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Chinatown Seafood Markets

this is a great tip. Thank you!

Dec 24, 2013
passing thru in Greater Boston Area

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).

Jul 20, 2013
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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.

http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

Jun 04, 2013
passing thru in Southern New England

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!

Mar 08, 2013
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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.

Mar 04, 2013
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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.

Mar 04, 2013
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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...

Mar 03, 2013
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Dumpling cafe, Chinatown

Dumpling Cafe is very much underrated, imo.

Feb 25, 2013
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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.

Feb 22, 2013
passing thru in Southern New England

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.

Feb 20, 2013
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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.

Jan 11, 2013
passing thru in Southern New England

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.

Dec 31, 2012
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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.

Nov 30, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

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!

Nov 29, 2012
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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.

Nov 28, 2012
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Best Fried Clams in New England

absolutely.

Nov 20, 2012
passing thru in Southern 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...

Oct 23, 2012
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Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

OK, cool. Thanks for the tip.

Oct 17, 2012
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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).

Oct 17, 2012
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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.

Oct 06, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

Channel 5 News: Dave Andelman complains about food trucks hurting brick-and-mortar restaurant business

ha, this is soooooo right!

Sep 10, 2012
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Goat Dishes in Boston

that stewed goat at Izzy's is a really nice, hearty lunch. I love when that is on the menu...

Sep 05, 2012
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August 2012 Openings and Closings

I especially don't understand waiting in line in Chinatown at all, when you can so easily go to multiple other reasonably good places and sit right down to eat

Aug 22, 2012
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Milkshakes - Rhode Island, Southeastern MA

Gray's Ice Cream, Tiverton is the best in the state imo.

Aug 20, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

Lunch on Route 2 in Mass?

love that little place. i always stop there when i'm out that way.

Aug 15, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

PVD/RI * August '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

quote from their tumblr: "A lot of people have been asking us what kind of food we’ll be cooking, what kind of restaurant north will be…we don’t really have an answer."

well, that's helpful.

Aug 15, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

Taiwan Cafe, reopened yet?

Taiwan Cafe just posted on their Facebook page that they'll be back open tomorrow, 8/7. Pictures of new fish tanks + word of a "new menu".

Aug 06, 2012
passing thru in Greater Boston Area

PVD/RI * August '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

slightly out of PVD/RI (but almost providence metro!) , I just want to note that Seekonk has a new Indian place called Apna Punjab. just opened in the last couple months, I think. i have only been once so far to check out the lunch buffet, but overall it was fairly promising for the Attleboro/Seekonk area that has little in the way of Indian food at all. You sure can't get goat karahi anywhere else nearby, and the service and setting were nice and respectable the one time I've gone so far.

website here: http://is.gd/H5K7gH

Aug 06, 2012
passing thru in Southern New England

Trip Report - Part 1 (more to follow)

nope, unfortunately I've never been to that place. Though I can admit to having a couple of boxes of local fave Hoo Mee Chow Mein Mix in my pantry...

Aug 02, 2012
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Trip Report - Part 1 (more to follow)

ack! you're totally right, it's the chop suey sandwich out that way at the Willows. The chow mein sandwich is more a Fall River thing, my mistake.

Aug 01, 2012
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