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Akimenko Meats on Cambridge St?

Anyone heard whether Akimenko is going to open a butcher shop on Cambridge St near Inman? There were rumors of this at last year's Smoke This Rib Fest, but I haven't heard much since.

Oct 10, 2011
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Barismo coming to Cambridge?

I heard rumors that Barismo is coming to Cambridge (here is a picture of the space from Twitter http://twitpic.com/4qq74i). Can anyone confirm the location?

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Barismo
169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

May 04, 2011
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great meal at Bondir

We ate there last night for a birthday celebration, and it was excellent. On the recommendation of a friend, we arrived about 30 minutes early to have a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. It was snowing, so the fire felt great after the walk to the restaurant. Once we sat, we had four dishes spaced out nicely with all sorts of interesting flavors.

Started with a spiced beet with a buttermilk vinaigrette that was nice, then had a monkfish dish with a turnip puree and shaved celery - very well cooked and incredibly flavorful (the waitress said the monkfish was straight off a boat in Gloucester). The chef, Jason, also sent out a lobster and chanterelle tagliatelle dish that was quite solid. We finished with goose and an incredible pork belly. The goose was done with potatoes manigodine, celery, and cabbage - a great crust on the outside of the goose - wonderfully cooked. The pork belly had a crispy skin that was unreal, and black lentils and collards underneath were great.

Overall, wonderful meal, great waitstaff, and a very welcoming and cozy environment. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Happy to have Bondir in the neighborhood!

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Bondir
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Dec 21, 2010
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Dinner at Russell House Tavern

Had dinner at Russell House on Friday evening. Had been once in the past to have a drink and some oysters at the bar. Having never left the upstairs bar, I was surprised at how big downstairs was! We were seated right away and the waiter came by to offer still or sparkling (that's a nice touch). We ordered a couple cocktails, and waited....and waited...they eventually arrived, after our first course, about 25 minutes after having sat down. That was disappointing. The food, however, did not disappoint. We had the salt and pepper shrimp, the egg, a pork and walnut terrine (awesome - served with an herb gelee), the pork sausage pizza, and some fries. All was really well seasoned and cooked. We ordered a bit more fried food than we had meant to (our own fault!), but it was really solid. We also had a nice pinot noir from Cali, and a meritage as well. Overall, a nice dinner with many inventive options and great wait service. My only complaints were the length of time we had to wait for a cocktail (which is something I have read in other reviews, so it seems to be a persistent issue), and the atmosphere downstairs being a bit "too much" in my opinion. It's lovely, don't get me wrong, I just think the upstairs is more our speed. We will definitely be back, and we look forward to that.

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Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jul 12, 2010
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Two Lunch Spots Needed near MIT and Lesley U in Cambridge

Pho n' Rice is great - the Crazy Udon and Spicy Eggplant with tofu are awesome.

Apr 01, 2010
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March openings and closings

What spaces are Za and EVOO occupying?

Mar 11, 2010
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Good food town north of Dublin

Thanks for the suggestions!

Feb 13, 2010
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Good food town north of Dublin

We are headed to Ireland (from Boston) in a month or so and our trip lands us in Dublin for a few days. We are interested in exploring the land to the north of Dublin and are particularly interested in towns that have great spots to eat!

Any recommendations for quaint spots with good food (I suppose akin to Kinsale) north of Dublin would be great. Thanks!

Jan 19, 2010
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Bourbon and Ginger Ale

Took me a while to get back on this post - thanks!!

I have never heard of a Presbyterian, but I like it!

Sep 04, 2009
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The One Place You Want to Keep to Yourself - It's OK, We Won't Tell Anyone!

I'm not sure what really qualifies as hidden, but we recently discovered eating (as opposed to only drinking) at the Druid in Inman. Definitely worth a trip - fish and chips, fish sandwich, burger, and veggie burger are all great. Had a lovely soup special as well.

Sep 04, 2009
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Bourbon and Ginger Ale

Does anyone know if the classic bourbon and ginger with a slice of lime has a name? Someone suggested to me that it was called a "Screen Door", but I don't think I believe that. Any help would be great!

