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 2016. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)
Posts from October 31, 2016:
Tess and I are at Acapulco's on the automile right now - funny ratio or bar goers to kids in high chairs but the food's fine enough for a family place.
MC Slim JB.
Mamaleh's -- whoa! (New review in The Improper out today) Anchovies after early voting. Little Donkey, Smoke Shop and haley.henry, rare post-review visits. The new Bayberry Cafe in Woburn, very nice pan-Asian vegan. Sichuan Gourmet. Peach Farm. Gene's Chinese Flatbread. Waypoint. Toraya. En Boca. The Fat Hen. WuBurger for Coney Island dogs. Audubon Boston.
Went to Little Donkey for lunch today and it was amazing! I shared the Eggplant Torta and it was amazing! Also tried the Pickle Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich and Farro Kimchi Fried Rice, and all three things were delicious! Also hit up The Abbey for lunch in Brookline, and the grilled chicken sandwich with truffle fries did not disappoint!
Heng Lay in Lowell for Cambodian. We used to go to Simply Khmer, which we still like, but the atmosphere at Heng Lay is a little more homey and the food just as good.
Donut Shack in Lowell. The best donuts! The place isn't much larger than a walk-in closet. Folks are friendly. Get there early. When they run out for the day, that's it. Their posted hours are 5:00 am to 11:30 am, but I recommend getting there before 9:00.
Banyan Bar & Refuge. Consistently an Asian fusion small plate flavor extravaganza.
We were out in Holliston on Wednesday and went to the Jasper Hill Cafe for live music and half price burgers. Cool little place!
We escaped to Lake Winnipesaukee for terrific tapas at Tavern 27, the $6 Pizza Hut lunch buffet, and lakefront dinner delights at the Lyons Den. Off to the best breakfast spot Kitchen Cravings!
We stopped at Cook & Brown Public House for brunch on our way to Westport today. Though I wish it'd had more smoked bluefish, I really enjoyed their Smoked Bluefish Cake Benedict. Then we wrapped things up with 7+ courses at Bergamot tonight.
Stoddard's for a drink and promoting charity stuff. Always happy to try a new gose.
Posts from October 26, 2016:
I'm sitting at the Red Parka right now watching the Pats and having a cocktail. Life is goooood!
I tried out Frank's in Brockton for fried fish after playing 18 holes at nearby D.W. Field golf course. They give you a lot of fish in an order, but the crinkle cut fries are pretty terrible. I did get a free order of onion rings that weren't too bad.
Moldova Restaurant in Newton. Excellent roast pork with pickled veggies, pies, and crepes.
Anne L. M. B.
I went to Fishbones in Chelmsford today for the 1st time. Wicked good!
Pita - a new Greek restaurant in Chelmsford. Outatanding gyros on homemade Greek-style pita bread.
Take out from Byblos in Norwood - my vegetarian kibbe was delicious; husband's grilled lamb skewer dinner was also delicious, except the one piece of "grilled" pepper & onion from the skewer were barely cooked. Salad was limp & drowned in dressing, despite asking for it on the side and doesn't come with feta cheese (huh?).
Mai Pearl in Foxboro - always sparkling and delicious sushi and sashimi.
stopped by Charcoal Guidos for their Grilled Octopus with spinach, potatoes and had crispy pork belly added...best preparation of octopus to date ..memorable
My Other Kitchen in Belmont for takeout. Greek salad dressing is out of this world!
On my foliage day trip last weekend, went to Big Fatty's BBQ in VT. Really good. And my hands down favorite spot for gyro, The Gyro Spot in NH. Went to the Oisa Ramen pop-up and was impressed.
I just had dinner at T-Bones in Hudson, NH. Fantastic!
Sandie B. S.
Tried the new Not Your Average Joe's in Peabody. I had been to the one in Needham before. I prefer the atmosphere at the Needham location better. The Peabody location was very industrial looking with the metal decor and white formica bar. Nevertheless the food and service were adequate. I had the poached pear and spinach salad with pulled chicken and warm maple dressing. Very tasty!
We went to the Not Your Average Joes too, (in Arlington). Great service as usual. I asked them to make the white pizza with pistachios that had been on their menu but isn't any longer and they did.
