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el salvadoran breakfast in Somerville?

I also like Los Paisanos, just up the street. The beans are… soupy, which is nice once you get used to it.

Nov 24, 2014
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November 2014 Openings and Closings

“Frozen Hoagies” brick-and-mortar opened Friday in Powderhouse in Somerville (same building as Doowee & Rice’s former location)

Nov 24, 2014
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Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

You’re… kissing the cookies? ;) Isn't the phrase you want “om nom nom nom?"

Nov 22, 2014
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BEST NON-CHINESE ROAST DUCK IN BOSTON?

I disliked Salts’ version - and L’Espalier’s, too, for coincidentally the same reasons: not-very-moist duck with a really, really moist skin.

Nov 22, 2014
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Uh oh, convention at Boston Seaport Hotel

After thinking about it, I’ll add that maybe the way to frame the Seaport area is Corporate Dining. You’ll find no chef-owner who pours their soul into the food, but you may find lifer managers who care, and are limited by the requirements of corporate (all chicken, no quail). So it comes down to questions like “are the fries crispy?” because if you see fries on the menu, they’ll come frozen in a bag. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but imposes both a floor and a ceiling on your experience.

*in general. Although I’d love to hear about a chef

Nov 10, 2014
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First trip to Wegmans: What should I get? [moved from Boston board]

Also Savenor’s, dunno if this includes the Sav markup.

Nov 09, 2014
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Uh oh, convention at Boston Seaport Hotel

I resarched this area 18 months ago for a similar gathering and you may find a post about it if you search for “seaport." My best recommendation was to stop by J. Pace for a cheaper, and better value, breakfast than anything you’ll find anywhere else. Make no mistake, it’s also the least fancy, but priced somewhere around $4 for eggs/potatoes/bacon, and at a hotel you might pay 4x that for the same with a sprig of parsley. I exaggerate, but only a little. If your room has a fridge, by the way, you can also pick up some wine or beer or prepared foods for your hotel room if that’s your thing.

Other places I liked: at Fort Point (this walk looks intimidating to the uninitiated because you’re walking across a bit of concrete jungle but it’s short and worth a little peer pressure because you’ll end up at…) I liked Flour Bakery and Bees Knees Supply, located next door to each other. Sportello is also near that area, which I like a lot.

I’ll agree with the crowd here re: Legal Harborside - I like Legal, and I liked this. I do not like LTK.

Bit more of a walk, but I thought worth it: KO Pies, an australian meat pie place in the middle of little else. They have lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits for dessert which won them a big place in my heart. They have ONE picnic table for eat-in dining, so this may not be a good match if your friends aren’t dedicated to food.

Blue Dragon was tastier than I would have expected from Ming Tsai, and you can play the Celebrity Chef card on non-food friends if they are scared of foods that aren’t chicken.

Disrecommendations:
-While I liked Rosa Mexicano in NYC, I found this place underseasoning on multiple visits.
-Tamo Bar was awful.
-a friend who lives nearby likes Salvatores.
-Del Frisco’s, although mostly because I am definitely not their target market.
-This board has already drilled Barking Crab and No Name so hard that folks may forget to tell you to stay far away.
-Aura was frankly unpleasant. The Seaport Hotel does keep its own bees and honey, although they are so eager to use it I wouldn’t be surprised to find honey on my pork chop.
-Morton’s is Morton’s.

Nov 09, 2014
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Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I’d recommend the omakase, and they don’t mind at all if you request certain things. I usually ask for the omakase “with both oysters (fried and raw) and the foie,” all of which would be on the omakase anyway but are too good to miss. That fried oyster is maybe the best bite in Boston, for me.

I also like the chicken wing ballotine - “the best chicken nugget you’ve ever had” - both because it’s delicious and because even though it’s not one of the dishes they really highlight, it is a _ton_ of pesky effort for someone going through that wing and removing all the bones, tendons, cartilage, etc for one bite. I let them know I appreciate it.

The shiitake mushroom sashimi is, as described in the NYT review, a textbook lesson in umami - so if that’s your thing, yay, and if not, nay.

If you have access to sous vide anywhere, you can do the onsen egg at home.

I don’t think the potato chip is worth the $16, and frankly it’s the only dish I don’t care for.

the crispy chicken skin is wonderful. Maybe a little less magical once I learned how you powder schmaltz. But still delicious.

The two-ounce steaks in any preparation - well, it’s seventy bucks (or $125) for two ounces of beef, but it’s very very tasty beef. You know yourself well enough to know if you’re willing to do that. If you are, you’ll enjoy it.

In my opinion, the critique that “the menu doesn’t change” was true when folks first mentioned it, but is no longer true now. Several dishes are always on, but now there are seasonals.

Nov 07, 2014
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Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I like both the counter and the tables, but if you’re at the tables you miss the show. You’ll get solid service in each place. If your back is bad, maybe a table.

Nov 07, 2014
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ISO sodium citrate?

Modernist Pantry: http://bit.ly/1qu4fPw

Nov 07, 2014
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Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

Oh, and Toro is really stupid loud, but I’m pretty sure that’s by design so people will move through. Can’t blame them for that, although I can avoid it myself.

Nov 02, 2014
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Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

Quiet for me (but I tend to do restaurants at 5:30 for the improved service and decreased noise):
Flora, in Arlington (not much love for it on this board, but I like it)
Qingdao Garden
Sabur

TOO DARN LOUD for me:
River Gods (but it’s worth going in at 5:30)
Highland Kitchen
Trade

Nov 01, 2014
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instead of Vinny's?

