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Awesome Sushi north of Boston - what's your vote?

A friend of mine took me to a very small sushi place on Rt. 1 North in Saugus. Maybe someone can help with with the name. It was on the Northbound side in the plaza after Carl's Sausage Kitchen with the Subway on one end and the wine store on the other.

Owned by 2 brothers from Japan. The food was great, very reasonably priced and the selection was great.

Don't know the name but would recommend it.

Nov 28, 2009
Skippy978 in Northern New England

Lunch in Leominster

Hello All

I hope that this topic hasn't been beaten to death but here goes...

I have a business meeting in Leominster at 12:30 and will be coming from Boston with some colleagues so I need a place for a decent, relatively quick and early lunch. Doesn't have to be fancy or exotic just good.

Recommendations so are:
Border
Monument Grille
Blue Marlin (after several attempts of looking at their menu online without success i give up so i have no idea what they serve)
il Camino

Are there any others or one of the above that stands out above the rest?

Thank you for your help
Skip

Jan 10, 2008
Skippy978 in All New England Archive

Alia Ristorante in Winthrop

He is not open yet for lunch but told me that he plans to be soon.

His intention is to expand the menu into areas that can be eaten/served more quickly with kabobs, etc. He also mentioned Sunday Brunch.

I agree with you Treb on D'Parmas which is actually how we ended up trying Alia...looking for something different in town.

BTW, has any tried Winthrop's other Moroccan spot...Casbah? I know there are other posts regarding it so I don't want to get way off base but it is amazing how a postage stamp size town with mostly pizza places has 2 very good Moroccan places (and almost no middle eastern population that i am aware of).

Dec 30, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Alia Ristorante in Winthrop

Glad to see that there is already a post on this place. I was so impressed I told the owner last night that I was going to check CH to see if there was any reviews yet.

I tried Alia Ristorante last night with my wife and we both loved it!

The owner, Said is friendly, full of energy, gracious and charming. He is Morrocan and his wife (expecting their first child so I don't know how much time she spends at the restaurant) Italian. He mentioned to us that he lives within walking distance so this is truly his second home.

This combination explains the Italian/Morroccan split which was perfect as my wife was in the mood for a scampi and I wanted something else.

Although the Shrimp Scampi she desired was not on the menu Said told her he would make anything she would like if he had it on hand. So basically he took pieces of other menu items and made her dinner.

I had the Veal Ossobucco and really liked it. The lamb was roasted to the point where if fell from the bone and served with a mixture of grilled vegetables.

As mentioned above, the decor is simple and middle eastern inspired but not over done. An Algerian singer was on the sound system but Said offered to put on Frank Sinatra if it was more to our liking (it was not...sorry Frank).

Definitely worth a visit. He wants to expand the menu soon and start offering more Middle Eastern dishes including kabobs.

It is BYO so I went around the corner to the liquor store after ordering and bought a bottle of wine.

Winthrop is T accessible. If you get off the Blue line at Orient Heights and take the stairs to the OUTBOUND side the Winthrop buses (white and blue) are outside the gate. You need one going towards Point Shirley and get off at the corner of Washington and Shirley Streets. The address is 495 Shirley Street.

Dec 27, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Jewish Delis?

There is a pretty good one in Chelsea on a side street off Everett Ave. I believe it is Arlington St. The name is Arthur's.

When I was there the first time I spoke with the owner. She had been a cook at a kosher food store in Revere called Myer's Kosher Kitchen. The corned beef was made on premises she was not happy with the chopped liver she was purchasing so she was going to start making that from scratch as well.

I had a corned beef on a bulkie, my wife had a Reuben and both were good. Also had some other "jewish"/Eastern Euro foods such as kinishes, kishke, pickles, etc.

Pretty easy to get to from Boston, and points north.

Nov 17, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

cafe angela-a find in eastie

To all those who recommended it my hearty thanks!
I actually tried it a couple of weeks ago and just missed a group CHs which I was kind of sorry about as it would have been great to put faces with the recommendations.
The food was great and they were extremely accomodating. I actually got there at 9:05 and despite being closed that still insisted that they would not mind making 2 more dinners.
The mole lived up to its billing and I had previously not been a fan...obviously not had good mole before!
If any one is in need i can scan/email/fax the menu since it is not on line.
skip

Oct 27, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

cafe angela-a find in eastie

tu fredid.
sounds like my wife (against anything spicy) and my son should be happy with the choices too!
i can't believe the response she is getting i need to try this place for dinner tonight!

Oct 08, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

cafe angela-a find in eastie

Thank you!
I live in Winthrop so now i have no excuse not to go!
I really need to visit this board more often!

Oct 05, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Cider doughnuts?

I got some at Brooksby last weekend which were fantastic...but, one caveat.

The guy in front of me in line asked the girl for the "fresh ones" and she disappeared for a bit and came back with a grease stained brown paper bag of hot donuts!

