Boston Foodie Destinations
I am visiting Boston from NYC and looking for some restaurants to dine in that are more about the food than the hype. You know, those places where the chef is just on the verge of breaking out and making a name for themselves, where there is not a big PR push and the buzz becomes more important than the food. Thanks.
Grain and Salt, Allston for Indian food, mostly Punjabi, and some Mughal/Pakistani
Shanghai Gate, Allston for Shanghainese, especially the appetizers
Cafe Baraka, Central Sq., for North African, order the squab bastilla 36 hrs in advance
The Daily Catch, North End for squid ink pasta aglio olio
Taqueria Mexico, Brookline - for lengua/tongue tacos and one of the finest horchata in the area
While these places are certainly more about the food than the hype, they may not be exactly what you're looking for, because the chefs will likely never break out and make a name for themselves. The reason is that they don't do any PR, there isn't any hype, and the mainstream media wouldn't necessarily consider them as worthy, but there's skill and technique in the cooking.
Request is kind of generic but basically search for one of MC Slim JB's recent posts and you're sure to get a fanastic list :-) Rendezvous in Central Square gets a lot of good reports. Also in this category is Rialto (Harvard Square), Franklin Cafe (South End), Eastern Standard (Kenmore Sq).
I'll say that Garden at the Cellar (not far from there) was a real disappointment and hardly worth a trip from NYC.