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So hypothetically, you're moving from Boston to Atlanta

Dax Sep 21, 2006 01:43 PM

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?

  1. b
    Baber Sep 27, 2006 03:24 AM

    Suan la Chow Show at Mary Chungs in central square (cambridge)

    1. f
      fenian Sep 26, 2006 08:42 PM

      Everything at Formaggio Kitchen
      Chicken kabab (among many dishes) at Helmand
      Fenugreek trout (among many dishes) at Tamarind Bay
      Toscanini's
      Pizza at Galeria Umberto
      Tamales at Tacos Lupito
      Sauteed octopus at Tu y Yo
      Sashimi platter at Oishii
      Burrito from El Pelon
      Falafel sandwich from Rami's
      Chicken sandwich from Chacarero

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        HeelsSoxHound Sep 26, 2006 03:30 PM

        in the spirit of dave mp's post, things i miss most after moving a few years ago (and that i try to get at least one of when i visit)
        mac and cheese at silvertones
        the troquet sandwich at parish (veal cheek banh mi)
        regina
        cuban at chez
        gouda skillet at b side
        fish tacos at el pelon
        glass of salmon billecarte rose and some sort of sashimi at troquet
        tuna tacos at ecg
        woodford's...anything. a big pitcher of beer and some fried goodness.
        salt and pepper shrimp at jumbo
        christina's/toscanini's
        brunch at the blue room
        jfk stew at locke ober
        oysters at UOH, b and g
        agree a million times over with formaggio... that's probably what i miss the most, without question
        martini at oak bar
        mussels/chicken fricasee at central

        it's an interesting move from boston back to the south after you've been in boston for awhile... although atlanta won't be quite the culture shock that chapel hill was initially.

        1. seefood Sep 26, 2006 02:08 PM

          Science Chick is right--lots of good food in Atlanta. I lived in the South for three years before moving here. In fact, before my wife and I moved here we had our choices of places to live narrowed down to two--here and Atlanta. We chose here. But we did visit Atlanta some, and we found lots of good places to eat.

          Two things I don't think you will find in Atlanta: fried clams (although maybe clam strips), and lobster rolls. Other good seafood, sure, but not these two items. At least not so far as I know.

          1. gini Sep 25, 2006 05:27 PM

            Everyone's lists are great. I'd just add perhaps a forray into apple picking up at Cider Hill or something similar (maybe after the clam box?) or buying some blueberries, corn or squash. I'd add a big ass tub of maple syrup, seafood and a cold wind that you will NOT miss in Atlanta. I'm not sure if I'd put all of the above together, though.

            Here's my hypothetical good-bye!

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            1. re: gini
              Science Chick Sep 25, 2006 05:50 PM

              Believe me, there is plenty of cold wind in Atlanta.....they actually get a real, but tolerable, winter. Very amusing each year, though, when they get their 1/2 inch snow and the city shuts down. During the 1993 (?) March superstorm, they actually got 10 inches.....city was closed over 4 days! Overall, though, the food is outstanding and in many cases better than here. Dax will be fine, but missed!

              1. re: gini
                Dax Sep 25, 2006 06:02 PM

                I am definitely moving next week. Hmmmm so much to eat before then ... Regina's is down, Taiwan Cafe is scheduled (tentatively), as well as Oleana, maybe Locke-Ober for a quick bite, and O Cantinho. Running out of time and belly room.

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                  tatamagouche Sep 25, 2006 07:53 PM

                  Damn, we'll miss you! I look to you for barbecue know-how!

              2. limster Sep 23, 2006 04:28 AM

                Some things to add to the already great list above:

                Mezze at Brookline Family Turkish Restaurant or Sultan's Kitchen
                Lion's Head Meatballs at Wing's Kitchen
                Pan fried buns and Pearl Meatballs at New Shanghai
                Alaskan king crab at Jumbo (expensive but good)
                Monkfish marsala with a side of squid ink pasta aglio olio at The Daily Catch (North End)
                A warm from the oven sfogliatelle (get there in the morning) at Napoli Pastry
                Mysore chilli chicken at Tamarind Bay
                Gujarati Thali at Namaskar
                Misti Dol (caramelized milk yogurt) at Royal India/Royal Bengal
                Alfajores from Rincon Limeno
                Dinner at Zafferano
                Spring rolls at Saigon sandwich
                Rendang at Spice King
                Satay at Aneka Rasa
                Moqueca at Muqueca
                Taiwanese at Mulan, see some of the recent threads
                Corner slice at Pinocchio's
                Ramen at Ken's Ramen
                Crispy sesame shrimp rolls at Dim Sum Chef
                Hotpot at Little Q (a bit of a trek but v good)

                Apples, corn, blueberries, maple syrup. Too bad Maine uni won't be in season for a couple of months (~Dec); ditto Nantucket Bay scallops.

