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Tried BOMA tonight

To be fair, he was VERY nice and clearly swamped... but not terribly experienced. I felt badly for the poor guy- but won't be heading back.

Nov 09, 2012
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Tried BOMA tonight

Had an incredibly disappointing dinner there last night. It was just pretty pedestrian, with swamped but rookie service, and with so many other solid options in the South End, we won't be heading back.

The space was cool, but the layout didn't make any sense- servers had to wade through the bar crowd (and it was hopping!) to get to the tables upfront by the windows. This meant 20 minutes before we got water, another 15 before drink orders were taken, another 5 to get us the correct drink we had actually ordered... Not entirely the waiter's fault, but it felt like we were in the land of the lost up there. The waiter was nice, but clearly new to the game- he took our orders while holding some other table's empty butter dish and plate full of crumbs, stacked all of our plates atop one another when clearing, etc.

Menu seems to have expanded since some of the previous posters went. We had the kale, orange, and fennel salad (though fennel was conspicuously absent. When we commented to the waiter, he said he wouldn't recognize fennel anyway if it hit him in the face. Um, yep.) which was fine though unexciting, roasted clams with chorizo (pretty good, and above and beyond the best dish of the night), and a lame cheeseburger. After the raves here we had been expecting greatness from the burger, but although we ordered medium-rare, it was pretty medium. The homemade ketchup was fine though didn't do much for us, and the duck fat fries paled in comparison to the fries at Duck Fat up in Portland- couldn't even taste the deliciousness we're used to up there.

Total for all + a glass of wine and the aforementioned drink was $56 + tip.

It was totally mobbed on a Friday night- tables were largely full, and the bar was 3 deep by the time we left.

In all, it was disappointing given that there's such a strong gastropub right down the street in Gallows. If they're going to be right down the block, you'd think BoMa would have brought their A-game. Instead, everything was just very flat and unexciting. I could see going back to sit at the bar, have a glass of wine and the roasted clams, but why bother when Gallows is leaps and bounds better?

Nov 03, 2012
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge

We just had dinner at TM and while the food was generally good, the pickled ginger was absolutely disgusting- this problem has definitely not yet been fixed. It tasted like it had been dunked in ammonia. Yeck.

Nov 08, 2011
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Like Oleana, but not Oleana

If you mean the Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, I would definitely advise against. It's much more of a corporate, hotel-y feel than OP is looking for.

Jun 07, 2011
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Where to find sloe gin?

Bought some at Cambridge Wine & Spirits in Alewife a couple months ago...good stuff, but a little pricey

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Cambridge Wine & Spirits
202 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jan 09, 2011
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

BEST wedding caterer?

@uwsister and @ManhattanLawyer, thanks! They sound fabulous and have been super responsive so far.

Sep 30, 2010
iamsam in Manhattan

Best caterer on the East End of LI?

Gotpork, sounds like we're looking for something similar. We're planning a wedding in September 2011 on the N Fork but are considering caterers in the N and S Forks as well as based out of Manhattan.

Some we've heard good things about, but would love additional reviews on:
- Art of Eating
- Creative Edge
- Callahan (may be too precious)
- Acqualina

Sep 15, 2010
iamsam in New York State (exc. NYC)

BEST wedding caterer?

Does anyone have any experience working with Creative Edge?

Sep 15, 2010
iamsam in Manhattan

looking for great North Fork wedding caterer -

bartowchurch, would love to hear what you ended up choosing.

Aug 26, 2010
iamsam in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rocca vs. Coppa

Definitely Coppa, by a long shot.

Went to Rocca a few weeks ago, and found the food to be far more precious than Coppa (though not as interesting, flavor-wise). The menu looks to have changed a bit since, but in particular:

Rocca's Formaggi Bianco (parmesan, taleggio, ramps & garlic) vs. Coppa's Rampe pizza (Rampe / Wild leeks, mozzarella, chili flake and sunny side farm egg): advantage Coppa (leeks more flavorful, and that delicious runny egg)

Rocca's Taleggio Envelopes (morels, fava leaves, ramps & peas) vs. any of Coppa's pastas: advantage Coppa (the flavor of the envelopes was nice, but 4 small envelopes, with a toned-down taleggio taste? Not impressed.)

The crispy artichokes at Rocca were nice as a bar snack.

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Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Jun 09, 2010
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Best Fish and Chips in Boston?

In my opinion, Publick House has the best fish and chips in the area. The horseradish tartar sauce is a close second to Neptune's.

JJ Foley's does a decent job also

At the other end of the spectrum is Pop's rendition. Precious little piece of fish and a soggy fry job.

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Publick House
1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

May 10, 2010
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

If I Liked ....., Where Should I Go for My "Last Supper?"

Have been in and out of NO a few times over the last few months for work and really enjoying the food (based in FQ / CBD each time). I'm nearing my last visit this coming week, and want to make sure I hit the remaining "must-do's" with my final two dinners (and one final lunch). I'll be a solo diner.