We also had takeout from Masala in Teele Sq, and learned that our 6 month old loves saag paneer and chicken tikka masala.
Bronwyn for dinner on Friday, Hojoko for dinner on Saturday, and Puritan & Co for brunch today. Loved them all!
Jeff V. M. S.
Great dinner before the theater on Tuesday at Teatro.
The new Metzy's Cantina in the Newburyport train station. Cool space, good food (although a little aggressive on the seasoning) with the exception of the tostones which were expensive, dried out and buried in chile powder. Pork belly taco and steak taco though were both excellent. They have beer, wine and Mexican sodas.
Just got back from Bostonia Public. SO good
The Homestead in Merrimack. Cute place, comfort foods!
Antonio's Trattoria in Cranston, RI. Had a nice stuffed veal chop. Wife had a very yummy fra diavolo, loaded up with calamari, scallops, and shrimp.
Pre-gamed with a killer Mai Tai at Lavender in Sudbury. Then a solid dinner at Bullfinches. Swordfish exceptional. As always highlight of the weekend was the 24 hour braised pork stock ramen with jalapenos and extra braised soy marinated pork at Santouka in cambridge. Down side no alcohol license so need to go to Grafton House next store for pre and post libation. All worth it.
Fat Bellys in Portsmouth, homemade bluecheese and bacon on a perfect burger.......... yumm
Dawn C. A.
La Posada in West Arlington yesterday for lunch. Excellent torta, sopa albondigas and sopa Azteca. We hadn't been since they opened 6 years ago. We've been missing out!
Michelle S. C.
UnWined in Swansea and Tipsy Toboggan in Fall River. Tipsy never disappoints on a chilly day sitting by the fire in a rustic ski lodge setting
Rino's in East Boston... worth the long wait. Also 2 Jerks BBQ in Raynham... not bad.
Phuket. A nice little Thai restaurant on Centre Street (across the street from the Bank of America)_. in West Roxbury. Very nice menu and a small but nice wine selection. I had the duck with black mushrooms for dinner. Excellent. Then I went for lunch the next day and had the Crazy Noodles with chicken. Try this place... especially if you like your Thai food on the sweet side.
Fred's seafood for the classic NE Fish Chowder and Just Haddock. Very fresh and super cheap.
Went back to Tonno's for their "gravy night". Limited specials(3) for the night, expected more not sure why. Went with Chicken parm. Very large portion with home made pasta. Just wish the cutlet was thinner, guest I am spoiled
Mystic Station in Malden - their dessert special, a chocolate pecan pie - absolutely to die for. Amazing steak tips, and a fantastic selection of local craft beers on tap! I love that they do flights. Got to try 8 different brews. so yum
I went to the Hop and Scotch in brookline. Their Scotch Egg was quite good, the meatloaf and mash potatoes were pretty good. I also went to The Merchant in down town. They cooked my burger a perfect medium, and the pepper aioli and bacon worked perfectly to support the beef. This burger restored my faith in restaurant burgers being worth ordering.
Sarma. Amazing as always.
Holi in Bedford. It was wonderful!
Posts from October 18, 2016:
Red Bones (second choice after Blue Ribbon TBH), Dumpling Palace
Hib3ar ice cream roll in Allston. Pretty much the epitome of style over substance.
Sunday began with brunch at Duck, Duck, Goat and finished with cocktails at The Violet Hour before dinner at Roister. Monday featured breakfast at Gaslight Coffee Roasters, lunch at Slurping Turtle, cocktails at Lost Lake, and dinner at The Publican. We woke up to chilaquiles at Cafe Con Leche on Tuesday and had cocktails with a view at GreenRiver before dinner at Topolobampo. Wednesday started with breakfast at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuit and snacks from The Bakery at Fat Rice.
MC Slim JB
Waypoint, Gene's Chinese Flatbread, haley.henry, Peach Farm, Audubon Boston, Little Donkey, Aquitaine, Dumpling Kingdom, Commune Kitchen, New Jang Su, Coreanos, Bar Mezzana, Erbaluce, Mana Escondido, Smoke Shop. Yvonne's.
