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Bob MacAdoo Apr 4, 2008 08:23 AM

DISCLAIMER: Thread idea is stolen from New Orleans board!

“What are the 10 best things to eat in Boston and where is the best place to eat them?”

- Sweet butter based Maine lobster, Clio, Mass. Ave, Boston
- Chile Rellenos (with potato & chorizo), Taqueria/Cantina La Mexicana, Union Square, Somerville
- Wok Baked Beef, FuLoon, Malden
- Meatloaf sandwich special, Sam Lagrassa, Downtown Crossing, Boston
- Speed Dog, Speed’s Truck, Newmarket Square, Boston
- Black & Tan Frappe, UBurger, Kenmore Square, Boston
- Margherita pizza, Antico Forno, North End, Boston
- Almond crusted goat cheese salad (warm), Not Your Average Joes, multiple locations
- Cassava root gnocchi with green, spicy lamb ragu, Taranta, North End, Boston
- Oysters on half shell, Neptune Oyster, North End, Boston

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    autopi Apr 4, 2008 08:40 AM

    well here are some more:

    -almond croissant, canto 6 (jp)
    -cubano, chez henri (harv sq)
    -roast pork banh mi, pho viet (allston)
    -housemade charcuterie, 10 tables (jp)
    -anything in mole &/or tacos, guacamole, angelas (east bos)
    -yeasted cornbread/sourdough boule (tie), hi-rise (harv sq)
    -chacarero sandwich, chacarero (downtown)
    -fried clams, clam box (ipswich) (disclaimer: i've only had them here...)
    -turkey burger, zon's (jp)

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      jennkay36 Aug 13, 2009 08:01 AM

      Ditto on the Chez Henri Cubano

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        opinionatedchef Nov 9, 2009 09:15 AM

        sweets:
        adzuki bean cream puffs at japonaise bakery
        citrus flan at la verdad
        Matiz sugar anise Torta cookies at Formaggio
        orange chocolate tea cake at formaggio
        truffle ice cream w/ butterscotch fondant at Gargoyles on the Square
        kulfee(cardamom and pistachio) ice cream at Cristina's
        pumpkin pie and maple walnut ice cream at J.P. Licks
        Sugar Plum Sherry ice cream at Toscanini's
        Bonci Panforte(panpepato) at Whole Foods (seasonal)

        savory:
        pizza -Giambatta ,and Pesto chicken at Regina's, North End only
        pizza -Sausage, and White bean at StoneHearth Pizza, Belmont
        Wok baked beef ,and Szechuan noodles at Fuloon,Malden
        Tacos- Carne asado, Pescado, and Chiles Rellenos, and Refried Beans at La Verdad
        Udon noodles w/ Cuban chipotle orange sauce ; cool cukes; Rodeo rings at Betty's Wok and Noodle
        Rotisserie Chicken at Pollo las Brasas, union sq.
        chilean sea bass wrapped in banana leaf at Tremont 647
        banana leaf filled w/duck, cashews, sticky rice at Gargoyles
        Tuna Poke at Gargoyle's
        gnocchi at Union Bar and Grill
        yama kake and all sushi at Sushi Island, Wakefield
        rabbit salad with dried cherries and pecans at EVOO
        smoked onion rings at Sonsie
        francese bread at Iggy's
        uttapam at Namaskar
        chicken tikka masala at Tanjore
        steak frites w/ Truffle Vinaigrette at Aquitaine
        Grilled Lamb sausage roll up at Sofra
        Eggplant at Toro
        Eggplant Parm at Gran Gusto

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        Toro
        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        Tremont 647
        647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

        Gran Gusto
        90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

        La Verdad
        1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

        Tanjore
        18 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          somervilleoldtimer Mar 8, 2011 02:27 PM

          Oh, lord, I really, really hated the truffle ice cream at Gargoyles!

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            FoodDabbler Mar 8, 2011 06:20 PM

            You're railing against something in a post from 15 months ago, but since you're doing it, let me rail against Cristina's kulfi/kulfee. I'm generally a fan of their ice cream, but what they call kulfi is nothing like the frozen, caramelized milk affair true kulfi should be. Oddly, they used to make the kulfi for the grocery store associated with the Punjab restaurant in Arlington and they did a better job with that. But what they sell in their store is a nut-cardamom ice cream, not kulfi.

