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Please post one NEW chowish find

I'm beginning to feel like the spin cycle on a washing machine - all the same places keep getting hashed and rehashed.

Let's keep the board fresh! Please post one brand new chowish find OR a favorite that doesn't get any play on the board.

Examples: it would be uncool to talk about Iggy’s or Prezza.

I'll start. The espresso at Petsi's isn't ever talked about and it's darn good, depending on who pulls it. They use Terroir beans and really take care of the entire process. We already know how great their baked goods are, but I quite like their espresso too.

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  1. Here's another: the grilled cheese sandwich at True Grounds is really excellent.

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    1. re: gini

      How odd. I just had that grilled cheese 20 minutes ago. Melted cheeses (Gorgonzola swiss and something else) on rye with tomato. So good.

      1. re: yumyum

        I *think* the third cheese is Provolone. And it is sooo good! I get it on sourdough b/c I like the added tanginess.

        1. re: yumyum

          That sounds somewhat like the 3-cheese (cheddar, swiss and muenster?) grilled cheese on rye at Verrill Farms in Concord. Also very good!

      2. Great topic!

        Not sure if this counts as new, but certainly light on air play: love the prepared foods available from Formaggio. Saffron-braised fennel, coconut rice pudding, it's all the things a snotty Camberville yuppie [shuffling feet, looking shifty] would make at home if he had the time.

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        1. re: finlero

          Along the same lines, Formaggio also has great soups and mini sandwiches. The mini sandwiches are usually only on Sundays for $3 a piece. The paninis are pretty good too.

          Also, throughout the weekday, there may be cheese sandwiches that can be grilled on the press (also $3). The cheese in these sandwiches are leftover cheese bits so they always taste different. Beware though if they are served on bagels. One time I got a cheese bagel and it turnout out to be cinammon raison. yuck.

            1. re: beetlebug

              not to mis-lead people- but get your facts --str-8!!-- the ''mini' sandwiches are offered on SATURDAYS-[ same price on sunday-- and sometimes not offered at all]-- and are mostly- 'reuben-ish' types...$5 each--- get 3 for 2 people and you are good-- and BTW--- a cinnamon/raison bagel is APPROPRIATE for a cheese match-- up
              these are much better $$s them you will get or hi-rise[so delicious tho]

          1. The food at Goody Glover's is pretty good and under-appreciated. That said, there are a lot of better places close by (Neptune, etc.).

            I think we actually DO find excellent holes-in-the-wall here (Angela's, Villa Mexico, Romano's Pizza for Mexican, any number of places), but then fixate on them. But until something else comes along, what's a Hound to do?

            Hmm, just noticed that most of our "finds" lately have been Mexican. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Bob, I think that we do a great job finding new places too! I'm just hoping to encourage 'hounds to write in about places that don't get a lot of air play. And there's definitely nothing wrong with Mexican.

            2. Not sure that this is a find, exactly, but my favorite thing that I've eaten out lately is 2 different Brussels sprouts dishes.

              At Washington Square Tavern they are shredded, tender, and sweet. $3.50 as a side. At Green Street, they are left whole and nicely browned. Not quite as sweet and tasty as WST, but get points for being served with bacon. Lots of bacon. In fact, I would say it's about a 3:2 ratio of sprouts to big chunks of thick crispy bacon. $5 for these.

              I would welcome recommendations for other places to get tasty Brussels sprouts.

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              1. re: maillard

                I think Joanie recently posted about them at Green St and they sounded quite good.

                1. re: gini

                  I did just have those on Mon. and another good brussel sprouts dish at Toro last week.

                  In the Indian vein below, I think the samosas at the store a couple doors down from the Corrib on Harvard St. are good, a $1 now I think. I'm hoping to say later on that Sasso is surprisingly good, will see in a few hours.

                2. re: maillard

                  brussel sprouts at Sorriso - roasted with pancetta and grana OMG so good, but def. not healthy. Next I would get them to toss that with some fresh pasta. mmmmmm.

                  1. re: MB fka MB

                    So true, these are soooo good! Something tells me that they just might be willing to toss with pasta. Brilliant idea! I'm on a mission.

                    1. re: kittychow

                      Brussel sprouts sauteed in duck fat. (Stole the idea from a certain restaurant). Amazing.

                3. Someone else posted this find originally.

                  The tuna tartare deviled eggs at Gargoyles. These are virtually identical to the ones from the former Dedo.

                  1. Despite the annoying clientele, the shaky service and the hi prices, I really like the coffee and coffee products at Hi Rise Bakery. The oatmeal is also delicious as is their sausage and lentil soup.

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                    1. re: beetlebug

                      "annoying clientele"....? whether that applies to me or not, their breads and cakes are quite wonderful, thick but spongy, and their cashew chicken sandwich is delish!

                      1. re: cassis

                        I recently indulged in the "Sin Sandwich" and can't recommend it highly enough. It's like a brioche French toast sandwich with chocolate and nutella as the filling and dusted with powdered sugar.


                    2. Ok, here's a surprising one: the calamari at Rustic Kitchen, served with fresh (not pickled) sliced jalapenos, is really good. They often top it with too much aioli, so you've got to tell them to go easy (or hold) the aioli. Their pizzas aren't too bad either, particularly if, like me, you ask them to take some of the same sliced jalapenos and add them to the pizza.

