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Puritan and Co.

Bondir is also just not that expensive. With the half-portions, two people could order four things for dinner and share a dessert and it would be about 50/person. I was disappointed when I saw the prices at Puritan & Co. I still hope to try it, but knowing that I can have a cheaper and excellent meal at East by Northeast, Bondir, or Tupelo means that I am unlikely to rush there.

Dec 08, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

A Tale of Two Visions: Shanghai Gate versus Menton

I still haven't stopped thinking about the mole burrito I had at Villa Mexico a few months ago. That thing had more horsepower per cylinder than perhaps anything else I ate in Boston this year.

Dec 07, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

December 2012 Openings and Closings

See you there?

Dec 05, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Charge for still water and no bread [moved from Boston]

Bondir has a very nice bread basket but do not charge for it. I guess I could see a place putting bread on the menu and charging if you order it--makes total sense. I'd be very miffed if a place put bread on the table and charged for it, or the same for water. But as others have pointed out, this post does seem a bit fishy so maybe we are all wasting our time on it.

Nov 29, 2012
hckybg in Not About Food

Charge for still water and no bread [moved from Boston]

For decades, American restaurants have provided bread at no charge. And all along, it has been common for European restaurants to charge a small fee for such things (but, as the earlier poster noted, the expectation is that the diner will tip less). It is a bit odd to make it sound like it is an unusual expectation to have "complimentary" bread at a finer restaurant. This isn't a question of going to the Olive Garden if you want such things. If the OP has given us all the details, it is a question of why a restaurant has suddenly decided to charge for something that it is unusual to charge for at American restaurants. I think that is a totally reasonable question.

Nov 29, 2012
hckybg in Not About Food

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Yeah...I didn't want to be too picky, but this is undoubtedly true. He has demonstrated skill at attracting hype, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I am more interested in Bronwyn, which offers a new concept for the area. Puritan & Co. reads to me as much less original, but I do enjoy that style of food too.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Puritan & Co. is supposed to open in Inman any day now. The menu has been posted here (as a PDF):
http://www.urbandaddy.com/uploads/ass...

I am sure it will be tasty but I must say that I was surprised by the price point. Soups in the low teens and ten dollar desserts are unusual for this area. Even East Coast Grill has several cheap options among a more expensive menu. This was one of the mistakes that seemed to doom Benatti, but perhaps Gilson's reputation will help. It will be busy in the short run, regardless.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

It's about time someone reserved spots for the exotic car owners who love to dine out but feel discriminated against.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

I've had good meals at Pizzeria Mozza and the Eataly pizzeria as well, and a great meal at Del Posto. As much as celebrity chefs annoy us onlookers, he has a pretty good track record.

Nov 27, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Shouldn't there be reserved spots for Fiat 500's since that is conceivably where the name came from, or at least what it most immediately brings to mind?

Nov 27, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Booo for Mooo

It was just a little satire/teasing, neither of which are out of line.

Nov 16, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Booo for Mooo

How were the portions?

Nov 16, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

The Beacon Street location is much more cleared out than I expected only two days into the sale. I would estimate that about a third of the inventory is gone, and by the time I left this morning, almost every single cart was in use. So I would guess there won't be much left after today. The employees did, indeed, seem very sad. And I couldn't help but notice all the things that are well priced there, including spices, canned goods, cage-free eggs, and yogurt, and all the things I like that I won't be able to get at Whole Foods, including Chex Mix, normal hot dogs, and Eggo waffles.

Nov 04, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

I would suggest that for the people who go to Johnny's to buy salt cod or linguica, or for the staff who have worked there their entire careers, or for the folks who go there every day to play the lottery, it is not just a grocery store. And if you did understand the sense of loss that accompanies change, then perhaps you would undertand that it is not in fact just a sense. Nobody is saying that we should picket Whole Foods. I'm only pointing out that this change resonates in a real way for a lot of people, where you seem to see it through a pretty clinical view. And since we already have a Whole Foods in Inman, where I do my shopping each week alongside my shopping at Johnny's, it seems more than a little silly that we are getting a second Whole Foods.

Nov 01, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

It is absolutely about economic equality, but that wasn't actually my major point in my post. As itaunas said, this is a food board and my response grew out of a sense that Johnny's has served as more than a grocery store for many Somervillians, as grocery stores do in many communities. I don't have a problem with Whole Foods per se, but happen to live in a neighborhood where we already have a Whole Foods and getting another will mean a major loss of convenience and community for many of my neighbors, who actually bear a lot more responsibility for the quality of this neighborhood than do yuppies like me. Your viewpoint seems to derive from the sense that a neighborhood gets "better" when it becomes more affluent, in part because that means your home is worth more money. I happen to see a neighborhood as "better" when it provides for many kinds of people. Johnny's is a profit-driven company and the owners want to get out of the business--fine. Nobody is stopping them. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a sense of loss among people who depended on it for many things. I have a lot of empathy for those people. You asked why many people on this board are frustrated by the acquisition, and this is one answer to that question.

