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Boston Article in American Airlines Magazine - Thoughts?

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I have to say I was a little surprised by the random choices in this article. While I recognize the quality of the establishments that they list, I'd hardly say that this sums up the "Best of Boston" or gives a good representation of the city's dining options. (Granted, airline magazines aren't known for their top-notch investigative journalism.... but c'mon!) Any opinions?


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  1. Hm, surprisingly passable. Subtract Ming Tsai and his contribution (the awful awful Sapporo Ramen), and everything is good (tho Forest Cafe seems like kind of a lukewarm destination to include on this sort of list).

    Yeah, not really a representative summary of course.

    1. boo to forest cafe, but other than that everything else is pretty ho hum (at least the places I have been to on the list). Im pretty sure there are way better (or no other) options in boston

      1. NWA World Traveler mag also featured Boston restos: Pops, Neptune Oyster & Rendezvous favorably: http://www.nwaworldtraveler.com/ME2/d...

        1. I think it's now safe to say that the no name restaurant isn't a hidden gem anymore. At least they didn't write about the omni parker house and boston creme pie, that always seems to be the number one topic when it comes to boston food.

          1. Folks, we've removed some off topic posts. if you'd like to offer your opinions on the restaurants reviewed, we welcome those posts here. However, if you'd like to discuss the article itself- author, methodology, dependability of airline journalists, etc., please start a new thread on the Food Media and News board. Thanks.

            1. Interesting. Solid article. I'm surprised the article didn't name restaurants along the lines of Ye Olde Oyster House, Elephant Walk, and Changsho. Not that the latter two are awful, but they're more along the lines of what non-food people would be impressed by.

              Of the restaurants I've been to, I mostly agree with the article. Floating Rock is a memorable treat. Neptune Oyster's raw bar is too.

              The food at Forest Cafe is erratic, but I'm going to make a bold statement: There is no better luncheon value in all of Boston. The last two times I've eaten lunch there, I've been taken aback by the quality of the seafood and the complexity of the flavors I'm getting for $7 or so.

              For the most part, I think the food at the Porter Exchange is overhyped and low quality. Instead, I would recommended the food court at the 88 Supermarket. Sapporo Ramen is the only place I haven't been--I'm not really into noodle soups.

              Santarpio's is cool. I would have mentioned Pizzeria Regina instead, but OK.

              Blue Ribbon BBQ is very good but random. Hmmm...I'm craving their tangy habanero sauce.

              1. Neptune Oyster, Floating Rock, Lucky House, No-Name, Forest Café, Sapporo Ramen, Japonaise Bakery, Blue Ginger, Santarpio’s Pizza, Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q. An odd selection for an overview of the Boston dining scene, though I suppose you could do a lot worse coming from New York. It's not as completely brain-dead as some outsider perspectives I've seen.

                The author is an editor for the online food section of New York magazine, and is a "specialist" in burgers (purportedly eats them 4-5x/week). He might have benefited from spending some more time on this board instead of taking pointers from Ming Tsai.