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Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 05:46 PM

for me the place that has had the best consitency is Pomodoro on hanover st. very good. Although the service isnt always the best the food is great

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    900 ft Jesus RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 06:12 PM

    The Blue Room has been a big hit for us. Followed closely by EVOO, Meritage, Oak Room, Cafe Umbra, Gargoyle's.

    1. ScubaSteve RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 06:12 PM

      Cafe Polonia, south boston - going there 2nyt.
      Kebab Factory, somerville - gr8 food, lousy name.
      Glory, no. andover - our go-to place close to home.
      Ithaki, ipswich - north shore greek.
      Eastern Standard, kenmore square - maybe we're just lucky
      Fugakyu, brookline - only when Hiro is at his station.
      Taiwan Cafe, chinatown - even my 12 year old digs this place.
      Giacomos, north end - too simple to mess up.

      and that's just a start.

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        alyssap99 RE: ScubaSteve Nov 20, 2006 06:23 PM

        mmmm, just had the best brunch at eastern standard--duck confit over poached eggs. the portion size was perfect and the bloody marys were amazing. i've had nothing but great experiences here, too!

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          Chaumiere RE: alyssap99 Nov 20, 2006 06:32 PM

          Eastern Standard, Radius, The Blarney Stone in Dorchester, Acquitaine and Les Zygomates. Eastern Standard is very consistent.

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          Pegmeister RE: ScubaSteve Nov 20, 2006 07:24 PM

          I have to second Cafe Polonia. Have you tried their clay pot baked hungarian goulash that comes with it's very own bread bowl? Wonderful presentation. Also like the Gypsy pancake and the coconut shrimp appetizer!!
          In the North End, I would vote for LaGalleria 33 and on Martha's Vineyard it would have to be Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta!

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            ScubaSteve RE: Pegmeister Nov 21, 2006 12:36 PM

            there last night. unbelieveable! they changed the menu slighty, you can now get your stuffed cabbage with mushroom sauce and the potato pancake app now comes with smoked salmon, not the goulash although you can subsitute, i did.

        3. rlh RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 06:43 PM

          Central Kitchen, Chez Henri, Christopher's, Dolphin Seafood, Boca Grande, Il Panino, and yes, East Coast Grill, in Cambridge

          King Fung Garden, Les Zygomates, Silvertone, The Paramount, Radius, Sakura Bana, and yes, Kingfish Hall, in Boston

          Za, Mr. Sushi, Blue Ribbon, Something Savory, Jade Garden, and Toraya in Arlington

          Oishii, Too in Sudbury

          Ixtapa in Lexington

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            yumyum RE: rlh Nov 20, 2006 08:12 PM

            Was waiting for someone to say East Coast Grill. I know I sound like a groupie, but it's the one place in metro-Boston that I have never had a bad meal and and never regret recommending to out of towners. I've also never had a bad meal at Soundbites, but then I've never personally witnessed the terrible behavior some people report. Their "no place like home fries" are out of this world. Hm, and I've never had a bad meal at Gargoyles, but had only been one time prior to Jason's arrival. Must admit that meal was just okay .... I'm glad I went back.

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              gini RE: yumyum Nov 20, 2006 08:26 PM

              Groupie.

              I've also never had a bad meal or bad behavior at Soundbites. Their fruit bowl is generous and I love their noplacelikehomefries. However, I don't love breakfast, so it's never on my love list.

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                polias RE: gini Mar 6, 2008 04:18 PM

                I was just going to chime in with Soundbites - and I do adore breakfast. Their food is amazing (never tried the new place for anything but breakfast, though, so ymmv), creative, and always satisfying. I've moved away from Medford/Somerville, but I make the trek back there when I have friends in town because the brunch is far too good to pass up - and unsurpassed by anything I've found elsewhere in the metro area.

          2. hiddenboston RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 06:49 PM

            Good question! Even my favorite places, such as Apsara in Providence, King Fung Garden in Chinatown, and Classic India in Quincy, have been subpar on occasion.

