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best outdoor eating/drinking in cambridge/somerville?

The weather is gorgeous again and I want to be eating and drinking outside! Where are the best patios or gardens in Cambridge or Somerville? The Middle East and Tavern on the Square aren't cutting it. I'm open to anyplace with good food, and availability of hefewiesen a huge plus.

May 20, 2010
roarlaura in Greater Boston Area

delicious, yet low-key in cambridge?

thanks.

Sep 30, 2009
roarlaura in Greater Boston Area

delicious, yet low-key in cambridge?

ah, just found that! thank you!

Sep 30, 2009
roarlaura in Greater Boston Area

delicious, yet low-key in cambridge?

I'm new to Boston and need help on where to bring visiting parents this weekend. We have a reservation at Oleana, but still looking for the other nights.

I spent a while looking at all your recommendations for Beacon Hill and Cambridge, and the most recommended places all seem to be in the range of $20+ entrees. Is there anything slightly less expensive that might fit the bill?

Central Square would be best, but happy to travel on the Red Line too. Many thanks!

Sep 30, 2009
roarlaura in Greater Boston Area

A good Indian restaurant in Brooklyn?

I really like Bombay Masala on Franklin and Park (just up from the Franklin Ave stop). I think it's been discussed here in a couple of Crown Heights threads. Several foodies I know have given it their stamp of approval, and they deliver!

Jan 27, 2008
roarlaura in Outer Boroughs

dessert for 8-10

They were very nice and took my reservation over the phone. Not sure if it'll be chocolatey enough for the guest of honor, though! Any thoughts?

Oct 02, 2007
roarlaura in Manhattan

dessert for 8-10

For reference, they only take reservations online for groups of 4 or less. I was told over the phone that I could only be seated at 10:30 and needed a credit card to place the reservation. I'm holding off on that for now... is it really worth it just for dessert?

Oct 02, 2007
roarlaura in Manhattan

dessert for 8-10

Hi all,
Many of the dessert place recs I've been seeing are for small groups (i.e. Chikalicious, max 4 per party). I need a place (serving wine!) that would accomodate a bachlorette-ish party next Saturday. I need to be able to make a reservation. Any help? Anywhere in Manhattan would do.

Thanks!

Oct 02, 2007
roarlaura in Manhattan

Anything new for former Mtl-hound?

Have you tried Chuchai? That's my favorite. It's a vegetarian Thai place at Saint Denis and Duluth. There is also a great Thai place super close to where you're staying, on Laurier west of Saint Laurent, but the name escapes me at the moment.

Jul 31, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Help me find a good Patisserie on lower Plateau

If you go just one block up from Duluth to Rachel, you can get very good natas at Romados or (just west of Saint Denis) at Notre Dame de (du?) Rosario.

Jul 31, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Recent Opinion

I don't think their coffee has changed, but I don't often eat there. Usually I have lattes, not espresso, so it might be harder for me to tell.

My one gripe, which I think I mentioned on the board before, was that I ordered an iced tea there a few weeks ago and they brought me a CAN of sickly-sweet Nestea! What? I'd expect a coffee shop of caliber to make their own.

Jul 12, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal for the first time... Need your opinions

Ma'am Bolduc poutine is vegetarian, and it's a funky, inexpensive place that you'll have fun at. 4351 de Lorimier. So is the poutine at Chez Claudette, a great diner, on Laurier at Saint Denis. Both are in great neighborhoods, but very "local"! I might disagree with the above comment that "regular" poutine is usually veggie; my boyfriend is a strict vegetarian and there are only a handful of places in the city that stand up to his questioning. The two I mentioned are the best, in my opinion.

Jun 28, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good places to read/study?

I like Caffe Art Java, just a couple blocks east of the Mont Royal metro. Everyone on this board raves about the espresso there, and I concur. (Don't ever order iced tea, though, they bring you a can of Nestea.) There are lots of plugs for laptops and wireless internet, and a nice view of the street. The only trouble is that, as summer has hit, it can get really crowded and noisy around lunchtime. A few blocks east of it, though, is this little place called Cafe Expressions (I think) where there's also plenty room for laptops. I don't think the coffee is as good, but it's a fine back-up because it doesn't tend to get as crowded.

Jun 25, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where do you go on a weekday when you're too tired to cook (eat in/takeout)?

A bit south and east of Petit Patrie and Jean Talon market is an area that I've enjoyed walking around lately for its Latin American restaurants and eclectic residential architecture. You can go have a pupusa (for two places see http://midnightpoutine.ca/food/2007/0...) and other sundry home-cooked meals. I can guarantee cheapness and something different from usual, although it is "ethnic."

May 20, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mango sticky rice and thai iced tea

Gotcha. I've eaten at Chuchai a lot but not at either place in the past month. But I just called and asked if Chuch is still open and was told that it is.

May 02, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mango sticky rice and thai iced tea

I'm pretty sure Chuch is still open; I pass it all the time. But I've only eaten there once and don't remember ordering ice tea. I'll have to check it out.

May 02, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mango sticky rice and thai iced tea

I ate at Phayathai (107 Laurier Ouest) last night and had thai iced tea. Our food was pretty good (maybe a 7 out of 10) and the tea as well. I'm going to give it another try sometime soon, since it had really great reviews.

Sad to say, I've had better tea, but it's hard to find in this city!

May 01, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian restaurants

It's still there and delicious, if that's what you're asking! I was there last month. It's so inexpensive, which is great for Indian meals with a group-- they'll be able to try tons of dishes.

