Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, July-August, 2015

Each week we ask our readers (via social media) what restaurants they have been to recently, with some of these posts being shown here. The ones below are from July and August of 2015. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)


Posts from August 26, 2015:

Aaron G.
We had takeout from Bamboo Thai Restaurant because we were getting a new refrigerator delivered. We went to Pho So 1 on our way down to Westport Rivers Winery and Buzzards Bay Brewing on Saturday. We brunched at Catalyst before a visit to the MIT Museum on Sunday.

Shawn S.
Barcelona Brookline. Very good tapas.

Susan H.
Dumpling Palace (outstanding dumplings!), Loyal 9 and Pier 6

Carl T.
Firenze Trattoria Lynde st Salem, Ma

Cara C. H.
I was in PTown. Went to Victors, Station 186 (twice) for the best burgers EVAH, and Spiritus Pizza. All great.

Penny C.
Select Oyster dining at the bar and Dumpling Palace delivery.

Paul S.
Strip-T's - very disappointing. Had a great meal there a couple years ago, but this time not so much. Flavors in almost everything were too concentrated - like the sauces had been over reduced. The house-made chips were great, though.

Patrick S.
Olivadi in Norwood - good not great but will try again. Ashmont Grill. For late brunch - very good burger and a great stinger!

Amy H.
The Red House in Harvard Square--excellent!

Kimberly A.
Cask & Kiln - Wilmington, VT

Richard W.
Central Provisions-Excellent. Tandem- Great coffee, sandwiches and baked goods. Eventide-outstanding as usual. Holy Donuts- not really digging the texture of potato donuts, all in Portland Me. Palace Diner, oh Palace Diner I love u, Biddeford Me.

Dawn C. A.
The Abbey in Cambridge. Nice brunch, good sandwiches. Looking forward to going back for dinner.

Kristine M. M.
I was in Rockport and went to My Place by the Sea (had a tasty seafood quesadilla) and Roy Moore's Fish Shack (had the mussels which were great). Last night I went to Gaslight and got the corn ravioli, but the creme brulee was really the star of the night for me.

Barbara G.
Toro for lunch; always wonderful, Sheperds was also wonderful, Il Capriccios, Oishi CH, Weekend in Atlanta ha

Gigi S.
Went to the Painted Burro on Friday. Liked it so much that we went back Sunday night. Great food and drinks but Very loud.

Posts from August 19, 2015:

Aaron G.
We went to Strip T's for lunch on Saturday, Viale for brunch on Sunday, and Morano Gelato just because.

Penny C.
Select Oyster for our end of the week celebration and take out from Dosa Factory so we didn't have to cook on Saturday.

Julie N.
I had a pastrami sandwich from the place in the Boston Public Market. There were no tables available so I ate it on the windowsill of the market while tourists watched me through the glass. Feeding time at the zoo. It was legit the best pastrami sandwich I have ever had. It had better be for $17.
ALSO I had the trout at The Dulx in the South End. The food that comes out of that tiny little kitchen is always so good.

Janet W.
Orleans in Davis

Greg G.
The new Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge. Stellar addition to the neighborhood!

Jen P. P.
Not a restaurant, but we checked out Sam's Bakery, a Lebanese bakery in Fall River. They are famous for their meat pies. The bread they use is delicious, like a pita, soft and warm and the kind you wished you could get everywhere. My husband loves this place and has been wanting to take me there to try their meat pies. Unfortunately I didn't love the fillings. We tried chourico, broccoli and cheese, cabbage, meat, and spinach. They all have a vinegar like taste to them in the fillings, and it just didn't agree with my palette. It was too bad (for me) because this place was packed and has been around for over 50 years.

Richard W.
Silver Lounge North Falmouth. Ever been? a lot of silver hair there. But good old school steak and lobster.

Kathleen O. S.
Up in Vermont for a wedding so we checked out Worthy Burger in South Royalton; great beers on tap, great burgers and great fries.

Jimmy C.
Went cheap this week. Jade garden, new golden gate, wai wai bbq, Jimmy's steer house in Arlington, Mike's in Davis sq.

