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Best Soft Pretzels in Boston Area?

The pretzels at Bronwyn make me swoon.

Custard Cream Buns like Gitlo's

Hmmm...texture definitely not like Gitlo's, though it looks pretty good.

Custard Cream Buns like Gitlo's

Luther, thanks so much for providing the name! At least now I'll know what to look for.

meeting place needed between Cape Cod and Hudson NH

What type of place are you looking for? That's a pretty wide stretch of road....are you looking to be in the middle?

Best Fried Chicken

We had the Belly Wine Bar fried chicken a few weeks ago. It was OK - didn't love it. Really did not like the biscuits - they were giant and hard.

Best Fried Chicken

I'm southern - Popeye's is sort of just a nostalgia thing. The chicken's not that great, but I like that I can get the spicy, which sort of approximates a much better non-chain in my home town that used to rub cayenne under the skin. My favorite thing at Popeye's is actually the red beans and rice, which is surprisingly yummy.

Custard Cream Buns like Gitlo's

Many of you may remember Gitlo's, a short-lived but great little dim sum place in Allston that closed a few years ago. They had amazing custard cream buns - super soft bun, molten lava custard. I have been dreaming of them. Does anyone know if there is someplace else that serves a similar custard bun? I've never found one as buttery and liquid-y. Suggestions, please!

July 2012 Openings and Closings

Not sure if this has already been reported. We tried to go to Pedro's in Billerica last night, but it was gone. Sign in the window said, "Coming soon, Max & Dylan's." Very sad - Pedro's had excellent arepas.

Food at Disney

Thanks for the detailed trip report!

Apr 16, 2012
Eatin in Woostah in Florida

Which new Mexican-ish place should I visit first?

We went to Acitron this week and had an excellent meal. My chicken with mole verde stuffed with huitlacoche was delicious. The corn on the cob with cojita was awesome, and we didn't have to wait in line at Toro to get it. Excellent addition to Arlington!

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

New Indian Restaurant in Lexington Center

We've now been to RIB about a dozen times and I have never had a bad meal. We haven't had the dosa so I can't comment, but the basil naan and coconut chicken are out of this world. I had a really nice Pimms cup there a few weeks ago, too. Hmmm...maybe that's what's for dinner tonight...

Moved to Lexington (on the Waltham line) -- trying to find new "go to" places

Oh, and while I'm updating, have you checked out the food court at H-Mart? There are Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese stalls. Awesome for a quick pre-grocery shopping dinner.

3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Moved to Lexington (on the Waltham line) -- trying to find new "go to" places

Hi Michelle,
I've been neglecting my CH threads, and missed your question. Glad the post was helpful! I don't know of any Cambodian in Lex. Elephant Walk in Waltham has some Cambodian dishes, but if you're willing to drive 20 minutes it's worth it to go to Lowell. A quick search should turn up a list of SE Asian spots to try there.

I agree with tatsu that Dabin is not really bad, we just don't love it. It's worth the drive to Nu Jang Su (sp?) in Burlington for Korean.

Elephant Walk
663 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

Dabin Restaurant
10 Muzzey St Ste 1, Lexington, MA 02421

Where can I find cheese making supplies (esp. pH strips)?

I loved Rikki's class! If you are still having trouble finding supplies, I bet she could send what you need by mail. Che re is very easy to make though. I made some after coming back from her class, and don't recall needing to test the pH.

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

Woohoo!!! Congratulations! That sounds wonderful, and I'm so glad Clio was as great as you had hoped. Looking forward to the food report, too!

The Great Boston Pastry Hunt

The best pastry I've had in recent recollection was a simple lemon square from Lakota Bakery in Arlington. The lemon curd was perfectly tart, and the crust was incredibly buttery. Their shortbread cookies are incredible, but that lemon square was a revelation.

Lakota Bakery
1373 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

The Great Boston Pastry Hunt

Fisichelli's, in my opinion, makes the best cannolis. There is a rumor in my family that they use my Nana's recipe...I choose to believe it.

Moved to Lexington (on the Waltham line) -- trying to find new "go to" places

A few more options, slanted toward staying in Lexington or neighboring towns:

Bagels - Bagels by Us on Mass Ave in Arlington (near Lexington line) has H&H bagels. Closer than Newton, but a little overpriced.

Indian - The relatively new Royal India Bistro in downtown Lexington is really, really good. We no longer drive to Waltham for Indian.

Thai - Takeout in Lexington, Rice Cube. Very good (especially the spicy wings and beef basil.) Sit down in Lexington, Lemongrass Thai. Not great, but OK and close.

Chinese - Takeout, as mentioned before, Formosa Taipei in Marrett Sq., Lexington. For pu pu platter/pork fried rice type Chinese takeout, Changhai at the corner of Woburn and Lowell Streets in Lexington. No good sit down option in town. (Yangtze River in downtown will make you wish you drove to Sichuan Garden in Woburn.)

Pizza - takeout not too bad from Mario's in downtown. Upper Crust takeout is consitently lousy. Frankly, we order takeout from Nicola's in Arlington.