Love love loved Herbsaint on my last visit. (Tried a fried lamb's neck special that was out of this world.)

I've really enjoyed the po' boy at Stanley for my last couple trips, nice relaxed vibe there too. Also have enjoyed the po' boy at Mother's.

Was underwhelmed by Luke on my last visit (felt generic, food was solid but not exceptional). Enjoyed Commander's for the scene and again had a very good-but-not-great meal, had a nice pecan-crusted seafood meal at Brennan's. Hit NOLA one night as it was close to my hotel and had a perfectly good meal at the bar (though not wow'ed).

Some places I'm considering, but would also love to hear recommendations on other must-do's:
- Cochon
- Coquette
- MiLA
- August

In sum... something inventive, something very New Orleans, something I'll miss when my near-monthly trips come to an end... I want a Last Supper!

Thanks in advance.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Apr 25, 2010
iamsam in New Orleans

East by Northeast - Open

For what it's worth, I noticed last night that Coppa had added in some of those heavy curtains up front. (Much needed!)

Jan 14, 2010
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Going to Coda on Friday, What's Good?

Enjoyed the charcuterie plate a couple months back. Not sure it was a "can't miss" but it beat the mussels and mac and cheese, both of which were fine but nothing spectacular.

Dec 07, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Besides soup, what to do with butternut squash?

In attempting to "use up" two giant b-nut squashes over the past week, I made:
- http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/rigatoni-with-roasted-butternut-squash-and-pancetta
(made some small tweaks, like adding garlic / chicken stock, and using penne, but it was FABulous
)- http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/a... (pretty good with a dollop of nonfat greek yogurt / creme fraiche and some pancetta sprinkled on top!)

Nov 04, 2009
iamsam in Home Cooking

Market at the W Hotel-Jean-Georges in Boston

The foie brulee dish was pretty great (even if it is on the menu at all the other JG places). One of those, "Hmm, why has no one else thought of that before?" dishes. Was less impressed with the lobster, which was fine but unremarkable save for the interesting lemon spaetzle on the side.

Nov 04, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Market at the W Hotel-Jean-Georges in Boston

Were you able to find the menu online?

Nov 02, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

sesame seeds?

anyone have good suggestions for where to go to buy sesame seeds (more than just the tiny bottles they sell at WF)?

hmart? christina's?

thanks!

Oct 19, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Craigie on Main - Cocktails

Interesting! We were there last week and had a huge portion. Absolutely delicious-- very tender / not at all rubbery.

May 06, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Fiddlehead fever

Russo's had them this afternoon.

Apr 27, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Restaurants near Jury's Hotel

As of Sunday afternoon lunch (nearly empty, by the way!), the lobster stew was actually an appetizer, not an entree. Smoky bacon, Verrill turnips, big chunks of lobster. It was surprisingly light for its cream base, and was apparently made with pea puree.

We were tempted by the risotto with clams-- glad to hear it didn't disappoint!

Mar 23, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Best French Toast in my life at Beehives!

I love the french toast at Beacon Hill Bistro.

Feb 20, 2009
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

brandy-soaked cherries?

great! thanks, rlh and phatchris!

Dec 25, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

brandy-soaked cherries?

Anyone know where I can buy some brandy-soaked cherries in Boston? Barring that, any Boston-area drinks that include these?

Thanks!

Dec 22, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

L'Espalier These Days

There's also apparently a 6-course seasonal prix fixe for $102 without wine, which I hear from a friend last night included ? blanking on course 1, foie gras with chanterelles, "some fish from Hawaii", lamb, cheese plate, and dessert.

Dec 18, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Burrata: Don't try the trader joe's version!

lionette's market had great burrata a few months ago.

Nov 12, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Anybody been to Barbara Lynch's new place, Sportello?

tasting menu & prix fixe menu, which can be ordered a la carte. no ordering food while sitting in the lounge seats by the window, not sure about at the bar proper. all tables in what was formerly the "cafe" now have the regular menu.

Nov 10, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Dinner for a Bachelorette Party

Tangierino, Cuchi Cuchi, Eastern Standard, Union...

Location preference?

Oct 17, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Drink opening tomorrow?

the word:

no drink list, no wine list, no visible bottles.

2 reds, 2 whites, 1 sparkling.

1 pale ale, 1 stout.

Oct 03, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area

Drinks & Dinner: First Date

you're right that silvertone is more low key (although i wouldn't be super wowed by having to wait an hour for a table, as i had to do a few weeks ago, though it probably depends on the night of the week), but i do feel like a no 9 drinks date is bringing out the big guns-- especially now that they've done away with their bar menu! it's totally fine to do if the OP is into the girl, i just didn't think it fit the bill for a "small&dark beer&wine bar" he used to head to in new york.

Sep 10, 2008
iamsam in Greater Boston Area