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Oct 4, 2007 06:01 AM


I'm coming down to Boston next weekend with my Wife and am looking to check out some great Boston food places. Here is what I'm looking for:

- Cafes - dean & deluca-esque, but with better tasting food.

- Fine Food Stores - the types of places with 15 types of honey and 20 different types of olive oil.

- Restaurants - solid places, nothing trendy or too new, something that everybody loves and will be around for years. nothing with the word fusion or asian-inspired.

- Anyplace great to eat near Cambridge or Northshore. Anything from a great burger to a nice brunch.

I want to hear about the places that make Bostonians proud.

Thanks for all your help.

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      1. I'm tempted to ignore any post whose title and/or body is typed in ALL-CAPS, since I don't like the feeling of being shouted at. The word "foodie" gets up some people's noses here, too (especially if you're Jim Leff). But you sound like you need some help.

        I gave you my ideas on "cool" places to dine last week, so here are some shopping ideas:

        Produce, groceries: Russo's in Watertown. A temple. Worship there.

        High-end meat, groceries: Savenor's in Beacon Hill.

        Asian groceries: Super 88 in South Bay. Big, roomy, modern, clean, well laid out, good signs in English. An aisle full of kitchenware and dinnerware, too. Better yet, hit the one in Packard's Corner, Allston, which has the same virtues, plus an excellent food court. Banh mi at Pho Viet, or maybe a bowl of Ken's Ramen for a cheap, awesome lunch.

        Cheese, salumi, charcuterie, various gourmet groceries: South End Formaggio. Leave lots of time if you're going on a weekend; lines are long for the cheese/meats counter in back. A tiny, jam-packed little place. Parking nearby is tough. Its elder sibling in Huron Village offers about the same mix of stuff, with the same parking/lines issues on weekends.

        Italian groceries, cheese, salumi -- Salumeria Italiana in the North End. Good selection of oils and vinegars. If you get to the neighborhood, also consider a trip to J Pace (more groceries) and Fresh Cheese (um, cheese).

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          If you go to Formaggio on Huron in Cambridge on Saturday you can also have their BBQ for lunch - search this board and you'll see recent reviews.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            The mother ship, the original Formaggio in Cambridge is MUCH better then the SE branch. Selection is 5 X as good. And as Heather said below the BBQ lunch is worth the trek alone. Nearby you also have Iggy's and Hi-Rise.

            Also, on the etiquette front, assuming that the original post is actually of interest to ALL BOSTON FOODIES is also a bit of a stretch. How about: "Help finding some gourmet food sources a la Dean and Deluca?"

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Yeah, original Formaggio has MUCH more selection than SE Formaggio; only go to the latter if the former is simply out of the question logistically.

          2. On the fine food front - Formaggio Kitchen is a must, of course, but I would suggest Pemberton Farms on Mass Ave in Cambridge (about ten minutes from there by car). It's smaller, the cheese, etc. options aren't amazing, but the shelf-stable stuff is really good, and they put a lot of effort into finding local/regional stuff. So if you want raw honey from JP or smoked mussels from Maine or locally made jams or pickles you won't find anywhere else, it's a great stop. And just down the block is Capone's, which has an amazing selection of excellent olive oils and other Italian specialties.

            1. For cafe-esque rec - I'd say Garden of Eden in the South End or Franklin Street Cafe. Both very charming and in the lovely South End of Boston. Enjoy!

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              1. re: bostonfoodie111

                Note that that's the Franklin Cafe; it's on Shawmut Ave.

                  1. re: bostonfoodie111

                    Sure: it would be no fun to be endlessly circling the Financial District looking for a place that isn't there!

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Seriously - NOT The best place to get lost in Boston. :) Cheers. :)

                      1. re: bostonfoodie111

                        i second the above and would add Wilson Farms as a pleasant destination and very New England - i'd have breakfast at Town Diner and maybe shop right there at our wonderful armenian groceries such as Severn and Arax