Aug 06, 2009
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Private Party Locations

I'm looking for a spot to hold a small 30th birthday party for my wife. I'm currently considering East Coast Grill, but wondered if the Chowhounders knew of any other good suggestions for private party dining. Any ideas?

Thanks

Jun 24, 2009
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New Restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville Area?

We're looking to try something new tomorrow night in the Cambridge/Somerville area. Anyone heard of anything new opening up recently that's worth trying? Checked out Tupelo earlier in the week and was impressed (especially for the price!). Just looking for something we may have missed!

Thanks

Jun 11, 2009
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Fish tacos

Maria Bonita closed? Bummer.

Apr 30, 2009
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only 3 Meals in Boston.....

Oleana is a great recommendation, representative of a lot of Cambridge joints. I would recommend something in the South End, too, perhaps Hammersley's (casual)? If you want a piece of Somerville, Highland Kitchen is solid and has great, cheap drinks. There are some other great recs on here, so I won't go on. These would be considered a bit out of the way (save Hammersley's I guess), but worth it.

Mar 29, 2009
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Mussels and Frites

I used to work at Central Kitchen and people came from all over Boston just for the Moule Frite - very nice.

Mar 18, 2009
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Almacen del Sur - Mendoza Argentina

Hired bikes from Bikes and Wine today and road to a few wineries en route to a lunch reservation at Almacen del Sur. We arrived at the closed gate, gave our name, and were escorted to a table in the garden. Because we were on bikes, we were offered the "Bikes and Wine" menu or the tasting menu for two. We opted for the tasting menu, and were very happy with our choice!

We ordered Clos de los Siete, a blend by Michel Rolland - quite nice and a good deal. We were offered a selection of the establishments prepared spreads and roasted vegetables (fire roasted eggplant, marinated tomatoes, grilled zucchini, sun dried tomato) and sour cream to cleanse the palate. Lunch consisted of 7 dishes, all featuring the products of Almacen del Sur. It included a lovely pork rib with green tomato chutney, langostino with garlic sprouts, croquetes, chicken wings with lemon cream, a lamb with mint and eggplant dish, and a stuffed pepper with hake brandade. All were quite lovely, and the setting was great as well.

Highly recommend this stop, especially considering it was $85 pesos per person, which is not bad considering the quality of the food.

Enjoy!

Birthday Dinner for 6 on a Sunday?

Highland Kitchen in Somerville could work (not sure about reservations). Or even Red Bones in Davis Square - they don't take reservations, but you should be able to find something on Sunday night. If you want to go a little more upscale, you could try the Blue Room in Cambridge, or even CBC. Central Kitchen is great, too. Lots of options, depends on what you want/what your price point is.

Feb 12, 2009
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Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Darwins outside of Harvard Sq in Cambridge makes some nice breakfast sandwiches, but for a weekend, not before work. It takes them a while to make anything...

Feb 12, 2009
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Dinner spot, casual and good

Wow! Tons of great stuff here - thanks a lot everyone.

Feb 12, 2009
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Dinner spot, casual and good

I'll be in town in February for a meeting and we're trying to find a good spot for a casual, inexpensive dinner spot on a Saturday night. We're staying at the Fairmount, but can travel by L to where ever. Just hoping the Chowhound community can steer us toward something fun and different, with good food and drink.

Thanks!

Jan 16, 2009
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Evangeline Review

I have more to report about our visit. Yesterday afternoon my father received a call from the manager at Evangeline apologizing for the way the issue was handled and she offered to remove the meals that were served cold from the bill. My dad said he had a very nice chat with the woman who was very apologetic and sincere.

I'm VERY impressed with this effort and appreciate a restaurant that is still relatively new (opened in April 08, I believe) taking these kinds of steps to make a situation right.

I had read about the Monday night dinner and thought it was a great deal, and creative solution to a usually very slow night.

I think we will return to Evangeline after these developments, as I think there is a lot of talent in the house and I would love to see them succeed. Thanks to all who chimed in on this posting - Chowhound is a wonderful venue for just such discussions.

Evangeline Review

Oversight: Evangeline is located in Portland ME.

