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Best pizza in MetroWest 'burbs?

Kinda sorta in metro west (almost)?...
Just tried an old family place in Woburn called LOUIE'S
and really we really liked it...
Crazily old school...
v. limited toppings (no arugula here dude!)
they make their dough in the morning and close when they run out
(sometime between 3 & 6 pm !?!!
a hole in the wall location w/ minimal seating and no parking,

The place is run by the guy who's grandfather started it, and still done the same way.
He knows what he's doing. & I think the whole thing is way cool.
bottom line is a more than decent NY style pie : )
Probably tastes about as good as a Upper Crust
Way more simple, but honestly home made,
and without the corporate, stainless steel, MBA crap!

The Dude

Jan 09, 2012
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Jumbo Seafood:The Good Bad & Ugly

Bwine & Gourmain...
I had a tough time not stopping in at Windsor that day instead!
Must agree, some really outstanding individually made small dishes there : )
& may never have stumbled across it without this board, Thanks)
BWine's also right to suggest:
HK eatery...may as well be in KL or SIN, as they seem to be able to produce
basic Cantonese roasted foul & soups to a simple, but exact Overseas Sino standard.
Both in preparation and (lack of) ambiance - a little hard core for some, this place is a treasure!
Th' Dude

Apr 30, 2011
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Jumbo Seafood:The Good Bad & Ugly

Want to love this place,
Tanks full of black bass, Dungeness Crab, live shrimp & Goeducks
and last time I had:
The Good
A fat pacific crab simply done in scallion & ginger
as good as it gets!

Today went back expecting to try a Cantonese lobster at lunch
but upon spying the bargain 4.75 3 course lunch specials, changed course :
Mia Culpa
The bad
The fish fillet with tofu was presented in a pleasant mild sauce
w/:nicely chewy & tender tofu,a but the fish:
(at this homonymously named establishment)
Just the kind of over breaded, dense,McNugget size fillet you would find
in the sweet/sour buffet station at Tiki-Lau
a chewy, gummy mess.
The Bejing raviolis that came along with,
were just plain cold & when asked for warm ones
was served more cardboard.
In a neighborhood where they are making fresh ones 100 yds away
no excuse for this I dont think, or the noodles(which were a sub for rice)
which were simply too bland an overcooked
version of a dan dan noodle to describe.
The Ugly
Particularly aloof and unconcerned service people & Mgmt.(host) as well
even last time when the food was great..
Though I should probably let that go
as the detective memorably once said to Jack Nicholson
"Forget it Jake, Its Chinatown."
NB: this as opposed to the two rather charming brothers (and sister)
that run Peach Farm down the road, for their folks!

To be fair, Jumbo's r e a l dinners, I know, can be outstanding
Just please fellow canines, don't get sucked in to the bargain lunch
unless your looking for suburban pablum.
My suggestion would be for them to charge a dollar or two more,
cut down the portion size if necessary...
but serve Seafood worthy of its name,
(boy do I miss having that fresh lobster now)

The Dude

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Peach Farm
4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
7 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

Apr 28, 2011
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Fundraising Feast at Dok Bua (long.......)

Hey Hounds! used to love this place,
been a year or so now,
any one know if DOK BUA is Still Kickin' it ?

Feb 26, 2011
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

ARIANA - Very Mild Mannered Afghani Cuisine in Brighton:

Real Afghan Food

I have to agree, the original poster most likely
simply doesn't care for Afghan cuisine.
We have been visiting Helmand since they began maybe 20 years ago.
Afghan food will never knock your socks off...
Will not provide the kick and intensity of a great Hindustani or Sichuan meal
and is not nearly as deep and varied as the best Turkish cuisine can be.
(which, Ms Sortun's good work not withstanding, is still unavailable both here, and in large portions of Turkey as well)
Having sampled Afghan meals throughout Afghanistan & in other countries,
our experience is that the Helmand, both here and in their original SFO location,
offers as authentic and well executed version of this genre as we have ever come across.
The lack of intensity may be a valid criticisism though, we probably visit only
once or twice a year, but their baked to order bread,
(typically served with sabzi, yogurt and a fiery sauce) is worth a visit by itself...
their chellos, & subtle spicing are always correctly done,.
& the scallion version of their Aushak pasta, makes a fine (again subtle) counterpoint
to their lamb or chicken.
The main difference between their version and real Afghan, afghan food, is
the ingredient quality, which is far superior here.
That, and (apples to oranges, at best) the fact that:
the 'typical' afghan street food meal consisted of a charcoaled skewer holding
two pieces of lamb, each the size of an olive,
with a similarly tiny piece of pure lamb fat between the two..
On the plus side it used to cost ยข7.5 per skewer,
of course, that was before
the Russians
and, it pains me to say
the Americans
saw fit to come in
and made themselves at home...

