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Looking for Boston restaurant that has great food, small plates and vibrant scene.

Coppa looks great though I'm not sure if we will be up for another no reservation restaurant after Toro. It's menu reminds me of our current San Francisco favorite, A16.

After Toro on Friday, we will probably not want to do more Spanish food on Saturday- Estragon or Taberna de Haro.

Bistor du Midi's menu looks very good. After big meals Thursday and Saturday night, not to mention lunches, bistro food might make sense.

Eating at the bar at Craigie on Main could also present a long wait. The bar menu is a bit limited. Can you get dining room food in the bar?

Any have opinions about Meritage? The food looks very interesting. I cook a lot so I'm always interested in eating food that I either can't cook or don't cook because of the work involved. O Ya fits this perfectly, as did Clio during our last visit in 2006.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Meritage Restaurant
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

May 23, 2010
T.bone in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Boston restaurant that has great food, small plates and vibrant scene.

My wife and I will be in Boston next week for a long weekend. We really enjoy taking our time ordering lots of small plates and taking in the scene. We particularly love sitting at bars in front of open kitchens.

As of now, the plan is O Ya on Thursday night and Toro on Friday night. I'm looking for a recommendation for Saturday as well as any criticism of my current choices.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

May 22, 2010
T.bone in Greater Boston Area

Half Price Wine at Trelio on Wednesday

Trelio in Clovis just started a promotion where all bottles of wine will be sold at half off of the list price on Wednesday. Many people who post on this board, me included, feel that Trelio has the best food in town (Fresno/Clovis). The menu is constantly changing at Trelio but spring has sprung which means the short lived joys of vegetables such as peas and fava beans are currently on the menu. I had a meal of confit of rabbit leg with favas, peas and morels on Wednesday that was absolutely perfect. And, the French onion soup was possibly the best I've ever had.

Trelio's wine list is so reasonably priced that you will be paying less than retail for many bottles when purchasing at half off the list price.

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Trelio. I am just a big fan of food and drink who does his best to support local fine dining in Fresno and Clovis.

May 16, 2008
T.bone in California

Crab Cakes in Fresno?

Polarbear,

I'm curious, how would you describe the ideal crab cake? Where have you had them?

I find great crab cakes to be mythical in the sense that I have never had great crab cakes.

Dec 12, 2006
T.bone in California

Bakery for Sunday Breakfast

This looks great though I was hoping for something a less full service. I'd like to be able to refill my own water and coffee and linger for as long as I like.

Dec 05, 2006
T.bone in San Francisco Bay Area

Bakery for Sunday Breakfast

I'm looking for a bakery for breakfast on Sunday with good bread, pastries and coffee. We are looking to be able to relax and read the newspaper in a warm, comfortable environment. Some place like Bread and Cie in San Diego would be great if anyone is familiar.

Dec 05, 2006
T.bone in San Francisco Bay Area

Saturday Dinner in Hanford

My wife and I are going to Hanford on Saturday night for a concert. We would like to find both good food and cocktails. I'll take recommendations for seperate places if good food and cocktails do not exist together in one place. The type of food does not matter. We'll eat anything.

Nov 16, 2006
T.bone in California

Fish tacos in Fresno?

I agree with tavmark, Rubio's is probably the best choice. Other places in the valley that serve them don't sell to many. With Baja style fish tacos you want a place that counts them as a specialty rather than an afterthought.

Oct 30, 2006
T.bone in California

If the Bay Area Only Had a .......

When I studied in Mexico City in 1991 my professors mocked Sanborns as just the kind of place tourists and the upper class would go but not for real Mexican food (It was very much implied that upper class had no taste). I ate on the streets and in small cafes for 1/3 the cost of Sanborns but I have never eaten at a Sanborns.

Everthing in Mexico is made fresh. Canned food costs money. Labor is virtually free.

