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How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

Well, Bergamot is actually in Somerville so I nominate that. You can thus avoid the dreaded Cambridge scene. In all seriousness, give it a try. Their service is excellent. On the other hand, I only went to Bondir once because I was kind of turned off by some snotty-sceney comments made by the waitstaff and underwhelmed by their food so I get what you mean.

1 day ago
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

There are so many changes afoot in Davis we need a thread...

Oh, yeah- I had tea samples from Kindred two Art Beat Festivals ago. Meant to mention them. I was not a fan of what I tasted due to the presence of stevia or sucralose or one of those non-sugar sweeteners. They're definitely taking their sweet time, though. Pun intended.

I really hope some sort of grocery thing moves in to the SS Building. I guess the Boston Beer Works plan fell through for that space? Maybe someday they'll even get the scaffolding off, making it more attractive to potential tenants...

Aug 19, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

There are so many changes afoot in Davis we need a thread...

Pinkberry closed- sign says "flooding damage" and indeed there are obvious ceiling tiles hanging down. Will it reopen? Has the fro-yo ship sailed the way of the cupcake ship?

Kung-Fu Tea- in prior dry cleaner spot- appears to be getting close. Anyone know what type of place this will be? Tea only? Pastries? Cafe?

Bi Bim Korean -in former McDonald's space- nothing going on in there for weeks. Any info on opening dates?

M3- as noted elsewhere, seized due to rent owed. Anyone know if they'll re-open?

Rosebud Diner- workers there daily. They seem to be focusing on the space behind the diner car currently. Do they have an opening date?

I'm probably forgetting something. I have no special knowledge, just walking around lately observing all this construction and wondering when we can expect some new food options!

Aug 19, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

Friendship is substantially better than all other cottage cheese. This is simply fact. I bought some at the Somerville Stop & Shop yesterday. Incidentally, Stop & Shop prices are not bad overall in comparison to a lot of my usual MB items.

Aug 19, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Oh please Arby's...

You know, in 2003 when I moved to the Boston area from upstate NY I actually wrote a letter to Wegman's headquarters begging them to open a store in the Boston area. It took a few years, though, so you should probably get your letter in the mail ASAP.

Aug 11, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Norwich VT trip report

Thanks- I think we'll probably end up eating at both over the course of the weekend. Made a Sat dinner reservation at Carpenter & Main and we'll probably do a breakfast and lunch at the Inn. Appreciate your feedback.

Aug 09, 2014
Parsnipity in Northern New England

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Can we hope to see the "Double Arthur Death Spiral" in future X-games?

Aug 05, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Norwich VT trip report

Hounds- doing some research for trip to this area in a few weeks. I'm looking for a nice, relaxed dinner for a bunch of moms who rarely get to finish their dinners while sitting down. Probably not ethnic, as we're coming from Boston and have plenty of Asian/Indian options here. Price not important, we'd prefer upscale and we don't want to rush. Would you recommend the restaurant at the Norwich Inn or Carpenter and Main? Any other interesting eat tips? Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
Parsnipity in Northern New England

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Made it to Slate:
http://www.slate.com/articles/busines...

The "more for your dollar" slogan really hit home for me after a trip to Star Market the other day. I spent my usual amount and felt like I came home with barely enough food for the next few days. Hitting Trader joes and the Farmer's market today. It takes a lot of shopping to compensate for Market Basket.

Jul 30, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area
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Metzy's Taqueria Truck on Plum Island.

I thought the fried clams were good at Bob's, and no, I would not have ordered the fish tacos- that would be my mom who then complained about every aspect of them that I warned her about (ie- flour tacos, bad sign. Couldn't state what type of sauce was used, bad sign, sigh...). As to whether the clams equal the Clam Box, I would say similar. I like the place across the street from Woodman's for clams, but in my opinion nothing beats Neptune's fried clams. Not the same atmosphere, obviously but they're my gold standard for deliciousness. Other than the clams, though, Bob Lobster was a bit disappointing. Fish and chips kind of greasy, slaw really mushy and gross, fries completely unseasoned, and the tacos were as mentioned before pretty poor.

Jul 22, 2014
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Metzy's Taqueria Truck on Plum Island.

No lines this afternoon. Excellent fish and grilled shrimp tacos. I cannot believe how much better they are than the "fish tacos" (in quotes on purpose) from Bob's just down the road. The grill flavor on the shrimp really stood out- those would be my recommendation. The owner was really friendly and standing out front taking orders. He told me they're trying to get open for regular dinner hours, but are currently open til 3 weekdays and til 7pm Fri/Sat. Worth a trip if you're in the area, and maybe even if you're not!

Jul 15, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

I like a nice dish of whatever sauteed greens they're making- usually water spinach or pea tendrils. Makes me feel more healthy while stuffing myself on the dishes everyone else has suggested.

