Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, November-December, 2014

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 November and December of 2014. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)


Posts from December 29, 2014:

Dawn C. A.
Salem Cross Inn for the Fireplace Feast. it's more about the atmosphere than the food, but the chowder is good.

Marie N.
The Keltic Kitchen in Yarmouth on the Cape. Great place!

Julie K.
El Centro - South End..... good Chilaquiles! Service.... a little slow ; (

Susan H.
Barcelona South End - amazing tapas! Great wine list too.

Geoff W.
Loving Hut, a Thai Vegan restaurant in Worcester. I never thought I would enjoy a vegan meal so much as I am such a meat eater. We could feel the love and hard work they put into the food.

John J.
Sophia's Grotto in Rozzie last night for their excellent Ziti Bolognese.

Sharon B.
Zocalo Back Bay for Chilapitas, pulled pork stuffed plantains, and pescado a la Veracruzana - the best I've had in the city

Jenny E.
Ostra. It was very spendy but the food was delicious and the service top notch.

John H.
Taiyou in the Kam Man Plaza- Quincy. Very good Shabu and Sushi at very reasonable $

Daniel L.
Bergamot in Somerville, solid meal with excellent service. China Star in Lowell for Dim Sum, the real deal, fast service in a packed house, great food and price.

Aaron G.
Star Kitchen Seafood in Denver for dim sum on Friday and Rib City last night. On my way to NYC for many future eats.

Leah K.
State Park for cocktails and now Treat for a post- errands sugar rush

Sanaz R.
La Voile on Newbury Street, Back Bay - what a delightful treat.

Beckie H.
Did an experiment through Foodler to see who delivers the best soup (i.e. home sick with the WORST COUGH) and declare that Le's has both chicken pho and shrimp rice chowder that work wonders. *hack *hack

Hillary C.
We went to Empire Garden in Chinatown for Christmas Eve (it was okay), and Hungry Mother for my husband's birthday over the weekend (delicious...those grits, my god).

Aaron G.
Wing's Kitchen in Boston tonight as I prepare to transition to NYC.

Posts from December 22, 2014:

Aaron G.
I went to another session of the OISA Ramen popup at Martin's Coffee Shop on Thursday.

Nina F.
Redbird in waltham and Kristin's in braintree.

Janet W.
Artistry In Franklin

Jennifer C.
Delightful meal at Nix's Mate. My friend and I both had the scallops, and loved them. The crime brulee was also yum! My only complaint was the service. Not the worst, but certainly won't rush back as a result. And this was 6pm on a Friday.

Jennifer W.
Went to Mango 2 in Tewksbury, very nice Thai food! And went to MT's Local Kitchen and Wine Bar in Nashua, fabulous baked oyster app, lovely wines, yummy meatloaf.

Craig C.
Wink and Nod. Love it.

Susan H.
Tangierino...great new brunch

Richard A.
Three Amigos in Stoneham

Dawn B.
Friendly Toast in Cambridge

Joyce G. R.
Not Your Average Joes...Hyannis

Patrick M.
Stopped into Taberna de Haro the other night and had a combo plate of 2 separate preparations over very fresh bread, one was Mackerel based and the other Smoked-Bluefish Pate. Tremendous and a great value at under $9.

Leah K.
Commonwealth for the lake/Steinbones pop up, Craigie on Main for the burger and a fab salad, shake shack for a less fab burger, bao nation, and the family went to little q without me tonight

John J.
Fireside Grill in Middleboro

Jennifer W.
I got takeout from the fairly new Beijing Chinese in Lexington and it was very good. Yu Shiang chicken was super tasty with a different flavor than most places, very fresh!

Dawn C. A.
S&S Deli for brunch today. Seeing my Jewish friends posting lovely Hanukkah tables with latkes and blintzes was driving me crazy.

David S.
Lions Head Meatballs and sizzling Eggplant at Emperor's Gate in Allston,lamb tips at Nick's Bistro in Revere, Arancini (proscuitto and asparagus) from J Pace in Saugus, and hot Dates, grilled cauliflower, and the cheese board at Opus in Salem

Sharon B.
Tip Tap Room!! Loooved the cocktails and have an awesome staff.

Kathleen O. S.
I love the Tip Tap Room and I agree great cocktails, great staff, great food. I also love another of Chef Poe's restaurants; Estelle's but didn't get there this weekend. We tried a new place Saturday night; Broad Street Riot in the Financial District. We sat at the bar and had a couple tasty brews (Portland's Foundation) and several of their starters, the emphasis seems to be on pork and I can't see anything wrong with that, overall very enjoyable dining.