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                1. re: limster
                  yumyum Sep 25, 2006 03:29 PM

                  Hi Limster -- great additions to the list (Dax has a LOT of eating to do), but why would you recommend Alaskan crab as a leaving Boston dish? Is the way Jumbo prepares it outstanding?

                  But your last line also reminds me ... when is Maine shrimp season? Mmmmm....

                  1. re: yumyum
                    Aromatherapy Sep 25, 2006 03:37 PM

                    Shrimp started mid-December last year.

                    1. re: yumyum
                      Dax Sep 25, 2006 03:37 PM

                      I was wondering that too, for the most part I only see frozen Alaskan crab legs.

                      1. re: yumyum
                        limster Sep 25, 2006 04:28 PM

                        We had the crab live, done 2 ways - fried and steamed. I had no complaints. :)

                      2. re: limster
                        limster Sep 27, 2006 03:39 AM

                        Forgot to mention chicken liver crostini and tripe at Trattoria Toscana.

                      3. Dave MP Sep 22, 2006 10:19 PM

                        I've been away from Boston for a few months now, here's what I miss most (at least at the moment, since I haven't fully explored options here yet....also keep in mind that I am in San Francisco now, not in Atlanta).

                        Vegetarian leek dumplings from Wang's

                        East Coast Grill (even though I think I've only eaten there once in my life)

                        Pasteis de nata and fava beans at O Cantinho

                        Toscanini's, Herrells, JP Licks, etc.

                        Italian subs (see response above this one)

                        Shwarma at Reef Cafe in Allston

                        That's all I can think of at the moment....sorry to hear you are hypothetically moving. But if I ever hypothetically go to Atlanta, I'll know who to hypothetically ask about what to eat!

                        Dave MP

                        P.S./EDIT: Sorry I included desserts, didn't follow the directions :)

                        1. MB fka MB Sep 22, 2006 08:25 PM

                          Oh, Nooooooooooo!

                          I'd drive to Antonio's in New Bedford for kale soup with that soft portuguese bread, plus whatever else were to strike my fancy.

                          I'd also have multiple visits to Chez Henri, Lupita's & Mix, plus LOTS of lobster rolls and pizza, but don't forget some good subs! Top of my list would be the good ol' Italian sub with everything on it. Maybe from Vinny's Superette? And you MUST have a veal parm sub from Victor's in Ball Square at least once, or go with a partner in crime and get veal and eggplant so you can share.

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                            ob2s Sep 22, 2006 06:23 PM

                            Just focus on New England seafood, like clams, lobster rolls, chowder. Then on Italian, maybe Regina's and some north end pastas. Locke Ober for the experience. And finally portuguese.

                            The other stuff people have listed have reasonable equivs down here.

                            Are you getting the 'big house' here ? That is the really the only thing that NE peeps like about moving here, and they LOVE the nation's highest average communte (33 miles 1 way) to get to the big house......

                            1. Dax Sep 22, 2006 01:10 PM

                              Thanks for all of the recommendations folks!

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                              1. re: Dax
                                joypirate Sep 22, 2006 01:18 PM

                                Have you ran out of Boston women to woo with your Georgian drawl? I heard the Hot-lanta ratio of female-to-male is skewed ridiculously towards men, so there's hope for you down there.

                                That said, fried clams from Clam Box in Ipswich. Lobster roll from any of the usual suspects. Also, Brazilian/Portuguese food. You'll never find it as good anywhere else (other than, duh, Brazil or Portugal).

                                1. re: joypirate
                                  Dax Sep 22, 2006 02:44 PM

                                  Unchowish confession: I don't like big-bellied clams. Their stomachs creep me out, kind of like those giganormous oysters at Peach Farm.

                                  Must get back to O Cantinho and try the place yumyum posts about on occasion.

                                  1. re: Dax
                                    yumyum Sep 22, 2006 03:40 PM

                                    That's two un-chowish confessions this week. What, now you're leaving you can tell us what you really like to eat?

                                    I'm not sure I'd put J&J on my short list of places to try before leaving town. Maybe if it was an old favorite you'd want to revisit it for sentimental reasons. It's good, maybe even very good. And it's cheap. But I think if you do O Cantinho you'll have covered the portuguese line item on your list. I'd hit Lupita's twice instead. :-)

                                    1. re: yumyum
                                      Dax Sep 25, 2006 03:23 PM

                                      I was only able to eat Regina's this weekend, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

                              2. steinpilz Sep 21, 2006 09:14 PM

                                I would probably spend a couple of days walking around the city going to sentimental favorites, stopping for lunch, dinner, and snacks/drinks, plotting out where to stop as you walk (the weather sure is beautiful for this). Lobster, fish, oysters, clams, and a variety of wine, would be what I'd head for.

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                                  twentyoystahs Sep 21, 2006 07:49 PM

                                  mmmm fat matt's...the name alone is enough to make me wanna eat there.mmmmm...