            I have been to Giacomo's in the South End (as opposed to the North End, ScubaSteve! Never been to that one) several times and have never been disappointed. Same goes for Pho Hoa in Dorchester and Pagliuca's in the North End.

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              twentyoystahs RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 06:55 PM

              Funny hiddenboston, I was just trying to think of places that have always been consistent and never disappointed me and Giacomo's S. End came to mind for me too. It's simple, basic fare, but it's pretty much always good, hearty, & delicious.

              1. wittlejosh RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:00 PM

                Metropolis Cafe
                Butcher Shop
                Fugakyu
                Kaze
                Radius
                Franklin Cafe

                Many other favorites, but these are the places where it's been well-executed every time.

                1. MC Slim JB RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:01 PM

                  I guess one implication of this question is multiple visits, some skein of experience over which the place can demonstrate consistency. A few that come to mind: Trattoria Toscana, Khao Sarn, Franklin Cafe, Les Zygomates, Taberna de Haro, Rialto, Grotto, Addis Red Sea, Silvertone, Vinny's at Night, Audubon Circle, Mary Chung, King Fung Garden, Taiwan Cafe.

                  1. gini RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:04 PM

                    For me it's not only well executed meals every time, but also an ability to execute everything on the menu exceptionally well.

                    Trattoria Toscana
                    Gargoyle's
                    Grotto
                    Hong Kong Eatery
                    Taiwan Cafe
                    Buk Kyung

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                      yumyum RE: gini Nov 20, 2006 08:15 PM

                      Yeah, Taiwan Cafe. I've had some misses at other Asian restaurants on your list and others here (although never really BAD meals) but Taiwan Cafe is consistently excellent and I'm always happy I've been.

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                        mdiamond RE: yumyum Nov 20, 2006 08:29 PM

                        Personaly, I feel that Taiwan Cafe is more of a consitently okay place. It is by no means bad, but there are definetly places in chinatown that do certian dishes better, and there are some that do many dishes worse. I would say that a trip to Taiwan Cafe guarantees that what you get will satisfy you, but it will not be exeptional.

                    2. wittlejosh RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:07 PM

                      Also, Dok Bua, in Coolidge Corner

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                        lisa13 RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:19 PM

                        Metropolis Cafe's brunch
                        Neptune Oyster. Food *and* service are always great. I keep fearing the visit when I will walk away disappointed, and it still hasn't happened after more than a dozen visits. I rue the day...

                        1. Bob Dobalina RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:40 PM

                          Vinny's at Night -
                          Neighborhood Restaurant in Somerville for brunch -
                          Dok Bua
                          Oishii
                          Grotto

                          I am going to start the converse topic...places that have disappointed time and again, and yet, incredibly, remain open!

                          Addendum: Apparently the converse topic about restaurants that are "always" bad is not allowed on the board? - (was removed by the moderators). :-|

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                            TheScribe RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 07:58 PM

                            The Fireplace in Brookline.

                            1. anitab RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 08:05 PM

                              Even the best of restaurants have an off night so consistency is hard to find...Having said that, here are my thoughts:

                              India Quality - Kenmore Sq (as the name says, its quality)
                              Stella - S. End (great every time)
                              Orinoco - S. End
                              Petit Robert - Kenmore Sq and S. End
                              El Pelon - Fenway
                              House of Siam - S. End

                              There are a few more but these are my personal favorites and my go-to restaurants. Stella is always a good place to bring out-of-towners - good scene, nice cocktail menu, and great food.

                              By the way, I have to disagree with the "consistently good" review for Giacomo's in the South End - the last few times that I have been to this restaurant, the service has been decidedly sub-par. Food was cold (imagine congealing cream sauce on the pumpkin tortellini or butternut squash ravioli) and/or too greasy (pesto dishes).

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                                RoyRon RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 08:05 PM

                                Here are my choices:

                                Catch Restaurant, Winchester. One of the best places in the entire Boston area for creative and deliciously prepared seafood.

                                Eastern Standard, Boston. Great menu, nice atmosphere and reasonable prices.

