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Butcher house south of boston

I haven't done it with a ribeye but I've down it with a beef tenderloin. Works great! Never used a blow torch though.

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Mar 02, 2014
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What do people think of Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge?

one of my favorites - consistently excellent

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Mar 02, 2014
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Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

What is most offensive is the sheer number of places in California. Why would you share a list that proves your method for creating it is seriously flawed? I know no list is perfect, but this is insane.

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Feb 28, 2014
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Opinions for Chef's Tasting

Agree with all three

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Feb 27, 2014
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Limited-Time Left Living in Boston! Where to Eat Before I Move?

I know it probably wouldn't make a lot of lists, but if I were leaving I would be eating buffalo chicken fingers from Ma Magoo's in Fresh Pond almost every day. Make sure you get their honey mustard to go with it. So good.

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Feb 24, 2014
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James Beard Semifinalists

I think at the national level they certainly only look at restaurants that are "well established" The Best Chef Northeast award gives nods to new intrenched chefs. If you check out that list it might read a little better to you.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966241

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Feb 22, 2014
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James Beard Semifinalists

She was already chosen as Best Chef Northeast. I don't believe they repeat.

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Feb 21, 2014
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James Beard Semifinalists

I posted the Northeast chefs in a separate post.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966241

Personally I would like to see Maiden take it or Matt Jennings from Farmstead in Providence.

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Feb 21, 2014
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Lunch before the ART on Sunday?

First Printer is still open, reservations up and running on open table.

+1 to Park though

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Feb 21, 2014
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James Beard Semifinalists Best Chef: Northeast

In addition to thoughts on the national awards, I am interested as to who Chowhounds thinks will win Best Chef: Northeast this year. Is there someone missing of the list (of course there is)? Who on the list doesn't deserve to be here? Obviously some chefs are outside the Boston area, but even those might be close enough that folks can weigh in. In case you haven't seen the list:

http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2014-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists

Best Chef: Northeast
Tyler Anderson, Millwright's, Simsbury, CT
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston
Eric Gabrynowicz, Restaurant North, Armonk, NY
Wesley Genovart, SoLo Farm & Table, South Londonderry, VT
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY
Evan Hennessey, Stages at One Washington, Dover, NH
Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden, ME
Dano Hutnik, Dano's Heuriger on Seneca, Lodi, NY
Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc., Providence, RI
Michael Leviton, Lumière, Newton, MA
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA
Evan Mallett, Black Trumpet Bistro, Portsmouth, NH
Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME
Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden, ME
Guy Reuge, Mirabelle, Stony Brook, NY
Champe Speidel, Persimmon, Bristol, RI
Benjamin Sukle, Birch, Providence, RI
Joel Viehland, Community Table, Washington, CT
Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Burlington and Waterbury, VT

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Feb 20, 2014
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James Beard Semifinalists

I'm not sure what the general Chowhound take on the James Beard Foundation awards is, but they just released the list 2014 Semifinalists. I'm interested in people's thoughts on the the Boston Restaurants being considered for national awards:

Asta for Best New Restaurant
The Hawthorne for Outstanding Bar Program
Ana Sortun, Oleana for Outstanding Chef
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana for Outstanding Pastry Chef
Hamersley’s Bistro for Outstanding Restaurant
Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo for Outstanding Restauranteur
L'Espalier for Outstanding Service
Troquet for Outstanding Wine Service
Tim Maslow, Ribelle for Rising Chef Star of the Year

http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2014-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists

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Feb 20, 2014
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What do you think about 51 Lincoln's new manifesto?

Just to follow up - No alcohol concerns here. They made it clear they wanted us to hurry up. They were unapologetic about it as well. Pretty much eat and get out.

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Feb 16, 2014
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What do you think about 51 Lincoln's new manifesto?

Well since we have found our common ground I am going to stop following this thread while I'm ahead.

until next time

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Feb 16, 2014
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What do you think about 51 Lincoln's new manifesto?

Not really my thing but whatever until the second paragraph. I've said before the one and only time I ate there I was told I couldn't order and enjoy a cocktail before placing my food order. They were downright rude about it. To feel the need to include in your policy "if a guest is insulting to staff, they will no longer be welcome" just shows that this is a restaurant that generates hostility.

