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Any decent brunch places reasonably close to Faneuil Hall?

Check out The Granary

Jul 18, 2015
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Frogmore Disappointing

DC and I were not thrilled with our Frogmore experience. The "low country" food did not live up to its hype. e.g. No Shrimp and Grits on a limited menu. I had the Chicken and Dumplings which tasted like the filling of a Swanson's Chicken Pot Pie, except I think Swanson's is less salty and also contains more vegetables. DC had the "Frogmore Stew" which was really a deconstructed combination of sausage, shrimp corn and potatoes on a plate. Nothing "stew" about it. The watermelon salad was the highlight of our meal after which we both left hungry. The restaurant was busy for a Thursday evening and the ambiance was fine but patrons should also be aware that the bar is strictly cordials. (Only in Boston!) So no low-country bourbon or moonshine.

Jul 16, 2015
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

49 Social?

Where are all of the diners @ 49 Social in Downtown Crossing? Four of us went Saturday evening and had excellent meals. The drinks were good and the service friendly and attentive. But there were only two other parties in the restaurant at 8 p.m. (It made for easy conversation, however.) Too much new competition (Legal Crossing? Merchant?) Too hard to find? What gives?

Sep 30, 2014
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Low-carb lunch options downtown

The vegetable ragout at Merchant is wonderful. (It does have some potatoes, however.)

Aug 07, 2014
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

New Chef Chang on Mass. Ave.

Any word as to whether this outpost is in any way related to the old Chef Chang's House on Beacon Street in Brookline?

Aug 07, 2014
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Where oh where to get "mushy peas"???

The KO Pie Store on A Street in South Boston also has mushy peas

Jul 07, 2014
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

Went to Sam's @ Louis' for brunch. A patron was holding a lap dog inside the restaurant. I think this is offensive and potentially unhealthy. (Is this a violation of the health code?) In my opinion, restaurants are not a place to bring pets. Do others agree?

Post 390 lunch?

Visited last Thursday night for dinner. I agree with the previous comments. The food is fair and the service is lousy. Certainly not worth the price. Not sure why they remain so busy.

Oct 16, 2012
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Chow-worthy in Nonantum?

Leave room for a Sundae or Frozen Yogurt at Cabot's on Washington St.

May 18, 2012
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Four Restaurants, Four Neighborhoods, Five Nights

While we always love to go out to "nicer" restaurants we generally limit our selves to a few times per month. However, due to birthdays, Valentine's Day and scheduling limitations we ended up eating out quite a bit this past weekend. Our tour: Masona Grill in West Roxbury; The Blue Room in Cambridge; The Fireplace in Brookline; and Trade in the Financial District.

Best Dishes: Fried Oyster Appetizer at Masona Grill and Grilled Octopus Appetizer at The Blue Room. The best part about the fried oysters at MG were how lightly they were cooked to retain the texture and flavor just this side of raw.

Best Dish Honorable Mention: Whole Fish at Trade. An excellent dish but a tad too salty for my taste.

Most Consistent: Masona Grill. We've been there a number of times and the menu varies (which is great) yet the food is always satisfying.

Biggest Disappointment: The Fireplace. First of all, they insisted that Valentine's Day was really Valentine's Week. Although I didn't spot any couples canoodling on Sunday evening the special (very expensive) menu indicated that they were certainly expected. Even at the highest prices of our tour, the food was least enjoyable. Many dishes came from the kitchen lukewarm and did not live up to expectations.

Best Overall Experience: Trade. This was our first dinner at Trade and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had a party of six and shared a number of small plates (all excellent) and a flat bread (also very good). We had heard that the room could be noisy but it wasn't deafening and we had a nice conversation.

Blue Room
1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

The Fireplace Restaurant
1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446

Masona Grill
4 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Feb 15, 2012
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

St. Thomas Report

Just returned from a delightful week in St. Thomas. We stayed at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef and rented a car so that we could travel around. With four people in our group, taxis could get expensive since they charge per person.

Dinner One: Grand Cru in the Yacht Haven Marina. Lovely outdoor dining overlooking the marina. We shared a few orders of grilled tuna as well as paella. Both were excellent. The tuna was exceptionally fresh. We got to Grand Cru early and took advantage of 2 for 1 martinis!

Dinner Two: Hook, Line and Sinker in Frenchtown. Frenchtown is about a 1/2 mile west of Charlotte Amalie and is home to a number of the restaurants we tried. At H,L & S we especially liked the yellowtail snapper and the homemade pasta sauces. The atmosphere is fun and casual.

Our Third Dinner also took us to Frenchtown where we dined at Craig and Sally's. Craig and Sally's was the most creative of all the restaurants we ate at offering small plates, mid-plates as well as full-size entrees. As a result, we were able to sample a full variety of awesome food.

As we were leaving on Saturday, we made one last stop in Frenchtown for brunch at Bella Blu. Note: They are closed on Sundays. The brunch menu is highlighted by eggs benedict which can be ordered 7 different ways (the "benedictions") as well as excellent pancakes and omelets.

