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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.

1 day ago
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.

2 days ago
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

Casual, cozy restaurant for lunch in Back Bay area

Asta?

Pehaps the six year old would care for the 70 dollar five course prix fixe with pairing (another 40usd, i hope he likes the bass head terrine ) but i feel it might be a disastrous choice.

Neither Uni or Asta are open for lunch and Asta is also closed from 1/19 until 1/27 ( i think ) and not what i think of as "cozy", its loud in there.

Jan 15, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Tree Top in Waltham?

Let me first state that I dont LOVE Thai food. Its ok. Fish, as a rule, is disgusting and the worst of Thai food is redolent with it.

That said, Cha Yen has made me reconsider my position, it is, in my opinion, in a class by itself. The food is clean, different and seems to be devoid of that slight rotten egg flavor that haunts weak Thai.

And the owner is a sweetheart.

I used to go to Tree Top for my wife, (and sneak a sandwich from Carl' at the same time). It was better than the crap that the girls at work seem to love ( im looking at you, House of Siam, South End ) but did not approach the specials board of Thai North.

OK in the area but nothing special.

Jan 12, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Seasoned Market Basket shoppers

You go to the Somerville Market Basket on a Saturday!?!

I would rather go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled.

Jan 07, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Authentic eats with atomosphere maybe some live music

or mondays if you like bluegrass.

Jan 03, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fuloon in Malden:The Home Runs Continue in 2015 (long)

The bathroom/kitchen issue is one that has been a baseline standard for me for many years. As a hospital worker I know too well the ease in which bugs can be passed on to others.

My visit to the bathroom at China Pearl years ago has precluded my return, no matter how many times friends have suggested dim sum there in the interim. I cant shake my impression and they lost my business forever.

Before I get set upon, let me say that i get that the difference between the facilities at, say, the old Chinatown Mall ( horrifying) and Star Noodle in Maui (nicer than 90% of the apartments i have lived in) are a matter of scale. Still, I will eat if I feel people are at least trying.

It is strange to me as I work with a number of people who activate elevator buttons with their elbows or will not touch doorknobs without gloved hands but will order and eat food from places they have never set foot in.

each to their own, i guess,

Jan 02, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jo Jo Taipei kills Mary Chung!!

actually they have added quite a few items since i was there early after they opened.

You are right. worth trying again. thanks.

Dec 30, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

their mussles with fries starter is a big portion and at 13 dollars, a steal.

Also, no television. so, win/win in my book.

Dec 30, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jo Jo Taipei kills Mary Chung!!

I was disappointed his menu in Upper Falls was so pedestrian, but i guess you cook for your neighborhood.

Dec 29, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jo Jo Taipei kills Mary Chung!!

Did he not leave Asia Gourmet to open Jean and Lees kitchen in Newton Upper Falls?

Dec 29, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Best Canned Tuna in Boston Area?

Pastene rebrands a lot of stuff, they are like Trader Joes only they have been doing it for 140 years. The owner, Mark Tocci is a good guy and really tries to get decent food into the brand.

That said, its a HUGE company and a bunch of it is out of his hands, but their tonno is pretty good and the light tuna in olive oil is fine for the occasional tuna sandwich coming in around 2usd a can.

Dec 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Local meats/eggs w/o breaking the bank...recommendations?

Talk to Nick at Coolidge Variety (across from the Town Diner in Coolidge Square, Watertown) he gets his lamb from Mennonite farmers in western Mass, and I find him very reasonable.

Of course, you have to like lamb.

Dec 16, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

best bagel in boston?

Damn, its the same in 2014 as it was in 2006!

Nothing left at 0900 on sunday morning, ( really? 8 grain and whole wheat, blech ) they are, of course, closed from 1300 on sunday until 0700 on wednesday, thats a not a bad gig.

still the best around while they are fresh. freeze them early.

Dec 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Help! Best takeout soup or other spicy stewish thing to defy a monster cold??

2nd this. Actually in the noodle section :

"J14 Noodles with stewed beef in house spicy soup"

and other food. my favorite.

Also the Tom Yum Noodle soup at Cha Yen Cookery in Coolidge Square, watertown is very good.

And the owner is a sweetheart.

Dec 14, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

..and people fro New York wonder why we dont care for them...

Dec 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

still the best dumplings i have ever had was that place in the Chinatown Mall.

Dec 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

He better not use his name if he ever orders food from ANYWHERE ever again.

I wouldnt touch that food with a stick.

Dec 10, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

oh please.

December 2014 Openings and Closings

There is a reason those of us who do not work downtown have never eaten there.

Dec 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

It really is a great joint, if you steer clear of the prepared food you can get a lot for your dollar.

Last weekend the woman in front of me spent 150 dollars and her cart was, literally, HEAPED with produce, at Whole Foods i can carry 150 worth of food in my hands and still get the keys out to open the car.

best burger in boston?

lots of reading here:

http://www.bostonburgerblog.com/

Dec 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

They gotta try Red Pepper a lttle further up rt 9.

Certainly worth the 5 min drive.

Dec 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

lees burgers?

You have clearly eaten there more than I so I will take you at your word and perhaps try them again.

While perhaps not the best in the state, i felt, for their price point to be significantly better than the 5 Guys and their ilk. I really have little use for 15 dollar hamburgers, if they are going to cost this, I grind my own meat and make them at home.

I felt they had changed their mix, and not for the better. My Lee's burgers were pedestrian at best, they seemed to be decent chuck with less juice and mouthfeel that the mixes with short rib seem to bring.

Also not cooked correctly by, what seemed to be, Newton North students. If you can get them to cook your order med rare, you are having better luck than I.

It might just be the times I was there were off and I was unlucky, but this was my experience.

Finally,the last time I was there the place could have used some cleaning, and I am not a stickler for this.

Dec 04, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area