The whole second paragraph reads as their expectations for diners. Honoring reservation times is clearly something new for them, just read other CH comments on the place. And they won't make a dish how you like it unless you have an allergy. The part about treating guests how they would want to be treated? Go at your own risk!

Still on my never again list.

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Feb 16, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

To some extent I think this is what Paul is talking about. I don't see the need to name call.

Feb 13, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

I still think it was a big mistake to write that letter, but I think most of what Paul is saying is spot on. I think it is fair to discuss all of these issues. I have a problem with the way in which they are being discussed. The tone for this post is too condescending as though we are the ultimate authority, either individually or at least collectively.

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Feb 13, 2014
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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

I completely understand why they would move, but it is unfortunate as Seaport is much harder for me to get to.

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Feb 12, 2014
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Seeking real Boston, one night, two kids (So. Common/North End)

I cannot imagine trying to take a 5 and 8 year old to Neptune Oyster.

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Feb 12, 2014
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Rendezvous tapas no longer just at the bar

Great to know! Thanks for the tip!

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Feb 10, 2014
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Red Sauce in Suburbia

Maybe I should give Luigi's another chance. I was there about five or six years ago and not excited. What do you like to get there?

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Feb 10, 2014
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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Really! When did that happen? That's too bad.

Just looked at the replacement restaurant Chopps. No idea if the food is any good but it still has to be better than Cheesecake Factory. Right?

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Feb 10, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

I just read on Zagat that Rachel Miller is leaving Bondir. Maybe that was known here. She says that it has nothing to do with the review just bad timing, but if he knew he was losing her maybe that's why he made the mistake of this response. Can't imagine having a clear head when you are losing your best person.

http://www.zagat.com/b/boston/jason-bond-responds-to-bondir-concord-review?utm_campaign=-&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=boston&utm_term=

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Feb 10, 2014
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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

It's in a hotel, but I have enjoyed Summer/Winter in Burlington. Not sure how much better on price it is than L'Andana but I think the food is better. It is much better than the Cheesecake Factory.

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Feb 10, 2014
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Live music?

Main Street Cafe in Concord. Though you sit a little on top of the musicians and the food is just average, they do have some good acts there from time to time.

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Feb 10, 2014
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Best take out Indian in Cambridge area

Punjab on Mass Ave in Arlington would be close enough. I wouldn't consider myself an expert on Indian food, but I have always had good food there. I'm a Korma guy and theirs is one of my favorites.

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Feb 09, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

Great point about the name. Given his recent response, I bet he couldn't imagine taking his name off it. Maybe he should have called it Jason's.

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Feb 09, 2014
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Cutty's Next Special Cluckin' Sunday is Feb 9th, a Week from Today

For anyone who was there can you say what time you got there and how long you had to wait in line? More importantly how long were you in line outside? This isn't quite waiting-in-line weather to me. But maybe it will be a nice day on March 2 when they do it again.

Thanks
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Feb 09, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

Wow. Really, wow. That was pretty defensive of a review that many here thought was too positive. He seemed to admit that there are problems that need to be worked out, as I have admitted when trying to defend the place, but he wanted to be given credit for the decor?

I can't see how reading his letter would encourage anyone to visit. Honestly, I like Bondir Concord a little less than I did before I read that. Striper - there's your pretense.

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Feb 09, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

I can see the point about pretense (though I don't mind it) and I can't speak to the dish they set in front of you, but what I ate tasted good. I certainly think the menu is over-written and the need to find unique ingredients over-the-top. Like I said in another post I have never had any good food put in front of me at Hammersley so I get that too. I just don't think the door should be shut quite yet on Bondir Concord. I really got the sense from my visit that they have not hit their groove yet. I'm not sure they deserve this long to find it to be honest. Maybe this is as good as they will get, but right now I think they are hovering around good with a potential to be excellent.

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Feb 07, 2014
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Bondir Concord Just Okay

I think she hit it spot on. It's nothing amazing but a little better than good is right where Bondir Concord belongs. Can't understand the hate. Just looking here there are as many good responses as bad, but people keep claiming it's bad as though it is a settled question. I know First isn't going to change anyone's mind on CH but still good to see another pro-Bondir voice.

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Feb 06, 2014
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