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d-bags at alden & harlow

"One Instagram user claiming to have witnessed the drama noted that they told the bartender they weren't tipping since they couldn't get a table."

Not exactly a bullet-proof source, not even from Scelfo or his staff.

Look, I am not defending their alleged behavior, for the record I am an *angel* when people are kind enough to serve me.

I am saying that this is hardly a reasonable, scalable, or constructive manner to address such things I hope other chef/owners refrain from doing it.

It *does* make for great "indignation by proxy theater" though.

about 17 hours ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

d-bags at alden & harlow

So when, exactly, did the "killing with kindness" commence?

Scelfo's description of what actually happened, in spite of peoples' desire to rally around him, is unclear and seems to be almost entirely hearsay. He *does* know if they tipped but does not share that. He *does* know they didn't post on Yelp but does appear to care.

Those women do not have the opportunity to share their version of what happened.

This type of thing happens *all* the time in a busy popular restaurant, surely there are better ways to handle it.

about 20 hours ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

d-bags at alden & harlow

Why were they served in the first place? Did they start by "killing them with kindness" then ask them to leave, then resume "killing them with kindness" when they refused, then out them on instagram? *Did* the women tip? *Did* they post on Yelp? (um ... as it turns out - no.)

It's like a bad "he said/she said" story where we don't even get to hear from her.

about 21 hours ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

d-bags at alden & harlow

Hmm, they "refused to leave" but that appears to be a glass of red wine sitting in front of her. "we opted to kill them with kindness" ... even just his side of the story doesn't add up. But we're never going to hear theirs. The more I reflect on this to worse it sits with me.

about 21 hours ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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d-bags at alden & harlow

by all means!

about 22 hours ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

d-bags at alden & harlow

Yeah, as others have noted there seems to be some inconsistency in how the restaurant engaged them. The restaurant is a private space, they are under no obligation to serve anyone as long as they don't discriminate against a protected class. This is not a new problem, seems like it got away from them.

Social media is a blunt instrument.

d-bags at alden & harlow

Disagree. They were trespassing, police simply escort them out, happens all the time.

d-bags at alden & harlow

Wow there is a lot of meat in this thread.

I agree with BBEats that chow is a special purpose tool, it can't or shouldn't be used as a general purpose guide about specific restaurants because the aggregate of the reviewers have specific expectations that restaurants challenge them pleasantly. There is a bias toward trendiness which is *fine* as long as you know it exists. I hate to think e.g. that visitors to Boston would conclude that they they *must* go to Neptune instead of the Summer Shack when both are in the top 5% of "seafood" restaurants anywhere.

Scelfo is currently riding that wave. A&H is a very good but eminently trendy spot, he is in no actual danger from these women of losing mindshare or customers. There is an alternate universe where he simply asked the women to leave then called the police if they refused. Worrying about particular Yelp reviews is a ridiculous excuse. He wanted to embarrass them, he did, "good for him" say many of us, he should own it.

1 day ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

There is a lot of cream in the "egg" in the Flour sandwich, that might explain the consistency. But it's my favorite.

2 days ago
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

People. I get that the people that post here are interested in food and mostly seek quality of experience over pragmatism.

Like, I *get* that I am supposed to go to e.g. Alden & Harlow, Erbaluce, and Puritan. And I have or I will.

But are there places for one reason or another you find yourself going to frequently that are not Chow board favorites?

My example: Summer Shack, both locations. Accessible (location, space, table availability), decent to very good if not mind blowing food, Bostonish (seafood), OK beer, affordable, good service.

Also I have been known to duck into any of various *gasp* Legals in a pinch.

What are yours?

Empanadas Report: Capone's, Tango 8/29/08

Feb 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Thanks MattH.

I went all 20th century and called. Nice woman who answered at headquarters said April 15th.

Feb 05, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Hey, anyone know anything about when Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing is going to open? I could not find anything helpful on the Google.

Also, any idea if they will sell alcohol?

I am very excited to have a close alternative to Shaw's (Pru) and WF (Cambridge St.)

Feb 01, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Top 5 of the past 5

I will succumb to being pedantic. Coppa is not in the Theater District; it is in the South End.

It is very good.

Jan 31, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Eat seafood but not necessarily in a "seafood" restaurant. Go to bars too. Don't seek to get doted upon.

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