Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, September-October, 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 September and October of 2014. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)


Posts from October 27, 2014:

Beckie H.
Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, ME - how did I not know about this place??! Had their "triple play" - boiled claws, stuffed tail and popcorn lobster! With the 60-item salad bar and a water view! Wow!

Dan M.
Brunch at Christopher's in Porter Square. Excellent berry-stuffed French Toast and the best Bloody Mary ever.

Joli D. S.
Brunch at Mistral. Can't go wrong. Great food, ambiance and mimosas!

Leah K.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter free brunch for kids off the kids menu this month so there were only two left. Plus it's my husband's fave brunch.

Richard A.
Nebo, for a superb Backyard Farms tomato lunch

Aaron G.
Had Portuguese for lunch at Caravela in Fall River on the way to Westport Rivers Winery and Buzzards Bay Brewery followed by drinks and dinner at Sichuan Garden II later that evening.

Warren S.
Journeyman Friday night - It was really good.

Julie E.
Lord Hobo in Cambridge - the food and beer was great. They make their chili out of whatever is left from the daily specials. Mine had beef ribs and duck.

Drew S.
Cambridge Brewing Co for their pumpkin fest on Saturday. The only day a year I drink pumpkin beers (not out of principle, I just can't readily find pumpkin beer that don't taste like a pie). The Hawthorne (twice - including once for a popup from the folks who want to open an Alsatian beer garden in JP. Great sausages).

Rich D.
Got ugly at Dot 2 Dot Cafe for brunch. Understaffed and we left after an hour of waiting for eggs. Went to Blarney Stone and, it was all good.

Drew S.
This last week was kind of crazy. Had my final meal at Hamersley's, stopping at Bread & Salt (the restaurant part of Wink & Nod) for dessert. Thao Ngoc (GREAT Vietnamese) in Dorchester, a snack and some drinks at The Hawthorne, Mei Mei (cider donuts on Saturdays to rival any), Puritan & co. (the pastry offerings at brunch are worth a trip), and a pizza and drinks at Viale. Chef Chang's in there as well.

@kirsten_lana
Magnolia Bistro and The FarmhouseTap & Grill (short trip to Burlington, VT for the weekend!)

@D_J_Pope
I went to cafe luigi's in Bedford last night. Some of the best Italian food Ive ever had. Strongly recommend checking it out

@PrettyFuzzy
Common Ground opened a location in Arlington. Similar pub foody menu, different clientele. Thumbs up!

Posts from October 20, 2014:

Richard A.
Red Heat Tavern in Wilmington

Carl T.
Barcelona--Brookline

Geoff W.
Finally went to Hamersley's Bistro with my sis. Don't know what took us so long. It would figure we would go to a place that is a week from closing. Meal was phenomenal! Roast Chicken lived up to the hype. The duck confit app was incredible. Best prepared duck I've ever had. Pear-Apricot upside down cake was awesome. I'll stop here for brevity's sake and because I'm running out of superlatives.

Daniel L.
Went to the opening weekend of Bocado in Wellesley. Handled the crowd well with the same quality product as Worcester delivers.

Bobby O.
new place in Newton Centre called Comedor, freaking fantastic. They call themselves a chilean tapas place but their dishes are a little bigger and maybe a skosh less shareable than tapas might imply. That said it was fantastic, and their cocktails are awesome (i had some sort of a gin-rosemary situation and boy oh boy, lemme tell ya)

Julia N.
Lulu's in Allston. Cheese and ale soup was delicious. Everything else was just ok. Color me underwhelmed.

Jennifer K. D.
We went to 28 Atlantic at Wequassett - our go-to special occasion restaurant - to celebrate John's birthday. It was incredible...just perfect.

Warren S.
Great meal at La Brasa in Somerville. Spicy Thai Chicken was a big hit, but everything was super.

Beckie H.
The Burren in Davis for good pub grub with an Irish flair.

Nina F.
Hei La Moon for dim sum!

Craig C.
Salt Kitchen and Rum bar in Ipswich. Really great place. You all should check it out. Delicious!

Charity S.
Village Pancake House in Rowley (adequate food, terrific service) and Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Peabody (terrific food, abysmal service.)

Pam A.
Tulips in Stoneham great sushi!!!!

Kristen N.
Sylvester's in Northampton. Good but not great.

Marie N.
Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield. It was an apres-dog-show banquet, but the sole florentine was nice, if a bit dried out.

