Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, March-April, 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 March and April of 2015. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)


Posts from April 28, 2015:

Jennifer K. D.
The Oyster Company in Dennis Port; so close to being a home run, but...

Jessica C. M.
Went to Red Bird in Waltham. Dinner was good but I will not be going back there. Dinner was spur of the moment and we got there shortly after they opened and they told us the only available seats were at the bar. When we left (about an hour and 15 minutes later) 1/2 the tables in the restaurant were still empty.

Doreen I. V.
OMG. New England Steak and Seafood in Mendon. It's where Old School goes when it has a taste for Old School. The doggie bags have pictures of dogs on them! The prime rib and baked potato were divine!

Dan M.
Take out from Chang Sho (yes, again, in Cambridge). Their Peking Duck sets the local standard. Had a pretty fair breakfast (Carolyn had lunch) at The Breakfast Club in Allston on Saturday; very nice job with the poached eggs, cool environment, irritating 80's pop. Very nice, but not sure what all the fuss is about.

Sanaz R.
Select Oysters - Back Bay
Delicious but an automatic 20% tip added on to your bill - I'm conflicted about this. I usual leave 20+ but prefer not being forced to.

Linda R.
Dumpling Daughter!

Edward O.
Sophia's Grotto on Saturday: stellar as always! My wife and I each ordered off the appetizer menu and the short ribs with polenta and seared scallops with risotto were both plenty!
Alden & Harlow for brunch on Sunday was also great, although they were out of the "Secret Burger" that half our party intended to order. The bloody Marys were almost TOO spicy (i.e., "perfect"!)

Cara C. H.
Town Spa.

Jim O.
All Seasons Table in Malden for Crispy Sesame Chicken

Susan H.
Bar Boulud and Babbo - wonderful week!

J. Peter D.
Off the boat...

Patrick S.
Charcoal Guidos on Moody Street in Waltham. A great find. Ambiance is upscale casual - trendy. Pizza, salad, truffle fries all a 10! Will return for sure. Crowded and a bit noisy. Sat at the bar - friendly bar staff. Prices very reasonable.
Patrick Sullivan SS Deli Inman Square Cambridge for Sunday breakfast. Classic.

Aaron G.
Went to Saison, possibly for the last time, as I make my final rounds in the Richmond area over the next couple weeks. I'm going to miss that smoked Kobe beef tongue with pickled trout roe and the great cocktails. My dining dollars will soon be returning to Massachusetts.

Julie E.
Nosh
Portland ME
Best Ruben one thick slab of corned beef marble rye, bacon dust fries. Fabulous!

Sharon B.
Odd Duck in Austin, TX. Amazing place with a friendly staff. Had a turkey leg with "five layers of flavor" (sous vide, brine, smoked, flash fry, and glazed).

@BC_Husker
we hit up Rossini's in Concord after golf. Delicious pie. Great craft beer next door too.

@kkotelly
Stopped at Shake Shack in Connecticut on our way home from Myrtle Beach. Just a bit outside Hidden Boston range! :)

Posts from April 21, 2015:

Dan M.
Great meal at Central Bistro. Gotta love classic French cooking.
Also, Quality Meats in Manhattan. Ace of Steaks.

Cara C. H.
Balthazar in NYC!

Kristen N.
Miss Jeanie's Improv Kitchen in Newton, Barrelhouse in Beverly. Sean Maher is a damned fine bartender.

Jeff L.
Sierra Grille in Northampton MA. Solid food at fair prices compared to Boston. The front of house staff I would describe as quirky, but attentive.

Suzanne L. L.
We went to Minado in Natick for the Sushi lunch buffet. It was awesome - loved it!

Donna G.
Wharf Pub in Newport. BIG COUNTRY TATER TOTS: Topped with house-made Tasso gravy, black pepper, chives and melted cheese.

Nina F.
dumpling daughter in weston and boston burger in somerville!

Sachiko M.
Loyal Nine, a new place in East Cambridge for cocktails and snacks. I'd like to go back for dinner, and their cafe.

