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Pizza

No.

But they do cut pizza by three horizontal cuts and then three vertical cuts. Thereby rendering it into many small squares, not full slices like is usual in NYC.

And before anyone starts I understand that it is different today. Pizza culture has grown immensely and i was speaking to the fact that in the 70's,lots of places only made whole pies and in the Mid-West you might see lots of , ahem, Non- traditional cheese and topping combos.

about 11 hours ago
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chef Suggestions

Watching M.Dulock butcher a whole pig ( or half) is a lesson in itself.

Nationally, Id have to go with Amy Thielen. I really like her food (and, full disclosure: I have a Total Thing for her )

2 days ago
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pizza

I will totally back you up on this.

The first time i ordered pizza in Missouri ( a solid 40 years ago) and it came cut up into squares I thought the guys behind the counter were screwing with me.

I got blank looks to my "HEY, why'd you cut the pizza up like this!?!

"Thats the way it comes, sir."

Mar 29, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fenway/Kenmore: Good, cheap restaurants?

Also, their mixed veggie plates are great if you have a vegetarian tagging along.

Mar 20, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

I am completely comfortable with eating my food the way that the father of owner of Karl's did.

Mar 19, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Possibly, horrifyingly,

Luigi's Pizza
686 5th Ave
(between 20th St & 21st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

When DiFara started charging 5 bucks a slice, I was done. I just cant bring myself to pay 30 dollars for a pizza.

This place hits all the notes i want, and I dont feel gouged.

Though I have had excellent pies at Speedy Romeros.

Mar 10, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

2015 Chinese New Year Menu at Mu Lan, last day March 8th (tomorrow)

That house special fish might be the only fish dish anywhere I crave, as I am not a fan of the category in general.

It might be one of the few restaurant dishes I adore cold, out of the fridge, the next day.

Awesome.

Mar 10, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Is UPN in San Fran as expensive as it was in NYC?

I ate there once with three friends and the check was really impressive.

That said , really good, but still not my favorite Ive ever had in NYC.

Mar 10, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Indian Food?

Yeah, I think the space and the food at Kebab and Tandoor in Waltham is decidedly better than the usual Indian restaurant in the area, but thought the OP did not want to eat below a supermarket.

Also, Halal so no booze.

Mar 06, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

Please dont get me wrong.

The headcheese at Karl's is the one I would start somebody on. I get it twice a year (and some liverwurst as a nod to my dead Dad) and it is sublime ( and always the same. It boggles my mind how they manage this. Total pros.).

But as a rule, the category is BIG flavors, not usually subtle, and decidedly old school.

Try it while you can, the day Karl's ends up in the "closings" thread will sap my will to live.

And if you think "that will never happen", thats what I thought about Mandy and Joes.

Mar 05, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

In those sandwiches, i do. But the mustard seems to cut some of the fattiness. It also is better, texturewise, at room temp. Right out of the fridge the gelatin is a bit wobbly for me.

Mar 04, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

Usually you boil an entire pig (or cow) head, boil until tounge is fork tender, let it cool in stock, pick meat off the skull, especially the cheek meat, ( though usually not brains, eyes or ears), and depending on maker, tounge ( the only person i know who makes it eats tounge seperately).

The skull has a ton of natural gelatin in it, so stock reduced, used to make a stew-like cocoction with black pepper, bay leaf, onion, salt, vinegar, and then stuffed into large sausage casings, and aged a bit.

Its like an intense chunky country terrine. He makes sandwiches with green onions, tomatoes, lettuce and mustard.

No dairy at all.

Mar 04, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Im thinking that after the scathing january/february we had , more places will be vulnerable.

The "closing" portion could be full.

Mar 04, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge Indian Lunch Buffets:Tanjore and Kebab Factory

Ive tred most of them and my favorite still remains Kebab & Tandoor beneath the Waltham India market on Moody.

I know, not Boston proper but still my favorite.

For the record, i LIKE that it is dark, and quiet and often i am eating alone.

It is Hyperbadi and Halal so no booze.

Feb 27, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Gene's flatbread Dapanji- anyone had it?

I guess i dont find a 20lb. dish that serves ten that expensive for 55usd. Heck a 16 oz sirloin at The Bancroft will set one back that much.

(I know, I know, apples and oranges,etc, im just sayin')

If it comes with the noodles, wow, it sounds great.

