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Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Thanks for all the suggestions. We looked at several web sites, including some from other discussions (thanks for link, bear). And given that it was Father's Day and a Red Sox game (thanks so much for that heads up, beetlebug) AND a beautiful night forecast...we got platters from Whole Foods delivered and had a garden party, which was quite nice. So the perfect round table restaurant discussion will continue... Thanks again for all your help!

Jul 07, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Thanks for suggestion. Will throw into the mix for family's consideration!

Jun 08, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Thanks for the tip. I hope to get to ICOB eventually. For that night, I made reservations at Taranta, where we have never been either. Happy to stay far from Fenway Park that night, and it's close to TD Garden. Thoughts about Taranta welcome also.

Jun 08, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Thanks for suggestion of Sichuan Gourmet. I did suggest Mulan--which I always love--but my brother wanted a bit nicer atmosphere. And thanks for heads up about Red Sox! They are playing at 1:35 pm. Hmmm. Mulan could be good after all.

BTW, speaking of Fenway... I recently tried to get reservations at Island Creek a couple months out and was told all booked between 7-10 pm because of a Red Sox game. ....I knew we'd be driving into Boston to take our teenager to a concert at TD Garden this summer and wanted to go out someplace we wouldn't usually go while waiting for her. When we bought the concert tickets earlier in year, they weren't taking reservations for that date yet. Frustrating.

Jun 07, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Thank you! I will. I usually do a search first and get so much info I don't need to post my question....and just forgot this time. I'll be interested to see if there are any new spots since this thread. We're celebrating my brother's installation as a minister so the final choice will be his. But I'll let you know how it goes.

Jun 07, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night dinner with round tables for 10

Hello Hounds, I'm looking for a dinner spot where I can make a reservation for up to 10 people, ideally around a round table. This is for next Sunday night, June 15, after an event in Brookline. Dinner could also be in Boston, Cambridge, or other nearby towns. We'd like someplace where the food is sure to be good--Asian or other cuisines all fine--nice but not not too high end. What do you recommend?

Jun 07, 2014
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Best Pho in Tampa Bay

Just tried Alesia and loved it while visiting St. Pete--pho, bun, summer rolls, asian beef stew, and short rib sandwich for our table, so good. I always order bun at Vietnamese restos & this may be the best yet. Also great beer list.

Jan 02, 2013
kayrff in Florida

Sushi Cape Cod

Any thoughts about Zen Asian Grill now? Have you been...or to Turk's Seafood in Mattapoisett? I'm seeking sushi in southeastern Mass.

Jun 25, 2012
kayrff in Southern New England

Lunch--Westbound from Windsor Locks, CT

A little late, but I wanted to thank you all again for your recommendations. We did go to Blue Sky, easy to find. I had fish tacos, which I always love, and I enjoyed the vibe there. My DC, who is pretty picky, ordered crab cakes...which is not something I would order out. She found them too bready and fried, so I shared some of my taco. I can't eat too many fries, so we didn't get them...but kind of regretted that. Next time!

We spotted Chatterley's, and down the way Pastorale & Le Laurentis--definitely couldn't have held out that long. But good to know about for future trips.

Thanks again. It was so great to be able to head straight to a local fave.

Jun 21, 2012
kayrff in Southern New England

Vegan Food in Portland Maine?

We're actually headed to Portland for a foodie weekend ourselves. Green Elephant is a must. I CRAVE the tofu tikka masala. Also the tempura asparagus salad.

I also really like Good Egg/Pepper Club. Take home some English muffins.

Standard Baking Co. on Commercial St. is wonderful.

Maybe we'll cross paths!

Jun 21, 2012
kayrff in Northern New England

Lunch--Westbound from Windsor Locks, CT

Thanks, all! Blue Sky is the plan, and will let you know how it goes!

