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August 2015 Openings and Closings

The place that replaced DooWee and Rice, now called Teriyaki House, still serves DooWee’s recipe bao and fried chicken hearts.

Salumeria Italiano - sandwiches and nduja

I know nothing of ‘Nduja, but I recently had the Moody’s version with parisian gnocchi on their menu, and I loved it enough to take home and recreate. Frying it helps a lot; it browns, deeply, lightning-quick. Do not walk away.

Aug 21, 2015
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Unexpected night out tonight -- where to try?

Came here to say Menton Gold Bar.

Sabur in Davis Square - it’s certainly quiet, mediterranean/Serbian cuisine - I adore it, nobody talks about it, all the better for me.

Pinxto Pincho in Woburn, about which I have prattled elsewhere on this board.

Aug 21, 2015
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Roberta Dowling

Good of you to post this.

Aug 20, 2015
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favorite tasting menus?

My read is that the Cushmans have heard the “samey” feedback in the last couple of years, and O Ya now varies the tasting menu, although they’ll let you reserve any dishes you want (two oysters and the foie, thanks)

If you haven’t been in a while, the chicken skin sushi (it’s “new,” as in “not on the original menu”) and the chicken wing ballotine are both incredible.

Aug 19, 2015
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favorite tasting menus?

I’m frequently impressed by Oleana’s four-course prix fixe. The dishes are different each time I go, so I’m willing to strech the definition of “tasting menu” for the moment. I always leave satisfied but not overfull. Flavors are generally distinctive, subtle and elegant.

Aug 19, 2015
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Moody's 1st Impressions

I was taken to dinner to Moody's Backroom a few nights ago, and I thought it was a treat. Standouts (plus or minus) included:

Parisian Gnocchi with 'Nduja, "whipped ricotta," tomatoes, hazelnuts, parsley. Not sure the point of whipped on the ricotta, since it melted out before hitting the table. The frying on the gnocchi really pleased me - crispy outside, creamy inside. 'Nduja flavor powerfully flavored the whole dish, high-salty and high-fatty; I suspect they used less than a tablespoon of 'nduja for the entire portion and certainly they didn't need any more; I'm a fan of "meat as garnish." Toasted hazelnuts go with pretty much everything. So this dish really worked, rich and flavorful, and since choux is the easiest thing to make in the world, I took some 'nduja home and recreated the dish easily the next day.

New, and "will be added to the printed menu," a "Dirty South Flatbread" with pimento cheese, brisket, and something else. Again, high salt and high fat, but I was fine with it. I thought the texture was pretty soft, both on ingredients and dough; maybe some scallions for crunch would help. Seemed like a good start to me but could use some editing on design and technique on texture, and the pimento cheese seemed to overwhelm the brisket. I vaguely recall our server saying the brisket is smoked for three days. I could taste smoke, but I lost the texture on the meat pretty quickly. Still, it's a smart combination of ingredients and was delicious.

Olive oil cake with "cherry pit" ice cream and cherries for dessert, and some other component I can't remember but was probably almond related. The olive oil cake - pretty oily - was griddled on one side, which added fat and crunch. Two shared it just fine. I liked it.

Total bill around $89 for three sliced meats, the gnocchi, the pizza, the dessert, a glass of wine, and a cocktail. Didn't seem particularly overpriced to me.

My read is that somebody there is pretty food-experienced: the cherry pit ice cream thing makes me think of that perenial argument re: clafoutis and cherry pits, and as a (reductive) whole they're selling salt and fat, which is a pretty good way to keep customers coming in.

Aug 15, 2015
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Guru the Caterer catering: how much to order?

I’d have a chat with Pushp, the owner, about it. He’s super-nice, and every caterer’s least favorite thing is running out of food.

Aug 10, 2015
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Awesome burgers: new thread

Boggles. The. Mind.

I misread your post as “Thankfully, _you_ have oodles of options,” to which I thought, yes! - Highland Kitchen, Flat Patties, White Castle...

Aug 09, 2015
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Hello CHOW looking for Belgium biscuits!

Welcome to Chowhound! Am I correct in thinking that “Belgium” in this case is the brand name? If so, and the product was not Boston-regional, consider posting in the General Topics board, where you may get more responses.

“Belgium biscuits” sure is hard to google, since I keep getting the broad category of “Belgian chocolate biscuits,” which is surely broader than you’re seeking.

Aug 09, 2015
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Chowhound Beta for Boston users

Thanks for this.

Any word on RSS implementation? I’d be gone without it, I suspect.

ETA: I can't tell if this implementation will reduce the assistance visitors get from "help plan my trip!" posts, or just reduce the complaints.

Aug 04, 2015
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BiteKite meal delivery service

I noticed Bite Kite’s “closed” yesterday August 3, which would have been the first business day after Friday-oriented posts on Twitter and Facebook. Beyond that, sorry I haven’t participated more on this thread, but I knew several staff members and I am too earnest for my own good when it comes to posting inside baseball.

