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Looking for manicotti to take home [San Francisco]

I'm looking for fresh pasta pre-stuffed with cheese that I can pour sauce over and bake. Sounds like I'm using the wrong word for this particular dish when I call around

Looking for manicotti to take home [San Francisco]

My family is gathering in SF for Christmas this year. The tradition has been lobster and manicotti on Christmas Eve in Boston. But this year it's crab and manicotti in SF. But where do you get manicotti?

Apparently neither Lucca Ravioli, Lucca Deli, Pasta Gina, nor Molinari Deli have it. This can't be a purely East Coast shape of pasta, can it?

On the Waterfront

My friend went there for lunch the other day and got clam chowder- she said there was ONLY ONE CLAM IN IT. Apparently this is a thing? Shouldn't clam chowder have more than one clam? Not just a single, decorative mollusc?

Blood Farm experience?

If you go there and ask where it comes from, they'll tell you.

Upshot is that a lot of the lamb and pork and chicken are local and humane, but there's less local/organic beef around, so if you're getting beef you're looking at mostly midwestern non-organic commercial beef.

Help, Need to find a Julia Child throwback!

It's late now, but I got the Craigie On Main email today and they're having a Julia Child 100th Anniversary special the week of August 7-15.

Best Produce: Winter in Cambridge

Harvest Co-Op is decidedly still open and a going concern. If you're walking past the Cambridge location on Mass Ave, you have to walk through their cafe. And of course they're not 24 hours. Also I should note that they don't require a membership (if you're a regular shopper, the membership does get you discounts).

For local veggies, it's tricky in the winter! But aside from the other places mentioned on this thread (Russo's, Whole Foods, Harvest...) you might consider a winter farm-share or a service like Boston Organics. Boston Organics delivers, and has a "Dogma Box" option that gives you only local (New England, anyway) veg- which in December meant a lot of beets, turnips, cabbage and squash. More than I could eat, I'm afraid. I loved the watermelon radishes though. Those went quick. :)

We switched to the "regular" delivery box, and that still includes stuff that's local - so, some squash from MA, some onions from New York, some lettuce from Florida, and so on.

Lastly, the Somerville Winter Market: Not a lot of local produce, I'm afraid, although there's plenty of root vegetables and squash. They also seem to have small/organic farm goods from further south, I'm guessing via some kind of sister-farm partnerships. And lots of pies, frozen things, honey, meats, fish, cheese, wine...

Dorado, Puerto Rico

Just got back from a week in Dorado and I'll second the recommendation for El Ladrillo. (I had the Jueyada, which is a crab-based plate of awesome, not sure how else to describe it). We also hit Villa de Alberto, which we found to be good but not excellent. I wish I'd had the time to check out the various places near it.

Also good, and apparently new in the past year or so, is Grappa, an italian joint right in the middle of town. Mostly prix-fixe, emphasis on fresh ingredients. We had brunch there which was a great deal of fun. The price included coffee or tea, a mimosa or bellini, fruit with granola, & choice from a big selection of entrees, all of which came out wonderfully. Plus, really good cafe con leche.


I had good food at Clink earlier this winter - the scallop ceviche with tapioca was great. But the entire atmosphere was so pretentious I had a hard time enjoying any of it. Huge turnoff.


I'm a big fan of the pasta with cracklings and hot pepper app. It's simple but *delicious*. And I second the tandoori offerings - odd at first conceptually to have them in a mostly Italian joint, but good anyway.

Best Burger in town for a NY Hound

You know, I had a good burger at the Cellar on Mass Ave in Cambridge the other day -- they're small, which makes for a better ratio of char-grilled outside to hot just-right inside, and a good bun-to-patty ratio as well.

Lamb heart and kidneys

Ansill does crispy fried lamb's tongues. I don't know if they braise them first and then fry them, though.

Jul 24, 2008
secretlyironic in Home Cooking

Ansill: As Good As Chowhound Said It Would Be

We went to Ansill this past Friday and it was every bit as good as I had hoped.

We had: Gnocchi, watercress salad, scallop crudo, crispy trotter, lamb's tongue, sweetbreads. It was all, every bit of it, fantastic.

