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September 2015 Openings and Closings

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Restaurant Week

Yep, some of the kernels were still connected. Not certain whether they were sliced off the cob before or after cooking, but it exudes a "farm to table" charm.

Restaurant Week

Made it to LAH for Dine Boston with 3 experienced DCs. Our consensus was that this was the best restaurant week experience we've had, period. What's unusual (for us) is we all ordered so similarly, so I can't report on the full range of options. Here's what I can report on:

Dutch "Hollander" mussels to start. The green Thai curry sauce was spot-on, savory and piquant, and the grilled bread was indispensable for cleaning up the last drops. A generous portion of plump mussels.

Flounder. Rolled before cooking, served over a schmear of polenta decorated with corn "off" the cob. Again the sauce (pepperonata) was an excellent balance of piquant and savory. The polenta hinted at a touch of honey to give it richness - not cloying at all. A bit of duck crackling added some frivolity, with the affect of up-scale bacon.

One DC had the Arctic Char (off the Dine Boston menu, but the upcharge was modest). A beautiful piece of fish with perfectly crisped skin.

A slight fall-off at desert: the "summer peach" sounded irresistible, but was too busy to fall in love with. And the peaches weren't ripe.

We each tried a different cocktail, with the consensus stand-out a gin/lime/taragon concoction, tall and very refreshing.

A real treat was the "Wine Out Boston" wine list, all $38/bottle. We had the 2013 Hexamer Spatburger white pinot noir, a revelation to all of us and a perfect pairing for the seafood dishes. It doesn't appear to be widely available, but I'll definitely keep a lookout for this.

Don't miss...

Aug 26, 2015
MaxEntropy in Greater Boston Area
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Why is Boston food so bland?

Hurry before my head explodes.

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Italy Itinerary (Rome, Venice, Florence, Montalcino, and Capri) Phew! Feedback would be appreciated.

Can't recommend Enoteca Pitti Gola highly enough (there is more than one "Bar Pitti"). Book the wine tasting 4-course lunch in advance (http://www.pittigolaecantina.com). Very small place. I recommend asking to sit in the wine cellar - it will be HOT in Florence in August and you'll appreciate being cool. Edoardo the owner will introduce the wines with anecdotes about the wine and the winemakers. We spent 3 hours there a few weeks back and wondered where the time went - his passion for Italian wines is contagious. He'll take you through some classics but will also surprise you with some off-beat choices. The food is fantastic. And it's a steal - 35 euros, 4 courses, 4 wines.

Near the Ufizzi, consider La Posta. In addition to excellent seafood, we found their markups on wine to be very gentle - my SO and I shared a bottle of Cervaro della Sala, more than we usually embibe at lunch but impossible to pass up at such a modest price.

Jul 26, 2015
MaxEntropy in Italy

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Michela's was pretty special back in the era before Todd English became ... well, fill in the blank, and Jody Adams....

Guinea Hen?

Poussin, squab too - looks like a great option. I've driven by them a thousand times, I guess it's time to check it out. Thanks!

Guinea Hen?

A highlight of a recent trip to France was Guinea Hen with morels in a cream and Vin Jaune sauce, a specialty in the Jura. Anyone know where to find Guinea Hen? The most recent post on this board (Feb 2013) mentioned a farm that appears to have closed.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Recall King Bagel on Harvard St.? I think it was the best of the bunch of Bookline bagel options, and open 24 hours. Used to head there for a 2 AM break from studying...

New Boston-based private equity group to fund chefs seeking to open restaurants

One can always hope! it will take a very brave set of investors...

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

I certainly agree the architectural trends along the waterfront are vapid, but consider what was once there. At least the waterfront is now much more accessible - the Harbor Walk and Rose Kennedy Greenway are certainly positives. The re-use of old buildings in Fort Point is also a positive (e.g. Row 34).

As for middle America - as the grandson of a real middle-American family from Muncie, Indiana - look up Glenn Craig in Life Magazine - I'm a bit amused by the projection of values onto "middle America". In truth middle America has always been more diverse - in every measure - than most appreciate.

But it really is sad that Babbo Enoteca took up residence in that faceless Vertex building and you can't get a glimpse of the harbor from there. I hope a similar fate doesn't await Sam's when it moves.

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

I'm with you. The Legal Harborside menu is adventurous enough to keep my interest - especially the rotating crudo crostini. Had a clam pizza there once that beats the best New Haven has to offer.

2 days in Boston with 12-13 yr olds, what eateries not to miss?

+1 for Salty Pig; my 11 year-old loves it.
Another of her favorites is Legal Seafood Harborside, 1st floor. Best of the Legal's, and the setting right on the harbor is fun.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Yes, the ICA used to be there. And there used to be an excellent Russian restaurant called Hermitage off the lobby. Chicken Kiev, caviar service with iced vodka...

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

I've got a huge box of the real thing, my SO keeps trying to throw out. I should make a poster to save space!

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

What was the name of the crepe place that used to be on Newbury St.? Was that a Magic Pan?

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Remember the wrought iron chairs at Rocco's? Heart, moon, etc. in the backs. I asked where they got them. Wouldn't say but they ordered 6 for me, I used them for years but handed them down to a niece.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Probably thinking of Wursthaus?

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

That was the grand-daddy of buffet brunches and certainly set the bar for a long time. I also miss the rotating cocktail lounge at the top of the Hyatt.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Loved that brunch. And the ice sculptures that Julien used to serve deserts in, lit from below with small lights embedded in the ice.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Union Square would be a logical spot for his next outpost.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Check out George Howell Coffee in Newtonville. I feel all is forgiven.

I've launched a new Starbucks boycott at my place of employment by installing a Lavazza espresso machine. I had no idea I was so popular.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Greatly miss the original Coffee Connection. When Starbucks converted all CC locations to Starbucks, despite assurances they would preserve CC, I launched a one-man boycott of Starbucks. Can you imagine how big they would be today if I hadn't? I was disppointed with George Howell for cashing out. Now he has re-emerged with a coffee shop (excellent) in Newtonville, a short walk from my home. Is there something cosmic going on?

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

There was a restaurant downstairs call "Last Hurrah".

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

But unfortunately it's a dim shadow of it's former self...

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

My SO loves it when I throw anything away. She'll have no problem torching everything when I'm gone!

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Would love to know where Odette is these days - other threads have wondered too. She apparently worked for Edwin Land at one point before Another Season. Had dinner there with him as part of a job interview and we were treated rather well (an understatement if ever there was one).

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

They loved their calligraphy. I still have somewhere the hand-lettered place card that reserved our table. I was a lowly grad student at the time, made me feel almost grown up! (Still not there, yet...)

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Before they expanded No Name the line to get in was a communal experience that even my parents enjoyed when visiting from the midwest. The chowder has long since thinned out, no longer "2 cups of C, Manolo" ringing out. The BYO aspect added to the charm.