Stewart M.
The Plato Mexicano and a horchata at Taqueria El Amigo.

Sandra M.
Had some shoyu ramen at Itadaki; going to Gari tonight, and looking for good noodle takeout recs around Back Bay for Tuesday?
Oh and India Quality Friday.

Posts from December 15, 2014:

Aaron G.
I managed to visit both Linda's Donuts and Ohlin's Bakery for a coffee and donut comparison. I followed that up with a visit to Moody's Delicatessen for a third breakfast. On Saturday, I tried T.W. Food for the first time and it inspired an ink Polaroid, posted at Squid Ink Polaroids for those who are interested.

Joli D. S.
Suya Joint (Nigerian restaurant) in roslindale. Had the melon stew with fish. Delicious and flavorful. And I recommend the fried plantains!

Carol Y.
Grafton Street for brunch. The corned beef hash was okay....

Leah K.
ArtBar, legal dx, and Panera (situational necessity)

Jennifer W.
Went to Mango 2 in Tewksbury, very nice Thai food! And went to MT's Local Kitchen and Wine Bar in Nashua, fabulous baked oyster app, lovely wines, yummy meatloaf.

Geoff W.
Firehouse Subs, Max Brenner, Sun Kong for Dim Sum, Ernesto's Pizzeria

Dan M.
Marguerite's in Westport kicked it last night. Top notch po'boy. Tonight, top notch lobster mac at Warren Tavern.

Jenny E.
Had a fabulous brunch and cocktails today at Eastern Standard. Service was totally top notch, too.

Kate M.
L'espalier. Yup. Mmm

Lin B. B.
I tried Pitstop BBQ in Wakefield -- Yum, Yum, Yum, with great portions and reasonably priced. Three tiny tables, so I took it home. Highly recommend.

Suzanne L. L.
I managed to make it to Common Ground a couple times for post-play-performance outings. I went mostly for the beer, but I had tomato soup, grilled cheese, a salad - it was all good. (and I liked my beer too). The kids from A.C.T. went to Not Your Average Joe's for their cast party - they treated them very well.

@y2000k
Ate @gustazocafe - so happy to have churros for dessert! Can't wait until they start brunch service.

Posts from December 8, 2014:

Stewart M.
Brasserie Jo remains as comforting on a cold night as ever.

Jamie W.
La poloma

Aaron G.
Pho Viet's, where "crusty" was an apt description of both the Banh Mi and the gentleman in line in front of me.

Glenn F.
The Bridge in Westerly RI, Bourbon Pan Roasted Lobster, fantastic & corn meal fried scallops in the background

Drew S.
Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod. Crazy punctuation and rambunctious crowd aside, we had one of the more inventive tasting menus we've experience in a while. Excellent meal. My suggestion for other olds like me is to go for it mid-week, though. The crowd was having a great time, and I give them credit that they were ordering weird (read:good) drinks and food, but I have the ambient noise preferences of a 73 year-old when I'm out eating.
Our friends hosted a holiday party at Estragon last night and went all out. Giant paella (probably at least a 3' wide pan), a selection of Spanish cheeses, and Sahil Mehta's excellent drinks. I don't get there nearly enough. Coincidentally, we went to an event at Taberna de Haro (owned by the former spouse of Estragon's owner; they used to own Taberna together) earlier in the week and had great drinks and bites there as well.

Frank C.
The Abington Ale House

Cara C. H.
Erbaluce in Bay Village. Outstanding!

Jenny E.
West on Centre

Pamela G. D.
Cafe Polonia

Carol Y.
Toscano - wonderful Grillo white wine and linguini w/clam sauce. It was good!

Dave M.
Eastern Standard and Sweet Cheeks

Joyce G. R.
Jake Rooney's

Posts from November 30, 2014:

Amy C. N.
No. 8 in Amesbury for brunch.... A+.
El Colima in Nashua for a family reunion. Holy mother of god, was that good!

Mike G.
American Craft at Assembly Row, Amsterdam Falafel shop, Magoun Saloon, Red Heat, La Brasa, Carroll's

Lisa M.
Rosebud American Kitchen! Super good food!

Aaron G.
It's been Asian restaurants for me: Sichuan Garden II at the Baldwin for Thanksgiving evening, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe and Pho Pasteur on Black Friday, and China Pearl for Small Business Saturday. Note that none of these made the Phantom Gourmet's recent Great 8 list of Chinese restaurants.