Susan H.
TAMO, Drink, Barking Crab and Union Oyster House

Charity S.
Galleria Umberto and Morano Gelato (they has riso/rice flavor!!!) on Friday, British Beer Co. in Hyannis and Cathay Center in Winthrop (it's a long story...) on Saturday, and Pho Viet's for banh mi on Sunday.

Stewart M.
I have to admit I was kind of surprised at how tasty I found the dishes we got at Cathay Center, where we stopped mostly to get out of the thunderstorms driving back from the cape. As much as I appreciate the wide variety of traditional Chinese restaurants we're getting around the city (especially in our neighborhood), I do have a certain nostalgic fondness for old-school Chinese-American when it's done right. I wouldn't, like, drive to Quincy for it, but I was glad it was there.

Barbara G.
Lumiere, Sarma, Barcelona Bkl, B&G Oyster, Oxford Creamery Mattapoisett for the best lobster rolls!!, Not Your Average Joes Randolph, OK, we like the one in Dartmouth much better.

Suzanne L. L.
We went to Painted Burro in Davis Sq. which is always fun and pretty good. Then we tried out the new The Abbey location in Cambridge - it was very good. Excellent beer and cocktail list, wine list looked pretty good too. The food we had was delicious. The staff was very friendly and it was a nice, comfortable place to go. We'll be back.

John F.
Southside Tavern in Braintree. Awesome place. Burgers were amazing, very attentive staff and very reasonably priced.

Kathy H. N.
The Black Cat in Hyannis. We had clam chowder, scallops wrapped in bacon, and burgers - all were delicious!! Service was great also!

Lyndon F.
Bobs Lobster

Louis G.
Great Italian restaurant in West Yarmouth, Four Seasons Trattoria. Had an incredible Cioppino with home-made fettuccini!

Patrick M.
Hojoko. Tremendous menu. I had the charcoaled romain rolls w/fried clams, caesar dressing, bonito, croutons and the Black miso cod. Both excellent.

Amy H.
Coach Grill, Wayland, and Myers & Chang.

Dawn C. A.
Robert's Maine Grill in Kittery. We stopped there on a whim and were really pleasantly surprised. Excellent Toronto cocktail, good pulled pork, veggie flatbread and fish tacos, and excellent bite-sized desserts.

Gigi P.
Alba, quincy center

David D.
JP Seafood, my 3 year old loves the tofu.

Diane M. C.
Antique Table in Winthrop. I really liked it. Had the antique pizza and the antique clams. Definitely going back for the clams!

Patrick S.
Haddads in Brant Rock great deck & food

Posts from August 12, 2015:

John H.
Cafe Bella in Randolph ... Still kicking after all these years!!

Aaron G.
I wasn't going to let a little Achilles tendon injury keep me from Fairsted Kitchen.

Linda R.
Delicious dinner for 2 at flora, terrific torta lunch with our son at La Victoria

Christine S.
Rosa Mexicana delicious!

Dawn C. A.
Harbor Fire Bar & Grill in Marshfield. Nicely renovated and beautiful view. Food was decent, service uneven.

Patrick M.
Sportello. Some of the best house-made pastas in the galaxy. Oh, and that tomato soup and bread service. J,M&J.

Kelley K.
Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston. Their grilled Mexican corn is amazing.

Patrick S.
Satuit in Scituate - very good baked stuffed shrimp

Kristina C.
Red Lentil - Watertown, Cheesecake Factory - Burlington, Taqueria El Amigo - Waltham.

Pete Z.
The Gingerbread House. Oquossoc Maine. Great breakfasts. Great friendly service.

Kristen N.
Jack Tar in MHD was serving up some awesome pork belly tacos this weekend. Also hit the new Casa Mia for drinks and enjoyed their octopus carpaccio. Need to go back for dinner.

Carlton K.
Kaju Tofu, Cambridge, Bronwyn, Somerville

Becca F.
Jack's 28 Club - awesome dive in Dennisport

Kristine M. M.
Hometown Diner in Rindge, NH. Good french toast.

Jennifer K. D.
The Outer Bar at Wequassett. It's touristy. It's expensive. And it's fab.

