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Between Burlington and Nashua, NH

Oops - I read "Burlington VT to Nashua...." never mind...

Between Burlington and Nashua, NH

Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT, just a bit off I-89. Beautiful food, beautiful room overlooking water falls, outstanding craft cocktails and wine program. The roasted cod with crispy leeks is a menu stalwart and one of my favorites. For desert don't miss the walnut meringues. Adjoins the glass/gift shop, with glass blowing downstairs. Also check out their water-turbine electric generator.

Tip Top Cafe, White River Junction VT. Take I-89 to I-91, one exit north to White River Junction. In a re-purposed industrial space, shared with a number of artist galleries. Also lovely food, craft cocktails. A shorter but interesting wine list. Amazing frites. A bit less expensive that Simon Pearce.

King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT., just off I-91 a few miles north of the I89/I91 interchange. Excellent soups/sandwiches, pastries and bread. Casual setting. The adjoining baking store is a Disneyland for bakers.

Bistro Nouveau, in the Eastman Golf Links clubhouse, just off I-89 exit 13 in Grantham, NH. Better than average bistro fare, occasionally they do an excellent prime rib special. Outstanding burgers, a half-dozen craft beers on tap; house-made potato chips are addictive, better than fries. Lovely setting overlooking the golf course, dine on the terrace in nice weather.

Consuelo's Taqueria, Manchester, NH. Just off I-293, Everett Turnpike. Tasty burritos, friendly hole-in-the-wall just off the main drag in Manchester.

Paris restaurant suggestions

A dinner-only option that we never miss (and will be visiting this June ourselves) is Relais de Venise (also called L' Entrecote), near Porte Maillot. It serves only steak frites, but it's fantastic. They serve it in two portions (they keep half on a warming tray nearby), with a green herb sauce that is the subject of a lot of speculation. Basically the only choices you have to make are wine and desert. They don't take reservations, and the queue forms well before they open. However there is a good chance that if you are in the queue when the doors open, you'll make it in for the first seating. Very affordable. It's a very short walk from the Porte Maillot metro, or a pleasant walk from L' Etoille in the direction of La Defense.

May 18, 2015
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Eastern Standard project comes to Watertown Arsenal

They claim the project is separate from the beer garden. I saw plans on the Watertown web site that described a beer garden with a bocce court. Seems unlikely there would be two places with bocce courts - anyone able to confirm/clarify?

Eastern Standard project comes to Watertown Arsenal

Boston.com is reporting this morning that the space in the Watertown Arsenal complex previously described here as a beer garden is being developed by the Eastern Standard folks, with a projected fall opening.

Eaux De Vie

Very interesting dilemma. I've similarly been on the lookout in the area, but ultimaitely came to the conclusion that at best you'll find the occiasional nugget locally, but not a thicket. I've come to better appreciate the special eau de vie that colleagues from France hand deliver on occasion.

Sycamore Stays Special

Have you tried the boards? Paired with some snacks and apps, we find they easily serve 4 normal adults - or provide a pair with lunch for two the next day.

Sycamore Stays Special

I'm less abashed - my SO and I LOVE Sycamore and settled on it as our Hamersley's replacement some time ago. But it's not a duplicate, by any means. It's much more relaxed than Hammersley's. We never fail to end with the beignets, and always start with the Ghost of Mary. The wine list is idiosynchratic but the entire serving staff is well briefed and able to make confident recommendations. I've gotten in the habit of asking for their pairing suggestions.
And our 11-year-old asks to go there for her birthday dinners. How good is that?

Looking for good seafood place for dinner that's kid friendly

Just to be clear, the Harborside Legal experience is unlike any other Legal outposts. If ICOB is full (unlikely at that hour) consider Row 34, owned by the ICOB folks and seriously energetic. Last time we were there early there were families with kids everywhere.

Looking for good seafood place for dinner that's kid friendly

Legal Harborside has a "fishing pond" for kids - and they staff it to help younger kids. The Harborside (first floor) has a more adventerous menu than typical Legal outposts, but they have the classics.

Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

The absence of citrus in their guac has been discussed here. I've inquired with management about it - they are remaining faithful to a particular traditional recipe. I must say that my SO and daughter have actually come to like their guac, and we never fail to get it. It seems to have a creamier mouth feel. Citrus is sometimes used to mask oxidized avocado that was prepared too far in advance. You can't say this about Besito, with it prepared table side.

We have also had issues, on occaison, with poor service and bad cocktails at this Besito, but I must say that when we called attention to issues they made every effort to make things right. Explain your concerns to them - the manager if you are not happy with your server - and let them make it right.

A final note - much as you might crave a Bloody Mary, you are missing other good bets if you order one at Besito. Their Margaritas are in several instances exceptional - the pomegranate (IIR it's the house Margarita) is outstanding.

A wine bar focused on US and (and non old world in general) production?

