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Chicken and Rice Guys

No, and I apologize for offering my personal assumptions about their business model. I just find the credit card minimum thing to be very consumer un-friendly as we basically live in a cashless society now. It is my personal decision. I am happy for their success and am sure they are adept and honest business people. (I was going to go back and edit my previous posts to remove my assumptions about their motivations, but have left them so that your question and my mea culpa make sense to others reading the thread)

Chicken and Rice Guys

Many merchants often hide behind that narrative, but on a $7 or $8 sale, the fees would be roughly $0.20 (Square charges 2.75% per swipe and with a volume discount - they have four trucks and a brick and mortar outlet - they can definitely negotiate that lower with a credit card processing service). Being all cash makes it a helluva lot easier to fudge the numbers when it comes to reporting income.

Chicken and Rice Guys

Tried to eat with them as I live around the corner from their stop on Harrison Ave, but they subscribe to the consumer un-friendly "$10 minimum" for using a credit/debit card policy. Personally, I avoid all places that go out of their way to force cash sales to avoid paying taxes. (BTW, it is legal for a business to impose a $10 minimum on CREDIT cards, but illegal to impose the same rules for the use of DEBIT cards.)

Equidistant from Providence and Boston?

Kind of a stupid question, but does Centre Deli serve the "after dark" menu all day or just after a certain time?

Equidistant from Providence and Boston?

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone - we have a bunch to try now. Any others who want to chime in, please feel free!

Equidistant from Providence and Boston?

Have family who live in Providence and I live in Boston. Although we have no problem with one driving to see the other, there are some weekdays and occasional Saturdays (almost always lunches btw) that we'd all like to just drive half way.

Have any good local gems or hidden secret? Some of our more casual favorites are (in RI, Mikes Kitchen, sandwiches at the Food Chalet or in Boston, we're suckers for Border Cafe in Harvard Sq or the original Regina's on Thatcher St)

We've tried the food outlets at Patriot Place and have always found them "meh".

Walpole, Norwood, Foxborough, both of us coming in opposite directions on 95.


McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

I sort of think that McDonalds is much more interested in the fries and the soft drink you buy WITH the sandwich. If I recall correctly, as far as food cost goes, the paper cup cost McDs's more than the contents.

Vacation Closings

I am pretty sure Katz's Bagels in Chelsea is closed and re-opens 7/7 (they're just part of my weekend ritual errands)

Need pre-theater dining recs for 7 near Barrymore Theater

Just a note, was looking at Yakitori Totto and their website indicates they are closing on 7/4 and re-opening in "mid-July" so this may not work for the OP. They are on my must try list for my next NYC visit in August though.

Jul 01, 2015
mikeinboston in Manhattan

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

I used to work with the chef/owner of Oro when he was at Stella in Boston's South End. Talented man and you couldn't meet (or work with) a nicer guy (his co-owner wife is charming as well). I have been remiss in never visiting their restaurant in Scitutate,but this reminds me I have to make a trip.

Dumpling Palace, recently opened in the Back Bay

Stopped in for a to go order for lunch today. Unfortunately, had to cancel the order and go next door to Pho Basil as Dumpling Palace requires a $20 minimum purchase to use a debit/credit card. (This is actually illegal under Federal Law. A business can compel at $10 minimum for credit cards, but cannot impose a minimum for debit cards). When I informed them of the rules, the clerk behind the counter thanked me, but said since it was printed on their menu, it was completely legal. IMHO, a foolish choice on their part as the neighborhood is chock full of students and others like me who never carry cash. I have encountered this "made up rule" at other venues in Chinatown area, but find it short sighted in the epicenter of a college neighborhood. BTW, the spicy Pork Pad Thai at Pho Basil was great and they don't care how you choose to pay.

Anyone seen white asparagus?

Whole Foods Symphony in Boston had a large display of white asparagus today.

can you identify this London breakfast place (though it might not exist any more)

The writer references:

Fred's at 40 Aberfeldy Street "near the docks of the East End"

It's odd, when you search Google, the business listing comes up, but it appears to be the only restaurant ever NOT written about or reviewed.

Jan 18, 2015
mikeinboston in U.K./Ireland

Cacio e pepe in Boston

+1 on the Cook's Illustrated recipe. Have used it numerous times, always successful. Thanks for the Russo's tip, the cheese is key.