Diner/breakfast - Via Lago is open for breakfast M - Sat. We go to Classic Kitchen on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights.

Bakery - There are a few options for fresh bread in Lexington. Tutto Italiano has fresh baguettes and sub rolls, Great Harvest has a variety of breads (including a really delicious apple pie bread that is more of a dessert) and Wilson Farms offers a variety of local breads, including Iggy's. For pastries, Royal Pastry Shop has excellent Italian cookies and pastries, and Cake in downtown does very nice cakes and cupcakes. For the best cookies in the world, drive to Arlington Heights to Lakota Bakery.

Weekend dinner with the kids - we really enjoy Via Lago. It's the kind of place where you can get a decent glass of wine or cocktail, roast chicken, cubano sandwich, or cassoulet, and the kids can have real mac and cheese. It's small, but if you go fairly early it shouldn't be an issue squeezing in with the kids.

Other good spots nearby that you didn't ask about:
Ixtapa in Lexington is good for quick sit-down Mexican.
Daikanyama has very good sushi.
Prime Roast Beef and Seafood has really good roast beef sandwiches and onion rings.
Tutto Italiano - delicious prepared Italian takeout and Italian sandwiches
Candy Castle - ice cream!!!
Rancatore's - ice cream! and Lakota Bakery cookies!!!!
Avenue Deli - very good sandwiches, and Mexican Cokes in glass bottles with real sugar

Places in Lexington that we wish we could like but just don't (non-chains)
Yangtze River
Three Gorges
Nick's Pizza
Lexington House of Pizza
Waxy O'Connor's (except for wings and beer)

Wilson Farm
10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

Lakota Bakery
1373 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Yangtze River Restaurant
21 Depot Sq, Lexington, MA 02420

321 Woburn St, Lexington, MA 02420

Dabin Restaurant
10 Muzzey St Ste 1, Lexington, MA 02421

Lexington House of Pizza
399 Lowell St, Lexington, MA 02420

Formosa Taipei
315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

How is Pasha now?

Is Tom Yong Koong open again? It closed due to a fire several months ago. You could try Buona Vita which is right in the same area. We really enjoy it there, and should be fine with a baby.

late lunch after flower show

Legal Test Kitchen sounds like it would fit the bill.

Legal Test Kitchen
12 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

Two fave spots in the Aquarium - the Sea Dragon tank (wow, those are some beautiful, magical creatures), and the first window at the bottom of the center tank, which is sort of tucked in a corner.

Trip Report: February 25, 2011

Sounds like a fantastic trip - thank you so much for reporting back! I love it that you really took the Boston 'hounds' advice to heart. You really hit the highlights on this trip. Kudos!

What Foods and Food Products Are Still Just As Good As Ever?

Yes, Simply Heinz (made with real sugar, not HFCS) tastes like it used to. Coke from Mexico, sold in glass bottles and also made with real sugar, brings me right back to my childhood in the 70s.

Also, Armour Vienna Sausages and Sunbeam Bread.

Help! Historic/colonial restaurant in MA with GOOD food? [moved from Boston]

We've had a couple of decent meals at the Colonial Inn over the last few months. We usually stick to New England types of dishes - beef stew, Indian pudding, etc.

We went to one of the Salem Cross Inn spit-roast dinners and had a great time. I don't know how the regular menu is. The clam chowder/popover/prime rib/apple pie meal we had was good (not great), but the whole experience was really memorable.

Colonial Inn
48 Monument Sq # 2, Concord, MA

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

Ooooh, I'm so excited for you both! Please report back afterward!!

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

OK - that's awesome.

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

I believe it's around $110.

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

I don't think there are any manatees at the Aquarium, but there are seals! There is an outdoor tank where they swim in front of the Aquarium, and a show in the back.

Also, a little more on the Christian Science dome - it's called the Mapparium and is really cool. Basically, it's a big stained glass lighted map of the world. The acoustics are interesting - you can stand on opposite sides of the dome and whisper, and hear each other. There's a wiki page on it - check it out.

Each course of the tasitng menu at Clio is small (same thing at O Ya), and designed as such so that you can pace yourself. I believe we had 9 courses during the tasitng we did at Clio and left full but not stuffed.

Getting Engaged - Need a celebratory dinner for after.

For tasting that is not in the nose-to-tail category, I'd go with either Clio (quite romantic and creative, but not quite as pricey as L'Espalier), or O Ya if you like creative sashimi. Very sexy vibe.

As for where to pop the question, do you and she have any specific interests (other than each other?) There are some cool locations around town - inside the dome of the Christian Science building, the courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, Top of the Hub (for the view and a glass of champagne, not for the food), the gazebo on the harbor walk behind the Boston Harbor Hotel, the deck of the USS Constitution, a variety of cool spots within the Museum of Science if that's your thing, or in the Aquarium... You'll note that there aren't any outdoor spots on the list. Basically because even in the end of March it may still be icky outside here. In June I'd be sending you to the public garden.

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Top of the Hub
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

Best Pace In Boston For Margaritas?

And one with watermelon and habanero. Typicall, I'm a margarita purist, but that habenero infused tequila at Masa has a really addictive kick.

439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116