Viale...had a tasty appetizer of octopus that involved squid ink , potatoes and cabbage...their veal sweetbread with figs was a nice pairing and their crab-bisque was delicate and came with 2 tasty lobster fritters...
Suzanne L. L.
We went to Gypsy Cafe in Lincoln, NH (after doing the super fun Zip Line Adventure tour), and it was quite eclectic, and very good. And back at home, ate at Little Q Hot Pot, and got the amazing Black Bone Chicken broth hot pot (with beef tongue, boneless beef short rib, flounder, scallops, pea sprouts, Chinese broccoli, mushroom platter, rice cake and Udon noodles) and of course, their yummy pork pan fried dumplings too.
We're heading to Turner's Market, in Melrose, tonight.
Totally forgot, went to deep ellum Wednesday for Parlor Ice Cream's pop-up. That place is much more enjoyable when it isn't crammed to the max with people.
Hubba's Real Pit BBQ food truck in Westford. Best ribs and brisket I've had in a long time. Only open 'til Oct 22nd, so get over there before it's too late.
Ann M. S.
Mamaleh's in Kendall. Second time there. So good.
The Franklin in Portsmouth...outstanding oysters raw and cooked and desserts to die for!
Toraya in Arlington for an S dinner - steamed shrimp shumai, sushi, salmon oshisushi and sukiyaki! Superb!
Beginning of week in Portland. Highlight at Miyake was Butabara and Oyster- Braised Pork Belly and Fried Oyster with Celery Root Puree. Excellent !
Moodys' Deli & Provisions had a ridiculous artisan muffaletta on special yesterday. Hurry.
Went to Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe for the second time. I'm still trying to decide if it's a novelty or if it's really solid. Went with the spicy hand-pulled noodle soup and had them add shaved lamb. Good kick...noodles a bit heavy. I think I prefer the spicy ramen at places like Santouka Hokkaido.
Lanxang Star... What a discovery. Best Asian food I've had in a very long time... Laotian / Thai. If you're north of the city, it's well worth the trip to Dracut. I don't usually get excited over simple crab rangoon... but these are really amazing... and the tapioca balls where a hit with our table. My fave was the Duck Rad Nar.
Anne L. M. B.
I went to The Birch on Elm in Manchester NH....Amazing food, great atmosphere. Just opened in September and their doing a great business.
Spinners, in Dennis, MA. Just awesome pizza!
i am certain i've mentioned cafe bella before - it's really the most consistent place since opening - many places tank but this place continues to be great
We finally made it to Woods Hill Table for our anniversary. (It's in the same ZIP code as us, but not in the same tax bracket.) The theme is fresh ingredients, many of them--including meats--locally grown. I had a house-made pork-and-beef bierwurst and the missus had poached salmon.
The portions were a decent size, which you don't always get in high-end restaurants these days. Our entrees were a little under-seasoned for my proletarian palate, but upon request, salt and pepper were delivered to our table without a hint of condescension.
They have a good menu of house cocktails. My favorite was the Old Manse, a potent blend of bourbon, clement creole shrub, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters. High marks for the desserts, too.
Bottom line: cocktails, entrees, desserts, and a shared appetizer, around $130 for two--about what I expected.
Bonus points for the low noise level. Recently it seems everywhere we go to eat, it sounds like we're at a Bruins game. Woods Hill manages to keep it quiet enough that we can talk over dinner in a normal conversational tone.
The Cornish Pasty Company on opening day- I had an Oggy( traditional pasty) and a Porky - plus a potato leek soup - yummy!
Franklin Cafe in Gloucester, great meal as always and service excellent.
We ordered a delicious rabe pizza and caesar salad from Pizzeria Dante in Brookline last week. We also had just an okay dinner at Ittoku in Allston. I don't think we'll go back anytime soon though they do have pitchers of Sapporo and Kirin, so there's that!
We did take out for this weekend and one of the places we tried was Christo's. We left with a lamb burger for the road and that was excellent! On the other hand the remainder (lamb & lasagna Greek style) it was a big disappointment. .. The "lasagna" was missing the usual bechamel (the ground beef was well seasoned) and the pasta was too soft like soup noodles, the sauce was actually watery. The lamb well that made us miss the Italian osso bucco...as we had it better in Greek festivals.
