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ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

I shudder to think what an "additional charge" lobster cost at Jaspers.

I only went once and the bill was so remarkable I could never bring myself to go back.

Jun 27, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington

Thanks, Tatsu.

If I gave the impression that i had been there, I apologize. I ate at the Malden restaurant twice and was very impressed ( the first time it was like I was dating someone in the family!, the " try this!" and " You will like these" was amazing, I think I left a 50% tip).

But I did see the signage on my birthday crawl on Main st, Woburn, in April, so I thought they were open,

The website is a mess. They need to hire a kid from the local high school to straighten it out.

Jun 24, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Bel Canto was quite good. ahead of its time.

got a chance to split a pie with Bonnie Raitt there before a show at Jacks

but we were already hammered. Amazing she was able to play, but she was a pro.

My wife worked as a waitress at the Welles and later, at the Sevens on Charles. Didnt meet her until th 90's and been with her since.

shes awesome,

Jun 24, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

"there's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"

when criminals in this world appear
who break the laws they soon should fear
and frighten all who see or hear
the cry goes up both far and near....

Jun 24, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Wow.

I have to say this thread has made me relive some things I have not thought about in years.

Buying 5 or 6 sandwiches at Buzzy's and throwing the whole bag up over the wall to the prisoners in the yard.

Late night ramblings with (some now famous) comedians after multiple drinks and sets at the Ding Ho.

The first time I had broccoli and walnuts on a pizza at Bel Canto after a show at the Orson Welles Cinema.

Dragging a date to Bob the Chef's after seeing Freddie Hubbard at The Workshop.

Steamed hot dogs at Lum's, ( or The Underdog )

Terrible food, great times.

Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington

The buffet at Zaika Indian Bistro is also quite good, with several things I do not usually see, an egg (Anda)curry and fish pakoras, to be specific. Their menu is worth exploring with a vegetarian dinner for two for 37 dollars.

They also did not seem to mind that i brought my own beer.

Also, the second incarnation of Biryrani Park, called Suvaai, has opened a branch, on Main, right across the street from Eri's Wings and Seafood, I have not been to this outpost but their food in Malden was astonishing. I believe they do a buffet every day.

Woburn. Really.
Its like North Beacon street, Allston with parking.
who da thunk it?

Jun 23, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Best price on wild salmon?

What does it say about me that i spent several minutes trying to figure out what the pun was in the "cost per puns" comment by smtucker?

Ramen in Chinatown (with the kids!)??

Terrible idea.

I have been bored to stupification waiting in line at Yume, and have bailed more than I have eaten there , ( and then gone over to Sapporo for a perfectly fine bowl of soup), kids will hate it.

Snappy is a better idea.

Jun 19, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Help! Best Indian Restaurant in Boston

my daughter, wife and i have been unimpressed with Shan a Punjab, burt possibly they have upped their game in the last 6 months or so?

I like Zaika Indian Bistro (http://www.zaikaindianbistro.com/) on Main street in Woburn

But then, thats not Boston.

Jun 19, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Stop and Shop Mayo. More like Hellmann's or Cains?

Hunh,

There is another mayonnaise, (other than Hellmann's in glass), that one does not make oneself with a hand blender ?

Odd.

Jun 11, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

best bagel in boston?

Moving from Brookline to Sharon would be correct, historically.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

He did just fine, money-wise.

It was annoying to all us, righteous, Coffee Connection hardcores,

but it was just business.

Jun 04, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

B.T's Brisket Reuben is my favorite sandwich in Mass.

Jun 04, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Allston Depot?

Nah, nobody wants that back.

I did like the original King Fung Garden in the converted gas station, but China King is more comfortable, especially when its cold.

Jun 02, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

The change was about a year ago when they lightened up on nostalgia.
I still dont fully understand what gets canned and what dosent, but my penchant for stories of old suffer less thn they used to.

Deli Haus' relentless microwaving (once they had one) of their pastrami drove me crazy.

Jun 02, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Hampshire House.

Actually quite a nice space, got married and receptioned there in '95, overlooking a quiet snow covered Public Garden.

Played bass for the wedding band.

Jun 02, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

The old Victoria Station by the Childrens Museum was in a caboose, was it not? Probably not what you are thinking about.

