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http://committeeboston.com/

Today for lunch: Loukaniko - pork sausage, spicy fennel slaw, toum $15

The sandwich was quite good. A $15 lunch sandwich should be "quite good". Service was excellent perhaps due to there being few customers. No beers on tap what is *up* with that?

So it's not going to be my new hangout, but I'll go back, expensible business lunches/dinners if nothing else.

The S. Station area desperately needs better places for me to hang out.

Psyched to hear what y'all think.

Aug 26, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

What's it Like?

"after I left a few months later to go to graduate school. In the end, “making it nice” for 80 hours a week left me feeling empty and tired."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/opi...

I have never been on the staff of a high end restaurant, many of you have and are. What's it like? Is it possible to characterize how you feel about typical diners in general? We won't tell anyone. If you've worked in other cities is there anything different or unusual about Boston?

Aug 23, 2015
Carty in Not About Food

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

"Are you saying that we shouldn't report bad experiences here?"

Absolutely not.

Aug 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

"Two halves of different lobsters" is a lot of cognitive effort for a sh@tty theory, that was outrageous.

I *know* lots of people are adverse to the potential conflict but did you consider speaking to the manager? I have had best luck with this by finding a neutral location, maybe ask the hostess rather than the waitress himself/herself.

In my case almost universally it makes the situation better. I often gain information I'd otherwise not have had. Frequently the manager makes a sincere gesture to acknowledge if not compensate.

Often I don't return because I determined the issue was systemic. I might might post the details here but it would include important information about the manager's response.

Running a restaurant, even a high end one, is a tough business, it can be difficult to understand the impact (if not the satisfaction) of publishing a devastating review here.

Aug 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Townsman - Was Ok but not great, too expensive for what you get

OK here is an ill-formed thought (as opposed to the stuff I usually post here).

Boston now has, and will keep for the foreseeable future, an affluent dining class that will keep a market segment of expensive places viable as long as they fly in the trendy, affluent, foodie mainstream.

Bar "program" - check. Oysters - check. Charcuterie - check. Charcuterie bar? OMG. Knowledgeable but not overly engaging waitstaff - check. Emerging "insidey" celeb chef(s) - check!

They can invest in formal marketing, benefit from e.g. Boston Mag/Improper necessary obsession with the trendy, and enjoy thorough treatment here.

Having said that Matt and Kate Jennings sound really nice and are clearly talented. I have been for lunch several times and the quality of the food is in a different league from typical downtown lunchtime fare. These restaurants can afford to be very good and some of them are.

But yeah it's expensive like it costs a lot to eat there expensive. I care a little about where affluent people eat, and I have *plenty* of access to information about it.

Aug 15, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Roast pork sandwiches can be very good but that's a false dichotomy. Sorry you have never experienced a good cheesesteak, next time you are in Hellertown, Pennsylvania stop by

http://www.yelp.com/biz/crossroads-ho...

Aug 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Wait ... I'm wrong. I would like points for not just editing my original post.

Cambridge and Somerville do abut Charlestown. *Charlestown* does not abut the city of Boston but due to a long ago error is part of it.

I stand corrected.

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Brookline Village literally abuts the city of Boston. Cambridge and Somerville do not.

Maybe our "common usage" makes it difficult for people to understand us and participate here.

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

"and stay away from ethnic food in Europe"

Yay, blessedly *someone* here has a sense of humor.

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

The primary way that, for me, Yelp is different from chow is that there is no threading, posters do not, at least directly, respond to each other.

This can make for a lot of noise on Yelp, but it does beat down a problem that Chow has, it can be a bit of an echo chamber here.

Also Yelp is more democratic. Were I to ask here "who makes better pizza, Sal's or Ziti's?" I am pretty sure the consensus would be "they both suck go to Regina in the North End" whereas on Yelp several starving Emerson and Suffolk students would provide useful info.

Yelp is more of a universal source of info, Chow more for a specific type of thought leadership about what constitutes good food.

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Yay!

I do enjoy a beer - multiple beers - with esp. BBQ and Mexican but actually dread Tenoch getting a liquor license because they will then just get added to my list of awesome restaurants that become causally inaccessible.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/975986

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Agreed.

I happen to be from Philadelphia and am not pining for a decent cheesesteak as much as genuinely curious about why they don't exist here. And I mean exist at every corner sub shop, not some high end place re-imagining a sandwich containing shredded beef and cheese.

Although I can say exactly the inverse with regard to North Shore/Merrimack Valley roast beef sandwiches. Some awesome stuff is just regional ... c'est la vie.

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Get on the T, go to Tenoch. Complexly flavorful Mexican, not just "not bland". If you, perhaps for good reasons, insist on sticking to Brookline you will have a much more limited experience (as you have seen).

http://www.tenochmexican.com/

Aug 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

This thread is so long I can't figure out where to reply, sorry. As MWK outlines the distinction between genetic engineering and "selective breeding" is an important one when discussing the safety of GMO food. Perhaps not germane to Perdue chickens but selective breeding of plants and seeds can be very aggressive including bathing them in indiscriminate radiation to see what mutations result. GMO advocates would argue that there is nothing "selective" about it and that GMOs are much more carefully considered.

Food is food, science is science, there is a lot of the latter missing these days in the way many people think about the former.

Aug 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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Heritage Food Truck

Hey I just experienced the Heritage food truck for the first time (was at Milk and Kirby) and really enjoyed it.

http://www.heritagefoodtruck.com/

Cubano ($8.95) - nice grilled roll, pork, ham, other stuff that should be on a cubano, it was very, very tasty.