So we may return for the lamb burger when in that area but not sure we want to try anything else.
Ps we went to Lobster Express and asked to have a tuna steak grilled with a side of asparagus and 1/2 dozen jumbo shrimp to go. At home we served the tuna thinly sliced (seared & rare), with sweet mashed, the grilled asparagus, kale salad with cranberries and T.J. pumpkin vinagraitte
We had the shrimp as an appetizer during the game :) with a 'gulf' dipping sauce.
That helped forget the baaaaah lamb & lasagna from the previous day
Alison S. D.
We usually avoid brand-new restaurants, but even though En Boca in Cambridge (Harvard Square) is barely two weeks old, our dinner Friday night was wonderful. Excellent food, attentive service, nice ambience. A pleasure to see the old Sandrine's space has gone to good use.
Posts from October 11, 2016:
I've just begun sorting through the photos: Lost Nation, Prohibition Pig, Misery Loves Co., The Farmhouse, Hen of the Wood, Three Penny Taproom, and Sichuan Garden II.
I had lunch at Cuttys! Apparently my food choices kinda stunk this past week!
City Streets...had their rolled sole with crabmeat ..the bland-pasty sauce over it pretty much killed the seafood flavors being offered--pass on this one
The rudder in Gloucester had monk fish with roasted tomatoes and Lobster mashed potatoes and asparagus
Al Forno. Overrated pizza but the freshest pumpkin ravioli!
FuGaKyu - I had a boatload of the vegetarian sushi
Kaju tofu. Needed some stew after having a fever a week ago.
Went to Minado in Natick. Love their sushi and some of the vegetable dishes are great! The "hot bar" dishes are ordinary.
Heather W. G.
Burger at 5 guys - always good. Sushi at Cafe Sushi - exceptional. Fried chicken at Highland Kitchen on Monday!
Went to La Vita Mia in Saugus. Just great again! Never had a bad meal here, always delish.
Posts from October 3, 2016:
Cooler weather means ramen is back in season, and we made our first visit to Ganko Ittetsu. We also had weekend stops at Eastern Standard and Jack's Abby.
Went to City Streets in Waltham over the weekend and I had beef wellington, one of their specials. It was the first time I ever had that dish, and it was delicious. Then last night, to Abbey Lane where I had a couple of kobe beef sliders and salt and pepper fries. The fries were addictive as were the blue potato chips that they gave us in place of bread.
OGinger! Because sushirito. Decent fish (neighborhood sushi-joint level) and a generous fish-to-rice ratio.
Went to Inna's Kitchen on Newton. Chopped liver was very nice. Not the best ever, but very nice.
A friend from when I worked at American Cruise Lines is now Sous Chef at Post 390. Went there last night for the first time and the Margarita Flatbread and Sangria was yummy.
Went to Rosebud in Somerville. I live in Arlington and had never been. It was fantastic!! Had a fabulous Brisket sandwich. Definitely don't judge a book by its cover!
Roy Moore Lobster Company in Rockport! YUMMY! Hidden in plain sight, walked by it twice!
dined at Abbey Lane...their steamed mussels with miso-basil with fried wonton were spot on ..their take on salt n' vinegar fries was a good one and their honey-bourbon marinated half chicken with andoullie succotash with gumbo jus even came with tasty jalapeno hushpuppies was delicious.
Ended up going to Alta in Lenox, which was terrific. Nice cocktails, some interesting wines and at one point the owner chatted us up about wine pairings. I had this pork done osso bucco style with Chinese five spice that I really enjoyed.
Dumpling Kingdom - delicious, Hi Bear thai ice cream also delicious, B&G Oyster always amazing
oh yeah pikaichi- i want more!!
Marliave finally - 1st time and did not disappoint. Au Gratin potatoes are delicious as was a pork chop and fish/chips.
Sunday brunch at Boston Chops (this visit had lackluster service at best and mediocre luke warm food). Also stopped in at Bar Mezzana in the SE for drinks and shared the olive oil cake- amazing). Also had a Wednesday night dinner at Dogwood in JP. You can never go wrong with their fish and chips.