We've always enjoyed the food at Meritage and the option to craft your own tasting menu from small plates, and the wine, and the view. But I always found the room to be a bit cold. Perhaps this refresh will help.

A wine bar focused on US and (and non old world in general) production?

Wow....the $$ on the Petrus is daunting, but there are some others on the list that look tempting....Merry Edwards, in particular. I gather hotoy is not a fan of Bostonia?

A wine bar focused on US and (and non old world in general) production?

Dying to see the wine list - can anyone who's been there or going soon post it?

A wine bar focused on US and (and non old world in general) production?

Stopped at Vinted in West Hartford last night where they have 17 of these things (that's 68 wines by the glass). Enjoyed 3-oz pours of Justin Isoceles, The Prisoner, and a SV Domaine Serene pinot. Would love to see someone do this in Boston.

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

PS - and our 11-year-old said "no more"

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

Have to agree, I was in the camp holding out hope for ECG, but a visit Friday night revealed that it is a ghost of its former self. Some things "appear" to be unchanged, but they've strangely deteriorated. Tuna taco used to be a perennial, but something has changed - balance of ingredients, change to the sauce, hard to tell, but it's just slightly "off". What was once "Martin's Magnificent Margarita" is now nearly indistinguishable from lemonade. The grilled banana split was "improved" by adding a raspberry sauce, pushing it over the top in sweetness. Can't fault the wait staff, they were attentive and earnest. Time to surrender the name, though.

The Backroom (Moody's in Waltham)

I wish you the best of luck. I'm especially looking forward to details on your wine program - there really is a dearth of places in the Boston area that feature tightly allocated domestic wines, no doubt because the "value proposition" is more challenging. Perhaps new technologies and a loyal clientele will make it feasible to make these wines a bit more accessible.

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Post a report! Buon appetito

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

That would certainly kick it up a notch...

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Caffe dello Sport in the North End? Haven't been in years, and was never a fan.

The Backroom (Moody's in Waltham)

the Boston Mag article says $300 for a glass of that Harlan Estate. What's the point, trust-fund bait? Between that and the food prices, I'm not optimistic.

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Look promising - thanks!

Best ice cream in Boston is..

If you like Toscanini's, you have to consider Rancatore's, by one of the founders of Toscanini's. Locations in Belmont and Newtonville that I know of.

My lament is the dearth of good gelato. Lots of places sell it, but few have the mouth feel of Italian gelato. There was a place called Nudo that had a very brief run in Newton, selling very good gelato from a supplier in CT. Don't know the supplier or whether Nudo has reincarnated somewhere.

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

Used a trip to Storrs for the NCAA Women's basketball tournament to finally try out Pepe's, the Manchester location. Of course I had to try the clam pie. It arrives at the table seemingly surfing on a cloud of garlic vapor. Decorated lightly (though I would hesitate to say stingily, you wouldn't say generously) with tender clams, the combination of garlic, clams, a hint of cheese and perfect crust is certainly very tasty, though it wasn't the life changing experience I was hoping for and expecting. Good as it was, a version I had at Legal Seafoods (harbor side, floor 1) was better. My CT-based colleagues went for a sausage and roasted red pepper pie, and they were on to something. Same awesome crust, a tomato sauce with hints of crushed tomato, piquant sausage, and a generous layer of roasted peppers made a winning combination.

The beer selection was surprisingly pedestrian - a handful of beers on tap, with Sam's Summer Ale the closest thing to a craft brew. We went with Peroni on tap, which is a perfectly fine accompaniment for pizza, but in this day and age it seems a bit...lame?

We had no trouble getting a table for 4 waltzing in a 6:15, but the place seems designed to handle crowds - separate entrance and exit lanes, with metal railing separating the lanes. With a seat-yourself policy, I presume this is to keep the lines orderly. I'm curious if this is the approach they'll use in Chestnut Hill. Certainly looking forward to having Pepe's in the neighborhood.

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

I love that space too, and only hesitated to mention it because Legal Seafood can be such a contentious topic.

Always loved your CH handle - is it a homage to M.F.K. Fisher????

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Of course, Biba. That was a special room - loved the pickled hardwood floors and the hand railing going up the stairs. And a +1 for the little terrace at the original Upstairs at the Pudding.

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

And the original Hammersley's spot, across and slightly up the street from final spot. Fond memories of the two small rooms. Intimate in a way the larger Hammersley's never felt. The last night before they closed the old place in preparation for the move there was a blowout dinner, two seatings. One room had a single 4-top in the center, ringed by tables along the windows and walls. I had the late seating at that table; Julia and company had it for the first seating, and she chatted with us for close to 10 minutes at the hand-over. Julia was also a neighbor for a number of years and I have a handful of Julia stories to pass on, perhaps in another thread.

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Another "me too" for the Bay Tower Room. It felt like you could touch the clock on the Custom House Tower. Anyone take advantage of the dance floor?

The Backroom (Moody's in Waltham)

Wow. Any sign of an initial wine list?