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Our New Favorite Fried Clams on the "North Shore":Funky Park Lunch in Glorious Newburyport!

Tryst in Arlington is offering it's "Clam Shack" menu Sun.-Wed. It includes Ipswich clams ($11, so probably a pretty small bag), lobster sliders, clam and corn chowder and soft-shell crabs. Anyone tried it?

http://www.trystrestaurant.com/dine/t...

1 day ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

Really good hardwood charcoal in Lexington area?

Yes, I've gotten the charcoal at Prime a couple of times. I didn't bother posting because I couldn't remember the brand. Much better than Cowboy, although there is the occasional large chunk, and a good-sized bag.

Also, the True Value/Ideal Hardware on Lexington St. in Waltham has choices other than Cowboy. I can't remember the brands but will check next time I'm there.

Wilson Farm also has a decent brand, also escaping me. (Tough to get old.)

Jul 02, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Soft Shell Crab Whales- Anyone Seen?

Oops! I meant Red Bird, not Red Raven, which is in Acton. Thanks for the correction.

Jun 30, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Soft Shell Crab Whales- Anyone Seen?

This isn't 100% on topic, oc, but I had a delicious huge soft shell BLT at Red Raven in Waltham last week. It was tender and sweet with a very good fry job. Nice buttered, grilled brioche bun and decent fries, too. The tomatoes were quite good for this time of year. I think it was a special, though.

Jun 30, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

And one on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, right near Sandy's Music, in between Harvard and Central. My first pesto pizza, and first thick crust. My sons loved the place, and my budding vegetarian son always ordered the whole grain crust.

A few years later, we moved a couple of miles from the Lexington place, and were really sad when it closed shortly after we moved here. It was definitely on its way out by then, though.

Jun 24, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

We picked up a few falafel from Sevan the other day to experiment with and my son tossed them in a touch of oil and grilled them over medium coals. That worked well. It was crispy but still pretty moist inside. So, a third method!

Jun 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

Not a favorite on the board, but Ristorante Fiore in the North End has availability. I'm not sure if that includes space on the rooftop deck. Does anyone know if the fireworks view is okay?

Jun 18, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

Thanks, lergnom and katzzz. I'll give the pre-made falafel another try when I'm too lazy or busy to make my own.

Jun 18, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Graham Central Station

There are picnic tables at Great Brook. The ice cream isn't bad, but not as creamy as I would like. It's fun to see the dairy cows and the milking machines. (I've been there on a school trip and we had a tour.) They don't use any of the milk from the cows in their ice cream, though.

Jun 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

This is a fun episode of Neighborhood Kitchens, which focuses quite a bit on Sevan.

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Neighbor...

Jun 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

katzzz, how do you reheat the falafel? Toaster oven, microwave?

Jun 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

The red pepper feta spread at Sevan is sublime.

Jun 15, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

The Verrill Farm strawberries I had last week were really good. I don't think they are organic but they probably use decent farming practices.

Jun 14, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Ikea??

I hear they have good meatballs...

Seriously, I don't spend much time in that area any more, but if you're in the mood for good Southeastern Mass. bar pizza, the Lynwood Cafe in Randolph makes a solid pie. Old-school dive bar atmosphere, though, so if you're not into that it may not work for you.

Jun 13, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

2 days in Boston with 12-13 yr olds, what eateries not to miss?

Summer Shack could take care of the baked beans craving as well as the request for simple seafood. I haven't had the beans at the restaurant, but really like Jasper's recipe for home-baked beans and would imagine it's a similar recipe. They are classic Boston Baked Beans.

Jun 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Spaghetti & Meatballs

I second the Tavolo recommendation. Very tasty.

Otto's pizza

My husband's reaction to Otto was similar to yours. He wanted more sauce, with the sauce on the bottom, so you're definitely not alone. My son and I both enjoyed our pizzas, though.

Jun 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Sonny Boy in Washington Square: Brookline adds another Breakfast stop

Yeah, I'm a ridiculous fan of homefries, so I'd be bummed if they didn't offer then at breakfast. Otherwise it sounds fun for a quick breakfast.

Jun 10, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

The Daily Table - prepared meals from salvaged ingredients

Nice piece on WBUR the other day:

https://www.wbur.org/2015/06/04/dorch...

Jun 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Best ice cream in Boston is..

That's genius.

Jun 03, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

B&G Lobster Rolls = Pricey

I usually have one a year when my work brings me to Kimball's. I'll be there in the middle of July. My roll last year had some celery, but very little. I'll report back after this year's.

Jun 01, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

B&G Lobster Rolls = Pricey

I noticed that the Westford Kimball's roll is listed on the website at $19.95 this year. Have you had one yet, hargau?

Jun 01, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

West on Centre, a warning

Yeah, yesterday I was watching Triple D while on the treadmill at the gym. Guy was at Bartley's, and the owner was vague when Guy said, "No seasoning". He muttered something about maybe a little kosher salt, but he certainly didn't use any. And when he made the onion rings, he said he uses plain cornmeal and specifically said he doesn't salt it, or salt the rings after frying. Bizarre.

Jun 01, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Choosing Between Sisters A 4 and Area Four: Stellar Pizza and More!

Kendall/Technology Square has a sign saying that they now take reservations.

May 31, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Naco Taco

Cal, thanks for responding and being open to some feedback. It will be interesting to see the evolution of the restaurant.

Between Burlington and Nashua, NH

Nice list, though!

May 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Gee, and when so many of us are bemoaning the lack of seafood-centric restaurants in the Boston area, that attitude seems pretty outrageous.

My son and his fiancee live in the Central Square area, and were beside themselves with the pretentious nimby attitude of the neighborhood associations around the whole Tasty Burger ordeal.

May 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

The brunch biscuit and gravy at the Centre Street Cafe in JP is quite good, although you may find that the delicious gravy overpowers the biscuit.

May 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch near Logan-accessible T line

In addition to the suggestions above, there is Ward 8 right outside of the North End. We had a decent brunch there a couple of months back and it's a pleasant, open space to linger on a nice day. In the North End itself, Vinoteca di Monica is now offering brunch. I've only been for dinner everyone but everyone in our party really enjoyed the food, and the Italian-leaning menu could be fun and unique.

May 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Trip Planning Help

This was such a fun report. Thanks for the vicarious chow experience!

May 14, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area