Oct 05, 2006
T.bone in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresno Breakfast Burrito Report

I have been getting breakfast burritos at Robertito's at Cedar and Dakota for the last three years. There are 4 varities: #1 Ham, Egg and Cheese; #2 Machaca, Eggs, Onions and Bell Peppers; #3 Bacon, Sausage, Eggs and Cheese; #4 Vegetarian (Eggs, Cheese, Onions and Bell Peppers).

I have only eaten #2 & #3. The #2 is a bit messy from the runoff of liquid from the onions and peppers but both can easily be picked up and eaten. The burritos are very dense though not huge and lack any unnecessary carbohydrate filler(potato). They do not have a decidedly Mexican flavor but they are delicious. I recommend giving one a try. At $2.69 with tax, you can't go wrong.

Oct 03, 2006
T.bone in California

Fresno

Cabfrancair is spot on with his review of Lantana. I went a few months back and had appetizers as well. The restaurant is very beautiful but everything falls quickly from there. I have heard only negatives from anyone who has been. I hate to see people fail but it looks like Lantana will go the way of Echo if they don't make some changes very soon.

Oct 03, 2006
T.bone in California

Don Pepe's Shrimp Zarandeado (Fresno)

Great, descriptive review. I have only been to Don Pepe's once, a few years ago. My wife and I didn't think much of it but it sounds like it's time to give them another try.

Bye the way, I think when you write "cojito" you really mean "cotija". Cotija is the crumbly, white, Mexican cheese.

Sep 21, 2006
T.bone in California

Dessert Wines

For several years famed San Francisco restaurant Gary Danko has had a recipe for seared Foie Gras that uses Essensia on its website. I have made it several times. It is amazing, well worth the expense and the work.
http://www.garydanko.com/site/tutoria...

Also, Quady's vermouths are probably the most universally respected of their wines- I have seen both the dry and the sweet at nice establishments on both coasts. Opposed to most vermouths on the market which are made with bad wine with little attention to detail, Quady takes much pride in its vermouths. The downside is you pay the price compared to cheap vermouths. I think I have paid $17 for the 750ml bottles. Sillyrabbit, these vermouths make great sprizers and appertifs.

Sep 11, 2006
T.bone in Wine

Trelio in Clovis/Fresno for Lunch

My wife and I went to Trelio for lunch a few weeks back. We were stunned by the quality. We split a goat cheese appetizer wrapped in puffed pastry served with roasted figs and greens. It was amazing. The cheese was Humboldt Fog a sign that this restaurant isn't about cutting corners. I ordered fish and chips- something I never do because it is always too greasy. This was by far the best fish and chips I've ever had. Served with perfectly symetrical, recatangular fries, peas with mint- a classy touch that tasted great, and house made tartar(gribiche)sauce. My wife had a burger that was also excellent. We were very impressed that her fries were different than my "chips". The fries were also excellent and amazingly crisp. We split a bottle of wine that Chris recommended to us. It was only $22 and it worked with both fish and chips and a burger! I can not recommend Trelio enough and am looking forward to going back.

Tom

http://www.treliorestaurant.com

Sep 08, 2006
T.bone in California

La Reina de Michoacan, Welcome Relief from Fresno Heat

I've only had the strawberries and cream paleta. It was amazing, way better than anything I've ever had in Mexico. I asked a lot of questions when I was there so they started offering me tastes of the ice creams. They were all very good. I highly recommend La Reina. I also love the horchata. I have not been back because shortly after going my wife bought me a $250 ice cream maker so I'm churning out a lot of ice cream at home.

Jul 31, 2006
T.bone in California

Serious Cupcake Craving in Fresno!

Yes, much of the country has been enjoying upscale cupcakes for 2 plus years. I have not seen cupcakes anywhere but at grocery stores. Give someone in Fresno another year to figure it out.

Jul 29, 2006
T.bone in California

New Bistro in Fresno

How are the prices? Do they have wine? It sounds great.

Jul 29, 2006
T.bone in California