Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, November-December, 2012

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 2012. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)

Posts from December 30, 2012:

Al M.
The nearly new Cask and Flagon in Marshfield. Very nice. 110 TV Screens!

Dawn D.
Salty Pig in the South End. So flipping good!

Julie R.
We gave The Beehive another chance today for brunch and they more than redeemed themselves with their short rib benedict. One of the best brunch dishes I've ever eaten.

Oc M.
Great surprise - Catalyst in Cambridge

Susan P.
Puritan & Co in Cambridge. Interesting. Uneven food, great service. I'm sure they're still working out kinks.

Tracey C. P.
O ya --- best meal of my life! Did the 17 course chefs selection... Highly recommended!!!!!

Wendy K. Z.
Cuchi Cuchi! Amazing!

Steve S.
Post 390. Lobster roll was very good.

Beth S.
Crossroads, Acton. Asian Gourmet, Concord

Shelley T.
Wardhurst, Peabody. Best steak around.

Meg C.
The Blue Room for brunch! Awesome!

Cindy W. B.
Social - on Boylston - had the BEST Chicken and Waffles for Brunch with a Groggy Pirate on the side - delicious!!

Joy O. S.
Legal Seafood at Legacy Place, Paddy O's in West Newton

Denise K.
Addis Red Sea in the South End on Friday evening, Trident Bookseller Cafe on Newberry Street for lunch on Saturday, Elephant Walk on the Boston/Brookline line for dinner on Saturday, La Casa De Pedro in Watertown for a drink on Saturday night, Allston Diner for breakfast on Sunday and Aquitaine Chestnut Hill for lunch on Sunday We had out of town guests!!!

Huron Village Voice.
Little Q Hot Pot (of course )

Posts from December 23, 2012:

Sara S. R.
no. 9 park and anchovies! (that seems to be a reoccurring combination FYI)

Drew S.
The Staff Meal popup @ District. They're doing more after Xmas. Rather insanely delicious.

Victoria B.
Turner's. Melrose

Ken B. L.
Highland Kitchen, Somerville. Ate at the bar...great stuff!

Tina M.
Ravi's in Malden - delicious Italian food!

Rich D.
Dot 2 Dot Cafe and Bottega di Capri... all around extra good!

DeeDee T. D.
The Tavern in Plainville a bit tired and dated in there but every bite of everything I ate absolutely flawless.

Denise K.
Vlora in Copley Square on Friday evening, The Chateau Italian Family Dining in Waltham on Saturday evening ( old reliable), breakfast at Trident Bookseller Cafe on Newbury Street on Sunday and family dinner at Golden Temple in Brookline (great food and beautiful decorations for the holiday) on Sunday!!!

Dana E.
Went to Flatbreads in Davis Square at Sacco's Bowl Haven, and I had tastes of two different pizzas - both very good.

went to Cambridge Brewing Company for Beerunch, and Lord Hobo #craftbeer

tried Mr. Sushi in Brookline for the first time! Was amazing!

flour bakery / Sepal / the melting pot

Posts from December 16, 2012:

Jack M.
Brunch at the Old Yarmouth Inn, in Yarmouth on Cape Cod, fabulous brunch!

Shelley T.
Wicked at Legacy Place, Billy Tse's in Revere, and brunch at Antonia's On The Beach, also in Revere.

Doug S.
I went to O'Leary's and enjoyed myself tremendously. Maybe a little too much.

Rekha R. D.
Brunched at Orinoco South End today. Yum!!

Lisa C.
Brunch @ la galleria 33. Delicious!

Lisa D. L.
We went to The Cafeteria on Newbury Street Friday night and it was really good. I just got a grilled cheese but it was fontina cheese with tomato and arugula. Neal had a burger and said it was one of the best burgers he's ever had! I wanted to save room for the candy store.

Maria S.
Dinner at Flora in Arlington on Friday night - delicious as always.

Rich D.
Dorado Tacos & Cemitas and Bottega Fiorentina, Brookline. Picco, South End. Lambert's, Dorchester for soup!

Tricia W.
Dinner at Vee Vee in JP w 2 entrees and 3 desserts!!

Christine P. B.
La Morra in Brookline- tremendous!!!

Aliesha B.
amsterdam falafel in davis sq. and the south end buttery for brunch this morning... both were amazing!!

