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Genoa

I would be interested in the answer to this question. Mr Plotkin? Thanks.

May 05, 2011
jonship in Italy

american abroad: critique my list [London]

It might be out of your way depending on where you are staying, but Belle Epoque on Newington Green does a very good croissant and great tarts

Jan 21, 2011
jonship in U.K./Ireland

chinese supermarkets

Yes. Super-88 at the intersection of Washington and Herald is definitely closed, and C-Mart has a coming-soon banner up on the place.

Sep 30, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

NYC Attorney Returning to Cambridge for Recruiting Dinner

Definitely not TW Food. I have not been, but from what I know about it, it's definitely not "mainstream". The other suggestions, Rendezvous and Dante sound much safer.

Sep 26, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Saturday Brunch, what's good?

Of those three I would pick Union. It will certainly come in at under $20 pp, especially if you pick the $9.95 brunch special. I'd say Masa if you are looking for something Southwestern-leaning. I like Aquitane too, but if you have not been to Union or Aquitane, then go with Union and try Aquitane another time. I have found Aquitane a little less relaxing than Union (tables closer, noisier and generally more frantic). Personally, not ideal for a (sometimes slightly hungover) brunch.

Sep 26, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a Montreal restaurant, kind of like L'Utopie

Six of us from Boston will be visiting Montreal in October. We are eating at Au Pied de Cochon one night. I have searched the boards and found it rather overwhelming, so was hoping someone might be able to recommend a restaurant for the the second night. Given that we'll be doing some serious eating at Au Pied de Cochon, and one of the group is a vegetarian that will have to suffer through that meal, we are looking for something a bit lighter, and fish and vegetable-biased, but not vegetarian. We recently had the bottle menu at L'Utopie in Quebec City, enjoyed that, and ideally would like something similar. Interesting ingredients and quite imaginative rather than Cassoulet, Duck Confit, Steak Frites etc. (all of which I do like mind you).
We're staying at Place D’Armes 55, St-Jacques Street West, Old Montreal. Thanks.

Sep 15, 2008
jonship in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Eating in the Beacon Hill area

Blue Ribbon BBQ is at 1375 Washington St in West Newton, whereas you'll be staying at 320 Washington. Coming from the UK, the novelty of BBQ might make the taxi/2.5 mile walk back to your hotel worthwhile.

Sep 05, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

FINZ in Dedham Wows with Freshest Oysters

You really love FINZ in Dedham huh?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/508659

Sep 04, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Whats the address of Super 88 in Chinatown

I went by there last night - signs seem to have changed - is it no longer Super 88?

Aug 28, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Dinner for 5 near Hynes Conv Center

Don Ricardo's in the South End. I don't know if they take reservations, but I've never seen it full (that's not a reflection on the food). Not pricey at all, but if by nice you mean swanky, it's not swanky. Peruvian and Brazilian. About a 15 min walk from Hynes.

Aug 27, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Convenient brunch location in Boston?

Union in the South End. About a mile off 93. Pretty reasonbly priced. One of my favourite brunches. I've taken friends with kids there a bunch of times and they have always been very accomodating. They take reservations too which helps, and letting them know you have a baby means they might pick a table which is more convenient for seating. www.unionrestaurant.com.

Aug 27, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

breakfast pizza?

The Tremont 647 breakfast pizza disappeared a year or two ago (much to my wife's disappointment). We bothered Andy Husbands about it at a pork event sometime in the middle of winter and he said it would be back in 2 or 3 months. As of last month there was sadly still no sign.

Jul 07, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

BYOB places?

The opentable information about Oishii says 'Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)'.

Jun 26, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Midlevel French

I have been to both, but not to Kenmore Sq in a while since the South End location opened and is more convenient. I can't think of any major differences. I think the South End has a larger outdoor space. Kenmore Sq has a downstairs without windows I think whereas the South End has large windows overlooking Columbus. I can't recall any differences in food, and I'm afraid I've not had the steak frites. I can recommend the calf's liver and more recently I've enjoyed the herring, sardines and escargots. Other's I've been with have found the Beef Bourgignon a little inconsistent.

Jun 26, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Midlevel French

Both Petit Robert and Pierrot are great recommendations for 'midrange options with a solid French menu'. I've only been to Pierrot once, it was good, but I really like Petit Robert and am consistently surprised at how reasonably-priced it can be, particularly at lunch. I could sit and chew on the bread with some pâté all day. Some people on here will complain about service, but I've been a bunch of times and it's been great. Sure, it's not L'espalier, but it's solid.

Jun 26, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

How is Coda on Columbus Ave?

I guess I just needed to be a little more imaginative. I was thinking of all those lame dry as a bone chicken breasts on a bun with limp lettuce and nasty tomato at a lot of bars/pubs.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

How is Coda on Columbus Ave?

Fair enough. I think I've only ever had the beef/chicken combo at Chacarero.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

How is Coda on Columbus Ave?

