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Dtwn Court Date lunch

Hey there and thanks!!

I was a vegetarian from 19 years old to 40 years old, and now I'm 41 so: right on with risking this rec. I never liked a veggie burger, except for the good condiments. However, given this recommendation, I'll give it a shot

Jan 24, 2014
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Dtwn Court Date lunch

Hello! I can't figure out how to enter a reply that says thanks to everyone.

I've got a list of places to try - and more sad court dates to come. I went to Uburger. I hoped for a pretty good good burger and a salade - here's what I got:

Bun: nice, good texture, grilled

burger: bummer over cooked, over salted (? who does that?)

pickles onions lettuce: skimpy

le sigh

Jan 24, 2014
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Dtwn Court Date lunch

So, I have to go to court on New Chardon St. downtown Boston tomorrow. I am thinking that I would love to soothe myself with a burger and salad, or a good roast beef sandwich, or steak kebab lunch...

mostly thinking good hamburger: suggestions?

Jan 22, 2014
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Breakfast Delivered

Ok Now....

very hard for me to believe that it is possible to get a breakfast delivered that one does not regret....as I am in a house about a mile from the nearest grocery, no car, no T nearer by than the grocery....and no food in the house. I wonder. I'm on Fort Hill, Roxbury - near Mission Hill Rox, JP, South End - any suggestions?

Oct 27, 2013
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Blue Nile Ethiopian...

yup. Mission Hill is a part of Roxbury. It's actually the part of Roxbury where the neighborhood got started, and those rock formations you see around there verywhere are called "Roxbury puddingstone"

Oct 18, 2011
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Dark Chocolate with salt [moved from Boston]

thanks for all of the replies! I've enjoyed this quite a bit...

Oct 16, 2011
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Dark Chocolate with salt [moved from Boston]

"Theo" was the name of the bar I couldn't remember...it was excellent!

But I have since found what may be the be-all-end all Medecasse Sea Salt & Nibs - from Madagascar.... Expensive, but a bar will last me a week - and it is a stand-alone experience - plus, fair trade, local development company. The chocolate is excellent, and the nibs add the mildest, mildest coffee-bean like flavor, with tiny bit of crunch. Here's a link:

http://store.madecasse.com/new-seasal...

Oct 16, 2011
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Blue Nile Ethiopian...

And I should have said - thanks for your response and all of the responses...I'm not in the neighborhood much, now I'm excited to go there to check this place out...

Oct 16, 2011
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Blue Nile Ethiopian...

Brookline and Roxbury do share a border...the turn where Huntington goes uphill to South Huntington....if you went straight on Huntington instead of taking the left onto S Huntington, you'd enter Brookline.

Growing up, we called the overpass there "culture shock bridge"

Oct 16, 2011
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Dark Chocolate with salt [moved from Boston]

I've recently launched a quest to try as many kinds/variations of dark chocolate and sea salt that I can get my hands on....

thus far:

Lake Champlain organic Dark Chocolate, sea salt, almonds...expensive, and excellent. 60%dark, justt the right amount of salt...my favorite so far

Salazon Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt....excellent, perhaps a better chocolate experience than the Lake Champlaign bar..., but I miss the almonds.

Salazon Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt, Turbinado Sugar - yuck, wierd crunchy bits of sugar ruin the experience.

Chocolove Roasted Almonds and sea salt - A little mild for my taste, but nice...prefer a stronger dark chocolate.

Godiva dark chocolate, Sea Salt, chopped almonds: meh - nothing to write home about. Mightas well be milk chocolate (almost)

Tazo Salt & Pepper: I know that the grainy feel to this choclate is intended...I just didn't really enjoy it. I haven't tried making a hot-chocolate with this...

...and, there's anotherone that I can't remember the maker of. darn. really god, 70% dark...

I'd love to get recommendations of more chocolates to try....

Oct 01, 2011
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Blue Nile Ethiopian...

Hi,

I saw the signage for Blue Nile in Hyde Square in JP....anyone know if this is the same Blue Nile that used to be near the Roxbury/Brookline Border?

Anyone know if they've opened yet, or better yet, given it a try? They don't seem to have a website...

Sep 24, 2011
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3 days in Boston-restaurant recommendations?

Where is Chacararo now that the one near School St. closed?

Sep 14, 2011
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Dinner on or near Mission Hill

thanks...your name just started to make me wonder if there's any pretty good Mexican place around there.

And - I know that Papusa Guanaca in Hyde Sq. wasn Salvadoran not Mexican but...too bad that's gone, I think that would've worked.

Sep 14, 2011
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Dinner on or near Mission Hill

Thank you - I'll check that out.

Sep 14, 2011
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Dinner on or near Mission Hill

My sister will be in town for a long day at New England Baptist Hospital on Mission Hill - I'll be meeting her for dinner around 5pm.

She likes...Applebee's, Olive Garden...I'm a vegetarian with adventurous taste. And actually, I started eating fish so I'm not even vegetarian anymore. I'm looking for someplace where she will feel comfortable, we can talk for a couple of hours - and there is something for me to eat other than an iceberg lettuce salad or deep-fried cheese, or other cheese-centered food.

