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So what restaurants do live up to the hype??

LOVE the other topic, so thought I'd post the alter topic. What restaurants in the boston area do you think actually do live up to the hype? I know the answer is probably none of them, but all the same, humor me. . .

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  1. The places where I've thought I'd died and gone to heaven, consistently, are:

    Mamma Maria
    Prezza
    Mike's Pastry
    Pizzeria Regina
    Kimball's (ice cream)

    It's a good thing I don't live in the North End. I've had great meals and great dishes at other places, but I've never been anything but swept off my feet at these.

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    1. re: pollystyrene

      Well, at least on this board, most of the hype for Mike's is bad!

      1. re: Blumie

        That wasn't the question, nor do I think that I've seen a consensus that Mike's is "bad" - and I agree with pollystyrene that Mike's lives up to the "hype" - ricotta pie is the best I've had.

        1. re: sophie fox

          Actually it was the question: what restaurants live up to the hype? But the question presumes that the hype is good, and the consensus (albeit not universal) is that Mike's is just ok. (My calling it "bad" is an overstatement.) That you and pollystrene like it is great; nothing wrong with that at all. It's just that Mike's does not get a lot of favorable hype on this board.

          1. re: Blumie

            get off the beaten path and head for bova's! it's the best cannoli you'll ever put in your mouth and the ricotta pie!!! you'll never find anyone from the north end at mike's b/c they're on salem st. at bova's bakery.

            1. re: b12s12

              Gotta respectfully disagree with you on this one. While I am no fan of Mike's either, the best cannoli and ricotta pie may be foud at the Modern or Maria's.

              1. re: b12s12

                I prefer the cannolis at Modern, but I tend to go to Bova's more often because they are open 24/7, and they do have some other items I really like (Italian cookies, cakes, pizza, etc.).

      2. For me, based on the past year or two:

        Central Kitchen
        Toro
        Neptune Oyster
        Christina's Ice Cream
        Eastern Standard (especially the bar)
        Catch
        King Fung Garden (Chinatown location)
        Maria's (bakery - North End - but is there really hype?)
        Pizzeria Regina

        1. I have never been disapointed with the following:

          O Ya (yes it is actually worth the price)
          Sorrellina
          Mr. Bartleys
          Charlie's Sandwich for Breakfast (M-F; Sat is another story)
          Pizzeria Regina (2nd)
          Christina's (2nd)

          1. Another vote for Central Kitchen... and we were very pleased with Troquet.

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