Pre-marinated wings?

Dom's is in Malden. Nice selection, great staff. Pick up a sandwich while you are there, it's a good place to grab a quick lunch while you are running errands.

Food near the Intercontinental Hotel

If you need to brighten your day, head over to the Bastille website and read perhaps what could be the 2014 winner for the most effusive PR-written-spin on their chef, manager and owner bios. Wow, talk about "laying it on thick"

Church Suppers?

Thanks for asking - it was also my fear that a good meal would be spoiled by a heavy dose of fire and brimstone.

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

I just checked out Ken's website, but it's pretty light on real information. I gave them a call and found out the following: All the pies are fresh, not frozen. You cannot order a cooked pie, you have to bake it at home. They offer three sizes of each pie, Individual, Medium and Large. Prices range from $6.99 to $20+ for the large. Suggested cook time for the large was given as approximately one hour.

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

here's a quick tip for breakfast we do all the time, get a couple of the 1/4 pound plastic containers from the deli at your local supermarket. no lids needed. toast your muffin, we use the pre-cooked bacon and zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds (low sodium deli ham works well too). then spray the inside of the container with some non stick spray. add an egg and some salt and pepper, be sure to pierce the yolk and cover with a paper towel. each microwave is slightly different, but cook the egg till its done enough for you. the egg will be the perfect round size for the muffin and slip right out of the container. stack the bacon on the egg, add a slice of american cheese and you are good to go. under 300 calories, travels well and made with love. :)

Nov 07, 2014
mikeinboston in Chains

China King still best peking duck?

I work for a small non profit and I took our volunteers (mostly college students) to China King for an end of year "thank you" duck dinner last December. The meal was great and although most of the soup course went uneaten, the overall vibe was very homey and polite - they treated us very well as a party of 8. We did two ducks and some apps to start, it was perfect and I dont believe it came to more than $125 with some soft drinks and some beers for a few of the party.

Market Basket-Items no longer carried?

Kate's line is also available at Shaws, Star, Stop and Shop and Whole Foods.

Where to find/buy Crabapples?

There is a crabapple tree right by the Southwest Corridor Park (headed towards Back Bay) at the Massachusetts Ave T station. As I walked by today, one elderly lady was hiking another onto her shoulders so they could harvest the tree.

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Are there veggies in their pie or just chicken meat and gravy?

What kind of vinegars do you keep on hand?

I was planning on making some fresh herb vinegars to use up the bounty from the garden. Any suggestions for a good quality mass market white wine vinegar? I plan to use apple cider vinegar with the stronger herbs like sage, but wanted something lighter for the more delicate flavors. Thanks!

Sep 07, 2014
mikeinboston in Home Cooking

Texas Roadhouse

There is one just outside of Boston. It is insanely loud and the have a "forced fun" routine they make the waitstaff do - line dancing in the aisles and such. There are peanut shells everywhere - sort of like the old Ground Round chain.

The steaks are fine, nothing out of the ordinary. Sides are also serviceable. We haven't found any of the appetizers worthy of a re-order, ditto on desserts.

Near us, you can call ahead to be put on the list, the often run a wait and this can help cut the time down.

Sep 06, 2014
mikeinboston in Chains

McDonalds Pickles/Gherkins. Tastes good or not?

Have removed them since I was a child - could never understand the pickle love at McD, but also know I am in the minority.

Sep 06, 2014
mikeinboston in Chains

Shaw's > Star

They have added Starbucks at the Morrisey Blvd store adjacent to JFK.

Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

I know that Katz's Bakery in Chelsea also features Chicken Pot Pies - I have not tried their version. Any reports from others who have?

Ben's Kosher Deli from NYC coming to Boston

Wondering if anyone had an update on Ben's Boston area plans?

Shaw's > Star

I have given up trying to figure out the Shaws/Star logic, but I visit at both the Fenway and South Boston stores - prices are still not in line with Stop & Shop, but utilizing the circular, you can get some good buys. I have also noted that the staff in both stores seem to be going out of their way to be helpful and cheerful - after running the misery gauntlet at the South Bay S&S, it's almost unnerving to have someone smile at you or say "thank you" after your purchase.