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Got a craving for Ramen

I was shocked at how different Ramen in Japan is compared to what passes for it elsewhere. I figured that noodles and broth would be pretty easy to emulate. So, so wrong. Now that I've got the taste for the good stuff, the craving won't let go of me. So I implore you fellow Boston Area Hounds, please point me in the direction of your best Ramen spots. I searched the board and found nothing.

I'm looking for somewhere with, ideally, a number of types (soy, miso, pork, sesame) with that thick style Japanese broth. Somewhere with a decent Shochu selection would be a big plus.

Recently, a place called Ittoku opened up in Allston. Has anyone tried it?

Thanks!

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

I'm going to try the Kinsale, thanks.

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Except when they expect to keep tabs for customers during Eurocup finals. I received a bill for me and 20 strangers who had sat at my table for about 10 minutes while the pub was likely 200 people over-capacity. Why they weren't making people pay drink-by-drink, I don't know.

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. The closer to the MGH the better.

Restaurant Manitoba

Not being from Liverpool, I couldn't tell you. Being from Manitoba, I'm somewhat confused. The menu features many ingredients that are totally unknown to the province (people would shudder at the thought of eating horse, for instance). It would speak far more to 'Manitoba' if they served pierogies and car theft.

Restaurant Manitoba

What does this restaurant have to do with Manitoba? Besides maybe smoked goldeye, I can't think of anything regional necessitating a theme...

Alternatives to APDC

Hello,

I used to live in Montreal and am returning to visit with some friends in tow. I'd like to bring them somewhere that highlights the new cooking of Quebec. APDC is an old favorite but the menu hasn't changed in ages and it's a bit of a predictable choice. Would someone recommend for me a spiritual successor to APDC around the same price point? The closer to the plateau, the better!

Cheers!

2 days in the 5th

I'll be in the 5th arrondissement of Paris for just 2 days (a Monday and a Tuesday) and need to work around a funny schedule. I'm looking for 2 dinner recommendations somewhere accessible by walking or bikeshare. I'd like to try some of the newer neighborhood places which are a bit cheaper, more relaxed, and which cater to locals more than tourists (ironic, I know). I'll also be eating alone so someplace that accommodates this would be great. Thanks for your recommendations!

Nov 29, 2013
The Chemist in France

Lunch/dinner for 1 suggestions in Quebec city

Thanks for the recommendations!

Lunch/dinner for 1 suggestions in Quebec city

Hello Chowhound.

I'll be in Quebec city for just a few days and eating along. I would be grateful for a recommendation for lunch/dinner which is ideally: affordable, distinct to Quebec city, and accessible quickly by taxi or public transport from the Alt Hôtel in Sainte-Foy. The closer, the better.

Also, how's the food scene here in general? I lived in Montreal for years and loved it and may have an opportunity to call Quebec city home. I prefer rustic, local, neighborhood places. This this a decent city for that?

Thanks!

Top BYOB or Table d'Hote at the moment

Ooo, thanks.

Food Trucks 2013

Well-stated and concise with the notable exception of criticizing food trucks of 'cultural appropriation'.

Top BYOB or Table d'Hote at the moment

Hi all,

I've had to live away from Montreal for the past year but am bringing some friends back with me in July. I'd like to expose them to what I think Montreal does best: affordable neighborhood joints in the range of $30 entrees. I know that there are usually one or two places on top of this scene and I'd like to know which would be a safe bet now. I'm looking for the following characteristics:

Nothing too fancy, a focus on French/Quebec food, either BYOB or reasonably priced Table d'Hote (we want to stay in the range of about $70 per person after wine, tax and tip), takes reservations, consistent quality, accessible by metro. Bonus points for having larger portions as I am traveling with some... larger Americans used to eating a lot.

Failing a good recommendation, I'll probably just take them to APDC, but I'm kinda bored of it. Besides, chowhound has never let me down before!

Thanks in advance for your great recommendations!

Pastured meat in Greater Boston

Yes, I would like to know the answer to this as well.

I tried a local CSA (not going to mention which one) but found the quality to be lacking. It may have something to do with the freezing and packaging, but so far, the meats have been indistinguishable from supermarket meat of far poorer pedigree.

If anyone could suggest either another CSA or a butcher who supplied this type of product in the Boston area, that would be great. Online ordering would also work.

Requirements being that the meat is ethically raised, and of substantially better quality than supermarket standard.

Thanks!

Any Poutine In Boston?

There may be fries with cheese and gravy but this a poutine does not make. To be poutine, the fries must be thin cut and very crisp and the cheese must be in curd form and must squeak when you chew them (assuming the have not gotten a bit melty from the sauce) - indicating freshness. The gravy is where the most liberty can be taken. If, and only if you can find a product with these qualities, you'll have found poutine.

Pub for Euro Cup in Cambridge

I've been doing the other games at 'The Field' near central square. It's alright, I suppose. The beer is okay, haven't tried the food. The TVs are in kinda awkward places though.

I wonder if the Cambridge Brewing Company will be showing the game.

Pub for Euro Cup in Cambridge

As the title suggests, I am looking for a good pub with decent grub and local beer to watch the Euro Cup Finale tomorrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I am a very adventurous eater but tomalley is something that I have never gotten used to.

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I wonder how old that Lobster must have been?

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Hmmm, that does not sound appetizing.

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

Off the top of your head, know any good Szechuan like CS in Boston? I'm getting a bit exasperated with a lack of authentic anything.

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Guessing that's not bikable from downtown =D

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Are harder shells better? We don't get he soft shelled ones where I come from but I have heard in the past that people prefer the meat from the soft shelled guys. Is this not the case?

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I'll be stopping by tonight. I bike past here on my way back from work. BTW, what are chix?

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Around 6$ per pound would be reasonable, I think.

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

I thought they had beer now at CS?

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I have searched the boards but have not found any recommendations for this topic. I'm new to the city and I had sort of assumed that lobster would be cheaper here than in other cites but so far, I am not finding this to be the case. Would someone please recommend to me any location in Boston where I can buy decent quality live (or even recently killed) lobsters at a reasonable price? I can bike just about anywhere but proximity to downtown would be preferable.

Thanks!

New Bostonian's wish list

By sweet Pho I mean that some places seem to add a large amount of sugar to the broth, resulting in a sweet flavor that seems to increase you get towards the bottom of the bowl. For me, this really ruins Pho.

New Bostonian's wish list

For which type of food?

New Bostonian's wish list

Totally. I was just hoping for some quick suggestions on a multitude of topics. As for the sushi, let's not say perfect then... let's just say good for the price =D As is, I want to spend $25 on a few rolls and a few nigiri of above average quality for the city.