Beehive, The Butcher Shop, Champions, Sip
Theresa M. L.
Went to Pepe's in Chestnut hill mall and it was delicious...may even beat out Regina's
Oath Pizza in chestnut hill. Spicy Mother Clucker pictured. Good flavor impact and presentation but still trying to figure out what all the research they did on the dough resulted in. May be one and done.
I know it's not in Boston, but there is a Boston connection. Went to Knife in Dallas on Saturday. They have a Bacon Tasting appetizer: 5 different slices of bacon. The second slice from the left was from Moody's Deli in Waltham. Yes, the app was as good as it sounds (and looks).
Chach's in Ptown for amazing brunch. Can you say fried oysters Benedict?
Posts from September 27, 2016:
Tried to go to Little Donkey but the two hour wait was a little much.
First-time visits to Brewer's Fork and BISq, and based on those visits, hopefully not the last.
I am eating leftover House Special Eggplant from Sichuan Garden in Brookline at my desk right this minute.
Suzanne L. L.
Well, since I forgot to post last week - a couple weeks ago we went to Henrietta's Table in Harvard Sq. Hadn't been for quite some time, and now I'm not sure why. It was really good, and the place was pretty full too. It was a nice, pleasant evening, so a number of people were eating outside in the nicely lighted square as well. They still have the best bread basket around, and some really nice choices for all courses. They also have a cheese menu now as well. Plus - the dessert menu is fantastic - and there are like 10 or so choices. I'd go there just for dessert and coffee some night!
Virsa De Punjab in Bedford. A very yummy Indian lunch buffet. I particularly loved the goat-on-the-bone curry.
Copper Door in Bedford NH
House of India in Concord, NH. Chicken Vindaloo & Palak Paneer were delicious, service impeccable.
Brelundi in Waltham. Very impressive Sicilian in the old watch factory on the river. Back patio was fantastic after dark. Destination restaurant for the Spinach Gnudi and Porchetta. Great carafe winesthat don't sacrifice quality. Heading back again for the left side of the menu on Saturday
I finally got to try Brewers fork, the pizza really was delicious. The best part, they have a great beer list
Tapeio on Newbury last night. Probably have walked by it thousands of times but me & my beloved have been on a tapas bender (courtesy of Barcelona on Beacon st) lately & decided to take a chance. So glad we did! Had no idea it was so big, second floor & all. And every choice we made was beyond delicious, including the cashasa based cocktails ; ) The staff were sincerely welcoming & helpful and the view of sundown from our window table was perfect. Worth every penny.
Tried Foodler delivery from two new fushion places - Olitoki (Korean food in Mexican format) in Brighton, and Mint Indian Eatery (Indian food in Mexican format) near Tufts in Somerville. Both were amazingly tasty!
Adriatic in Salem. Not sure why, but I am always surprised by how good they are.
Impromptu lunch on the rooftop at Fiore-their arancini were delicious and my boyfriend and I split their homemade chittara e polpette. The meatballs were amazing! Due to sheer laziness and convenience, found ourselves at Jimmy's on Route 1...somewhere I'd never go. The good: their panko crusted chicken wasn't bad and their special rice pilaf was yummy. The bad: very wilty, brownish salad. The ugly: the sauce for the chicken (which I luckily got on the side) had a basting brush bristle in it--ewwww. At least my meal was free, though!
Posts from September 20, 2016:
Take out last night from Formosa Taipei in Lexington. Spicy tofu for me. Good, as usual.
Fishbones in Chelmsford for lunch on Tuesday. seared tuna rolled in sriracha powder, cucumber mayo, tomato arancini, brocolli!
The reopened Kimchi Kitchen. Great to have it as an option in the neighborhood again, but likely due to the change in owner (and probably chef), the food has changed. Ddeokbokki is now more watery and less flavorful, and the sundubu jjigae seems to be made with less care. Not a big drop-off but a slight letdown.
Extra spicy chicken and waffles from Crave Mad for Chicken, and it was amazing. Must try!
Apps and drinks at Maggie's Farm in Middleton was really good too. We got the spinach dip, buffalo bites, and fried pickles. The watermelon mojito was a nice treat too!