                                Sichuan Garden, Woburn. Authentic, well prepared sichuan specialties in a place with much nicer atmosphere than most Chinese restaurants.

                                East Ocean City, Boston. Excellent selction of very fresh (live) seafood. On the pricey side but the food has always been great.

                                Swanton Street Diner, Winchester, Nice little informal pl,ace with a wide variety of dishes all well prepared. Very casual and inexpensive. Great place to go when you don't feel like cooking and everyone can't agree on what they want to eat.

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                                  Northender RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 08:17 PM

                                  Grotto, Prezza, Hammersley's, Artu, Prezza and Antico Forno. Pommodoro was almost on the list - one bad meal out of about ten.

                                  1. finlero RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 08:27 PM

                                    As I started typing, I was intrigued to realize that these weren't necessarily my absolute favorite restaurants (although certainly not too far removed). Three places I've found to be consistently great:

                                    Namaskar
                                    Chez Henri
                                    Dali

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                                      tamerlanenj RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 08:48 PM

                                      India Quality!

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                                        ptrefler RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 10:30 PM

                                        I'll throw my vote in for the East Coast Grill and Hammersly's - also never had a bad meal at Mistral or Rialto in Cambridge - I find it nice to know if you are going to spend money on a meal at least you can count on it being good. Haven't been so fortunate at some of the other "big names."

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                                          ptrefler RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 10:30 PM

                                          I forgot - Bukkara in Jamaica Plain.

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                                            claire ab lani RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 20, 2006 11:09 PM

                                            I live in the suburbs and don't get to dine in the city too often. I was thrilled when Lexx opened (in Lexington) and despite all the negative reviews from other chowhounds, I've never had a truly bad meal there. First of all, it's beautiful. It's the only really stylish and classy restaurant in the entire town. I've found the food to be consistently good, with a few minor exceptions. The service isn't always great, but I've learned to accost the waitstaff for my bill or more water when necessary. I don't mind the wait for the food to arrive, because I feel that part of the dining experience is the conversation---I really dislike eating out alone.

                                            That said, let's talk about the food. It's really good, and slightly below Boston prices. I've eaten at Casablanca once, and the style of the cooking is similar. Lexx's food, compared to Casablanca's, is slightly less fancy, slightly less expensive, and slightly larger in quantity. Not a bad deal, really, for place that's (for me) five minutes away. Their spinach, beet, bacon, and goat cheese salad is delicious. They do a yummy hand-cut fries broiled (I imagine) with blue cheese. They offer draft beers. Their entrees are well-balanced, healthy, and delicious, with plenty of seafood options. Once, I had an Asian noodle stir fry that was better than any "authentic" Asian stir fry I've ever had, and I'm Chinese. And finally, they do an amazing profiterole: cold ice cream, firm pastry, and lovely hot chocolate sauce. Yum.

                                            Anyway, Lexx is the only restaurant where I've chosen to eat at with any regularity, and, although since discovering chowhound.com, I've been neglecting it, instead sampling new eateries galore, I'd still like to give a shout out to what is a very good restaurant in the suburbs with an unfortunately negative reputation on these boards.

                                            1. opinionatedchef RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 04:55 AM

                                              EVOO, Gargoyles, Chez Henri, Sweet Chili (in Arlington),Tremont 647,Casablanca, Sonsie, Mr. Sushi, (Coolidge Corner); Village Fish (Brookline Village).

                                              1. Bob MacAdoo RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 05:37 AM

                                                Antico Forno. Always wonderful food and ambiance. For eight years now and counting.

                                                1. steinpilz RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 11:20 AM

                                                  The places that immediately come to mind are Neptune and Eastern Standard, as mentioned above.

                                                  1. Sal Monella RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 02:37 PM

                                                    Out of the Blue in Davis Sq. has always been consistent and very good. One of the better seafood resto's around town IMHO.

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                                                      Bob Dobalina RE: Sal Monella Nov 21, 2006 03:58 PM

                                                      Except for the time my pasta came with large chunks of raw leek...
                                                      I think maybe you're right if you stick to seafood?