Not to cause a sidetrack, but can you name an unforgettable chicken sandwich in Boston? This board has a lot of discussions about burgers, hotdogs and pizzas, but I rarely see a chicken sandwich recommendation. I think the reason for that is that chicken sandwiches are inherently forgettable.
Oh, and I quite like Coda. Search for previous discussions....there has been numerous mentions of the burger and the mac+cheese.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Rehersal Dinner Ideas

Eastern Standard. The default answer to a lot of questions on this board, but I think it would work particuarly well here. They could easily handle a large party and I think there's also a private room, but maybe not big enough for 30-40. I can't imagine that anyone would struggle to find something on the menu that appeals, even people you might think bland, and there are more interesting things for others. It's not outrageously expensive and it has valet parking as well as lots/metered parking nearby if the Sox aren't at home. Also easily accessible by the green line and a number of buses.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Taking my 17yr. old cousin to Boston, MA, any cool restaurants & places she would like?

Actually more I think of it, the SP is probably a good call. They take reservations too. Then in the neighbourhood is The Squealing Pig and Mission Bar both of which you should be able to take a 17-year old, at least on the earlier side. Plus, there's a JP Licks right there too.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Taking my 17yr. old cousin to Boston, MA, any cool restaurants & places she would like?

I think Savant Project, Enormous Room and River Gods are all great recommendations. As to whether a 17-year old would get into the Enormous Room, I'm not sure. It's definitely the more of a lounge/club of the three and the only one with a guy at the door. You'd certainly have no problem at either Savant Project and River Gods. I've seen 1-year olds at River Gods, so 17 must be ok. I may be wrong but of the three, I think Savant Project is the only one with a live band whereas the other two have mostly DJs. I thought the SP is also the only one with outdoor space, but the enormous room website says it has a patio coming soon. I have only been to the SP once, but liked it, and thought it kind of like a smaller beehive with less of the well-discussed disadvantages of that establishment.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Liberty Hotel

That's kind of what I was getting at above - a bit of a zoo at the weekend. To the point where my friend paying to stay at the hotel couldn't get a drink without joining a queue. Ridiculous. Yes, places have restrictions on capacity, but there should always be sufficient space for hotel guests to use hotel amenities.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Disappointment at Oleana

I would hope/expect a meal at Oleana to last for about 2 hours, especially when you're looking to spend time with 'special guests'. Sounds spot on to me. 5 min wait for a dessert menu when you're not in a hurry? What's wrong with that? What restaurants in Boston in that price range might you choose with service more to your liking? ie quicker.

Jun 24, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Liberty Hotel

I can't speak about the food, but I've been a few times for drinks in the main lobby area (I am not sure if this part has a name). It looks fantastic, a really unique space and definitely worth checking out. BUT on weekends it has become quite a scene, some folks very dressed up, some very dressed down, with lines outside. Recently a friend of mine that was staying at the hotel was asked to wait in line to get a drink at the hotel at which she was a guest. As for the drinks themselves - I remember respectable standards, but some of their own concoctions on their cocktail menu weren't so successful. In particular I remember something with way too much cinnamon which made my wife cough. A lot. Expensive too.

Jun 23, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Beer + moderately priced grub next to the redline T?

I'm probably going to kick myself, but what's ABF?

Jun 20, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

South End Buttery

'exorbitant prices and poor service' - does this refer to the South End generally or just the Buttery? I don't think that service in the South End is generally poorer than than the rest of the city.

Jun 20, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

South End Buttery

Maybe I'm shooting myself in the foot here, but I've had some great weekends recently by giving the Buttery a miss, walking right past the mess that is Flour at the weekend and getting coffee and pastries at Aroa, which is about a block further along Washington towards Mass Ave. It's been almost empty in there, with free tables vs. the fight for a communal table covered in newspapers and used cups at Flour.
As for the pastries - haven't sampled too much, but the macaroon was great, the buttermilk scone was just ok, my wife said the mini croissant was great and the couple of chocolates I've tried were delicious. Coffee was good and the service incredibly nice.
Everything is made in house at what looks like a beautiful kitchen behind glass behind the counter. I worry that it's not very busy when I've been there, but I think people will catch on. Not cheap, but no different from other places in the neighbourhood, and a lot of pastries come on the small side (like the mini croissant) for $1.25 or something, so if you're just looking for a bit of something sweet to go with your coffee it works well.

Jun 19, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Any thoughts on 606 Congress?

Wesley Morris gave it a pretty positive review in the Globe. Michael Schlow is involved it seems. I haven't been, some friends have and weren't impressed, but I'm surprised to have not seen much mention here.
Any thoughts?

Jun 18, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

South End Buttery

Oh boy, you should try the weekends for some real fun and games.

Jun 16, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area

Any Monday or Tuesday Dinner Deals you know of?

Wine Monday ($60) and Cheese Tuesday ($68) at L'espalier. More than the $50 you mentioned, but includes wine. It's a pretty easy green line ride to Hynes Convention Center from where your friend is staying. Be aware that as a party of two you may be seated at a communal table, less likely a party of 4 or more. I've been to, and enjoyed, both but I imagine for some people the sitting with strangers part might put you off. Their website has a full description.
http://www.lespalier.com/events/

Jun 16, 2008
jonship in Greater Boston Area