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 2015. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)
Posts from December 31, 2015:
I had a bizarre experience at Not Your Average Joe's ... A really well prepared duck breast and a glass of Jordan Cabernet. And a pissed off Carolyn Edwards when the bill came. (But the wine was worth it. Almost.)
Had the lobster popover at Loyal Nine for Sunday brunch...superb!
Courtney R. R.
Meyers and Chang for Dim Dum brunch! Totally amazing!
China King for Peking Duck on Christmas Day- delicious!
Spicy Salted Shrimp at Peach Farm Seafood
We ended up at Hojoko for Christmas Eve, delicious. Also finally made it to Eastern Standard. Short rib sandwich needed a bit of flavor or seasoning, but for a nosh with drinks, it was okay.
Suzanne L. L.
Went to Blue Dragon after checking out the Black Mountain College exhibit at the ICA. Food was good (good beer list, but pricey - more so than the food, which was very reasonable).
The Colonial Inn for Christmas buffet. The raw bar and prime rib were great.
Chart house very good service was great valet service was excellent, oh and the prim rib wasn't too shabby
Select Oyster. Everything about it was fabulous!
Yardhouse in Kenmore Sq. Not impressed.
Took my staff to Branch Line for an end-of-the-year lunch
Besitos in Chestnut Hill. I recommend anything tequila... And the epic tamales. Did I mention tequila?
Sichuan Gourmet for (Jewish) Christmas. It's tradition now.
Penny S. G.
Alice's Mandarin Taste
Went to the brand new Town Market in Andover. Former Head Chef from Top of The Hub Mark Porcaro is there making soups and great sandwiches like a muffaletta and he is even bringing in the bread from NOLA. Pastry Chef Lee Napoli is making fabulous treats including her own hand made croissants. Already off to a good start I expect great things from this place!
Brewer's Fork in Charlestown for lunch was amazing. I had the lamb gyro. I can't wait to return for dinner!
Posts from December 24, 2015:
Vee Vee in JP - perfect meal and beers
Audubon, Tavern in the Square (South Station), Back Deck, and Pino's
I left Frank Pepe's on Friday empty-handed, but made up for it with a visit to Fairsted Kitchen. Simple takeout from MDM on Sunday.
Erbaluce in Bay Village - what a hidden gem!
Union Oyster House - delicious chowder!
Park Lunch ....Newburyport ! So good
Yami Fuji in Medway. Great habachi!
Copperhouse Tavern in Waltham. kudos to their dip of Goat cheese, artichoke, roasted tomatoes and basil with balsamic drizzle. a great taste-combination and was impressed with amount of goat cheese included.Had ragu of short-rib over papadelle for entree----very satisfying.
Acapulcos in Sudbury. Truly a hidden gem!
Got into the new Davis Sq Tenoch on Thursday night. So excited for them to finally be open. They had quite the line at 8:30pm and did a great job moving people through. And as always their food was great.
WuBurger. Such a tasty burger. Ciao Pizza & Pasta. Killing it as always. Chorizo Bolgnese, Soppresata & Garlic Confit Pizza.
S&S Deli for breakfast. Parisian French Toast (brie, figs), and Eggs Florentine.
Also, great takeout from Similans (Thai, same people as Brown Sugar), and Blue Ribbon Barbecue.
Branch Line in Watertown. A rib eye to die for + a small but good wine list. Oh, and a little beer for the crafties!
Mola in Wakefield for brunch - the food was very good but limited since they are closing this week - too bad. Know of any other Turkish restaurants in the area?
Today I had a great french hot chocolate at the thinking cup near the commons. Last night I ate at hojoko near fenway. I'm biased towards hojoko. I work there and I think I'm the only line cook that speaks japanese. But Chef Hart knows his food. I highly recommend 99% of the menu.
Lunch at Manchu Pichu in Union Square today, bought Christmas kielbasa at Tom's Deli in Worcester after we had lunch at Barry's deli yesterday.