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                                                        BBHound RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 21, 2006 04:51 PM

                                                        I agree with Sal. Have had some very good meals there. But I almost always have seafood.

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                                                          900 ft Jesus RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 21, 2006 05:33 PM

                                                          I know that on off nights the regular chef doesn't do the cooking so perhaps your experience was a "mulligan"?

                                                      2. hotoynoodle RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 04:06 PM

                                                        i'm surprised how many people mentioned radius -- i am always underwhelmed by that place.

                                                        for consistent happiness, i'll agree with hammersley's. every time it slips off my radar, i revisit and am a brand new apoatle.

                                                        also neptune, eastern standard and central kitchen.

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                                                          fenian RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 06:25 PM

                                                          I've gone to Kebab Factory over 10 times without a bad or even average meal. Rod Dee and Blue Ribbon BBQ are other consistent favorites.

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                                                            sophie fox RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 21, 2006 10:12 PM

                                                            I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Bristol - definitely on my short list of best restaurants anywhere.

                                                            I know that there are people here who disagree, but also Blue Ginger.

                                                            I've found Tapeo excellent each time I've been there.

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                                                              cookiezim RE: Dio di Romanese Nov 22, 2006 03:00 PM

                                                              B-Side Lounge in Cambridge never disappoints.

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                                                                Sal Monella RE: cookiezim Nov 22, 2006 04:32 PM

                                                                How could I have forgotten that place? I 2nd your sentiments.

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                                                                  tallullah RE: Sal Monella Dec 4, 2006 09:38 PM

                                                                  I adore the B-Side, it's been "my" place since it opened, but I have to say that when Tomas left to pursue catering it slipped. At that time it was inconsistent and I did have bad meals. Thankfully, it's back to normal.

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                                                                    Chris VR RE: tallullah Dec 4, 2006 10:54 PM

                                                                    Is Tomas working there again?

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                                                                      tallullah RE: Chris VR Jan 26, 2007 02:27 PM

                                                                      Very late response, but he was back at brunch. I'm not sure if that's still the case. I've been hibernating this winter and haven't made it there since my last post.

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                                                                        Chris VR RE: tallullah Jan 26, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                        Thanks for the info. I've been meaning to try to make it to their brunch and now maybe I'll try harder.

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                                                                Gabatta RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 1, 2006 04:17 PM

                                                                Via Matta belongs on this list. Ate at the bar last night, it was outstanding as always.

                                                                1. GretchenS RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 1, 2006 04:35 PM

                                                                  I have eaten at Toraya in Arlington dozens of times and am constantly amazed at how consistently good it is. I agree with others on the Blue Room, Cafe Pollonia and Za as well.

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                                                                    LeoLioness RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 1, 2006 04:40 PM

                                                                    I third (fourth?) Cafe Polonia. One of the best things about winter in Boston is coming out of the cold into that warm, lovely restaurant.

                                                                    While it's obviously never the most exciting food, I always have a solid meal and great service, all in a festive environment, at the Oak Room.

                                                                    1. kparke30 RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 1, 2006 07:00 PM

                                                                      West on Centre in West Roxbury - not a darling of the board but I've never had a bad meal, service always superior IMO

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                                                                        pemma RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 1, 2006 10:55 PM

                                                                        Bistro 5, West Medford. Never fails to surprise and impress.

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                                                                          chowfamily RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 2, 2006 02:01 AM

                                                                          My new favorite is Little Q in Quincy. It is always better than I expect it to be.

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                                                                            tomaneng RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 2, 2006 02:13 AM

                                                                            Never had a bad meal at Pho So 1, Pho Hoa, Lumiere, Sichuan Gourmet, Punjab Cafe, Stone's Public House, Henrietta's Table. Doesn't mean that these are necessarily my favorite places 9though many rank high) but they are all consistently good.

