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January 2014 Openings and Closings

Anyone know the timeline on Abbey on Mass Ave in Cambridge (between Porter and Harvard)?

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

January 2014 Openings and Closings

confirmed - windows are covered in brown paper

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Best Fried Chicken

I wrote a post about Tryst then saw I was repeating myself. Sorry!

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Best Fried Chicken

Used to be sold as picnic chicken, cold on the second day.. which I guess would be Tuesday, really cheap.

I also like AFC (Arlington Fried Chicken) on Tuesdays at tryst, to benefit Arlington nonprofits. Best to reserve your meal in advance.

But Coast Cafe is my #1 choice. Sides are nothing special... pick up a salad at Whole Foods down the street first.

Oct 14, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Dinner options

Thank you all. We had a marvelous dinner at Sea Change before theater. Absolutely the highlight of the weekend. Enjoyed breakfast at Buttered Tin and a quick lunch at Mickey's, so thanks for all that. Saturday dinner did not have to be walkable so we settled on Moscow on the Hill, which was fun. We don't have a good Russian restaurant in Boston, so it was a nice change. (Wedding party convened at Sea Salt for lunch, which was also great. And brunch at Amsterdam, which my companions seemed to like.)

Wasn't until I walked around the hotel that I realized that meritage and heartland are in that neighborhood, creating confusion re: our mobility for Sat dinner. Sorry! We did have a car and loved exploring your beautiful cities.

Oct 14, 2013
LauraBear in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner options

Thanks! We have reservations at Sea Change for Thursday and my husband is so happy with the breakfast ideas.

Friday night we can go anywhere - the post dinner party is in Minneapolis and we have a car. There are 5 of us, so bar probably won't work. Any thoughts on Lucia?

Oct 03, 2013
LauraBear in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner options

We are off to the Twin Cities for a wedding and need two dinner rec's. One near the Guthrie (pre curtain, please) Thursday. Doesn't have to be amazing, just prepared to get us to theater in time. Preferably walking distance to the theater.

Second, Friday night. Meritage and Heartland can't take us Friday at 6:30 or 7:00 (wedding party to go to following dinner). What would be your next choice?

We are staying at the St Paul Hotel. we're always looking for good breakfasts when we travel... again, walking distance preferred.

Thanks. This is my first trip not for a conference or staying with friends, so I'm looking forward to independent exploration.

Oct 01, 2013
LauraBear in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quiet Cambridge spot for coffee/tea

Thanks for the ideas, all. I have this problem too. Algiers in Harvard Sq is never busy - but I don't like the atmosphere much. If it's mid morning, I tend to go to one of Harvard's many options... Barker Center on Quincy can get crowded but the Knafel Center on Cambridge St is sunny and quiet. Food is nothing special at either, alas.

Oct 01, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

They are huge soccer fans - great place to watch the World Cup matches.

May 24, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

I always feel like I'm the only one there - my husband does business meetings there so he's not disturbed. Overpriced and sort of sad. It will NOT make him eager to go to Harvard. Cafe Crema has a much livelier vibe (and better food)

May 24, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

Park seems to have caught on with young[er] patrons, but I suspect older than the student crowd. Ditto Sinclaire, the new club which has opened a restaurant similar to Russell House. It has a patio not on the street, which is nice.

If you want a sense of where local grown ups eat (so you can plan for your trips to visit him once he's here), head up Mass Ave to West Side Lounge, Guilia's and Temple Bar, all in one block. Or even Cambridge Common which is known for its beers and live music. I'd avoid Chez Henri, alas - it has gone downhill and they are negotiating a sale.

May 24, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

February 2013 Openings and Closings

I agree. It would be great to have a good restaurant in that location. I so miss the Chili's ;-)

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

February 2013 Openings and Closings

Toscano's website says Harvard Sq is opening "winter" and elsewhere "january 2013." Still paper on the windows but seems closer to done... sign certainly is big enough.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a restaurant like Bondir, Journeyman, or TW Food.

I agree with all, but has Salts completely fallen out of favor?

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bar menu in the dining room at Bergamot

The prix fix was on offer - one of us had just dined on a weeknight a few weeks ago and did that. But three courses was more than any of us were looking for. In the end, it was a small tab for a four top and they were completely gracious.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bar menu in the dining room at Bergamot

We did confirm that the bar menu was not available before we were seated, so we took the table with full knowledge.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

L'Impasto, Cambridge last night

We had a good (not great) meal there one Saturday night but the service was awful. Just after we were seated a large group of obvious regulars came in and we might as well have vanished from the server's line of sight. The woman busing tables finally took pity on us and the two top next to us and scribbled our order on a scrap of paper. Five mins later I heard the server yell at her for taking orders. We had to ask for everything - parmesan cheese for the pasta, water refills, dessert menu, coffee, check, etc. Actually an educational experience - as a middle aged, middle class couple, we're not used to being invisible.

I would only return early or late and never on a Saturday.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bar menu in the dining room at Bergamot

Four of us trudged over to Bergamot on Sunday around 5:45 pm intending to eat on the bar. Only one place open so we opted for a table, only to find out that the bar menu is not available at tables. Two of the four of us are bar regulars. The dining room was not very busy (this was before 6 pm, right after the blizzard).

