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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.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Where as The Wharf?

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

One more: Scotch and Sirloin, high above the North End.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Esti is still in the business (Sam's - a gem of a spot - about to close temporarily due to construction in Fort Point) but not sure what Michaela is up to.

Todd English first came to notice at Michaela's, and he was a reasonable dude, then...

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Had to pay beforehand at Panache once, too. For a party of 8 they wanted a check in advance. I miss Panache, never felt that Salts quite achieved the same ambiance.

Part of the fun at Legal was waiting with Bloody Mary's and oysters upstairs for your number to be called.

+1 for Biba, too.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Can't say I was a fan of the food at Bette's, but the purple Rolls Royce out front was a comforting landmark.

I lived near the top of Revere Street, and though living on Beacon Hill had it's charms, schlepping groceries up the hill in winter wasn't one of them.

Bay Tower Room got some love in another thread some time ago - loved the view but only used the dance floor once.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Could it be Lydia Shire?

Jun 02, 2015
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