Not an answer to your question, but I am still a fan of Vinny’s. (And I don’t miss the antipasto station because I never did find it.)

Oct 05, 2014
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September 2014 Openings and Closings

I have no inside information, no actual theories and feel bad for some poor soul whose business failed so predictably, but “Springtime for Hitler” came to mind upon reading this.

Sep 27, 2014
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New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

I read “small plates” as referring to the pinchos that come with wine, which I could kill in one or two bites, rather than the tapas, which are larger than two bites.

Sep 25, 2014
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All-time best dessert?

I can’t find the link, but there’s a neurological explanation for this. Particularly activated with sweets, but works on others too

Sep 21, 2014
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September 2014 Openings and Closings

You know everything I know, but I’m hoping that’s where the seating for 20 will go. (I think the chances are pretty good; where else is there?)

Plus, Maione will surely know the value of such vintage inventory ;)

Sep 20, 2014
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September 2014 Openings and Closings

Cutting and pasting (minor format edit) from the Davis Square Livejournal post: http://bit.ly/1BVDsCv

Sessa's successor
After 35 years in Davis Square John Sessa has sold his business to Giovanni Maione, a Johnson & Wales graduate from a Neapolitan baking/restaurant family. After a four-year stint at Four Seasons, Giovanni helped to launch his family's Waltham restaurant, La Campania, where he has worked since its founding in 1996.

Giovanni will retain the Italian delicatessen core of the Sessa's business and add a few new touches:

-- fresh bread (the oven arrived today) and other baked goods (e.g. ricotta pies
)-- a line of Neapolitan street dishes
-- more prepared foods
-- licensed seating for 20 persons indoors (+ 10 outdoors) for sit-down lunches and fresh espresso

He expects the new elements to be in place in about a month.

John Sessa will be at the store for the next three weeks to say goodbye to old customers.

Sep 19, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

Thumbs up to Posto on the pig photos - that’s very cool.

Sep 16, 2014
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Seoul Korean Restaurant Beacon Hill

I also was invited to Seoul this week by chance. I’d never had juk before and was curious, so I ordered the vegetable variety (other varieties available being abalone and sesame. They drizzled dark sesame oil on top. I liked the salt level fine. Vegetable bits were somewhere between brunoise and macédoine dice - carrots, mushroom, seaweed I think - so not much textural element, but that may be the point since everything I could find in my search for Juk emphasized “food for sick people, because it’s easy to digest.” Which it was.

Sep 13, 2014
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Brass Union: Somerville

Recently attended a birthday party there. Had a chorizo open-face sandwich - a sorta hollowed-out canoe of a roll with chorizo inside and herby chop on top. It was okay - a little dry. Probably better if drinking.

Sep 11, 2014
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Somerville Salvadoran Enchiladas: I cannot get enough

Rincon has tostadas, which are basically the same but Mexican, not Salvadoran. Chicken only - the chicken is charcoal-y and delicious, but otherwise the thing has no acid component beyond a drizzle of crema and wears out the palate quickly. Ask for a lime?

Sep 10, 2014
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Where to eat near the Doubletree?

How'd it go?

Sep 10, 2014
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East Somerville Foodie Crawl - Reports?

I wish - it’s my late night at work. Still, it’s hard to go too far wrong in that neighborhood. Even La Brasa, about which I have recently complained, works hard and cares a lot.

Sep 10, 2014
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September 2014 Openings and Closings

That’s what does it for me. I believe them that it was an unfortunate coincidence, but they still don’t care.

Sep 10, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

Out of the Meh. This was the first restaurant I could duplicate or better at home.

Sep 08, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

Agreed that nearby is worth it: Sarma, Highland Kitchen, Sabur, Istanbul’lu, Qingdao Garden, Flora, Montecristo.

Sep 08, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

A WORLD OF BLUE

(and right, I forgot Spoke. I _still_ haven’t made it there.)

Sep 07, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

Good call on Deli-icious, though I haven’t been there in a few years. They used to stock plain whole wheat bread and applesauce just for me.

Sep 07, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

The story I tell myself - which may be inaccurate - is that Davis restaurant owners have successfully hit the sweet spot between yuppies and students, which for a chowhound means a two-steps-up-from-Bud beer list and consistently, moderately disappointing “upgraded pub” food. For nearly all the fanciest restaurants in Davis, I can have a good time if I focus on company instead of food - it’s all tolerable, but never satisfying.

They all seem to be making money hand over fist, so don’t expect change anytime soon.

my Meh list: If I were invited to any of these places, I wouldn’t complain, but I’d never take anyone to any of them for the food.

Redbones
Foundry
Saloon
Posto
Painted Burro (my personal favorite of the also-rans)
Five Horses
Flatbread Company
Snappy Ramen
Mr. Crepe
Johnny D’s
Taipei Tokyo
Martsa on Elm

my Yuck list: Were I invited to any of these, I _would_ suggest something else. If I wrote a post about them I’d have to post it in the “Not About Food” board.
Boston Burger Co
Orleans
Joshua Tree
Diva.

BUT help is at hand in Teele Square! I’m a big fan of Istanbul’lu, and Sabur, and despite the jerky name I even enjoy True Bistro (True Grounds objected to the name early on because similar, but no change happened). And Masala is pretty decent; their lunch buffet often has a little dosa-to-order station which is super cute.

Sep 07, 2014
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