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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
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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
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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

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Bar seats at ICOB are managed by the hostesses, they are popular as well, no guarantee that you'd snag one or more at 5:00.

Jul 24, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

Flour and Iggy's rock but Flour is more about cake-like things and Iggy's is more about bread-like things.

Thinking about really good pastry-like things is pretty exciting.

Jul 19, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

What's up with Redbones lately?

just hire one more person?

Jul 19, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

Hey Jgirl. For seafood "shack" (no actual shacks in Boston) and Boston-y try http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/

Dinner? Boston proper can be expensive. I really like Island Creek Oyster Bar and Prezza, both would require reservations.

Jul 17, 2014
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Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

DJ pricing strategy notwithstanding, I have always been impressed with what an almost pure market economy seafood is up and down the entire chain. E.g. Maine lobster coops have worked exactly the same way for a hundred years in a very elegant equilibrium.

I suspect the almost impossibility of storage for any length of time is a factor.

It's kinda cool.

connitalupita, sounds like you are part of it, am I over-romanticizing?

Jul 10, 2014
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The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

has a lot of cream mixed in, weird but delicious.

Jun 28, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Seaport or Theatre District Recommendations for dinner?

Me too. While we are on the topic of both I think it is natural to compare the ICOB oyster slider to the R34 shrimp slider. The oyster slider wins hands down. I always make a point to mention it to the waitstaff at R34 who always insist (not surprisingly) that both are good. They are both good but the oyster slider is sublime.

Jun 23, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Drinks outdoor near South Station?

Granary Tavern is, for me, "a bar" meaning don't expect to grow from your experience with the food. I had some fish and chips that were wholly uninspired, perhaps even a little off.

Society on High is close to S. Station and has a little patio that's even a little off the street, food's decent.

Jun 18, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Bonapita

That location is going to be a real challenge. I walk past on my commute home, the other evening a nice young women handed me a delicious pita ... the next night I could barely figure out where it had come from, was that a church? There are placards but that is hardly an inviting storefront.

Jun 16, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

There are specific things, like craving steamers, for which I will always love the Summer Shack.

Jun 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Vinh Sun Closed?

cool, thanks Luther.

Doh, now I am hungry.

Jun 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Best Italian restaurant - limited to Boston itself

yeah, Teatro is our "goto without having to plan or think" place, we live very close. it is consistently good, a good value, and sometimes excellent.

the Conchiglie (sea shells), Maine Lobster, Vermont Butter is quite good.

Jun 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Vinh Sun Closed?

OK, cool, thanks. Still need new BBQ meat source.

Jun 09, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Vinh Sun Closed?

Some sort of notice about a court order in the window (should have taken a pic, sorry) no BBQ meat in the window.

Establishment looks very empty. Anyone know what is going on? And, very importantly, where should I be going now for char siu?

Jun 09, 2014
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I am a Victim of Their Success

talk to me

May 17, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

I am a Victim of Their Success

Two of my absolute favorites: JM Curley and Row 34. They are awesome. Except that I can not actually eat at either.

Yes, I get that I can reserve at Row 34 in the future - although even that is challenging for business dinners (e.g. four to eight people a week out). Curley is on my walk home, I just ... want ... a ... burger.

Anyway, *good* for them.

Any other places that, for you, are in this category?

[I have a Row 34 strategy that I will share if you don't tell anyone. Kitchen closes (mostly, they still have e.g. oysters and lobster rolls) between lunch and dinner. Get there 4:00ish, stake space at the bar, hang until the kitchen opens. Requires dining companions willing to drink and eat oysters at 4:00.]

May 17, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Kendall Sq Lunch?

I go to both a lot (I get stuck in Kendall for lunch frequently) and just wanted to share my general and highly subjective assessment. I don't have a good mind for recalling specific dishes.

Consistent with the "pork and seafood" thing on the current menu at Abagail's would be the pulled pork hash, the fried porkchop sandwich, well handled oysters, stuffed squid.

As for Catalyst inconsistency my lovely wife joined me for lunch recently, she's a pescatarian, on that particular day she had few choices, she went with a risotto that was uninspired, flavorless.

I am not a Catalyst hater, for me Abagail's a little more real, Catalyst a little more precious. Apples and oranges, you like oranges, that's cool.

May 16, 2014
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Croissant? Where art thou?

Was not around 13 years ago, but you know who has decent croissants? Pret.

May 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Kendall Sq Lunch?

Catalyst is a nice space but in my experience inconsistent. It gets tons of love here though.

mkfisher we will agree to disagree about Abagail's, I am very fond of it. It has an innovative seafood and pork theme going, nice bartending, it's my current favorite in Kendall.

Kendall is a square, in my humble opinion, that continues to miss its potential given the number of tech hipsters of means in the area.

Oh, agree that West Bridge is very good.

May 11, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

James Beard Award winners from Boston, 2014

Agreed. Coppa is simply solid.

May 06, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Boston's most famous contribution to the food world?

word. I was born in S. Philadelphia (<- bullshit chowhound "what I have experienced provides me cred") there is no need to explain, as opposed to experience, this.

Apr 27, 2014
Carty in Greater Boston Area