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Jan 11, 2007 01:44 PM

I want to get FAT on my birthday dinner!

I need your suggestions of where to have fun, get fat, and wear elastic-waist pants. I am thinking about having 10 or so of my borderline-alcoholic friends in their late-20s meet up for my birthday dinner.

One thought that came to mind was a Brazilian Churrascaria (BBQ) in Allston - am I thinking of Green Field? In DC they have Fogo de Chao on Pennsylvania Avenue which was excellent and so I am hoping Boston has something similar. Any recommendations on this place?

I also encourage other ideas too. Just remember, elastic-waist-pants-friendly, please.

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  1. Well, there's Vinny T's (formerly Vinny Testa's), in several locations. Not the best Italian by a long shot but seriously massive portions.

    And yes, you're thinking of Green Field.

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    1. re: BobB

      No offense but Vinny T's are really quite awful. Bad food disguised with too much garlic. Maggiano's (near thePark Plaza, Boston) has a better quality family style all you can eat concept at a similar price range. For brazilian, how about Midwest Grill on Cambridge street (cambridge)

      1. re: gourmaniac

        Maggianos was my thought too, definitely a belly-buster and a festive atmosphere.

      1. re: tamerlanenj

        Yeah, Kowloon has the unabashed kitch factor that inspires groups to be loud and silly and festive and not talk about whatever diet cult they currently belong to.

        1. re: bee

          plus you cant beat one of those pupus for massive calories!

          1. re: tamerlanenj

            Just don't order the flaming Ambrosia at Kowloon unless you plan on eating the whole thing there. I took half of mine home a couple of months ago, put it in the fridge, and the next morning the Ambrosia's chicken fingers were in suspended animation within a transparent block of congealed duck sauce. It looked like some kind of fossil you might find in Montana or something.

      2. Yes, that would be Green Field in Allston. Probably a good restaurant for you guys. It is the perfect place to say, "So long, belt!" and dig in to thousands of calories of meats and side dishes. They have nearly every kind of meat you can imagine, and sides such as yucca, yams, beans, collard greens, fried bananas, and rice.

        The yucca is excellent, as are the fried bananas, but I'd concentrate more on the various meats. I really like the prime rib, pork loin, and lamb there.

        It's definitely the type of place where you will need a crowbar to get you out of your chair at the end of the meal. And all that for a shade under $20 (plus drinks)!

        1. Thinking one price buffets, you could hit Minado in Natick for all-you-can-stand sushi and Asian foods. I went about a year ago and it was really not a bad deal. Super casual too - elastic sweatpants welcome.

          1. Another thought along the same lines would be Tango, an argentine restaurant in Arlington -- go for the parilla and enjoy the meat fest...