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Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

There is no parking other than whatever existed around DX previously.

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Oh awesome news though.

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

It's open! It's really nice. No alcohol though. It may be like every other Roche Bros. but I have never seen one, for those like me here are some pics. There are no meat pics because I took them for my lovely pescetarian wife :)

Apr 30, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions around the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

The Kimpton nine zero is right by the State House, very centrally located and Boston is small, you can walk to anywhere downtown, Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, or the North End.

If you can do expensive (I'd not worry too much about "fancy" in Boston, virtually all restaurants handle tasteful casual) start by checking out No. 9 Park for dinner, right by your hotel.

Apr 19, 2015
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Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

Indy I completely agree. The notion that e.g. Michael Scelfo and Alden and Harlow are vulnerable to Yelpers is patently *ridiculous*. Combine that with the fact that the young women did not even post anything and his crusade to defend his reputation and servers is laughable. Big, big egos.

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Apr 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Web menu says Saturday.

Apr 17, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Do *not* read this if you are hungry:

http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/...

This made me think:

Q. The most delicious?

A. I knew about the cheese steak, of course, but I’d never heard of Philadelphia’s other legendary sub: the roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich, also known as the Italian pork sandwich. If I could go and eat one tomorrow, I would.

Any place in Boston have anything similar? I remember that Pace has a roast pork special somedays, suffered a little work catatonia as a result, it was delicious. I don't remember it containing any rabe though.

Apr 16, 2015
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Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

"If you don't like boar, don't order the boar!"

Apr 15, 2015
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

Yeah I am so excited about Tenoch truck and restaurant, I can't wait until someone posts here about how there's no good Mexican in Boston.

Apr 14, 2015
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

Pennypackers is new to me (Dewey Sq.), it's awesome.

Apr 14, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

New Trucks: Any Reports?

They do. It's sizable and pretty straight-forward nori, rice, and spam. If I was not such a pig I'd have saved it for a perfect mid-afternoon snack.

The other day they also gave everyone some congealed sweetened coconut milk cube thing, it was delicious.

Apr 14, 2015
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Best Boston restaurants that are also great for kids

OK - I like the Summer Shack, especially for people from non-New England seafood places. Last time we were at the Boston location with my nieces and nephews from Texas Jasper personally told them all about lobsters including letting them play with some monsters from the tank. I love that guy.

Kid-friendly menu too.

Apr 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

I hit North East of the Border last week. Carnitas tacos were tasty but petite. I had three and was not full.

My lovely wife had one toasted avocado taco, she reported it was tasty but also just a sliver of avocado, a bite really.

I can't abandon Tenoch (very tasty and plentiful) for them.

Apr 13, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

Although

"9. The chef explains that his cooking has "a story to tell," and it's a romantic novel of self-love"

is kinda clever.

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

BostonBestEats said "To me that dish completely failed."

To be met with "think you might have been at the wrong restaurant" ... "after spending so much time pontificating about how the dish failed to fit into your expectations" ... "it's kind of hard to take seriously the argument that it was the chef that ..."

How nasty even if unintentionally so. I come here to hear people's opinions of the food they eat and the experiences they have. When those opinions are met with derisive judgement it sends the clear message "we don't care what you think" - too much of that among a small number of regular posters here, I wish it would stop.

BostonBestEats thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience.

State Park Brunch

The bloody Mary lede worked for me :).

Apr 12, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Good and old school.

I had a couple of Cisco Whale's Tales and medium rare tips at the 21st Amendment yesterday afternoon and remarked to myself that I enjoyed as much as anything I have eaten anywhere recently.

Simple stuff but someone actually prepares it well. String beans not overcooked and doused in a little butter. Onion rings perfect. Mash potatoes oddly consistent in fine texture but actually very tasty. The tips tender and wonderful, no "off" flavor of cheap beef.

It's was dark, loud, crowded, scene dominated by a woman I *hope* had too much to drink because she would burst out laughing like a hyena every fifteen seconds or so.

I like the me that likes that place.

Apr 12, 2015
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Mandatory 20% at Select?

Hey Bob ... the stats here about average server wages notwithstanding Select is an expensive restaurant, I'd imagine servers providing good service would do relatively well with a conventional American tipping system. But that's not my call.

My call is to continue, for now, to go to restaurants with conventional tipping. Select is not, based on what I have seen and heard, for me likely to be positively differentiated from e.g. Row 34 or Island Creek, so personally I have no issue.

