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Food to go -- as in to the airport

3 or 4 Suggestions to consider:

1. If you take something - shuttle, anything - to downtown, you can take the Blue Line from State St or Aquarium to Airport. Just leave an extra 20 minutes for the poorly run shuttle to the terminal. Or you could take the water taxi from behind the Boston Harbor Hotel.

2. If you do this, possibilities grow. A couple of thoughts for portable food, meaning sandwiches, are Bricco Bakery - down an alley on Hanover - where they have excellent sandwiches on very good bread. Or a simple favorite, which is the British chain Pret a Manger, which has a couple of locations downtown (including one next to State St. station). I love their egg salad, which is on basic good bread, etc., but the real point is they come packaged for travel.

Jul 30, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Seems so. I thought the "other one" was open but I checked the website and, guess what, I wasted a post!

Jul 25, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

FYI, if you didn't know, there's a Moldovan place in Nonantum, Newton called Moldova Restaurant.

Jul 25, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

I was at Sweet Lydia's candy store in Lowell today (Sat), which had a kickstarter to raise money to open in the Public Market. Really, really good stuff. The peppermint patties and marshmallows are absurdly good.

Jul 25, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Morano Gelato Chestnut Hill, the realness

I've now tried 4 flavors: dark chocolate, hazelnut, espresso and pistachio. Best gelato I've had in the US by a big, big margin.

When Pepe's opens, this will likely become a great location.

There was a place I loved in the upper town of Bergamo, Italy that was similar.

Jul 24, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Two nights near Faneuil Hall?

Belgian street food, meaning meat things and fries and beer. Not so much a restaurant as an order at counter, sit down place. A favorite of mine for their poutine.

Jul 23, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

I think the price is perfect: it makes them more money because they feed off the tourist trade and it's so high it drives locals' business to other places.

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

Anything at Eagles over their ½ lb size is lousy. It's weird how many tourists/visiting BC, etc. families stop there to have the giant "challenges". I haven't been there for a few years but I once saw these things on 4 tables. It's not a "burger" but a marketing thing.

Jul 23, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

I was going to say the same thing. Thing about their burger when overdone is that it's really awful because the inside is so large.

Jul 23, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Northern Italian early dinner with toddler/baby

Another possibility is Stellina in Watertown Square. Modern N. Italian in a nice room and they have a patio in back with a fountain. Easy to get to on your way.

Jul 04, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

July 2015 Openings and Closings

Their acquisition of Office Depot is pending FTC approval so they're cleaning the books. Their leases always have opt-out clauses after some period of years. Since the space is being relet, it appears they simply opted-out rather than "go dark". The difference is important mostly to the landlord and then about the landlord's right to "recapture" the space, whether it can be sublet (and the approval needed, type of business allowed), etc. Most landlords want the space - unless it's a terrible or declining market location - over having rent paid for dark space because a dark, rent paying space isn't worth as much. Staples like all retailers has many locations that don't perform to goals. They keep some open and close some. These chains have amazing data.

I'm glad it will be a market.

Jun 30, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Otto's pizza

At the risk of being rude, this kind of thread is, to me, the worst of Chowhound. First, complaining about a pizza delivered (and not being hot enough!) is inherently iffy and then it becomes a bunch of how this restaurant policy is annoying or other versions of "I don't like this" and of course mentions of some incident of bad or clueless service. It's such negativity. The reality is that the place is incredibly popular - which is why they have that policy about the tables - and not all those people are stupid, either in Brookline or Portland (where food standards are, to me, higher). It ignores what the place tries to be: that it gives regularly to community organizations (and runs regular fundraisers) or that it tries to use local ingredients, etc. If you don't like it fine. I'm not crazy about it - I think the pizza could generally use more salt - but I know tastes vary and don't expect mine to be the same as yours. I hate negative threads when there's no real cause for negativity. Maybe just maybe a place will screw up something. It happens to me. Today, I was given the wrong order for lunch but I'm not going to post about that because it was a mistake and mistakes actually happen in life.

