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Restaurant after the Sox game

yeah, but after spending $100+ on tickets, who wants to leave early?? :) :) (I certainly understand if you work there!)

Jul 18, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

When I stayed there a couple years ago, the Kendall served a quite nice (and included) breakfast.

If you want someplace close by, walking distance to your hotel, you might consider EVOO. It's good, convenient, and while I don't think its exactly "traditional Boston", it does serve local foods.

Jul 18, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant after the Sox game

you may be right...But I almost always walk past there after a game and there always seems to be a line out front waiting to get in. I go to maybe a dozen games a season, but not too many on Mondays.

so perhaps its just a small postgame crush to get in, and it takes a few minutes to absorb the crowds. It IS a big space.

I find the food decent, if unremarkable but the beer list is fun.

Eastern Standard or Citizens are probably much better choices anyways. And Citizen doesn't seem to be as crowded as ESK.

Jul 16, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant after the Sox game

the Peterborough places close at 11PM, so might not fit the OP's needs.

I think ICOB serves a limited menu after 11PM. Its fine if you want oysters and dessert, but I think the full entrees are unavailable.

the Yard House will be open. But mobbed.

Jul 16, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Switzerland

Its hard to get good recommendations for Switzerland! Seems not too many hounds traveling that way.

We ate dinner in our Montreux hotel restaurant, the 45 in the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic. The view is killer, and the food was quite good. I liked the room in general. However the service was a little on the pretentious side (they seemed to take offense when my husband poured the wine, but then no one actually came and poured when my glass was empty).

We also had a very nice meal at La Rouvenaz, an Italian restaurant, close to but not actually ON the lake. Very good pastas, friendly service. It was very crowded, you definitely want to make a reservation, or you may face a lengthy wait.

Jul 15, 2014
ChinaCat in Europe

P-Town: 50th Birthday

I was going to star a separate post asking where to go for my 25th anniversary when I'm staying in Wellfleet. I think I have my answer :) Ceraldi sounds like the perfect place.

Jul 15, 2014
ChinaCat in Southern New England

Stone's Publick House, Ashland

I've been a couple of times in the last few months. I like the food quite a bit. they also have a decent selection of beers on tap if that matters.

If that doesn't work for you, you might consider Oregon Club. It's not very far away from Stone's, and also has pleasant outdoor seating. the food is decent if not particularly special.

Jul 10, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Chez Nous, Lee, MA - Review

thanks for the review! We were going to go to Chez Nous last weekend, but they didn't have space for our large party. Now I'm excited to try it next time Im in the Berkshires.

Jul 02, 2014
ChinaCat in Southern New England

Concert at Fenway

El Pelon for fish tacos or a burrito is still my favorite pre-game dining destination.

Sweet Cheeks is also right there for bbq or fried chicken. And especially the biscuits.

Jun 21, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Inexpensive dinner near Westborough

I like Mirchi, an Indian restaurant on route 9 in Westboro, right next to "Not your Average Joes". Their dosas are particularly good.

Jun 16, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Any recent Switzerland recs?

I'm not going till later this month, so would love to hear if you discover something. Thanks!

May 06, 2014
ChinaCat in Europe

Any recent Switzerland recs?

I've looked at trip advisor. I've got some pointers from there, but generally I find TA for restaurants really questionable. I prefer chowhound opinions.

May 06, 2014
ChinaCat in Europe

Any recent Switzerland recs?

Just topping for a second chance...

surely there are some chowhounds who have been to Lucerne or Montreux in the past 2 years?

May 01, 2014
ChinaCat in Europe

Cape Anne Fresh Catch this season

you know, they offer 1 lb fillet shares. This is just enough for 2 people, or you could split it and eat it over the weekend. We did CAFC for the first time this winter, and went for the lightest possible commitment...1lb, every other week. It was great.

May 01, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Lamb chops?

I bought some really nice rib chops at Whole Foods Framingham yesterday. They had some that came from a farm in Maine, and they were very good. They were also cut doublethick which was nice...easier to get the right cooking temp when they are thick like that.

Apr 11, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Lunch on Rte. 20 in Northboro MA area

I like Yama Zakura, if sushi/japanese interests you.
Linguini's is very good food, but the ambiance doesn't lend itself to being called fabulous.

there's a little place near Northborough center called Specialteas which is totally a place for "ladies who lunch". They have a wonderful selection of teas, and light lunches including soups, salads and open face sandwiches. It might be just the thing for meeting one's mother for lunch.

I haven't tried Zem Ham. If you go there, please report back I'd love to know how it is.

Apr 09, 2014
ChinaCat in Southern New England

Any recent Switzerland recs?

I've done a search, but it doesn't seem anyone has talked about Switzerland in nearly a year. And even then, not too much.

We will be spending time in Lucerne, and in Montreux, plus we will have one night in Zurich where it would be nice to have a nice meal to end our trip.

Can anyone make some recommendations? We are interested in most any type of food, but would lean towards local specialties. Places with good wine lists always a plus. Our hotels are near the main train stations in each of those cities, so places nearby is also a plus.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Apr 09, 2014
ChinaCat in Europe

Lunch near the Peabody Essex Museum?

