen Durian!

Whoa! Somehow it is thrilling to me that I am not alone in my experience of Durian. I hope your dad'd health is improved.

Aug 18, 2006
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Pastry Shops in Boston?

Vanille on Charles Street at Mt. Vernon has good French pastries --some with a local twist (like the Annabelle tart of cake, meringue and cranberries).

Aug 18, 2006
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GOOD salad places near PO Square (financial district)?

What about Souper Salad on Devonshire at Franklin or on State near Broad? I haven't eaten there in ages but it must be okay if salad is a speciality. It was one of the first salad bars back in the 1970s. Dating myself, I know.

Sultan's Kitchen on State at the intersection of Broad Street has some great veggie options. They may not be salad per se, but they are reasonably priced, vegetal, tasty and filling (e.g.: stuffed vegetables).

Jul 31, 2006
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rice pudding

Athan's in Washington Square, Brookline. What is Reef's in Allston? Never heard of it. Barley pudding sounds GOOD!

Jul 27, 2006
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How Are the Steak Tips at the Quiet Man in Southie?

They are soft and flavorful. That said, I think you can get just as good in other places but not suffer fry-o-lator stench and dirty surroundings. I never understood the appeal of this place. I feel sticky in there and not in a good way.

Jul 25, 2006
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Frozen Durian!

Honestly, I think Durian tastes like the smell of natural gas. I agree that if you want a taste, try it in a shake at a Vietnamese restaurant. I eat just about anything but Durian is about as appealing to me as is monkey meat.

Jun 27, 2006
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