Finally, a shout-out to Pizza Amore across from the Havensight Cruise ship dock where we grabbed a comfortable lunch of subs and pizza.

Decent Chinese near 90/95 exit 24 in Newton?

A few other options: Green Tea on Elliot St. 1 mile East of 128/95 just off Rte 9. or China Sky on Forest St. in Wellesley just off Rte 16 about 2.5 miles West of 128/95.

China Sky
11 Forest St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Green Tea Restaurant
24 Elliot St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Jan 03, 2011
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Deluxe Station Diner to Open in Newton Centre

Update 1/3: Went by yesterday - still not open but they look mighty close.

Jan 03, 2011
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Deluxe Station Diner to Open in Newton Centre

Last time I drove by it appeared that renovations were still underway. Have they opened yet? Is there a more definitive date?

Dec 15, 2010
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Rehearsal Dinner Options near Braintree/Quincy

Abby Park in Milton has a very nice private room

Dec 30, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Stella Monday Night Supper Club?

Just got an email about this but Stella's website doesn't seem to have info. Does anyone have the scoop? Pricing? Calendar? etc. Thanks.

Dec 02, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Wine educator/sommelier for private party?

Vino DiVino in Newton will do this. We were at a party and they were great.

Oct 19, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Source for boneless short ribs

WF on Washington St. in Newton, too.

Oct 08, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Pasha in Arlington; VERY disappointed

Probably should have found this post before we headed to Pasha in Arlington last night. We, too, were quite disappointed. The mixed middle eastern appetizer was fine but our main courses were disappointing. My lamb saute was not hot (temperature-wise) and totally devoid of flavor. Likewise, the chicken saute. The grilled meatballs were nothing special. Finally, the dish which supposedly cooked in "philo dough" was merely served in sandwich wraps. Off the list!

Sep 01, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Good Food/Great Service

I wanted to single out 2 restaurants which, I feel, have above average food enhanced by superior service.

Earlier this week, I took an out of town colleague to the Barking Crab for lunch. The entire staff from the manager to the waitress to the servers couldn't have been friendlier or more solicitous. This atmosphere truly improved our dining experience.

Also, Dunn and Gaherin's in Newton is a pub that always brings to mind friendly, attentive service to supplement their good food.

My father-in-law used to say "You can't eat atmosphere", but positive attitudes from the staff surely makes dining out more enjoyable.

Aug 13, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Dining near the Shubert?

We say Jersey Boys on Saturday night. Great show. You'll love it. We ate at Montien a decent Thai restauant which also offers sushi and reasonable prices.

Jul 27, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Whole Steamed Lobster

A few weeks ago the fam went downtown in search of steamed lobster specials. We ended up at Paddy O's on Union Street next to the Purple Shamrock. The lobsters were $10.95 naked. ($1.50 add'l for fries or cole slaw or o rings). The lobsters were sweet, steamed well and our cravings were satisfied.

Jul 08, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Need help for anniversary dinner in 2 weeks

I recommended Harvest in Cambridge to my brother and his wife for their anniversary a few weeks ago and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, Upstairs in the Square might fit your bill.

Jun 12, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Fish tacos

A plug for the fish tacos at Masa in Woburn.

Jun 10, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Inside Fenway Park

Went to Fenway last night. The offerings are truly dismal for the average fan without access to the EMC club. Tried the Hilltop steak tip sandwich ($9.50). It wasn't great and the roll was awful. Thank goodness for the Guiness/Harp/Smithwick beer stand. Only 25 cents more than the watered down Bud Light.

I had better food at the old Oriole's Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in the '70s! The only things that have been upgraded with regard to Fenway food under the Henry/Lucchino regime are the prices.

Jun 10, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Inside Fenway Park

Is there anything decent to eat inside Fenway?

Jun 09, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Boston Catering Recs?

We are big fans of La Bonne Maison in Watertown. Very creative cuisine.

Jun 02, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Best outdoor seating outside of Boston (Cambridge, Newton, etc, anywhere that you can park)

Next door to Union Street is Sol Azteca which also has a nice outdoor patio.

Jun 02, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

Fish tacos

At the risk of having my chowhound credentials revoked, the VERY chain-y Margarita's does a pretty good fish taco. They are different than traditional fish tacos in that the tilapia has a bit of a crust on it. I attended a group function at the Margarita's in Waltham and the fish taco's were surprisingly decent.

May 28, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area

New to the Neighborhood: West Newton/Moody Street

If you head East on Washington St. in Newton you will find Lam's (Thai/Cambodian) and Rice Valley (Chinese) in Newtonville. A bit further East is Cabot's which will never win any awards for great cuisine, but it is one of the last of a dying breed of family run ice cream shoppes with great frozen yogurt and even a decent chicken salad sandwich. If you head to Newton Corner you will find Amarin (Thai) and Buff's pub known for their Buffalo wings.

Apr 20, 2009
sushidad in Greater Boston Area