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Relative Chinatown novice - need dinner recs

Shojo sounds like a good fit, I just want to clarify one thing. Why exactly are you looking in Chinatown for this? Location? And you mentioned Peach Farm and EOC and they are kind of the opposite of Shojo.

Shojo has Asian fusion small plates and while I've only been there once, I found the food to be good. However, it is definitely not traditional Chinese (or Asian) food. If you are OK with this, then it's a good fit for you. The only other places I can think of that serve cocktails are Little Q as mentioned earlier, which is higher end hot pot/sushi/various apps/chinese dishes (food is good, but again not the most authentic as they span many cuisines.) There is also Empire Garden which serves Tiki Drinks, I've never eaten there, but I've assumed they serve more Americanized Chinese dishes there.

Most tradition cuisine restaurants in Chinatown only seem to serve beer and wine at best. As long as you aren't looking for that or Cantonese/Seafood cuisine,(Peach farm and EOC), Shojo should be a great place for dinner and cocktails.

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

Agreed, especially since they changed to the new Dine out Menu as it essentially increases the price points to $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner.

A suggestion I would have for you is next time to be more selective about your meals. Large chains such as PF Chang's might be skipped over next time. Try going to the real expensive restaurants that still put out a good menu. Some places I've always liked for RW are:
Capital Grill
Meritage
Mistral
Kitchen/Marliave/Grotto (This same restaurant group puts out almost the full menu. Even better value for lunch.)

Anyone else have any good perennial RW restaurants?

Row 34 Sadly Disappoints on Return Visit

I went here for RW last Thursday and it was admittedly my first time there, so I don't have a base line to compare it to. However, I have been to ICOB many times. While I wouldn't say it was as good as ICOB, considering it was an RW lunch, I thoroughly enjoyed it. DC and I both got the lobster tacos for the app. They were good, obviously not heavy on the lobster meat, but I was actually expecting them to skimp more. There was some sort of snafu in ordering the entrees, so they comped us a sea bass ceviche. This was excellent, and to be honest, it wasn't that long for the entrees, I would say we probably only waited an extra 5 mins or so. We split fish and chips and the mussels for the entree. We had no issues with the fry job on the fish and chips, they came out golden brown and delicious. Fish was cooked perfectly, but I will agree that the batter was on the thick/heavy side. No issues with the fries, they were great. Mussels were good too, served with grilled bread and a nice, flavorful broth. For dessert, we both got butterscotch pudding, which was very good.

Best banh mi in Chinatown 2014

Not true, unless there has been a change recently. Mei Sum has always used fresh thai bird chilis.

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Interesting that you brought up Burmese food. There's only one Burmese restaurant that I know of, Yoma, in Allston. Generally good, but mixed reviews on this Board, feel free to search it. Definitely on the cheaper end, and will fit your vege/omni requirements. Their salads, such as the tea leaf salad, are very different and quite good. The rest of the food is more hit or miss for me, but ymmv.

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

Wow, that's a lot of RW meals. Where else do you have reservations?

Best Buffalo Wings!

Obviously I will second Buff's as the top suggestion. But if you are looking downtown, Sidebar has the best buffalo wings. Well not really, but by far the best value. I forget the exact prices, but it's something like $20 for 100 wings. The wings are smaller than normal wings, but you definitely get at least twice as much wing meat as you would for the same price elsewhere. And the wings are surprisingly good (esp compared the the ambiance of the place.)

Prix Fixe Lunch in Boston

Dineout Boston, which the op referred to in her original post, is the new name for Restaurant Week.

OP, are you already going to be near the Boston Common prior to lunch? If not, you could look at other places, such as the Seaport, as it's right on the Silver Line and a quick T ride to the Airport.

Near the Common, Marliave pretty much has their whole menu available for restaurant week, which I've always liked.

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Most buffets around here are of some sort of ethnic variety. Maki Maki is a sushi buffet and it is a bit pricey, however, they do have pretty good cooked foods and interesting salads at their buffet. I would say they are better than Minado, although I haven't been to Minado in years.