                      Most of the rest of the menu is best avoided.

                      1. ever try the indian snacks and take out shop in the back of the shalimar spice, sari, & video store in central square. my fave is cheese pakora which contains a spicy mint chutney sandwhich in between 2 slices of paneer and then battered & fried. not for the diet squeamish but oh so tasty !

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                        1. re: mr mangia

                          That's one of my favorite places to stop for a treat after the central square farmer's market in season! Thanks for the reminder!

                          1. re: mr mangia

                            The paneer pakora at Kashish in Belmont is similar. My extremly picky, not-at-all chowish 7 year old loves them, and has been willing to try all the paneer based menu items as well (shahi paneer, chana paneer, paneer naan, etc). Quite a breakthrough - now his favorite place to go out for dinner. This is a nice local indian spot - white tablecloths, but friendly service,

                            1. re: tdaaa

                              great to note. i had not heard of kashish before. if you ever get to davis square you should try the paneer dosa at namaskar. the panner and the potato filling are all rolled up in their crispy lentil flour crepes. yum.

                              1. re: tdaaa

                                I recently at at Kashish for the first time after seeing a Kollywood film in Belmont. I really enjoyed the naan and the Achari Aloo (Whole Baby potatoes, pan roasted with fresh mixed pickle, onions, tomatoes and fresh spices). We also had a lamb dish that was nice, but I can't remember the name of.

                                1. re: gini

                                  Kashish's tandoor items are really good. I particularly enjoy their chicken tandoor more than any other area Indian restaurant that I have tried. When they first opened, they did a rack of lamb tandoor which was fabulous, but they have been 'out' for the past three years. The spice mix in the rice is always good as well.

                                  1. re: gini

                                    there are so many indian places to choose from in this area. kind of reminds me of where i grew up in nj ! i am partial to namaskar in davis for both quality & convenience sake. their buffet is way better than diva's next store which most gringos seem to like. i will try kashish soon as it sounds good too.

                              2. Right in the middle of Union Square, in that big, horrible looking building that used to be "Barrister's Hall" is a Brazilian market. At the counter, they sell, warm, doughy, cheese-bread balls (I'm not a Portuguese speaker, but I think it's "pao de queijo"?). They're yummy (and only a quarter apiece if I remember right).

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                                1. re: franksnbeans

                                  This actually reminds me that there are any number of ethnic bakeries still flying under the radar all around town.

                                  I'm particularly intrigued by some of the Brazilian bakeries around MacGoun Square in Somerville. Others include La Cascia's in South Medford (I still say they make the best Sicilian slice in town), and La Contessa in Eastie, to name a few.

                                  1. re: finlero

                                    I'm curious about those Brazilian bakeries around Magoun Square. I drive through there just about every morning and am tempted to stop and try something for breakfast, though absolutely NO familiarity with Brazilian baked goods. Any recommendations?


                                    1. re: BJK

                                      franksnbeans' pao de queijo rec is a great one, as is his description of them as "warm, doughy, cheese-bread balls".

                                      Like so many baked goods, they're especially delicious and addictive when still warm.

                                2. The Mee Krob Tom Yum on the lunch menu (only?) at Tamarind House, the Thai place on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter, is fantastic. Spicy and hot with crunchy noodles with ground chicken. One of those spicy dishes that I'll break out in a sweat half-way through and eat every bite until the bowl is dry.

                                  1. Great idea- I have been thinking the same thing- discussions recirculating - a little tires sometimes. Unfortunately, I don't have a contribution except that I have been wondering about a place mentioned in last Sunday's Globe Magazine about the "best of the new" that sounds like a real out of the way place and a find. Off the Boat Seafood in East Boston- apparently has great fresh seafood and Italian dishes like "fusilli marchi" and "zuppa Vincenzo" both Italian seafood dishes. Has anoyone been?? Address is 26 Porter Street.

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                                    1. re: emilief

                                      Larry's Fish Market
                                      26 Porter St. (cross = Bennington)

                                      1. re: Taralli

                                        ??? Are you saying that Larry's is the same as Off the BoatSeafood?? Have you been there and if so what can you tell us about it??

                                    2. The boneless duck web feet with pickled turnips at Hong Kong eatery.

                                      1. I just had Alive and Kickin's lobster salad sandwich. It was pretty good. It comes on toasted white bread with a sesame crust and a perfect ratio of mayo to lobster. There are really no big chunks of lobster (like Neptune), but they fill the sandwich up none the less. $13

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                                        1. re: CityPork

                                          Drats, it's got sesame? I'm deathly allergic to sesame seeds and I'd been itching (no pun intended) to try a lobster sandwich from A&K!

                                        2. Don't tell anyone, but La Siesta in Winthrop Center is (IMO) outstanding. I'll be giving a more detailed post on it as soon as I can come up for air...

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                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                            I'm excited to hear more about this place after posting about it recently: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/462669

                                            1. re: gini

                                              I finally got around to posting something on it yesterday:


                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                Thanks to your recommendations my husband and I got takeout from La Siesta on Friday night. It was outstanding. We ordered the Tres Taco plate, Enchiladas Suiza and Carnitas. All were outstanding and we had leftovers for my husband's lunch on Saturday. A real find in Winthrop and we'll definitely be back.

