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Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

"musty Chowheads" made my day.

1 day ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Winning the steakhouse war

Bogie's is very, very good no matter how one sees the rest of the steak world.

Mar 10, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

The Unbearable Classiness of Nick Varano

Alure

(O. Fr., from oiler, "to walk"), is an architectural term for an alley, passage, the water-way or flat gutter behind a parapet, the galleries of a clerestory, or sometimes even the aisle itself of a church. The term is occasionally written valure or valoring.

Although I suspect that's not what he had in mind.

Mar 10, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Row 34

"Overall….great addition to Fort Point and for a person who loves the food and service at ICOB and ES, this is slightly stripped down ICOB with emphasis on craft beer instead of cocktails."

What he or she said.

I am a person that loves the food and service at ICOB, a *lot*, my lovely dining companion and I could not have had a better experience.

Clam chowder is wonderful, although do not give a taste to your pescetarian dining companion.

The interior space, not something that I tend to pay a ton of attention to, is breathtaking.

DCs roasted whole branzino was one of the best dishes either of us have ever had.

I had the House Made Bucatini steamed clams, garlic crumbs - perfect.

Something I noticed upon exiting? We were actually full. In a good way. Unlike with some other less friendly seafood venues in Boston.

Decent wine selection btw/ if beer does not float your boat.

I want to go back very soon for two different experiences: 1) beers and the burger, 2) beers and graze the "smoked and cured" menu.

I am all *over* this place.

Dec 31, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

the comments removed, as as you might imagine it's super-frustrating to have to describe them now that they are gone, were critical of posts I interpreted to be critical of the OP.

whatever, I really need to take this site less seriously.

Oct 05, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

this *may* be a little off-topic, but a pig that was fed milk from a cow that ate *what* exactly? It's really kind of vague.

Oct 05, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

it's not a theory, it's my perspective, and I am entitled to it.

the deleted comments were not disagreeable or targeted to any individual, as a matter of fact the disagreeable comments that the deleted thread were a response to are still there.

I find this site to be, increasingly, a puff piece echo chamber with regard to high end restaurants, moderating away negative comments or comments about the usefulness of the board as a result supports my perspective.

hey, chow.com is what it is, if it doesn't meet the journalistic standards I'd prefer for it, I can vote with my eyeballs.

Oct 05, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

you are recalling the wrong thread, it was here

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918636

Oct 05, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

no one said the moderators are getting paid off.

when we had a discussion about whether posting that a $5 Craigie doughnut solicited abuse the thread got deleted.

when that happens two or three times people stop posting, leaving a board catering to tourists and those that think that "Confit and Roasted Milk-Fed Pig’s Head Peking pancakes, spicy pumpkin sambal, boudin noir-hoisin sauce" somehow matters in the real world of eating out.

Oct 04, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

I had to look up "obstreperous", I will now use it far too many times in the near future.

Oct 04, 2013
Carty in Site Talk
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On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

c, the issue is not that one cannot discuss dives, holes-in-the-walls, undesireable nabes here, you can and people do.

the issue is that if you post anything unflattering about the foodie establishment you get deleted.

Oct 04, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

On regional mindset, moderation, and what it means to be "off topic"

the moderators are polite and committed. that's saying a lot.

they are also quite cognizant of chow.com's business model, which, consistent with many of the top posters here, is to promote the big money Boston restaurant scene.

When comments become inconsistent with the mission, the mission wins.

It's not an accident that the top posters here are food writers, or former food writers, or sycophants for the high-end scene.

obey, or be moderated out of existence.

Oh, hold on, I need to go order a VacuVita.

Oct 04, 2013
Carty in Site Talk

Grill 23, tomorrow, for a friends birthday, what one plate should I get?

G23 martinis are epic

Aug 31, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

"drop b&g and go to island creek oyster bar and then have cocktails next door at either hawthorne or eastern standard. check red sox schedule though-- these places are always busy, but are a zoo pre- and post-game."

word.

Sorry to hear about your impression of ESK, if you try again, start with the bar.

Aug 25, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Dinner near Boston Park Plaza....

I'll second Legal Harborside for the scene if nothing else, absolutely at its best this time of year.

People love to get on Legal's case here but the seafood is consistently better than 98.5% of restaurants in the rest of the country.

Aug 13, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Mr. Swank has reason to celebrate! But where?

yup

Aug 02, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

thoughts on B&G OYSTERS?

um, yes

Jul 28, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Clover -- not exactly free fries

omg someone's kid did not get free food ... omg someone's trendy business lost control of its PR.

Jul 27, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Lobster, live and kicking... $3.99lb, Market Basket, Woburn.

at the pounds I hang out at in Maine hardshells are always priced differently (and higher) than softshells, usually by $1/lb or more, expecting hardshells at $3.99/lb may be a bridge too far.

One can argue until the cows come home about the differences, I like softshells for picking (like for salad).

I just paid $3.25/lb for softshells at the pound, $3.99 in a supermarket is a really good price.

Jul 27, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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thoughts on B&G OYSTERS?

"expensive, casual, tight and noisy, but darn good" nails it pretty well

Jul 27, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Best value for purchasing raw oysters

yeah, um, unless you somehow are able to open them "correctly" instinctually as StriperGuy apparently does, you may want a glove while you are learning.

Jul 22, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Best value for purchasing raw oysters

I'd advise against shopping for oysters based primarily on price, a bad experience can be a very, very bad one. One needs to be purchasing from someone you can trust to have handled the oysters well.

I hang on midcoast Maine during the summer, currently "jumbos" from various farmers in the Damariscotta river are $1.40 retail. So figure Boston restaurants are paying ~$1 retail and making $0.00 on dollar oysters specials, but doing fine at $2.50->$3.50/oyster.

I think you're best into oysters at home for the experience rather than cost savings.

Oh, and while I am such a fountain of helpful advice my lovely wife got me a chainmail glove for my holding hand, best gift *ever*.

Jul 21, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

I am going to (finally) shut up. great discussion, I really love this board dearly, thanks.

Jul 15, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

all affluent. you are fortunate.

Jul 15, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

I'm sorry but you are not listening to me.

The vast majority of the US is suburban and rural areas with no concentration of Italian-Americans. Boston and e.g. New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia are very fortunate to have (at least former) working-class Italian neighborhoods from which to choose restaurants.

I get fatigued from listening to the privileged whine. I *really* like, however, hearing about people's positive experiences and *constructive* feedback here.

Jul 15, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

dude (dudette), I'd take almost everyplace in the North End over almost every "Italian" restaurant in the (real) US.

I suspect we are not even arguing. Serpa placed his chips, he can live with the roll of the dice.

Jul 14, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

so let's help them understand where to go.

Jul 14, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

no, hotoynoodle, I think we find the "unsophisticated" tastes served by the North End mainstream foreign. Serpa steps over the line when he, and the sycophants here that defend him, declare themselves superior.

I'm 2nd gen Italian too! Not everyone has >$50 pp to spend at Neptune.

Jul 14, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

yeah, I disagree.

the "North End" is not a *thing* that one can assess, much less place one's self on a pedestal to judge. restaurants cater to a diverse clientele, many of whom have tastes that we find foreign. many people on Chow seem to have rather sophisticated tastes, good for us.

the issue is when we decide "foreign" is "sad". I did not call Serpa's tweet "elitist" but I have no issue with whomever did.

Jul 14, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

yes, "This is why the North End is a joke. Restaurants here are so sad" is *exactly* the quote that set me off.

It's truly a shame if he's actually "sweet and thoughtful" because that was a nasty tweet for which to this second he has not accepted responsibility.

Jul 12, 2013
Carty in Greater Boston Area