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Gearing up for Portland trip

Duck Fat has very limited seating capacity and always has a line; I'd try to get there when they open.

The East Ender next door has a very interesting burger, " cold smoked" that I had recently. They cold smoke the beef, then grind it. Very flavorful.

Jul 23, 2015
Msample in Northern New England

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

For a chain, I'd agree it's pretty good.

Jul 23, 2015
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua Area News - Part 2

Seen a menu ? None that I saw on the website. I am a bit skeptical of pulling off a farm to table concept in what looks to be essentially the same layout as Crush was. That strip mall spot does not help sell higher prices, which is one issue the prior tenant had I think.

Jun 16, 2015
Msample in Northern New England

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

I've gotten half pounds at BTs all the time. And they have combo platters as well.

Jun 09, 2015
Msample in Southern New England

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

If I had one criticism, the menu is not very flexible. While meats not on the bone are by the pound, the smallest increment is a half pound. For solo dining, that means either you take home a lot of leftovers, or can only sample a small number of meats. I'd love to see an optoin for quarter pound increments. If you're with several other people, this is not an issue.

Perhaps as they evolve they'll introduce combo platters of some sort. To be fair, this is not unusual for joints of the "by the pound" variety - many of the Texas style NY places are the same way.

Jun 08, 2015
Msample in Southern New England

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

A new place opened in Ridgefield called Hoo Doo Brown BBQ.

http://hoodoobrownbbq.com/

They've only been open a couple weeks and are still ironing out some kinks - the menu still hasn't been nailed down, no lunch, and as of last week, no take out - and they are still figuring some stuff out, but it shows great promise. The pitmaster came from Hometown BBQ in Brooklyn, one of the best places I've ever been.

I had brisket and ribs last Thursday and both were extremely good. No sauce, and veering towards a simple salt and pepper rub , plus smoke of course . Some photos on Pigtrip from this past weekend look equally as good.

If you're in the area, definitely worth checking out. If what I had last week continues on a consistent basis, they'll easily vault up to the top tier of BBQ in the region.

Jun 08, 2015
Msample in Southern New England

BBQ in Southern NH

Phils in Milford is indeed a gem, in particular his brisket is top notch. If you're ever in the area, def check it out !

As far as catering, that could be tough. I looked into having him cater a gig a few years ago and it wasn't going to pan out. His rig is relatively immobile - it takes him a good day to get it rready to move. So if you want cooking on site, that probably won't work unless its after he closes for the season sometime in October.

Goody Coles is closer, that may be a better choice.

Did a search, this topic has come up before .

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9017...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8148...

Jun 01, 2015
Msample in Northern New England

Nashua Area News - Part 2

Hopefully they'll fare better than the prior occupants ( Crush).

Jun 01, 2015
Msample in Northern New England

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Please. Living where they do, what did they expect ? Its freaking Mass Ave, not out beyond 495. I think residents are too often allowed to hinder businesses with this sort of NIMBY attitude. Its not like Scelfo is opening a strip club. And the location is empty, putting something in there will help the neighborhood.

Alamo Texas Bar-B-Que and Tequila Bar will be located in Brookline, N.H.

They lost me at " might get a smoker ". If you're using BBQ in the title, you damn well better have a smoker.

Apr 13, 2015
Msample in Northern New England

Wegmans Burlington... any reports?

I don't get to Burlington that often, so I when I found myself on a rainy Saturday afternoon I decided to brave the crowds.

My word of advice: don't use a shopping cart for the right third of the store ( where the prepared foods, meats, and deli counters are ) or you'll never get anywhere. After being stuck behind one oblivious person after another, I brought my useless cart back and got a basket, much easier to get around. If you need to get a ton of stuff, just do your shopping with a basket first then dump the stuff in a cart once you get out of the absolute shit show that is the right hand third of the store.

Got some tasty swordfish for only $8.99/lb and some yummy fresh baked pretzel rolls among other things.

Nov 03, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area
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Nashua area news?