                                                1. re: meg1641

                                                  I'm glad to hear that you had as good an experience at La Siesta as we did there. I'm looking forward to going back in March, once they complete their expansion.

                                          2. I've gotten quite addicted to Whole Food's prepared curried chicken salad (River Street is best, with cashews and raisins). I'm also very happy with Michael's Deli fatty pastrami. Afraid I'll have to ding Haru Sushi - giant, bland and unappealing, precut (no special cuts for sashimi) fish portions in a deservedly empty restaurant.

                                            1. "Thai-style" food at S&I Thai in Allston. It takes some convincing if you're not a Thai speaker, but if you succeed, the food is very authentic-tasting (to me), right up there with Rod Dee and Dok Bua at similar prices.

                                              For some reason, this place eluded Chowhound radar. I actually got steered to it by (gulp) Yelpers.

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                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                Slim, I live in Allston and I don't even know where this place is! Is it, like, over in that stretch by Reef Cafe? Maybe in that spot that had the Japanese place that was apparently abandoned overnight?

                                                A bit of a moot point because Allstonian doesn't care for Thai, but I might be interested in a new lunch spot.

                                                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                  I never noticed S&I, either, and it's practically next door to Reef Cafe, a place I like a lot. It's been there for four years, so it's not the same space as the now-defunct Sumi, if that's the Japanese place you mean (they were yakitori specialists with a fatal lack of a beer/wine license). On several visits for a Phoenix review, I was the only non-Thai-speaking customer in the place.

                                              2. The Moody Chef (drunken noodles) at Tip Top Thai in Teele Sq. This place doesn't get a lot of chow recommendations, but I come back just for this dish. The rest of the menu is hit or miss, but the Moody Chef with pork is a tasty pile of greasy (in a good way) rice noodles, peppery pork, and lots of chili heat.

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                                                1. re: bobot

                                                  2nd that. I like the non-fish noodle soups too but they didn't have any of them my last 3 visits. Any sightings? (Not that I dislike the seafood soup, just kind of tired of it, and it's not what it once was.)

                                                2. The tasty, inexpensive, family-run Antonio's Cucina Italiana on Cambridge Street near MGH. The sauteed escarole appetizer is garlic heaven, the amatriciana is really spicy and chock full of pancetta, the meatballs are tender and savory, and the carbonara will kill you. But you'll die happy.

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                                                  1. re: Notorious EMDB

                                                    "the carbonara will kill you. But you'll die happy." HA!!! Loved that line. Thanks.

                                                    1. re: yumyum

                                                      It actually reminds Inman Square's not-too-distant good old days.

                                                      In the window of Jae's: Eat at Jae's, live forever!

                                                      Next door, in the window of ECG/Dixie BBQ: Eat here, die happy!

                                                    2. re: Notorious EMDB

                                                      I LOVE Antonio's. Used to go there all the time when MrLit was working in the area. Terrific Chicken & Eggplant, and MrLit swears by the gnocchi and spinach ravs.

                                                    3. I had a delicous sausage pizza from Nappi Meats + Groceries in Medford. Nappi makes their own sausages from scratch. The pizza maker took the sausage meat right from the meat grinder. You can't get any fresher sausage than that. A large sausage pizza is only $9.95. The pizza crust and sauce was very good. They put plenty of cheese on the pizza too. I also got a meatball sub at Nappi. The meatballs were very good and homemade. The sub rolls come from A. Boschetto's Bakery in the North End of Boston. I saw the bread delivery guy come in when I was waiting for my food.

                                                      Nappi Meats & Groceries
                                                      370 Salem Street Route 60, Medford, MA 02155

                                                      1. Everyone talks about the tiger tears from Floating Rock in Revere, but I really like the Cambodian Style Pad Thai, which is steamed instead of stir fried, and it comes with pickled cucumbers and hard boiled egg (plus all the other pad thai stuff like radish, boiled bean sprouts, peanuts, etc). It's lighter and sweeter.

                                                        1. This place has been there for ages, but I never stopped in before today, and a search just now tells me it has never actually been mentioned here: Pizzanini at Washington and Comm Ave in Brighton.

                                                          I'm on that block quite a bit, because the Whole Foods across the street is the easiest to get to from my house, but I had always dismissed this place partially because it's tiny enough that I assumed it was all takeaway and partially because of its genuinely awful, awful name. But a slice sounded good, and I figured how bad could it be?

                                                          In fact, it's got a perfectly nice, comfy seating area, and it's considerably more posh inside than I expected. Looking at the menu, I saw a lot of things that I'm certain are mediocre to awful, but I was intrigued by the extensive list of calzones. There are about a dozen in all, and as I looked over the descriptions, I realized to my delight that their calzones didn't have ricotta in them.

                                                          You have to realize, my first exposure to the calzone came around 1985, when I was a high school sophomore and a place on University Ave in Lubbock next to the Texas Tech campus opened called One Guy From Italy. For the next three or four years, I ate on average at least one or two calzones from One Guy per week, a foot-long half-moon of mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, onions and peppers baked in to this day one of the most satisfying pizza doughs I've ever had. No sauce (you could ask for a cup on the side if you wanted -- I didn't want) and no ricotta. When I went out into the world as a young man and discovered that in most places, calzones came with big scoops of bland ricotta inside -- or worse, were cut in half and then topped with a ladleful of too-sweet, too-thin pizza sauce -- I lost my taste for them. Aside from the spinach and cheese ones at Umberto, never even touch the things anymore.

