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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.

1 day ago
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.

Jun 11, 2014
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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

Elegant Woburn-area lunch?

Admittedly my recommendation would be a bit of a drive from the Woburn/Burlungton area but if you are willing to drive to Tyngsboro I think the Stonehedge Inn's Left Bank restaurant would be a perfect choice for a special occasion lunch. It's a beautiful venue close to the Merrimack River and the food gets good reviews. Check out their web site. They serve lunch every day from 11:00 to 3:00

May 31, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Ethnic or Interesting in and around Metro Southwest

We like Siam Lotus for Thai food on Rte 1 in Norwood.

May 23, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Last Minute Help For Upcoming Trip To Boston

For Sunday brunch I would suggest Mistral on Columbus Ave. It sounds like you don't mind walking but I would estimate it will take you about 20 mins or so from your hotel. There certainly no shortage of Italian places in the North End. For more high end Italian I would suggest Prezza or Erbaluce. Erbaluce is not in the North End but it is a short walk from your hotel and really excellent.

May 22, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Good Asian for pre-graduation dinner?

Sichuan Gourmet in Woburn would be a good spot for a large group because they have private dining rooms on the second floor of old colonial house the restaurant is located in. I have hosted numerous dinners there for large business groups and they have always done a good job. They will work with you to put together a special menu for your celebration.

May 22, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

SoCal hound requesting help during stay in Weston

I would suggest two places in Waltham which is a short ride from Weston. Both are upscale Italian places that reviews. One is Il Capriccio and the other is La Campania. Take a look at their web sites.

May 21, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions near Marblehead

If you like Japanese food I also recommend Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine. This restaurant has only been open a few months but Junji is one of the most talented Japanese chefs in the Boston area. The restaurant offers a full range of traditional Japanese favorites with an emphasis on sushi. The quality of the fish he uses is excellent. It is a rather small place and it gets busy on weekends so I would suggest making a reservation.

May 21, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Four days in Boston

I also love Japanese food and like you I'm a traditionalist too. Your definition of what makes a good Japanese restaurant matches mine. No "designer rolls" , cream cheese or anything fried and put in a maki. Although I like Toraya if you have a car and are willing to take a drive to Marblehead, MA you can visit Junji's Japanese Cuisine. Junji, the itamae-san, has been making traditional Japanese sushi for many years and the qualkity of the fish and the rice are always excellent. Until late last year Junji-san ran Sushi Island but he closed it an recently opened his new restaurant in Marblehead. Based on what you said in your post I'm sure you would enjoy it

May 13, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Tripe Italian style

Felicia's in Stoneham has it on Thursday and usually Friday as a special

May 08, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant gift card

I would try Eastern Standard Kitchen, Island Creek Oyster Bar as two of Boston's best places.

May 08, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

Hi
I am not sure but the day I was there my Sashimi Omoriawase (assortment) had extremely fresh scallops, beautiful Toro and very good Shima Aji in it. I complimented about how delicious the Toro was and he told he that his fish supplier had only a very limited amount and he didn't know how long he would be able to continue to have it available. By this comment I had the impression that it was a local supplier. I'm sure he would tell you where he gets his fish if you asked him.

Apr 19, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

Thanks for confirming my recommendation. One of the things I like best about Junji-san's sushi is that he doesn't bother with "designer rolls, hipster rolls" or any other rolls that you wouldn't also find in Japan. He is a traditionalist and that is what I love about what he does. If you like makimono then ask him to do a Negi-toro temaki (chopped belly tuna mixed with chives) or an una-kyu (eel with cucumbers) temaki. Both are excellent and with a temaki (hand roll) the nori stays crisp and delicious as you eat it. I can't wait to go again soon.

Apr 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Best Chinese w/ good decor

My two suggestions would be in Chinatown too. Either the Peach Farm or East Ocean City. Neither are fancy places although East Ocean has slightly nicer decor than the Peach Farm but both have very authentic food and feature a lot live seafood taken from tanks in the restaurants. My hands down favorite dish (although very expensive) is the Alaskan King Crab with Salt and Chilli Pepper. The crabs are quickly flashed fried (no batter) and then tossed with salt and red chilli pepper. The combination of the sweet crab and that salt and pepper is amazing. A large crab can easily be shared with 6 or more people as a part of a multi course dinner. They also do great steamed fish, clams with black bean sauce and a very good geoduck clam sashimi.

Apr 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

Maybe this review should go on the Northern New England board but there are so many fans of the former Sushi Island in Wakefield I thought I would post it here first.

I have been planning to venture up to Marblehead to check out Junji Aoki-san's new place Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine so I made the trip today for lunch. Junji-san's new place is much smaller than Sushi Island but it has 10 or so seats at the sushi bar and 15 or so tables. Nice bright atmosphere with a real Japanese feel to it.

I ordered the Ika Geso (lightly fried squid tentacles) to start followed by an assortment of his best sashimi of the day and then closed with an order of Shima Aji and Toro Negiri sushi and a Natto Temaki (hand roll).

In a word EXCELLENT! I used to think that Sushi Island was one of the top 3 or 4 Japanese restaurants in the Boston area and my lunch today confirmed that Junji is still doing everything right. The quality of everything I ordered, the presentation and the professionalism of Junji made for an excellent lunch. I just wish Marbelhead was a bit closer to home for me because I would be there very often.

Apr 16, 2014
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Best place for fried seafood/fisherman's platter?

If you are up for a short taxi ride go over to Belle Isle seafood in Winthrop. Winthrop is close to Logan Airport and it would probably take about 20 mins from your hotel. They serve very traditional New England fried seafood and some say the best Lobster Rolls in Boston. Its a very casual place and has nice views over the harbor.

Apr 14, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

chic w/ great food for reunion luncheon?

I would suggest Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Apr 12, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area