Fresh Market would get crushed with Whole Foods across the street.

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

First week of business or not, they should have been prepared for the initial rush . When I hear it takes 10 minutes for a simple bagel and cream cheese with only two people in line, that tells me something. And at these prices, they can certainly afford to hire more counter help. They're putting bagels in a bag, not plating molecular gastronomy.

I'll probably try it at some point, but not til the shit show dies down.

Oct 31, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

There are tons of places along the Killington Access rd, but they might not all be open yet. I've been there in late September and there have been several options. Certainly more than Fairlee had.

Oct 08, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Speakeasy opening in Manchester

Hmm, if they are trying to emulate the wave of craft cocktail bars that has sprouted up in Boston I am wondering if Manch Vegas has a large enough customer base to support it - and the high prices that usually come with such a place.

Oct 07, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Where is the Bedford one going?

I would agree that the small size is a bit underwhelming.

Aug 30, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

New Restaurant in Penalty Box Space (Causeway Street)?

Anyone know their hours ? Their Facebook page is pretty inactive and no luck on the phone.

Jul 11, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Restaurant Wars

Todays Globe states that the show received 16,000 applicants and crashed the email account . That may explain some of the lack of response.

Restaurants with Parking

There is a decent sized public lot about a block NW of Craigie on Main off Bishop St that always has ample parking available when I've gone on Saturdays . And its only a 10 minute walk to the Kendall Sq area .

May 21, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

I walked by today and it still looks like they aren't quite ready to open yet.

May 17, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Milford Fish Market and Aspirations???

This appears to be the same article from the Cabinet, no paywall ( which is a joke for a site like the Telegraph ) .

http://www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabine...

Bottom line, I'd say its toast.

Apr 25, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua Nh

I can see it backing up to the Rt 3/Exit 8 traffic light easily. Gonna suck having to go to downtown Nashua via 101A from the west; I can see eastbound traffic backing up over the Rt 3 overpass as well.

Apr 22, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Portland options [split from Boston]

Was in Portlad last month on a weekend mid afternoon and while the line outside Duckfat was insane, we had no problem getting a table at East Ender. Interesting menu, we were quite happy. And the fries were pretty good - maybe not as good as what I've heard about Duckfat, but still quite good.

Feb 11, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Chen Yang Li Nashua NH closed?

Rt 101A westbound , exit 7 off Rt 3. Less than a mile down on the right.

Jan 13, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Closer yes, but still out of the way. I don't drive out to BTs as a destination, but rather hit it when I am travelling to/from CT on 84 . Its literally about 1 minute off the highway. Winthrop is pretty far off the beaten path when I am in the Boston area.

Jan 09, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

I have heard good things about Blackstrap. Problem is that it really is off the beaten path for me and many others I suspect; the temporary closure of the Callahan making it even more so.

Jan 08, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Lesters recently changed hands. I went a couple weeks ago and it wasn't as good as past visits, but one visit is obviously not a trend necessarily. I do wonder if turnover ( of food ) was a reason - the location is in a relatively quiet area.

Overall I'd still give the nod to BT's, but Lesters is certainly more convenient for a lot of people in the Boston area.

Whether you like the brisket at BT or not, one other advantage of them is that they always have specials, some of which are quite creative. This sets them apart from most other BBQ places. They post them on their Facebook page...its all I can do not to drive down there when I see of them.

Jan 03, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

That would seem to be an unlikely spot for a Cheesecake Factory, which seems to always be located in a higher end mall or lifestyle center .

Oct 29, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Anything good to eat at Market St. Lynnfield?

It is the same developer as Legacy Place in Dedham, so expect chains.

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/...

Aug 29, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

No Name restaurant

Has their food actually gotten worse, or have your taste buds gotten more discerning ? I went there about 20 some odd years ago and remember it being decent; I am sure if I had the same exact meal today I'd be less charitable. Back then the options for seafood were a lot more limited than they are now.

Aug 27, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area