The Ab Goosht Dude

Feb 25, 2011
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Dosa Casting Call

Auditioning entries for title of
BEST DOSA in a leading role
(or as a supporting player) E. Mass. area.
Like them at a number of places, some of the hole in the wall
indian places up in lowell do a great job,

Pongol which specializes in S. India is acceptable
(the one they serve with the buffet was maybe 1 star rated
Udipi in Lowell I think is the best I've found , but havent tried many places

Any one who knows of a great crispy Dosa, (Onion, Masala etc.)
please let us know

Shukiria Hounds

Apr 03, 2010
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Highland Kitchen ?

Damn,
100 posts on this one topic !
Does anyone needs more information?
Went but back to Highland for the first time in a while
and I'm telling you
This place is the bomb.
Still loud (great jukebox) fun, very friendly,
(super nice staff & management)
It kinda helps when the owners are in the front
And back of the house!
We've never had anything go amis,
but they'd fix it in a minute if it did.
Being a sucker for anything in a thai red curry sauce:
The mussels (w/nice real strips of crunchy ginger floating by)
The broccoli rabe,
the Fine light french vinegrette on the greens,
even the chewey, spongy, Iggy's bread,
were all standouts & indications of the care they take...

Just a fine place to hang...

The Dude
(Version Ab Goosht 3.0)

Nov 16, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Oran Cafe - East Boston...a Moroccan Angela's?

Just wondering,
Why a Moroccan restaurant would
name itself after an
Algerian city...?

Anyone ?

The Dude
Genus - Ab Goosht -

Nov 13, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Kolbeh of Kabob is open!!!

Checked in Sunday night as well
Nice place, v e r y nice people & reasonable to excellent Persian food:
Excellent Chello (Persian style basmati & savory variations )
which make all the dishes quite satisfying and filling.
A very good kubideh.
Excellent Shirazi salad (cuke tomato mint lemon etc.)
Though N.C.'s assessment of their premier kabob (sirloin) is right
it's quite bland, & though tender, needs to be reworked.
Saw one of the chicken kabobs and it did look excellent.

While not bargain priced,
this is a deceptively difficult act to do right.
If you haven't tried Persian food,
this is would be a fine & way more laid back intro to the genre
than say La La Rokh on beacon hill.

A year and a half after the fire
It's great, (and a bit of a surprise), to have them back
They have put a great deal of time & effort into the place
The evening we were there both owners were manning the grills.
They obviously care a great deal about what they are producing.
And it shows.

The dude
(Ab goosht variety)

Nov 04, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Sofra, mixed review

Hey Bob Dubie !

Your channeling me bro...
thats fine but attribution, please!
---------------------------------- From the 8/31 post-------------------------
THE EMPEROR'S NEW BAKERY ?

Its always uncomfortable being the lone voice of dissent on the boards
so I'll be careful (like our friends @ Fox to be 'fair & balanced' (sic)...
but I do think perhaps too much may be being made of Ana's new baby.
As with Oleana, while one can sometimes get unusual and extraordinary
dishes, sometimes they are simply unusual, and ordinary.
After my 1st visit to Sofra, (Jammed at sunday 1pm)
I'm hardly able to give a complete review. B u t my
"hot spinach & cheese on flat-bread" yielded a spinach filling
(just like mom would make at home (IF she withheld all seasoning)) a nice white cheese, less intense than feta, served on a cracker like flatbread about
15% as delicious as the fresh flat bread at Helmand.
Granted, we can't expect her to have a tandoor on the premises.
but a six dollar sandwich, it wasn't
I do give Anna & her team props for trying out things
that no one else does!
and admittedly, generally doing a good job of it.
Just, lets face it kids, lots of the product
is just OK.

The Dude (of the Ab Goosht variety)

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The Dude (Ab Goosht variety)

Sep 24, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Sofra

Well, its sure nice to hear from
the other folks in the VW, (thought maybe it was just me)
I'm sure I'll give sofra another try or two,
& I wish them success too...
Just not 3 x per day for me thanx.

: )

The dude

Sep 03, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Sofra

THE EMPEROR'S NEW BAKERY ?

Its always uncomfortable being the lone voice of dissent on the boards
so I'll be careful (like our friends @ Fox to be 'fair & balanced' (sic)...
but I do think perhaps too much may be being made of Ana's new baby.
As with Oleana, while one can sometimes get unusual and extraordinary
dishes, sometimes they are simply unusual, and ordinary.
After my 1st visit to Sofra, (Jammed at sunday 1pm)
I'm hardly able to give a complete review. B u t my
"hot spinach & cheese on flat-bread" yielded a spinach filling
(just like mom would make at home (IF she withheld all seasoning)) a nice white cheese, less intense than feta, served on a cracker like flatbread about
15% as delicious as the fresh flat bread at Helmand.
Granted, we can't expect her to have a tandoor on the premises.
but a six dollar sandwich, it wasn't
I do give Anna & her team props for trying out things
that no one else does!
and admittedly, generally doing a good job of it.
Just, lets face it kids, lots of the product
is just OK.