Drew S.
Mostly subsisted off Thanksgiving leftovers. Had some beers at The Foundry in Northampton -- small, but well curated tap and bottle lists. Nice people, too. Worth stopping in for beer - not so much for food. Saturday night, I walked into the new Chinese Mirch, looked at the menu prices, and ended up at Amelia's Taqueria instead. Re: the former: I'm unlikely to ever want to pay in the high $20s for an entree I can't get a glass of wine with in a room that still looks like an Au Bon Pain. As to the latter: it's more or less an Anna's / Boca Grande clone. Not exciting, but I definitely see it filling a role for the NU area.

Kristen N.
Ended up at Russell House Tavern for lunch on Saturday. Great cocktails and my arctic char nicoise was quite tasty, though my companion said his pastrami sandwich lacked oomph.

Leah K.
Alden & Harlow (to rave reviews from mom and dad - Mom requested it after we went there for brunch last time), take out from local House of Chang, and sent mom and dad to Coppa.

Lin B. B.
Went to Jazz Brunch at The Stonehedge Inn/Left Bank Restaurant -- beautiful venue, wonderful service but the food was very disappointing. $25 + tax/gratuity for very limited selections and lots of leftover turkey dishes......

Dori W.
new chinese just outside harvard square towards Central- Cilantro...EXCELLENT!

Hillary C.
Rein's Deli in Vernon, CT! A traditional stop for us on the way back from visiting family in New York.

Beckie H.
We stopped at Rein's Deli going and coming on our drive!
For something way out there... if you are in D.C. or Baltimore, go over the hills into WV to the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Their German food and Game items were worth the drive, with helpful servers and a view of the Potomac! http://www.bavarianinnwv.com/dining-specials.php

Mark B.
finally checked out Noodle barn (Vietnamese) in our jp. Good!

@LittleWing_74
Hei La Moon for Dim Sum

@y2000k
Tried the newly-opened Santa Banta in Waltham; had a good lunch buffet. Then ice cream @ Lizzy

@k8droste
Strip-T's in Watertown, McGreevey's for UMich football watching & Bamboo Thai in Brighton

Posts from November 17, 2014:

Richard A.
Gene's Flatbread Cafe in Woburn. More Hot Sour Dumpling soup and Handpulled Noodles

Aaron G.
Got way out west for dinner at the Eastside Grill in Northampton while visiting friends. Going to the OISA ramen pop-up at Martin's tomorrow night.

Geoff W.
Went to Sun Kong in Malden for Dim Sum.

Vanessa Y.
Giulia in Cambridge for all the amazing pasta. Sichuan Garden/Baldwin Bar because I can't get enough of those guys. And Merrill & Co for a little Thanksgiving dinner fundraiser they had yesterday for Lovin' Spoonfuls.

Carl T.
Fiorenza---Salem, Ma

Nina F.
A4 in somerville!
oh, and half baked cafe in beverly - awesome donuts!!

Julie K.
Went to Mexico Lindo - Melrose

Laura C.
Marliave in Boston.

Joyce G. R.
I went to the Jailhouse Tavern and to Jasons Tavern

Drew S.
Ate a bunch of the menu at Shojo. I feel a need to get there at least once every few weeks since the menu changes so often. Have you been yet, Marc? Their bartender Markus and your favorite Ran are mutual disciples.
Ate at Woody's twice. Some say the pies had dipped in quality (or at least consistency) there for a bit, but they've been great every time I've gone in lately.
And I'm probably about to go eat lunch at Lucy Ethiopian Cafe. Today calls for eating spicy food with my hands and drinking peanut tea.
oh! I left off brunch at Fairsted. Can we talk about hospitality for a second? I'm a semi-regular, so I'm not surprised to get great service, but looking around the room it was evident that they've created an atmosphere where people want to be ... I think that's been slipping at some places recently, so I like to point out places who are consistently good at making strangers feel welcome.

Loretta C.
I had a great meal at D'Pamas in Winthrop. Linguine, mushrooms with Veal in a Marsala sauce.

Hugh W.
We checked out Spettus Steakhouse in Quincy for the first time. Great feijoada, excellent meat quality (though quite limited, considering their signage), though no pao de queijo. Highly recommended.

Susan H.
Grooversity drumming event all Saturday afternoon followed by dinner at Changsho.

@sonyagracie
Sono Arlington and Summer Shack Cambridge.

