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Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Mandarin in Reading does a good Sunday dinner buffet. We've been a couple of times and have found their stir-fry dishes to be a little more interesting than their normal lunch buffet.

1 day ago
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Concert at Fenway

Has anyone been to a concert at Fenway? Will the food vendors be operating? We have tickets for Billy Joel next week and just wondered if we can eat there or if we need to plan to eat somewhere nearby prior to going to the concert. Any suggestions for casual dining in the area around Fenway? (Something other than ICOB where we had dinner tonight.)

Jun 20, 2014
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Elegant Woburn-area lunch?

I haven't tried it yet, but I've read good reviews of Strega Prime. If you don't mind a chain, Capital Grille is another option.

May 30, 2014
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I am a Victim of Their Success

We were in line at Neptune one day, and a lady in front of us was throwing a fit because there was an hour wait. Her exact words, "This place is never going to last if everyone has to wait like this." Huh??

May 17, 2014
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ISO N'duja Sausage

Thanks so much. I can't wait to make a Calabrian pizza like the one we love at Acchiappafantasmi in Rome.

May 10, 2014
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Airport dining

We had a good lunch recently at Vino Volo Wine Bar in Terminal A (and maybe Terminal E?). Lots of interesting wines and the food was good. I had a cheese plate, and hubby had a chicken sandwich. (Sorry, I'm not a Legal Seafood fan.)

May 02, 2014
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Breakfast near Woburn

We like Blue Moon Grill in Wakefield. They make excellent pancakes, and I love their veggie omelets.

Apr 10, 2014
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New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

Middleton was as well.

Mar 17, 2014
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North of Boston Special Birthday Party

I'm pretty sure the new Portland Pie in Reading has a private room. The menu would definitely appeal to a broad age range.

Mar 10, 2014
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sea urchin?

I'm not as much a fan as my hubby is, but the best that I've had was at Neptune Oyster, served right in the test (shell). I'm not sure if they have it all the time or not, though.

Mar 10, 2014
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Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

We've been here a year, and I haven't found them yet. I'm going back to Atlanta in April and packing an extra suitcase to bring home real grits, White Lily flour, and Duke's mayo.

Hopefully someone will reply with a local source.

Feb 22, 2014
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Anyone tried Sakura Organic in Wakefield yet? (where Sushi Island was)

We had dinner there tonight (Thursday). The renovation was extensive, and the space is now very modern - a large bar/sushi bar combination and a few tables in the back of the room. When we arrived at 6:15, there was a small group at one of the tables, and only one other couple came in while we were there. They did seem to be preparing a lot of orders for delivery.

From the menu regarding the "organic" aspect - "We only use premier grade wild caught seafood." "On the Japanese menu, most of ingredients are organic as available on the market."

We started with the shrimp tempura appetizer, which came with asparagus, sweet potato, red pepper, eggplant, and zucchini. It was a good execution and not overly greasy. For dinner we had 4 rolls - tuna maki, spider roll, lobster maki, and Christmas maki (avocado, shrimp, tuna). All were excellent. I do wish the tuna had been colder, but that is just a personal preference. We had all the rolls wrapped in soy paper instead of nori, and that was no problem at all. The rolls came out individually as they were ready, rather than being placed on a larger platter together.

The bar choices seemed to be fairly extensive, and I saw three types of sake even though I didn't see them on the drink menu that we were given.

We found out when we paid that they aren't taking Amex yet (even though the sign was on the door), but they are working on getting it set up.

We'll definitely be back to try the chirashi next time.

Jan 16, 2014
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Falafel in Reading/Wakefield area

What else is good at Yella Grille? That's close to me, and I've been looking for a good Mediterranean place.

Jan 11, 2014
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"Special Flavor Chicken"- Have You Seen in Boston?

I believe Mandarin in Reading had a dish on their New Years buffet that was called Special Flavor Chicken, but I don't see it on their regular menu. I thought it was an odd name for a dish, but it was tasty. Unfortunately, I don't remember what else was in it.

Jan 11, 2014
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Are there any good lobster tails north of Boston?

Thanks for all the great recommendations. I'll have to do a taste test soon and report back.

Jan 09, 2014
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Are there any good lobster tails north of Boston?

That's perfect - very convenient. I didn't realize they had a location other than the North End. Thanks!

Jan 09, 2014
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Are there any good lobster tails north of Boston?

I've been craving one of the yummy lobster tails that I usually get from Mike's or Modern in the North End, but don't have time in my schedule for the next few days to go into the city. A guess an even better question would be - are there any good bakeries in the towns along the stretch of I-95 from Woburn to Peabody?