You could also try Hot pot buffet in Chinatown, which as you may guess is all you can eat hot pot aka shabu shabu.

I like Takusan, which is a made to order sushi buffet. They have some great hot foods, such as the bon chon chicken wing, however Sushi is the main draw.

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

been there mainly for drinks but have had just a bit of the food (mainly from friends' plates.) I've tried to refrain from commenting because I haven't had a full meal here, but I feel like I need to chime in and say that it's definitely a step or two above white horse or TITS as far as food goes. I've had the Pretzel "rolls", which were very good, however, they are quite small. You get 4 for $3, which isn't too much to complain about though. The Monkey bread was pretty good, however I wouldn't consider it a must try and I had a bit of my friend's short rib taco, which was solid. I've eaten at TITS/white horse a few times and this food is definitely above their typical bar food/Sysco quality.

Also, the scene here is definitely more upscale than the aformentioned bars, not too many college kids here, it's is mostly the the affluent hipster types. (Not to be confused with the college hipster.)

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Sorry, I took a less literal interpretation of what he said. I just meant it was not in the style of a Kosher deli, rather it was their own take on it, which we are all in agreement.

I did not mean to imply that the chefs at Moody don't like Kosher Delis. You are right, they probably do, as this is their tribute to it. Regardless, I look forward to trying that sandwich there in the future.

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Yes. Have you ever been to a Jewish deli with Jewish friends? I have, and let's just say that some of them are VERY particular about their Jewish delis, which judging by their post, the OP seems to be.

I love Moody's, and I love their pastrami, but it certainly isn't Jewish Deli style.

Best dinner option in Kenmore Square (or around Fenway)?

By the Citizen did you mean Citizen Public Oyster House? Or did they change names? Or is it a different place altogether?

Half-price Sushi for Short Adults?

Not again! Those people under 5 feet tall have it so easy!!!!

Seriously, I doubt they do this, it's probably just for kids. But even if they do, I think it's OK to let them have it...

Fenway for Guys Grabbing Beers

I think you pretty much have all the good places covered in that range.

There's also Fenmore but I don't think the reviews on it are very good.

A step lower and there's Remy's and Yardhouse. I would not suggest any of these over your current list.

Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions

Theory: The store owner across the street put the kibosh on the seats in Moody's provisions in an effort to shut them down. There's only room for one salami business on Moody street....

Lunch in Chinatown under $10 pp

You can definitely take out the lunch specials from Dumpling Cafe. I've done this countless times, the last being last Thursday.

Lunch in Chinatown under $10 pp

Most restaurants in Chinatown have lunch for under $10. Good luck finding any restaurant that takes credit cards for under $10 though...

A few of my favorites:
Dumpling Cafe
Taiwan Cafe
Peach Farm

Yuengling returns to Boston.

Most Yuengling enthusiasts hail from the Pennsylvania area. I think it's mainly regional loyalty and nostalgia as well as a certain myth that gets created when a product isn't regionally available.

I also think it's important to categorize it properly. Yuengling is a cheap macrobeer (although not sure what pricing will be like here.) I definitely prefer Yuengling to budweiser and the like, however if I'm drinking cheap macros, it's usually ___ light, and I'm usually not drinking for taste. If you start comparing Yuengling to a good craft beer, you will be sorely disappointed.

inboston: Korean fried chicken and things

Do you mean 4 wings and 2 drums? Or do do you mean drumettes? Or do they really give more drumsticks than wings?

beets??

What temp and time do most people roast them for?

Jan 14, 2014
tysonmcneely in Home Cooking

slice of pizza anywhere near the financial district/downtown crossing?

A few weeks ago, I checked out Crush Pizza. They serve you individual sized pizza from a wood oven. A little overpriced at $10 or slightly more (if you get toppings, specialty pizzas) but I thought it was pretty good. You probably get the equivalent of a little more than 2 slices.

North End for 18th birthday

Yeah, Nick V seems like just the type of guy you want around a bunch of 18 yr old girls....

Shan-a Punjab, Brookline - preliminary review (long)

Ah that's it! Thank you! I tried googling descriptions like "Indian Fried dough" and got nowhere.