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        nasilemak Apr 4, 2008 09:11 AM

        Roast Lamb sandwich with marinated eggplant - Artu

        Duck Choo Chee - Thai Moon

        Miso Moyashi - Sapporo Ramen

        Eggplant with Basil - Taiwan Cafe

        Baked Spring Lamb with stewed okra - Desfina

        Mandarin style Whole Fish - Fuloon

        Curry Mee - Aneka Rasa

        Oxtail stew - Flames II.

        Prune stuffed gnocchi with Foie Gras and Vin Santo glaze - No.9 Park

        Konkani Lobster - Tamarind Bay

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        1. re: nasilemak
          globalgourmand Feb 9, 2009 07:24 AM

          You speak my language.

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            NO SLICE Sep 2, 2011 11:08 AM

            I have to second this one:

            Roast Lamb sandwich with marinated eggplant - Artu

            I remember having it for the first time one day in the summer of 1999 when I worked at the little Starbucks on Charles St, it was great.

          2. ScubaSteve Apr 4, 2008 09:17 AM

            the bread pudding at Oleana
            beef with long horn peppers at Taiwan Cafe
            watermelon gazpacho at The Butcher Shop (summer only)
            braised pork belly with bean curd leaf at Fuloon
            combo biryani at The Kebab Factory
            oysters at Neptune
            potato pancakes at Cafe Polonia
            shanghai lo mein at King Fung
            Speeds' Speed Dog
            grilled quail at Xinh Xinh

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              Pegmeister Apr 4, 2008 09:25 AM

              Ok, I'll play:
              Grilled shrimp at Casablanca
              Peking Ravioli at King Fung
              Scampi pizza at Artu
              Gypsy Pancake at Cafe Polonia
              Hot Fudge Sundae at Abe & Louies
              Steak & Cheese eggrolls at Davios
              Oysters at Neptune
              Chicken Parm at Antico Forno
              Meatloaf at Silvertones
              Shabu at Shabu Zen

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                Boston Scene Apr 4, 2008 10:46 AM

                I second the Steak & Cheese Eggrolls at Davios!

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                  pkbos Mar 23, 2009 06:44 PM

                  If you want real Shabu Shabu, you HAVE to go to Toki. And, their sukiyaki is deliciuos also. All other Shabu places in Boston are just Hot Pot restr. ps - if you're going early, don't miss the $1 kushiyaki (grilled meat & veggie skewers) from 5-7pm!

                2. MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2008 09:40 AM

                  Not all-time best, but some really good things I've eaten in the past few months (omitting Chacarero, Speed's, and Pho Viet banh mi, since they've been cited already):

                  Marinated chicken tacos (with both salsas, please) at Villa México Café, Beacon Hill
                  Chicken mole poblano at Angela's Cafe, Eastie (though practically everything on the specials board makes me woozy)
                  Prime skirt steak frites for $18 at Kingston Station (to my shock, as the meat-market atmosphere led me to expect awful food), Downtown Crossing
                  Lamb gyros sandwich at Farm Grill & Rotisserie, Newton Highlands
                  Fried clams at Dube's, Salem, MA
                  Prahok katee (pork with fermented fish paste) at Suvarnabhumi Kiri, Allston
                  Shamday (beef curry) at Martsa on Elm, Davis Square
                  Ceviche de pescado at Rincón Limeño, Eastie
                  Sweetbreads, poached egg, bacon and balsamic at Hamersley's Bistro, South End
                  Curried goat at Pepper Pot, Dudley Square
                  Pad ga pow moo krob (three-layer pork) at S&I Thai, Allston
                  Kubideh in pita at Pita Kabob, Downtown Crossing
                  Margherita pizza at Gran Gusto, North Cambridge
                  Fasulye piyaz (it's free!) at Brookline Family Restaurant, Brookline Village
                  Mushroom-stuffed agnolotti at Benatti, Inman Square
                  Okinawan-style braised pork at O ya, Leather District
                  Bacon-topped pretzels from the bar menu at Persephone, Fort Point
                  Sichuan wonton with spicy chili sauce at Sichuan Gourmet, Billerica
                  Pineapple spring rolls with blue cheese ice cream at Banq, South End (sadly, already off the menu)
                  Doro wat at Addis Red Sea, South End
                  A Desi Chinese dish whose name I can't remember (the sauce was mahogany red and really chili-hot) at Namaskar, Davis Square
                  Zurek (Easter soup with kielbasa, horseradish, and chopped egg) at Cafe Polonia, Andrew Square
                  Pear carpaccio at Da Vinci, Park Square
                  Maccheroncelli with Wagyu meatballs at Sorrelina, Copley Square
                  The Loaf sandwich (meatloaf with stewed tomatoes and roasted garlic on foccaccia) at Blunch, South End.