Drew S.
This last week was kind of crazy. Had my final meal at Hamersley's, stopping at Bread & Salt (the restaurant part of Wink & Nod) for dessert. Thao Ngoc (GREAT Vietnamese) in Dorchester, a snack and some drinks at The Hawthorne, Mei Mei (cider donuts on Saturdays to rival any), Puritan & co. (the pastry offerings at brunch are worth a trip), and a pizza and drinks at Viale. Chef Chang's in there as well.

Posts from October 13, 2014:

Aaron G.
Somewhat appropriately, given the future of the Hamersley's Bistro space, we went to The Gallows and Hamersley's Bistro on Sunday night. Today, we had a quick lunch at Pronti Bistro.

Julie N.
I'm at Max & Leo's right now! Damn good pizza.

Joyce G. R.
Went to the "Hot Stove" tonight

Daniel L.
Went to the opening weekend of Bocado in Wellesley. Handled the crowd well with the same quality product as Worcester delivers.

Jennifer P. P.
Arnold's in Eastham! Last weekend before they closed for the winter.

Susan H.
The Glenville Stops - extremely good

David B.
http://www.limeleafcuisine.com/ turn the music off,........ so good

Richard A.
Alpamayo, a Peruvian restaurant in Lee. Peruvian corn on the cob & cheese. Guinea pig! Lucma ice cream.

John K.
Bondir Concord for lunch. Awesome.

Kristen N.
The new Fugakyu at MarketStreet in Lynnfield. Tasty lunch specials. Turner Seafood in Salem as everything was packed.

Leah K.
Lola Burger, Rose & Crown, takeout from Sushi by Yoshi, Downyflake, and Steamboat Pizza

Dawn C. A.
The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson for Oktoberfest. it's a tradition, and really good every year.

Warren S.
Chung Shin Yuan in Newton. Great dim sum - very authentic.

Marie N.
Ah ha! I actually dined out somewhere relatively decent! Amici's in Shrewsbury. They are not what they were about two years ago, but my Pollo Saltimbocca was tasty, if skimpy.

Frederick W.
Beachhead, Block Island
Finn's, Block Island.

Greg P.
Foga de Choa in Boston Marriott Copley.
Safe to say, I had a weee bit of meat.

@SamB717
Inaka, Some 'Ting Nice, Zaftigs - #boston #somerville #brookline #food

@astevens
Common Ground, newly opened in Arlington Center. Calamari perfectly cooked, fries crispy & tasty. Decent draft beers.

@mscharlita
Oasis Brazilian #Medford #Boston

@y2000k
Mulan in Waltham. Love their pork & leek dumplings

@GF_foodie
Russell House Tavern, Cambridge and @TheHarpBoston

Posts from October 5, 2014:

Nina F.
rosebud american kitchen and red raven.

Geoff W.
The most noteworthy was Tip Tap Room. I had only been there for brunch one time before and loved it. Went for dinner with friends. The majority of our foods missed the mark for cookedness. A friend asked for a well done burger which wasn't and had to be redone. My sirloin was supposed to be medium rare but was probably medium but I didn't mind. Those were just two examples. We were impressed with the service as they offered free boar meatballs, then 2 free desserts to make up for the burger. I will go back for brunch but may not for dinner.

Carl T.
Five Corners Kitchen--

Joli D. S.
Mistral for Sunday brunch. Amazing!

Jeff D.
Journeyman. Cocktail/liquor pairing. Amazing. Might just be the best restaurant in Boston right now.

Kristen N.
Farther afield, but worth a mention: Daikaya Izakaya in DC's Chinatown. (The resto is above a ramen joint, by same owners) Absolutely amazing food, tasty craft cocktails and a respectable sake menu.

MC Slim JB
Gene's Chinese Flatbread, Ritu Ki Rasoi, Empire, No. 9 Park, Highball Lounge, Shojo, Chef Chang's on Back Bay, Estelle's, The Hawthorne, 3 Country Bistro, Audubon Boston, Brasserie Jo, Petit Robert Bistro, Sichuan Garden.

Pam A.
Common Ground Arlington Center, great drink and fantastic appetizers!! Music way too loud though!

Lyndon F.
The funniest one was "lawn on the d" and the "stoked" food truck

Leah K.
The Butcher Shop, Alden & Harlow, Trade- it was a blessed weekend! #spoiled

John T.
Blue Taleh in Lowell, Rosebud in Davis Sq

Cara C. H.
Passport in Weymouth Landing and Chez Haff :-)

Drew S.
Chef Chang's, inBoston, Woody's, Eastern Standard, The Hawthorne. Stuck to our neighborhood

Craig C.
KFC - Lovvvvved IT!