I enjoyed Scratch Kitchen a couple months ago. Its very casual but probably fits your requirements for quick. I loved that they made everything in house...the bacon, the potato chips, even the mayo...all made from scratch. Its very tasty. Nice set of microbrews available too.

Mar 31, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

ISO: Butcher or Meat Shop in Metrowest For BBQ Season

The Chestnut Farms folks (who do a meat CSA) are usually found at the Natick Farmers market. I like their chickens quite a lot, and also the lamb. Not as crazy about the beef, though it is grass fed and decent quality.

The only place I've found venison locally is at Wegman's out in Northboro, which carries some of the D'Artagnan products.

Mar 12, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Boston weekend dining with 72 year old parents

its funny, how adventuresome is in the eye of the beholder. My mom (in her 70's) would not find Oleana challenging at all. But she wouldn't like Clio one bit. Too much Asian influence, and the food too precious. At least that was my feeling about it.

Deuxave is not quite as spendy as the others on your list, but its very nice, the room is quiet and pretty, and I have been twice and found the food excellent. Wine list is great too.

Of course, L'Espalier is probably even better.

Mar 10, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Acton Area , Help!! Finding Large Private Room or Function Hall

what's the range? we've done events at Fireflies in Marlboro...they will book the entire back room (Dante's) with pool tables and tvs, and set up a buffet. We've had several work events there and its been decent. I'm sure it handles 100 people.

Mar 03, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Opinions for Chef's Tasting

We had the tasting at Westbridge just this past weekend, and enjoyed it quite a lot.

Feb 26, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

James Beard Semifinalists

I don;t see how Ana Sortun doesn;t get nominated for "Best Chef Northeast". Is there a rule against overlap?

Feb 21, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area
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New York-Boston...where else??

Take the pretty drive from New York on the Taconic and then visit the Berkshires. There is good food to be found around Great Barrington and Lenox, a few nice museums to visit, and I'm pretty sure there are places where you could go tubing. there's been quite a bit of snow of late.

Feb 06, 2014
ChinaCat in Southern New England

Best Dessert In the City / neighboring towns

The profiteroles at Brasserie Jo. The chocolate sauce they pour over the top is so yummy, and they keep pouring it until you say when.

I agree with the warm chocolate cake at Lumiere too.

And I miss the butterscotch pudding from Great Bay. I may have to go to Lineage to try theirs and see how it compares.

Jan 14, 2014
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Best steak in Boston area?

What about Eastern Standard? They do a very nice steak frites, and the price is not so bad compared to the big steak houses. Plus you have lots of other options if others don't want to eat steak.

Dec 30, 2013
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Help us plan our First Anniversary Saturday!

Hey Patrick...yes, I recognized this screen name right away. Hi :)

That was my thinking about the Modern..not so romantic or Valentine's like. But the food is so good. And I think they deal with crowds on a daily basis, so the service wouldn't suffer too much if they are busy.

We are going to see the Magritte exhibit before it closes, then have lunch at the Bar room, before heading to the Frick to see the Vermeer. And then on to an evening performance of "Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder". It will be a very busy day :_

Dec 30, 2013
ChinaCat in Manhattan

Help us plan our First Anniversary Saturday!

I'm going to the same opera a couple weeks before you, patash. I'm glad I opened this thread, because I've just booked brunch at Bar Boulud too. It looks yummy.

As for your Friday night dinner, what about the Bar Room at the Modern? Is that too far from your hotel? I've eaten there just once but thought the food was excellent. I'm going again for lunch in a couple weeks. You could do the Dining Room at the Modern, of course, but I really like the Bar Room a lot.

Dec 30, 2013
ChinaCat in Manhattan

Scratch Kitchen and Comida Mexicana in Salem?

I went to Scratch for lunch about 3 months ago. I had a bacon quesadilla that was outstanding. Also, the basket of homemade potato chips they put on the table was so very tasty. I liked it very much. I was alone, and I will add that the service was very good, and friendly making it a pleasant stop for solo dining.

Dec 29, 2013
ChinaCat in Greater Boston Area

Great Barrington: The 528 open! also, ANOTHER new restaurant in GB, and The Gypsy Joynt is opening a night club?

We were in Great Barrington for Christmas. Dinners at Cafe Adam and Prairie Whale, lunch at The Diner.

I love Cafe Adam. We had such a pleasant meal there. Good food, good service, warm atmosphere. the fried artichoke app is really tasty, if only they gave you a little bit more (a single heart, quartered and fried. I guess its fine for 1, but we wanted to share). The fried chickpeas were fun. My husband ordered the pork tenderloin and declared it the best pork dish he'd ever had.

Prairie whale was also really good. I liked the fried chicken, in particular. We enjoyed the variety of craft beer available. The service is a little bit spotty. Not bad enough to ruin the meal or anything, but felt very disorganized...bringing meals at different times, bringing the wrong beer, things like that. but we enjoyed it and will definitely go back.

We didn't get to the 528. My mom said she had lunch there and she said it wasn't great, but she would go back. She went very early, they weren't really up to speed yet and were missing things on the menu.

Dec 29, 2013
ChinaCat in Southern New England