                                                          So I looked at the descriptions again and asked a key question: "Is your Italian sausage in slices or is it crumbled?" When he answered "crumbled," I ordered a small All-Dressed calzone plus Italian sausage. (So that's Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers and mozzarella...had I thought about it, I would have added black olives too, but whadaya gonna do?)

                                                          What got brought to my table about 15 minutes later was a metal pizza plate topped with a "holy crap, this is the SMALL?"-sized crescent moon of dough that was blistered and charred to blackness at certain points. Also a pie server with a cutting edge (the top had been cracked with its blade at three points after it came out of the oven, to vent the molten interior), and, to my shock and delight, a small plastic cup of pizza sauce. I hacked off one section to be sure, and indeed, the calzone had been cooked without sauce, as -- to my mind -- it should be. (The descriptions on the calzones include sauce as an ingredient, so I had assumed it would be cooked inside in the lame pizza-folded-in-half style and had just hoped there wouldn't be much. The lid stayed on the container throughout.)

                                                          As for the taste: well, it's not One Guy From Italy, but I'm not 15 either. No calzones will ever taste that good again. (Although I took Allstonian there a few years ago, and to her amazement, she agreed that they were indeed just about the best calzones she had ever had, so it's not just hometown nostalgia on my part.) The crust was thin but with a nice chew, the ingredients were flavorful -- especially the sausage, so I'm glad I got that -- and the balance between cheese, veggie, meat and dough was just exactly right. At $9 plus tax, it cost more than three of the banh mi I normally get if I'm eating lunch out, but after the workweek I've had, I deserved a treat, and this definitely was. I was in such a good mood that after I finished shopping at Whole Foods, I walked all the way home with a spring in my step instead of catching the streetcar. Which was probably a good idea after eating that whole thing anyway.

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                                                          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                            Can't even figure out what you were plugging here...????

                                                            1. re: StriperGuy

                                                              It says right there in the first sentence: Pizzanini at Washington and Comm Ave in Brighton.

                                                            2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                              A calzone with no ricotta? Who wants a calzone without creamy gorgeous ricotta.

                                                              1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                That would be me. I have never in my life had a good calzone that involved ricotta.

                                                                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                    You know I just had a great idea...what about a calzone with mascarpone and mozzarella? That could be divine.

                                                              2. Kettle Chips....Buffalo Bleu flavor

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                                                                1. re: catsmeow

                                                                  Curry Flavored baked chips from Archer Farms, which I've only found at the south bay center Target

                                                                  1. re: marilees

                                                                    Archer Farms is Target's house brand. Actually, all the chips I've tried of theirs have been quite tasty.

                                                                    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                      sorry, I meant I haven't found the curry flavored ones at other Target stores in the area. You're right - they have some pretty interesting flavors like Wasabi and Jamaican Jerk !

                                                                2. Well, it's a little bit out of the city but if any of you ever come or drive by Concord, MA. There's a new place called Farfalle Italian Market (farfalleitalianmarket.com) and it is wonderful! It's a lunch / take-out type of place (with a small market), with a strong emphasis on quality ingredients and refining simple Italian dishes. You rarely see a take-out / lunch place put so much effort into their offerings. Their grilled panini are excellent and a daily fixture. They prepare specials every day and every thing I've been served has been outstanding. The place is filled with Italian recipe books, which is kind of unusual but cool at the same time.

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                                                                  1. re: kelly001


                                                                    Where is Farfalle? I live on the Concord side of Waltham, so would love to know about this place.

                                                                    1. re: bear

                                                                      Do you see where La Provence is on Thoreau Street next to the train station? Well basically it's right across the train tracks from La Provence. Right next door to the Apple repair store.

                                                                    2. re: kelly001

                                                                      Sounds great. Thanks for the tip!

                                                                    3. My newest obsession is a Chicken Swarma with Hummus at Andres Cafe across from City Hospital. I crave it, I don't know how authentic it is but it is very good, rivals my man on Winter St. downtown. I pour Valentino hot sauce on it and watch The Celtics.
                                                                      Also enjoying Beef Patties from Miami Cafe and The Pepper Pot.
                                                                      Moe Green and Uncle Jr. sandwich's from The Real Deal.

                                                                      1. Beef Chili from Oxford Spa on Oxford St. in Cambridge. Their sandwiches are also very good. Very low-key, breakfast and lunch only place.

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                                                                        1. re: okello

                                                                          for a mere 9 bucks, a leg of duck confit w/ barley and fruit compote @ Highland Kitchen, Somerville - texture, flavor, (and messy to make at home) for under a 10? Gimme!

                                                                        2. For those hounds who reside north of the City (and for those who like to travel to destinations north of the Boston), I have to say my new favorite is a place called Absolutely Fabulous. It is only open Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. There is a coffee shop in Melrose called Cedar Perk (next to the Cedar Park commuter rail stop). On weekend nights this little coffee shop turns into Absolutely Fabulous. It is BYOB and I have to say I have really enjoyed every meal I have had there. I still remember her crab cakes. Who would have thought of putting dried cranberries into a crab cake! A friend had sausage and pasta one night and still talks about how it was the best she had ever tasted.

