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if i don't have a judging pass for the grilled cheese invitational, how much am i gonna spend?

This was a huge disappointment. Grilled Cheese Invitational has so much potential! We got tickets well in advance, but the difference between the ordinary vs judging tickets was not at all clear on the website. So for $12 we got entrance, free samples of sponsor foods (a pickle slice, one quarter of a tillamook grilled cheese sandwich after waiting in lengthy lines for each), access to the beer garden, and access to wait in more lines to buy grilled cheese sandwiches sold by vendors (typically $3-5 for 1/2 sandwich). When we tried to see the competition, we were completely denied access. I understand for health & safety issues that unless you are a judge and sign a waiver, you can't taste the competition sandwiches, but at the very least they should let spectators take a peek at the crazy concoctions people were grilling up. Next year, I'd be a judge or skip the Grilled Cheese Invitational altogether and hold my own. Or head over to Clementine - they're serving up interesting varieties of grilled cheeses all April long.

Apr 24, 2011
amychef in Los Angeles Area

One dinner in Nashville: Best BBQ?

Thanks for all your postings. I ended up managing to squeeze in dinner at Martin's and lunch at Jack's (so I ate an awful lot of meat in 16 hours). Now I understand the subjectivity of BBQ. Martin's dry-rub ribs were meaty and tender; cornbread was fabulous, among the best I've ever had; brisket was ok; pulled pork was dry (though this was sunday dinner and they were running low on everything). By contrast, Jack's ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender, I loved their selection of sauces; pork was entirely succulent; brisket OK; cornbread the more bready-variety. Eating all this deliciousness outside on the rooftop deck in downtown nashville was an added bonus. Thanks again for all the tips!

Apr 04, 2010
amychef in Kentucky & Tennessee

One dinner in Nashville: Best BBQ?

I'm coming down to Nashville at the end of March. Since I have only one dinner for exploring, I must plan very carefully where to eat BBQ. Seems there are some discrepancies on the board: Martin's and Carl's looked fantastic, but recent posts claim they are not worth the drive over Jack's or Hog Heaven. What's the latest verdict?!
-- Thanks a bunch from your northern chowfriend

Mar 15, 2010
amychef in Kentucky & Tennessee

"Roadhouse Craft Beer and BBQ "

those fried ribs were disgusting! the batter was actually nice and crisp, but it was just way too much coating the juicy fatty goodness of a baby back rib. they were also doused with that sweet bbq sauce, and laid on a bed of lettuce that got limp from all the grease. though if you're into deep fried foods maybe you'd like them. ok when i go back for beer i'll try the pulled pork - the sandwiches i saw flying by did look succulent.

Sep 13, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

Eastern Standard - Recs?

the steak frites was very good. other than that i've only tried the burger which was nice and juicy but slightly lacking in flavor. absolutely you'll need to drink cocktails - i really like the pisco sour.

Sep 13, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

"Roadhouse Craft Beer and BBQ "

wrong. the food at the Roadhouse is mediocre at best. i agree their beer selection is one of the best around, but the BBQ is lacking. too smoky, ribs were charred and a little on the dry side, everything i had (mixed sausages, pork ribs, beef brisket) was doused in the same sweetly sauce. coleslaw was good, but the cornbread was far too dry. not to mention the outrageously horrible service. i know they just opened, but the waitstaff should have at least read the menu before serving customers. Much superior BBQ can be had at the Blue ribbon. even redbones and soulfire do a better job.

Sep 13, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for Affordable dinner options in Cambridge

algier's on brattle is a good deal - some of their food is bad, but they do several dishes very well: the falafels, lamb kebab, and lamb sausage is fantastic. you can make a meal out of a filling sandwich for less than $10.
cheap cheap is boca grande on mass ave. v good mexican, they have great tamales. this is a quick-sit place though, no alcohol served.
the cellar on mass ave. quality food, nice bar, good prices.
baraka on pearl - closer to central but not far. super cheap, delicious n. african food.
if you're into sandwiches, darwin's cafe has fantastic food.
for a quick cheap meal, go for vietnamese at Le's.
last but not least, the cuban at the chez henri bar is a deal. it's ~$13 but is huge, so it's perfect to split or eat for lunch the next day.

Sep 13, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for couples first trip into Boston

near kendall, try the blue room at kendall square - there is a lovely gem of a patio with great cocktails, nice bar too with high quality food.
i agree, the butcher shop in the south end is a very nice treat - tasty too with a knowledgeable bar staff.
my favorite place for cocktails is hands down the eastern standard (kenmore).

Sep 10, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

Girls Weekend

absolutely you have to go to the Eastern Standard. they have the best cocktail selection in town. if you prefer beer, sunset grill & tap in allston has a superb selection + pub food.
the beehive in the south end is a fun place for brunch.
toro (south end) is also a tasty place with tapas & great sangria.
what about the prudential center, top floor for drinks & bar food - they have live music and a fantastic view of the city.
have fun!

Sep 10, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area

I want THE best of everything at the cheapest price.

hilsener!
the best ice cream = rancatore's. toscanini's is also good.
the best hot dog = formaggio kitchen saturday lunch BBQ, fresh off the grill
the best lobster = chauncy creek lobster pound. it's a drive from boston, but you'll love sitting by the water eating fresh lobster, be sure to bring your own drinks.
for organic farm products check out the copley square market on Tuesday afternoons. there are also lots of nice organic farms within ~30km of boston too.
bread is generally better in denmark, but iggy's is not bad :)
but you are missing one of boston's specialties, the burger!
the best burger = bartley's at harvard square. you'll love the burger at the West Side Lounge (cambridge), too it's divine but a bit more refined with aioli and manchego.
enjoy!

Aug 23, 2008
amychef in Greater Boston Area