Potato Salad ($3.00) - unexpected *knockout": smokey, big chunks of red potato, mayo managed perfectly, delicious.

No line - I think Milk and Kirby is an out of the way spot truckwise.

Will definitely return to try more stuff, psyched.

Aug 04, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Two nights near Faneuil Hall?

Lots of Neptune fans here, I am not among them. Google maps says Row 34 is a 19 min walk from Faneuil Hall. Well worth the extra 4 mins in my humble opinion.

Jul 22, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Chicken and Rice Guys

$7.

Where, at similar pricing and availability, would you prefer Zaoss?

Jul 18, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Chicken and Rice Guys

All the menu items are priced in dollar increments and include tax, the cash handling is really fast.

Jul 18, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Chicken and Rice Guys

Yeah I rotate in Falafel King as well, I like it for many of the same reasons. And Figaro (just to stick with the same neighborhood), which is *awesome* but can induce afternoon work catatonia.

Jul 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Chicken and Rice Guys

Choose to eat where you want but you have no information about their motivation for not accepting credit cards.

Businesses like this operate on very low margins, which supports the value I appreciate. While you do not think they should find credit card service charges onerous they may. Plus there is always a line, I suspect dealing with cash in whole dollar increments is one of the reasons they are so fast.

Tip jar is always stuffed.

If they're cheating on their taxes they are doing it while donating 1800 meals to the Women's Lunch Place. Seems like a complicated moral framework.

Chicken and Rice Guys

OK I did a search and did come up with much recent except references in more general food truck threads.

I like the Chicken and Rice Guys. Here's why:

1. Stupid simple menu.
2. Chicken is good.
3. Rice is good. Yes it's like rice-a-roni, I like it.
4. Lamb may be good, I don't do lamb.
5. Consistency, it's always exactly the same.
6. Awesome value. I eat there for lunch, I am not looking to grow.
7. The people are really friendly.
8. They serve *fast*.
9. Sauces *rock*.

It's a brick and mortar now at 85 Bedford St, the experience there is identical to the trucks.

Their web page is cool:

http://www.cnrguys.com/

Especially the "CRG Foundation" tab (good for them!) and the "goodies" tab (funny).

When I think about what I loved about the old chowhound.com, *this* the kind of thing I think about.

Jul 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Kirkland Tap!

"At this pricepoint I like it a lot better than Alden & Harlow"

Word.

Second and third words: "hot dog"

Jul 11, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Yeah, I get the value to restaurants of treating bar seats as part of the over-all dining seat pool but if they do that the FoH really needs to have their shit together.

Jun 29, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Live Lobster prices- please share what you see!

I hang on Muscongus Bay on summer weekends, noticeable drop in prices from last week, I hope it's a trend. Also saw the first softshells of the season, although they were not yet priced lower than hardshells. I know hard vs. soft debate is endless, my lovely wife and I have been having it for years. I like softshells for picking, e.g. to make salad and rolls.

Last summer was crazy, lowest prices in many years. I am of two minds, I like low prices but lobster fisherman work really hard.

Naco Taco

I am not in the restaurant biz.

But I imagine the concept of "an" owner is like any other business, it just means one has some equity in the enterprise. And people are given equity for all sorts of reasons, like they invested money and/or they supply name recognition and credibility. What they then actually contribute operationally is only loosely coupled to how the equity was distributed.

I agree it's a weird/interesting story, why say anything (issue a press release) at all? Doing so would not seem to be in the stakeholders' interests. Unless as carlc ponders Scelfo is trying to cover his ass. But the release is not from him.

Maybe they granted him equity conditional on him playing an operational role that he did not in fact play resulting in suboptimal tacoage? So they "fired" him? Still weird, they had better turn the $4 microtaco thing around fast.

Speculating the the absence of info is fun.

Jun 20, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

No Madrid, good one, not yet. My lovely wife is a pescetarian, I think it has high potential for us. Thanks.

Jun 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

Hotoy, I'll admit to being all over the place, but I love the discussion.

I really like MC Slim's "There's a lot to love here; imagine how much better the scene would be if people didn't spend so many of their dining dollars on mediocrities."

I live downtown but feel at times in a desert of suboptimal choices. I can tell you what sort of things float my boat: ICOB, Row 34 (damn near perfect), Burger at JM Curley, $1.50 oysters 4:00-6:00 at Marliave, Modern Pastry, maybe once a year a steak at Grill 23, Kirkland T&T, Shojo.

If that list forms any sort of pattern :) I'd love to know where to add.

Jun 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

I don't know hotoy, I know this forum is what we make of it. *I* get weary of the notion that we're all supposed to be hanging at Erbaluce, Cafe ArtScience, Ribelle, or craving - and paying for - whatever Scelfo or Serpa dish out.

The local high end matters of course, but for me this forum has become too much about it, bordering on food snobbery.

The same thing that drives Boston's tolerance for popular, expensive, and mediocre dining drives the uninspiring boxes of professionals in the Seaport: our affluence.

"Middle America" is capable of drawing valuable distinctions in all sorts of cuisine; I'd love to hear more about that here. I miss chowhound.com. And maybe I'm using your phrasing as an excuse to talk about that here, that's not cool, sorry.

Jun 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

Well, whether you intended it or not you did.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid...

Jun 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

Yes the American middle class is so *dreary*. Thank God I can come here to transcend it.

Jun 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area