Suzanne L. L.
Thursday night we went to Trail's End cafe in Concord while we waited for the CCHS chorus concert to start. It's tucked away behind gas pumps and looks like it's part of the convenience store next to it. But it's pretty good - good cocktail, beer and wine selections, and the food was nice. I had Cavatelli with wild mushrooms, butternut squash, spinach and a truffle cream sauce, and John had a pork tenderloin that was maple and chili cured, and came with a sweet potato and ginger mash, and some greens.
The Lucky Dog, Plymouth, NH. Portobello Sandwich, cole slaw.
Sabb's Market in Norwood. Excellent Schwarma.
The Villa Restaurant in Wayland for the Veal Parm & Lasagna Combo and a slice of Lemon Mist Cake.
Juniper in Wellesley. Our "go to" restaurant over the last many months. Great bartenders, and the grilled octopus appetizer is always a must have for us.
orinoco in Brookline and the South End has great short ribs and yucca, plus t'sone of the few places I know of to get huitlacoche sauce in Boston!
Posts from December 17, 2015:
Suzanne L. L.
I stayed local. Two dinner meetings - one at Common Ground, the other at Not Your Average Joe's. And then returned to Common Ground again for a burger (which was super good), with my husband while the kids were at a play. I thoroughly enjoyed my night out in town - and my Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, and Green Flash IPA from Common Ground were fresh and tasty. (And the big pretzel appetizer we got made me feel like I was back at the Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten)
I made a rare Monday night appearance at Craigie on Main for their Late Night Compass Box Whisky event. On Tuesday, we went to Vee Vee for the Pretty Things Beer & Taco Project event and ordered everything, except dessert, off of the special menu. We rounded out the week with a Saturday visit to Dumpling Cafe for, among other things, their salt and pepper duck tongues.
Tried Fusion Andina, the newish Bolivian/Peruvian resto in Beverly. Solid food, excellent Pisco Sour and super ice waitstaff. Need to return and try some of the fish dishes.
Cosi in Kendall Square. Thai Diner in Woburn. Both very good.
I had lunch at Osteria Posto (and this is their first week being open for lunch). Tasty Malfadine pasta. The Burger with Mushroom Marsala Pasata, Fontina, Pancetta & Tomato was excellent with lots of savory flavors. And I enjoyed a delicious Barolo with the burger. A great new spot in Waltham.
Doreen I. V.
Had a phenomenal ribeye at Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill. Man, they know what they're doing.
Went to Miller's Ale House in Watertown. Had the Prime Rib sandwich and cheeseburger flatbread.think they might have changed their roll/bun size to accommodate lesser content and didn't notice any seasoning of french -fries. meh? new.
Had dinner at Fish Market in Allston. They impressed me as they always do.
Max & Leo's Pizza Newton Corner triple AAAmazing.
We checked out Tiger Mama on opening night last Thursday - creative, delicious menu! Tiffani Faison and her wife were gracious and solicited feedback from diners.
Clover Food Lab in Central Square. We were trying to get into Life Alive but the lines were massive. I'm not sure if it was the vegetarian health food, but I ran my fastest 7.5 miles ever later that day.
Le's Vietnamese in Harvard sq and MacDeli in Franklin
In a Pickle in Waltham!
The Brewer's Fork, Ocean Prime, Fleming's, Legal Oysteria
The Citizen. Nuff said.
COOK in Newtonville. Great seared tuna flatbread. Smokey pepper grilled cheese.
Bison County in Waltham. Starters were yummy but the pulled pork disappointed.
Super Sub Beverly. You will not find a better cheesesteak.
Newly opened Osteria Posto in Waltham, for their killer cap steak and a Barolo
Punjabi Tadka in Arlington, MA. It was quick, and the food was pretty good. The service was weird -- we had to ask for menus after we'd been seated several minutes.
Heather W. G.
I said goodbye to West Bridge - went crazy with a bunch of small plates and one last Love & Fear. I'll miss that place...