Feb 22, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

Instead of Max and Leo's, i go to Pizza Roma on Waverly in Watertown

Instead of Mulan, Wonder Cafe in Watertown square for the #24 lunch, (soft tofu with tomato and egg on brown rice with pickled vegetables for 6.75)

Feb 21, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Tasty burger is open til 2.

a rarity in these parts

Feb 19, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

February 2015 Openings and Closings

see if i got this straight

"Texas style BBQ pulled pork cooked in an oven, no grilling, no deep frying"

Who are these people?

Feb 12, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Polenta or Cornmeal from Local Organic Corn?

Kenyon's and Grey's grist mills are both in Rhode Island.

The johnnycake meal from Grey's is quite good, but for like, you know, johnnycakes.

The Kenyons cornmeal is ok, but I usually get mine from Old Mill at Guilliford in North Carolina ( mostly because they have my favorite white grits for 40 dollars for 5-2lb bags ,shipped)

Feb 12, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Blackbird Donuts?

Had a friend recently tell me that the Dunkin's he goes to in Midtown Manhattan is around 2000 square feet.

They pay 19,000 dollars a month in rent.

Granted Boston isnt midtown Manhattan, but im betting its not too far behind. One would have to sell a mountain of doughnuts to just clear rent.

If you need me, ill be at Donut King in Quincy.

Feb 06, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Top 5 of the past 5

I love the look on new peoples faces as you explain,

"The South End is NOT South Boston nor is it where people are talking about when they say south of Boston"

Drives 'em crazy.

Feb 05, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Penzey's Free Shipping Reduced Minimum

Of course you have to navigate their shitty website which does not recognise obscure terms like, "whole dried peppers" , and is more concerned with hearts and "fun stuff"

Blech. Used to be a better company.

Feb 01, 2015
hyde in General Topics

Top 5 of the past 5

One might be able to do all five north of the city with Gene's, Pinxto, Sichuan Garden, in Woburn, Tenoch in Medford and Ritu ki Rasoi and The Bancroft in Burlington.

And before anyone starts, I know some of my choices have been open for more than five years, but I feel they have come into their own, are more consistent, and serve food thats worth seeking out.

Jan 30, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Top 5 of the past 5

damn tatsu, you hit all my rec's. most are out of the city but at pushing 60, easy parking trumps trendy 5-to-1.

-Cha Yen Cookery- actually changed my attitude towards Thai food in the area, as i can pass on most of it.(not a fan of fish, in general). the owner is a sweetheart too.

-Thao Ngoc- is, quite simply, worth the trip. We spent 80 dollars one night and the table was so full of food we ended up in hysterics, it looked like the stateroom scene in the Marx Brothers "Night At The Opera"

-Still a fan of -Red Pepper-, on rt. 9 in Framingham, a touch inconsistent at times but on its game some of the best sichuan north of Flushing.

- Was truly hoping you were not including -Kebab and Tandoor-, in Waltham, in the "meh" category as I feel it is better than that. Not revelatory perhaps, but solid and they seem to take their food seriously. Though as a Halal place, no booze, and when i mention this to friends they look at me as if I were mad. Included is the ability to pick up groceries on the way out ,( I go through WAY more Swad Bombay Sandwich Spread than any greybeard white guy who grew up in MetroWest should)

- And further afield!...

- The barbeque at -B.T. Smokehouse-, just off the Mass.Pike, exit 9, at Sturbridge is the best in the area and the Brisket Reuben is top five sandwiches in Mass.

-The separate chinese menu at -Panda East-, in Amherst, Mass. can be interesting, the owner, Amy, is very approachable and willing to work with you to tailor some food to your liking,
and the dumplings are quite good, if you like a substantial wrapper.

Jan 30, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Mulan take out: need recommendations

A while back I went to Mulan on a slow sunday night and our food was "eh". I was hugely disappointed and thought maybe the place was going into the tank.

Went back a few weeks ago, during the week and BOOM, dumplings were better, shredded potato cleared my sinuses, fish was not tilapia and was possibly even better the next day cold.

Maybe the main chef can not be there 7 days a week?
It was a clear difference.
maybe its just luck and timing like a lot of things in life.

Jan 29, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Californian Burritos

Im the OP of that thread.

youre both wrong.

Jan 22, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Maybe patty melts?

Jan 22, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Mulan take out: need recommendations

We disagree on several restaurants so im glad this one works for you , as it is a favorite of mine.

My only other question is what do you do that you end up posting at 2 o'clock in the morning?

Jan 20, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chilli Garden?

Im with you Tatsu.

Their " noodles with beef in house spicy soup" is tremendous, the best version around and just the thing if you are sick.

Jan 20, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Places like Doo Wee & Rice 2014/2015

great. i just put on 5 pounds reading the menu.

Jan 15, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area