Marsha B.
Myers and Chang - delicious! Really awesome staff! Mai Place in Canton - amazing sushi, as always.

Dana G. S.
Putterham grill in chestnut hill. Really good

Medway Cafe!

Had delivery from Pho & Spice. Their Thai dishes are actually very good.

Posts from December 9, 2012:

Michelle A. T.
Tommy Doyle's in Easton. $12.95 Twin Lobsters!

Betsy K.
LaVerdad at Fenway - Excellent.

Carolyn P.
Scosso in Peabody. What a huge disappointment

Paul G.
Pellana Steak House, Peabody MA, outstanding meal app to dessert

Bob L.
Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant in South Boston. Lincoln Burger was better than anticipated. I will def be back...

Rich D.
Granite Street Cafe, in Quincy. Great hash 'n eggs! Also, Doughboy Donuts, in Southie.

Donna M.
Tulip in Stoneham yummy

Lisa D. L.
Carnegie Deli in NYC ;-)

Laura C.
Loretta's in NBPT.

Shelley T.
Casa Romero in Back Bay. Delish!

Issac P.
Bistro du Midi. Had a delicious Cornas paired with the duck! Excellent night.

Marsha B.
Mai Pearl in Foxboro-the best sushi; hidden gem worth checking out. Not far from Gillette Stadium.

Mitchel A.
Karl's Sausage Kitchen cafe! The sauerbraten/spaetzle and a pilsner was ausgezeitneit!

Dawn C. A.
Takeout pizza from Nicola's in Arlington. Really good.

Denise K.
The Metropolitan Club in Chesnut Hill on Friday night; Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown on Saturday night; and back to the Metropolitan Club in CH for their Sunday night fried chicken.

North 26 and Nico!

had great delivery from Area 4- top level pizzas delivered to pizzaless Back Bay.

@area_four in Kendall. Charcuterie, shaved brussel sprouts salad, putanesca pizza.

Takeout Vietnamese from Saigon in Millis. Best secret in the southwest 'burbs!

Bon Chon in Allston - addictive fried chicken. If you go, stick to chicken - nothing else on their menu is nearly as good.

La Voile in Back Bay. Always good to me.

Posts from December 2, 2012:

Meg C.
Puritan & Co. Good stuff!

BostonSports Desk
Main Street in Weymouth, Ashley's in Braintree....

Leah K.
dim sum at Yangtze River in Lexington

Linda R.
Prime Roast Beef in Lexington. Always good.

Nadine T.
Red's Kitchen & Tavern in Peabody

Shelley T.
Donna's in East Boston.

Mark W.
Jeveli's in east Boston! Yum

Kim K. D.
Stella, in SoWa. Fantastic!!!

Carolyn J.
51 Lincoln, great dinner

Tom H.
Puritan & Co. and it was awesome!!!

Peter S.
Gibbet Hill, Groton. Not as good as usual.

Cheryl F.
Back Deck

Mike H.
Silvertone, Citizen, Geoffrey's, Coda, Deep Ellum. Wow!

Calais V. H.
Clear Flour Bread & Martins

Janet F.
Citizen's Public House on Boylston St Boston. 8 of us ate and all loved our meals!

Dawn C. A.
Daikanyama in Lexington, Thirsty Scholar, Royal India Bistro. All consistently good in their own way.

Linda R.
Waxy O'Connor's and Prime Roast Beef, both Lexington

Steve W.
Vapiano in Boston, casual Italian food.

Rich D.
Redbones BBQ (Somerville), Dot 2 Dot Cafe (Dorchester), Victor's Diner (Watertown) and El Sarape (Braintree)... All good!

Aliesha B.
kowloon on saturday and park in harvard sq. on sunday!

Denise K.
Budda C's Asian Bistro in Brookline on Friday night where we hosted 23 people to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The Fireplace in Brookline on Saturday afternoon for their Fireside Chat on single malt scotch. Trident Bookseller Cafe on Newbury Street for breakfast on Sunday and The Melting Pot - Boston (actually Framingham) for Sunday family dinner with our 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend!!!

Eddie G.
Galway in Jamaica Plain and Solas in Copley Sq.

Zoey in Cambridge and Border Cafe

fri was fat cactus for fajitas, kowloons for some mai tais and apps. Satruday tavern in the square in Burlington for a burger

BarLola - always delicious. The lamb loin and "ravioli of champions" were the favorites this time.
Bella Luna/Milky Way. Known for pizza but I had a delicious flank steak. Nutella calzone for dessert.

i tried m3 in davis square. the maple pecan pie == PERFECTION.

