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All-time best dessert?

Yikes!! How did I forget that one? I agree that it is fantastic and a real guilty pleasure

All-time best dessert?

I would add the Quintuple Chocolate Cheesecake when Asana was still in business at the Mandarin Oriental and the Let's Split It chocolate cake at the Four Seasons Bristol Lounge. Total chocolate decadence in both cases. MY SO would also add the Butterscotch Bread Pudding at Eastern Standard too

2 days ago
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Scenic Drive from NYC to Boston..

In Washington, CT which is a couple of hours drive from NYC there is the Mayflower Inn. Washington itself is a beautiful town and it should be perfect for the foliage at the time of your trip. The inn itself is beautiful but even if you don't sty there the restaurant is worth a stop. You could then continue north into MA through the Berkshire Hills pick up the MA Tpke and drive all the way to Boston.

Sep 12, 2014
RoyRon in Southern New England

Sono Asain Cuisine Pictures

I forgot to attach a few pictures of the various dishes I tried on my last visit

Sep 08, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Sono Asian Cuisine, Arlington. Continues to improve

Over the past couple of months I have made almost weekly visits to SONO Asian Cuisine in Arlington. I liked SONO when it first opened and I have to say that I like it even more now. Tom, the manager, and his young team are doing a great job serving really excellent Japanese food. I stick pretty much to the sashimi and sushi offerings, especially any of the specialty items they usually have on Thurs, Fri. and Sat. This past Thursday they had Jack Mackerel (Aji) directly from Japan. I ordered it just as sashimi but because it is the whole fish they will serve it as half sashimi and half as nigiri sushi. The presentation, the freshness and traditional garnish of grated ginger and finely chopped chives was outstanding. I followed this with locally sourced flounder (Hirame). This was served with a very nice dipping sauce that Tom told me was a combination of rice vinegar, salted plum paste (Ume boshi) and a few drops Sriacha. The slightly spicy sauce was an excellent match for the Hirame. I also tried the Uni with a raw quail egg yoke that was so delicious I had a second order. I ended my last visit with a Natto Temaki which was a fitting end to a very nice meal.

I also think that SONO does the best version of Hamachi Kama I have ever had in Boston. Each time I have ordered it the portion has been enough for two people if you combined it with some other dishes and at $11.00 it is a bargain. I have also grown to like their Age Dashi Tofu which is much better than the first time I tried it shortly after they opened.

As a long time fan of Sushi Island (prior to their move to Marblehead) and Toraya I now prefer SONO over both of them. In addition to great very traditional Japanese food the friendly yet professional team make a visit to SONO very enjoyable.

Sep 08, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Quiet Cambridge/Somerville dinner with foodie parents

Although not in Cambridge or Somerville I would suggest Liquid Art House on Arlington St in Boston. Unusual combination of an art gallery and a very good restaurant. Creative food presented beautifully with excellent service too. It is a large restaurant but the table are well spaced so the noise level is low making it easy to hold a nice conversation. The have a very good bar and a nice but not extensive wine list.

Sep 02, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Recs please: 3 meals in Boston

I would add Liquid Art House to the list of suggestions. My wife and I enjoyed our second dinner there last night. The place was very busy and about 80% of tables were occupied by 9:00PM. The food, while not inexpensive, is very good and well presented with interesting flavors. We love the wild mushroom dumplings, the scallops and the striped bass. We split the sour cherry bread pudding for dessert. It was delicious! They have a very competent bar staff and my Rye Manhattan couldn't have been better. The atmosphere is unusual but we really like all the art that is displayed.

Aug 30, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Bachelor Party Seafood restaurant

For a late night event like that you might also try Island Creek's sister restaurant, Row 34. They stay open quite late and could accommodate a large party but I would call them at least 2 months in advance.

Aug 26, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

For something unique you might like Oleana in Cambridge. The chef, Ana Sortun, does a great job with her Mediterranean Middle Eastern influenced food. Not very formal but unique and very flavorsome dishes.

Aug 20, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area
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Walking near Sheraton Back Bay

Summer Shack is very close if you like seafood.

