So hypothetically, you're moving from Boston to Atlanta
and you want to eat as much of the Best of Boston as possible before then; let's say by the first week of October. Also imagine you're not on the largest budget in the world, so you would prefer to seek out certain single (or perhaps two) dishes, appetizers or mains (no desserts please), what would those be?
Exclude any foods you know, or imagine, are already readily available in Atlanta (ie burger, typical American comfort food, etc).
See like immediately I would think Taiwan Cafe's beef and poblanos, peking duck at KF, bahn mi at Mix, cubano at Chez Henri, foie gras with duck confit as Mistral, etc. But Boston signature dish suggestions (ie Lock Ober, #9, etc) are welcome as well.
What say you Hounds?
Dax! It's hypothetical, right????????
Some quick thoughts (and my favorites):
-a dozen oysters at B & G (and/or the raw bar at Union Oyster House)
-tuna spring rolls at Pho Republique
-Speed's hot dog (is he still out there?)
-Silvertone Mac & Cheese
-Chicken parm sub at Il Panino
-takeout lobster from J Hook (will they cook it for you? If not, have 'em do it at Morse Fish)
-A pizza from Regina (of course) well done
-roast chicken at Hammersly's
-An order of the Kung Pao chicken at East Asia, Powderhouse Sq, Somerville
I'm sure there are more, I'll keep thinking.
But hypothetical, right???????????????????????????????
I would do oysters and one other dish at each of these places: Neptune, B&G, ECG.
Lobster, whether at a shack or even at home. (Can't get the deals in the supermarket down there that you can find here. Well, as of 12 years ago you couldn't; maybe that's changed (doubtful).)
Lobster stew and indian pudding at Locke Ober.
EDIT: Don't forget your favorite lobster roll!
(Chez Henri's sandwich is its own animal, but be pleased that for average, round-the-corner type places, you can much more easily find good Cuban sandwiches in Atlanta than you can in Boston.)
No. 9's prune gnocchi
all the pret a manger dishes and fried mussels at Oleana
one last round of oysters and rose at Neptune
one last round of calamari at Daily Catch
turkey hash at Charlie's S.S.
one blow-out round-up of cheeses at Formaggio Kitchen
a drink at Oak Bar; another at the old Ritz bar
maybe even prime rib at Durgin Park...
Though the very thought of having any of the above for the last time makes me well up!
were it me, before i left i'd have to eat:
a demet's donut
a tacos al pastor combo plate at tacos lupita
a homemade sausage sandwich at the greek corner
a lobster roll at hook
the empress clams at gourmet seafood
some oysters at the raw bar at neptune
a pork bun at hing shing
the jajangmyeon (sp?) noodles at hometown
some taiwanese dim sum at shangri-la
a ham and cheese biscuit from petsi's
some dumplings at wing's
the shredded pork with dried bean curd at qingdao
a marinated pork loin sandwich at o cantinho
some sort of ice cream at christina's
and lastly, i'd take a final trip to formaggio's and weep profusely as i bid goodbye to all that amazing meat and cheese
that i spoil myself with on a weekly basis.
(aside: i'm sure hoping this is REALLY a hypothetical question as well....)
Well, hypothetically, if there was a nice warm day between now and then, one might drive up to Essex seafood and get some clams. Or Farnhams. Or one might decide to go for the more quintessential experience and get to Kelley's on Revere Beach.
Pizzeria Regina. When they are on, they are really really on. Had a great sausage pie, well done last week, and it beat the last one I had at Santarpio's. OTOH, you can't get the lamb and sausage at Regina's. I guess you would have to do both to be fair.
And although I've never been there so I am breaking my own rule of not recommending a place I've not visited, I think Locke-Ober should be on your list. Perhaps just for the JFK lobster stew. I feel that you can't get more Boston that that.
The JFK Lobster Stew at Locke Ober is amazing. And it's huge so you can easily share it.
I would also add salted fried squid from Peach Farm
Dumplings from Wang's Fast Food or Qing Dao Garden
The ground pork and hot pepper dish from Floating Rock
And, if you can stay until the end of October, East Coast Grill is having Hell night from 10/30 - 11/1.
I'd agree with Locke Ober and since you like the oysters at Union Oyster House, one last time for that. And prime rib and Indian pudding at Durgin Park. I agree with a clam shack run but it really should be some place with the ocean close by. Clams were decent at Top Dog in Rockport and there's that lobster in the rough place whose name I always forget. And Kelly's is good for a lobster or crabmeat roll (on the beach). I agree with some Portugese food before you go. A drink at the Top of the Hub (and the Oak Room and the bar at the Parker House). A favorite or two in the north end, you won't see that in Atlanta for sure. The Franklin. Hopefully El Oriental de Cuba will reopen before you go.