Carol Y.
Toscano

June W.
Bella costa in framingham.....yum and yummy

Kim S.
Grand Chinatown in Quincy. Top 3 Chinese place on my list. No one there speaks English and it actually makes the ordering process more difficult. That is Great Indicator #1. Love this place.

Aliesha B.
Brunch at city girl cafe in cambridge. Yum!

Jay M.
I had dinner this evening at the Bancroft in Burlington. Solid food and a great space!

Nadina T.
Hamersley's Bistro for the best roast chicken ever. I'll miss them!

Michael L.
Restaurante Cesaria. 266 Bowdoin St., Dorchester. 617-282-1998

@PrettyFuzzy
Lonestar Taco Bar (love their guac) and Otto Pizza (it's National Pizza Month!)

Posts from September 28, 2014:

Kathy H. N.
Gianni's Pizza in Framingham (amazing grilled chicken salad) and Browns Lobster Pound in Seabrook NH (scallops!!)

Richard A.
I went to Myung Dong in Allston and had the Mandoo Ramen Noodle. I'm no ramen connoisseur but I thought it was really good.

Julie N.
Ended up at Cambridge Brewing Company after the Friendly Toast debacle. The food at CBC was quite good!

Chris C.
Laurie's 9:09 and it was outstanding with a great band and good food.

Nina F.
soul fire in allston - review this week on http://theregurge.com/

Aaron G.
I made the first of (hopefully) many future trips to Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe (Boston) followed by a stop at Pedro's Tacos. I also made a return trip to Dumpling Cafe followed by beers at Jacob Wirth.

Glenn F.
Oyster Bar & Grill in Pembroke, always delish, & Ocean House in Watch Hill, great food & amazing views

Shawn S.
Darryl's Corner Bar in the South End. The food (stuffed peppers, catfish tacos, hush puppies) was terrific, the service - meh. The live music was excellent, but, in my opinion, far too loud for such an intimate space.

Greg P.
I really enjoyed some Fettucini Alfredo with a Chipotle Chicken at Agava on Saturday night.

Warren S.
Great lunch at Strip-T's on Saturday: Eggplant Bahn Mi, Grilled Romaine salad with oxtails.

Scott B.
Van shabu in Savin hill. Reasonably priced menu, including an all you can eat sushi and shabu option

Leah K.
Armando's Pizza last night, Picco for mac 'n cheese and salad for a change on Thursday and a smoothie from 570 Market on Saturday.

Mark B.
Menton! One of the better meals I have had in a long time!

Christine L.
Tony's Sutton Pizza! that was a total blast from the past - and very well-deserved after a day hiking around Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Josh J.
Ristorante sottoprova & Kori Ristorante Pizzeria in Venice. Yeah, that Venice

Craig C.
Tony's DiNapoli in Times Square! Yeah baby! It was great actually. Lotsa red sauce.

Julie K.
Fusion Taste, Tias, Ixtapa! And believe me the three of them. ..very good!

Carol Y.
Just had dinner at Giulia in Cambridge. Really good.

Pam A.
Tulip in Stoneham yum!

Posts from September 21, 2014:

Aaron G.
I tried Shojo for the first time, and it really fills a void in Chinatown. We only tried a couple of food items because we were heading across the street to Peach Farm for an 11-course meal.

Geoff W.
I went to Myung Dong in Allston and had the Mandoo Ramen Noodle. I'm no ramen connoisseur but I thought it was really good.

Jennifer P. P.
Anna's Harborside Grille in Plymouth. Pretty good Greek food.

Kristen N.
Lunch at CK Pearl in Essex - chef is the son of owner of Shea's next door. Younger, very casual vibe. Decent food and of course great view.

Julie N.
La Viole!

Susan H.
Atlantic Beach Club, Barking Crab & Black Pearl - in Middletown and Newport, RI

Leah K.
Icob, tuscan Kitchen

Joli D. S.
Barcelona for Sunday brunch. Always good and they have live jazz.

Glenn F.
Mirbeau Bistro & Wine Bar

Dawn C. A.
Athenian Corner in Lowell. Moussaka was heavenly. Also Rosie's in Chelmsford for breakfast. Very good as well.