                                                                          And I would say Highland Kitchen, but it seems as though that place has been found.

                                                                          1. Meatball subs at Nappi Meats and Groceries at 370 Salem St in Medford, MA. I finally found the ultimate homemade meatball sub (Thanks to the writeup in the Globe food section a few weeks back).

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                                                                            1. re: mjg0725

                                                                              I also saw the Globe writeup and the meatball making video online. I didn't know that Nappi sold pizza and subs. I knew that they sold homemade sausages and other Italian items. The packed meatball sub with sauce and grated cheese is only $6.00 at Nappi.

                                                                              1. re: buffet king

                                                                                How does it compare to bob's? I am in need of a good meatball sub and am thinking of heading out there for lunch.

                                                                                1. re: joth68

                                                                                  In my opinion the meatball sub at Nappi is better than the meatball sub I got at Bob's. I know this is hard to believe. Bob's uses a braided roll for their jumbo subs. I like their braided rolls. Nappi uses a regular sub roll. I didn't like the way the meatballs tasted at Bob's. The meatballs at Bob's had a strong herb flavor that I didn't like. Give Nappi a try and let us know if you like it?

                                                                                  1. re: buffet king

                                                                                    Finally got over there for lunch today. I have to agree that the meatballs are much better than Bob's. Perfect texture and flavor. I was, however, disappointed with the bread. The roll seemed to have been precut was somewhat stale. Bob's bread wins.

                                                                                    The other person in the shop with me got served a huge delicious looking sandwich that was not on the menu. It turned out to be eggplant parm on sliced scali bread. I plan on returning just to try this.

                                                                                  2. re: joth68

                                                                                    Bob's meatballs are good, but totally different (almost wanna say because they are mass produced for their mealtime hoards). They seem to me to be made of all beef, not a pork/beef combo. They have a hard dryish consistency and an off herb flavor to them.

                                                                                    These balls are much different. They are a very moist and made with a pork/beef combo with a much better seasoing blend (mint is their secrect ingredient).

                                                                                    I am sure others here will come to Bob's defense, but I happen to think these are a notch or two better. Not to mention there is seating in there and a nice Italian deli/butcher atmosphere. I lived in Medford for five years and never even thought to get a meatball sub (or any sub at all!) from here until the Globe article appeared.

                                                                                    Give them a try!

                                                                                    1. re: mjg0725

                                                                                      I never realized either and I've been in the store! Do they have anything else prepared?

                                                                                      1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                        I had been in there a couple of times to check out what they had to offer and never noticed either.

                                                                                        Here is the article: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

                                                                                        Looks like they serve pasta and meatballs too. Besides other subs and pizza, if they have other offereings they'd be limited. I went in for the sub and never thought of asking what else they have.

                                                                                        1. re: mjg0725

                                                                                          Thanks to this thread, I checked out Nappi's today. Of course I got the huge meatball sub. Seriously, about a foot long for $6.50? I joked with the owner that it will feed me for 3 days. We all know it wont because I am a piggy, but it would feed Joanie for a week at least. It's as simple as can be, with a non-sweet sauce (a plus for me) and many many meatballs. I don't detect the mint, but the texture is superior to Bob's. Is it a destination sub? No. But if it's within 15 minutes drive of where you are, I'd definitely say you should try it.

                                                                                          To answer the other question ... they also had prepared items like arancini, a very flat looking calzone, squares of pizza. The deli case was sparsely filled with Italian salumi and cheeses. Just from the looks alone, I'd favor Victor's calzone and Sessa's deli case, but who knows? The guy ahead of me was getting a meatball sub AND and Italian sub and that looked killer. They sell various dried pastas, capers packed in salt, that kind of thing. The shop has a few tables to sit at, and mom and pop (owners) were teasing each other in Italian -- couldn't have been nicer to me. Now I want to know about the sausages! Details please.

                                                                                          Nice neighborhood place, GREAT chow find. Thanks mjg0725.

                                                                                          1. re: yumyum

                                                                                            "but it would feed Joanie for a week at least."

                                                                                            Ha ha, too bad Medford is pretty far off my beaten path to test this out. One of these days.

                                                                              2. Here's my latest find: Appleseed's in the Burlington Mall food court (of all places) had the best crepes I've had in the Boston area. They make them all fresh to order (always a plus), and they have a bunch of non-traditional savory ones that looked interesting. But I had a couple of the "classic" crepes, with butter and sugar, and they were great, as good as Arrow St. (or most places in Paris), and at 2 for $3.95, a bargain as well.

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                                                                                1. re: winedude

                                                                                  I've seen that place and been tempted by it, but Burlington Mall has a Chick-Fil-A, so I know where this southern boy is having lunch whenever I'm up there.

                                                                                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                    One of the few restaurants for which I'll ignore politics. I'm going tomorrow. I recommend the original sandwich.

                                                                                2. Not necessarily new, but fairly new to me, are the Italian subs at Joe Pizza in Medford. Nice french roll, very tasty hot pepper strips, good amounts of everything else. Nice drizzle of balsamic on the roll under the filling. They're great cold, or really nice if you take out the cold ingredients, bake until crispy and bubbly, and then put the toppings back on. My new favorite Italian.