Papagayo tonight in downtown crossing! The short ribs fall right off the bone, so good
Best Little Restaurant in Chinatown, Nana's Pizza in Everett
Posts from December 10, 2015:
Caroline P. D.
Stone's in Ashland
Samba Framingham tonight for my birthday dinner.
Galantes for breakfast in medway
Diane M. C.
stopped for fresh buns in chinatown at mei sum on beach st...warm and fresh.. black bean, pineapple and plain. .. delicious!
I had the grilled sirloin steak with pepper corn gravy at Billy Tse's in Revere. It was served with green beans sauteed with sake and shallots. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare, so savory and delicious!
Osteria Posto, only open 2 weeks but already kicking ass. Excellent food, great service. Going to be a top suburban culinary destination. Tasty on the Hill for the Bacalhau Francesinha. Thick piece of salt cod but a lighter sandwich as there are no other meats atop it. Very tasty & their sauce is tangy, savory & delicious. Nebo for burrata, vitello milanese & potato pizza. Consistently good. Ciao Pizza & Pasta for their delicious wood-fired Breakfast pizza.
Alden & Harlow (Harvard Sq); Rosebud (Davis); Trina's (Cambridge)
I killed two birds with one stone on Friday, attending the Isaza-versus-Isaza Face/Off at The Baldwin Bar while checking out the new upstairs bar for the first time. On Saturday, I got the wife's leftovers from Brown Sugar Cafe and made a first visit (finally) to La Brasa, where the cocktails and food were great while the service was a bit uneven. I followed-up a Sunday open house in Dorchester with Pho So 1.
Finally went to Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton. Recommended by quite a few friends over the years. Definitely worth it!
Silly me. I also had Sunday brunch at Highland Kitchen. Had the Dirty Bird, which has been my go-to, even though I went in intending to try something new.
Pomodoro At Volle Nolle on Hanover St very good and service is extra good. Clams/linguine. S&S Inman Sq vegetable hash so good.
Doreen I. V.
Waterman Grille in PVD and the Chapel Grille in Cranston. Both great!
Outsourced....three styles of Carl's Cheesesteaks, Swiss Bakers soft pretzels, and iconic Tastykakes for a Philly-food indoor tailgate party celebrating the Eagles epic victory over the Pat's... Sorry I only get to gloat about a win like this once in a lifetime...
Biltmore & Main in Reading. Great atmosphere and incredible craft beer selection on draft. Kitchen is still spotty, but we're hoping they'll get there soon.
My fave dBar on Friday night - lunch rosY at Restaurant 3 in Franklin - fig & proscuitto pizza - fab
Naked Fish in Waltham. Had their old standard coconut haddock. It was a tasty dish.
Salvatore's, Brewer's Fork and The Taittinger Bar at the Mandarin Oriental - superb, beautiful and great cocktails made with champagne. Also,Flemings, where I had the worst service ever at the bar.
Naked Fish in Waltham had their Cuban-style ribs, fall-off-the bone unique flavor with side dishes of white rice with caramelized-onion and garlicky kale and sweet plantains making for a delicious meal.
Dawn C. A.
Bronwyn. Can't say enough good things. I want to go back every night.
Kimchi Kitchen, new Korean place on Cambridge St in Cambridge. Great addition to the neighborhood.
Took a field trip to Winthrop's Blackstrap BBQ. Terrific stuff top 3 in the greater Boston area in my book.
Anne L. M. B.
Celebrated my mother in law's 90th birthday at Cafe Escadrille on Friday night. It was wonderful!!
Vinoteca di Monica and it never disappoints.
The Glenville Stops for an amazing Sunday brunch. I had an excellent chicken confit sandwich and my wife had a delicious Irish breakfast.
Posts from December 3, 2015:
Branch Line and it was great!
