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Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

and MUCH better food than most of the aformentioned places

Chicken Skin Uses

Wait a minute! I suggested something similar up thread and somebody called me Paula Deen!

No fair.

Jul 15, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

August 2014 Openings and Closings

This concept does not interest me in the slightest but 18 months in "The Wreck of the Hesperus" slot in the 88 food court will doom them anyhow.

I will miss One of The Kind, though after they lost that first chef (who was freakin' great) they never had any consistency and when you asked about stuff on the menu they looked at each other like you were asking about disappeared family members.

We'll see.
I still miss the two Thai ladies, their tom yum soup was the best.

Jul 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Kens in Copley Square was a fair (at best) deli rhat had late night hours and has been closed for 30 years.

Kens steak House still exists on Route 9 in Framingham and should have been closed 30 years ago.

Jul 10, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

I have been waiting/predicting the 50 dollar large fried clam order for two years now

I say double it, "New England Large!" and charge 100 bucks. caveat emptor.

There has never been a better time to hate fish.

Leave 'em in the ocean.

Jul 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

New Steakhouse in Burlington, The Bancroft...

If there is a committed dedication to local, I will be happy to be wrong.

Will follow.

Jun 25, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

New Steakhouse in Burlington, The Bancroft...

Honestly? Why?

I was going to respond with a snarky retort but really i want to know what could possibly be interesting about one more steak house?

I guess i just dont get it. I would rather eat at one of those "New Cookie-Cutter American Pub Food Slider" joints than suffer through any more corporate steak.

Maybe im just wrong.

Jun 25, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Runner up: One-Two punch

Climb into car, climb on the Pike, westbound and listen to last weeks NPR "Wait, Wait, Dont tell Me" off your phone.

Climb off at the Sturbridge exit, (if all is right, the show will be ending). Pull into the parking lot at B.T. Smokehouse.

Go inside and order the Brisket Reuben and some potato salad, and then walk down to Yankee Spirits and buy a case of Dogfish Head 90 minutes for 50 dollars. (or any of the Jacks Abby's six packs for 8), by the time you get back your sandwich will be ready.

Sit and consume one of the best sandwiches in Massachusetts and drink several cold Dogfish Heads.

Get someone else to drive, and on the way back listen to last weeks "The Moth" or the last few installments of "99% invisible" with your eyes closed and the windows open.

win/win

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Best one-two punch:
a large meatball sub and a side of fried eggplant ( to layer into the sandwich, thank you,Lindsay Crudele) at Emilo's Homemade Italian subs& dinners in Coolidge Square (6 Biegelow ave.) while waiting for Nick at Coolidge Variety next door to box up your order of fresh lamb from Mennonite farmers in western Mass.

win/win.

Jun 25, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I will concede that some places (usually seafood) will pull them off the menu until the cooler months. we will need to re-visit this whole argument come october 1st.

Jun 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chicken stock - here's what I have; what now?

you know, after 20 years of every which way, this is what i do recently:

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/1...

I use chicken backs mostly as wings have become too expensive.

3-5 lbs of backs, a roasted onion, 4+ quarts of H2O, and a three nich piece of scrubbed ginger, 10 hours on low, drain, skim, and pressure can (10 pounds, 25 min for me at sea level) .
Four quarts shelf stable homemade chicken stock overnight.

Jun 23, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I too have found it over-priced for just fair food, but then I could never really afford the Shire/White/Lynch level establishments to eat at them enough to form a consistent picture.

Jun 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

This is a very cool use of a slow cooker for brown bread:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

but add raisins, they are essential

Jun 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

not exactly Boston, but ill take it!

Jun 19, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

With Hilltop almost gone, what is now the most Iconic Boston Area Restaurant?

I too am skeptical that you have NO difficulty finding a fishcake/baked bean/brown bread plate in the Boston area.
Where?
Where?
Were?

Just tell me where and they get my business.

CapeCodGuy, that find is remarkable and truly a old school find. nice work.

Jun 19, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Refried Beans woe

Yeah, a bunch of salt.

Also, never could figure out how my favorite place got their beans to taste so damn good, until I watched a friends mother cook them in her kitchen,

She used at LEAST a quarter cup of rendered lard in the pan. I cant even imagine what is in the restaurant version.

Ruined me forever.

Jun 16, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Scissors and Pie Pizza on Newbury St.

In the past I have ordered a well-done sausage/garlic Sicilian along with an additional pepper/onion Sicilian from Imperial Pizza in Brighton center.

That order fed 8 with leftovers, Total was under thirty dollars. I left five in the tip jar.

Those are Una Pizza Napoletana prices without the background. Count me out.

Jun 16, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Any restaurant in the city, $500 limit. What would you choose and why?

Go to Shake Shack and pay for the 19 people behind you.

You will never get to do it again, the prize people will flip out, its not your money (really) anyway, and the responses might almost be worth it.

Jun 15, 2014
hyde in Manhattan
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Gene Chinese Flatbread in Chelmsford to close soon...

Ive done it too.

But it was mostly a leetle joke about assumptions and observations and the " very serious business" of chowhound.

Jun 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Gene Chinese Flatbread in Chelmsford to close soon...

all the people i have seen eating noodles in their car have been white.

Jun 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

Talk about a JerkFest...

Jun 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jamaican in Brockton

Were they closer, I would love to do a "Out of Many", and "One of the Kind" crawl just for the linguistic possibilities.

Jun 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

Celebrity Pizza:
http://www.celebritypizzainc.com/reso...

on the Watertown/Cambridge line, Does a pretty good job with soft serve and fried foods,

Their pizza stinks, but Stella's is right up the street.

Though the talk the last time I was there was about raising the rates on the fried clams, at the time the large fried clams were 32.00 dollars, this was well before the red tide/summer rush.

Jun 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Estragon: Still a Treat

Not sure how you did it, everytime I go the bill after tax and tips ends up in the 70-80 dollar range and im still hungry.

Glad they are doing ok, as a person who lived on Blackstone Park from 1984 to 1994 the idea of a restaurant (ANY restaurant) in that space is nothing short of a miracle.
Though closing the University Hospital Emergency Room which was RIGHT next door, helped the noise level and walking dead on the block.

Jun 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jamaican in Brockton

Name? Address?

Jun 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Red Tide Closing of Clam Beds on the North Shore

Once again, people who actually strap on the wader will get stuffed and some middlemen will raise prices 5% a bushel even though the clams are coming from Maine.

"The Dairy Joy Index looks to hit 50 this summer for a large, what do you think, Phil?"

Jun 07, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Outdoor lunch, Father's Day, Metro West

I saw that but refuse to believe it. That would crush me, their..

"J14 Noodles with stewed beef in house spicy soup"

is the best cold weather soup in the greater boston area.

Im not sure there is an equivalent soup at Lao Sicuan.

And they recognize my 90 year old mother

Jun 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Outdoor lunch, Father's Day, Metro West

The Old Woman is a hoot.

Jun 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Soaked Beans all day, Can't cook tonight.....

this works perfectly fine

Jun 05, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Guy Fieri filming in allston

To return to MC's point of the difficulties having this attitude in this career path are mind blowing...

and makes me think of a joke that a friend/server in the 90's South End told me when I asked about the prevalence of gay folk in the rest. business..

"How many straight Boston waiters does it take to change a light bulb?"

"both of them"

Jun 05, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area