Aug 19, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Good food, reasonable prices

If you are looking for something that is not very expensive and serves food that I think is some of the most unique in Boston I would Suggest Oleana on Hampshire St. in Cambridge. If you have never been there they feature dishes with a strong Mediterranean and Middle East influence. There is a long list of interesting and delicious meze (appetizers) and a selection of meat and seafood entrees. If anyone is a vegetarian they will find a lot of options including a prixe fixe vegetarian menu. They offer a nice selection of wine and beer. I like their desserts to and highly recommend their version of Baked Alaska. It can be easily shared between two or more. I find their prices to be reasonable with the meze in the $8.00 to $12.00 range and entrees around $20.00 to $30.00.

Aug 11, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area
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Best Dishes in Chinatown

I'm a big fan of East Ocean's version of Alaskan King Crab with chilli and salt but it won't come cheap. If you are dining with four or more people it gets more reasonable. They keep the crabs alive in tanks so they are very fresh and sweet when they are served but definitely a special occasion dish

Aug 04, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Liquid Art House

My SO and I went for dinner last night (Sunday) at around 6:00PM and the restaurant was very empty. As previously noted, it is a very large space decorated with a wide variety of art. Along with the regular menu and the wine list they also give you and "art menu" that shows where each piece is located and the prices. Theyt have some very interesting pieces ranging from a few hundred dollars to $50,000!

We were very pleased with our food, the service and the atmosphere but it would have been better if the place was busier and more was going on.

I started with what was called the Liquid Art House Caparinha which our server told varies a bit from a traditional caparinha. I was served a watermelon caparinha which was excellent. It was light and refreshing but still very potent. Very nice summer drink. I also had a glass of a very nice Albarino with dinner.

To start we had a small order of the Wild Mushroom Dumpling. They were four of them and they were very good. They were served with a small amount of a thick cream sauce flavored with Porcini mushroom and topped with fried shreds of Porcini's.

My SO chose the scallops and I chose the Striped Bass. The presentation of both dishes was very nice. The scallops were perfectly cooked and served on small mounds of a cauliflower puree and surrounded with an assortment of baby vegetables. My Striped Bass was served with 6 steamed Little Necks, broccoli rabe, wild mushrooms and a few baby turnips. When the dish was served they poured on a small amount of a delicious Buerre Blanc sauce which really went well with all the other ingredients.

I have read other reviews on CH and Yelp and some people complained that the portion sizes were small and the prices high. No argument that LAH is a high-end restaurant with most entrees in the mid $30.00 range but we both found the portions to be adequate and in fact skipped dessert because we were quite full.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed LAH and will definitely go back. The next time we will go later in the evening on Fri or Sat night so there might be more of a "buzz" to the place. We recently had back-to-back mediocre dining experiences at Mistral and Scampo (two of our long time favorites) and are definitely not in any hurry to return soon but we are looking forward to a return visit to LAH.

Aug 04, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Fave Asian dish featuring crab in the area?

My favorite is at East Ocean City. They have live Alaskan King Crab ($$$$$) and it seems as though the chop into small pieces and then flash fry it. When it comes out of fryer they must toss the crab in a wonderful mix of chilli and salt. The sweetness of the crab combined with the spice of the chilli and the salt is absolutely delicious. It's an expensive dish but one large crab will easily serve 6 or more as part of a multi course dinner. If you want to splurge on an excellent dish. This is it

Aug 03, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

A new place in Winchester called Alchemy is supposedly going to open in the fall. It is located in the center of town in a space previously occupied by It Rains Fishes (Thai restaurant) and numerous other places that have failed over the years. It is a very nice spot but it is off the street and therefore hard to notice if you are not looking for it. A sign in the window just says Organic Foods, Sushi and Crudos, etc. Winchester could sure use another dining choice so I'm crossing my fingers.

Aug 01, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Dinner en route from Logan to Maine

I would recommend Rino's Place if you have young children unless they and you are very patient because the waits can be very long. I would suggest Belle Isle seafood in East Boston/Winthrop. It is a very casual New England seafood place which many people say has the best Lobster Roll in Boston. They also serve very good friend seafood like Haddock, Cod, Calamari, scallops etc. You order at a counter an they give you a buzzer shaped like a lobster that lets you know when your order is ready. This might be a good place with children and it is about 10 minutes from Logan.

