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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The Fletcher St. store is a new store, not the original. What most people call the original was on Dummer St. before it was rebuilt. My family shopped at the store on Dummer St. before it was rebuilt, but even that may have only been the first Demoulas grocery store and not the first lamb market, etc.

Aug 01, 2014
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

Legal Seafoods: Yay or Nay?

If you're not going to go to Legal where are you going to go in the Burlington area (+/- 15 min after which you can just go into Boston)? Despite the Nays and the fact that I've never been a huge Legal fan myself, I find a few things to be true:

1) The fish is fine. It may not be consistently prepared but that seems to be true everywhere else I've been at that level of service in the area. The prepared stuff like chowder and rolls are still better than many.
2) The higher end restaurants in the area like L'Andana aren't seafood restaurants. Unless 3 apps, and 4 entrees makes a seafood restaurant.
3) People knock it but don't suggest legitimate alternatives.

So where north and west of Boston do people suggest for seafood? What's your benchmark for a decent seafood resto?

Mar 27, 2013
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

The District, Portsmouth

We were there tonight and were very disappointed. We eat in the Portsmouth area a lot and there are much better choices. The meal was overpriced, but even ignoring that I can't find many good things to say about it.

All the food was underseasoned and served on unheated plates. The lackluster fare was made worse as it rapidly cooled. Some salt may have helped but the District is apparently one of those places that think they're above needing to put it on the table.

The poutine was among the worst I've had. The chewy fries in the poutine were also among the worst I've had. The curds were congealed clumps. Bad, as in barely edible.

The mixed grill, vegetarian ravioli, and duck left a lot to be desired. The duck was the best of it and was rather flavorless. Nothing terrible here, but nothing good either.

Needless to say, we'll never go back. If there had been one thing good about it, I'd give it another chance. Perhaps it was a bad night since it seems to be fairly popular, but we'll never know.

Our server was fine, so I have no complaints about the service. The atmosphere was also fine. Although I have a personal issue with being able to see televisions from the dining area, it didn't bother me.

I'm posting here so you can consider yourself warned.

Sep 09, 2012
1red111 in Northern New England

What's with the proliferation of fake french fries.

I was just thinking the same thing today.

Aug 24, 2010
1red111 in General Topics

What's with the proliferation of fake french fries.

Fortunately, legal action prevents Pringles from referring to their product as potato chips. The same should be done for this wretched imitation french fry. Like Pringles, people who enjoy processed foods will then be able to gleefully home in those menu items, while the rest of us will be able to once again order fries and actually get them

Aug 24, 2010
1red111 in General Topics

Microbreweries

Yeah, countless times. I'm from the Lowell area, used to live downtown, and still find myself there fairly often. It's not scenic nor especially interesting but I do like sitting on the patio with some Mako shark skewers.

May 29, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Got the book. Between it and this thread, I have all the info I need.

Thanks to all.

May 18, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

If Bar Harbor were closer, they would be at the top of my list. (Still a lot closer than DC)

May 18, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Yeah, I tried that but it didn't seem to get me anywhere.

May 18, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Thanks, still good info.

May 18, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Beef stroganoff - best ever? Buckley's steak house (Merrimack, NH)

Thanks, it's always good to hear about hidden gems like this. I might try this soon and wouldn't have considered it otherwise.

Apr 14, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Score! $15 on Amazon.com. I'm sure that will help.

BTW, I just tried www.flyinggoose.com in New London, NH and would definitely go back.

Apr 05, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Recs for Saturday night dinner in Milford, NH area?

A friend of mine likes Mile Away but I've never found an occasion to try it.

http://www.mileawayrestaurant.com/Din...

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Mile Away Restaurant
52 Federal Hill Rd, Milford, NH 03055

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Best Boston Fancy Lunch

Second on Via Matta. Upscale casual with outdoor seating. I usually get the Chicken Milanese.

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Via Matta
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

Seoul food sugestions?