Apr 10, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

CportJ, regarding upped dander I think a lot of people posting here are just kinda interested in how restaurants are run, the experiences they create, and the personalities behind them. As I said in the original post, it's a bold move, *good* for him.

A lot of bold moves turn out to be a bad ideas, that's interesting to discuss here. One way or the other we won't be confused about how it went 6 months from now, metrics here are easy.

Mandatory 20% at Select?

"For all any of us know, it's the investors driving it and not the chef, so the personalizing here is unfair."

CportJ Select has been marketing itself as SerpaLand since its inception e.g.:

http://boston.eater.com/2015/4/1/8323...

can't play it both ways.

Apr 10, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

The issue is not whether everyone does the right thing, they don't.

It's whether this is an effective way to address the issue. It's probably not. Mandatory 20% patronizes people who would have done the right thing with regard to their relationship with their servers and scolds the ones that wouldn't have. No one leaves feeling better about their experience.

Hospitality is a thing. It's not the same as cooking well.

Apr 09, 2015
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Mandatory 20% at Select?

"Some", certainly not all, many seem like wonderful people. It's just that no one would tolerate the drama from less-known chefs.

It's interesting, the celeb chefs I admire personality-wise e.g. White, Adams, Hamersley, Lynch, and Shire are all now kinda old-school, I wonder if there is something to that.

Apr 09, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

That explanation on the menu has evolved since this thread started. There is something off putting about it for me, the tone of it is "we don't trust you to treat our servers well" yet we are supposed to think of him as some sort of hero for the common server?

At some level not unlike the brouhaha with Scelfo outting patrons on instagram because of a perceived threat to his servers. After the smoke cleared there my lovely wife and I found ourselves walking past A&H in favor of Harvest. Too much drama with some of these celeb chefs for me, I just want a nice evening out, I'll take care of treating my servers well.

Apr 09, 2015
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Mandatory 20% at Select?

Laws are laws.

My son was a bar back in a very busy (and presumably very profitable) downtown Boston bar. Tip pool was distributed between servers and bartenders, bartenders got a disproportionately high amount, then "voluntarily" provided cash bonuses to the bar backs. Slow glassware removal/delivery makes for an underperforming bar, everyone was happy.

Apr 07, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

Great discussion, thanks.

I hear a lot of passion about whether, in general, servers and and the back of the house are treated fairly. Were it Serpa's intent to address that he could be completely transparent about the distribution of the tip pool, *that* would be refreshing and progressive. You wanna dictate a 20% min, knock yourself out.

People's impressions of Select are going to include a notion of the value over-all, that's going to be a function of $, food, service, and venue.

I don't penalize servers tip-wise for bad service, I do carefully choose which establishments I patronize based on the experiences I have had there. My experiences at Neptune were high prices, great food, borderline surly service. In that Serpa and Velez provided that experience too the 20% grabbed me as interesting.

I'm not going to race in, psyched to hear how it goes for people here.

Apr 07, 2015
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Mandatory 20% at Select?

Yelpers reporting 20% service charge added to all checks at Serpa's Select.

What do you think?

Me? Bold move, my initial reaction is negative, although maybe I am just resisting change. I tip well, I really *like* the American system of providing the diner discretion, but maybe too many people take advantage of it to not treat servers well.

Will be interesting to watch. Also to get some feedback on the service at Select, some people here (including me) have had issues at Neptune.

Apr 06, 2015
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Best place for seafood dinner

Hey Madrid. I really like Jasper White's pan roasted lobster, it's a holdover from his days running Jasper's.

I hang in Maine a lot so I eat my fried clams and lobster rolls there, you are not the first I have heard say they are underwhelming.

When we have guests from elsewhere in the country who just want "lobster and steamers" they do a fine job.

I often like some of the lunch specials, generally some lightly handled filet of something reasonably fresh.

Apr 02, 2015
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Best place for seafood dinner

Yay. Although Row 34 (my favorite seat in Boston right now) access is getting dicey. Good for them.

Apr 02, 2015
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Best place for seafood dinner

We may be blowing past kronictonic's "not crazy expensive" criterion, Row 34, ICOB, and Neptune could reasonably be considered expensive. Select looks like it's shaping up to require a substantial investment as well.

Kronictonic I like both Summer Shacks as a lower price-point alternative.

Apr 02, 2015
Carty in Greater Boston Area