Korean food at New Jang Su [Soo] in Burlington. Barbecued Chicken Gui right at our table!

giulia! It just opened near Porter square.

Posts from November 25, 2012:

Sean H.
Had a wonderful dinner tonight at The Hyde in Hyde Park. The bone in filet mignon was exceptional as was the wedge salad.

Leah K.
Painted Burro and Posto

Kathy W. M.
Trattoria Romana, Lincoln, RI...excellent - as always...special was Moonstone oysters..fresh from Narragansett, RI...Point Judith excellent...Veal is #1 - Provimi...anyway you get it is excellent.

Linda R.
Prime Roast Beef in Lexington. Always good.

Denise K.
Wednesday evening we went to Legal Seafood's in Chestnut Hill. Thursday we had a remarkable Thanksgiving dinner at The Fireplace in Brookline. Friday evening we went to The Continental in Saugus. Saturday evening we had drinks and ate in front of the fire at the bar at Sofia's Italian Steakhouse in West Roxbury. Today we had brunch at Trident Bookseller Cafe on Newbury Street and dinner at Pho Lemongrass in Brookline!!!

Jonathan L.
Abe & Louie's, still the beast steak in Boston.

Kathleen O. S.
1/2 price hotdogs at Sullivan's, Castle Island.

Audrey H. O.
Jonathan's Bar and Grille! Really good food.

Amy D.
Lola 41 on Nantucket. Hands down the best restaurant I've ever been to. It's my favorite!

Dawn D.
Village Haven in Forestdale RI. It's similar to Wrights Chicken Farm, so flipping good and you can take a bag of homemade cinnamon rolls home for only $4/bag of 6.

Julie R.
Hamersleys - definitely one of the best.

Frank M.
Finally tried Orleans in Davis Sq, Somerville.

Judy G.
Shepards pie pizza!!! The Bailey, Marshfield!

Richard B.
We had brunch today at The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport ME, as we do several times a year. They have what is hands-down the best Sunday brunch anyplace. All you can eat for $25.00 (They have raised the price only five or six dollars in fifteen years.) You may have as much as you want and the waitress clears away your plate as you make another pass at the buffet. For entrees there were custom-carved rib roast, cold boiled half lobsters, roast lamb and probably three or four other things. And an omelette and crepe station; egg dishes and other breakfast items. And my particular favorite, tiny Israeli caviar. And they make a great bloody Mary, complete with a cold U-6 shrimp. A half dozen baked desserts and house-made vanilla ice milk. Most people don't make pigs of themselves, but it appears that no one rebukes those that do. Complete recommend.

Thomas S.
Had brunch and dinner at 'the Hyde' today

Steve W.
Kaju Tofu House in Allston

Anne M. B.
Had dinner today at the Creperie on Newbury. Country salad and provincial crepe.

Rick F.
Tasca in Allston-very good tapas

Samba on Rte 9. Great hibachi and sushi.

went to Trade in Boston. It was just OK, I was expecting more I guess. Cool atmosphere but food was avg w/ above avg prices

The Brewery in Great Barrington and Fat Cat in Quincy.

Posts from November 18, 2012:

Janet F.
Tres Gatos - Interesting, but not for a full meal. Would go back when I just wanted a drink and appetizer/snack

Kathleen O. S.
Waterfront dining at Sullivan's, Castle Island - it's 1/2 price hot dog month .80 cents 'til they close on November 25th!

Rich D.
Ashmont Grill, in the Dot. All around, excellent.

Nicole C.
Porter Cafe in West Rox - delicious!

Brian V. E.
Tw food. Solid, start to finish.

Joan L.
Johnny D's...eggs Benedict with turkey and gravy, so delicious!!

Allison M.
Friendly Toast- cayenne toast, eggs and salmon scramble with dill. Excellent!

Audrey H. O.
Jonathan's Bar and Grille! Really good food.

Julie K.
The Mission - on Huntington Av. by NEU, they have good brunch !!!

Fogo de Chao,Ooleana, Sofra - were amazing!

