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Second Tastings. Have had several really good meals there.

Jun 21, 2013
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

I HATE radishes, but I have a bunch. What do I do with them??

Make a soup. Use some onion, carrot and garlic, sweat with the radishes, blend with a bit of water (veg stock if you had it) and finish with: cream, creme fraiche, and parm. blend and season. won't have any of that radishy harshness.

Jul 23, 2011
anthonyd in Home Cooking

Need recommendation for Friday night dinner-THIS WEEK

I'd suggest Troquet.

140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Jun 01, 2011
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area


Went to Tico on a recent Monday night. I had been once before for beers and a few small plates shortly after they opened. Had a blood orange margarita and a spicy margarita. Blood orange was near perfect, the spicy was just a bit too sweet. Ordered fried manchengo with spicy pomegranite honey, tomato-rubbed bread with Serrano ham (really nice combo), Brussels sprouts with kumquat, jalapenos and bacon (a few undercooked Brussels in here, but again great flavors), fresh bacon a la plancha (I think that is Spanish for on a flat-top ;) ) and the two texture beef tacos. Tacos was the only disappointment. They were not bad per say, but I didn't detect a second texture of beef and the accompaniments were fine but I felt I was missing something, a fresh salsa, a bit of crema. In comparison to how smart and tasty the other dishes were, this just seemed to fall short. Plus the tortillas were not that good either. The fresh bacon was really nicely cooked and had a sort of mango or pineapple mustard and charred onions. I could have eaten way more than my share of this one. Overall, a really nice meal and good drinks. I think we were about $100 before tip.

222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

May 22, 2011
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Best (NON-Buffalo flavored) Wings in Boston?

Another vote for the honey hot wings at Buff's. Also like the jamaican jerk at Wing-it but sometimes you get good wings there and sometimes they are tough and dry.

May 22, 2011
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Is Eastern Standard's Food Suffering?

I've had some decent to very good meals here over the last few years but had not been to Eastern Standard in at least 6 months. On Monday, went there and had a wonderful dinner and very good service. I started with a few oysters which were terrific. I then had the cuban sandwich and mac n' cheese. DC had the scallops and I was actually pretty jealous. It was three huge scallops, beautifully seared. She said they were perfectly cooked. The corn and bits of...I think it was sausage that it came with was really tasty (that's the only part I was allowed to sample and I wish I had sampled more cause it was really well done). My cuban was quite good and I enjoyed it, but she picked the right dish. Very much enjoyed our drinks as well. Service was attentive and friendly but not obtrusive. Am looking forward to going back. And getting my own damn scallops!

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Jul 21, 2010
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Wings wings wings

Just went to Buff's about two weeks ago for the first time. I thought the flavor of the wings was right on for spicy buffalo, but the bone-in wings were quite tough. They had perhaps been fried a bit too long or something. We also ordered boneless honey hot wings and they were perfectly tender, juicy and delicious. The fries were also not great however and I'd probably just stick to wings next time. And there will be a next time for those tasty honey hot wings!

Apr 27, 2010
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Mediocrity in Natick

Boy, I've had a completely different experience! I've had some really great meals at the Natick and Back Bay locations (haven't been to the State Street location). I love the burger at the Natick location, in fact, it might be my favorite burger when I go out. It's served with carmelized onions, sharp cheddar and a slightly spicy red pepper aioli (yum, my favorite part). I've been to the Back Bay location a few times as well and have enjoyed their soups and fish specials. Service at both locations has always been decent to great.

Mar 21, 2010
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Sausage Casings?

I got mine at Savenor's in the NE last year.

Feb 14, 2010
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Lobsters At WR Roche Bros

I bought a small lobster from there a few weeks ago and it was tasty and relatively lively. I have bought lobsters from there in the past which were fine, and on one occasion, had a larger lobster die on the way home. Granted, that when they were more expensive. I think now, they are a fair bet. Just ask for a lively one and cook it within a few hours,

Jun 26, 2009
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Quick Croque Monsieur Question...

According to Epicurious' dictionary, in France the difference is the egg for the Madame while in Britain and America the Madame substitutes chicken for ham. No mention of Bechamel.

Nov 05, 2008
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Locke Ober

I've heard very good things about Locke Ober, in particular the lobster dishes. Heard it's a great evening in an old Boston classic.

Aug 21, 2008
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Tuscan Beef Stew

I'm not sure if this is what you are after, but it's a great hearty recipe that's got a lot of complexity and depth. It's from "The Best Recipes in the World Show" with Mark Bittman. Look under Episode 4 if the link doesn't take you to the Braised Beef Cheeks recipe. I usually use a blade steak or some chuck meat cut into 2" chunks. I also have only used ground fennel and not the fennel pollen, but it's delicious nonetheless. As with most braises, it tastes better the day after you make it. Recently I've served it with pureed parsnips. And I would eat this any time of year. Too good to wait for a cold day.

Mar 14, 2008
anthonyd in Home Cooking

Specific recommendations for Brown Sugar

My favorite is the Gaprow chicken - it's a pretty hot dish, basically a chicken with thai basil and the chicken is ground chicken. You can ask for it extra spicy and it's really pretty hot and yummy. Slightly spicier than this dish is the version with angel hair...I can't remember what it is called but it's listed on the specials page. It is hotter because the pasta soaks up the sauce so you don't get any reprieve from the chili. This is the first dish that I ate there and it was love at first sweat (sigh).

Not spicy, but also delicious is the pad see ew which is wide noodles and chicken pieces in a somewhat sweet sauce. Also good is the cashew chicken. I don't love their curries.

Aug 14, 2007
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat tonight?

I just went to Ten Tables a few weeks agao and had a wonderful meal. I had been years ago when they had a different chef, this was a much better meal. I can't wait to go again. Service was wonderful.

Aug 31, 2006
anthonyd in Greater Boston Area