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The ‘Perfect’ Fish Taco and Where I’ve Found It

Hey Opinionatedchef, I know this is an old post but if you're still looking for that perfect fish taco, I think I have a great suggestion. There's a new place at 93 Revere Beach Boulevard called Sabroso's next to Sammy's Bar and Nick's Pizza. It's a take out only, window service joint that serves a mix of Mexican, Mediterranean (gyro's) and burgers/wings. They've been open only 6 weeks or so. I've had their chicken burrito which is decent and holds its own but the winner there is the fish taco. Don't let the odd mix of cuisines color your judgement. I've had their fish tacos twice now and I have to say it hits every one of your requirements. Fried haddock, lightly battered, two corn tortillas, spicy chipotle mayo, sprinkle of cilantro and lime wedge on the side. Comes with lightly pickled cabbage on top. Two tacos for 8 bucks. I just wolfed down two and am sorry I didn't get another one. My mouth still has that nice tingle from the chipotle mayo. I've included a pic of the taco and they have another picture of their taco (along with some of their food) on their Facebook page.

Jul 17, 2013
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

RIP - The Paddock. Hello Ana Sortun!

I have heard that best case scenario for the Green line is 2018. It is in a tricky neighborhood. Close to Highland Kitchen and the Winter Hill area but also close enough to a more depressed and decidedly less gentrified area of Somerville. Plus parking might be an issue around there. I do hope it does well though and I'm looking forward to it opening.

Dec 12, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

RIP - The Paddock. Hello Ana Sortun!

Yes, exactly - "prices to fit the [new] neighborhood"

Dec 12, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Purple Taro in Somville/Camb/Boston?

Could you be referring to purple yam? In the Philippines this is known as ube and is made into a variety of desserts, ice cream being a favorite of mine.
Purple yam - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioscorea_alata
Ube and blueberry ice cream recipe - http://burntlumpia.typepad.com/burnt_...

Dec 11, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Leone's Subs

I've only had their Sicilian pizzas which are very good. Very cheesy slices on a thick, slow-raised crust. It's hard to find a good Sicilian slice in this town. I haven't tried their subs. Friendly owner and it's cash only. Certainly worth a try in my opinion. If you're looking to feed a group of people cheaply, this is a good option. They sell their pizzas by the whole and half-sheet.

Dec 11, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

RIP - The Paddock. Hello Ana Sortun!

Ana Sortun is looking to take over the former Paddock restaurant space. Crap, this means I'll never be able to move. The Paddock is around the corner from my house!

http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowd...

Dec 11, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Craft Beers and Brew Pubs(Is that redundant?)

If your nephew is coming to visit at the end of November, there is this event in Boston - http://drinkcraftbeer.com/falltowinte... -
that is sponsored by Drink Craft Beer. Their summer saison fest was fantastic.

Sep 20, 2012
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

40th Birthday Dilemma

Actually they did a major renovation (of the outside at least, perhaps inside too but I haven't patronized it enough to know) several years ago. Even so, not changing the look isn't necessarily a bad thing. The decor isn't why I would go to a place like Franks and even so, the decor isn't awful. The time I went with a large group, we had a very good time. There is definitely an 'old school' feel to the place including the service, but this is part of its charm. Trishaluna, if you need to accommodate a lower price point, then it's going to be hard to find a 'nice' restaurant that is on par with No. 9 Park, Morton's etc. I think Franks is positioned well between Ponderosa Steakhouse type places and Ruths Chris type places.

Oct 18, 2011
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

40th Birthday Dilemma

Franks Steakhouse in Cambridge on Mass Ave between Porter Square and Route 16. I think this place would fit the bill. It's a classic steakhouse with reasonable prices (sub $20 steaks). I've only been once years ago, but this place can't be beat for price and quality. Why pay for the same steak at double the prices at some of the steakhouses you mentioned when Franks has got it for half the price. Check out their menu at: www.frankssteakhouse.com/menu_1.html

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Frank's Steak House
2310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Oct 17, 2011
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Seawall Drive-In - Not your average snack bar

