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Restaurant in North End with no menu? Chef makes to order?

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fkeefe Jul 25, 2006 08:34 PM

Hi. I've just discovered Chowhound...it's great. Wondering if any of you know of a restaurant in the North End that doesn't actually post a menu; rather, the chef comes to your table and asks what you'd like. Sounds fabulous to me...would love to try it. If you know the name, could you please post it? Thanks!

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    pasuga Jul 25, 2006 09:03 PM

    It's called Dom's. It's on the left side of Salem Street, about a block in from Cross Street.

    I've never been, but know folks that love it.

    They have a website

    http://www.domsboston.com/

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      fkeefe Jul 25, 2006 09:11 PM

      Thank you!!! Will have to try it one night this week!

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        itaunas Jul 25, 2006 09:16 PM

        To be more specific, its generally the owner Dom or more likely these days his son who comes and solicits the orders. They do have a menu, but paring of pastas and sauces is done individually. I have had some good meals there and its a decent place to take a group, but I think there are more interesting options in the North End these days. Years ago they were one of the few restaurants to accept both reservations and plastic, one interesting experience I had was that we started paying cash for our meal and the head waiter said "OH, we can give you a discount if its in cash..." and took 15% or so off the meal. Who knew...

      2. Food4Thought Jul 25, 2006 10:40 PM

        Dom's continues to be a favorite, when I lived in the North End my apartment was litterally next door. It is a massive menu that covers a wide spectrum. I would take a look of it just to get some ideas and let Dom (or Mauricio, but he usually sticks to the kitchen) work out the details with you. I have been there when I have had hankerings from opposite sides of the spectrum (osso bucco and a creamy baked pasta dish) and Dom was able to accompdate me (he gave me a little of both). The portions are huge so don't be shy about 1/2 orders if you have a merely mortal appetite.

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          keith Jul 26, 2006 01:43 PM

          Dom's is clearly what you're talking about. However, there are some other restaurants in the North End that, while they may have a posted menu, will make any dishes that you suggest off the menu as well. Pomodoro is probably the most well known of these.

          1. MC Slim JB Jul 27, 2006 01:15 AM

            I never cared much for Dom's shtick: having a profusely perspiring stranger sit at my table and try to steer me to my dinner choices. Please, hand me a menu, answer any questions I have, and let me choose. I thought the food was decent the first time I visited (it tilts pretty Italian-American), less so the last time.

            Entrusting my meal to a chef, as at a sushi bar or a chef's tasting, is a different story.

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