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Fred's Franks- New home in Medford- NOW OPEN !!!

You're a little late to this Medford news, as he will not be serving in Medford at all now.
From Fred's Franks' Facebook:

Fred's Franks
October 17
At this time I will not be opening in Medford. I spoke to my lawyer and he said we are about a month or two away from securing the spot across the driveway from where we used to be. Starting Monday, we will be re-opening in Wakefield, hopefully on the corner from where we used to set up, from 11:30 - 1:30. Then, we may re-locate and open from 4:30 - 6:30. I will "pin point" our location on google maps and send a tweet with our location.
Sorry for all the confusion! Maybe next year we will have a second location in Medford. Too late at this point to wait for the process of a Common Victualler's permit, which the Hyatt already has, to be processed. Only to expire on December 1st and have to go through it all again. Thank you folks and this is my final answer! Cheers - Carl

Nov 22, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Hello Chestnuts!

I've been trying to find the best method this year, and I've done a bunch of batches. I've tried combinations of cutting an "x" on the flat side, the round side, blanching in hot water, soaking for 30mins in cold water, no soaking at all, sprinkling with a little water, wrapping in a dish cloth after roasting, etc.

Not really sure where I'm at yet, I'll probably try a few more things. So far I think the best has been soaking for 30 minutes in cold water...but when I did that, I cut the x on the flat side. I'll try that method with the x on the round side next probably. I was also trying to "peel" them for a while, but they seemed to release better (even if they came out in two pieces instead of one) by just smashing them a little bit after letting them steam in a dish cloth.

Nov 21, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Best Fishmonger/ Fish Share in Medford/Arlington/Somerville?

Have you tried Fresh Pond Seafood? It's going to be really convenient for your location, but it's not nearly on the level as New Deal. I'm in West Somerville so I feel your pain about getting over to East Cambridge. I don't buy much fish these days, so I can't speak to quality at Fresh Pond...I just stop in for soft shell crabs during the summer and they are fine. I think people say Fresh Pond is pretty expensive.

Nov 06, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Russo's and Wilson Farms

The parking lot can be bad (cars stop in the middle of the lane instead of pulling over to the left or right while waiting for a spot), but a half hour is pretty exaggerated.

Oct 06, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

To be fair, the menu does say the clams are "sweet & petite", which I only know because I went to Harborside last weekend.
It was surprisingly pretty good.

Snappy Patty's West Medford: An early report

The "Patty Melt Sliders" and 3 to an order is new on the menu, the menu online and in the restaurant used to just say "Patty Melts"
Mine were disappointing, the jalapeno was completely flavorless. The California was better, but the listed avocado was some kind of spread...no discernible avocado.

Fish tacos were boring flour tortillas, okay fish, tartar sauce, salted cantaloupe, and a couple greens. Not the usual, but not good either.

I'll try it again, but everything seemed to need a lot of work.

Aug 15, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Best Buffalo Wings!

Do you like anything else there?
I've had a few things and they all stink, which sucks because it's close to me. I'm just disappointed every time.

Aug 12, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

Yeah I meant to add above that they are selling fresher, "local" wood than you will find in the Weber bags at Home Depot.

I think they told me not to even bother soaking them, which by looking online now seems like soaking any chunks doesn't really do much anyway.

Jul 22, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

The BBQ Barn in Arlington has chunks of a few different woods. Not cheap, but just what you are looking for.

Jul 21, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

Hey at least with the 50% wholesale increase this year, they are only raising prices 15% rather than 25% like last year!

Jul 09, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

People bitch about the price of clams at this place every year. Stop going.

Craving jalepeno poppers

Where do they claim this?
The menu doesn't say house-made.

Jun 26, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Pubs for World cup viewing downtown.

Damn, now I'm bummed out.
I felt like I was the only guy wearing orange in 2010. Mostly went to The Druid and The Field (they opened up at 7:30am for me).

Sucks none of the Netherlands games are on the weekend, maybe they'll get one if they make it out of the group round though.

Jun 14, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Lexington, new: Artistry on the Green? and il Cassale Cucina ?

Further towards the Arlington end of town?
These two places are a half mile apart, and Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar is right downtown.

Jun 05, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

ICOB (Island Creek Oyster Bar): Our Best Blow-out Dinner in Years!!

There is now a softshell crab entree instead of that app (which I had and loved). Almost had it on Saturday, but was really just there for drinks and snacks.

Crispy Maryland Softshell Crabs - avocado mousse, cous cous, pickled ramps for $36.

Jun 03, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Hot dogs

What's up with the dog on the sub roll though?
Way too much bread, that's my knock.

Jun 03, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Narragansett/Del's Lemonade Shandy in Boston

They are also brewing/releasing it 2 more times during the summer. In August you'll actually be able to buy some...just as most summer beer is gone and fall seasonals hit.

Jun 03, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

Hot dogs, sloppy joe's, fried chicken.

I also feel like they could show both Trina's/Parlor Sports and Deep Ellum/Lone Star on the same episode, as they both share a wall and a kitchen.

May 30, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Jeni's Ice Cream -- now at Formaggio Kitchen

Dave's Fresh Pasta as well.
Stuff is rich.

May 22, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Soft Shell Crabs Tonight?

$18.

May 19, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Wegmans Has Vernors Ginger Soda

Halfway to a Boston Cooler.

Brewpub for tomorrow night

Does he want a brew pub or a beer bar?
Cambridge Brewing Company is a brew pub and the beer is great but the food stinks.

Apr 24, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

ISO Troegs Nugget Nectar

What's the bottling date on it?

Apr 15, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

ISO Troegs Nugget Nectar

Comparing it to the same beer in 6/12oz format.
I forget how much the 6 packs are, but somewhere around $11-13 maybe?

Apr 11, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

ISO Troegs Nugget Nectar

High. $7-8.

Apr 10, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Source for Freshly Rendered Duck Fat

Locally, my dad picked up some rendered duck fat at Wilson Farm in Lexington around the holidays last year. Don't remember if it was fresh or shelf stable or cost or anything though. It was a small container too, nowhere near the size OP talks about here.

Mar 28, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Searching for a great Hot Dog as winter winds down.

Pretty sure you mean the Lower Depths, not Deep Ellum.

Mar 17, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Food or cocktail classes

I took the Boston Shaker class a few weeks ago and it was great.

Dave's Fresh Pasta's classes are great too.

Mar 12, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Menotomy Grill - Arlington (anyone been?)

Yeah the draft beer list is quite a bit better than when they first opened. I went once when they opened and I went again recently.

Do you ever sit at the bar? One of the bartenders when I went a few weeks ago was extremely awkward and terrible at his job. I figured the same thing that he must be a friend of someone...but even then, it was just incredibly bad. The other bartender just slapped menus down in front of us and didn't say anything. The two of them seemed to be on different planets and it was quite clear they didn't get along.

Very strange.

The mussel app was good and a large portion, but I wouldn't get the pulled pork sandwich again.

Mar 10, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area

Fenway for Guys Grabbing Beers

Edit: Oops, didn't see Citizen was already mentioned a couple times.

Feb 20, 2014
rknrll in Greater Boston Area