Michael W.
The fours in Quincy

Jen P. P.
We had a day of indulgence in Portland, ME: Schulte & Herr for a German brunch (potato pancakes, belgian waffle, bratwurst with sauerkraut & german potato salad, & spatzle), Beers and snacks at Novare Res Bier Cafe and Ri Ra Irish Pub, dinner at Fore Street (Oysters, Pork Belly, Lobster, Chicken, and the boys split a 34 oz heavily marbled grass fed ribeye - which was the winner of the night. Butterscotch creme brule and vanilla lemon blackberry tart for dessert).

John H.
B.T.'s Smokehouse ... very good smile emoticon , then on to Tree House Brewing in Monson (again, very good) and then an excellent hike at Peaked Mountain in Monson

Susan H.
Union Oyster House, Serafina, River Bar

Barbara G.
Barcelona Brookline, Sycamore, Giulia, Select Oyster, Flour Cambridge, Moonshine 152, Abbey Brookline

Leah K.
Bronwyn, Gracie's, Rod Dee

Dori W.
JT Farnham in Essex still has the very very best seafood chowder!

Sharon C. S.
Cha yen Thai cookery in Watertown and Santarpio's!

Lynne H.
The Grill...mediteranean waltham...paparazzi.. Burlington...Franks Steakhouse Arlington

Diane M. C.
Have you tried Papagayo on route 1 in Saugus? I went there expecting another run of the mill Mexican joint & was pleasantly surprised. The meals were authentic, the decor bright and modern and the service wonderful. My new favorite restaurant!

Penny C.
Select Oyster Bar for lunch on Friday and Luke's Lobster over the weeknd.

Deanna D. M.
The Black Whale in New Bedford. We sat at the bar, the drinks were decent, the apps were outstanding and the fish fresh.

Posts from August 5, 2015:

Anne Louise M. B.
Mama's Italian Restaurant in Dracut and Kreme N Kone in W. Dennis.

Janet W.
Christopher's in Porter

Julie N.
Cotton in Manchvegas, NH where I had the most delicious fish and crab scampi on a risotto cake. It was a special. I cleaned my plate! Also, sycamore because I just don't know how to quit that place.

Kevin M.
Schilling Brewery Littleton, NH

Jeff L.
Deep Ellum in Allston, and then FuMu next door for vegan iced cream.

Mary S.
Watertown Diner for pancakes among other things.

Jonathan K.
Shan-a-Punjab for Indian on Harvard st. Esperia grill for Greek in Brighton ctr.

Beckie H.
Cafe Luigi in Bedford - shrimp risotto

Jen P. P.
Portas da Cidade in Westport for surprisingly delicious Portuguese food, and Arnold's in Eastham for our annual seafood pig-out-fest!

Dawn C. A.
Neptune Oyster. Great fun.

Dawn S. F.
Lincoln in Boston

Linda R.
Belle Isle for lobster roll lunch. Yes, again! But lump crab from Wilson's Farm was made into an awesome salad at home.

Cara C. H.
Grumpy White's. My kids both got the fried chicken with mashed potatoes. You were so right about the chicken - and those potatoes? OMG they are like delicious, fluffy, silky clouds...

Pamela G. D.
Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery for lobster rolls... And onion rings

Jessica H.
West end Creamery in Sutton,MA and Boathouse Bistro in Hingham.

Kristen N.
Farmers Market Kitchen in Watertown. I wanted to like it, but came away thinking it was just okay.

Susan H.
King's in the Back Bay, City Table at Lenox Hotel, and Aramark (sausage and beer) at Fenway!

Sharon C. S.
Sunbird Cape Cod and we ordered pretty much everything off the menu. And all of it was amazing.

Warren S.
Anthony's Cummaquid on the Cape for - three course lobster meal for $27.

Aaron G.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on the way back from Ithaca just before taking the Turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston.

Sharon L.
Joe Fish North Reading-love the crab cakes and mussels. Rosa Mexicana- surprisingly mediocre food and service.

Barbara G.
Lineage, Barcelona Brookline, La Voile, Erbaluce, Eastern Standard
Almost forgot The Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett..Best lobster rolls!!

Gigi S.
Helens in Concord for their great breakfasts
And black horse tavern for their nachos.