James S.
Loyal Nine, Cambridge. Great breakfast sandwich. The bun especially.

Jonathan D.
Royal in Watertown. Very good.

Aaron G.
My wife was visiting me in Richmond, so we went to Dutch & Co. on Friday, The Black Sheep and The Roosevelt on Saturday, Heritage and Saison on Sunday, and The Magpie on Monday. I rarely opt for dessert, but for those who keep track of such things, I had the foie gras pound cake with hazelnut gelato at The Roosevelt and the bone marrow cake with basil ice cream, lemon curd, and shaved white chocolate at The Magpie.

Geoff W.
I was back at South Street Diner on Sunday for the all you can eat pancake special that was geared towards Marathon runners, which my friend and I were definitely not. That was what made it even funnier when the server said, "Good luck tomorrow!" I only ate three pancakes as the heartburn I suffered last week was still on my mind.

Sharon B.
Oyster and beer pairing at Row 34!

Kathleen O. S.
Trade in Boston, lots and lots of delicious small plates but the fried polenta bites were a personal favorite.

Lin B. B.
Green Papaya in Waltham -- lots of wonderful selections, yummy, and great service.

Dawn C. A.
State Park! Fun bar with excellent food. I can never get a Hungry Mother reservation so this is a great alternative. Spicy fried chicken was delish and HOT!

Jenny E.
Legal Harborside 2nd Floor. My fish was nicely seasoned but horribly overcooked -- to the point that it was pretty inedible. It was also billed as "meuniere " but had about a teaspoon of sauce. Not recommended

@imlostinboston
#thailandcafe in #eastarlington. fresh, delicious and definitely under the radar. highly recommended by me (and the kids too)

Posts from April 14, 2015:

Chris S.
Does Nannabettes ice cream in Woburn count? lol

Donlyn D. C.
Tried Outdoor seating in Portsmouth,NH and it was packed. Ended up headed home and had a great meal at Olde Magoun's Saloon in Somerville.

Kristen N.
I am not generally a fan of chains, but (Celiac pals take note) went to Legal C Bar at Market Street in Lynnfield and thought their GF fish & chips was excellent. It was fresh, light, and crispy and the service was terrific.

John J.
Went to Soulfire on Friday. BabyBacks were truly excellent.

Linda R.
Had lunch at the Bancroft - perfection - and also went to Daughter Dumpling - great find.

Geoff W.
Finally got to eat at Shake Shack. Ate outside at the Chestnut Hill location. It was worth the hype.

Kim S.
First time ever getting sandwiches at Montillios. Delicious! Italian and Chicken Parm.

Susan H.
Delux Cafe, Brewers Fork and Hard Rock Cafe

Cara C. H.
Butcher Shop/B&G Oysters, El Serape. Good weekend.

Andrew M.
Mirchi in Westborough. Great biryani and other delicacies.

Warren S.
Barcelona for Sunday brunch!

Jessica C. M.
Had dinner at Ribelle, was good but not great, enjoyed Brewers Fork much better.

Susan R.
Terramia Ristorante last Sunday, going back on Thursday.

Beckie H.
First time at Pescatore in Somerville. Impressed!

Lynne H.
Fusion in Stoneham...sushi..amazing!! We had one hot dish..like a vermicelli with shrimps..very good...the owners...so gracious and friendly...could be my new go to place!!

Carol Y.
We hit Provincetown's The Lobster Pot on opening day! Cassie and Winston rocked the bar, as always. It's our first stop every year and its familiar feel is like coming home.

Posts from April 7, 2015:

Susan H.
La Brasa, Serafina, Bar Boulud!

Matthew T.
We went to the Red Parrot in Hull for Easter brunch, and it was incredibly awful from start to finish.

Jenny E.
Townsman. It was pretty fantastic!!

Sharon B.
Easter Brunch at Puritan and Company. Beet cured salmon on pumpernickel was the highlight of the meal. And of course an intense gin Bloody Mary

Kristen N.
Turners Seafood in Salem, breakfast at Christopher's Cafe in Lynn, which had excellent homefries, BTW.

