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Help Improve A Foodie's Guide to Boston's Sights and Restaurants

Oh cool, yet another Chowhound thread that veers from conversations about food to stereotypes about people.

Nov 24, 2013
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Debunking Boston restaurant myths

When you consider the tone of many posts by the people complaining of "surly, abrupt" service from bartenders and servers "in general," it speaks volumes. Any human interaction is a two-way street.

North by Northeast or Myers and Chang?

Wait, we're talking about East by Northeast, right?

Oct 24, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Trip Report from July 4th weekend- The Good, Bad and the Ugly (LONG)

Or in the mid-range...the OP might have been better served doing the local/seasonal thing a few blocks away from Craigie at Rendezvous or Bondir, at a considerably lower price point.

Jul 10, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

A paean to South Boston

Wait, what's wrong with Ommegang?

May 17, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Californian Burritos

I'm not an Anna's fan, but I think the carnitas burrito at El Pelon hits the meat and beans notes much better. And the hot sauce is a real sinus clearer. Definitely my favorite local burrito.

May 02, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find Boston's best and freshest fried haddock plate?

What about Dolphin in Cambridge or Morse's in the South End?

May 02, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Let’s make a list of obnoxiously loud restos

JM Curley on a recent Friday after work...really painful. This was in the main room, not the little one off to the side, which I prefer.

Apr 18, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Pizza slices: variety & high quality?

I feel like pizza by the slice lives or dies by how recently it came out of the oven. Even the most delicious slice is less tasty if it's been sitting out and then reheated. When I go to Otto's, for example, I usually just ask for whatever came out last.

Basically, I'm reluctant to recommend places because timing is everything.

Mar 14, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Moksa Opening Soon

I liked Ginger Park, but I don't get the Yeo media barrage either. You'd think David Chang were opening a place in Central Square. Cheers to her publicist, I guess.

Mar 09, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Sake Bomb Tuesdays at Uni

Argh...is Todd really leaving? That's tragic.

Feb 28, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Makes the Brunch List

I don't get to brunch that often, but when I do it's at Highland Kitchen, Craigie, the Gallows, Island Creek, or Abigail's.

Feb 27, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Davis Square's "Foundry on Elm"

Yeah, it's been a rough FOH operation most of the times I've been there. I've had to wait at a vacant hostess stand. The menus are always out-of-date in some way (if they have enough for your party, which they didn't once). The cocktails vary wildly in quality depending on who's behind the bar. I was once seated next to a table where a staff member had left a bunch of personal belongings, including a giant, sweating Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. A shame, because the food is pretty good and reasonably priced.

Gabatta, for a more Bondir-like experience, you're better off at Rendezvous, TW Food, Ten Tables, Hungry Mother, etc.

Jan 09, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Beer restaurants in Boston?

I think the OP just really likes DBGB.

I think American Craft (I know it's closing soon) is a "beer restaurant" with above-average food (better than Lord Hobo and Publick House IMHO).

That being said, I hope the term "beer restaurant" doesn't become a thing. If the focus is on the beer, it's inevitably not on the food. We have plenty of bars with good food and plenty of restaurants with strong beverage programs. Works for me.

Jan 06, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Beer restaurants in Boston?

I don't care about wine, but on the casual/moderate/beer/cocktails fronts at least, Abigail's in Kendall fits the bill.

Jan 05, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Beer restaurants in Boston?

It is, but it actually has a pretty good beer list. Mostly bottles, though.

Jan 05, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Beer restaurants in Boston?

Vee Vee is another one for "small but well curated."

Jan 05, 2012
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Thursday Lunch

Weekday lunch is a good time to avoid the crowds at Toro. Great cocktails, too, and you can browse the South End's art galleries after.

Dec 14, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Hound in Boston for 18 hours, what to do??

Also, the Narragansett price is not representative of drink prices around here, which can be as steep as any other generally expensive city. It tends to be budget-priced, PBR-style.

Dec 05, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

A reasonable price restaurant for a 60th birthday.

Bon Chon in Allston might be fun. The price is right, and it's a relatively stylish, comfortable space. You might be surrounded by college kids.

Other ideas: Khao Sarn, The Helmand, El Centro, Blue Nile.

Nov 30, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Los Angeles Hound in Boston for 18 hours, what to do??

Subzero? Where are you?

Nov 29, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Good food and cocktails until 1AM or later

The Abbey in Brookline. Full dinner menu till 1:30. I'm impressed that there's a critical mass of people ordering bison bolognese at 1 a.m. on a Tuesday in Washington Square to support this, but I guess the place is really small.

Nov 28, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Zinneken's is awesome - finally some authentic Belgian waffles in Boston

Yeah, I think the ones at Saus are pretty good and, as others have noted, they were here before Zinneken's.

Does anyone know who makes the liege waffles that are served at Beer Advocate's beer fests at the BCA Cyclorama? Those are awesome.

Nov 28, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

The Cocktail crawl report

That sounds like a perfect night. Thanks for the report.

Nov 27, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Good food and cocktails until 1AM or later

Citizen Public House

Nov 26, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Vietnamese in JP?

Yeah, I mean, not every neighborhood's going to have everything. If you're into Cuban or Dominican, dark bars with good beer selections, or tiny locavore places, then JP's your 'hood.

Nov 18, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

The Otherside is closing?

I'm very sad about this, especially as it's making way for a chain furniture store. I'll miss their small but extraordinarily well-selected beer list and the Advanced BLT.

Nov 17, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

November 2011 Openings and Closings

This is sad. I'm a big American Craft fan. It's great for when you want to avoid the Publick House throngs. Of course, liking a place because you can always get a seat is a double-edged sword, as the place itself usually doesn't last.

Nov 16, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

ISO of a hip new restaurant with good drinks, hipster vibe

I've not been there on a Wednesday night, but Abigail's is pretty cool, with very good beer and cocktail lists.

I never notice the music anywhere unless it's notably terrible.

Nov 16, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area

Vietnamese in JP?

As a JP dweller, I usually head to Dorchester (esp. the Fields Corner section) for my Vietnamese fix. Plenty to choose from over there, although Pho 2000 is my favorite.

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Pho 2000 Restaurant
198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

Nov 15, 2011
robwat36 in Greater Boston Area