                                                                                  1. I have to nominate the roasted beet with goat cheese, walnuts, basil sandwich at Cafe Kiraz. It's to DIE for!

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                                                                                    1. re: amygrace

                                                                                      I have had a few monster wraps from Cafe Kiraz now and they have all been great! I love the fact that it is like five doors down from my buddies place!

                                                                                    2. Fratelli's Bakery in Quincy--I picked up a selection of treats for a post-dinner party dessert: cannolis, pignoli macaroons, pistachio macaroons and a powdered sugar covered cookie that reminded me of the "Mexican wedding cookie" but was named something else that I can't remember, plus a small fruit tart. We loved them all. I will say the cannolis were pre-filled, the idea of which I was not thrilled with, but they were still crisp and tasty.

                                                                                      This is a wonderful little spot for Quincy--and they have lunches--sandwiches, soups--that I have not yet tried. Fresh baked breads, both sweet and savory, too.

                                                                                      1. Recently made a stop in lexington center (not exactly a ch destination) and had a suprisingly good meal at via lago, which is a sandwich and salad joint during the day but had a full bar and dining room at night with better than expected food. Reasonably priced entrees around $20 or so and bottles of wine running all under $30. Also rancatore's (sp) is across the street which is the same people from toscanini's, perfect for desert.

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                                                                                        1. re: BeantownHound

                                                                                          When I worked in Lexington and Burlington, I would go to Via Lago as often as I could get out for lunch. The Spicy Beef Salad was one of my favorites. Our company used them for catering and everything was always consistently good, so I second this recommendation.

                                                                                          1. re: BeantownHound

                                                                                            Via lago does have some good stuff, though counter service during the day can be iffy. Just a little correction: Joe Rancatore is the brother of Gus, who owns Toscanini's, but the two businesses are separate.

                                                                                          2. The Gamjatang (spicy pork spine and potato soup) at Hanmaru in Allston. It's the only thing to get there and is sensational on a cold night. Comes on a gas heater to share between two and is garnished with a generous layer of peppercorns on top of the meaty carcass remains.

                                                                                            1. Tartuffo pizza (a special) at Gran Gusto (Cambridge). The best pizza I've ever tasted.

                                                                                              Fresh, still warm, glazed jelly donut at Donuts with a Difference (Medford). The best 60 cents you can spend.

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                                                                                              1. re: adams_jo

                                                                                                Oooh, ya. Donuts with a Difference...all their flavors are fabulous.

                                                                                                1. re: adams_jo

                                                                                                  And what, pray tell, comprises a tartufo pizza? Are you telling me they make a pizza with shaved truffles?!?! If so, they're going to find me camped outside, waiting.

                                                                                                2. The warm chicken confit with baby greens salad at ESK, recommended to me right on this board. Best sleeper dish on that menu, and one that I can't seem to stop ordering despite all the other wonderful things there. Amazing.

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                                                                                                  1. re: SSqwerty

                                                                                                    Hell, I just noticed that this dish was supposed to be in an "out of the way" locale, not something like ESK. Sorry. (But do go sample that salad!)

                                                                                                  2. The frozen yogurt at Yo Berry in the food court at Super 88 in Allston. My god. Go. Now.
                                                                                                    Nobody seems to be trying it (at least, they never seem to have customers) but the stuff is just amazing; a knockoff of the Pinkberry craze taking over California.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Sgt Snackers

                                                                                                      Yo Berry is good indeed, but it's Berryline on Arrow St in Harvard Square that gets my vote for frozen yogurt. The two places are both riding the Pinkberry wave and opened within weeks of each other. Berryline's owners specifically blended a yoghurt that would appeal more to the New England taste - taking note that this region has a significant love affair with ice cream. I think they cracked it, and they certainly do better business than Yo.

                                                                                                      1. re: teaTomE

                                                                                                        I haven't tried Berryline yet, but my one experience with Yo Berry ended after two bites, when the rest of it went in the nearest trash can. Thin, icy, with an overwhelming tinny artificial flavor. I think it's not so much that no one ever tries it as few people try it more than once. I'd much rather go down to the Fun Food Snackery at the corner of Brighton and Harvard.

                                                                                                    2. brown butter rice crispy treat at flour. i tried to replicate at home but it didn't come close to comparing to flour's.

                                                                                                      1. The sandwiches at Dough in East Boston are top notch! Has anyone ever been? They don't get much play on the boards. Actually, I guess East Boston in general doesn't get much play here...

                                                                                                        In Somerville/Medford - Tasty Gourmet has some great specialty sandwiches too. Great breads, fresh ingredients, huge menu - I have yet to be disappointed there.

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                                                                                                        1. re: BangoBilly

                                                                                                          I second the vote for Dough. http://www.doughpizza.com/ The Vermonter sandwich is my favorite : turkey, smoked gouda, bacon, sliced green apple, red onion and served on extra thick multi grain bread...mmm!!