I did the same (now that i knew) and they were warm, slightly crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Once they cooled off though they were much less appetizing.

Oct 05, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

cafe angela-a find in eastie

Wow the reviews on this place are fantastic!
Does anyone know of a menu online where I can plan ahead for a picky 7yo?
thanks,skip

Oct 05, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Somerville Place in back of a store?

Wow that was fast! Thank you both.
Have either of you (or anyone else) tried it?

Apr 16, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Somerville Place in back of a store?

ooops! sorry about that overanxious on the return key.

i seem to remember hearing about a small convenience store that started serving italian meals in the back of the place. nothing fancy and very limited menu.

it caught on and this became a regular thing with a huge following.

does this sound familiar to anyone or did i dream this?

thanks,skip

Apr 16, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Somerville Place in back of a store?

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Apr 16, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Yummy papusas at El Buen Gusto in East Boston

Would love to add my 2 cents here. Tried it for take out last weekend after driving by the place for over a year.

While trying to decide on what to order, Francisco, the owner left his dinner with his family to make sure everything was ok. We discussed my likes and my wife's. When I had ordered he came back to check on me again, and suggested that for take out the Salvadoran ribs (don't recall the actual menu name) were delicious but would be better eaten here.

I switched the order to shrimp which my wife said were fantastic (I'm allergic) and the orginal strip steak i ordered he spiced up for me.

He was gracious. The food was fantastic. Even the fries were great. Salad was fresh with lots of chopped cillantro.

The restaurant was reviewed by the Globe on 2/14. He told me that has helped business along with finally securing a beer/wine license.

I can't wait to go back and eat in with my wife.

The place was immaculate. Staff helpful and friendly and of course, Francisco obviously took pride in his establishment and rightly so.

BTW, dinner for 2 and a beer while I was waiting came to about $22.

Skip

Mar 24, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Recommendation for Indian near Hartford

Will be in Hartford tomorrow afternoon and would like to take my mom-in-law for Indian. I am from Boston...any one have a suggestion?

If Indian is not an option anyone have any other lunch suggestions. We are going to the Mark Twain House.

Thank you,
Skip

Feb 02, 2007
Skippy978 in All New England Archive

Boca Grande in Kenmore Square

Where is El Pelon?

Has anyone tried the CO chain that just opened its first store in Medford...Chipotole Grill?

Any thoughts on either Baja Fresh - which i like if for nothing else the fish tacos and the fresh cilantro on the bar.

Skip

Jan 20, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Bulk Tea [moved from Boston board]

This really isn't limited to the Boston area but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good tea vendor for loose tea.

I was underwhelmed by the mall tea places and have been using Upton Tea in Hopkinton that I have been pleased with.

Was just curious if anyone knew of others that I should try.

Thank you,
Skip

Jan 20, 2007
Skippy978 in General Topics

Does anyone ever go to...

wow, i haven't been there in ages but i used to enjoy it. especially on a cold night near the fireplace. i have not had a bad meal there although brunch was ok not great.
Skip

Jan 20, 2007
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Sunkist fruit gems

Sunny

Thank you! Actually my in-laws found them at the BJs near them in CT.

Thank you everyone for your help. It is much appreciated.

Mazel Tov to you Sunny!

Skip

Nov 29, 2006
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Sunkist fruit gems

Thank you for your suggestions.

I tried Market Basket and Stop and Shop today without luck.

I will try J Pace and Russos, I am not sure where they moved to after leaving Rt.1

Did not think this would be so hard, the Butcherie may be my final shot.

They do need to be kosher (which is why i specified that brand) and individually wrapped (as they are going to be thrown from across the room).

Thanks again everyone for your help.

Skip

Nov 19, 2006
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Rotisserie Chicken in Boston!?

I would give a huge thumbs up for Chalan in East Boston. Whe i was there last they had to find a young kid in back to help me order...everyone else was Hispanic!

The chicken is delicious and I believe is charcoal grilled which imparts a different flavor.

The place next door, Riconcito Limeno, is also VERY good but I have only had their sea food dishes which I highly recommend. Chalan seemed to specialize in chicken.

Want to try that new place that someone mentioned earlier.

Nov 18, 2006
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Sunkist fruit gems

Does anyone have any idea where to buy these?

I thought I had seen them at Costco but could not find them there or Trader Joe's today.

Need about 10lbs. of the individually wrapped kind to throw at the Bat Mitzvah of my daughter next week.

Thanks in advance.

Skip

Nov 18, 2006
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area

Budget Caterers in Boston Area

Hey Chowhounds

We are planning a Bat Mitzvah for my daughter at the end of November and need a creative (non-kosher)caterer.

Unfortunately, the budget is limited.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Skip

Oct 15, 2006
Skippy978 in Greater Boston Area