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Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I don't know. I am not convinced of the value discussions of what is "authentic" or even "traditional". It just strikes me, as a lot of the stuff above in this thread, as a self-involved pedantic pissing contest distracting from a discussion of the experience of the food.

(I am not picking on you MC Slim, I fear and live in awe of you.)

For example, suppose we were trying to describe "traditional" Boston or New England cuisine? Chowder: goopy/thin/red/white? Lobster rolls: warm/cold/mayo/butter?

What *difference* does it make what people consider "traditional"?

Nov 25, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

It's named "Taco Loco Mexican Grill" so that can be, y'know, kind of confusing.

Nov 24, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

Quick editorial comment, this thread typifies one of the things I like least about the behavior of some of the regulars on this (extremely valuable) board.

Is it really too tough to get your head around the concept that whether "the Boston area has some great authentic Mexican restaurants" is subjective? And that you can't, no matter how forcefully you argue your "credentials" be correct?

How about just share your experience?

Oh, I had better do that before my comment gets moderated into oblivion.

I really, really, like the food at Taco Loco in Somerville. Were one looking for Mexican food in the Boston area I recommend that they check it out. Once they do I'd *love* to hear about their experience here.

Nov 24, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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Craigie Brunch Bites the Dust

Um, sure, but plenty of restuarants find a way to manage staffing to do both.

I should try to be more positive here, but that old thread has always stuck with me. Most of it got deleted by the moderators, the OP got savaged for suggesting that the Craigie brunch was not a particularly good value.

I used to hold Maws responsible for Craigie, for me, representing a bad trend in Boston area dining, precious dishes and aloof staff serving food to (pretty much by definition) wealthy people.

Kirkland has completely turned that around for me, I now have access to his work and he and his staff are obviously very talented. Sometimes things work out for the best.

Nov 16, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Craigie Brunch Bites the Dust

Nov 15, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Raw Bar Scallops?

I've made up in the absence of actual information that restaurants might worry about liability in the case that a customer got ill.

Although my experience has been that even at the best restaurants every couple of years a bad oyster (one in hundreds) has my name on it and I have a really bad 24 hours. I think of it as the little buggers' revenge.

Nov 05, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Raw Bar Scallops?

Yeah coll the ones at J's are the monstrous ones. I suspect super-fresh is key, I could see them having a pretty direct channel.

I have a friend who dives, similar experience with what he brings up from the bottom.

Nov 05, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Raw Bar Scallops?

Hey OChef. Raw lobster (this coming from a guy trying to find raw scallops) is *out* there. Gelatinous and weird tasting, I can't handle it.

Nov 05, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Raw Bar Scallops?

I love J's Oysters in Portland, Maine. It's a dive. A real dive, not a trendy spot trying to be a dive. They have exactly one type of oyster, it's called "an oyster".

Anyway, they have an appetizer, the "combination cocktail" which is raw oysters, shrimp, crabmeat, cold lobster, and raw scallops. It's wonderful.

The raw scallops are *sublime*. Why are raw scallops not more popular in Boston area raw bars? Do any local raw bars have them?

Let me tell you what my friend Dave said: "go to a good sushi place and ask them to give you scallop sashimi" or something. OK, that is *not* what I am talking about. I mean a real raw bar like with oysters and cherrystones, not a Japanese place, not that there is anything wrong with them.

Talk to me.

Nov 04, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

I wonder how they decided where to eat.

Oh: "We began with a carefully researched lineup of more than 100 eateries that had opened before March of this year." Gotcha.

I don't need an academic paper but there is little apparent rigor to the process used. Some, *many* - of the restaurants on the list are very good, but I can earnestly say I did not learn a single thing from the article that would affect where I eat.

Makes me appreciate this place :).

Oct 29, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

"Then we ate our way through the city, scoring each establishment’s food, service, ambiance, value, beverage programs, and overall “now” factor, with food being the primary focus. Finally, we convened to analyze our experiences—comparing notes, arguing, disagreeing, and at last finding common ground."

Whatever. Boston Magazine is what it is. It strikes me as largely a ranking of restaurant advertising budgets. Places I am supposed to want to eat as opposed to where I actually do.

Addiez, I do not mean to be overly negative and appreciate your insight.

Oct 27, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Boston-ey Restaurants

I don't go to Neptune anymore. But prior to having ICOB and Row 34 as alternatives I'd go a lot. For me the problem with the hospitality was not overt rudeness, it was simply a consistent and total lack of any signal that they appreciate your presence. I don't need bubbly, I do appreciate hospitable. One can see exactly the difference at IC and R34.

Two Lines: Modern Pastry

People, *what* is going on at Modern Pastry (North End)? I have not been there in a while, last night my lovely wife and I stopped by after dinner there was a new (to us) shop to the left of the original one and two lines. We were told the two lines were "the same", we picked the original shop. Executed standard order - ricotta pasticiotti and plain torrone.