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                                                                              spirit7125 RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 4, 2006 06:27 PM

                                                                              I love L'Espalier for an unforgettable "special" evening out. I enjoy their lack of pretense almost as much as the food. For less pricey & more casual, the Fireplace and Metropolitan Cafe in Brookline and the B-Side lounge in Cambridge.
                                                                              I felt like Italian this weekend and tried an old Cambridge landmark: La Groceria, in Central Square. The homemade oversized Tortelloni Bolognese with a glass of chianti was outstanding. For dessert, Finale.

                                                                              1. Sal Monella RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 4, 2006 06:38 PM

                                                                                La Groceria...blast from the past. I used to there on a weekly basis back in the day (late 80's early 90's) then they must have sold it or put it under new management and the food became very mediocre...then we stopped going altogether. Has the place bounced back??

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                                                                                  Northender RE: Sal Monella Dec 4, 2006 07:33 PM

                                                                                  Was there a couple of years ago and it ws absolutely terrible. Every course and every bite. I used to love this place in the mid '80's and was crushed that it had gone so far downhill as to have dropped into a ravine. Have never been back so don't know if they have turned it around but doubt it based on the fact that none of the posters on this Board have said anything good about it recently.

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                                                                                  jcanncuk RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 4, 2006 09:28 PM

                                                                                  Lumiere - I am always pleasantly surprised just how consistantly fresh and good the food (&service) is. Yum. I love places that change their menu with the seasons (not just the trends!) - Lumiere does this perfectly.

                                                                                  1. mstinawu RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 09:56 AM

                                                                                    You should have added the stipulation that the person must have gone there at least 5 times. =)

                                                                                    1. saridt RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 11:52 AM

                                                                                      Taranta

                                                                                      1. kittychow RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                                        Great question! These places come to mind:

                                                                                        Sel De La Terre
                                                                                        Carmen
                                                                                        East Coast Grill
                                                                                        Eastern Standard
                                                                                        Chez Henri
                                                                                        Prezza
                                                                                        Lindbergh's Crossing (Portsmouth)
                                                                                        Sorriso

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                                                                                          ShelT54 RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 01:47 PM

                                                                                          Village Manor (Dedham), Abbondonza & Joe & Maria's (Norwood), Abe & Louis (Boston), Canestero's (Boston).

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                                                                                            tatamagouche RE: ShelT54 Jan 26, 2007 02:59 PM

                                                                                            You've never had a bad meal at Abe & Louie's? What do you order there? The only think I've ever thoroughly enjoyed there is the Wed. night special, the crispy pork shank.

                                                                                          2. heathermb RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 03:29 PM

                                                                                            Eastern Standard
                                                                                            Davio's
                                                                                            Chez Henri
                                                                                            King Fung Garden
                                                                                            Grotto
                                                                                            Vinny's at Night

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                                                                                              jenniferdines RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 26, 2007 06:22 PM

                                                                                              Le's Vietnamese (formerly Pho Pastuer) in Allston...and I go there almost every Friday night.
                                                                                              Also, Betty's Wok and Noodles Diner in Back Bay.

                                                                                              1. litchick RE: Dio di Romanese Jan 27, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                Top of my list: Oleana. Oleana Oleana Oleana. Awesome every time.

                                                                                                Also: Za, Helmand, Metropolis, Zoe's, Grand Chau Chow Seafood, Oishii, Blue Ribbon, and Pepper Sky Thai.

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                                                                                                  BostonCorkDork RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 18, 2007 04:20 PM

                                                                                                  Petit Robert - Kenmore Square - roasted chicken is always good along with desserts
                                                                                                  Super Fusion - Washington Square - amazing sushi and coconut chicken
                                                                                                  Terramia - North End - open-faced seafood ravioli
                                                                                                  Meritage - Boston Harbor Hotel - best create your own tasting menu

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                                                                                                    Cambridge7 RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 19, 2007 10:22 AM

                                                                                                    East Ocean City, Chinatown...can't miss

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                                                                                                      Scotpaulabear RE: Dio di Romanese Jul 30, 2007 03:41 AM

