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September, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A Reminder About the Boston Restaurant Talk Blog

By now, many (if not most) of you know that this website has a sister site called Boston Restaurant Talk that focuses more on news related to the Boston restaurant scene as opposed to this site, which looks mainly at lesser-known Boston-area dining spots. Boston Restaurant Talk looks at openings and closings, events, special interest stories, and more, with the blog being updated each day (sometimes with five or more new articles on a given day).

A big part of the Boston Restaurant Talk blog is news from around the region, so if you hear of any restaurants that are opening or closing, or know of events that are on the way, please contact us via the link at the bottom of this page or send a note via Facebook or Twitter, thanks!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Dinner at The Naumkeag Ordinary in Salem

A new restaurant called The Naumkeag Ordinary opened in Salem this past spring, with a couple of people from Coda in Boston's South End--Matt Brady and Dan Bitler--being behind it (and Matt also worked at O'Sullivan's in Somerville as well). I've been trying to get to this place for awhile now, as I had been hearing good things about their takes on comfort food and American fare, and we did end up getting there earlier this month for a quick dinner. And first impressions of the restaurant were definitely positive, with the food being very good, the staff being friendly and laid-back, and the atmosphere being quite nice.

photo of The Naumkeag Ordinary, Salem, MA The Naumkeag Ordinary resides in back of Lappin Park in downtown Salem, with the courtyard-type space being relatively quiet even though it is located where two busy streets intersect (Essex Street and Washington Street). The restaurant has a small bar in front with a few tables to the left of it, and further back there is a cozy and charming (and private-feeling) dining room with some more seating. Out front is a patio that is used during the warmer months, with the patio being a great place for people-watching.

We grabbed a table outside at The Naumkeag Ordinary on our recent trip there and started out with a couple of Ithaca pumpkin ales (mild and refreshing) and a simple but impressive board featuring baked brie in pastry dough, fennel-flavored crackers, sliced apples, and California figs. Our meals included a hearty plate of fettuccini with red sauce and ricotta-stuffed meatballs (which were firm and had a perfect mixture of pork, veal, and beef) and a meaty bone-in pork chop with roasted potatoes, bacon-braised cabbage, and apple sauce. A few other items on the menu that looked interesting (and will definitely be considered for an upcoming visit) were the tacos, house-made pickles, coq au vin, Cuban sandwich, and macaroni and cheese with tasso ham.

The Naumkeag Ordinary seems like a nice addition to the Salem dining scene, with upscale comfort food offered at reasonable prices and a friendly, inviting atmosphere. A second trip to this dining and drinking spot will likely be in the works this fall, so expect to see an update here in the not-too-distant future.

The address for The Naumkeag Ordinary is: The Naumkeag Ordinary, 118 Washington Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Twelve More Dishes for College Students in the Boston Area

photo of hot golden triangles from Sweet Ginger, Somerville, MALast September a slideshow on ten dishes for college students in the Boston area was posted here, with the post looking at various items from mostly lesser-known restaurants either near colleges and universities or in neighborhoods popular with students. Well, now the students are back once again, and a new slideshow with the same theme is here. As was the case last time, most of these items are inexpensive and from casual spots in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. And again, many of them are within walking distance of at least one school, though a few may require longer walks or quick subway/bus/cab rides.

Here is a link to the slideshow.

Slideshow on Twelve More Dishes for College Students

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