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Summary-2 weeks in boston

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my favorite meals in my two weeks in boston:

1- a side trip to maine for lobster rolls hehehe
2- a simple plain lobster at summer shack, perfectly prepared. forget the pan lobster thing
3- those cannoli in gloucester

much further down but still memorable:
4 the meal at clio
5 the meal at Atasca-cambridge

the pork at rialto, but forget the rest of the experience.

i wouldnt go back to suns cafe or rialto for that matter. i dont really need to ever go back to clio for that matter as good as it was. i would go back to summer shack and atasca. i dont really want to go back to peach farm seafood, but id give it anothr try at the behest of other people here.

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  1. Funny that of all your good experiences only Clio is actually in Boston.

    Sounds like you had a great trip. Where did you have your worst culinary experience?

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    1. re: Jonny Quest

      well...3 of the 4 pizzerias were in boston as were most of the italian pastry shops and peach farm seafood...but youre right, i was all over the place...

      the worst experience was a truly nauseating lobster roll at the fish market in pigeon cove on the north shore. one bite and in the garbage. my traveling companion thought the worst item was her pad thai at sun's cafe.

      i had a number of pleasant experiences, a handful lousy..1 or 2 great...the whole gamut,etc...

      1. re: fusilli

        Are you taking about the fisherman's coop in Pigeon Cove? Its a terrific place to buy VERY FRESH lobsters at good prices, but I've never eaten anything they prepared...in fact I didn't even know they made lobster rolls.

        Where were you visting from?

        1. re: Jonny Quest

          yes, the fishermans co-op in pigeon cove. or is it the pigeon coop in fishermans cove. anywya...their fish did look good. but avoid th elobster roll.

          thanks for asking btw, mr quest.
          im from NYC- born & bred....stick out like a sore thumb up there..heheheh

          i went up to boston area for 2 weeks partly for business, but i had the entire 2nd week free to drive around and walk, while my traveling partner was busy with her work. hehe. dinner was paid for by the company, up to a point. so clio and rialto were only half paid for.

          as i noted i spent a summer there in 1986, but i was a teenager...and a few visits in the early 90's and again last year. but this was a good chunk of time.

          myh overall impression is that boston metro area is not a great food region unless you stick to new englandy food, seafood etc...but there are certainly enough pockets of good food to make it worthwhile.

          1. re: fusilli

            Ah a fellow new yorker! I suspected as much. Only a person with a proper new york education in food can appreciate how difficult it is to get a decent meal here. I've been here 10 years and, believe it or not, things have improved immeasurably. My biggest complaint is the lack of a decent butcher. No veal kidneys, aged beef, venison etc. I fill up a cooler with meat every time I go back and visit my parents.

            You mentioned Joes Pizza in another post...that wouldn't be the Joe's Pizza in Father Demo Sq in the village, would it? I miss ny pizza so much. If it is the same Joe's, have a slice or two for me, a fellow new yorker stuck in the gastronomical wilds, hinterland, outer provinces. oooops! I guess I'm getting a bit over dramatic here. Sorry. :)

            1. re: Jonny Quest

              Just a "heads up" - Sulmona in the North End is a great butcher shop and very "old world". In fact, their prices haven't changed in like 20 years. Check it out!

              1. re: Joel

                i love the north end before about 11 am especially on a sunny day. reminds me of genova. after 11...forget it..ill take a peek at sulmona on the next trip. btw, i liked a salumeria on parmenter st.

                1. re: Joel

                  Thanks for the tip.

                2. re: Jonny Quest

                  well, it would happen to be joe's on father demo square. if you go in the daytime, and either joe, his son-in-law, or one particular assistant is making the pizzas, its my favorite pizza in NY.

                  and here is a funny tale...

                  joe's name in italian is not Giuseppe, but Pino. Pino, Guiseppino..joe..there you get joe. he's the original owner of Pino's on Cleveland Circle. The guy who bought it from him still owns it (the guys name aint pino) altho this guy claims to have owned it from the beginning. (did i tell this story already??) when i told him i knew the original pino...first he shook his head no. then looked at me and said suspiciously "from where". i said "NY" he waited then said "i thought he went back to avellino" i said "no not avellino...about 45 minutes away from there. " then he said "oh no..no different guy" or something like that. (these are all small towns in campania, italy.)

                  this guy at pino's was embarassed and full of it...hehehhehe

                  the pizza doesnt bear much relation to joe's in NY.

                  i sympathize with your plight up there. you can eat ok in boston, but its a lot of work.

                  1. re: fusilli

                    thx for the story! Very funny!