May 15, 2012
kayrff in Southern New England

Lunch--Westbound from Windsor Locks, CT

I am traveling next Sunday from Bradley Airport to the Hudson Valley and looking for a good spot for lunch: good value, reasonably prompt, and of course great food. A locally owned cafe bakery could be ideal but would consider lots of other chowish possibilities. I see we'll be traveling Route 20, then 44, through Granby, Winchester...places I've never been. Within an hour from airport traveling west would be best. A search here found Dorothy and Leroy's Barbecue and Poquonock Giant Grinder. But heavy Southern/BBQ is one of the few cuisines that doesn't apeal to me; maybe the grinder shop... What else should I look at, 'hounds? Thanks!

May 14, 2012
kayrff in Southern New England

Restaurants in/near Middleboro MA

I moved to Middleborough from Boston and have been here a couple decades. now We're foodies, in that we grow a lot of our own, and snob that I am, I always feel if I want good bread, or dessert, or whatever, I'll have to make my own...or travel.

That said, we do have a few jewels, but you gotta know what to order:
Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream on Route 28, fabulous, I'd put it up against anyplace in Boston area, love the extra thick frappes.
Mike Carver's in Everett Square, we're very lucky to have our own fishmonger, if you want something easy to eat in; I crave his seafood pasta salad in the summer
Binky's on Route 18/28 near Bridgewater line, fantastic diner burgers and good breakfasts
Tutto Italiano, Route 44 just over line in Lakeville, deli with wonderful sandwiches on fresh panini rolls and antipasto salads, lots of homemade takeout, good for picnic
Somethin's Brewin' Cafe, Route 105 and 18 in Lakeville, a real cafe, with good coffees and teas, and limited soup, sandwich, salad, bakery menu, but always good, and very cute building
Lorenzo's, we do enjoy the homemade fresh pasta, but I'd stick to that; the rest of menu is the usual suburban Italian fare that costs a little more than you think it should
Lindo's Pizza, Middleborough Center, I prefer vegetarian, and in a pinch, this place makes a respectable falafel sandwich
Central Cafe, Middleborough Center, good local bar for drafts with crazy mix of characters, good for beer more than food; I usually get the quesadilla
Montreal French Fries, Route 106, West Bridgewater, I crave the portobello-pepper-spinach-mozzarella panini here, funky place, and Geno is so lovable
Chatta Box, Route 18/28, Bridgewater, we like the curry laksa mee and the udon noodle soups; also the Bridgewater sushi roll (really!), but food quality varies

If we want to sit down someplace nice, we usually head for Boston or Providence; also really like Margaret's in Fairhaven, lots of seafood specialties.

Jun 01, 2009
kayrff in All New England Archive

Labor Day weekend in Wareham, MA

Ok, but the only places I know are very caj, shacks or nearly so. Buzzards Bay Lobster Pound on Main St along the canal--I think this is the place I've been--on the right just as you come off the rotary under the Bourne Bridge heading toward Buzzards Bay. It's a seafood store, but they give tastes and have some ready to eat items. And sometimes I stop at another seafood store in Wareham Center which has some ready to eat and a couple tables: Dawson Seafood on Main St.

And it's been a while, but I think you can get a decent lobster at a good price at Lobster Pot on Route 6, Wareham, very rough lobster pound, not sure I'd order anything else. There are two places, one is Lobster Bowl, more an old-style restaurant, but the one I've been to is Lobster Pot.

After cycling on the canal, my daughters like to stop at Krua Thai, really just a shack, very inexpensive, but good for hungry cyclists. For a nicer place I keep recommending Stir Crazy across the bridge on Route 28 in Bourne. I've been stopping there for years when I'm in neighborhood, one of my faves.

Aug 14, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

Falmouth on Monday Evening, August 11th

We usually eat in or picnic on Cape b/c of so many tourist traps w/mediocre overpriced food. But I've long loved Cambodian restaurant on Stir Crazy on Route 28 in Bourne, on way to Falmouth. I've also enjoyed burgers at Betsy's Diner on Main St, but not recently.

Aug 12, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

Falmouth on Monday Evening, August 11th

We tend to eat in or picnic when on Cape b/c of so many tourist traps, w/overpriced, mediocre food. But I've long loved the Cambodian restaurant Stir Crazy on Route 28 in Bourne/Buzzards Bay on way to Falmouth. But not open on Mondays. I also have enjoyed burgers at Betsy's Diner on Main St, but not recently.