They were "out" of plain torrone which would have been an unmitigated disaster except that it forced us to try for the first time the caramel torrone which was sublime, albeit a different animal from the plain.

On a whim lovely wife walked into the the newer shop and noticed a huge pile of plain torrone. So ... items do not appear to flow between the shops. Picking the right line will now be an endless source of anxiety.

What's up? Are they expanding? Is this situation (hopefully) temporary?

Oct 19, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

El Diez Food Truck

Empanadas are seriously awesome.

http://www.eldiez.us/

Oct 15, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

What is it with Massachusetts and steak tips?

Speaking of steak tips and the 99, one of the most famous mob dustups in recent history was known colloquially as "The Steak Tip Murders":

http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cleme...

Oct 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

What are can't miss dishes at Island Creek Oyster Bar?

Oyster Sliders!

Oyster sliders. Seriously.

Oct 05, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery

I really like the carrot cake and all of the oreos.

Oct 04, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery

The sandwiches are phenomenal but let's leave that aside.

She's a cake girl, not a pastry girl.

For those of you hating on Flour here, were you in the South End, Fort Point, or Central, where, specifically, would you go instead?

Hint: Manhattan, no matter how much you love it, does not matter to anyone here.

Oct 03, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland Tap!

Three of us went for the first time last night. It was packed, they seem to be doing OK. We *really* enjoyed it. Striper Tail special, Sirloin Tip Brochette, and a swordfish thing that I should have paid more attention to, all as good as anything we enjoy anywhere.

Crispy-Fried Pork Ribs (cherry & cucumber salad, ancho chile BBQ sauce) app was a reason in and of itself to go back, just *wonderful*.

It's a very specific scene, casual, a bunch of community seating, loud, perhaps not one's special romantic anniversary spot. And not cheap but I cannot see any reason it should be.

Oh, I had to try the hotdog resulting in us having too much awesome food.

Watching the open kitchen one can tell something special is going on, über-intense, not a wasted movement.

None of the remoteness and annoying pretense of Craigie, service was just friendly and competent. It's like Maws has became accessible to me. Really psyched to go back.

Sep 21, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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Row 34 Sadly Disappoints on Return Visit

Back when it was possible to eat there (and for the record I am *very* fond of Row 34 overall) I was sitting at the bar at lunch and said something like "why not just throw in the towel and serve the oyster sliders?" It's perhaps my single favorite dish anywhere. Recipient was politely defensive.

Spike, my raves come from, in part, having had Row 34 main courses that were spectacular.

Sep 02, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Nibbling Boston ideas

Yes Flour (in Fort Point between your hotel and downtown, easily walkable)

Yes Modern Pastry

From where are you visiting?

Aug 30, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Row 34

Hey Kimfair. I have, they taste "fishier" to me, less delicate. I don't dislike them absolutely, just given the choice prefer "ours".

Aug 24, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Row 34

I am sure I am being parochial but I have never had a west coast oyster I really liked, even while on the West coast.

Aug 23, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

yeah ... being from LA I suspect the only thing here that you'll find interesting "local sourced" is seafood. Not that that's a bad thing, it's *wonderful* here.

Consider Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34 as alternatives to Neptune.

Aug 20, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

Fair enough Gordough. That is a weird criterion johnblacksox, let it go :).

Aug 20, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

OMG Craigie precious, for me the definition of how Cambridge differs from Boston not in a good way.

Aug 20, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

yeah, I love Prezza but service can be a little weird, e.g. had a young turk recently who seemed to be pushing $ wines.

Aug 20, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

I will not be particularly eloquent here, sorry in advance. Let's see ... further disclaimers ... one should not generalize, it's intellectually lazy ... I think that's it.

Boston (where I live) and Cambridge (where I spend a ton of time) are *different*.

They are both wonderful but I love that johnblacksox is willing to declare a preference in his (her?) ridiculous, arbitrary, and engaging list of criteria. He's (she's?) not asking for feedback on his (her?) criteria, he's asking for recs.

Rialto is in a hotel people.

No. 9. Seriously. (people beat me to it above and below)

Aug 20, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Short Notice Biz Dinners?

"Walking" = ~8 blocks, e.g. fort pt and downtown OK, two great suggestions, thanks Addiez.

Aug 04, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Short Notice Biz Dinners?

People,

I work at a firm near S. Station where we frequently need to plan business dinners on shortish notice (2-5 days) with 4 to 8 people.

So while I'd love to go to e.g. Row34 it's not really an option.

Criteria: walking distance from S. Station, reservation availability, decent food does not need to be transcendent, not too noisy or cramped but not dead, unobtrusive service, not ridiculously expensive.

What are your go to spots?

Aug 04, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area