While visiting my in-laws a couple weeks ago, we went to Seawall Drive-In in Southwest Harbor, ME. This drive in has been there for many years but ownership changed a couple years ago. With new management, the menu has been updated with more modern and Southwestern influenced items. They serve the expected hamburgers and hot dogs but here the ground beef comes from Maine raised cows. They serve lobster, crab and shrimp salad rolls. The owner told us that he sources locally as much as possible. They make their own ice-cream, gelato and sorbet on premise with both classic flavors and more exotic ones (think bacon maple, cloven ginger with Mexican vanilla, blood orange gelato). I had the Shee crab soup which was more of a very thick chowder (see pics). This was nice and spicy without obscuring the crab flavor. Very satisfying. My wife and mother-in-law had the pesto chicken cobb salad - a cobb salad with a pesto vinaigrette. We didn't try any of their specialty drinks this time around but I was very tempted by the Blueberry lemonade and minted earl grey lemonade. For dessert, they were out of the Seawall bar and chocolate chip brownie ice cream sandwich so we had to settle for their fabulous ice cream - cloven ginger in mexican vanilla and caramel pecan. Being a drive-in "snack bar" seating is limited to a couple chairs and picnic tables or your car. It's a fabulous place to stop for lunch on the way to Seawall, the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, or Southwest Harbor. Check out Maine Magazine's mention of the drive in at: http://www.themainemag.com/travel/location/1659-acadia-into-the-mist.html

Seawall Drive In website includes links to its menu - http://www.seawalldrivein.com/index.html. Please note that the drive in is open seasonally, although the owner hoped to stay open through October this year.

Sep 06, 2011
alsaman in Northern New England

Five Guys Burgers coming to Station Landing in Medford

Yes a bit scary. I can stop in on the way to AND from work!!

Jan 14, 2011
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Five Guys Burgers coming to Station Landing in Medford

I drive by Station Landing everyday on my way to work and lo and behold today I saw a sign on one of the store fronts that said Five Guys Burgers!! Their website confirms that it will be "opening soon" but no date was posted.

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Five Guys Burgers
269 Patriot Pl, Foxboro, MA 02035

Jan 14, 2011
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

gift certificates for incoming Harvard freshmen

My wife and I have gotten gift certificates from Pinocchio's Pizza for a cousin who went to Harvard several years ago. http://www.pinocchiospizza.net/
If you have difficulty getting them over the phone you can also try Upper Crust Pizza, a local chain with an outlet in Harvard Square. You can definitely order gift certificates on line: http://www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com/...

Jun 09, 2010
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

THE VERY BEST chilaquiles

I don't know about good ones but I would certainly avoid the chilaquiles at Cantina La Mexicana in Somerville. Bland sauce, not the least bit hot even though I ordered them spicy. The chicken was just a thin cut breast grilled on the flattop, chopped up and piled next to the tortillas. I didn't like the way the tortillas were cut up in small squares rather than kept whole or at least large triangles.

Apr 26, 2010
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Dinner TONIGHT between Belmont and Northampton

You might want to stop in Shelburne Falls along Rt. 2. This is a cute little, one street town located on the banks of the Deerfield River. Bridge Street has a bunch of restaurants - notably Gypsy Apple which is fantastic. It's a small restaurant that might not be great for a child but there are other possibilities that I am less familiar, such as Ollies Down Under and Cafe Martin.

Dec 31, 2009
alsaman in Southern New England

Shiner Bock in Boston?

I had Shiner Bock at Highland Kitchen a few weeks back but I don't know if they still have it going since it was a special. Some of the larger beer/liquor stores might carry it such as Kappy's in Medford.

Dec 01, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Quality sardines at retail?

Growing up in an Asian family, it was common to have fish during breakfast, something that many western palates are not used to having. A classic, comfort dish for me is rice with a fried egg (over easy) and sardines with hot sauce. Rice and eggs is a combo seen in other dishes that may be familiar - I'm thinking bi bim bap (not what I had growing up but a close approximation). Substitute sardines for the pork or beef that's usually in bi bim bap and viola - rice, eggs and sardines. Yum!!

Nov 24, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Desperately seeking cheap Mexican *in* Boston...that's not Anna's etc.

Tacos Lupita in Revere was taken over by new owners and is now King Tacos Mexican Restaurant. It's a mixed bag compared to Tacos Lupita. The burritos are no where near as good - rice is mushy and wet. Salsa is lackluster. But they have a bigger menu than Tacos Lupita including breakfast. Some of their offerings: chile relleno, pork adobada, beef tongue "en salsa", carnitas de cerdo, shrimp (in many ways), four types of soup (mariscada, meudo, birria, sopa de res). Prices - Burritos are $7.00, tacos are $2 each, entrees range from $8-12.

Nov 24, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Quality sardines at retail?