                                                                                                        2. We went back to Great Thai Chef in Somerville (Union Square) over the weekend. Few people talk about this place, but it really is quite good, and the family that owns it is as nice as can be. The drunken chicken was moderately spicy with tons of ground chicken, and the basil fried rice was hearty and spicy (lots of chiles and basil!). Soups were excellent--bean thread noodle soup (very mild, but a nice taste to it) and chicken coconut soup (exotic tasting, with lots of different flavors).

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                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                            Agreed. GTC is a good rec. And they deliver now too. I think their menu used to be a bit better/less Americanized, but it's one of our go-to places for take-out. Agree too that the owners are super nice folks.

                                                                                                          2. I'm not sure if this really qualifies but I would send another plug Bostone pizzas way. Great counter service slice joint in the New York/New Jersey/Long Island style.

                                                                                                            1. Londi's Roast Beef, Rt. 62, Burlington-----the Super Beef on an onion roll is still one of the largest around, and I have had great grilled chicken kabob slads with feta.In a small strip plaza in a residential part of Burlington as you head towards Wilmington.

                                                                                                              Burlington Cold Cut and Grocery, Rt. 3A, Burlington---hot and cold subs, but their best feature is the hot case of prepared meals. Not only are there Italian favorites like chicken,broccoli and ziti and stuffed peppers, but comfort foods like macaroni and cheese and turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans. They bread and fry their own chicken cutlets and tenderloins (highly recommended). For a while they were the only place I could get Chinese BBQ pork in a sub roll. Daily specials are on newsprint taped to the walls. 90% takeout, but business people flock there for lunch when they want a hot meal and don't want Papa Gino's or the Fish House. Similar to Bob's in Medford, and a family business where you will often be served by mothers,daughters,sisters and grandchildren.

                                                                                                              Augusta Market, Rt 3A, Billerica (next to Grigg's Farm)---once upon a time, they were a convienience store. Then they replaced some of the groceries with a large salad bar that goes down the middle of the store, and converted the back into a sandwich, cold salad, and soup factory. Their stock in trade is chicken bites, similar to chicken nuggets, and made to order. You can look over the counter and see into the kitchen, and watch them hand cut, bread and fry batches of bitesize chicken, which either leaves the store in 7 or 15 piece boxes with dipping sauces, or in 9 different combinations of chicken (cutlet) subs. 3 different soups or chilis always going. They do a great party platter business.
                                                                                                              Mostly, you see you fellow co-workers from the neighboring industrial parks lining up at lunchtime. I have eaten here at least once a month for the past 4 years and never had a bad meal. By August, you have a 1-2-3 punch where you can buy lunch at Augusta, have an ice cream for dessert next door at Orchard Hill, and go home with a dozen fresh ears of corn from Grigg's farm....and never leave the same parking lot.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Lighthousehunter

                                                                                                                Stopped in at Augusta Market on Saturday for a nice italian chicken cutlet with provolone and some fries. I hadn't been there since I switched jobs a few years back and it was nice to see the sandwiches were just as good as when I left!

                                                                                                              2. I love the Sloppy Joe at hot Tomatoes in the North End!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                    Why editorialize on saltyair's chowish suggestion? It's new to me and that's what this thread is all about.

                                                                                                                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                      Yes, that is the definition of a sloppy joe. Your point is?

                                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                        Funny, I read tamerlanenj's comment as enthusiastic agreement with saltyair (i.e. "It's meat sauce on a bun! Yum!").


                                                                                                                        1. re: BJK

                                                                                                                          I prefer this interpretation, and wish it had occurred to me, as opposed to my reading, which was, "But it's *only* meat sauce on a bun -- who could love that?" I was rushing to the sloppy joe's defense, as I love me a good one. Must get to Hot Tomatoes to check this out myself. I don't see them outside my own home very often. How long before some local chef with a sense of humor offers a Wagyu Sloppy Joe?

                                                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                            Sorry, I should have explained. When my mom and grandmother used to make good meat sauce, I always took much greater pleasure in slathering it on a piece of bread while standing at the stove than eating it over pasta at the table. I can see how my cursory enthusiasm could be misinterpreted as disdain.

                                                                                                                            I still do this with my own sunday gravy. As it;'s cooking I eat about half a loaf of italian bread dunking it into the pot checking on the seasoning.

                                                                                                                            1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                              Or Saltines....... I've eaten *sleeves* while checking my seasoning.

                                                                                                                  2. The three cheese truffle oil pizza at Temple Bar - thin, buttery, almost croissant-like crust with avocado, tomatoes, arugala, lots of truffle oil and parmesan (I think). I eat it at least once a week.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: atticus

                                                                                                                      I'd never actually eaten at Temple Bar until this weekend, when your post prompted my DC to want to eat there on Friday night. That pizza was not too shabby - more like a flat bread topped with salad than a pizza, but the drizzled balsamic vinegar on top really made it. Even more surprising to me was how great their duck confit on frisee, grapefruit and gorganzola salad was - the duck itself was an incredibly satisfying combination of fatty, crunchy, salty, sweet and savory. A home run in my book. Less successful was the vat of unsalted cream that came to our table masquerading as some sort of cheese fondue - I don't think so, kids.

                                                                                                                    2. Lewis' in Essex, MA, prime rib that tastes great for $20 complete dinner. You know this is a blue hair place when you walk in to the waiting area they have old church pews to sit in while you wait to be seated. However, the bar is quite lively, I usually eat at the bar where the bartenders pour a good respectable drink. By the way, nothing on the menu is over $20.