                                                                                                      Old thread but I wanted to respond to it with two of my faves:

                                                                                                      Mary Chung (Central Square)
                                                                                                      King Fung Garden (aka Brezhnevs for the MIT folk - Chinatown)

                                                                                                      I don't think I have ever been less than totally happy at either of these places - every time I come back to Boston from my present home in Scotland, I have to hit both. They're both an addiction for me... :D

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                                                                                                        Guinness02122 RE: Dio di Romanese Jul 31, 2007 05:34 PM

                                                                                                        Pit Stop BBQ - Dorchester
                                                                                                        C. F. Donovan's - Dorchester
                                                                                                        L'Espelier - Boston (the one and only time I went)
                                                                                                        Peach Farm - Chinatown
                                                                                                        Kingfish Hall - Boston
                                                                                                        The Oak Room - Boston
                                                                                                        Shwarma King - Boston
                                                                                                        Jumbo Seafood - Chinatown
                                                                                                        Santarpio's Pizza - East Boston
                                                                                                        Modern Pastry - North End (not a meal, but great bakery)
                                                                                                        Sam LaGrassa's Sandwich Shop - Boston
                                                                                                        Pho 2000 - Dorchester
                                                                                                        Grill 23 - Boston
                                                                                                        Cinderella's - Cambridge
                                                                                                        Sultan's Kitchen - Boston
                                                                                                        King Fung Garden - Chinatown
                                                                                                        Flour Bakery - Boston (again, not a meal, but great bakery)
                                                                                                        Neptune Oyster - North End
                                                                                                        Ole Mexican Grill - Cambridge
                                                                                                        El Sarape - Braintree
                                                                                                        Siam House - Quincy
                                                                                                        India Samraat - Boston
                                                                                                        Shanti - Dorchester
                                                                                                        Sablone's Veal & Vintage - East Boston (think they're gone now)
                                                                                                        Beachmont Roast Beef - East Boston/Revere line

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                                                                                                          ChickenBrocandZiti RE: Guinness02122 Mar 5, 2008 04:21 AM

                                                                                                          I know your post is old but I must reply.
                                                                                                          CF Donovans has fallen off to the point that I really have a hard time commiting to meals there. Last week I played it safe and ordered the steak tips, temp wrong and completely flavorless. Worthless dining experience.
                                                                                                          Flour in the South End has been placed on my banned list. The pastrys are good but the service is terrible. This place has some serious efficiancy problems. I waited 45 minutes for a roast beef sandwich last weekend and when I returned home with it I was underwhelmed. It lacked meat and the meat it did have was far too overcooked to be used as roast beef.

                                                                                                        2. opinionatedchef RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 4, 2008 10:51 PM

                                                                                                          EVOO, Gargoyle's, Tremont 647, Union , Sushi Island

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                                                                                                            SSqwerty RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 5, 2008 05:27 AM

                                                                                                            More kudos for King Fung, Eastern Standard and Oishi. Also Great Bay, Auduban Circle, Selde Terre, Meritage and the late lamented Le Soir.

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                                                                                                              Stride RE: SSqwerty Mar 5, 2008 10:57 AM

                                                                                                              I would add Muqueca - this may be an old thread, but Muqueca's been good since the thread started!

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                                                                                                              alanb RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 5, 2008 10:59 AM

                                                                                                              Union, Clio, Hungry i (is it still open?), Hamersley's, Icarus

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                                                                                                                nasilemak RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 5, 2008 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                Thai Moon in Arlington, Sapporo Ramen in Porter Square, Wangs's and The Blue Room.

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                                                                                                                  polias RE: Dio di Romanese Mar 6, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                  Diva in Davis Square
                                                                                                                  Gourmet India in Coolidge Corner (for those omg-gotta-have-vast-quantities-of-Indian-NOW moments)
                                                                                                                  Soundbites
                                                                                                                  and though this may get me banned from the boards, when I need a good, Italian-style pizza (nothing against Greek, but it never hits the spot the way Italian does), Bertucci's. Consistent, and always very, very tasty.

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