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September 2015 Openings and Closings

I will cut you a small chunk of slack on that point, but I have had pizza in ST. LOUIS that blows anything in this neighborhood, out.

That just should not be.

about 2 hours ago
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Overcharging at Whole Foods

I have tried to interest my wife in this opinion of the CEO (which I share, by the way) but she seems resistant.

Its like they have found a formula for separating upper middle class, mostly white women of a particular age grouping, from their money.

(Though why companies have not been targeting this demographic for 40 years, I know not.)

Sep 01, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Overcharging at Whole Foods

Dont you worry. The "Cloud" will take care of everything!

Sep 01, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

La Victoria Taqueria - Arlington, MA

While I am not an expert by ANY standard, ( oh for a local King Taco; two tacos for a buck fifty and that !@#$%^& salsa),

I feel have to say that between Tenoch, Taqueria el Amigo, and La Victoria, The Mexican food in the Boston area (suburbs) has stepped up considerably in the last ten years, to the point where we can now be snobby about it.

" You went to ANNA'S for burritos?!? pffffttt..."

Aug 30, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Narrowing Down Boston Restaurant List

Neptune Oyster?

Weekday 3-4 oclock, or prepare to wait endlessly.

Aug 29, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

Im always amused at the quizzical looks one gets from servers (never, if you can talk to the actual chef) when you say, "cook me whatever you have, the way you want."

One of the best meals I ever had was in pouring rain, empty restaurant, bored staff and I lead with " what do you have to get rid of?" , The chef came out to check what I would NOT eat, and then went to town. amazing.

Americans just cant believe they cant get everything they want , all the time. Its why The Cheesecake Factory even exists, 300 mediocre items cooked by uninterested staff.

People, Open yourself up to surprise, it can be remarkable.

But im preaching to the choir here.

Aug 28, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

There must be some kind of issue, those signs have been up for a while and .....nothing.

Hell, just re-open Maria de Napoli and be done with it. Its embarrassing you cant get a decent pizza in this , the most italian of Newton zipcodes, and Im not even looking for Max and Leo level pie.

And no, D&A does not count, i would walk to Pizza Roma in Watertown before I would eat that swill.

But hey, im not in the business. It took YEARS for Charcoal Guido's to open on Moody (and I think they have expanded) and Habeneros on the corner opened and closed before the Moldavan place could even open.

Ill stick to health care. people always get sick and everybody dies.

Aug 28, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Tonnarelli in Boston Area

Also get a Large Italian sub while you are there. Best in the city, (with the possible exception, Coppa)

Aug 26, 2015
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Tell me about Haymarket please

I couldnt believe it the first time i went and the "Wanna Buy Some Meat?" guy wasnt there. It was like going to Blackstone Park and not being able to buy drugs!

Aug 24, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Godavari Vs. Ritu Ki Rasoi

as a nod to yet another place , Zaika Indian Bistro has made to order garlic naan during lunch, that come out so hot you have to let them sit for a minute to handle them

Aug 23, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Godavari Vs. Ritu Ki Rasoi

It might be just one of those palate things. My brother has long championed Japanese food, and I just dont get it. Its subtlety is lost on me. Why waste time and money on food that ones reaction to is "eh".

Full disclosure: I think fish sucks. That may have a lot to do with it to do with it.

Aug 22, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Awesome burgers: new thread

the new thing

Aug 18, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Mussel pots near Union?

With the andouille sausage !?!

Man, for a person who cant spend a lot of money on food, that is one of the best dishes in the city.

Good beer, and excellent music program.

Aug 18, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Best Year EVAR for MA Melons and Peaches

OK.

Possibly i was reacting to the "Total peach snob" comment and my PTVS (post traumatic vacationers syndrome) led me back to the " you cant get a decent tomato up here" that friends of a good friend would not let go of last summer.

They were, actually, stuffing themselves silly with fried clams and chopping on the New England produce. Wanted to explain the regional bounty of various places , but held my tongue, smiled and let them go back to central air conditioning hell, hoping for a temporary blackout.