The Dude (of the Ab Goosht variety)

Aug 31, 2008
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Chau chau 3am Saturday night...

2:45 am Chinatown:
East Ocean shut up like a drum
peach farm too I think
Stopped in @ chau chau (looking dive-ier than ever might I say)
we had some simple Chx veg pan fried noodle
& scallops w/ BBeans // Yield :
tough not specially tasty chicken
& kinda rubbery not very great tasting seafood
on the other hand it was 3 in the morning
& I'm sure glad they bother to stay open !
note: the black bean sauce itself was great,
though with lots of strong underdone
1/8 ths of yellow onion
(place was packed @ 3 but we were second
to last ones out, so maybe it was just too late for the kitchen. / ?
But this place, years ago was an old favorite of mine
(usually hit east ocean these days for similar food .
nicer environs, same prices (still a bargain @ $10 for seafood
and I think $6 for the noodles still.

Hounds , are there still good dishes to be had here ?
Or have we just missed the downhill alert posts... ?
cant imagine their live tank fish or lobsters being sub standard.
let us know whats best late nite in the 'town'

Thanks

The Dude

Dec 30, 2007
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Quingdao Garden or A Visit to the Dentist

Dr Jim,

Thank you for the great post Jimbob,
I am also a lover of this cuisine in all its aspects, and not only do I agree with you completely about the specifics, (SZ Gourmet (in their more modest original northern location as well) is probably my favorite restaurant of a n y kind in New England. And like you, it may be partly because as a 'regular' the staff recognizes me, is glad to see me, & I them...Also because the food is so damn authentic it hurts (& I mean that in a good, Sichuan pepper sort of way : )

I especially appreciate your perspective and ambivalence as to whether that 'tradition' (if I'm not overstating it) of tending to business
and letting the customer fend for themselves,
are either nostalgic and charming or
perhaps might be abandoned in this flatter more consumer-centric world we are moving into.
I guess when I'm out to eat in Cambridge I'm in the former camp.
Were I visiting Chengdu (or Khatmandu) I might well be in the latter as well.
We don't need impose Starbuck barristas mentality there I don't suppose.
Again thanks again for your thoughts, they way more enlightening than a quick one-liner. : )
The Dude

Aug 25, 2007
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Quingdao Garden or A Visit to the Dentist

Thanks Lit, you make some good points, Their food is indeed often excellent,
which is why I return, I do detect a small hostility from Bob D below (Its just plain mean to recommend Kowloon bob.)
To amplify though,
Was not looking for a high end experience, I just simple courtesy.
It seems brusk &
(what's is the opposite of solicitous, rude?) service is so often tolerated or expected in some Chinese or Korean establishments?
It doesn't have to be this way, and there is no reason it can't be improved.
Just a few blocks away, at another Chinese restaurant : Sczchuan Bay,
the owner couldn't be more sweet or caring
and THAT makes the (similarly simple and unadorned) room a warm, friendly,
and inviting place to eat !
I feel no more remorse calling attention to a poorly run front of the house,
regardless of cuisine
than I would praising a great chef in the kitchen,
And I am sorry if I have touched a nerve in sharing my honest and evenhanded report.
Thanks
The Dude

Aug 24, 2007
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area

Quingdao Garden or A Visit to the Dentist

Had to comment on our dinner tonight at Quingdao G.

The dumplings (vegetarian our favorite) were more than fine, as always,
some PK. raviolis (not their specialty?)
were Doughy &, charitably, 'average',
Their full menu is, absurdly extensive and, in a kitchen the size of a closet
they can't be expected to do everything right. so we'll give them a pass there...
But, there is simply no excuse for the wait staff
(this evening consisting of one, quite surly, tall, thin woman,
Who (I think) stopped just short of being annoyed by our presence. if we would politely ask for something, typically she would walk away without acknowledging us, and just generally did all she could to make our experience an unhappy one. I guess that, together with an ambience just a notch above an institutional cafeteria,
makes (for us at least) for a way less than pleasurable eating experience.

And yes, I suppose for the $8- a dish of potatoes
a non gulag like environment might provide, they could really do better.
If it weren't for their (sometimes) truly unique food
we wouldn't even bother with our once or twice yearly visits.

(a couple of years ago a young, male, graduate student was handling the wait-staff duties. He was very friendly and helpful - that alone made up for the bare white room, with the glass door fridge of coke cans as centerpiece....
but taken together this evening, it sucked.
: (
Would like to hear of other similar or divergent experiences.
Ciao

Aug 24, 2007
Ab Goosht Dude in Greater Boston Area