MC Slim JB
Liquid Art House, The Hawthorne, Moko, Toro, Gene's Chinese Flatbread, Sichuan Gourmet, Franklin Southie, Anchovies.

Jennifer K. D.
Black Cat Tavern and The Roadhouse Cafe, both in Hyannis and, oddly enough, both on Saturday night. It was a DeFoe dine around.

John H.
El Sarape in Weymouth Landing

Hugh W.
Grand Chinatown, North Quincy. Guanachapis, Waltham.

George H.
I had lunch at Oppa's Kitchen & Bar, the new Korean restaurant in Malden. It was ok, but Chung Ki Wa in Medford (only 2 miles away) is much better in my opinion.

Beckie H.
Barnacle Billy's etc in Ogunquit - adore their lobster saute!

@y2000k
17h @CookRestaurant for brunch

@AliasLily
Daikanyama Sushi in Lexington.

@Itsrainingjenny
Oysters from McCormick & Schmick's, pad see-ew at Chili Duck, and a curry chicken salad wrap from the Herb Lyceum Kitchen.

Posts from September 14, 2014:

Frederick W.
Finally made it back to The Haven in JP for a nice Scottish brunch. And took my younger brother to Warren Tavern in Charlestown on Saturday.

Vanessa Y.
I'm at Sichuan Garden II RIGHT NOW!
I also hit up Hamersley's for the chicken, and Shojo for the late night menu and cocktails.

Dawn C. A.
Today we went to a public clambake at Francis Farms in Rehoboth. Fantastic chowder, clamcakes, steamers, and lobster.

Drew S.
Went to Shojo for dinner last night. I've liked 'em since the beginning, but even more so now.

Karen S.
Earl's at Assembly Row. Not impressed.

Mike N.
Massimo's (Italian) and Sweet Kiwi (Froyo) in Wakefield, MA. Both new places!

Geoff W.
Anthony's North End Deli in Plainville and Darbar in Brighton.

Lyndon F.
Othym in Montreal insane venison with elderberries and wild garlic
Went to the "dumpling room" stuffed and delicious

Richard A.
I was at the Earl's opening. I don't know much about the background of the chain, but they made a nice lobster sandwich and some good cocktails.
I was also at Grill 23 this week, though at an Uruguyan wine tasting, so didn't eat more than cheese & crackers. But I had plenty of delicious wines.

Jonathan P.
Late dinner at West Bridge Saturday night after a movie in Kendall Square. West Bridge is always solid.

Carl T.
Five Corners Kitchen Hammerslys

Julie K.
The Tavern @ Woburn. Not impressed

John J.
Just back from a weekend of music & beer in Burlington VT, but was able to squeeze-in a trip to Prohibition Pig in Waterbury VT. Fantastic pork sandwich & baked beans. And a couple of tasty Heady Toppers as well. Also hit Penny Kluse and Henry's Diner for my Sunday & Monday breakfasts. Both pricey but good. Wings at Ruben James to watch the Pats game were pretty good, but I've had better at Buff's, Wendell's and sometimes at John Brewer's in Waltham.

Nina F.
The Local in Wayland and The Gallows in the south end - yummmmmm!

Suzanne L. L.
Well, I managed to sneak away from my Arlington Town Day booth to hop over to the Tango booth and pick up a couple of empanadas for lunch - delicious!

Patrick M.
I splurged and went to Mistral for a quick brunch yesterday. The crab and chive omelette was sensational.

@drbrianrach
Oasis Brazilian Restaurant in Medford! Great buffet and delicious Brazilian barbecue !

@PMAC43
The Fairview Inn, Marshfield, MA pic.twitter.com/qsjgGqK8UN

@haroldgiguere
had excellent Lebanese food at Shawarma Falafel in Downtown Crossing

@AliasLily
@cloverfoodtruck was visiting @CRIBoston for the Rumble on the River. Go, CRI Novice Girls!

@y2000k
totto ramen, wild willy's

@PrettyFuzzy
Saloon in Davis Square... Or should I say hidden under Davis Square?

Posts from September 7, 2014:

Kristen N.
Not sure this counts as "the past few days" as I am eating it NOW, but damn, the Gobi Manchurian from Red Lentil in Watertown is immensely tasty.

Marie N.
A little deli in Brimfield, but I'm not sure it counts. Nice pre-made turkey sandwich on rye and very good iced coffee, though. It is called the Apple Barn Cafe.