Egyptian Grill in Lowell. It's a food truck. Gyros, "rice plates" and falafel. The menu isn't big, but the food is fantastic. Loved my chicken over rice plate. Chicken was juicy and the spices were perfect.
Bourbon in Framingham was a big let down After waiting an hour and a half for a table, the useless manager was not customer focused at all. So my party of 6 left never to return again.
Finally went to The Painted Burro and was not disappointed. The nachos are apparently highly recommended and I understand why. As a bonus, I finally met the now infamous Aron "Iced Cream" Levy.
Second time at SRV. I still refuse to share the ricotta gnudis. Amazing. Some of the starters like the octopus are incredibly small even by small plate standards especially for those of large appetite. But the larger dishes like the clams were fantastic flavor adventures. Did I mention the ricotta gnudis ?? Even if you just sit at the bar, try them with a glass of wine. Very special.
Vico in Norwood. Really fine Italian and great service.
Heather W. G.
Omekase at the Oisa Ramen popup at Juliet - every detail was perfection! Also got over to Rino's for some giant portions of good pasta. Don't miss the frito misto...
The Center Cafe in Billerica is one of the towniest dive bars I've ever visited. And I think I've found my new home.
Splurged at Morton's on a lovely night to be in the Seaport. All was great though found the Brussels sprouts undercooked and the bearnaise a bit thin (worth noting at those prices). Ristorante Serena in Maplewood Square in Malden. Always SO good.
Puritan was good but not great. It was locked when we arrived at 5:28 for our 5:30 reservation, which was a bit annoying, as we could see people standing around, and we didn't like standing on the street for five minutes. The chairs were uncomfortable, and as the place filled up the noise grew unbearable. The waiter seemed a bit twitchy, although helpful. The common sinks outside the bathrooms were an odd feature. The food was okay, ranging from a tiny half of a baked stuffed lobster to delicious pasta with squid. All in all I wouldn't rush back, given all of the restaurants just a few miles.
Dawn C. A.
Bronwyn for our anniversary dinner. Nothing says "I'd marry you all over again" like sharing a giant pile of pork and sauerkraut.
The Independence..had a tasty crab chowder, their Bureta with oven-roasted tomatoes and fried capers was served with long oblong grilled bread and very satisfying...skip their hot fried chicken with small pieces that weren't moist but the sweet potato biscuit was mighty tasty.
Duck Leg confit at Ohana in Gloucester. Awesome
Super fine food and Tenoch. Unbelievable
Asados Dona Flor in Lowell. Terrific Columbian food. We got what I call heart attack on a plate, but there are healthier options. For apps, we had empanadas with spicy homemade salsa. For the main course, we split a large Bandeja Paisa - red beans, rice, ground beef, chorizo, plantain, arepa, fried egg and chicharron (fried pork belly). They brought us some fried yucca too.
Posts from September 13, 2016:
Labor Day Weekend in Newport.... Pleasantly surprised by the creativity and quality of the Mexican at Perro Salado. Really, really great dinner at Fluke Wine Bar. And our regular visit to Jason Kindness, our "spiritual" advisor/mixologist at Revolving Door.
Just back from Hojoko Boston. Quite the flavor adventure. Highlight was the do-it-yourself extraction of the sashimi from the tuna ribs left over from the butchering process. An off the menu request. Go there.
Sullivan's @ Castle Island for a great walk followed by one of Boston's simplest and tastiest burgers! Seasons 52 in Burlington; lobster flatbread and some fantastic scallops over risotto (squash & mushroom) cafeteria on Newbury St Greek salad sandwich - perfectly fit in a soft brioche roll and Parmesan fried. Demos Waltham Chix rice soup / chic kabob / veal cutlet and some great salad dressing
Just back from Limoncello - disappointingly bland.
Tony's In Quincy because people keep posting those damn pictures of their clams & lobster rolls on social media!
Halfway Cafe in Dedham--excellent burger.