Aug 18, 2015
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Best Year EVAR for MA Melons and Peaches

Dear god.

Last year i had to listen to freinds from the south shit on the peaches and tomatoes and barbeque from the area, while all the while eating their weight in fried clams, corn, and chowder and a twin lobster dinner from a Cape Ann Institution.

We KNOW we dont have perfect produce. We KNOW the peaches are year to year. We live here because when we come out of our houses its not like walking on the surface of the sun. ( Also the pay is better)

Just revel in a good year and be happy.

It would not be a ridiculous motto for New Englanders to be:

"Maybe next time"

Aug 18, 2015
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Scratch Kitchen, Salem: Kooky Food Experience !

hopefully cheese?

No, sorry. Fresh out.

Aug 17, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Grits. Where can I buy them?

The Quaker grits are curiously tasteless. Not sure how they manage this as the texture is ok.

Process their grits in the same factory as McDonalds processes their lobster?? Looks ok, no flavor.

Have not looked extensively at Bob's for white grits, the Job Lot I frequent only seems to have the yellow. Been so happy with the Guilliford grits, I have given up the search except in emergencies.

Aug 13, 2015
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Why is Boston food so bland?

I know. I was there two nights before Jake and Earls closed for good ...

In 1996.

My point was about the upgrade Boston has made in 20 years.

Interestingly, I was at Christina's last week and saw Schlesinger , (unhappily) speaking, on his mobile outside the East Coast Grill.

He hung up and went up the ramp, inside, before I got a chance to speak to him.

Suprised if he is still involved there day to day, as the last time i ate there it lacked the punch of the old place.

Aug 13, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Plus ca change.... you magnificent bastard!

Aug 13, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

I lived just off Blackstone Park in the South End from 1984 to 1994. Lethal, forgotten, and hated. Working at (then, University Hospital) people would refer to it as "South Boston" and the folks from E. 2nd, or by the Powerhouse would go ballistic

"Thats Not South Boston!!"

Now white people walk their Vizsla mixes in the shade of Cathedral Housing Project without a second thought
and the idea of travelling ALL the way to Jake and Earl's for decent BBQ seems rather quaint.

Life is change, and as someone said in this thread, "C'est la vie", I will go further and say "Vive la Diffe'rence!!"

Go to Philly for real cheesesteak, Nashville for hot chicken, Bruddah Hutts in Hana for plate lunch, Bogart's in St Louis ( Pappy's, if you like to wait in line but the Q is righteous on 9th) but being open to something you like.

Max and Leo's pizza in Newton Corner with a side of buffalo wings at Buff's Pub (200 ft away) will never make a "Best of The United States" list , but damn if for 50usd you cant get VERY good pizza, damn good wings and beer, and go home and collapse into a happy coma.

Aug 12, 2015
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Why is Boston food so bland?

I will say that Yelp (in other cities more than Boston, which seems to be a bit of a mess) can give one a sense for prices and menu choices for places that do not maintain a web presence.

Aug 12, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

You cant.

People will say otherwise but prepare for disappointment.

Aug 12, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Why is Boston food so bland?

you are totally on point with the demographic palate.

I would love to see a breakdown of the age group at, say, Moody's in Waltham. While the chacuterie is amazing, and yet i was there one afternoon where a really generic-looking guy ahead of me did not even flinch at his bill of 400+usd. He seemed indifferent to the ministrations of the staff towards the food.

"Pick this up on your way home"

Thats a full weeks's take home for me.

I used to get the same feeling at Dewars, in Newton Cetner, when I went there. My SO always maintained that their old school refrigerated cases, angled at 45 degrees, were so one would have something to lean against when they informed you what youre final bill was.

Aug 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

While I hear your pain, I will (once again) bring up the fact that Boston (and environs) population tops out around 800,000, pretty close to Columbus, Ohio.