Jen P. P.
Chicken Kabob Restaurant in Stoughton. Outstanding Mediterranean/Turkish food, huge portions which left us with leftovers for days. The place looks like a typical counter walk-up place, but if you dine-in, they will wait on you. Our server was awesome, and it was her first day. Really impressed.

Paul C.
Ohana in Gloucester - opened for its fourth season.

Anne B.
Mama's in Dracut, Emerald Rose in Billerica.

Jessica M.
Brewers Fork in Charlestown on Saturday, it was one of the best meals out in a long time. Our table basically ordered the entire menu of small plates and then the clam pizza and asparagus w 62 degree egg pizza. Here is a photo of the pizza, there are more on my fb page.

Joyce G. R.
Ballroom at the Cape Codder for HUGE Easter buffet

Aaron G.
Rather than a repeat of the two-city dinner of last weekend, I stayed in Richmond and had a three-stop dinner. Saison (fried chicken skins and a pea-tendril/watermelon radish salad), Dutch & Co. (perfect egg with cured salmon, chicken and dumplings, pink peppercorn and ginger sausage with egg salad, and wild mushroom pasta), and The Roosevelt (butter lettuce and fried ham salad and foie gras pound cake with hazelnut gelato).

Sanaz R.
Toro!!! Yummy!

John H.
Since Monday is part of my weekend (and this place is closed on Sun.) I have to throw a shout out to Sepal on Washington Street (3A) in Quincy. Just met Walid and enjoyed a crackaliciously good Falafel sandwich. Up there with Saigon Subs in Randolph for best sandwich on the South Shore.

Jocelyn S.
I tried the new Mexican restaurant at the Burlington Mall, Besito. The guacamole is made table side and was delicious, not to mention the (2) margarita(s) made with fresh lime juice!! Yummy yummy!

Dan M.
Viale. Impressive. Had a really pretty plated small plate -- razor clams, served chopped with bits of bacon and leeks in a saffron sauce, served on the bottom half of four arrayed bottom shells. Carolyn had the roast duck, which she liked, I had the duck capellaci, tasty duck meat in tortelloni-like pasta wrapper with a foie butter. Rich, portions decent sized, good service -- and their bar gin is Citadel, one of my favorites. The tab wasn't oppressive either, and the service was responsive and waiter informative.

Jennifer C.
I tried BonaPita in downtown crossing for lunch! Meatball in a falafel was tasty and different! Nice option in town!

Sachiko M.
Belly for wine, cheese, and food. Educational and yummy. Getting tastes of different wines before we commit to a 2oz pour makes it kind of awesome.

Renee H.
My Other Kitchen in Belmont, I always forget how good and fresh that place is.
Lou Roc's in West Boylston for maybe the best homemade corned beef hash ever.
Ceres at the Beechwood Hotel for a pretty fantastic steak.

@jchadwick21
Trident on Newbury. Very casual

@y2000k
Menudo & Lengua taco from Taqueria el Amigo

Posts from March 30, 2015:

Dawn C. A.
NYC for the weekend. Highlights were Katz Deli and Shake Shack.

Aaron G.
I had the pleasure of a two-city dinner on Friday night: The Roosevelt in Richmond before hopping on a flight to make a Townsman reservation. I had a rare Five Guys visit on Saturday. Sunday featured an unplanned brunch at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter and dinner at New Jumbo in Chinatown before flying back to Richmond.

Leah K.
Shojo finally. Cannot wait to go back. Bristol Lounge for a burger.

Jessica C. M.
Was going to check out RF O"Sulllivan in Lynn but at 8:20 PM there was over an hour wait, ended up at Antique Table, which was excellent as always.

Kristen N.
The Newtonville location of the Rox Diner, thought it was good but not great. Gulu Gulu. Yan's China Bistro in Swampscott.

James S.
Nick's Restaurant, in Athol, for a pre-volleyball-tournament breakfast. Very tasty breakfast sandwiches.

Eden C.
Sarma and Max Brenner. Yum!