City Streets...they have a hearty-twist on double-stuffed potato skins...a very good onion soup...swordfish tacos were excellent...avoid the bland-filled,cold- soggy canolis--big disappointment
Select Oyster Bar...had braised octopus with roasted tomatillos, charred snap peas with cilantro salad with a citrus vinaigrette...best seafood dish this year...so far, flavors were magic
The Lobster Shanty in Salem, The Yard House in Fenway.... Oh and my go to place... The Galway House in JP.
Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge maintains their awesomeness...... Barbacoa Taco is the best in area by far.
Also I went to American BBQ in Rowley which was really good.
I tried to get in here but the place was booked out. They call it the Lynnepesauke....
Posts from September 6, 2016:
Thips Kitchen in Lowell. It's amazing, and they could really use more patrons!
I went to John Ryan's in Billerica last night. DO NOT GO. Really just awful.
Had a fabulous lobster roll at Mabels in Kennebunkport on Saturday . And then used my birthday coupon at Not Your Average Joes in Westwood last night.
Giacomo's - South End and StockYard Brighton
Paul's Diner in Westford for brunch.
Trail's End Cafe in Concord Center. Sat on the patio, quieter and more scenic than inside. Good vegetarian and gluten-free choices for my daughter. The missus had the turkey club croissant (a favorite) and I had a very good burger (it actually was medium-rare). The only hiccup was that my son-in-law ordered for me so I ended up with greens instead of fries
The kids also took us to dinner at Main Streets Cafe, another local favorite. Feeling adventurous, I ordered the poutine with pot roast, a portion so generous that it defeated even my legendary appetite
Just went to the new Otto pizzeria in Arlington. Very good pizza with interesting flavor combos!
Life Alive in Salem for an after PEM salad. Well, went to Caramel French Bakery for macarons before the salad. Life Alive was delicious. Is it run by the same people in Cambridge?
I've had two great meals at Trade in Boston over the past week. We all enjoyed the inventive, delicious plates! Great cocktail, wine and beer menu as well.
A vegetarian walked into a tapas bar. Well, three actually... HOLA in Marshfield for a beet and hearts of palm salad and their amazing batter-fried curried green beans. THE GALLEY in Scituate Harbor for squash hummus and cream of cauliflower soup. Both very yummy and satisfying. BARCELONA in Brookline for spicy/sweet eggplant carbonara, crunchy grilled broccolini and fried zucchini spears (crispy outside and custard-like inside). Paired with a terrific tempranillo.
Kendra P. P.
Townsman in Boston. Very eclectic! Definitely not something I would do all the time, but it sure did expand my palate and we had a great time! Too much great food to list!
Opus in Salem. Best sushi on the north shore. Love that place.
Luxe Burger Bar in Providence was just ok but Water Fire was Outstanding. Highly Recommend going. The next one is coming right up.
Southern Kin Cookhouse for brunch. The skillet cornbread was great. Giant portions. Service was a little spotty and the egg in the breakfast biscuit was way overcooked, but has potential.
David A. B.
I had family visiting from out of town, so we hit a lot of places. Myers+Chang, third floor of Legal Harborside, Il Casale in Belmont and Smoke Shop. All great! The only disappointment was that I really wanted to go to Hojoko. But, due to the Sox being in town, that didn't work out.
Way west of Boston edition: All over central Colorado, with many thanks to those who responded to my request for info! Fave was the Tazon bowl from Centro in Boulder. Blistered broccolini, achiote rice, kimchito, pico de gallo, burnt habanero aioli and a soft egg with carnitas. So damn good. Salt is Boulder was also excellent. Local vibe prize went to Arapahoe Cafe in Dillon. A rustic, vintage place with a dive bar in the basement. It was moved, knotty pine paneling and all, in 1960 up to its current location when they flooded the then-town to create a reservoir. They specialize in house smoked ribs and wings, which were both tasty. Bonus: they sell t-shirts saying "I want some of what Doug has been smoking."
Coda for a burger with friends. While tasty, I usually don't get cheese, but got blue cheese for whatever reason. Tasty, but salty, and the fries were delish!
