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Need Romantic, dimly lit place for anniversary in Boston

Troquet

May 10, 2013
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

My last Speed's Dog

Great sketch! Brings back memories to me. We never get over there now as it's just too far out of our normal area.

May 22, 2012
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Troquet

Troquet is seriously our favorite restaurant in town. It is pricey but the wine list is amazing and the food is wonderful. We love the foie gras appetizer, the short rib canolloni, suckling pig, chicken and halibut for entrees and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert is to die for. My only complaint is that it is so expensive that we can only afford to go periodically.

Meg

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Troquet
140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

May 26, 2010
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

The Great Boston Pastry Hunt

Delphin's Gourmandise was my all time favorite bakery - really really really miss them.

I agree that there are plenty of bakeries that are good for a few things but no comprehensive go to places for great pastry.

That being said here are some I have enjoyed:

Baker's Best in Newton Highlands - it's been years but I did have good scones there.
Modern in North End for cannoli and torrone.
Spinelli Bakery in East Boston has a good ricotta pie
Betty Ann Food Shop for donuts - warm, spicy and jelly filled pockets of goodness.
Moonstruck Cafe in Winthrop has good muffins
Party Favors for cupcakes - not highbrow but great for a sugar hit
Petsi Pies

Meg

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Petsi Pies
285 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

Party Favors
1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Betty Ann Food Shop
565 Bennington St, East Boston, MA

Spinelli's
280 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

May 26, 2010
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Birthday Dinner at Troquet

My dh, daughter and I went to dinner on Saturday night at Troquet. We were able to make a reservation in the late morning for that evening and arrived about 5 minutes early. We were seated and given a choice of water (bottled or tap) while we looked at both the wine and dinner menus. The wine menu is varied and after much consideration I ordered a glass of very nice Chianti and my husband chose a Cabernet. My daughter decided to have water until dessert. We had rolls and butter as well but we were all careful not to fill up on them.

We started with appetizers - my dh had the corn & lobster bisque, I had the foie gras duo and my daughter ordered the short rib cannoloni. All were outstanding. The bisque was loaded with lobster meat and very delicately flavored with plenty of corn. The foie gras came as a pate with carmelized pineapple along side and as a nice rare piece served with seckel pear and toasted brioche - truly fantastic. The cannoloni was one nice large cannoloni stuffed with lots of short rib meat that was moist and rich in flavor.

For entrees my dh ordered the suckling pig, my daughter had the chicken and I ordered the Cote de Boeuf. My husband's plate was amazing - a trio of pork with crispy skin and a nice pork sausage - it was incredible and we all enjoyed it. My daughter's chicken was perfectly cooked and was served with a wonderful creamy orzo & corn and a lot of chanterelles. My beef was cooked perfectly and was a very large portion. It was served with a deeply carmelized onion jam, a potato cake stuffed with gorgonzola, haricot vert and carrots. We really enjoyed these entrees and shared all of them.

For dessert my dh ordered the chocolate hazelnut torte with raspberry ripple ice cream, my daughter ordered the strawberry souffle with creme fraiche ice cream and strawberry sauce and with this she ordered a glass of Moscato d'Asti. I had the sticky toffee pudding with carmelized dates, ice cream and caramel sauce which was served with a candle. I ordered a cup of coffee with cream to go with dessert. The desserts were all fantastic.

We were so happy and full from a perfect meal. The check arrived with a very reasonable total and three little petit fours that were divine. The staff were pleasant and no one rushed us through our meal. I am already planning to go back for dinner soon.

I thank Bostongal for the recommendation and am so glad that we went there on my birthday.

Meg

Jun 01, 2009
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Come talk to me about The Bristol Lounge

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The winner is Troquet - we have a reservation for tonight. I will come post about our dinner - I am very excited for dinner!

Meg

May 30, 2009
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Come talk to me about The Bristol Lounge

I know, I know. I am making a concession to the finicky eater because I know that if I pick somewhere where they will be unhappy then I won't enjoy myself. My dh and I will be going to Bina Osteria on our own because we are so excited by that menu.

Meg

May 29, 2009
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Come talk to me about The Bristol Lounge

Tomorrow is my birthday and I have been reading Chowhound trying to get a restaurant for dinner. I read so much yesterday that I actually made my head swim.

Here are our specifics: Small group that includes one seriously "finicky" eater, looking for not super dressy/stuffy or outrageously expensive, would like reasonably good food, drinks and atmosphere.