I've been eating canned sardines for years and the best ones I've found (although I certainly haven't tasted as many as RWOrange) that are readily available are the Gonsalves brand - spicy packed in oil. The Somerville Market Basket sells them in the Portuguese/Mexican section and not where the rest of the sardines are kept. There are a few varieties - in tomato sauce, oil, and spicy. The spicy ones are packed with a thin slice of carrot, cucumber, a small hot pepper and 1-2 cloves. I haven't tried the Matiz Gallego or Idamar ones that RWOrange ranked # 1 & 2 in his second post, so I can't compare to those.

Oct 28, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Food delivery for the disabled

I've had meals from Cooking from the Heart and they were pretty good. Their soups were especially tasty. Their meals have a very homemade like mom or grandmom-used-to-make feel to them. Their chicken dishes were sometimes inconsistent and not as flavorful than their vegetarian dishes. It's a great service though.

Aug 25, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston Restaurants are 1) 'Wow!" wonderful and 2) Worth the Money??

How about Salts? I think this is a far underrated restaurant on this board. It's not necessarily as inventive as Oringer's places but also not as expensive. But I think the food is well executed (try the ballontine of chicken, wow) and the service what the OP is looking for. Looking at the OP's favorite bistros, I think Salts fits right in there.

Aug 04, 2009
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Ship-a-lobster rec's

Here's another suggestion from a bona-fide Maine lobsterman: http://www.thomaslobster.com/
My father in law knows this guy personally and fishes the same waters. The lobsters are good and fresh (I know from personal experience how good these lobsters are). My parents received lobsters in Ohio through his delivery and they loved them.

Dec 04, 2008
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican in Columbus, OH - yes it exists

La Michoacana market and restaurant
2175 Morse Road
http://www.lamichoacanamexicanmarket....

I'm not from the area but I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago and I remembered there was this store front restaurant where my mother often goes for Mexican ingredients. This place won't win any awards for ambiance but the food is the real deal. This place serves food more easily found in cities with high concentrations of Latinos such as San Diego and Chicago. For lunch, I had the chicken soup (you can also get beef) that was simply a big bowl of incredibly flavorful broth, with two chicken legs, a wedge of cabbage, two pieces of corn on the cob and a couple wedges of chayote. This was served with a side of limes, cilantro and onion and a hot pile of flavorful corn tortillas. This is simple, home-style cooking at its best. My wife had one chicken and one veggie taco served in soft corn tortillas. My mother had two pork tacos that had little bits of pineapple in it and a side of rice and refried beans. I didn't taste the tacos since I had a lot to handle with the soup but they both really liked their food. My meal was washed down with a cold glass of horchata (yeah kind of a strange combo, hot chicken soup and cold horchata). This place is largely frequented (judging by the clientele that afternoon) by Latina moms with their kids who are doing their weekly grocery shopping, and young single Latino men. On your way out, stop by the store and pick up a tub of authentic mole oaxacueno (I like La Soledad brand) that will blow away any mole you get at the regular grocery store (i.e. Goya)

Nov 15, 2008
alsaman in General Midwest Archive

spiciest food -ever-?

The last, and only time, I ordered the jerk beef BBQ at Redbones, which was a year ago, I couldn't get through the whole dish because of the heat. I even brought it home and "diluted" it with other BBQ that wasn't spicy. Still very, very hot. Compared to the ECG's Wings of Ass Destruction, which I had at one of their Hell night's a couple years ago it was a shade less hot. BUT, the big difference was that the Redbones dish was hot just for the sake of being hot. It lacked the flavor of ECG's dish. Redbones may have improved it by now but it's worth a try. Also you could try Jamaican jerk chicken at some of the area's Jamaican restaurants. Ortanique comes to mind. Do a search on this board for Jamaican restaurants.

May 06, 2008
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Gypsy Rose in Shellburne Falls--Any Recent Visits?

There's another post about this place on this board that has some info: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423251

I've wanted to go to Gypsy Apple ever since I stumbled across it this summer. Last night we got the chance to go. It's a great, little gem of a restaurant. And by little, I mean little. The front room had six 2-tops and two 4-tops. There are supposedly some tables on the back patio when the weather is nice (which certainly wasn't the case last night). The walls are painted a nice deep red and the pressed tin ceiling and small bistro lamps hanging over the dining room add to the coziness of the place. The wait staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The noise level can get a little loud when it’s full but we were still able to hold a conversation. One warning, the kitchen is separated from the dining room by a glass-block wall and open on one side. Therefore you stand a good chance of leaving smelling like what’s been cooked during your meal. This is about the only thing that bothered my wife about the restaurant. I don’t mind the smell so much; it makes me feel like I’ve eaten at someone’s home. On the plus side, it made the place very warm.