Posts from November 10, 2014:

Geoff W.
Went to Minado to celebrate a friend's birthday. Sushi was awesome. Cooked stuff was decent, some hits and misses. Desserts were great as usual, especially the crepes. My birthday friend was even given an umbrella that was like a life-sized version of what you would get in a tropical drink, a free a birthday cake made from the various cakes from the dessert station and was treated to a Happy Birthday song by our cheery server. Fun night!

Dawn C. A.
Tried Beijing Chinese in the old Kushboo space in Lexington center. Really very good three pepper beef and scallion pancake. Can't wait to go back and try more. Also went to the new Bocado in Newton. Didn't try enough variety to compare to Worcester.

Susan H.
Kashmir on Newbury St. - great Chicken Vindaloo

Patrick M.
Went to The Regal Beagle Brookline on Sunday. They serve a "Rendezvous" menu from 3-5 on Sundays after brunch and before dinner. Much better in-between menu than a lot of places. Very good deviled eggs and burger. No, I didn't see Stacy...

Jay M.
Sichuan Garden II in Woburn: solid and numbing beef tendon; really great MaPo (ma Paul) tofu. Both with good chile heat and ma la from the Sichuan peppercorns.
Also Besito in the Burlington Mall. Mexican food not aimed at college students. We had short ribs with chile pequin and poblanos, and a roasted poblano stuffed with mushrooms, raisins and goat cheese.

Richard A.
I had breakfast at Appleton Cafe, a Belgian waffle & bacon. Very good taste, and didn't cost much either.

Aaron G.
For the first of many meals in the coming weeks to celebrate the wife's birthday, the family went to New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown. The six of us usually order 8 dishes, but with my 8-month old nephew in tow, we went with 9.

Nina F.
jake's in marlborough for breakfast, the abbey in cambridge for dinner. both awesome!!

Glenn F.
had an amazing Wild Boar Ragout over homemade cavatelli pasta at Mirbeau Wine & Bar Bistro

Kate M.
Tartufo in Newton. Delicious paparadelle with mushrooms and truffles. Yum. Others had seafood risotto, sole. Great drinks and wines.

Posts from November 3, 2014:

Richard A.
Gene's Flatbread Cafe in Woburn (hand pulled noodles &lamb) and Spice of Melrose (Chiangmai Noodles). Both excellent spots.

Dan M.
The Porthole Pub in Lynn (to see a friend's band play). I did not come out the way I came in.

Patrick M.
Beachmont Roast Beast. Very good, classic North Shore roast beef sandwich on fresh Piantedosi seeded bun.

Aaron G.
Tres Gatos and Doyle's Cafe on Saturday and Area Four on Sunday.

Julie E.
I went to Crow's Landing in Hingham for brunch. I had short rib has with a poached egg. It was fabulous! Sometimes breakfast is just too big of a meal this was a nice small portion.

Jennifer P. P.
We found a place in Marshfield called Fitzy's Wake and Shake (I know, I know) that was an ice cream/breakfast/lunch place. We both had benedicts (mine had homemade corned beef on it and my husband had applewood smoked bacon and tomato on his). They were both outstanding. They serve them with home fries which were more like crispy fried potatoes (and delicious), and they call them "Homies". It was empty (because of the weather, and probably because it's hidden behind a supermarket), but the food was delicious and the service was great too.

Geoff W.
I finally got to Garlic N' Lemons in Allston.
I also made a return trip to Burger Dive at Assembly Row. I love them for their shakes and tater tots, not so much for the burgers themselves. That was my second time so it wasn't an isolated thing. I asked for medium both times as I always do for burgers and they were dry both times. I will say the shakes are so good, I will either go just for that or try a non-burger item like chicken sandwich in the future.

Leah K.
B&G oyster

Kristen N.
Talk about divey, for the hell of it we ended up in the bar at Fantasy Island in Salem. Good Lord, it was like an MSG-fueled David Lynch movie. Eccentric older folks cozied up to the sticky and scarred bar, knocking back Mai Tais, playing Keno and downing combo plates drowning in brown sauce. Due to the fervent and bizarre discussion, we kept our political views to ourselves...

Nina F.
oishii too in Sudbury, which was awesome, and seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill which was very mediocre.

Lin B. B.
Victor's in Saugus ---MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Frederick W.
The Gill Tavern, Gill, MA
Taylor Tavern, Greenfield, MA
Chez Albert, Amherst, MA
Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst, MA
And somehow still lost 5 lbs.

@jodster112
i went to my usual restaurant that i go to when i go to boston. - @b_good_ . it was a perfect experience! food was fresh n hot

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