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Awesome burgers: new thread

They missed the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, which has a very good burger cooked on their wood-fired grill. Nice char, juicy and almost always perfectly medium rare.

1 day ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sour cherries?

Actually I just came from Russo's and they had quarts of sour cherries for $5.99.

Jul 27, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Native corn

As of yesterday, they only had NJ tomatoes as far as locals go. They were just ok.

Jul 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

I picked up some more of this CT corn at Wilson yesterday and found it sweeter and a bit more flavorful than last week. It's still tender and juicy. I'd get it again.

Wagon Wheel on the Lexington/Waltham border also has CT corn, but I haven't tried it.

Jul 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

3 weeks in Boston after 2 years absence

I've been to State Park three or four times and the food has been quite good. It is an interesting mix of dive bar decor with reasonably priced somewhat upscale food. Service has been spot on, casual, friendly and well-informed. I've really enjoyed anything with crispy trout (I think they took the nettle risotto that came with it off the menu, which is too bad), the fried chicken and the bbq spaghetti. You have to ask what the vegetarian entree is, unfortunately, but my son absolutely loved the risotto that he had.

Jul 18, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Waltham fishmonger?

Good to know about Wagon Wheel fish. I'm often tempted but it's so hard to know what the turnover is and with Star almost next store I usually don't take the chance.
I've also really enjoyed the salmon from Star. It's quite fresh when it's on sale. I just wish they'd scale the fish. I like the crispy skin but it's tough to grip small pieces to scale them at home.

Jul 17, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Waltham fishmonger?

I actually prefer the Market Basket to the Star. It has a better selection of most of what I buy and the prices are much better for most things, especially dairy and fish. The fish is often fresher, too. I end up at Star more often since I live less than a mile from there but it's only out of convenience, not preference.

Wagon Wheel is also a convenient stop for produce and they've started carrying more local stuff in the last couple of years. I do like Wilson for their own produce and the corn last year was fabulous.

Jul 17, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

You can go to the Food Network site, click on videos and full episodes, and log into your Verizon account with the link there. FN will let you watch after you've logged in.

You may need to go to the Verizon site first and log in. Sometimes it's a little tricky but if it doesn't work, try again the next day. That's how I've been watching all the episodes.

Jul 16, 2015
bear in Food Media & News

Vacation Closings

Suvaai/Curry 'n Wok is closed for vacation until July 20. Learned that the hard way.

Jul 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

Picked up a few ears of Connecticut corn from Wilson Farm in Lexington yesterday. I'd say just ok overall. The ears were smallish but still developed. It didn't have a ton of flavor, and certainly nothing compared to Wilson's own corn. It was tender, though. Damn, I forgot to ask when their own corn would be ready.

Jul 15, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Recent Visits: Navy Yard Bistro or West Side Lounge?

Yes to Brewer's Fork. Five of us went a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. Excellent crust, terrific clam and bacon pizza (maybe with some shallots and thyme?), tasty cheeses and dips. They've done a nice job with the space.

Jul 15, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Any decent brunch places reasonably close to Faneuil Hall?

Anthem right in Faneuil Hall is passable and certainly would be convenient. About a ten minute walk in either direction could bring you to Ward 8 or Granary Tavern. The food is pretty good at both places and kids would be welcome. North 26 is pricier but convenient.

Jul 15, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Reports on farmers markets, CSAs, farm stands etc. July & August 2015

Oh, thanks for the heads-up. I'll check them out soon.

Jul 14, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Cambridge

Huh, Blumie, I didn't realize that Henrietta's served breakfast on Sundays. I assumed it was brunch only. That would be my first recommendation for a 9ish breakfast for sure. My husband and I usually eat out on Saturday mornings, and Henrietta's is our favorite local pre-10 am place.

Thanks for the info since we always avoid Henrietta's on Sundays since we have no interest in the buffet.

Jul 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Cambridge

If you can wait until 10, you'll have many more options.

A few before-10 options off the top of my head:

Brookline Lunch in Central Sq. Nothing fancy, but solid mostly house-made food.

Veggie Galaxy in Central Sq. Again, nothing extraordinary but nice, well-made vegetarian breakfast options.

The Friendly Toast in Kendall: a zoo, usually. Fun but over-the-top menu and pretty inconsistent. Fun for young people.

Tory Row in Harvard Square: Straight-forward decent food.

As far as walking, that could be tough. Bambara in the Hotel Marlowe might be walkable depending on where you park. The food is good. I haven't been since they remodeled, but it had sort of a hotel-restaurant feel to it so that made the experience feel a bit generic. That may have changed now.

Jul 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

Yes, we had several meals with the delicious Wilson corn last year. 20 days isn't so very long to wait. Thanks for the info.

Jul 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

Please let us know how it is, SC. I'll check out Wilson Farm in Lexington within the next couple of days.

Jul 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy bulk Valhrona?

I happened to be at Marty's yesterday and asked. They didn't have Valrhona bars (plenty of Callebaut) but they did have Valrhona dark chocolate disks in pint containers. I forgot to check the price per pound. The pints were about $7 each.

Jul 10, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

eel

I don't think the Waltham Mulan has reopened. They have been renovating and expanding, iirc.

Jul 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Residential Range Hood Cleaning

Eewww..good thing I watched that after lunch.

Jul 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Residential Range Hood Cleaning

Thanks, treb. I just sent the Lexington franchise an email.

Jul 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Residential Range Hood Cleaning

Hi, Penny. There are certainly many results from a search for residential range cleaning in Mass., but investigating the search results almost always shows services for a commercial kitchen. I figured it was worth a shot asking for experiences here.

I haven't joined Angie's List yet, so I guess that will be my next move if I don't get any leads here. Thanks for the suggestions.

Jul 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Waltham fishmonger?

Oh, and I forgot to say that, for fin fish, Market Basket has been excellent. I've never gotten anything less than really fresh and the prices are usually lower than anywhere else. I occasionally have had to change my meal plan if they've been outl of what I'm looking for, though.

If you like lobster, you can also have them steam your order while you shop. Also, I've made a quick lobster roll using their store-cooked, chilled lobster meat.

Jul 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Brothers in Brookline - not just for breakfast any more!

Yes, I'm also interested in the feel of the space.

Jul 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Residential Range Hood Cleaning

I have a Broan Elite range hood vented to the outside. I routinely clean the screens in the dishwasher, but have noticed that some oil is seeping out from inside the hood in the sealed area. I would love to have the range hood cleaned professionally, but am having difficulty finding someone who does residential cleaning.

I'm in Waltham, and would really appreciate any leads. Thanks!

Jul 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Brothers in Brookline - not just for breakfast any more!

Thanks, BobB. That's helpful.

Jul 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Waltham fishmonger?

I believe that Steamer's from the Nonantum section of Newton is at Russo's on Fridays and Saturdays. They used to be, but I can't find any confirmation on line.

Depending on where you live in Waltham, Nonantum is pretty close and convenient. Steamer's might be a good option for you. It's fairly small, but I've had good luck with quality. I'm not sure about wild shrimp, though. You could hit up DePascuale's sausage market at the same time. They have excellent Italian sausages.

Jul 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Brothers in Brookline - not just for breakfast any more!

Great report, BobB. How's the atmosphere? Is it warm and inviting, or more functional? Thanks.

Jul 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Really good hardwood charcoal in Lexington area?

We're not talking about good-sized chunks. These are huge and take much longer than the rest of the coals to light. If I can buy good quality charcoal that I can use directly from the bag, I'd rather do that.

Jul 07, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

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...

Jul 03, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area