Midway Cafe Dedham MA _ they have a great menu selection my favorite is the applewood pork chop with potatoes and fresh green beans
I was in Seattle this last weekend. Are at some great places including a farmers market in Ballard. Also in Ballard was Matador, happy hour $1.50 tacos. Blood orange margarita. Had some street pizza at the market, the finished my day at The Whale Wins. Took the bartenders recommendations and enjoyed roasted carrots and fennel with harissa and yogurt, fried cucumber with pan seared kohlrabi Dijon, honey, and cultures cream, and finally pickled herring butter with toast and pickled onions.
Went to a great BBQ food truck out there as well. Wood shop BBQ.
There is great Mexican out there not to mention the incredible salmon and crab!
Heather W. G.
Discovered my new favorite sandwich The Porch Southern Fare in Wakefield - brisket with chow chow and mayo. Really liked the fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese.
Jessica C. M.
We tried Sweet Cheeks before the game on Saturday liked the fried chicken thought the pork belly was dry. On Sunday had lunch at El Potro in Malden and it was pretty good.
Tried out the new Mainely Burger in Central Square, was pleasantly surprised. Had a quite good Maineh Burger, topped with apple, cheddar, sauteed onion, and maple mayo. While they cooked past medium, the burger was nice and juicy. For a side, I got the fried brussel sprouts which were fabulous. They also have available fried cauliflower and french fries. I will return.
Dawn C. A.
Warm buttered lobster roll at Row 34 was out of this world.
Have been busy on vacation in Maine for several days...in Ogunquit: Roost (great food in inviting French farmhouse decor), Angelina's (very good filet and adult Arnold Palmers were yummy), The Front Porch (funnest place on the planet on Disco Night and dynamite flatbread), MC Perkins Cove (always fabulous and a view beyond compare), Clay Hill Farm (a classic that never changes), Bintliff's (amazing breakfast-try the Tuscan Scramble), Village Food (amazing fresh sandwiches and so many delicious prepared foods), Cove Cafe (wonderful breakfasts and service), Rococo Ice Cream (ridiculously unique flavors). Wells: The Maine Diner (of course!), and The Steakhouse (ever seen a line at 4pm opening time for dinner? I have, here-and now I know why).
I had a very nice birthday dinner at Dunn-Gaherin's in Newton. I had the buffalo onion rings, peanut-satay steak tips, French fries, mashed potatoes, and chocolate lava cake.
Just moved to Boston in May- and the other day made first visit to Sweet Cheeks. Even the simple dry-rub chicken was wonderful, especially when dipped in their barbecue sauce. Came home with tons of left-overs. Oh- and the peach jam was definitely worth the extra charge.
Mary Anne L.
Del Frisco's Grille; Local 438
The Gaff in Waltham. One of the best bacon cheeseburgers with fried egg you can get.
Heading to Newport. Looking for something to replace Thames Street Kitchen which closed and Revolving Door which is getting stale.
Weekend in Newport.... Pleasantly surprised by the creativity and quality of the Mexican at Perro Salado. Really, really great dinner at Fluke Wine Bar. And our regular visit to Jason Kindness, our "spiritual" advisor/mixologist at Revolving Door.
Stoughton House of Brews. Nice atmosphere
HMart tried the new Japanese waffle pastry place-it was ok-the minis were no good as they needtobe made fresh. Also tried Fugyaku for the 1st time and we all really liked it. Fun space and good food.Not as good as Fish market but really good.
Tilt'n'Diner in Tilton, NH. Had our standards of the roast turkey dinner, chicken parm, and country-fried steak (which my Southern-born wife figures is called that because its proper name -- chicken-fried steak -- would confuse too many Northerners).
on Saturday we enjoyed a light lunch at Brine in Newburyport. A rather nice spot, great food and awesome service- if a bit pricey. Freshly shucked oysters, hamachi crudo, lobster w/ bacon on texas toast buerre brun. Some good brews on tap and a fun wine list. Remember to bring some benjamins...
Jessica C. M.
Sunday tried the Moyzilla Truck at SoWa...dumplings were good Japanese fried chicken was very dry and overcooked.
I went to petey's in rye for an $8.50 lobster tail on a stick for the 32nd time this summer.... I am an addict
Ck pearl for an awesome acoustic set on the deck by Dave & Aaron... great cheese board followed by haddock tacos... so good!!!
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