                                                                                                                      1. My husband and I went to Alfresco right outside of Davis for breakfast not to long ago. We had the banana nut pancakes which were amazing. I couldn't believe the amount of nuts in the pancakes. They were loaded with pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts. They also give a nice bowl of fresh fruit as a side (ask for no whip cream if you want to go healthy).

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                                                                                                                        1. re: VTtoMAtoCAfoodie

                                                                                                                          Have you been there for dinner yet? I went early on and it did not seem too promising, but it sounds like you had a very good experience.

                                                                                                                        2. A blueberry muffin or cranberry corncake (or any of the baked goods, actually!) and the super-good coffee at A&J King in Salem

                                                                                                                          1. A small thing, but it makes me happy. Pickled red peppers in a large barrel at Courthouse Fish. They are so good. Full of flavor, some heat, but not so much that you can't eat a bunch. Soon I will have perfected Rhode Island calamari!

                                                                                                                            1. The veggie tofu spread at Bagel Rising- it's a life saver for the lactose intolerant and honestly the best tofu spread I have tasted. It has so many veggies, which makes it easier to pretend it's cream cheese.

                                                                                                                              1. Here's two.

                                                                                                                                1. Fresh blueberry muffins at Wagon Wheel Farm Stand in Lexington (near Waltham border, just off Route 2.)

                                                                                                                                2. Chicken, fresh mozz, tomato and arugala sandwich at Osteria Rustico on Canal Street (the Rucala, I think). I'm surprised this place does not get more Chowhound love.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                                                                                                                                  I have always been curious about Osteria Rustico, but he isn't open during commuting times when I walk by. Would love to sample some breakfast items. Maybe pick up a decent cup of coffee for my walk to the waterfront.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kate used to be 50

                                                                                                                                    an underrated gem, we always go there for dinner when we're in boston garden territory. my husband feels the simplicity is a huge plus: their spaghetti and vongole rock.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Bob MacAdoo

                                                                                                                                    When I worked on Canal Street, this was a regular stop for me. Very nice sammies.

                                                                                                                                  3. The $10.99 lobster roll at the Rockyneck Fish Company in the East Milton Fruit Center was a nice find. It is pre-made, and the roll is a bit sweet, but the lobster is all lobster - no filling. I took it home, extracted the lobster, lightly toasted the roll, and put it back together. What I had rationalized as two meals easily became one. I do think the sweetness of the bread distracted from the sweetness of the lobster, but that is my personal, savory preference. I would call ahead at 617-698-ROCK, I don't think they are a regular item.

                                                                                                                                    1. At Elephant Walk two starter I crave - the ground pork and coconut milk appetizer that is served with crispy rice patties for dipping, and the avocat kanthor salad which is raw tuna, lime, avocado...so yummy it makes me want to skip the entrees and just get these appetizers.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: bostongal

                                                                                                                                          I love the pork/coco appetizer! The crispy rice is delicious to soak up the sauce with.

                                                                                                                                        2. gini, are you talking about the original Petsi's location or the newer one near Harvard Sq? I was at the Harvard one this morning and had what was by far the worst latte of my entire life there. It was completely undrinkable and couldn't even be salvaged with sugar. It didn't even taste like coffee, more like red wine that had gone bad. I really can't figure out how they could make espresso taste that bad. So I'm thinking you probably had good espresso at the original? Or I just hit the newer location on a seriously off day...

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: maillard

                                                                                                                                            That sounds terrible! I was referring to the original.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                              Yup, it was pretty surprisingly bad. I am never near to the original, but if I do end up there, I'll give them a chance to redeem Petsi Pies espresso. :) The other location I will just skip coffee entirely, I think.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: maillard

                                                                                                                                              Interesting, I suspect you hit an off day. Usually their lattes are pretty good.

                                                                                                                                            3. One Great Snack enjoyed lately are the beef tongue mulitas at Tacos Lupita on Elm St. in Somerville. "Two fresh corn tortilla with cheese, choice of meat," green and red sauce. Ask for some sliced avocado and lime wedges to round out the dish.

                                                                                                                                              1. The Bijou goat's cheese from Vermont Butter and Cheese at Esprit du Vin in Milton, on the Lower Mills side, is pretty chow-worthy - that is to say, I ate it all myself (not that that is all that unusual!)

                                                                                                                                                1. The Mushroom and the Crab & Lobster ravioli from Nuovo at Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park, with their fresh bread, are great ingredients for "home cooking" - as in boiling a pot of water!

                                                                                                                                                  1. jnj turo turo filipino cuisine in quincy. not new but definately doesn't get enough talk on the board

                                                                                                                                                    1. I've always been a fan of the muffins at Gingerbread Construction Company, especially the gingerbread with cream cheese filling (shhh, yes, I know they're more like cupcakes!) but recently I tried the chocolate chip cookies. Dense cookies with big chunks of chocolate (not chips) make these real winners.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                                                                                                                                        Ohhh, I love those gingerbread muffins. So tasty, though definitely more of a dessert...

                                                                                                                                                      2. DogBar restaurant in Gloucester -- the most romantic sandwich I've ever eaten!