And not at all crowded! (Although there was one table of really irritating people, one of whom was wearing an overpowering vanilla perfume that made me want to punch them. Grrrr.)

* The Gnocchi: Almost crispy outsides, creamy insides. Made with ricotta. Sage fried in butter.
* The trotter: Given the pick between the trotter and the lamb's tongue, I say go for the trotter. It's fantastic. Not that the lamb's tongue is bad, but if you only have one fried offal dish...
* The cress salad: Hey, a vegetable! Mmmmm. Crispy and well-dressed. Not overdressed. Not underdressed. With marcona almonds. Mmmm. Crunchy.
* The scallops: After two or three chews, the delicate sweetness of scallops explodes into presence. Amazing.

Also: The service totally made our weekend. Nice folks. Loved the atmosphere, loved the scene.

After dinner we began saying things like "we should totally move to Philadelphia."

Jul 13, 2008
secretlyironic in Pennsylvania

Central Square Breakdown

Yes, Baraka -- it's on Pearl St., about a block past the Thai joint - and it's great!

Santarpio's-- what don't I get?

with respect to "New York Pizza" I've been told (by a native Brooklyner) that La Ronga on Somerville Ave in Somerville has "the pizza I remember from back when." But I also hear it's open only at lunch.

Super 88 food court (Allston) picks

I had the crispy pork belly at Kantin and it was awesome: like a pork version of peking duck, only without a pancake. The "appetizer" size is just under eight bucks and includes more than an entree amount of pork served over bok choy.

Tavern in the Square to Porter

I've been to Spirit for the wings, and they were good. However, aside from the font on the sign, the place is basically just an Irish sportsbar with good wings. And they used some kind of weird floor-cleaner that smelled way too strongly of pine.

I used to work near Tavern On The Square and it was one of the few lunch places we could get five or ten people around a table for lunch. That, in my estimation, is the only reason to ever go there. It's aggressively mediocre and not even cheap.

Burger @ The Cantab Lounge, Central Sq., Cambridge

They do one with bologna & so forth on it, too, which is decadent and evil and delicious.

Best Ethnic Restaurant Cambridge/Somerville?

Last time I went to Wu Chon the experience was... well, slightly disappointing. The service was kind of terrible: they had some huge party in the back and pretty much didn't pay any attention to us because were were only a four-top. And I think the prices have gone up, too.

Food was still great though.

Anise - Frank = ???

Was there this weekend with some friends and it's got the feel of doom about it. We got there at nine, after a movie on Saturday night, which should have been prime time for them, and it was very, very empty. The apps were good, as usual, but the entrees were not as good as they had been: the rabbit was dry, the chicken came in pieces that were too large to eat with chopsticks... And the drinks? Well, most of us had beer but one of us ordered a green-tea martini, which was good. But when she wanted a 2nd drink, perhaps around ten or ten fifteen... whoever was working the bar had already left!

I loved Anise. But I left feeling bad for bringing my friends there.

Chicken Fried Steak in Boston??

Redbones in Davis Square has it as a special every week, although I can't remember which day of the week they have it.

It's delicious.

La Spina, Davis Sq.

La Spina in Davis is pretty much my new default. It's almost never crowded, and the food is quite good: it's very much a 'traditional red-sauce' kind of place, but it's well done; I think it's a bit better than Sagra, and the prices certainly make it a better deal.

Over the course of a couple of visits:
Gnocchi, which were very light and tender.
Napoletana sausage dish: the chef apparently has a particular place in the north end where she gets the sausage, and there's only so much of it. First time we tried, she'd sold out. 2nd time, we had it: worth the wait. It wasn't very spicy, which sort of surprised me, but that let the flavor of the pork shine through really well.
Eggplant involtini: I don't know how they get the ricotta to be so airy. Probably whipping it or something. Either way it was delicious. The involtini at Sagra are not as good. (Have you noticed that just about *every* restaurant in Davis Square now has involtini? Orleans, Mike's, Sagra, and La Spina, at least. I'm waiting for the Chinese takeout joint on College Ave to offer it.)
Slightly less traditional: A special eggplant app: they stuffed a half a small italian eggplant with scallops, shrimp, and squid, then topped that with panko and roasted it. Delicious.