San Nak Chi (live octopus)

I've spent a lot of time in Korea and Seoul, but my favorite places to eat were never the popular places. I would walk around the side streets and find places there. One of my favorite places was in the Kangnam area behind the Novotel hotel. It was family run, essentially out of their living room.

I like the beer banks too but I think they're gone from Seoul. Every table had it's own tap with two meters. One for how much you drank and one for how much you owe. After 10L the place I went would play music when you poured.

There are other things you can get there that you can't get (or might have a hard time getting) here. e.g., you could still get gaegogi when I was there but that was outside of Seoul. You may still be able to get it in places like Cheung-ju.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

Microbreweries

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in Nashua, NH?

+1

I was just about to post the same. Easily the best hash I've had.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Well seems like I'll be spending some time in VT this year.

I found a list of NH breweries but I don't know much about most of them:
nhliving.com/microbreweries

Here's a few more in ME that haven't been mentioned. Some of these are convenient for me so I may try for sure anyway. Still curious what people think.
braysbrewpub.com - Naples, ME - has Biergarten
grittys.com - Portland, Freeport, Auburn, ME - esp. Freeport
federaljacks.com - Kennebunkport, ME
shipyardbrewpub.com - Eliot, ME
sundayriverbrewpub.com - was there years ago.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Thanks. I'll keep it on the bottom of the list of possibilities for now.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

I've put the Alchemist at the top of my list. Have you ever been to

Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT?

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

I was trying to think of places in NH and the Woodstock Inn never occurred to me. We used to go there a lot when we were hiking the 48 4k's. I always thought the restaurant had a moldy smell I didn't like.

I still go to Moat Mountain in North Conway at least once a year.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Thanks for the heads up on the wait. I'll make this a mid-week or off-hours stop.

Apr 02, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

American Flatbread brews their own beer. I didn't know that. Sounds like some good options in VT. Do you have a favorite if you plan on eating?

Mar 29, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

Thanks, that's a great start.

I forgot to mention places that gives tours are a bonus.

Mar 29, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Microbreweries

I'm looking for microbreweries within about 3.5 hours of Boston, especially Northern New England but doesn't have to be. Ideally, places with good food, parking, and of course beer that are located someplace scenic or interesting.

e.g., Redhook in Portsmouth would be fine but it's not an especially nice area to drive to, although nearby downtown Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Brewery might be an option. Just some info on what I'm looking for, but all suggestions welcome and anything as far as Burlington, VT or Bethel, ME works.

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Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mar 29, 2010
1red111 in Northern New England

Best Hummus in MA?

Martha's
153 Lafayette Rd
Hampton Falls, NH 03844-2325
(603) 929-5092

OK, it's not in MA, but it's closer to Boston than much of MA. I eat at Martha's often and love her homemade pita chips and hummus.

Actually, everything there is homemade as far as I know.

Nov 18, 2009
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

Midwest Grill in Saugus (Rt. 1), Reviews?

re: Pampas. I agree.

Jan 28, 2009
1red111 in Greater Boston Area

Great Barrington eats with toddler and infant

Baba Louie's FTW. Loved it.

Great ice cream around the corner at SOCO as well.

I walked into the Lion's Den, looked around, read the menu, and left.

Great Barrington eats with toddler and infant

We'll be in Great Barrington this weekend with stops in Stockbridge and Northampton. Any recommendations for lunch and dinner places that we could enjoy with a 2.5 year and a 2 month old.

What's so great about Schwartz's?

I just went. Seems like tradition and atmosphere to me. I don't know how it compares to others like it in Montreal but I've had much better in many other cities. I had a MF smoked meat as did my wife. When we were done, I said that really wasn't any better than the corned beef sandwiches around Boston. Right away, she said she felt the same way from the first bite but didn't want to say anything negative since we had gone out of our way to get there. I wouldn't ever recommend it and I wouldn't ever go back.