Janet W.
Cuchi cuchi

Jamie S. L.
Cook in Newtonville and Bernard's in Chestnut Hill. Both good

Geoff W.
Cafe Mami for dinner, final visit to Mandy & Joe's for breakfast at lunchtime, Wow Barbeque Food Truck, random snacking at Chinatown bakeries: Hing Shing, Eldo Cake House and Great Taste. Extremely happy with every visit.

Cara C. H.
Legal Seafoods Braintree for birthday lunch, Bistro Chi in Quincy for Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch at the Mad Hatter, where I watched my 12-year-old get defeated by the breakfast meat pizza.

David A. B.
Lime Leaf

Sachiko M.
Bronwyn in Union square. Delicious meat platters, intimate rustic atmosphere.

Alex T.
Brewer's Fork on Friday night (excellent, definitely my favorite new restaurant), dinner at the Merchant on Saturday (nothing special, but would probably return if it were in my neck of the woods) followed by Townsman for drinks (great vibe, will return to actually try the food!), and Sunday brunch at Commonwealth (one of our favorite brunch spots). All around successful weekend, and capped it off with a giant bowl of Santouka ramen for lunch today.

Julie K.
Tenoch - Saturday
Fussion Taste - Sunday

Irene D.
Redds in Rozzie on Saturday

Posts from March 23, 2015:

Aaron G.
Too many in DC: Cava Mezze, Ted's Bulletin, and Rose's Luxury on Friday. Green Pig Bistro (twice) and Maple Ave Restaurant on Saturday. Macon Bistro & Larder and Jaleo on Sunday. I also stopped at Saison (surprise?) in Richmond on my way back south.

Doreen I. V.
Bouchard in Newport, RI, Persimmon in Bristol, RI, The White Horse Tavern (Brunch by the fire) in Newport, RI. I am a lucky -- and now overweight -- human being. Weeeee!

Sharon B.
Hi Rise Bread Company in Cambridge for that sandwich craving.
Oh and Mei Mei in Fenway! Loved the Harvest Moon Curry!

Susan H.
Harpoon Brewhall

Leah K.
House of Chang

Janet W.
Brick and mortar

Kate M.
Kinchley's pizza in Ramsay NJ which is great NJ not NY pizza.

Patrick M.
Crispy Crepes Cafe on Park Drive just outside of Audubon Circle in Boston. Good, cheap, counter service, greasy spoon to grab a late breakfast on a Sunday afternoon.

Jonathan K.
Panelli's pizza & parm in Brookline. Perfect chicken parm sando. Didn't have the pizza, but the menu has some nice looking pizza choices.

Richard A.
Tavern Road for a superb, 4 course Lamb lunch. Taste of Siam for a tasty Massaman Curry with chicken. Casa Mia in Melrose for one of the best Chicken Parm subs I've enjoyed in awhile.

Jennifer C.
Yoma Burmese Restaurant in Allston. Great little find! Open dinner only.

Kristen N.
Junji in Marblehead for super fresh sushi and the salmon avocado salad was excellent. Ugly Mug diner in Salem for breakfast.

Linda R.
Bollywood Lexington for take-home dinner

Geoff W.
Had to get my Tenoch fix again for dinner. Mei Mei Street Kitchen for a fantastic dinner. Brunch at Tip Tap Room. Quick note about Tip Tap Room. Went with a bunch of friends and everyone was extremely happy with the food except one friend. The friend gave feedback to the server with thoughts of helping them improve for future customers. They took it off the bill even though it was not my friend's intention and the manager visited to get the full story to improve. Experiences like that one make me like the restaurant more and make me want to return.

Dawn C. A.
I had a gift certificate for l'Andana in Burlington so went there with the family. Apps were great, mains were meh.

Donlyn D. C.
A favorite- RF O'Sullivans (Somerville). Always great!

Lin B. B.
Went to Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe which has taken over a small piece of the former Elephant Walk in Waltham -- was wonderful and highly recommend it! Beautiful presentation, small plates, great service and delicious.

James S.
Spicy ramen special at Yume Wo Katare. It's their usual ramen with add'l spices and condiments on top. Available only one more time (last Monday of March, 6-9) before they switch to a diff special.