I agree, well-prepared vegetables delivered quickly was the major selling point for me.

Aug 04, 2015
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August 2015 Openings and Closings

Bite Kite, a fast-delivery-by-app service, looks closed: The app says “bye bye for now - Bite Kite is closed for now.” No announcement on website, twitter, facebook or instagram so it could just mean “closed today,” but they’ve usually been quite clear about one-day closings, and the delivery area shrunk recently, and I suspect they’ve been circling the drain for a bit, so I think it’s real.

Aug 03, 2015
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BiteKite meal delivery service

The app says “bye bye for now - Bite Kite is closed for now.” No announcement on website, twitter, facebook or instagram.

Aug 03, 2015
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August 2015 Openings and Closings

Just like Sukiyabashi Jiro!!1!1 ;)

Aug 03, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

And the wonderful room, still available at Wink & Nod. It’s my favorite room in Boston.

Jun 25, 2015
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May 2015 Openings and Closings

Word in other places is that Patsy’s and the building have successfully negotiated to re-open in the same location post-construction.

Jun 10, 2015
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Shout-out to the Style Cafe in the Navy Yard complex, Charlestown

Looks to be the same logo at the Style Cafe at Assembly Square’s entrance road.

May 28, 2015
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Now, THAT is SOME Kinda Pie!

Glad to hear it, because the chocolate cream pie is the most taste-free I’ve had, both for the custard and the crust. Which seems weird, because salt is not a problem over there.

May 27, 2015
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May 2015 Openings and Closings

The churrascuria in Somerville’s Magoun Square - signage as “Churrrasco Buffet and Grill,” known to me as Valentim which may have been outdated - has a sign on front promising a renovation and “new administration.” Sad.

May 20, 2015
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How do the Brazilian restaurants in Woburn rate?

Speaking of “tastes of Brazil,” I hear good things about Tudo Na Brasa, but from offline sources who are not particularly food-centric.

…I’ve been twice and wasn’t loving it any more than any Somerville place (Valentim, Oasis)

May 14, 2015
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Where to buy lard- Waltham

I admire your adaptiveness

May 02, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

I’ll try the curries! I did try the ok dol bi bim bab, and while I wasn’t particularly wowed by flavors, I did get a better frying of the rice in the stone bowl than I get at other places. Chung Ki Wa is my standard, I guess, and people say it’s terrific.

Apr 16, 2015
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Destination: Donuts

I’ve been to the Boston Kane’s; it’s in the first floor of One International Place. Not too much to look at except rows and rows of doughnuts, which might be fun for the picking-out of doughnuts. I wonder if you can see the frying at the Saugus Kane’s? They’re pretty friendly, maybe you can wrangle a tour.

Apr 16, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

I’ve done 3 Country Bistro twice, and I was charmed by the staff and the out-of-vogue, but thoughtful, knife-cut-veggie garnishes (carrots cut into butterflies and the like). But I haven’t yet found any food that particularly stands out in any way at all. (Two visits isn’t enough to conclude, though.)

Barely related: For being so cramped, the staff and space do amazing crowd control and space wrangling. It was like magic.

Apr 15, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Although I’d hit it for a savory course instead, since you’re looking for dessert, maybe Pinxto Pincho: pair the Jorge Ordonez Special Selection Moscatel #1 ($7, according to the website) with the Natillas de amendras, an almond custard with almond sand underneath.

I usually can’t stand to order custards for dessert in restaurants (I can make it at home), but this is silky, very sweet, super almond-y, luxurious texture, not at all heavy like custards can be (it’s not whipped or mousseline, but to give you an idea of the lightness, it could be moussed easily). Or if you’re not into the custard, maybe substitute the white chocolate bread pudding (another “why would I ever order this at a restaurant” dish, but theirs has such nice textures - custardy, firm edges, chewy corners).

The moscatel tastes orangey, sweet-tart, and would be wonderful with dry-cured spanish ham or foie. The texture is whatever is the opposite of syrupy (watery? loose?), at least compared to many dessert wines. Smells pineapple and a little spice.

Oh, and happy birthday. My gift to you: Jekyll on Netflix, a six-episode BBC miniseries with James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, and a cameo by Mark Gatiss.

Apr 15, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Wow, the rabbit dishes are the only ones I _wouldn’t_ recommend at Pinxto Pincho. I found the rabbit dry, and I loooove rabbit. I’d do the morcipan pinxto - blood sausage, minced over grilled bread - since you’ll be stuffing yourself elsewhere too.

Apr 15, 2015
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Most elegant new restaurant

Deuxave’s ambiance did little for me either. Seemed rather worst-of-Newbury to me - Pottery Gucci run amok.

Apr 11, 2015
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Most elegant new restaurant

Since it got mentioned, the Wink & Nod kitchen switch was somewhere around April first, so most posts will be out of date food-wise.

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 Openings and Closings

aw, I liked the frozen yogurt mixer-machine at Kiraz. And the huge salads, and veggie-friendly sandwiches.

Apr 11, 2015
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