We could drive, walk or take the T...but I'd rather not travel so far...I'm guessing that Brookline might be our best bet, but something right on Mission Hill would be great...I guess we could also go to JP or the South End.

I will be enormously grateful for any suggestions.

Sep 11, 2011
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salt & pepper calamari

Food Wall in Jamaica Plain... and, really - it was quite good. It'll be fun to check out your recommendations and see ow that contextualizes my Food Wall experience...

I'm cheered that you all are throwing some info my way...an unplanned for vacation has been trust upon me, and I look forward to talking people into going out to eat some squid with me - in service to this special mission.

Apr 27, 2008
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salt & pepper calamari

thanks - I intend to become an intrepid reporter of salt and pepper squid for a week or two - so I appreciate your contribution to the cause.

I don't even know the basic facts of this meal - the template - I just know that I like salt, pepper, and squid.

Any clues on what the standard qualities of the dish should be - aside from tasting good, and not smothering the experience of eating micely cooked squid?

Apr 27, 2008
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salt & pepper calamari

I just had a rare and wonderful food surprise. I got salt & pepper calamari for the very first time ever - ordered at a usually mediocre hole-in-the-wall chinese food place.

I enjoyed a delicious, nuanced, satisfying meal. I love squid - but if it is not cooked well it is terrible, so I don't generally choose it while eating out.

Each piece of squid was very lightly coated in some kind of seasoned batter, fast cooked, dressed with a light and delicious sauce mixed w/ diced red pepper and thin slices of green chile. Some salt, some spice warmth, some tang - but nothing so strong as to overwhelm the subtle flavor of the tender squid itself.

So, now I'm on a mission...where do you go in Boston for Salt&Pepper Calamari?

Bonus points for someone who can explain why restaurants serving cuisines from all parts of the world frequently use the Italian word for squid.

Apr 27, 2008
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Can you eat well for under $10?

It is relatively new - I'll check and see if I've got the name exactly right the next time I go by there - It is near the intersection of E. Berkeley and Harrison...just across from Pine Street Inn.

The things I like best about the place:

The people behind the counter are friendly to me, and to all of the various sorts of folks likely to walk into an eating place that serves food for under 10 dollars in the SE section of Roxbury.

Most times of day, you can sit at a table with a coffee or with your lunch and visit with whoever happens to be there, as well as the staff, and never feel a push to move along. I had a great time watching bits of the Women's World Cup on their TV, listening to real soccer fans bicker about
the games. I enjoy commiserating about the news as it comes on - or having little arguments of my own, as I am generally to the left of workers and customers alike. It's just nice.

Workers are glad to try to make your food the way you want it, no matter what is on the menu...for example...I like to get eggs and tomatoes w/ hot sauce and avocado - they have those ingredients, so they make it for me, and figure out the price.

I can't say the food is special - all of the sandwich ingredients I've had are good, not excellent - lots of interesting condiments...but the bread is not so good, which is a massive problem for a place that sells mostly sandwiches. I tend to go for the tortilla instead of rolls or bread when it comes to sandwiches.

The samosas and soups are pretty good - I had a lentil soup there once that was excellent, good simple broth with flavors of garlic, mustard seed clove...

I've never gotten any of their other hot meals. I've never gotten one of their salads. I think if I really wanted to see what they were capable of cooking - I'd ask if the chef in the back would make for me what he makes for himself for a good lunch.

The workers here are mostly South Asian...I suspect that they are currently trying to serve too many items to please too many low-budget palates - it'll be interesting to see what they'll come up with if they decide to focus on making fewer items of higher quality.

I would not say this is any kind of a "hidden gem" - just a really nice little business, trying to make good for an under-served market in an expensive neighborhood that is also full of work-a-day people who would appreciate a decent place for a quick lunch.

Mar 01, 2008
lunchout in Greater Boston Area

Can you eat well for under $10?

Good lunch deal at Bukowski's in Back Bay - $2 burger...or maybe it's a $1.69 - extra dollar for a veg burger instead. I like the atmosphere, although occasionally the music is too loud.

The Bostonian just opened on Harrison Ave - I love them - great, creative sandwiches, samosas, good soups - and very friendly service - easily get a meal for under $8.

Haley House is a ways down Washington into Dudley Square, but definitely worth a couple of tries. They have different special menus each day of the week - on Wednesdays there are usually a couple of great Puerto Rican entrees

As for El Triunfo on E. Berkley St - I'd stay away from them. I used to go there regularly, even though the food is barely medicore at best, because it is one of the closest places to where I work. I swore them off entirely this past fall - the food got worse when the Salvadoran family that owned it sold to a Ukrainian businessman and his son...and the son is incredibly rude.

I put up with that, thinking he was just young and trying to be hip but once, when I mentioned that I volunteered at the homeless shelter across the street and he said Why!? They're ruining the neighborhood! Ok. I could live with that too - but he just kept grilling me about it - not something I want to spend my money to be subjected to.

Feb 29, 2008
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