Jessica C. M.
Tried Townsman for the first time. Will definitely go back again. Probably some of the best smoked bluefish pate I have had.

Jen P.
KO's in East Boston

Mark B.
Annisa in the West Village. Wonderful grilled bluefish wrapped in grape leaves. And wanted to try to replicate. found their recipe online. Really appreciate that !

Posts from July 30, 2015:

Kim S.
Baba Louies in Great Barrington. They say it's sour dough pizza but I hate sour dough and I couldn't tell. It was fantastic. Also, across the street, Gypsy Joynt. Only had drinks there but a fun place that you can bring the family and sneak in some brews. Very unique.

Jay M.
We hit up the Makin' Jamaican and Taste of Anatolia food trucks after a Ferris wheel ride at Revere Beach today. My jerk wings were great, but my wife's mixed platter from Taste of Anatolia was out of this world delish!

Julie N.
Bricco tonight. It's been awhile and the place is looking a bit run down. The food was still good, but not up to the price point anymore. We felt like we were being rushed by the waiter. It used to be my favorite! What happened? The bathroom door didn't lock. Basic stuff.
Vee vee Saturday night. That is always top notch! Loved it!

Cara C. H.
In Montreal:
Bouillon Bilk
Joe Beef
L'Express

Erica C.
Naco Taco in Central Square

Janet W.
Josephine

Dan S.
The 99 in Stoneham. It was unexpectedly mediocre.

Aaron G.
We've been to too many places in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Ithaca to name, but dinners at Vernick and Serpico were too great to not name.

Paul S.
L'impasto - disappointing

Barbara G.
Giulia, Sarma, Sofra, Liniage, Farmstead Kitchen, Lumiere, Row 34

John J.
Villa Roma in W. Harwich. Great old-school Italian joint.

Carolyn S.
Rosettis East Boston. Great place.

Beckie H.
The Painted Burro in Davis Square. Hectic Friday night, so loud, slow, crowded 5 into table for 4 despite a reservation, but their food is delicious! Adore their Cholo street corn.

Richard A.
Tasting Counter: freaking awesome! Osteria Nino, excellent Cacio e Pepe & a Meatball Sandwich. Margarita's: Surprisingly tasty & good margaritas.

Warren S.
Moody's Back Room - great charcuterie and small plates.

Jimmy C.
Village cafe in Newton. Had some awesome banana pancakes.
Theloneious Monkfish. Wow was the sushi good. Going back this Saturday for a friend's birthday and can't wait to try the many things my stomach didn't have room for last time!

Joyce G. R.
Mojo's Provincetown

Jen P. P.
KO's in East Boston for some mmmmmMeat pies!

Kevin M.
Newbridge Cafe!

Posts from July 21, 2015:

Dan M.
Marguerite's in Westport. Best simple, creative food for the money you can get anywhere, in a homey setting with friendly service.

Charity S.
Impromptu dinner at Bronwyn on Friday, excellent as always, and lunch (unexpectedly good chicken pot pie, although I've never encountered one that got hotted up on the grill before!) plus ice cream sodas at Cabot's on Sunday.

Nina F.
Ferry St. in Malden and J&M Diner in Framingham!

Linda R.
Belle Isle Seafood for lobster rolls and Artichokes for outstanding Italian.

Jim D.
AreaFour Somerville. One man two pies!

Barbara G.
The Butcher Shop, Toro, Strip T's, Farmstead Table, Sarma, Barcelona Brookline, Lineage

Jimmy C.
Max and Leo's (twice this week) new golden gate, strip t's, chicken and rice guys, bahn mi, fiorellas.

Irene D.
White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, NH outside North Conway. Amazing - really a perfect meal with a terrific cocktail and excellent service. Moat Mountain in North Conway was fun for lunch.

Janet W.
Cuchi cuchi

Jennifer C.
Clam Box in Ipswich. Good, but when I stand in line for that long, I'd like to see any sort of hustle in the kitchen. And have a way to get an item I forgot to purchase without having to stand in line again.

Patrick S.
Summer Shack Cambridge. Underwhelming they need to step it up to seriously compete with Legal.

