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Cambridge Indian Lunch Buffets:Tanjore and Kebab Factory

I was at Kebab & Tandoor underneath the Waltham market yesterday. All chicken dishes. But this was offset for me by the wide variety and quality of the vegetarian stuff - I liked both the cauliflower and onion pakoras, well seasoned and fried with gram flour. Also the biryanis were a cut above, toasty and anti-mushy. And I also liked the sweetened carrot thing for dessert.

I also liked that it is dark and quiet - and I was eating alone. Great for books.

about 3 hours ago
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Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

I don’t know if they set out knowing it was Old Forge (it was his grandfather’s recipe if I remember from an Urban Gourmet takeout menu), but it fits all the positive criteria and none of the exclusions. So I’d answer you “I dunno” and “yes.”

Almost all of my Old Forge knowledge comes not from Old Forge, but from Modernist Cuisine; you could probably get some of that knowledge from the web instead of the $600 book.

And to those who suggested Gran Gusto, I stand _way_ corrected. Great rec.

2 days ago
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Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

CPortJ - for me, yes, Flat Patties stands out. Of the options mentioned in this thread, I haven’t done any critical comparison, but Flat Patties is the only burger I remembered and returned to. I really liked it - as much as I liked the Highland Kitchen burger, and more than I liked the Craigie burger. (apples and oranges to be sure, but I figured we’d all enjoy a little hyperbole)

Feb 26, 2015
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Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Nope.

But try the Old Forge Style pizza at City Slicker for an entirely different product done well! And welcome!

Feb 25, 2015
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Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

Oh, and I go to Papagayo in Assembly Square instead of River Bar because River Bar is so eager to please and tell me that I’m hip, and that it would be okay if I wasn’t hip, and we’re hip without being judgmental about it, and would you like to try our hip vegetable of the day, that I just want to cram some chips and salsa down my throat instead.

(This snark based on not enough experiences and shouldn’t be taken seriously.)

Feb 21, 2015
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Tenoch in Somerville?

One can only hope, but I suspect the poster is referring to the original Kickass Cupcakes or M3 space. I haven’t checked it up close but did see paper on the windows at KC.

Feb 21, 2015
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Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

I go to Rosa Mexicano instead of leaving the Seaport entirely. I had a delicious meal in one of their NYC locations a decade ago and keep hoping against hope.

I go to Rock Bottom Brewery in the theater district instead of doing my homework and finding something good there that doesn’t require a suit. I don’t recommend it.

Feb 20, 2015
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Good Experience at Bread & Co, Everett

Gift posts like this are why I dig Chowhound.

Feb 15, 2015
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Craigie on Main question

I knew a guy who had a rug like that once.

Feb 14, 2015
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Craigie on Main question

I had the Craigie burger for the first time a few weeks ago. None of the above-mentioned terrible things happened to me (I was warned about upcharges and not scorned for forgoing the egg and bacon), and wasn’t insulted by the rest (I don’t mind when restaurants put any amount of sauce on anything, seeing as that’s what every restaurant does 100% of the time). That said, I didn’t enjoy the burger or the fries at all. I found the inside meat way too soft for my taste, and the outside sear not flavorful enough. The fries were technically crispy, or at least not limp, but with no crackle or crunch at all - just a very thin layer of crust that disappeared in the mouth.
Upsides: although I generally prefer American, I liked the Cheddar here. And the burger impressively did not drip at all.

Feb 12, 2015
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Top 5 of the past 5

Oh, I said it. And I’d say it again! Who needs those deliciously jammy sous-vide eggs that are all over the place recently? When you’re an egg, you’re an egg all the way, from your first cigarette to your shell-breaking day...

Feb 02, 2015
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Instacart- are people using it? How is it working out?

Downloaded, created an account, never used it.

Jan 31, 2015
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Top 5 of the past 5

Oh, that’s a great idea!

Jan 30, 2015
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Top 5 of the past 5

Pinxto Pincho tapas in Woburn,
and that’s all I can think of. Can I give it all five spots? I love it. Homemade txistorra, homemade morcipan (blood sausage), a sweet and light tortilla made with only eggs, potatoes, onions and oil which would be the best egg dish on any menu in Boston except for the Natillas al almendra dessert.

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

you’ll like the app called “Transit” even better, I’m guessing: same database, better UI, and uber integration if that’s your thing.

Jan 29, 2015
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Looking for our new go-to restaurants: strong flavors, fun atmospheres

Glad to hear from you!

How about River Gods in Cambridge as your Dali replacement? Irish Pub, crispy and well-seasoned fries, a juicy and meaty steak-and-Boursin sandwich, and respectable veg/vegan options. Good beer, gargoyles aplenty. Street parking is consistently gettable but rarely a breeze - you might orbit a few times.

You’ve probably already considered Sarma, in Somerville, if you like Oleana.

Sportello - well-prepared pastas, stylish atmosphere, open kitchen full of cooks who want to move up in the Barbara Lynch ranks…

Highland Kitchen in Somerville - people love the playlist music; excellent beer list, a great cheeseburger.

Jan 26, 2015
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O Ya: to omakase or not to omokase?