Jan 08, 2014
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Chowhound new year resolutions

I replaced all my spices last year when we moved to Boston from Atlanta. I don't think you realize how much flavor they lose until you start cooking with the new ones. We are lucky to have a Penzeys location nearby.

Jan 05, 2014
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Pubs with cool fireplaces

Maggie's Farm in Middleton has a nice fireplace in the back dining room. Not sure if it fits with your definition of pub, but they have great sandwiches, apps, drinks, etc. in addition to their mains.

Jan 05, 2014
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Whether out or in, what did you eat on New Years Eve?

We had spent the week between Christmas and New Years in NYC and were tired of eating out, so I cooked at home. We had prime rib roast, scratch-made potatoes au gratin, creamed spinach, and southern style corn bread (no sugar!). Dessert was red velvet cake with a big scoop of Richardson's vanilla ice cream. We drank a ten-year-old cab from one of our favorite little vineyards in CA. Overall, a great night of relaxation - just what we needed.

Jan 02, 2014
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Legal C Bar, Lynnfield Marketplace Mall

We decided to try Legal C Bar tonight and had a great experience. After looking at the menu, we couldn't decide on just one of the appetizer, so we decided to try several instead of ordering entrees. We ordered 1) oysters (merry, naked cowboy, kusshi), well-shucked and very fresh, 2) the sriracha popcorn shrimp, which was fried popcorn shrimp mixed with kettle corn with a sriracha dipping sauce - very creative, 3) the bang bang cauliflower that RoyRon described above, and 4) the crab and pepperoni pizza. We finished with the bananas foster for dessert and an espresso for hubby (which was bottomless, by the way). Everything we ate was very well prepared, the service was very attentive, and the vibe is really fun. We'll definitely be back.

Dec 21, 2013
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New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

We can't wait to try it. We've been craving tapas since we moved to the north shore last year.

Dec 14, 2013
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Clementines that actually taste good

I got clementines from Market Basket this week from Spain. They are awful - no juice, hard to peel, very hard. I think they were picked way too early. Of course, I have a whole box of them. Ugh.

I lived in New Orleans for several years, and at this time of the year, the satsumas are wonderful. I had California satsumas from Whole Foods last week, and they were yummy. I will go back to those after I finish (dispose of?) these clementines.

Dec 06, 2013
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Pamplemousse now open in Reading

I just read that Pamplemousse in Salem has now opened a location in Reading on Haven Street in the same block as Portland Pie. Supposedly it is a wine, craft beer, gourmet food kind of shop. Has anyone been to the one in Salem?

Nov 18, 2013
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Current (Changing or Seasonal) Specialties at Local Retail Food Shops

Richardson's Ice Cream in Middleton is doing an apple crisp seasonal flavor. It has cooked apple chunks and crispy pieces (shortbread?) that make it taste just like apple pie a la mode. They also have pumpkin, but I haven't tried it.

Nov 10, 2013
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Saugus, Mass

Saugus is tough, I think. Not a lot of great choices. Are you limited to Saugus, or could you venture to somewhere like Lynnfield or Peabody?

For Saugus, I would probably choose Border Cafe, which is Mexican/Cajun fusion. (Yes, I know it has its detractors on this site, but I've had some good food at the Burlington location.) If the atmosphere is like Burlington, it can get a little noisy when it is full.

Oct 12, 2013
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ISO N'duja Sausage

I haven't found a local source, but I have ordered and had it shipped from Baccalone in the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Oct 09, 2013
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Highland Kitchen-like but North of Boston?

Have you tried Maggie's Farm in Middleton yet? We have enjoyed the food there; they've just tweaked the menu and have made some good changes. We love the atmosphere. There are always families there, but it is also fun to hang out and have a drink and apps at the bar as well.

Oct 02, 2013
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Newburyport area?

We had a great lunch at Loretta recently. I believe it is next door to Brine. Hubby had a burger, and I had an oyster po-boy that was a daily special. Both were excellent. We ate at one of their outside tables since we had our dog with us, so I can't address the interior of the restaurant. We'll definitely go back.

On the other side of things, we had an awful experience at Ten Center Street a couple of weeks ago. We had reservations, but had to wait almost 30 minutes for a table. We were seated in the downstairs bar room which had so many tables crammed in there that we would have had to asked someone from another table to stand up if we had needed to go to the restroom. In the middle of the chaos, there was only one waitress working all of the tables. The food was good - not outstanding - but we won't be back because of the service.

Oct 02, 2013
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Neptune Oyster Bar advice

We've had good luck going on Saturdays for an early lunch. Neptune opens at 11:30, and you can almost always be in the first seating if you are in line by 11:15.

Sep 26, 2013
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