Jul 28, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Family Celebration in Greater Boston

Definitely yes. The way the restaurant is laid out the tables are on tiers so even if you are seated at a table in the rear you still have a very nice view out over the harbor

Jul 23, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Family Celebration in Greater Boston

I completely agree. I have dined at the 2nd floor restaurant about 4 times and have always been pleased. The3 menu offerings are totally different than the regular Legal restaurants and, as you said, the service is very professional and the atmosphere can't be beat. The only down side are it sounds like it will be above your budget but on the other hand, how many times does your family get to celebrate such a milestone birthday.

Jul 23, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

I would add Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop/East Boston. It's short drive through the tunnel like you were going back to the airport. Belle Isle is right on the water, it's very casual and has all the New England favorites including what some people tout as the best Lobster Roll in Boston.

Jul 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

Hi OC
I haven't seen it at Sono in Arlington and I don't know whether Sushi Cafe in Cambridge offers it either. As you said, it is a very simple dish but because of the somewhat slimy consistency of the Tororo (yamakake) I don't think there would be much demand for it so may be that is why Junji doesn't have it.

Jul 14, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Early dinner in Lowell near Durgin Hall, U Mass - Tonight!

I would suggest Tepthida Khmer for Cambodian food. It's on Chelmsford St. I have found the food to be very, very good although service can be a bit slow at times.

Jun 28, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area
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Student Prince (Springfield) is closing this weekend [moved from Boston board]

I'm shocked! I haven't been there in many years but having grown up in Northwestern CT I remember driving to Springfield many times to have dinner at the Student Prince. It was a great place to take a date back in those times. I also love German food and as everyone in the Boston area knows it is almost impossible to find. Very sad news. I hope someone might take it over and reopen it again.

Jun 25, 2014
RoyRon in Southern New England

Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

I also think Horn Pond would be perfect and in fact I mentioned this to Carl, the owner of Fred's Franks, one time because he was considering expanding his business by adding another trailer. He told me that the city of Woburn is worse than Wakefield when it comes to granting permits. He siad it gets very "political" there.

Jun 24, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Canton Area lunch options (where I-95 and I-93 meet)

Siam Lotus always does a great job.

Jun 23, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

There are any number of favorite steak houses on this board. Many people seem to like Abe & Louies, Bogies's Place and several others that will make your trip in from the burbs worth it.

Jun 12, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

Carl told me once that some of the brick and mortar places in Wakefield had complained that he was taking business away from them. It doesn't make sense because there are no restaurants that serve the same types of food as Carl does. This is pure local politics at its worst. I hope he fights it and wins. The sad thing is that Carl has always been a supporter of any of local charity events that are held in Wakefield.

Impromptu Gathering in Rte 93 north area

The Yard House at the Marketplace Mall in Lynnfield would fit what you are looking for but I think you should call to make a reservation.

Jun 06, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Hot dogs

I think the size of the hot dog determines the size of the roll. At Fred's Franks in Wakefield they serve different sized rolls depending on which hot dog or sausage you order.

Jun 03, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Can't Miss in Back Bay

I wholeheartedly agree. I went there this past weekend after having not been there for a couple of years. Ana Sortun has been a favorite of mine since the days she was cooking at the Aigo Bistro in Concord. Our dinner last Sat at Oleana was kick ass wonderful.

Jun 03, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

I dropped in last night and I have to concur with O.C. This is a great place. From the warm welcome I received as soon as I walked through the door to the friendly and helpful service and of course the excellent food all the way to the flan and a nice glass of chilled sherry at the end of my meal it was a great evening. I probably over did it and ordered way to much for one person but I couldn't resist all the recommendations from Pepe, one of the owners.

Started with a Octopus Galleci which was as OC pointed a very generous serving and very soft and tender. A squeeze of lemon did brightened it up.

Then I had the grilled asparagus with a delicious Romesco sauce. Followed this with a plate of the Iberian Ham. This beats Prosciutto IMHO by a mile. It is hand sliced from one of the huge legs they have hanging at the rear of the restaurant. A special dish of the evening was bay scallops cooked in olive oil and garlic. It tasted great but was a bit too heavy on the garlic for my tastes. My final tapas was the grilled lamb chops. They were two rather small chops perfectly grilled with what I think was a lemon parsley vinaigrette. Had a beer to start and followed it with an excellent Rioja and finished with a chilled sherry. I really hope people support this place because it is a true gem in the Woburn area. I just wish they were open for lunch.

May 31, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area