Drew S.
I went to Chef Chang's on Back Bay 3 times last week. I think I have about 20 items left I haven't yet tried there. Definitely my current restaurant crush, and I really hope people start finding it more during the week (they seem pretty busy on weekends).
Back to State Park on Sunday. The food's getting a little more eclectic there (in a good way). Some of the lowest prices on real cocktails in town, too. Building a place to be a "dive," was a big risk, but it comes together really well there.

Posts from March 16, 2015:

Donna G.
Corrib Pub in Brighton for boiled dinner, and Picco in South End for mac and cheese and chocolate frappe

Sharon B.
Finally got to try those nachos from Sunset Grill and Tap. They are intense! But I was more excited for the Vichtenaar sour beer.

Warren S.
Make your own bloody marys sunday brunch at East Coast Grill.

Jeff L.
Beehive in Boston for an exceptionally mediocre brunch.

Jen P. P.
KKaties in Plymouth. Great burgers and even better service (The place is tiny and 6 of us were scrunched into a small table. When a bigger table opened up they offered to move us, which was totally appreciated.)

Edward O.
Port Bistro in Kingston. A terrific addition to an area that sorely needed one!! The herbed frites with kalamata aioli are other-worldly and the half-portion of seafood paella is one of the best bargains anywhere I eat.

Suzanne L. L.
Went to Spoke in Davis Square. Every single thing we had was fantastic. The flavors were amazing. Then we went to the Saloon for a night cap.

Joyce G. R.
400 East and Not Your Average Joe

Jim L.
Porter Cafe for a tremendous fish and chip dinner and White Horse in Allston for decent corned beef sliders and wings.

Leah K.
We checked out the fire pits at Aragosta cafe, wagamama, and Boston tea stop

Stewart M.
A typically fine breakfast from Watertown Diner (formerly Victor's) on Saturday, dim sum from China Pearl on Sunday.

Debbie P.
The Q in chinatown for some Hot Pot

Kathleen O. S.
Yankee Lobster for Guinness Fish & Chips.

Jessica C. M.
Not really a restaurant but went to the kakkoii sushi and ramen at the food court in at the 99 Asian Market in Malden. Had the Katsu currey w popcorn chicken. It was excellent.

Susan H.
The Brewer's Fork ..twice

Julie D.
The Cottage for brunch - consistently delicious and freshly made.

David S.
Karl's Sausage Kitchen Cafe- yummy sausage sampler Kelly's in Saugus
John Carver Inn in Plymouth for corned beef and cabbage

Julie N.
Sushi Yoshi in Stowe. Who caught a chunk of zucchini in her mouth? This girl right here.

Jennifer K. D.
The new brick and mortar location of Sunbird Cape Cod; they've had a food truck in Wellfleet for a couple of years and recently opened a restaurant in Orleans. Really good food and a cool space.

Aaron G.
Kuba Kuba, Grace Noodle, and Saison on Friday to unwind from a two-exam week and returns to Kuba Kuba and Peter Chang China Cafe on Sunday before studying for today's exam.

Deanna D. M.
Diva in Davis, ands Cuisine en Locale for their excellent Pi Day celebration!

Dawn C. A.
Besito, again. I am in love with the tequila list.

Jay M.
Tonight I ate at Firebrand Saints for the first time. We had the Buffalo soldiers - wings topped with mustard, bacon and hot sauce served with feta dip; a fried fish sandwich with a side of fennel and parm mashed potatoes; Island Creek oysters; steak fries and a roasted meat platter. All very tasty, especially with the spicy mustard and house tabasco sauce. Plenty of leftovers, too!

Jennifer C.
I'll admit it, I had one of the new broth bowls at Panera tonight. It was quite tasty. I was a bit hesitant, but I would have it again.
Also had a delicious meatball sampler - off the menu - at Gennaros in the North End. Not sure how we got it, but we asked for meatballs, and got quite a variety. Overall, the meal was middle of the road - but meatballs were delish!

