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Friendly Toast Revisited

I'm originally from Portsmouth so I've been to the FT a lot. When I lived there 10 years ago I would go fairly frequently and the service was never stellar but it was never bad either.

The past couple of times I went the service was so bad, it was nearly comical (if it had been in a movie or something). Yes, the food is good. But I no longer think it's worth it to suffer such poor service. The FT has survived on a reputation that's way past it's heyday IMO. I haven't even bothered with the Cambridge location and probably won't be back to the Portsmouth one either.

Take-out quiche in Boston?

Flour Bakery does a nice Quiche.

First Time to Visit Boston

You might try Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq for your Friday night dinner. They have a fabulous patio, although while they do have seafood dishes, it's not a particular specialty. But the food and drinks are top notch.

Others may disagree but I like Atlantic Fish on Boylston St in the Back Bay, they have a patio. You could also check out Sushi Teq at the Intercontinental, outside dining on the water.

Best Value Store Bought Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

I love the Cristalino Brut, as in I could live on it. Only 6.99 at Trader Joe's.

Lunch in South Beach

I love the Raleigh for a nice lunch and then beach time.

the friendly toast opening in cambridge!

It didn't. I ran out of there like I was on fire.

the friendly toast opening in cambridge!

Just saw this thread. I'm originally from Portsmouth so I've spent many a late night and Sunday morning at the Friendly Toast. Service has never been one of it's strong suits, but it never really bothered me as the food and atmosphere are fab.

Last time I went for a Sat lunch with my mother, it wasn't too busy. The food took over an hour, the waiter was nowhere to be found, when I did find him and ask about our food, he mumbled something and ran away. Finally came back and literally threw our plates on the table. Food was, of course, cold. The kicker was, as I was getting ready to pay, he came back and asked me out! It was so weird. I told my mother I was ready to give it a break for a while.

Romantic, delicious, not pretentious - downtown

For breakfast, I'd hit the Paramount on Charles Street in Beacon Hill.

A tale of two King Fung Gardens

I live right by the Brookline location and finally decided to give it a try about a week ago. I thought the food was downright awful. I had pretty low expectations going in and it didn't even live up to those.

Plus, I called in my order and was told 10-15 min. I got there after 15 min and had to wait another 15 min with no acknowledgement at all. I was standing at the counter and the staff was in the kitchen, clearly saw me and didn't say a word until they handed me my food.

It's a bummer since I'm so close but I doubt I'll ever go back.


I love mussels too. I just had them at Eastern Standard the other day and they were very good.

Maurizio's, La Galleria 33 or Euno?

Glad it worked out! I really like that place.

Maurizio's, La Galleria 33 or Euno?

I love Maurizio's. The frutti di mare is great.

Fun lunch for a working slob on rt 1 in Norwood

I like Siam Lotus for Thai.

Upper Crust: does size matter?

I don't know, I've had both large and small and they seem similar to me. I usually get a large and I've never had any issues.

And I actually think they reheat very well, I throw my leftovers in a 350 degree over for about 5 minutes and they're delicious.

Best mussels in Miami

I'm with you, I would never eat a closed mussel, why take the chance? And I have to mention that about a quarter of the mussels in the dish at Nemo were closed. I have no idea how the kitchen missed it.

Jun 02, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

Best mussels in Miami

I had the moules frites at the Raleigh recently and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. So good.

Conversely, I tried the mussels at Nemo and not only was the broth so bitter you made a face, several of the mussels hadn't even opened. We quickly sent them back.

Jun 01, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

Yummy breakfast near tourist center?

I really like the Paramount and Mike's City Diner. I think Brasserie Jo also has a very good breakfast and it's about a block from the Westin.

Miami Beach Poolside or Waterview for Lunch

I love, love, love the Raleigh. The moules frites are to die for.

May 06, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

Solo in South Beach

Table 8 could work. I was just there a few weeks ago, good food and great specialty cocktails. We sat at the bar while we waited for a table and the bartenders were all very friendly.

Apr 28, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

Upper Crust - what don't I get?

You know, I think you're much better off with a whole pie than a slice. I'm in love with their white spinach pizza, I could eat it every day. But anytime I've popped in and gotten a slice I've found it to be "eh".

Best Delivery Pizza (allston/brighton/brookline)

You know, I've always had fantastic luck with Upper Crust's delivery. Always on time and always hot, and I order quite frequently. But I agree, it's hard to find good pizza in the area.

3 dinners in South Beach

Wow, thanks for the ideas. I've been away from this thread for a couple of days. I'm hoping to finalize some of the reservations early next week. I will definitely report back and let you know what we chose.

Mar 07, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

Eastern Standard for breakfast

Never had brunch but I find the food at ES to be mediocre. I've had dinner there several times, I want to like it, the atmosphere is great and it's closeby for me, but I just can't. I do like having drinks at the bar though.

3 dinners in South Beach

Thanks for the ideas so far!

Mar 03, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

3 dinners in South Beach

That's what confused me as well, I saw it on opentable.

Mar 03, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida

3 dinners in South Beach

Hi All,

Will be in SoBe for a girls weekend in early April and I'm looking for recommendations for 3 dinners. We want to do one splurge (no price limit) and then 2 more moderate (say entrees under $35-$40).

Would like a hip atmosphere for all 3, doesn't have to be the most trendy place but want places that are fun. We like all types of food.

I've thought about Blue Door, Table 8, Wish, Nemo, Social at Sagamore and Bond St. I've eaten at Grillfish before and would consider it again. I'd love to get a look at Casa Casaurina but I'm guessing it will be impossible to get a reservation and maybe more of a couple's place? Any thoughts on Casa Tua?

Any other recs? Would love to eat outside whenever possible as well. TIA!

Mar 02, 2008
shopgirl_07 in Florida