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Townsend's - Hyde Park

I had the potato-leek soup (it was that night's soup) and the shepherd's pie. Both were amazing (especially the shepherd's pie). My brother had the lamb shank (which rocked) and all of the vegetables were very fresh. Other menu items included fish, duck and hanger steak.

Stephen Hoddinott is the chef. He worked for Jeff Fournier at 51 Lincoln and the Met Club. Fournier also serves as a consultant to Townsend's and helped create the menu.

Apr 07, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Townsend's - Hyde Park

I'm not sure exactly. I thought I heard one of the servers telling some other patrons that they are doing one more soft-opening weekend then they will be open full-time. I know they are open tonight (Sat) so I would call to find out about the upcoming schedule.

Apr 05, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Townsend's - Hyde Park

I just got back from a "soft" opening at Townsend's in Hyde Park. (They're doing a few soft openings before they open for good). I was very, very impressed. The decor is beautiful--open space with a full dining room on the second floor and large windows opening up onto Fairmount Ave. The food was amazing. Everything was incredibly fresh and everyone in my party cleaned their plates. Owner Michael Tallon (former owner of The Kendall Cafe and The Swan in Cambridge) has hit a homerun here. There is also a great bar area with a ridiculous number of beers on tap.

This place is a great addition to the area and I look forward to when they open for good with their expanded menu.

Apr 04, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Business lunch in Waltham?

What about Ponzu on Moody Street? I haven't been there yet but it looks pretty nice and is open for lunch. Would that place be appropriate for a client lunch? Any comments on the food?

Feb 06, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Business lunch in Waltham?

Thanks for the suggestions. I totally forgot about Elephant Walk, although parking on that part of Main St is atrocious. We're going to lunch on Friday so Solea might be a good option.

Feb 05, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Business lunch in Waltham?

I am taking a client to lunch in Waltham. Unfortunately, all of the good restaurants in and around Moody St are closed for lunch (Tuscan Grill, Tempo, Il Cappriccio, La Campania, Marcellino). And I don't want to do Indian, Watch City, Bison County, Iguana, etc.

Any suggestions?

Feb 05, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Help - Line is busy at the Chicken Bone

Forget it - I finally got through! Sweeeeet............

Feb 03, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Help - Line is busy at the Chicken Bone

I have been trying to place my wings order at the Chicken Bone for the Super Bowl for the past 45 minutes and the line has been busy since 1 PM. Is everybody in MetroWest ordering from there today or are they not open?

Feb 03, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Parziale's or Bova for fresh bread?

Probably a little out of your way and maybe a smaller selection, but the Great Harvest Bread Company in Newtonville is excellent. Amazing fresh bread (they give out free samples too) plus muffins, scones, etc. I used to stop there every day on my way to work when I lived in the area. I think they have a store in Lexington too.

Jan 30, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area

Wings in MetroWest

Any suggestions for good wings in MetroWest (Sudbury/Framingham/Marlboro area)? I will usually make the drive to Buff's in Newton (and to the Busy B in Watertown before it shut down) because they make/made the best wings. But is there anything in MetroWest that comes close to those? I have had the wings at the Haflway in Marlboro and John Harvard's in Framingham, and while they are both good, they can't compare to Buff's or the old Busy B.

Jan 30, 2008
markmin1 in Greater Boston Area