@tokyobrazier
West Bridge

@y2000k
brunch @CookRestaurant & later lavender hot chocolate @ghowellcoffee
Picked up some ricotta goodies from Brelundi this morning. pic.twitter.com/FCycEUqEMV

@mbahren2052
The Local in West Newton
and Phu Ket in West Roxbury!

@Jenn_sings
I just discovered the Local too, today for lunch!

Posts from March 9, 2015:

Geoff W.
Misono Grill in the 88 Food Court, Tenoch Mexican in the North End (again), Maguro House in Franklin for sushi. All really good, stick with the sushi at Maguro as the entrees were just ok.

Cara C. H.
Erbaluce. My new favorite Boston restaurant.

Drew S.
Taiwan Cafe, Townsman (just drinks, again. But the cool ranch chicharones are a great bar snack). A&H Saigon sub in Randolph (continuing my new tradition of Yelp-sourcing family-owned Asian restaurants while furniture shopping)
Oh and Mulan in Waltham for Chinese New Year

Dawn B.
Akai Ryu Shabu and Sushi Restaurant in Cambridge

Sharon B.
Went to Empire after PAXEast. They have a lovely staff, impressive decor, and great food and drinks! I adored the Kim Chee fried rice and Red Miso Chicken.

Edward O.
weekend trip to the South Coast and a new fave spot in New Biege, Cork Wine and Tapas!!

Kristen N.
Kathleen's Cottage Irish Pub in Bristol NH. Seriously HUGE portion of corned beef and cabbage. Also Tavern 27 on the Meredith/Laconia border was excellent. Cozy, funky, tapas-style quality food and much of their menu is GF. (Even fried items that usually aren't.) And hey, as a bonus you can do a snowshoe paintball biathalon to work off those scotch eggs. https://www.facebook.com/Tavern27

Julie K.
Salvatore's Medford
City Girls Cambridge
Both places = Very Good
Service = Excellent
Atmosphere = Very Good
Both yummy food!

Aaron G.
I tried Sticky Rice and returned to Saison for happy hour specials on Friday. On Saturday, I tried House of Sichuan for their dim sum, which wasn't bad. Looking for a restroom, I stumbled into The Halligan Bar & Grill, where I met bartender Shamus from Boston and happened to catch the third period of the Bruins-Flyers game with beers from Legend Brewing. I ended the night back at The Roosevelt.

Matthew D.
Trattoria di Monica in the North End, Small shells with a lamb ragout ... bellisimo!
And if anyone goes up to Manchester, NH, you absolutely must go to 815 (Elm Street). It's a whiskey bar modeled after a prohibition-era speakeasy- complete with secret entrance and password. Excellent selection of bourbon, rye and scotch, friendly bartenders and a great atmosphere.

Beckie H.
Tried Sunday brunch at Daddy Jones Bar in Magoun Square Somerville. Sadly, I can not recommend it. Go across the street to Olde Magoun's Saloon instead.

Sachiko M.
The Abbey on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter sq for drinks and small plates. Mike and Tito at the bar and Marcela, hostess/server will take care of you. $4-5 small apps. I go more because of service and location, but food is not bad. Just a tad more intimate and personable compared to Temple bar across the street.

John J.
Lewis's in Norwood Friday, Olivadi in Norwood (weather-delayed Valentine's dinner) and Turner's Seafood in Melrose on Sunday.

Stewart M.
I was dying for a meatball sub from Giuseppe's, and as always, it was superb.
I also discovered that if you order the okdol bibimbap at Misono Grill with a sunny side up egg, it won't be immolated and you can get some nice yolk on your rice.

Lin B. B.
I hit Victor's again in Saugus -- the place was packed!

Posts from March 2, 2015:

Dan M.
Excellent first meal at Red Dory, Steve Johnson's new place in Tiverton, RI. No surprise -- very reminiscent of Rendezvous. Like that's a bad thing.

John H.
El Pelon Taqueria... Cannot believe it took this long to get there. Yummers

James S.
Last visit (probably) to East by Northeast in Cambridge before it closes 3/8 this Sunday. Spicy beef noodles, lamb bun, crispy daikon cake. Thinking of going again sometime this week.