The Gallows (I've been called worse things than "Sex Panther") and Estragon post-theater on Wednesday; Yvonne's (be wary of seating collapsing from under you), Peach Farm, and Trade on Friday; and Gaslight on Saturday.
Row 34 on Sat night - loved it - oysters and Cava, onion rings, buccatini with little neck clams, butterscotch pudding.....cool space
Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton. I had the Tuscan Scramble (eggs, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, Italian sausage) and loved it, but next time I think I'll try what Dianne's son had: Crunchy French Toast.
Lobstaland in Gloucester (buffalo scallops, coconut shrimp, onion soup, bittersweet mousse), and Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Peabody (three-wurst choice, goulash, apple strudel). Two fun and very different, places. Also enjoyed handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley in Gloucester.
Outlook in the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport and Bonapita downtown. Both delightful choices.
Malai Thai in Randolph. Their Pad Moo Pah is perfection.
A little further out, but I finally made it to Birch Tree Bread in Worcester... It was great, wish it was closer!
Sofra Bakery & Cafe in Cambridge. Love their spinach falafel sandwich
The Beat in Cambridge. Strong cocktails and marginal entrees. The Gaff in Waltham. A top 10 burger that will leave egg and bacon grease stains on your sweater. Very good.
It was more than a few days ago, but the 8 course tasting Tues. night at Craigie was truly amazing!
Ohana in Gloucester. Butterfish absolutely sublime
Top of the Hub.
In the music lounge. Smaller menu with a $42 prefix - really really good! Salmon tar tar, the best haddock Diane (2 dinners out of it), amazing creme brulee, & fabulous live music.
Posts from November 27, 2015:
Clio, izakaya ittoku, glenville stops, backbar, shojo, dumpling cafe.
Tasty On The Hill in Medford, for my second experience with a Francesinha. The Traditional was even better than the Burger Francesinha. Also went to Il Casale in Lexington for a delicious, multicourse Italian dinner including one with pig's tail and pig's feet.
Cielo in Braintree. Mexican restaurant open 3 weeks and knocking it out of the park.
Gustazo in Waltham. Wonderful Cuban food--lots of small plates, mains, and desserts. No liquor license as yet, alas.
Hong Kong Eatery, Drink, and Sportello filled out a busy Saturday, and while it wasn't a restaurant, the ladies sitting next to me in the theater for a showing of Spotlight managed to sneak plenty of food in their handbags, stuffing their faces in between too many comments of places on screen they recognized.
I'm eating an Italian at Moody's as I type.
The Villa in Wayland - classic old time place great food. Twin Oaks Cranston RI an institution serving big plates, big drinks and below average pricing
I think I'm going to try Alden and Harlow tonight for the first time.
My wife and I tried Joon Bar & Kitchen in Provincetown on Friday night and were so impressed with the quality of the food and service!
Lumiere, Oishi Chestnut Hill, Myers & Chang, Flour Back Bay.
Everything was delicious
Salt in Ipswich
Row 34 - always delicious
Surfside smokehouse in Plymouth mass little hidden gem
Chang sho - consistently awesome Peking duck for the last 20 years. Btwn porter and harvard. Highly recommended.
Best little restaurant - Cantonese seafood
Toro!!!!! Mmmm paella valenciana and a new version of foie!
Branchline - again... Can't get sick of it. Still so good
Jimmy's steer house in Arlington. Prime rib heaven and a great teriyaki steak with stuffed shrimp surf and turf.
Bostonia public house
Five horses tavern in the south end. Very good neighborhood spot!
Heading to Donohues in Watertown for a bit!
Jack's Ristorante in Malden best veal parm ever
Charcoal Guido's in Waltham where the parma proscuitto, arugula, parmigiano and EVOO Piadina, and the tortellini in brodo were off the meter ! Unfortunately they've taken the world class white clam pizza off the menu for lack of interest despite my personal efforts otherwise.
Posts from November 20, 2015:
Blue Dragon. Not hidden but vg.