Drew S.
Coco Loco's in Kittery (the other New England burrito place that made 538's Burrito bracket). I liked the fries in their signature burrito, as well as the handful of different, fresh hot sauces they make and keep at stations around the joint, as well as the queso fundido. The attempts at more traditional Mexican fare there are not quite as good.
Larson's Lunch Box in Damariscotta. One of the better lobster rolls I've had. Among the best if you consider the value.
Laird's ice cream (right next to Red's Eats) in Wiscasset. Got the lobster ice cream, which tasted great, but the lobster flavor was really not present at all. It was more of a salted caramel flavor than lobster.
Muscongus Bay Lobster in Round Pond. My new favorite place for lobster. Very fair pricing, much more competently cooked than I'm used to in boiled lobster (same goes for the corn and steamers). A corn bread made with fresh corn came with the nearly perfect (a bit too salty, though we suspect the soup guy took the weekend off after labor day) lobster chowder.
Crissy's, also in Damariscotta. I think they're only open for brunch. All bread products made in house, and no entree north of $11. The menu has both breakfast and lunch items on it (many brunches skip the -unch bit), but the breakfast stuff was all just a bit better.
Pressed Cafe (on the way home) in Nashua, NH. Apparently a guy who has started and sold 2 other successful sandwich shops couldn't stay away and opened this place. Has the feel of a place that is shop 1 of someone's business plan for a new chain -- a higher end quick service soup and sandwich shop. Not destination worthy, but if you need a quick bite in Nashua.

Leah K.
Brunch at Alden & Harlow... Counting the days until next Sunday. Flatbread at Sacco Bowl

Aaron G.
Hamersley's Bistro

Doreen I. V.
Rialto in Cambridge. As fab as ever. the mini Tuscan steak was a half portion of the original with the same amount of great taste for a fraction of the price. It's on the bar menu only and the bar cocktail menu has some of the most interesting concoctions I've seen all summer. Go, Jodi, Go.
Oh and on Saturday Pane e Vino in PVD. Always spectacular!

Beckie H.
Adventured to RI > Lunch @ Quito's on Bristol Harbor, then dinner @ my #1 favorite restaurant in the entire world - The Boathouse on Mount Hope Bay in Tiverton!

John J.
Visited Cafe Assisi in Wrentham Saturday, on our way to outlets. Place was packed at 5pm & now I know why. It was delicious! My wife is already scheming to go again.

Dawn C. A.
Simple yet perfect sushi and agedashi tofu at Toraya in Arlington.

Carol Y.
We went to Wellfleet's PJ's twice this past weekend. I'm loving that oyster taco...

Kathy H. N.
Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook NH. BYOB and perfect post-beach fare!!

@Teeshawt
Dicks at Faneuil Hall

@k8droste
Lee's Burgers in Newton, excited they are coming to Coolidge Corner cause they are really good #specialsauce

@PrettyFuzzy
Back Bay Harry's - good burger!

Posts from September 1, 2014:

Aaron G.
Sweet Cheeks on Friday and Merrill & Co. followed by Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod on Sunday

Leah K.
Celebrity pizza

Dawn C. A.
Gran Gusto, Stone's Public House (outstanding curry chips!), and Evelyn's Drive-In. All very, very good.

Renee H.
Tried Radar Tavern. Meh.

Carol Y.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Brookline was convenient before the Petty concert. It's a grill-your-own-dinner-chain but the short rib was excellent, as was the Patron Pineapple Martini. (Why do people call any random cocktail a martini?)

Marina K.
U-Sushi is a gem in Brookline, highly recommend it

Drew S.
In-N-Out, okay, but hard for it to live up to the hype Addendum at Ad Hoc, very good but kind of wish we had just gone to Bouchon or Ad Hoc (or won the lottery for TFL)
Bread & Salt, the new kitchen team at Wink & Nod. Went tonight where they were serving an industry night menu. Ordered about a dozen dishes, and all were delicious. I'm really excited about this place.
Chutney's - within the next 5 years, food industry writers will be talking about the nationwide battle between the quick-service Indian burrito-like chains. The Berklee location they just opened is their 3rd one, and I would not be surprised to see them go wide.

@y2000k
dim sum @ Hei La Moon

@iamahoneybee
highland kitchen for brunch, John Harvard (Natick) for lunch

@ChesterJack
Petey's in Rye, NH. Great place with super fresh seafood

@kkotelly
Tuscan Kitchen in Salem NH. Everything was delicious, from the bread, lobster ravioli to the cannolis! Great place!! :)

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