Apr 29, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Les Trois Petits Bouchons & La Montee de Lait

I went to Montee de Lait once on high recommendations from friends, and we had a very mediocre meal. As epicurienne said, some plates were wonderful and others were barely ok. Also, it was extremely slow and perfunctory service-- our meal took over two hours for just two of us! I would not go back; there are too many other great places in Montreal where you can spend that kind of money for excellent food.

Apr 24, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Authentic diner

Well, I'M looking for a milkshake! Had a craving the other day and ended up at an older "diner" on the north-west corner of Mont Royal and Saint Denis (not Rapido, they don't serve milkshakes). Though the service and atmosphere were lovely, the milkshake was just ok, as were the fries. I imagine the other food is just as "blah."

Apr 15, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Non Meat Eater Restaurant Suggestions

I went to Au Cinquième Péché (http://www.aucinquiemepeche.com/) a couple of weeks ago with my vegetarian boyfriend and they had more options for him than I would have thought. The (vegetarian) gnocchi was amazing! I also have been to La Colombe as a semi-vegetarian and found I had no choice but to order meat. I'm not sure about fish, though. In both places the waiter spoke some English and at ACP there was even an English menu, though it's not on the website.

Mar 21, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

help me impress my parents! (french bistro)

Just adding my follow-up review:

We went to Au Cinquième Péché on Saturday. I had the sweet potato gnocchi, which has chestnuts and leeks and roasted tomatoes. It was absolutely delicious, and very different from gnocchi dishes I've had before. My mom had a special salad with radishes and pear, and an eggplant ravioli entrée which she liked but I didn't try. My dad had the pork and said it was fantastic. We had a Quebec cheese platter which was great, though small. The desserts were very creative. My dad had a chocolate green tea bar with lychee ice (mmmm) and my mom a nougat ice-cream (I forget what they called it) that was divine. We left very, very happy, and my parents extolled Montreal's food scene up til the moment they left.

By the way, the night before we went to La Colombe on Duluth, which was also spectacular. I had lamb confit and a "brownie," and was gastronomically satisfied for the next 24 hours, practically.

Thanks for your help, everyone!

Mar 05, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

help me impress my parents! (french bistro)

Thanks so much everyone for the suggestions! Mr. F, good to know about La Prunelle-- I walk by it a lot and have always wondered. Carswell, I'm very tempted by Au Cinquième Péché! But I also made reservations at P'tit Plateau for their later seating, and will put the choice to my family.

I have read lots about APDC on these boards, but, as Carswell alludes to in his post, I was looking for something with a bit less hype (and $$).

Feb 27, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

help me impress my parents! (french bistro)

My parents are coming to visit this weekend, and they're still a bit mad at me for moving faraway to the frozen north. So I need some recommendations to help them see how wonderful a city I now live in.

My mom spent years in Paris, and the fact that Montreal is francophone is one of its biggest redeeming qualities in her eyes. :) I thought we should go to a good French bistro on Saturday night. We ate at L'Express this summer when she visited, so I'd like to try something new. Above all I want something not too too expensive and pretentious, and preferably in the Plateau (lower or upper) so that they experience "my" neighborhood.

I see these names popping up: Au Petit Extra, L'Entre Miche, Le P'tit Plateau... The first two are more downtown, so I'd rather some other suggestions. Thoughts on P'tit Plateau? Has anyone been to La Prunelle on Duluth?

Feb 27, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kosher Poutine?

Actually, I specifically mentioned restaurants with only vegetarian gravy/fries that are cooked in vegetable oil. Most vegetarians hold themselves to those standards, and certainly someone concerned with kashrut.

The reason I said "I don't know how observant you are" is that some Jews who keep kosher won't eat anything that has been cooked in a non-kosher restaurant; obviously, those restaurants aren't kosher. However, most of my observant friends would eat poutine from these places.

Feb 20, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kosher Poutine?

I'm not sure how observant you are, but there are several great vegetarian poutine options in the city including diner Chez Claudette (351 Laurier E.), Maam Bolduc (4351 de Lorimier), and Mondo Frites (3899 St-Laurent). They're all different; Chez Claudette's is probably the most traditional, whereas the sauces on the others are seasoned a bit differently and Mondo Frites has the "wrong" kind of cheese.

There's also a fast-food Middle-Eastern place in the Faubourg whose poutine is halal, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend going out of your way for it. ;)

Feb 20, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best pizza in MTL

I was recommended Amelio's on this board a couple of weeks ago when I posted about wanting a deep dish pizza. Perhaps by you? I have yet to make it over there but will soon!

Feb 15, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best pizza in MTL

Hm... I tried Elio's last week after reading a lot about it and found it mediocre. The spices in the sauce were interesting, but the cheese kept sliding totally off the pizza because something there was watery. (I had mushroom, perhaps that was it.)

So far the best pizza I've had in Montreal was at a place called De C--- (!?) on Saint Denis just north of Berri UQUAM metro, on the west side of the street. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

I'm still on the hunt for a really good, thick crust in Montreal.... I hope it exists. :)

Feb 15, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Montreal-style cuisine on a budget

If you're in the Plateau, get some egg tarts (pasteles de nata) at one of the Portuguese bakeries around Duluth/Rachel/Saint Laurent. Specifically, there are 2 awesome bakeries on Rachel between Saint Dominique and Saint Denis: Romado's and Notre Dame <de something>. The tarts are less than $1 each and a great way to satisfy the afternoon snack craving. (I live right near by, and eat them all the time.)

Feb 12, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian in Montreal.

Another vote for Punjab Palace. The vegetarian menu is expansive and the prices are incredibly low and INCLUDE TAX!

Jan 31, 2007
roarlaura in Quebec (inc. Montreal)