Try getting Thai food that rivals Cha Yen Cookery in Coolidge Square, Watertown in Columbus, Ohio, Or fish like Courthouse Seafood, or even Moldavian food that one can get in Newton (Nonantum).

Not gonna happen.

You are right, its a strange, catholic (small c) city that, for its demographic of young urban professionals, medical areas and students, the food can be elusive.

Try to find ANYTHING to eat after 2 am.

Part of it has to do with rental rates, which, is why, if you get a chance, interesting food can be found in the outlying areas, Waltham, Watertown, and recently, surprisingly, (to me) Woburn (Shanxi, Several decent Indian, Sichuan with Tiki drinks in a two mile Main street run).

It is what it is, you just got to look a bit.

Aug 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Bitch please.

You will hate the United Kingdom, outside a 5 mile circle of London.

Or Hawaii (unless you adore fish, I do not), or Cleveland ( though coming up!) or Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming or Montana.

When I went through Switzerland, I thought, "This is why they are all so thin! The food is uninteresting, and expensive!. (Unless you love bread and cheese)

Cook at home. Its better for you and cheaper.

Grits. Where can I buy them?

Damn, Citizen! Grew up "To be Rather , than to Seem" and you didnt like grits?

Suprised they didnt expel you from the state.

Its one of my favorites in the US, and if they had not gutted their education policy I thought of retiring there, (freinds there, etc.)

But I will stay in the "Anteroom to Hell", in one of the top 5 liberal zip codes in America, and vote to put my tax money into the school system...and elder services...and trash pickup... and the local pool...

and order my grits from the Klug's

Aug 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

I have to go with "insipid".

Mine looked the part, but how do they manage to drain almost all the flavor from this sandwich.

Remarkable.

I much preferred the McDouble I got for 1.60

Aug 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Grits. Where can I buy them?

http://oldmillofguilford.com/store/

After fairly extensive investigation I believe these guys give the Anson grits a run for their money. For substantially less. Order three two pound bags, (give one to the southern ex-pats at work) and some corn meal and keep it in the freezer.

then cook them like this:

http://food52.com/recipes/33556-sean-...

you will not be sorry.

Their shipping is reasonable, and they are nice people. I have been ordering grits and corn meal from them since I used to have to call them on THE TELEPHONE!

Bobs grits are pretty good though they use a yellow corn which (for me) seems closer to polenta. Im just used to white grits.

Do not listen to those susurrating New England voices all around you saying "eww", grits are one of the gods great gifts to man.

I do love Anson grits , its just that, at 8 dollars a pound ( best bet 10 lbs for 50usd) and shipping , its a bit over the top.

Aug 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound Beta for Boston users

Heres, fingers crossed, that it is as sucessful as the new Serious Eats site, slow to load (huge photos impossible on the older computers at work), terrible typefaces, difficult to easily scan and downright painful on a phone.

I know that you need to keep youre IT people working but...

It does have a benefit. The more "improvements" these sites do, the more I go back to that thing...what is it called?... oh yeah, Reading.

Its tough on the range but the other night at work I did not once see a pop-up that said

"Franklin Barbeque from Ten Speed Press is not responding"

Read the whole thing.

Aug 07, 2015
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Trendy restaurant for vegetarian

I think its nicer than that but, point taken.

People like to spend more money eating out than I do (or can).

Was just trying to give alternatives to the 100+ dollar check that you will get at A & H,or Sycamore which, for me, are special occasion places.

I know, I know, people are going to say " you can get out of there or 60 total!"

Bullshit.

I routinely have lunch at The Local in West Newton, 2 cocktails, 2 appetizers, shared main, beers with food, 20% tip costs around 70 dollars. Good, but Not an upscale place. Thats for lunch.

Just giving alternatives to people who dont really care if they eat in place, where people seem to care about the food even " with all the ambience of a chinese restaurant" as they dont have have to lose their shirt.

Dont like it. Dont eat there.

Aug 01, 2015
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