If it was up to me I would have booked a table at Bina Osteria, L'Espalier or Sorrellina but due to said finicky person I also checked out Davio's, Smith & Wollensky (chain restaurant I know but thought it might be a novel idea but something about having to pay for a baked potato after shelling out $45 for steak kills me....) and then thought - what about The Bristol Lounge?

I have never been and would love to know about the food/atmosphere, pricing and whether or not you think it's a good choice? Feel free to steer me towards someplace different if you prefer.

TIA

Meg

May 29, 2009
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

I'm embarrassed as a chowhound that I have never eaten ...

So many places to try - No. 9 Park, Locke-Ober, L'Espalier, Bina Osteria and Sorrellina come to mind. Plus I have not had Angela's in EB or Speed's Hot Dogs but I plan to this summer.

I love the banh mi at Mei Sum, which I learned about on this board, and wish I had one right now!

May 28, 2009
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Dairy Fresh

Oh man I wish I hadn't missed this thread! I loved Dairy Fresh - they always remembered me and I too have a serious addiction to good penuche fudge.

If any chowhounds have a place in Boston with good penuche (none of that corn syrup robbing all the moisture from your body fudge) let me know!

Meg

Aug 02, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Hungry Mother in Cambridge

My dh and I went for dinner at Hungry Mother in Cambridge on July 15th. We arrived just before 6 p.m. without a reservation and were happy to sit at the bar. We scored two seats on the side, mine right by the window in the corner and the bartender was fantastic.

We started our meal with drinks - a sweetened iced tea for dh and a beer from Gloucester for me. I wanted an unsweetened iced tea but sadly they do not have them so settled for a large ice water with my beer. Our appetizers were the beef tongue costini (so amazing), and the pimento cheese. Next we shared an order of shrimp and grits and after our bartender told us about the special salad that evening which was a beet with horseradish viniagrette we ordered that and shared it as well. My husband who dislikes beets was very happy with the salad and we both enjoyed the shrimp & grits so much.

For entrees I ordered the Flat Iron Steak with yukon potatoes and carmelized onions and my dh ordered the cornmeal catfish with collard greens and rice. My steak was perfectly cooked but my dh's catfish was amazing. We also ordered a side of the grits with tasso ham to share.

Desserts were also fantastic. I had the chocolate cake with the glass of milk - a true old fashioned cake and the milk was fantastic, cold and creamy. My dh had the lemon pana cotta.

We consider this one of the best meals we have had in a long time and are planning to get back there as soon as we can. We also met some nice people sitting at the bar and the bartender was knowledgeable and pleasant.

Aug 02, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Anyone tried Alia in Winthrop?

My DH and I have been several times and the food is amazing. Don't pass this place up- don't walk, run! Mostly Italian with Morrocan influences, and run by two really nice people. We love the tortellini fedala (chicken, pesto cream sauce), veal orvieto, ravioli greca (spinach, feta, toasted walnuts), etc. Tiramisu is top-notch, atmosphere and service is great. A tremendous addition for a small town like Winthrop, and one of several really good new places from the last year or so. You'll love it!

May 16, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Alia Ristorante in Winthrop

After reading about this restaurant here my dh and I got takeout on Friday night. I had the tortellini fedalla which was amazing. My dh had the Ravioli Greca which had feta, spinach and toasted walnuts in a creamy sauce over nice ravioli. We dipped bread into the sauces and swooned. We split a piece of the tiramisu as well.

This is a great restaurant and a welcome addition to the area. We will be dining here again soon.

Apr 06, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Betty Ann Donuts?

According to their business card they are open mornings only and are closed on Mondays. I believe they are open at 7 a.m.

Apr 06, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Returning for a Visit: Good Chow List or a Bad Trip Down Memory Lane?

I'd suggest Chacarero for lunch on Saturday. Best sandwiches and something you are not apt to find in Austin.

Enjoy your visit.

Apr 03, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Donut Holes

Add me to the list of people who love Betty Ann's in East Boston. We got another dozen this morning - jelly, sugar raised and lemon filled. OMG they were sublime and still warm this morning. These are real old fashioned handmade donuts and a bargain as you can see from the other posts.

Mar 13, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Where have you always had a bad meal?

Legal Seafood, Vinny T's, Atlantic Fish Co., No Name, Boston Beer Works (okay beer - god awful food), Kinsale, The Halfway Cafe - all have been consistently poor for me. I reserve the inner circle for the Summer Shack - can't stand the place, no matter how hard I try. I also consider anything recommended on The Phantom Gourmet with suspicion.

Mar 10, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite thing to eat in and around Boston at the moment

Ricotta pie from Spinelli's Bakery in East Boston.

