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sessa's...

Ooh, I can’t wait!

Dec 20, 2014
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Paul Bakery Natick

The assembly square location of Paul has them. I wouldn’t call them great, but I suspect they do use wax, at least.

Certainly I like Paul's better than the Central square Paris Baguette that drizzles them with vanilla syrup, which I think is a travesty despite the obvious specks of vanilla bean in the syrup. Why, why!?

Dec 20, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Sibling dinner in lieu of Christmas presents

Consider the new Rosebud in Davis Square? I’ve stopped paying attention to beer much, but they certainly have a large bar, lots of food, and is working on lively/cool.

Dec 19, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best seafood restuarant in Cambridge or Somerville?

I don’t know about “adventurous,” and I’m not sure how enthusiastically I would recommend most of the following places, but they are “seafood restaurants” near Somerville.

Out of the Blue in Davis (meh, I can cook this well at home)

Pescatore in Ball Square (lovely family, clams have bellies if that’s your thing, but the better the business does, the more they bring in from outside.)

Moulton’s Seafood Restaurant in Medford, untried by me but has been discussed on this board

Mount Vernon Restaurant in East Somerville - home of the “twin lobster special.” Your stop for steak tips, veggie medley and lots of atmosphere.

Qindao Garden on Mass Ave, Cambridge - I trust that whatever they put in front of me will be delicious and very thoughtfully prepared, technique-wise.

Dec 19, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

ISO Tortellini to Cook at Home

Bella Ravioli in Medford, near Oasis Brazilian and Bocelli’s Italian (and, a bit further down the street, Bob’s Italian).

I’ve always found Dave’s pasta way too thick; I haven’t had Capone’s in a couple of years. Bella’s is thinner than Daves, but not as thin as mine.

Dec 19, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best Transparent Restaurants in Boston?

or at least a junior varsity basketball game.

Dec 17, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

evelyn & angels chocolates...

Ah, I misread as “it” was jammed. My bad!

Dec 14, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

evelyn & angels chocolates...

I know they recently renovated, and that before the renovation I found it mostly empty most of the time. All that taffy (which lined the walls pre-renovation, haven’t been in recently) started out wonderful but was only getting harder as time went by. Typicall Mass Ave parking problem - Mass Ave spots are often full, and the residential streets nearby are resident only. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by and either missed the sign entirely or thought “I should stop by there when I see a parking spot available."

I was glad they existed but save wholesale or restaurant deals, I didn’t see much future for them in that location. Hope the renovation helps.

Dec 13, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in the Boston area for "Best of 2014."

Having just loved my first visit to Myers + Chang, and liking what I know of your list, I’mma try Cutty’s soon.

Dec 11, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

December 2014 Openings and Closings

The brick-and-mortar location of “Frozen Hoagies,” a food truck, has opened in Somerville’s Powderhouse a couple doors down from the former DooWee and Rice (now Teriyaki house).

They’re getting their ice cream from somewhere in Arlington, I forget the name. When I went in, the employee had 12 of several kinds of cookies, some apple crisp, and a sense of “can I please go back to reading my book if you don’t mind."

Dec 11, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

eight years later, I hope hiddenboston found good pizza! But I don’t mind revivifying threads, so I’ll add City Slicker for Old Forge style pizza.

Dec 09, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Harvard Square Dinner

Agreed, but with the caveat of “only the omakase.” The menu isn’t all that. See other threads for information on Cafe Sushi “top three Boston sushi spots, but at 40% the price."

Dec 06, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

cooking class recs

*Nill

(source: I know him)

Dec 05, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Places like Doo Wee & Rice 2014/2015

Teriyaki House, the new restaurant in the DooWee space got and uses most of chef Tran's recipes - at least the bao and the meat-and-rice dishes. You know how to get there.

Dec 03, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

December 2014 Openings and Closings

Bite Kite, a lunch delivery service in a limited but unknown area. Order full meals by the iOS/android app, delivery in 20 minutes.

I haven’t tried it, and can’t say more anyway, because I believe I know the owner/chef, although I haven’t talked to him about it yet.

http://bitekite.com

Dec 02, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

cooking class recs

and worth noting that the “cooking couples” classes do not require you to be a romantic couple. Any team of two will do.

Dec 02, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

December 2014 Openings and Closings

Apparently Kindred Tea & Tonic, in Davis Square, opens today. They’ve had signs up for a very long time, but today’s the opening. per DSLJ.

Dec 02, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

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

Nov 22, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Chains

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

ISO sodium citrate?

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

Nov 07, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

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
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area