The food at The El Phoenix was really not much good but the beer was cheap.

Jun 01, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Jake and Earls ( when they first opened)

Southeast Asian Cuisine in Lowell ( before they dumbed down their menu)

Speed's (before anybody knew who he was )

The place, on the left, just before the bathrooms , in the old, upstairs, Chinatown mall, where the older women would sit making dumplings, best i have ever had.

(though Rauxa isnt a bad vote)

Jun 01, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

Uh oh, looks bad for me. I want 20 things on this menu.

We Chowhounders tend to bitch and moan a lot about the lack of great Mexican food, the non-existentce of the perfect Parisian pain in the area, or a taco place that dosent do takeout, but as a Metrowest-raised man approaching 60, I can only marvel at the idea that there is a place that serves "roasted eel with sauce" within a decent golf drive from one of the first established Mcdonalds in the Boston area.

(Actually Fitchburg was first in '63, but Natick was no later than '66)

No crab rangoon? No sweet and sour chicken? No carrots, no tomatoes? On route 9? In NATICK?

Sweet, sweet heresy.

Red Pepper; The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes!

Of course, I TRIED it, but leaving the insulting aside,
The beans had a squeaky crunchy quality to them, no discernable chicken flavor and no real heat

A rare mis-order in one of my favorite places in the area, ( I believe I have defended my favorite, Red Pepper sufficiently in the past)

This prep is probably exactly correct. I didnt care for the dish, found it dull, would not order it again.

Thats all im sayin'. You dont know until you try.

My reaction was certainly more restrained than the time I gave a Japanese giri friend a Fluffernutter sandwich and she actually spat it out in the sink of my South End apartment

May 28, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Red Pepper; The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes!

how is the prep for this disH?

I recently got the chicken and pickled long bean at Lao Sichuan, Framingham, it arrived as a tray full of 1/4" long pieces of pickled long beans interspersed with nearly indiscernable pieces of ground chicken and a few red peppers.

Quite honestly , it looked like the fish food we used to use in the me
dium sized tanks at the aquarium.

Out it went.

May 26, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Red Pepper; The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes!

That soup is the best cold weather soup in Metrowest and possibly the whole Boston area.

I love this place, it can be inconsistent but when its on , wow.

May 25, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Naco Taco

While I see your point this is a taco place, not Alinea

But hey, what do I care.? Exploring the food opportunities in Woburn has become a full time job and being able to park rather than battle the Central Square mess has much appeal to me.

I wish them luck.

May 18, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Kebab and Tandoor Waltham, Best Indian Inside 128

Im confused. Youre recommending the place but you have not been there?

May 18, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Kebab and Tandoor Waltham, Best Indian Inside 128

oooohhhh, this makes me very sad. I have not been in the place for a while but for years it was my favorite.

But a lot can change in a couple of years.

On a different note have eaten at Zaika Bistro in Woburn a couple of times and found it quite good.

Back to Pongal for a check?

May 17, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Naco Taco

A taco place that dosent do takeout?

I dont believe i have ever heard that before.

May 17, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area

How do the Brazilian restaurants in Woburn rate?

That why I did not do Tudo on my crawl of Woburn.

After Zaika, a #4 at Genes and some fried chicken at Eri's, ( and several 16 oz beers) my stomach hurt for hours.

Getitng old aint for sissies.

May 16, 2015
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Partridge curry. yeah.

Possibly worth a trip up the M6, in a circuit to Portmerion to the "Prisoner" village.

May 09, 2015
hyde in General Topics
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I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

the names of specific places?

im thinking i cannot walk in anywhere and order marinated milkfish.

but i do like the vietnamese/cajun double bill.

May 09, 2015
hyde in General Topics

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

The point is, I am not from your town.

There are 200 places in downtown Boston that serve fair food and beer. Sure, you can wander around and MAYBE hit it rich, the conceit is five SPECIFIC places off the radar, close to each other where you can spend an afternoon getting fed and drinked that i would not notice being from out of town.

My food crawl was in Woburn, the Tacoma of Boston (closer, but same gritty background) now up and coming as rents in Boston do not allow for small, interesting, ethnic or otherwise innovation. My bet is Seattle is the same, Whats happening in Dunlap?

For instance.

May 09, 2015
hyde in General Topics