                                  1. Science Chick Sep 21, 2006 07:08 PM

                                    Dax,
                                    I'm a native Bostonian but lived in Atlanta from 90-97....will be visiting for the first time since in a couple of weeks. Here are my recollections:

                                    Overall, the food in Atlanta is FAR BETTER than most things you will get in Boston. However, there are some noted exceptions. I would get my fix in these things:

                                    Decent pizza
                                    Your favorite seafood shack
                                    Classic red sauce Italian joints
                                    Oven Grinders (they don't understand what "peppers" on a sub really means..they give you raw!!!)

                                    That said, you will find awesome Szechuan and latin food there (both out Buford Hwy, as well as Peachtree Chamblee), as well as many, many great upscale restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. You will have BBQ available that hands down kills even Blue Ribbon (check out Fat Matt's on Piedmont....great blues nightly along with your ribs and beans made with rum!). I just can't tell you how many friends/relatives visited us and were blown away by the food.

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                                      mwk Sep 21, 2006 05:59 PM

                                      Prime Rib, Clam Chowder and Indian Pudding at Durgin Park
                                      Fish Chowder and Fried belly clams at NoName
                                      Hot and Sour Soup and Roast half duck at Peach Farm
                                      chocolate moose ice cream at Herrell's
                                      Clam Fritters and/or fried belly clams at Tony's Clam shack in Wollaston
                                      Dim Sum at Hei La Moon
                                      Kitfo at Addis Red Sea

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                                        twentyoystahs Sep 21, 2006 03:26 PM

                                        More:

                                        -An egg, bacon and cheese sandwich (on english muffin) at Charlie's sandwich shop. Not something you hear a lot about there, but really good. Also a side order of french toast, for something sweet.
                                        -Speaking of sweet, burnt caramel ice cream at Toscanini's, without a doubt.
                                        -DEFINITELY the tuna tacos and more oysters from East Coast Grill, sit at the bar and order up some nice cold local beer on tap.
                                        -Then, since you are in the 'hood, a cup of malted vanilla ice cream w/fudge from Christina's.

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                                          KitchenAid Sep 21, 2006 03:15 PM

                                          I'd have to add Braised Short Ribs and Gnocchi from Grotto and a white coffee frappe from JP Licks.

                                          1. yumyum Sep 21, 2006 02:17 PM

                                            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.

                                            Crap.

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                                            1. re: yumyum
                                              beetlebug Sep 21, 2006 02:34 PM

                                              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.

                                              1. re: beetlebug
                                                MichaelB Sep 21, 2006 03:48 PM

                                                My god, Tiger's Tears from Floating Rock as well. Honestly Dax, not sure how you can even *consider* living more than 1 hour away from Tiger's Tears.

                                                Not sure if you're a sweets guy, but now that the weather's a little colder, I'd add Burdick's hot chocolate to the list.

                                              2. re: yumyum
                                                Dax Sep 21, 2006 03:17 PM

                                                Is Locke-Ober the type of place one can just stroll in and get a seat/bowl of stew at the bar without a long wait? Like outside of 7-9 PM?

                                                1. re: Dax
                                                  yumyum Sep 21, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                  Dunno -- I've never been. But it seems like the kind of place where sitting at the bar would make it less stuffy. Hopefully someone else can give more details.

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                                                    9lives Sep 21, 2006 03:43 PM

                                                    wouldn't be a problem at all

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                                                      Alcachofa Sep 21, 2006 06:03 PM

                                                      I concur--not a problem.

                                                  2. re: yumyum
                                                    Joanie Sep 21, 2006 04:36 PM

                                                    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.

                                                  3. passing thru Sep 21, 2006 02:11 PM

                                                    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....)

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                                                    1. re: passing thru
                                                      passing thru Sep 21, 2006 02:19 PM

                                                      yumyum just reminded me that i'd sure need to head to the clam box for some big bellied clams, too.

                                                    2. tatamagouche Sep 21, 2006 02:09 PM

                                                      I'd do:
                                                      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!

                                                      1. Alcachofa Sep 21, 2006 01:57 PM

                                                        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.)

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                                                        1. re: Alcachofa
                                                          Dax Sep 21, 2006 01:59 PM

                                                          Same with good Latin food on Buford Highway from what I hear, but that doesn't mean I won't be getting a torta from Lupita before I (hypothetically) move (soon).

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                                                          twentyoystahs Sep 21, 2006 01:51 PM

                                                          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?)
                                                          -Chacacero sandwich
                                                          -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???????????????????????????????

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                                                          1. re: twentyoystahs
                                                            MichaelB Sep 21, 2006 02:20 PM

                                                            Speed IS out there -- had one yesterday.

                                                            Has anyone mentioned tuna tacos at East Coast Grill? As well as a wet bone or two. Those would be on my list.

                                                            1. re: twentyoystahs
                                                              Dax Sep 21, 2006 03:37 PM

                                                              Not very hypothetical at this point.

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