Aug 12, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

Dinner Tonight in Providence...or?

Thanks SO much. We went to Loie Fuller's and were very happy--beautiful interior, perfect setting for our rendezvous, and really nice food. I would have gone to Red Fez in a heartbeat, but it is closed on Sun and Mon, and seems like those are always days I'm in Providence. Also glad to know about other suggestions, esp Mon half price wine. Thanks again.

Aug 12, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

Tomorrow night in Providence...

Hemenway's is right downtown and lovely, but not cheap. We love the moules frites at Red Stripe, choose from 8 or so different broths, and one order will easily fill two average appetites, making it a great buy. But I haven't been impressed with other items there.

Aug 12, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

What to do with a ton of green tomatoes?

Not to worry, we have months left. We usually pick all the green tomatoes left at the first hard frost, put them in a single layer in trays, and bring them inside, neither in the sun nor the fridge. Some do rot, but many ripen and we often eat them fresh till mid-Dec. You may have to rotate them and cull them a bit. But tomatoes ripen from inside out, so a green or yellowish one that's been slowly ripening can still be quite good. But it's not even Aug 15! You'll be set by Sept.

Aug 12, 2008
kayrff in Home Cooking

food on the Cape

P.S. Great for brunch, especially french toast: Bonatt's Restaurant Inc 537 Main St, Harwich Port, MA

Aug 11, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

food on the Cape

I like Antico Forno on Salem Street in North End, always pleases everyone, and a rare good value in North End. Soak up the scene on Hanover St, but don't eat there, I'd say. Caffe Vittoria on Hanover, however, is a fun place to get espresso, but get your cannoli at Maria's, which faces the park being made from the Big Dig. Also like Monica's Trattoria on Prince St near Salem, funky decor, small, but one of few places that makes its own pasta. If you want to take some stuff home, get there before 5 and hit the Salumeria Italiano (love the salami & pistacchio mortadella) on Richmond St and Dairy Fresh Candy on Salem St. for fudge and other foods.

On the Cape, I like the Dunbar Tea Room in Sandwich, but just for tea and desserts; meals are not good value & service is slow. Definitely get at least one cream tea with scones. Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans is great for coffee, sweets, and light meals.

Also like Stir Crazy in Bourne, Cambodian. I've enjoyed lobster rolls at Maurice's store on Route 6 in Eastham. I live near Cape and have found most of sit-down restaurants on Cape overpriced and crowded during tourist season, so we usually hit the sweets spots and picnic or cook for ourselves on Cape.

Aug 11, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive

Christos in Brockton?

I agree that you go for retro experience/decor & have to order selectively. But I still think it's fun to go if I'm in the area. Greek dressing is very nice even if actual salad is a little too retro. I also really enjoy the spinach pie.

Aug 11, 2008
kayrff in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Tonight in Providence...or?

I'm looking for a dinner spot to take another foodie family tonight 8/11/08 in Providence. Most important: good ambiance for party of 7 (including 3 foodie young teens) & rez possible, not too crowded or noisy. Almost important: great food & value, a bit special but not too pricey, ethnic is great. And must be open on a Monday night.

We were planning to have them at our house for a day or two with fresh garden/local goods, including sour cherry pie, but they've been called back to DC early, so now we're meeting them as they travel from Hyannis to Providence tonight. Would actually consider anyplace from Bourne Bridge to Providence.

In Providence, we like but have ruled out Red Stripe for moule frites & Nick's on Broadway (too noisy &/or crowded for this), Blaze (not open Mon), La Laiterie, Apsara, Rue de l'Espoir (prefer for brunch), Pizza Pier (too caj). That leaves us with Trinity Brew Pub as a known candidate; don't know Union. Also thought about Rosie's or Cafe Adega in New Bedford, or Stir Crazy in Bourne (closed Mon).

Just discovered this board as I was researching this. Can any chowhounds help me out? Thanks so much.

Aug 11, 2008
kayrff in All New England Archive