I'm not slamming them - I am asking for reactions from those of you who are more knowledgeable and/or experienced in restaurant management. Is this common practice? Should they have made an exception?

BTW, we ordered lightly (two of us were not planning on eating dinner so early) and were treated with total professionalism and respect. When we left, the bar was still full and there were many, many empty tables.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant wedding venues

I think the poster must have meant the Peabody historical society farm
http://www.peabodyhistorical.org/wedd...

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Went to WIlson Farms for 1st time. It was great! What are some of your favorite things there?

When the main lot is crazy, just park up the hill across the street and walk over... if you're not buying heavy stuff it's good exercise and far, far saner.

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Pastrami in Boston that approaches Katz's?

Couple of observations.... the recent exchange on the NY board about Katz's will make anyone reconsider spending the money for a shipment from there. I have not been for about 5 years, but my memory is "underwhelmed." Second - why can't Boston support a deli? Again, read that post and you'll find that NYers feel that there's no good deli in Manhattan. My family lived near an Orthodox community in south jersey and there was no good deli. I am beginning to think good deli only exists in memory. Proust had his madelines; NY/NJ expats have their deli.

That said - I've always wondered if there is some hidden gem in the Russian immigrant markets in Brighton. I will ask my dental hygentist and report back (in about 4 months)

Feb 12, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

big birthday, big night

thank you all... I am rethinking the evening - perhaps inviting a few friends and going a little less pricey, so will definitely look at Toro as well as the new places in Kendall Sq.

Aug 13, 2012
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

big birthday, big night

me too - love it - but was thinking about someplace new

Aug 13, 2012
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

big birthday, big night

Hi all - I suspect this will unleash opinions, which is what I am after! I hit a big birthday this fall and my s.o. and I will celebrate as we usually do, with a very nice meal. But the landmark suggests something a bit more extravagant than usual. So what are your votes? We live in Cambridge and are happy to go to Boston, Brookline, Newton, etc. but not into the further 'burbs.

He has put No 9 Park, L'Espalier and Menton on the list...

thanks

Aug 07, 2012
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

good everyday dinner in Edinburgh

Sorry we missed the Mosque Kitchen rec. We ended up with a quick meal the night we arrived at Urban Angel, which was perfect. Then dinner at Iris the second. The owner was friendly and chatty. Grabbed a lunch at The Cellar Door which was fine and super convenient to the museum. Wish we had longer in a great city. thanks, all

Jul 20, 2012
LauraBear in U.K./Ireland

good everyday dinner in Edinburgh

thanks! getting on a plane soon...

Jul 02, 2012
LauraBear in U.K./Ireland

Please critique my itinerary - did LOTS of research - visiting Boston for 5 days and Salem for one of them.

In Salem, while I adore the Peabody Essex Museum, I am not a fan of either their high or low end eating options.I second the GuluGulu Cafe suggestion - just a few blocks away. Funky, great beer list.
http://www.gulu-gulu.com/

I also second Muqueca in Cambridge. You'd need to walk from Central Sq, I guess. Bergamot is great but even more of a walk. Rendezvous is right in Central Sq and there are a ton of good new places in Kendall, if you find yourself on this side of the river. I liked brunch at both Area Four and Abigail's

If you go to SOWA, plan on cruising the food trucks.

If you start with breakfast at Paramount and walk up Charles and thru the public garden, you'll hit Parrish Cafe too early for lunch. You'll need something up near the Mass Ave end of Newbury St. but I don't have any ideas on that. And when you're up there, check out the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.
http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/e...

enjoy!

Jul 02, 2012
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Recs for breakfast near Arlington?

pulled pork hash at Abigail's in Kendall Sq is outstanding

Jul 02, 2012
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

good everyday dinner in Edinburgh

Hi all from Boston

I have read the saved boards and seen raves for your Michelin star restaurants. But frankly, I'd love to find the places you all go for an everyday or date night good meal, not a 75 pound tasting menu!

I have gleaned Urban Angel, Tailend for fish and chips, Grain Store, Bon Vivant, Iris, The Outsider, and Halfway House. We eat just about anything. What would you all suggest?

We are staying in New Town, but willing to take a cab or walk for a good meal.

(btw, thanks for the suggestion of museum cafes. Will probably do that. We tend to do quick lunches when we're traveling...)

Thanks

Jul 01, 2012
LauraBear in U.K./Ireland

great dinner southern maine

Thank you for the Joshua's rec!

We had a great dinner - started with the wild mushrooms and a mussels in blue cheese cream special. Then the chicken and a swordfish special. The food was wonderful and the service even better. They cheerfully substituted the mushroom risotto from the halibut for the potatoes on the chicken and kept bringing bread for sopping up the blue cheese cream from the mussels. Key lime pie for dessert. Perfect meal

We also found our way to Duckfat in Portland for lunch, which was fun.

Oct 30, 2011
LauraBear in Northern New England