About the food, first off the bat I’d like to say it is excellent. We live just outside of Boston and this place rivals some of our local favorites. According to our waitress, the menu changes every 5 weeks and last night was the first night of the new menu. We were started with hot bread rolls with butter (nicely softened at room temp and served in a mini-butter crock) and olive tapenade. The tapenade was good and not too bitter like some can be. We then shared the cheese plate which came with a young goat cheese, a brie, a semi-hard salty cheese (Mahon perhaps?) and a blue. I forgot to ask what each one was and the waitress didn’t say. These were accompanied by a fig compote, grapes and a few blackberries. The cheese seemed to be well matured and served at proper room temp. Our meals came with a small side salad with the option to add a hunk of blue cheese which we opted out of since we had the cheese plate. For our entrees, I had the filet mignon in au poivre with asparagus and roasted fingerling potatoes. My wife had the chicken breast with a side of orzo and asparagus. My steak was delicious! Cooked exactly as I had wanted – medium rare with a light-medium char on the outside. The au poivre was well controlled and not too overpowering. The asparagus cooked just right – still bright green with a nice snap in the bite. And the potatoes were well done too with a slight crispness to some of the edges. My wife’s chicken was tender and moist and stuffed with goat cheese and fresh herbs. This sat in a smokey tomato-based reduction that brightened the chicken and tempered the richness the goat cheese added to it. I didn’t taste the orzo side but my DC liked it. I had a glass of their pinot noir with my meal which had much more depth and complexity to it than most other pinot noirs I’ve had at restaurants. If we weren’t so full by the end of our entrees we would have had dessert but neither of us could eat another bite.

Other options on the menu looked equally good – crab cakes, pork chop, fish of the day was swordfish, mussels in a red curry sauce. The menu isn’t big or particularly fancy or cutting edge innovative, but that’s perfect for this restaurant. The chef executed our meals very well. It’s certainly a place we’d go back to if we’re in the area. For folks living in the Pioneer Valley and North Adams/Williamstown area, it certainly is worth the drive. You may want to call for reservations as the place could potentially fill up quickly. I’ll be curious to hear how your experience goes.

Apr 12, 2008
alsaman in All New England Archive

New England Cheesemaking Supply [moved from Boston board]

Yeah, I've gotten her basic kit that has enough to make mozzarella and some other soft and hard cheeses (if you are more ambitious and invest in a little bit more equipment). I even took one of her cheese making classes. If you have a chance to take her (Ricki Carroll) class in Western MA I highly recommend it. She's a great teacher and there's nothing like actually seeing some of the steps (like what a clean break looks like) to help you make a successful cheese. Her book is very good too. Ricki has a ton of cheese making knowledge. I've only made mozzarella at home from her kits but in the class we made 6-7 different kinds. I too have had some massive failures with the mozzarella and some big success. I've found there are many ways the process can go awry - type of milk, temperature, amount of rennet, timing, etc. I think practice makes it easier and one less prone to mistakes.

Apr 04, 2008
alsaman in General Topics

looking for bakery with torrone

I'll second the Modern pastry torrone. We bought two boxes for holiday gifts before Christmas.One of regular torrone and one with two kinds of chocolate layers on top - hazelnut and dark. One word - fantastic. Dense, chewy, not too sweet (original, chocolate ones tend to be a bit overly sweet). LA Burdick's chocolate in Harvard Square makes a version of torrone that is good too.

Jan 09, 2008
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Highland Kitchen ?

I can't recall if there were any veggie entrees or sandwiches but there certainly could have been. If you're a fish eating veggie then there are certainly options. There was a good selection of salads other than the one I mentioned which can be supplemented by side dishes of veggie nature.

Dec 21, 2007
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Highland Kitchen ?

yeah, it didn't bother me that much especially knowing it was their first night. I'm not holding it against them and I'm definitely going back.

Dec 21, 2007
alsaman in Greater Boston Area

Dosa Temple-formerly Chenai Woodlands

sounds promising, but I'm curious how you found it compared to Chennai Woodlands?

Dec 20, 2007
alsaman in Greater Boston Area