Doreen I. V.
Gracie's in PVD. Fabulous as always. I should add that I was pleasantly surprised to discover you can reserve seats at the bar. We love eating at the bar! The only downside is, all the bar seats are reserved. Know what I'm saying? I've never seen that policy at a restaurant and folks who wandered in before the theater and tried to get a drink were turned away over and over...

Dori W.
Beat Hotel (brasserie? Name change) great food (thai bowl, green salad and of course salmon crispy roll) best dessert (banana caramel bread pudding!!!) great inventive drinks (dirty manhattan) and fabulous entertainment. Plus they honored my online request for a table near the stage that was just perfect.

Dawn C. A.
Bondir Concord. So perfectly cozy and romantic but also unpretentious and casual. Food was outstanding. Just a great time all around.

Craig C.
Went to the KO pie battle at the Brewery and I think everyone should get over to Harpoon ASAP. They have an awesome new beer hall there. What a great space!

Ray C.
checked out Moonshine 152 for Brunch. Cozy place;good food and very friendly staff. A good addition to SB

Aaron G.
I had a marathon eating session this weekend in the Richmond area: Tuffy Stone's Q Barbeque, Saison, Alamo BBQ, Sub Rosa Wood-Fired Bakery, Proper Pie Co., The Roosevelt, Peter Chang China Cafe, and Lamplighter Roasting Company. Not entirely surprising, the BBQ spots were good, not great. Saison is becoming a regular spot for me with very good cocktails and food at great prices during happy hour. Sub Rosa is admirably filling a void while I'm away from Clear Flour with excellent pastries and loaves of bread I'd eat more of if I had someone with whom to share them. The chefs at The Roosevelt and Peter Chang China Cafe are two of three Richmond chefs nominated for Beard Awards (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic). And Lamplighter offers free public coffee cupping sessions each month for a side of education to go with your coffee.

MC Slim JB
Orinoco S. End, Townsman, Moonshine 152, Coppa, Legal Crossing, Santarpio's Eastie, Sichuan Garden Woburn, The Gallows, Fairsted Kitchen, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar.
Island Creek Oyster Bar, too.

Sharon B.
Little Q Hot Pot in Arlington! Spicy good Szechuan style with lamb, pork, and bok choy. Hot pots knock out winter. True story.
Oh and Row 34 for my 34th birthday.

Jeff L.
Elephant Walk in Cambridge. They shortened the menu considerably, still solid food though.

Edward O.
Loco in Southie! Great margaritas and tacos!

Drew S.
The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard, Santarpio's, & Townsman

Beckie H.
The Boat House in Tiverton for Hubby's big round birthday dinner. A rare combo of spectacular water view, delicious food, amazing staff and reasonable prices.

Susan H.
Tremont 647, Bar Boulud, Navy Yard Bistro, Besito (Chestnut Hill), Stella, and Stephanie's on Tremont.

John J.
Vic's Pizza, Bradley Beach NJ.

Kim S.
Fuji in Quincy Center. Unremarkable. I got what I expected. I just wanted some sushi.

Jennifer W.
City Streets in Waltham. Been meaning to go since I read about it on your blog! It was good!

Jay M.
FuLoon for spicy braised tripe

Patrick M.
Wild Boar Bolognese + Taleggio Omelete at Viale brunch on Sunday. Tremendous combo, and the home fries are similar to tater tots. Excellent.

Erik H.
Renovated Bukowski's in Inman. I'd give it a B-. Small food portions for higher prices and much smaller beer menu

Charles S.
Ecco in Weymouth ma, good menu

David S.
Hayward's in Lynn- yummy surf and turf
And Kelly's

Robert T.
Not exactly a restaurant but Monica's Mercato Pizzeria in the North End. It's below the street level market by the same name on Salem St. Best pizza in north end and NYC size slices. Thin delicious crust.

Julie K.
We went to this brazilian place at Copley Fogo de Chao..... the lamb ribs - excellent! Very good meats, the chicken a little dry but very good food and service. In general we enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and everything!!!

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