Evangeline Review

On Saturday night my family and I ate at Evangeline for a anniversary dinner for my parents. It is a classic French restaurant, with simple and classy decor that fits the motif nicely. We were seated by the window, and served pat-a-choux with Gruyere amuse that was warm, light, and delicious.

We ordered a red from Languedoc, but they were out of that particular bottle and our waitress offered a suggestion of something different that was very good. Overall, the staff was very attentive and helpful. They served bread (which was really not very good) and butter (which was good, although lacked salt).

We ordered three "entrees" to start (appetizers), which included ecargots, frog's legs, and calf's brains. The escargot had decent flavor, but they were very small and hardly the best we'd ever had. The frog's legs were very well cooked with great flavor, but again, quite small. We are not heavy portion people either, so when I say small I mean it! The calf's brains were lightly fried with a leek and bacon accompaniment, and they were quite good. All in all, the flavors were solid on the first course, but the portions were quite small and that left a part of 5 people hungry for more.

For our main courses, my mother ordered the cod, my sister the lobster dish (with a vanilla-rutabaga sauce), my father the steak frites, my wife the halibut (with a ratatouille and sauce romesco), and myself the pork.

This is where the evening went downhill. We were some of the last folks in the restaurant when this course was served and the steak, lobster, and cod all came out cold. The lobster was literally ice cold. We asked the waitstaff about what we could do and they offered to remake everything. We had them remake the cod and lobster, and they served a small endive salad to my mom and sister while they waited. My dad ate the steak, even though it was not hot, and said it did have good flavor. The frites were also not very hot. Once we got everything cooked correctly, the meal had a lot of nice aspects. The cod was very well cooked, as was the halibut. The halibut dish was really solid, and the lobster dish was unique and surprisingly tasty - we didn't know what to expect with the vanila-rutabaga sauce. The pork dish was nice, with tasty leek and apples. It was pork two ways, a roulade from head meat and tenderloin. I thought the roulade was very good, but felt the tenderloin was a bit overcooked. Overall, the flavor of the meal was great and I was satisfied.

However, given that we were delivered cold meals, we expected some gesture from then house to remedy this. We received nothing but a bill (including being charged for our coffees). Having spent many years in the business, both in the front of the house and back of the house, I was fairly disappointed with how the management dealt with this issue. The kitchen clearly mad a mistake in finishing the main courses, and the least they could have done was provide us coffee on the house. That along with the size of the first course will likely keep us from returning to Evangeline, even though I think the chef has talent. If they can tighten up their operation, I think they have a good thing going, but frankly it was a disappointing anniversary meal at a place with a serious amount of potential.

New Chef/Menu at Cambridge Brewing Company

I have eaten at CBC numerous times in the past and have always been a little disappointed with the food. However, I hear in the last few months they brought in a new chef and a retooled their menu. Anyone been recently?

Oct 07, 2008
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Source for French Green Lentils

They either have them in bulk or packaged near the rices and grains. I bought some at the Prospect St. WF last week and they were cheaper than Christina's (believe it or not).

Oct 07, 2008
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Brunch near Wellesley, MA

No, apparently they offer a lunch menu. Sorry for the confusion!

Oct 07, 2008
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Seafood place with veg options?

Soxchik is dead on. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston. You won't be disappointed. You have to like spice, though. Took a friend there with the wimpiest spice tolerance and he struggled. Great atmosphere, great staff, killer food.

Sep 23, 2008
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Brunch near Wellesley, MA

Thanks for the recommendations!! You guys are great - I love this community. I think I'll leave it up to my parents to try Vela or Blue Ginger (which I've been to many times - I agree with all the comments). I will definitely post a review once we try it out. Thanks again!

Sep 23, 2008
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Brunch near Wellesley, MA

I'm looking for a nice, funky/eclectic brunch recommendation in or near Wellesley, MA. My parents are celebrating their anniversary and want to return to the town where they were married. Something along the lines of a Blue Room (Cambridge), East Coast (Cambridge), Tremont 647 (South End), Aquitaine (South End), Bee Hive (South End), Parish (Boston), etc. is what we're looking for.

Someone suggested The Cottage on Linden St., anyone been there?

Thanks!

Sep 05, 2008
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