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Really good hardwood charcoal in Lexington area?

Yes.

Jul 02, 2015
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Choosing Between Sisters A 4 and Area Four: Stellar Pizza and More!

Right, but you don't come in from Winchester.

Jun 01, 2015
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Choosing Between Sisters A 4 and Area Four: Stellar Pizza and More!

You live a lot closer to A4? These places are less than 1.5mi apart...

May 30, 2015
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Did Molly Maguires in Weymouth close?

May 23, 2015
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Soft shell crabs

New Deal started getting them last weekend.

May 21, 2015
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

I only tried the spam musubi and I actually didn't think it was great. He puts furikake in them, but that's it. No kind of sauce or anything. I've since ordered a $5 press from Amazon and make better ones at home when the mood strikes.

May 18, 2015
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May 2015 Openings and Closings

The group who owns the Seaport Remy's bought the name/rights to run the one by Fenway.

May 18, 2015
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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Yeah, I thought maybe foodieX2 had the same server as I did...but sounds like that wasn't the case. I did like the pizza bar, the dough guy asked how our pizza was when we were done with it. I didn't think anybody else would have really been hamming it up, but this guy...holy moly.

Apr 28, 2015
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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

I was at the pizza bar around 12:30-1:30pm on Saturday. Yeah..service was pretty weird. The first guy we thought was our waiter brought us bread, then came back with water, and didn't take a drink order either time (or even let us know that someone else would be with us soon.) Then we waited for a while...finally a waiter showed up and he was laying on the "Italian" so thick. It was pretty embarrassing and uncomfortable at times. Decided to order drinks, small plates, and a pizza all at once because it seemed like the only option at the time. Octopus and beets small plates were great, as was the pizza. Got out of there for cheaper than expected which was a plus.

Apr 28, 2015
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Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

Yeah, they don't add lime to their guacamole.
Guacamole is only $10..what else did you order?

Apr 19, 2015
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Pure Vegetarian/Vegan Indian Restaurant

Grasshopper.
True Bistro.
Life Alive.
Veggie Galaxy.

Not really Indian, Thai, or Chinese...

Apr 15, 2015
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

Do you remember if they have spam musubi on the menu? It's hard to tell from their social media accounts. I only found one picture of the menu and spam is listed as a side, but not the musubi. But then there are a couple other pictures posted of spam musubi.

Apr 14, 2015
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New Deli proposed for East Arlington

The Italian subs are good enough to keep me going back.

Apr 11, 2015
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Crab cakes to cook at home?

I got the ones at Fresh Pond Seafood a couple times, and they seemed pretty crabby.

Jan 31, 2015
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Davis Square

I went late November and it was already a bit smokey at opening. Not eye-burning smokey, but it was noticeable.

Jan 09, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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