Nov 01, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

On the rise for whom? More desirable for whom? For my Somerville neighbors who go to Johnny's every morning to see their friends, or to buy groceries that they can afford on fixed incomes? I am fortunate that I can afford to shop at Whole Foods if I need to, but I also understand that there is more to a neighborhood than whether my home is worth more than it used to be. I'd rather know that I am living in a diverse and inclusive place where all residents, old and new, can feel like they belong. I like Inman Square because I can eat at East by Northeast or S&S, or I can shop at Johnny's, or Whole Foods, or the Marxist convenience store, or Boutique Fabulous, or the Catholic goods store. You say "on the rise" like that is an objective concept, but it is not. It is a metaphor that describes a neighborhood becoming more to the taste of affluent people. But besides the sheer oddness of having two Whole Foods within ten minutes of Inman Square, as we will soon have, I don't personally like to see neighborhoods that become all one thing, especially if that means that nice people who have made the neighborhood what it is can no longer live comfortably there. I will add, just for the sake of evidence, that every neighbor I have talked to about this, from all stripes, has expressed the same frustration and sadness.

Oct 31, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

Hear, hear.

Oct 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Trina's is much quieter on weekdays, though as the others said it tends to get loud as the drinks flow. I disagree that Parlor Sports is louder though. I usually meet people at Parlor when I want to be able to have a conversation, including on a Saturday night when both the baseball playoffs and college football were on every TV. They don't blast music and only play one audio at a time, so I find it much easier to hear there.

Oct 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

October 2012 Openings and Closings

I just saw today that Barismo is moving a couple doors town, to a bigger space that will have seating and some baked goods, presumably from Dwelltime.

Also, I had to laugh at the post above, that the Kazakhstan edition of A4 had snotty baristas. In a world of differences, I am glad some things are true anywhere!

Oct 14, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Bistro du Midi or Nix's Mate

I just had a very wonderful dinner at BdM the other night. The first time I'd been there, but everything was extremely professional, the quality of the food was very high, and the space was quite elegant. The customers included both younger and older diners. It seems like a great place to entertain clients.

Sep 12, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

By coffee by the pound in Boston?

Anything Barismo roasts is excellent, and fresher than anything you will buy that has been shipped from elsewhere. They always have a wide selection at their original shop in Arlington and at Dwelltime, their coffee shop in Cambridge. They can talk you through whatever they have.

Sep 09, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

As someone who shops at both, I can say that the price disparity is very significant, even for generic brands. A can of white beans, Goya brand, at Johnnie's is something like 79 cents. At WF, the store brand would likely be around 99 cents. I try not to get too sentimental about retail or neighborhood change, but the prospect of the Beacon Street Johnnie's changing to a Whole Foods is surprising to me and not a little unwelcome. We already have a Whole Foods nearby and Johnnie's has been a very good grocery store--resilient and responsive to its diverse customer base. In the past five years they have started stocking fancier beers, smoked salmon, Sriracha, Greek yogurt, and upscale chicken sausages, for example, but still have 5 for 20 meat specials, salt cod, etc. I was a little sad reading the Globe article today with longtime customers complaining that the growing student population in the area has made them feel pushed out, because I think the student population will be just as sorry to see the affordable option of Johnnie's go away.

Aug 31, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

August 2012 Openings and Closings

I don't believe anyone has mentioned that Simon's is taking over Canteen on Mass Ave, for a second Simon's. Gus of Toscanini's fame broke the news, and Eater confirmed it. I think this is excellent news, though at some point we will either reach coffee saturation or we will all just have to start drinking more coffee.

Aug 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

August 2012 Openings and Closings

They were open just a couple weeks, but I guess I'd like to know more about the whole story. We don't know what motivated the smokehouse move...I haven't seen anything about municipal ordinances or neighbor complaints (though that could certainly have something to do with it...we don't know). Reports seemed to suggest that the pork was fine, so it's not like they were turning out an inferior product. Too bad for them, I am sorry to hear that it closed before many of us got to try it and I am sure it is very difficult for the owners.

Aug 22, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Coffee, Wifi, Parking?

Try the Su Ya sandwich next time, made with tofu skin. It is one of my favorite sandwiches anywhere, a really excellent taste and texture.

Aug 16, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

I've had bulletproof falafel before!

Aug 03, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

You mean the Falafelmob?

Aug 02, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

August 2012 Openings and Closings

Is that possibly the wine bar that Dave's Fresh Pasta has been hoping to open?

Aug 01, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Best coffee (and light brunch) with outdoor seating?

I think the espresso at Sofra is pretty crappy, though the food is certainly excellent. I was just at Bloc 11 today, and they now have a very nice outdoor patio. I like the food there, and they do coffee well.

Jul 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Oaxacan Prix fixe meal at ole on Sunday, worthwhile?

Oh I agree, just having fun. But I seriously can't believe they put an Olive Garden at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Jul 26, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area