My Diner on A Street
Ciao Pizza & Pasta in Chelsea for an amazing Chorizo Bolognese; The Velveteen Habit in Maine for an excellent dinner, from killer Tat Tots to delicious Charcuterie. They also have a great bar with lots of craft cocktails. Tasty On The Hill for the Francesinha, the tasty burger option. A hearty and delicious sandwich with a tangy, savory sauce.
Cielo in Braintree. Mexican restaurant open 3 weeks and knocking it out of the park.
Taqueria El Amigo, where the cabeza has triumphantly returned to the menu, Mei Mei, for Double Awesome awesomeness, and New Jumbo Seafood, where we routinely take care of nine courses.
Copperhouse Tavern in Waltham. Peach-habenero wings were as hoped sweetwithheat. also had their lamb-burger which was served on griddled nan-bread feta cheese, tomatoes and cucumber---was nice combination, tasty.
Just checked out Branch Line today at lunch. Staff seems very friendly and welcoming. Nice space, parking is a bear during the day. The rotisserie chicken was quite good (though the sauce served with it was oddly vinegary) and the salted Avocado was insanely tasty.
Cabot's in Newton for lunch with my 6 year old today. Had a good old fashioned grilled cheese and split a sundae. Mmmm.
Just went to Canto 6 for the first time today, which is crazy since it's in my hood just out of my anthill.. Great pastries, solid sandwiches on house made baguette, awesome croissant.. Reminiscent of a neighborhood bakery in France, just done JP style.. Surprised this place hadn't received more press/accolades..
Tavern Road for lunch today. Great burgers!
Bocelli's in Medford. Have not had a bad experience there yet.
I was in Maine and went to Jameson in Freeport which is one of the oldest taverns and had an amazing lobster roll, and in Kennebunk I had dinner at Allisson's and had fantastic lobster mac and cheese.
Izakaya Ittoku and Frogmore (for the Pink Samurai popup). Both were excellent.
Cara C. H.
Cielo, the New Mexican restaurant in Braintree. It was great!
Midway. Dedham. GREAT!!!!
Stacey P. T.
Eat with Jack O'Neills in West Roxbury. Incredible special sweet potato/carrot soup, burger, fish and chips. Great beer selection..
Brine in Newburyport- one of my favorite restaurants in all of New England. Babbo in the seaport district- Let's just say my hair caught on fire from a candle at the host stand and the staff really didn't go out of their way to do anything nice for us. Manager never even let him/herself be known to us. Food sub par.
Branch Line in Watertown: As mentioned in the Improper Bostonian, their "Salted Avocado" appetizer is killer
Kimchi Kitchen, the new Korean restaurant in East Cambridge. The spicy pork bulgogi has great flavor - my new favorite ever since Manna House (RIP) closed.
Posts from November 13, 2015:
I sandwiched The Big Quiz Thing between stops at Russell House Tavern and Publick House on Monday. The next day, I visited Gene's Chinese Flatbread downtown and Dok Bua.
I cooked most of the weekend, so only got to Merrill & Co., Yvonne's, No. 9 Park, and Peach Farm - all on Saturday night
Doretta Park plaza
I went to Mango 2 in Tewksbury last week ... had delicious steamed Shumai, Something Grilled (a tray of Chicken, Beef, & Pork Satay), Curry Puffs, Coconut Rice. All with peanut sauce, and Thai Iced Tea!
Villa Rosa Quincy
Cara C. H.
Eventide and Sur Lie in Portland, Maine
This was the weekend I officially gave up on Cuisine en Locale/ONCE as a place to eat. It staggers the imagination that a Cubano could be both completely without flavor and still give me indigestion, but there you go. Having to go find our waitress over 90 minutes after we finished eating to get and pay the tab was just ridiculous. I'm sure JJ means well, but whenever we're going there for a show, we're just gonna get in the neighborhood early and go wait for a table at Highland Kitchen.
