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Sultana Bakery, Angela's Cafe, Re-tamale Restaurant, A&L Bakery, Cafe 303

limster Sep 29, 2007 10:29 PM

All East Boston:

Sultana Bakery, Maverick Sq.

A basic flan slice, just the right sweetness, pretty dense, but a little cornstratchy in texture rather than the gorgeous "chewy" rich density that I like most (Alex's Chimis is current my favourite for that).

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Angela's Cafe

See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439520

This is a serious mole poblano -- sweet spicy bitter in harmony with notes of peppery smokiness, nutty flavours, earthy, complex and deep. It's a plate wiper. Handmade corn tortillas come in handy here. Sides of fluffy rice and decent refried beans (could use a lot more lard here imho). Probably be back soon to score the sopa de tortilla and tinga. The ceviche tostada looked good too. Keep eye out on the specials board.

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Re-Tamale Restaurant

A 2 month old Colombian place on Chelsea street between Gove and Paris Place (roughly halfway between Santarpio's and Maverick Sq) on the North side of the street. A small menu, meat heavy as per the cuisine. They make their own morcilla/blood sausage. Tried the chicken tamale -- soft masa, very chickeny, with peas and carrots, evocative of a chicken pot pie -- very enjoyable. Definitely worth checking out and digging deeper.

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A&L Bakery

A cannolo shell like everyone elses in the North End. Good filling, chalky, a little like Mari's version but less lumpy and vanilla-ey and slight softer. Good stuff and can hold its own to the North End favourites.

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Cafe 303

Came across this place on the way to A&L. A new cafe with pretty good espresso - nice crema, robust roasty body, a decent finish without too much acidity. Comes with a little cookie from Bindi with a light cocoa flavour that I enjoyed.

They serve breakfast and lunch, sandwiches and salads, as well as a number of pastries.

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  1. yumyum RE: limster Sep 30, 2007 09:12 AM

    I have to get to Angela's -- thanks for posting. I missed the first heads-up earlier this month. Mmmmmmmmmole!

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      hellohi1968 RE: yumyum Oct 2, 2007 01:37 PM

      I moved to Eastie a month ago and have yet to explore. I live off of Meridian St and go to Taco Mania at least once a week. The pickled vegetables they have on the tables in the dining room are addictive, very hot but not hot enough that you wont go back for fourths! You can get 3 soft corn tortilla tacos for 5.95. Great bargain. The chicken tamales are fantastic as well and only 1.95. I will try Anna's out ASAP

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        yumyum RE: hellohi1968 Oct 2, 2007 01:52 PM

        You're really lucky ... East Boston has such good food to explore. I recommend looking through limster's posts on the area ... he's done more hounding than any of the rest of us in your hood. Search on "Rincon Limeno" for a start.

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          MC Slim JB RE: hellohi1968 Oct 2, 2007 02:09 PM

          It would be great to have another Hounding Eastie local on the board. I hope you keep exploring and posting, hellohi1968.

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            limster RE: hellohi1968 Oct 3, 2007 02:44 PM

            I haven't had a chance to follow this up yet, but someone recently suggested the beef empanadas at Mr Pollo Mario on Bennington. Thought I'd pass it along. It's next on my list.

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          millo612 RE: limster Oct 1, 2007 09:22 PM

          Re tamales the best colombian food, like my grandmother Kitchen. everyone should try it.

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            fredid RE: limster Oct 2, 2007 09:15 PM

            Here's a map, with details on a T shortcut:

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            Angela's Cafe
            131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

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