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Ten best things to eat in Boston

Just went to Buff's the other night for the first time--had the honey hot wings. Incredible! And this coming from a guy who will typically shun any wing that contains more than chicken, Frank's, and butter.

Apr 05, 2009
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

What is new & good in Chinatown

I fully agree--G.D.H. is an all around awesome restaurant. Besides the dumplings (which are all super) their noodles are dynamite. They also do a great double-cooked pork belly

Apr 05, 2009
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

Ten best things to eat in Boston

You must realize that restaurants in the US cannot serve wild venison because it is not regulated and inspected. As a result, all of the venison you eat when dining out will be farm-raised and much milder in flavor--nothing like what Uncle Hank keeps stashed in the freezer from last season's kill.

Feb 08, 2009
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

Ten best things to eat in Boston

Those blue cheese-stuffed fried shrimp sound horrendous--I guess I'd just have to try to find out!

Feb 08, 2009
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

Best sandwich... ever?

Oh yes yes yes! - the Texas Reuben from All Star is definintely one of the best sandwiches out there. Also, through Chowhound I discovered Domenic's in Waltham. I happen to live about a quarter mile away from the place and never would've bothered going in if it weren't for the reviews I read here. Nonetheless, the sandwiches are amazing! The ciabatta they use is top-notch. I also really love sandwiches from Darwin's, right down the street from All Star.

May 01, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

salt & pepper calamari

East Ocean City and Peach Farm, both in Chinatown, have excellent S+P Squid. Calamari has become kind of the standard term for squid, mainly from a marketing standpoint; it sounds much more exotic than "squid." It would be the equivalent of using the term "bistro" to describe any small restaurant - it's a catchy word to try to lure customers in.

Apr 27, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

Thai - Khao Sarn - note on authenticity

Hey SS,

There are a bunch of dishes not on the menu, but written on a white board behind the counter (they never change.) There is one called Kai Himmapan that is absolutely amazing, as well as the Spicy, Crispy Squid and rice plate (the squid is coated in a mildly sweet, salty spicy sauce after it's fried. As far as things on the paper menu, the Rod Dee Noodle is great, as well as Star Noodle. Their Larb is also terrific (salty, sour, SPICY ground pork.) Pad See You (thick rice noodles with meat and veggies) is out of this word. That should get you started

Apr 12, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

Thai - Khao Sarn - note on authenticity

I have found that a lot of "highly regarded" Thai restaurants in Boston are in fact "highly Americanized." Kao Sarn is no exception, as is Brown Sugar. I have eaten at Brown Sugar a couple of times and found a recurring theme within the name of the restaurant and the flavor of the dishes. I have been going to Rod Dee in Brookline for probably about eight years, and find it consistently authentic and delicious. In my opinion it blows the doors off of any other Thai place around. Their pan-fried rice stick noodle with duck and scallion gives me thoughts and reactions that would get me thrown out of church (along with about 20 other dishes on the menu.) Rod Dee II seems to be just as good as well.

Apr 12, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

First time at G. Umberto

They have something they call a panini - it is basically the calzone dough but it is stuffed/baked with hot cold cuts and cheese - very good. Personally, I find the panzarotti and calzones a little bland, but the arancini and especially the pizza are king!

Apr 03, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area

So-So Chinatown Experiences. Am I ordering wrong?

Hello my fellow eaters,

I have been going to Chinatown every couple of weeks or so for about three years. For a while I was going about four times a week. I would always gravitate towards Taiwan Cafe, and was never dissapointed. The sauces are deep, intrinsic, and very complex; often rich with black bean, garlic, thai basil, chiles - that magical balance of salty, sweet, spicy and savory. So, after going there probably 60 times over the course of two years, i figured I would start checking out some of the other heavy hitters such as Peach Farm and East Ocean City. What I am finding, time after time at these places, is I get a plate of rice or noodles with with a very bland, thick white sauce brimming with plain seafood and vegetables - barely seasoned. Now, while the seafood is generally very fresh and I am all for letting ingredients shine, the whole meal just ends up being very flat and unexciting. I have tried some other dishes with black bean or a brown sauce and nothing has really impressed me that much. Suggestions?

Mar 20, 2008
RandMan14 in Greater Boston Area