I can’t think of a better way to introduce yourself to the menu at O Ya than the omakase. While obviously expensive, the omakase gives you a good bang for your buck, since it doesn’t generally include the few items on the menu that might soak up half your budget. As others have said, the “omakase” at O Ya isn’t “what’s good today,” but instaid a fairly set menu (with more variation now than five or six years ago, a critique you may find if you search archives here).

My experiences with the omakase have been lovely - you can trust that if you let them bring you their choice, you’ll have a good meal. I’ve only ever had one dish that was less than excellent (the potato chip, which is not to my taste). The dishes I can’t miss (the raw oyster, the fried oyster, and the foie) have always, without exception, been on the omakase every time I’ve seen it or eaten it. Same with the mushroom sashimi, which is also much-discussed.

You will likely leave un-hungry but also un-stuffed. After dinner, you may be able, should you try, to stuff down a crappy grilled-cheese sandwich from South Station. For some this is a serious critique for the money; I tend not to worry about it because if I can eat this well and not get heartburn, so much the better.

I don’t do the omakase anymore because I’ve done it more than twice (I am lucky). I would recommend it for you in particular, since 1. it’s your first time and 2. you’re not food-restricted.

Jan 18, 2015
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Ethnic breakfasts?

I suggest Sound Bites in Ball Square! The owner has several “best-of” breakfast and pancake awards under his belt, the menu has excellent specials (pumpkin waffles), and the coffee is self-serve “so you can enjoy a bottomless cup at a reasonable price.”

Or, for a slightly less-expensive and better-atmosphere alternative, consider Kelly’s Diner, also in Ball Square.

Jan 17, 2015
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Best sandwiches in Boston?

you bet your bippy; mine too. I looked up their FB page after posting and there’s a cauliflower and black pepper chèvre sandwich special that looks really great.

Jan 12, 2015
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Best sandwiches in Boston?

I could see that. I’ll also add that I suspect (and admire) that Pennypacker’s usual secret ingredient to a delicious vegetable sandwich is a whole lot of fat. (olive oil, frying oil, cheese, mayo, nuts…)

Jan 12, 2015
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Are there any highly recommended vegetarian entrees in the Greater Boston area?

That’s a hilarious way of putting it, and you’re not wrong. I generally order a rebel bowl; all those vegetables will make my jaw ache by the end of the meal, and there’s a lot of fiber there, so I often order the demi (small) size. I often add beets.

When I don’t want the Rebel, I have the Adventurer, which has almonds and cheddar cheese.

Most of the bowls, you can choose either tofu or sprouted legumes, which doesn’t seem to make much difference to the flavor, because, well, tofu.

I avoid the red lentil hummus, which I find dry, chalky and a chunky.

As I think about it, I must admit that on Tuesday nights, the Central Square Life Alive loses every time to Picante’s red chili-stewed pork shoulder with the avocado sauce on top, which is simple, unassuming, and crave-worthy. (But not suitable for this thread.)

Jan 12, 2015
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The new Rosebud, Davis Square

You’re welcome! And I don’t get to Belmont much either (and for that matter, Zoe’s either, despite liking it a lot). When you do get to Shangri-La, there’s streetside parking up and down that large street. Aim for the same-side parking as the restaurant, as the street is wide and not particularly pedestrian friendly.

Jan 12, 2015
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Staying at Cambridgeside, restaurant suggestions

and if you’ve never had Afghani, this is a good place to start. Although I must admit my last visit was… a good while ago.

Jan 12, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best sandwiches in Boston?

I respect but don’t love that porchetta, but I’d add the rotating vegetarian sandwich at Pennypackers.

Jan 12, 2015
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The new Rosebud, Davis Square

I would order the dry-fried green beans again, yet simultaneously agree with other posters that they border on over-salted. I like the pork bits and don’t mind the oil, although I agree that “dry-fried” is a bit of an overstatement here.

For my personal favorite dry-fried green beans, I go to Shangri-La in Belmont. I could order those, and the lovely turnip cakes (!), and nothing else, and leave very happy.

Jan 12, 2015
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Are there any highly recommended vegetarian entrees in the Greater Boston area?

For very casual non-tasting menu entrees, I am a fan of Life Alive (several locations, I’ve only tried Central Square) for their well-seasoned bowls of unashamedly hippie chow.

True Bistro in Teele Square Somerville (also happens to be vegan) doesn’t do tasting menus, but does have tablecloths and wine pairings. I don’t ever crave it, but I’m often happily satisfied when I eat there.

Jan 12, 2015
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Chinese Tea in the 'burbs?

I’m all about Upton, blindly following Cynthia Gold*’s recommendation from several years ago.

*tea sommelier

Jan 08, 2015
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ISO Beef Bones

Would you believe Mayflower Poultry (Live Chickens Fresh Killed)?

What to eat and wear in Woburn?

It’s been mentioned in other good comments in this thread, but I’m gonna specifically call out Pinxto Pincho as tremendous. See thread here: http://bit.ly/1xrucEE

Dec 28, 2014
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sessa's...

Ooh, I can’t wait!

Dec 20, 2014
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