Yak n Yeti tonight in Somerville. Service was fair and food was ok. (fish curry & naan)

Eastern Standard! Their gouda mac and cheese rocked my world.

went to @TWRestaurant and it was outstanding.

sunday brunch Cafe Fleuri

Posts from November 11, 2012:

Chrissy B. P.
Antonio's in New Bedford it's a must try!

Christina M.
Assembly-quincy.... Good bar not sure about the food

Erica J. F.
Giacamo's -South End, and Tremont 647's pajama brunch

Steve W.
Anh Hong in Dorchester - 7 course beef

Maria S.
Carmen - first time there. Was fantastic!!

Drew S.
Up in Portland, ME this weekend and have been total food tourists. Fore St. (great roast meats and seafoods), Hot Suppa! (great breakfast - poutine w/ sausage gravy and eggs, and a corned beef hash that made me realize I don't hate the stuff after all, just never had a good one), Hugo's (a tasting menu that would have been at home at L'espalier or Menton), Pai Men Miyake (many different ramen - really enjoyed both the miso and tsukemen and the yakitori menu looked great), Eventide (reminded me a bit of b&g. Their lobster rolls are on steam buns and come in 3 varieties, including a warm version with brown butter vinaigrette. Same owner as Hugo's), and Boda (self-billed as a "very Thai" restaurant, with a signature dish of quail eggs dropped into a super-hot escargot pan and then seasoned that may have been the most intriguing dish of the weekend). Also made stops at Novare Res, (a highly enjoyable beer bar that felt like home within minutes, though we didn't get to try the food) and Salt Exchange where we had drinks with friends and tried a bite of a tasty pork belly w/ cranberries and jalapenos). Tomorrow we plan to try Duckfat and drive back home for the Taste of Boston at the Mandarin Oriental. Then Tuesday, MGH for a coronary bypass. Highly recommend the 2 hour drive from Boston

Saul H.
Bon Chon and Five Napkin

Mike F.
Brunch at Back Deck this morning. Very nice.

Paul C.
Ohana Gloucester, MA

Lisa K. P.
Specialteas in Northboro, MA

went to @TWRestaurant and it was outstanding.

Posts from November 4, 2012:

Drew S.
Taiwan Cafe. Holy hell, I can't recommend the braised pork shoulder with steam buns enough.

David M.
Tasty Burger. Two thumbs up for the Slap Yo Mama special

Jenn S.
Deluxe town diner, Park, Wagamama, Shays

Sarah Y.
Chili duck, penguin pizza, yardhouse

Doreen I. V.
Saigon in Millis. Awesome and cheap Vietnamese.

El W.
Aquitaine Bis in Chestnut Hill for Saturday brunch and Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury, MA for Saturday dinner. Amazing Beet Ravioli with Duck Confit and Roasted Figs @ Seaglass.

Richard B.
This probably doesn't count as a Boston restaurant, hidden or otherwise, but it is where we ate Friday and it is worth a stop: The Farm Table in Bernardston. Scrap that; it is worth a trip. Beautiful location, inventive menu well prepared, great wine list, white glove service. You will probably need a reservation on a weekend. Great bar.

Erica J. F.
Mistral for the first time! Kinda funny since I live so close and have never been. It was delicious!

Marsha B.
Pho 29 in Canton. Wonderful & delicious Vietnamese - very inexpensive, and the friendliest, most accommodating staff!
Picco in the South End - great pizza, large & interesting beer selection, awesome bar tender & server!

Janet F.
Opening night at Steel & Rye in Milton, not bad for their first night

Denise K.
Aquitaine Bis on Friday evening, Kitchen on Saturday evening, Allston Diner for Sunday breakfast and Fire+Ice, Cambridge on Sunday evening with a couple of teenagers

Mike A.
Steve's Greek on Newbury! Souvlaki...mmmmm!

Beth S.
U burger, Kenmore Sq. Papa Razzi, Concord, MA, Bamboo, Westford

Russell W.
Mistral for Sunday brunch, always amazing!

Tango Restaurant in Arlington to celebrate a friend's birthday!

L'Impasto and Yummy Thai Cuisine in North Cambridge and Sunset Cantina

nowhere in Boston but loved our trip to Chez Boucher in Hampton NH! Lovely French place

I tried the brunch at Hops & Scotch. Got the hangover hash - it was ok. Nothing memorable - would go back for a 2nd try....service was very good, though! Thanks, Nikki!

Helmand. Delicious food & atmosphere

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