The bartender there, (Steve?) is very knowledgeable about wine. He told us that he was studying for a Level 2 Sommelier certification exam in the near future.

Review: Wang's in Somerville

I had a great meal at Wang's in Somerville (on Broadway, in Magoun Sq, across from the baseball field). We've had delivery from there before, but it's better when it's right out of the kitchen.

The dumplings, as usual, were incredible. I like the pork and leek.

On the advice of the chowhound board, I tried the cucumbers-with-garlic, which were (as advised here) delicious; it was as though they'd been put in a chinese-style pickling brine for maybe a day, but not long enough to turn them into pickles. Incredible. Lots of garlic. I also got the fatty pork with chestnuts, which was fantastic. And, finally, we had the dry-fried string beans, which were also great.

I'm definitely going back.

Bizou in Charlottesville

Blue Light has a great bar scene and a good cocktail menu, but although they do have food I have never been really interested in eating there.

Bizou and Hamilton's are the places to go, although it's been awhile since I've been to either.. I don't get back to Chville as much as I'd like.

Fuel in Charlottesville

Only about a year late, but yes, it's quite good.

Basically, this is the finest example of the uniquely Charlottesville gourmet-gas-station trend. In this case, try the premium unleaded and the frogs'-legs risotto if they have it on the specials-- it's a really playful presentation, with the frog's legs peeking out of the risotto dish like it's jumped in to hide.)

Great wine list, not just from the owner's vineyard (that'd be Patricia Kluge) and, although the restaurant overall is not cheap, the wine prices are pretty reasonable. And the gas prices are the best in town.

Any really good roast beef sandwich joint in Cam/Som/Med.

Yes, they are now known as Deli-licious. There's a thread on them from today.

Namaskar menu suggestions?

I love the Mysore Masala Dosai. It's incredible. (v. spicy though). The vindaloo is good, too.

Deli-icious in Davis Square (the old Nick's location)

You can get a ful rollup for $4.00 and a falafel for $4.50 at Moody's in Central, and a lot of places will do a fried egg on toast for $3.00, but if you want a "real" sandwich (or something with meat) you'll probably end up over five bucks.

I used to work near Kendall and I'd get a $3.50 pork-and-tofu with brown rice from the "grease trucks." Those were yummy.

Soul Fire BBQ-yum

My gf and I went tonight, just got back. It was OK, I guess. But it wasn't as special as I had hoped it would be.

Atmosphere: It lacks much atmosphere despite the excellent decorations. Once they get the liquor license maybe that'll improve.

We had:

Iceberg Wedge Salad: Boring. It was a salad. Not served in a wedge shape, which is the whole appeal of a word "wedge".

Fried Mac&Cheese balls: Not cheesy enough, but pretty good.

Spare ribs: Pretty good, but not smokey enough. Too fatty.

Brisket: Too dry, I'm afraid. Nice smoke ring but no real smoke flavor.

Greens: Good. Ever-so-slightly sweet, but that wasn't bad.

Coleslaw: Good. Faint taste of caraway. Not too much dressing, which I liked.

Potato salad: nice. Has some mustard in it.

Need Ideas for BYOB Restaurants

Zagat has a rundown on BYO laws: BYO is not permitted in the City of Boston; in the burbs it is generally permitted in places that do not have liquor licenses.

Try Yoshi's sushi on College Ave in Somerville-- a pretty relaxed place. Not really a destination but it's a nice place and they should let you bring your own.

New Bostonian Seeks Inexpensive Soulmate

For Korean, I like Wu Chon house in Union Sq. (Of the two nondescript-looking Korean places in the Square, it's the one closer to the motorcycle store. Both are good, but Wu Chon is *excellent.) Try the barbecued pork or anything in the hot stone pot.

Other good bets: Fancy pizza: Cambridge, One, on Church St. in Harvard Sq, or Emma's Pizza on Hampshire St. in Kendall Sq.

Bar menu: Gargoyle's on Elm st. in Davis Sq. has high-end dining in the back and a great bar menu in the front. Plus Paul is one of the best bartenders anywhere.

For a moderate-priced dinner, try an app and a side at Green St. Grill (the grits are AWESOME).