John H.
Waaay out of town but ... Dolphin in Harpswell had awesome chowder (thin broth with clams and fish, and perfect chowder potatoes ... very old-school) and super sweet fried clams. Also, they sometimes say "you cant eat atmosphere" when talking about restaurants, but the view alone was worth it! In addition to that, we had a really nice breakfast at the Winnegance General Store in South Bath. Nice location and ambiance, and good food too.

Warren S.
Sichuan Garden II in Woburn. Great drinks with spicy food.

Jennifer K. D.
The Knack in Orleans; an old DQ that underwent a very cool renovation but is still a roadside takeout place. Fish tacos were good; hand-cut fries great.

Donna G.
Legal on Mystic. Fresh oysters on the half shell were fantastic.

Kristen N.
Java Jack's in Rocky Harbor outside Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Lunch view.

Judy M.
Belle Isle Seafood. Fabulous !

Aaron G.
We went to Lineage, twice in one night. Then, we hit the road, in part to avoid going back to Lineage (because going three times in one night would just be ridiculous). We stopped at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn on our way to Philadelphia. So far in Philadelphia: Le Virtu, Menagerie, Morimoto, Abe Fisher, and Townsend.

Posts from July 15, 2015:

Aaron G.
It was a slow weekend. We made a stop at Tavern Road following an airport pick-up on Saturday and had dinner with my parents at Jade Garden on Sunday.

Susan H.
The Brewer's Fork

Chuck L.
BEAT HOTEL...very good steak frites...nice space...$$$...

Felicia M.
La Victoria in Beverly. Best Mexican street food!

Jimmy C.
Blue dragon, Bastille kitchen, grotto, il Casile, shojo, legals on mystic, the Kwao Palace.

Geoff W.
Dorado in Brookline, not impressed even though I seem to hear generally positive stuff about them. Visited Hampton Beach and Salisbury Beach so I got to Cristy's Beach Pizza and Boardwalk Inn & Cafe, both of which I loved.

Lyndon F.
Ventuno, amazing

Julie K.
City Girls - Cambridge and Fusion Taste Stoneham

Anne H.
The Red House. Good but a bit overpriced. I'd rather go to L'Impasto, I think. Although all those lobster dishes at RH are enticing.

Caroline P. D.
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - a bit pricey but great food, good for a special treat. Great waterfront location and views.

Barbara G.
Lineage, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Shepards, La Voile, Toro, Barcelona Bkl take in, Stephanie's on Newbury for brunch--probably not a return visit, Legal Seafood Copley Place--lunch.

Bob T.
Rosettis on Winthrop Beach (BYOB) a hidden gem.

Joyce G. R.
Grumpy's

Jennifer C.
Seoul on Cambridge Street on the backside of Beacon Hill. Pretty good, and I've struggled to find Korean food that I enjoy. Korean short ribs are usually a-okay and I found these to be delightful!

Posts from July 8, 2015:

Jocelyn S.
Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery, North Conway

Beckie H.
Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop - their lobster pie! And there's a new Italian bakery/coffeehouse next door - Adriana's Pastry & Cafe. Nothing like a fresh canoli!

David S.
Sho Yu in Saugus, the Knot Irish Pub across from UNH, and tonight, Woodman's

Aaron G.
The weekend included first-time stops at Sofra and Cha Yen Thai and some inquisitive discussion of Chinese food at Bernard's, Golden Temple, New Hong Kong, and Shanghai Gate.

Glenn F.
Ocean House, Watch Hill RI, lobster rolls, wine & their own fireworks!

Mary S.
Gran Gusto and Istanbul'lu

Pamela G. D.
Red wing for lobster roll. Shea's in Essex for fried oysters (Woodman's line too long!)

Barbara G.
Sarma, Legal at Copley, Alden & Harlow, Select Oyster, Cutty's, Rotisserie take out in Chestnut Hill & our usual daily visit to Clear Flour Bakery

Patrick M.
Viale, for the 4th of July lobster special. #Tremendous

Rich O.
Every restaurant in the North End (or so it seemed)

Dave M.
Mac's Shack in Wellfleet and Blackfish in Truro. Both consistently amazing.

Jimmy C.
Woodman's, Trade, Anna's taqueria, Moody's backroom, West Bridge

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