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

I use the microwave because the falafel doesn't dry out in the 20 seconds or less. But others may want crunch.

Jun 16, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area
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New Boston-based private equity group to fund chefs seeking to open restaurants

The article includes a line that speaks volumes: they're looking for people to put in at least $50k, meaning they are setting up a fund that will take OPM - other people's money - and invest it in restaurants.

Jun 16, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

I'd add: love the garlic sauce at Arax and their prepared falafel balls (which I admit to microwaving for a quick sandwich at home, along with some pickled turnips, etc.). Sophia's has excellent taramosalata, made there and much better than anything jarred. The various small pies, borekas, etc. behind the counter at Sevan are all quite good though what filling you like is your own preference, though they are all lightly filled, not like a pastie.

In terms of breads, Arax in particular has a bunch of flat breads from Quebec that are terrific. Russo's also has some, including amazing thicker pita.

Jun 15, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Ikea??

They are. They arrive very quickly.

Jun 14, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

I have had them at farmers' markets - like this Friday - so I'd bet they'll be at one near you.

Jun 14, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Big Platter 'o LOX? -- quantity as well as quality

And as well as Kirkland branded smoked salmon, Costco carries Blue Hill Bay, which is a smaller but still decent size. It's by ACME, the big fish/smoked fish provider in Greenpoint, NY. We prefer it.

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

I've seen this many times at many markets in a number of cities.

Jun 05, 2015
lergnom in Not About Food

Is there anywhere North of Boston to see lots of flowering trees and catch lunch nearby?

To add, Tower Hill has a restaurant with a view from the top of the hill.

May 13, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Best wine shop close to Route 128?

Suggest looking up Upper Falls Discount Liquor on Needham Street in Newton. It's maybe a mile and a half from 128. Despite the name it's a proudly run place with a good selection.

May 08, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Not an opening but information: in the 5-7 Brookline Tab it says there's an application for a Chinese BBQ restaurant in the Village at 320 Washington, which is now Zen320 sushi. They have applied for a liquor license as The Barbecue Lamb Brothers d/b/a Wow Barbecue. I prefer the former name.

May 07, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Yeah, it is. They'll probably rethink things as they watch the traffic.

May 01, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Italian Bakery

Bricco sells to restaurants because I see them packing bags with restaurant names on them. And people come by to pick up large orders.

Apr 26, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Something Chowish near Marlborough?

FYI, the menu changes often. They always have some form of duck and a few other things. And there are always specials. We were there last weekend and they had a salmon banh mi (with pork belly) that was, I was told frequently, delicious. I had a cheeseburger pizza special, which was very good. If they ever have the Steak Bomb pizza/flat bread, order it. Really well thought out and better than any actual steak bomb by far.

They have some really interesting beers.

Apr 15, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

Since one of my kids works in restaurants on the West Coast, I've heard a lot about how awful customers can be and how a few bad tables, particularly large ones, that don't tip - properly or at all - throws off the income of every server (and runners, hosts, etc.). Tips are unfortunately not consistently related to service quality. I'm not saying cheapness is the entire issue; it appears many times people have spent to their budget for that night so they omit a big chunk of the tip. If asked, I know that people feel their lack of contribution is made up by other tables.

I would prefer a system of a cover/mandatory tip amount like in Europe, but we tend to lack the belief that serving is a real job which earns an actual income and can be done in a professional manner. I tend to believe a coperto, etc. goes with treating serving as a profession.

Apr 06, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Something Chowish near Marlborough?

Rail Trail is very good.

Apr 05, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Not going to argue these are the "best", whatever that is, but as a non-ice cream eater generally I really like Athan's gelato and Abbott's chocolate almond frozen custard.

Frozen Four at the Garden

You mean the ND no-names; they had to get rid of the Native American references a few years ago and I don't think they've picked a replacement.

Mar 30, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Four at the Garden

It's go BU in this one

Mar 30, 2015
lergnom in Greater Boston Area