One note on these is that they were a little different than the ones shown in the link (as well as the ones I've had previously) as they were triangular in shape, and only puffed up in the middle. Kind of like a turnover or a triangular crab rangoon or ravioli.

Shan-a Punjab, Brookline - preliminary review (long)

I went here over the weekend and got the lunch buffet. I think they said they serve it until about 3, and it is a steal at $10.
Definitely one of the best buffets I've been too, all the food there was quite good and there was pretty good variety.
Dishes included:
Vegetable samosas, and I was surprised at how fresh they were. Usually when samosas in buffets, they sit there for a long time, these they were rotating in fairly frequently so they did not get hard and dried out,.

A pakora dish (vegetable pakoras in a yellow sauce) that was really good and paneer korma was very tasty as well.

I'm forgetting the name of the dish, but they had the one where it's fried pieces of dough and you pop a hole on them and put a filling in there. Their filling was a chickpea dish and it was pretty good. Can someone fill me in on the name of this dish?

Staples such as Chicken Tikki Masala, tandoori chicken and chile chicken were all solid, although not amazing.

They might have had one or two more dishes I'm forgetting and they also had a mulligatawny soup and rice pudding. The mulligatawny was pretty good with a good hint of cilantro, but the rice pudding was not really my cup of tea. I'm not huge rice pudding fan though.

Oh and also it came with garlic naan, which was very good as well.

Service was very friendly, definitely better than what I expect from an Indian buffet. They said that over the weekends they would try to mix up the dishes they offered. I look forward to trying the buffet again. I only wish that they kicked up the spice/heat levels a bit although I understand why they do that for a buffet. And hopefully in the future they will offer a goat/lamb or other type of meat dish besides chicken.

ISO Quiet non-hotel Resto within 15 minutes walk of Sheraton Boston

What about Mela (Indian) in the South End? I haven't been but I've generally heard good things about it. And I can't imagine it would be too loud there.

Lincoln in Southie, Park, Magoun, Lineage : Amazing Burger ?

I had this last Sunday. It was quite good, especially for $12, although I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "destination burger."

What are your favorite Back Bay drinking establishments?

Interesting response by Perlmonk. Foundation Lounge and Saint were both closed multiple years ago, yet Red Lantern (and maybe BBSC too) opened up after those 2 other places closed down and are relatively new.

I'd chalk up the closed ones to being out of the loop, but clearly you are not because you know some of the more recent spots...

Regardless, the more dancing skewed a place is, the younger the crowd it attracts, esp in back bay.
Lots of dancing at Brahmin, but it's basically like a club. There's also definitely some higher end/classier places in Back Bay, but they are short on dancing.

I would definitely agree with the above recommendation of staying at the Liberty Hotel after Scampo. Definitely one of the few places that is classy, not too young and has dancing. If it must be in back bay, try Lolita's. Crowd can be hit or miss, but it's definitely interesting and not too young.

Best hot & sour soup in Boston?

I love the hot and sour fish soup at Dumpling Cafe. Definitely different from the "regular" fish soup, it has a nice vinegar tang to it (although they don't use black vinegar.) It has snow peas and some other vegetables in it as well.

For "regular" hot and sour soup, I like Dumpling Cafe's version as well. Also, I'm a big fan of Peach farm. Peach farm's is a little corn starchy (but I would not say overly so) and has some good heat to it (not just white pepper.) IIRC, the dumpling cafe version doesn't have much corn starch in it so it's a little thing, which may or may not be your thing.

First Timer Questions

I'm a huge fan of Jack's Abby beers (Brewed in Framingham.) Hoponious Union is probably their most well known beer and is my favorite, but I like pretty much anything they put out. Jack's Abbey can be found at most good beer bars around, but they not most "mainstream" bars.

Also as a side note, most Sam Adams beer is not brewed in this state, their brewery in Jamaica Plain is mainly a test brewery. Still worth a tour, but I wouldn't load up on Sam Adams here just because they market themselves as from Boston. They are a national brewery at this point.