Jul 11, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Spoke Wine Bar

Definitely needed to do laundry after a recent visit. However, we find this to be the case at Kirkland Tap and Trotter as well, Anna's of course, and definitely even getting a sandwich to go from Dave's. However, the last time we were there (and I hesitate to mention this because I kind of want to keep it secret) we were able to sit outside sort of in an alley. Fantastic seats. I continue to love everything I get there, and their bartender has turned me on to Lillet blanc with soda water as a great, low-alcohol summer drink. We often find ourselves just doing dessert at Spoke for cost reasons, and it's always phenomenal.

Jun 30, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

If you do have leftovers and you put it in the fridge, it becomes a solid. Delicious cold and eaten with a spoon...

May 28, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

Although it is no longer on the menu, you can still get a "demi" which is a dixie-cup size (maybe 4 oz?) serving of their magic chocolate potion.

For true calorie overload, their frappe is pretty amazing.

May 27, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Casual Dinner Saturday Night in Coolidge Corner Area

I don't find Regal Beagle spotty for quality- I've found it consistently mediocre-to-poor on more than one visit.

May 23, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Hi, need help for a final paper on food trucks!

Pennypackers- also a Somerville truck-to-bricks and mortar example

May 21, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Half-price Sushi for Short Adults?

No idea- but I'd be interested in your recs for who sells half price sushi for kids!

May 13, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

May 2014 Openings and Closings

Ah, it all makes so much more sense now.

May 02, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Who has great tart raspberry lime rickeys?

Well, I was about to nominate Diesel's. I find it pretty tart, plenty limey. But I can't say how it compares to Bloc 11.

May 01, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

There's definitely a barrier to entry with CH. My husband finds it useless and turns to me if he wants to know something about a new restaurant. I've done my time- I feel I can navigate and recognize enough names to get really good info out of the Boston board and most places we travel. However... I don't find I have the time or energy to duplicate this for another forum. So, who wants to share some of their yelpers that they follow? Would that be uncool?

Apr 23, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

I love this. My parents, adventurous eaters but not always discerning, always maintained that you could do this in NYC-- walk in anywhere and have a great meal. Several visits to the city in my 20s were very disappointing for me until I realized how ridiculous this premise was. Thank god we live in the age of the internets where you can walk around a new area and do your research at the same time!

Apr 23, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

West Bridge

We were much more impressed with our meal at West Bridge than Bondir or Hungry Mother, both of which we felt didn't live up to the hype. Just to put in context, other restaurants we've been pleased with recently: Puritan & Co, Kirkland Tap and Trotter. And also not as pleased with Ribelle, while we absolutely adore Strip T's. Your experience may vary, but I think West Bridge is a fine choice for a birthday dinner and am surprised to see so many naysayers.

Apr 22, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area
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Lemon Thai Cuisine in Somerville

I like their food. It's probably my favorite take-out Thai in the area right now. I find the value better than Ginger Thai in Union, and would call it a draw with Rod Dee in Porter which is more expensive although slightly more interesting menu options (more misses too at Rod Dee for me). I don't like Sugar and Spice at all, and don't miss Tamarind House all that much. My other favorite for sit-down is Thai Moon in Arlington, because it's a bit of a drive for take out, for us but I love the heat level on some of their dishes.

We don't stray much from our favorites at Lemon Thai, and often will even just recreate our same foodler order (another check mark in the quick-thai-easy-to-order column) of pad thai, crazy noodle, green tofu curry, chicken madness (sort of like gra pow chicken but I love the minced green beans). I don't love that they've recently gone from free delivery to a $2 fee, but such is life. Would be interested to hear if anyone else has any specific dish recommendations.

Apr 22, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

Thanks! Will definitely explore that blog. "Home-cooking" is such a tough thing to pin down. I want the home-cooking of people with discerning taste who are chow hounds, you know?

Apr 08, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

In my experience, many Americans also frequent all you can eat buffets and fast-foody type places. *wink*

Oil and salt are popular the world over, and being "from" somewhere doesn't make you an authority. MXG, I'd love to taste your mother's cooking as the amount of oil in a lot of Indian food around here is overwhelming. It's much harder to get great flavor without relying on fat.

I personally have liked Dosa & Curry because it's my first exposure to dosas and I feel less greased up after a meal there than the typical mall food court Indian.

Apr 08, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area
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Pennypackers in Magoun Square,

A smoked chicken salad sandwich tonight was delicious. A ceasar salad completely forgettable. Does anyone else find the porchetta unbearably salty? It's not the crispy sliver of skin, but the meat itself. My n is only 2- is this the norm?

Apr 04, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

2014 Food Truck Schedule for Boston released

Charleston or Charlestown?

Mar 26, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Boston's Best Toast?

Tamper in Medford has a nice toast. Not sure where they get their bread. Go with the apricot jam. I've been liking their food in general and want to put in a plug for them- the owners are such friendly earnest guys and they put up with our kids running amok while we sip coffee. (Not really amok. Just some general running about early in the morning while the space is largely empty. We never let our little hounds cross the line into poor behavior in an eating establishment)

Mar 25, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

Growing up just north of NYC, "Sicilian" was what you ordered if you wanted what is being called "Greek" here, and regular got you a standard, cooked on the bottom of the oven, non-greased-pan pie. Sometimes Sicilian also got you a square pie, but not always.

Mar 25, 2014
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area