Puritan was sublime with oysters from Katama, Nantucket bay scallops and Rhode Island fried oysters on a Johnnycake. And a great waiter to boot.
Banyan Bar & Refuge - Excellent...highlight was the clam & ham hock rice bowl; lobster bun really good; Kirin Slushy was a great beverage start.
None, but I'm going to izakaya ittoku for recovery after doing a 24 hour charity event this weekend. My friends and I raised 4700 for Boston children's hospital so far. 1300 in that 24 hour span.
Buda Bings on Rte. 109 in Millis. Not the most modern place but you don't leave hungry and it's not expensive.
Delicious brunch at The Plow and Stars. Highly recommend their poached eggs or anything else on the menu.
Ittoku, branchline, Cha yen Thai, Moody's
And a feast at sun Kong in Malden
Dawn C. A.
Santouka Hokkaido Ramen in Harvard Square. The tonkatsu ramen is killer.
on a day like today, the chicken gumbo at the north end market is perfect - just the right amount of kick - not a fancy place - but the things they do well, like sauteed shrimp ceasars, taste like a day off - when in brockon and on a budget
Joli D. S.
Yummy Peruvian ceviche at Rincon Limeno in east Boston. Excellent sangria too
Lineage. Their oven is nice on a chilly day. Great bar service with a large wine and beer selection. Tasty salted buns as always. Great burger and crispy fries. Will be back again soon.
ICOB, Lumiere, Babbo, take in from Barcelona Brookline & Capt Mardens in Wellesley. They have great Manhattan Clam Chowder & twice baked potatoes
Fiorella's in Newtonville on Monday. Love their eggplant parm and breadsticks. Tasty Burger on Wednesday - my 6 year old's pick for his birthday. He loves their chicken nuggets.
Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill. I was originally a doubter but have come to learn (twice this week) what an exceptional smoke shack burger and black & white shake they serve.
Posts from November 5, 2015:
Branch Line is a new happy place.
It was a happy Halloween. We went to China Pearl for the best executed dim sum I've had there in a while. We finished up the day with a stop at The Lower Depths for tots.
Laconia NH O & Steaks fantastic place great vibe. Located in the Inn at Lake Opechee. Classic menu. Also Church Landing in Meredith. Great bar with lake views.
Finished the weekend at UNOs Harvard Sq - forgot how awesome deep dish is....the crust!!
we ate at the Copperhouse Tavern in Waltham to try their new fall menu. Peach-Habanero wings , the peach was not obvious but the sweet and hot combo worked on the crispy wings.. Pumpkin -sage raviois with maple cream and walnuts were tasty pasta pillows. the Lobster Rissoto with mascarpone and peas topped with shaved parmesan was nicely handled and seasoned. definitely will return to try more fall specials such as short-rib beef ragu over egg noodles and steak-tip Guinness pie.
Raviolo at Thames Street Kitchen in Newport...Giant ravioli with a stuffing of ricotta piped around an egg. Topped with a cheezy pancetta chive sauce. Worth a 90 minute drive.
Nothing too wild from me. Fantastic meal at India Pavilion in Central Square with friends. Major bonus points for letting us hang out for I don't know how long and never feeling pressured to leave.
Didn't get out much this weekend, but did go for ice cream at Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers.
Stoddards...wings, cider and a burger
Just tried Babbo for the first time. Wow! Very impressed. We started with a charcuterie plate - the meats come from Mario Batali's dad's place, Salumi in Seattle. Then had the meatballs, a pizza with hot sausage, raddichio, fontina & Gorgonzola and finished with a yummy dessert.
Branch Line's wood-grilled Branzino
substituted halloween for dinner at the townshend in quincy - definitely a treat with the new menu - squash for an opening, porkbelly, and then the duck (split between two - it's a generous portion) and then a nap.
Dawn C. A.
Oishii Boston. The atmosphere was lovely and sushi was good (not GREAT), but wow, so overpriced. As an experience it was nice, but won't be back any time soon.
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