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Info on Market Basket new locations?

i went to so. attleboro last week. this MB does not have a butcher counter per se, but they have signs up saying if you need cuts that are not out in the fairly voluminous meat section there's a phone line to pick up where someone will come and get you what you need. they also do have a small demo area where someone was grilling up samples of aidell's sausage.

the place was pretty promising in general. sure beats stop and shop.

Info on Market Basket new locations?

fwiw, So. Attleboro Market Basket update: store opens this Wed.

Fire at MuLan, Beauty's Pizza

man, that's terrible. I really like MuLan.

Sazerac rye

you might try calling Provo Discount Liquors in Norfolk. I'm not sure if they carry it, but they stock a good variety of stuff and it's where I generally buy Old Overholt for a good price.

Info on Market Basket new locations?

Attleboro Sun reported this week that the So Attleboro store is scheduled to open early 2015

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

basically, natural means it's not made out of plastic

branzino - my dream fish!

I've bought it there a few times too.

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

I'm not in RI all that often anymore, but I still occasionally make it to Pho Horn in Pawtucket and y'know I'm always totally satisfied with eating there. It's steady and they're nice and it's better than most of the Vietnamese places I've been to in Boston.

Oh please Arby's...

there'll always be Worcester.

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I had one of the worst restaurant experiences of my entire life at the Legal's near the aquarium many years ago, swore never to go back and never have.

Chinatown Seafood Markets

this is a great tip. Thank you!

Info on Market Basket new locations?

fwiw, the South Attleboro location is under construction at present, they are actively working the site. (it's right off 95, where the s. attleboro train station is).

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

Eater is reporting that some sort of incarnation of the former Allston Super 88 spot is coming to downtown Providence. Very exciting.

Great Dim Sum in Foxboro at Mai Pearl

thanks for the tip. looks worth a shot out here in the se mass Asian food wasteland. their website is brutal, though!

Supplementing Peking Duck at China King

Oh! this just reminded me of the other really nice thing they did--we ordered two ducks, and for the second course they gave us one plate of the usual duck w/ veg. and another plate that was the duck with the housemade noodles, which really were good.

Supplementing Peking Duck at China King

fwiw, we went for a duck night at CK last Friday--it was great & they were really nice, even let my friend stash his bike in the basement since he had forgotten his lock. We supplemented with pea pod stems and garlic (solid), mustard greens (a bit on the gingery side, but fine) and the dry fried squid (excellent).

all in all, this place is really good & I'm glad they came back to ctown.

Where's Devra First?

I'm sort of convinced that many audiences DO want them. I have no real food examples, but I remember a few years back when Games for Windows magazine decided to do away with them for videogames because the editors thought they were dumb. Readers freaked out & they were forced to put them back a couple months later...

Dumpling cafe, Chinatown

Dumpling Cafe is very much underrated, imo.

PVD/RI * February'13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

there was one of these on Newport Ave. in Pawtucket a couple years back, but it closed. It was OK for a franchise joint, but nothing special.

JBF 2013 seminfinals discussion

I think that industry awards of any stripe tend to be just as much (if not more) about PR than anything else, It's just the way the world works. The inclusion of someone like Berkowitz, whose restaurants have been mediocre for a dozen years but who knows how to play the marketing game, is pretty much just par for the course.

PVD/RI 2012 - Your Favorites?

great post Garris, and for the record I've been reading Chowhound for at least ten years + I still find it the best for food recs. I do think that not having a dedicated Prov board has made it somewhat less useful for the Providence area, but that's life. I do always read your posts though, and while I don't eat out as much as I used to and don't post as much as I should these days i do appreciate the threads you get going for Providence.

I don't think I ate widely enough to really answer your main questions, but the area restaurant i find myself going back to more than any other is Pho Horn in Pawtucket.

My greatest chow wish for 'round here would be some better Mexican food. Since the Sonoran place in C. Falls closed when the owner died a few years back, i haven't found a single place i really liked.

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

for reference's sake I'll just note that I finally checked this place out (I can't believe I never had before...) and they do, in fact, carry a nice Italian nocino. The selection of amari is pretty great too, I bought a bottle of Amaro Sibilla too while I was there. Awesome store.

Attleboro MA recommendations

oh man! I totally forgot to mention Tex Barrys Coney Island downtown, that is a classic hot dog joint + totally worth a mention as good cheap eats. I'm personally not a huge fan of Morin's, though.

Agreed on pizza. Nothing but run of the mill that i have found.

Attleboro MA recommendations

Attleboro proper is a bit of a wasteland, to be honest. There's a couple of half decent spots, but not much that's really outstanding. heading to Pawtucket for pho or Colombian food or Polish delis etc and over to Providence for pizza et al is usually the best bet.

That said, there's at least a thing or two in a pinch. Singapore Chinese is the best of the suburban Chi-Am places, nothing spectacular but good on occasion. Sala Cafe near the hospital has actually quite tasty Thai/Lao food, but I've experienced some brutally slow service there. The Breakfast Place on Pleasant St has good looking breakfasts + used to have a really good blade meat sandwich (an SE Mass thing), but it looks like it's not on the menu anymore. maybe it still crops up as a special, I haven't been in a while. Also across the street on Pleasant is The Clam Shack which has pretty solid fried clams, and a bit further down the road there's Aleco Deli, which has OK Lebanese food.

There's also a newish Caribbean place downtown (The Caribbean Kitchen) which seems promising, but I have yet to try it. And just over the Attleboro line in Rehoboth is a pretty good Indian restaurant, Apna Punjab.

Lastly, for anything alcohol related there is Yankee Liquors over on Washington down by Pawtucket. Best place around for selection/price.

Hope that helps!

Sigh. Boston restaurants, PLEASE learn some common sense when it comes to social media

wowza. whatever the original customer said, this has got to be one of the most unprofessional things I've ever seen.

Best Fried Clams in New England


Curious why ramen is so rare and yet sushi joints are on every corner?

totally agree. I always wonder too why the izakaya hasn't really caught on in any sort of bigger way in the states. this seems like a great exploitable niche for Japanese restaurants to me--a good range of beers and some interesting bar food with a casual atmosphere. but cookie cutter sushi joints with the same set of options seem to be mostly what opens...

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

OK, cool. Thanks for the tip.

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

here's a Cirace q from a now out-of-towner: do you know if they happen to carry nocino, the Italian green walnut liqueur? this is one thing I can't seem to find at Yankee Liquors in Attleboro. (where I also think I paid pretty close to 30$ for fernet-branca, fwiw).

Looking for Latin Markets near Warwick, Rhode Island

aside from the meat (which *is* nice) though, Armando's does have a pretty good selection of other latino foodstuffs. decent range of produce, a fair bit of frozen stuff and a couple aisles of Latino-focused basics. Likely they have dulce de leche,though I don't specifically remember it being there.