Mar 07, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

La Voile, V-Day delayed, 2/15/2008

Nice review. All the food sounded wonderful and you truly made me want to try this restaurant.

Meg

Feb 17, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

all dressed up, nowhere to go

Since I don't really know what your budget is or what area you want to focus on I will offer a few of my favorite places that might be good for you. Antonio's Cucina on Cambridge Street by MGH is good, Giacomo's in the North End (if you can deal with the line tonight). Redbones for bbq, Henrietta's Table - I know it gets mixed reviews but I like it, The Elephant Walk on Beacon Street in Brookline (just outside of Kenmore Square). Sandrine's and Upstairs on the Square are also very good and might suit your needs.

Meg

Feb 17, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Cake Bakery in Worcester area

Absolutely the Crown Bakery - best bakery in Worcester. I grew up there and moved to Boston over 20 years ago. I still get mail order from (and stock up when back home visiting the parents) the Crown Bakery. The whipped cream torta is to die for and I really like the raspberry jelly rolls & cardamom rolls/braids.

Meg

Help with East Boston places

The pictures look fabulous and I saw the aji de gallina we had today among them. We enjoyed this dish very much!

My husband says he knows right where this is located and after seeing the picture of the ceviches told me that we will most definitely be eating here and of course that sandwich looks like it was awesome!

Thanks for sharing your pics!

Meg

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

Here's what we had today:

El Penol - Mountain Plate. This is a large amount of food - rice, beans, plaintains, pork, thin grilled steak, arepas. Great food. We split this between us. Very reasonable for $10.50.

El Chalan - 1/2 rotisserie chicken with fries and the aji de gallina with rice & a garden salad. We also got little baggies filled with a green sauce which I put all over the rotisserie chicken which was moist and wonderful. The shredded chicken was in a spicy yellow sauce with potatoes and hard boiled egg. It reminded me of a very rich spicy chicken ala king - very tasty. We got a side of plaintains as well and it was huge! We will definitely get food from here again as everything was tasty, portions were large.

Spinelli's Bakery - We got an assortment of pastries - cannoli's, lobster tail, ricotta pie, macaroon and cream puff. Too full from the above so waiting before I try but first impressions - ricotta pie, lobster tail and cream puff look fantastic. Cannoli's look okay and the macaroon looks like it might be a disappointment.

We are really happy to have found out about these places - great to add to our chow lists.

thanks again for all your tips and help!

Meg

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Where Did You Go For Valentine's Day (If Anywhere)?

Takeout pho from Pho Ha on Beech Street followed by little coconut tarts from a bakery in Chinatown.

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

Thanks - adding it to the list!

Meg

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

Thanks - that's exactly what we did. Got a good map with clear directions for today's three places - El Chalon, El Penol and Spinelli's Bakery. My husband left awhile ago with maps and lists of items to get to try.

I love that there is finally so good chow near where we live. We used to live in Brighton and loved the Allston/Brighton area, then moved out to Dedham and nothing was out there then (now W. Roxbury and Roslindale have added great food). When we got out here I kept telling my husband that there had to be great stuff nearby - I could just tell from the feel of the neighborhoods so I am really excited to try new places and new types of food.

I will definitely let you all know how today's adventure goes.

Meg

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

Thanks for the suggestions! I am heading over to East Boston today to check things out and keeping a list so this will be very helpful!

Meg

Feb 15, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

First time visitors to Boston...

The King and I on Charles Street has great thai food - Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line.

Wonton soup I cannot say although I would imagine that there has to be a good place in Chinatown. If you are willing to try Pho then I recommend Pho Ha on Beech Street for good pho - Orange Line Chinatown Stop or Green Line Boylston or Red Line Park Street - walk over to Chinatown - tons of options.

Clam chowder - do you like a thicker or thinner chowder? A lot of people like the chowder at Legal Seafood. I prefer Union Oyster House for chowder and oysters.

Enjoy your visit!

Meg

Feb 14, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

How's the pho at Saigon Hut? I think I called them recently after being excited to see vietnamese closer than Chinatown.

Rino's and Caffe Italia are now on my list - thanks for the suggestions!

Meg

Feb 14, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area

Help with East Boston places

Thanks - I will do that but sometimes people familiar with an area know a quicker or easier way to get to places. I am hoping to get over to Maverick Square tomorrow.

Angela's is definitely on the list and I have great directions there already. We did mexican from La Siesta twice last weekend and just returned from a visit to Arizona so my dh wants to do something alittle different.

Do you have any favs in Maverick or close by that are not to be missed?

Meg

Feb 14, 2008
meg1641 in Greater Boston Area