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                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    Infomaniac Apr 4, 2008 01:22 PM

                    The Loaf sandwich sounds really good.

                    I never heard of this place called Blunch.

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                      MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2008 01:28 PM

                      Cute little counter service place on the corner of E Springfield and Harrison near Boston Medical Center, lots of fresh, house-made breads and pastries, very nice sandwiches, soups, and salads.

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                      Blunch
                      59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118

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                        Allstonian Apr 10, 2008 10:57 AM

                        This is the space that used to be Christopher's, isn't it? I loved Christopher's when I worked at BMC (they catered my brunch-y wedding!) but I think they had already gone a bit downhill when I stopped working in that neighborhood, and this sounds like a worthy successor.

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                          cassoulady Dec 28, 2008 06:21 PM

                          i love their frittata baked in muffin tins.

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                      uoha Dec 28, 2008 04:10 PM

                      Namaskar Great place!

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                        jennkay36 Aug 13, 2009 08:03 AM

                        I think the Doro Wot at Asmara in Central Square much better than the Red Sea.

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                          MC Slim JB Aug 26, 2009 10:43 AM

                          I think Asmara is Eritrean where Addis Red Sea is Ethiopian. I wonder if there's a regional/cultural difference in the two doro wats. Haven't been back to Asmara in ages. a useful reminder.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            Kirs Nov 16, 2009 01:54 PM

                            There is no difference between Eritrean and Ethiopian. Eritrea was part of Ethiopia until they declared their independence in 1993. They share an identical cultural heritage with the Northern part of Ethiopia. In Southern Ethiopia you do have completely different food/culture, but what we associate with Ethiopian is the same as Eritrean.

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                              Eatin in Woostah Apr 1, 2010 06:19 PM

                              Regardless, the doro wat at Habesha in Malden is better than either Asmara or Addis.

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                              Habesha Restaurant
                              535 Main St, Malden, MA

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                          Torolover Sep 11, 2009 05:35 AM

                          Master Slim,

                          Since that is your list for recent bests, what is your ALL TIME 10 or maybe 20 best?

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                            MC Slim JB Sep 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                            That's a really brutal question: so much to choose from. Some of it would be ancient history, too, nothing you could hope to order without a time machine, e.g., the porchetta panino from Caffe Umbra. Others might be special only at a particular moment in time, e.g., a veal chop from Olives when Todd English actually cooked in his original Charlestown location. I wrote a blog essay ("An Encomium for Icarus") about the first time I ate at Icarus when I was a sprout, which I consider a life-changing experience, my first taste of really refined New American cuisine in Boston. I'll ponder that question, but I think I think an all-time best list would be tough. I'd almost rather do another "10 great recent things", which other Hounds would be able to order, rather than pulling out the old scrapbook.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                          heypielady Apr 4, 2008 09:48 AM

                          In no particular order and I see I am repeating some folks but I was concocting my list before all these were up:
                          -chocolate croissant- Iggy's
                          -carnitos burrito w/guac and hot sauce- El Pelon
                          - pisco sour- Eastern Standard (ok not a "food" but c'mon, there's an egg in it)
                          -bread pudding- Oleana
                          - tuna sausage dumplings- East Coast Grill
                          - prune stuffed gnocchi- No. 9 Park
                          - pancakes- Deluxe Town Diner
                          - margherita pizza- Gran Gusto
                          - Garbanzos con chorizo- Toro
                          - burnt sugar ice cream- Christina's

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                          1. re: heypielady
                            yumyum Apr 4, 2008 10:15 AM

                            Thanks for mentioning Gran Gusto pizza -- I'm munching on leftovers right now. It's so so very good.

                          2. Small Plates Apr 4, 2008 09:48 AM

                            Prune gnocchi at No. 9 Park
                            Oysters at B & G
                            Antipasto plate at Blue Room
                            Fried oysters at Redbones
                            Fried clams at Choate Bridge
                            Bangers and mashed at Thirsty Scholar
                            Foie gras steak at Locke Ober
                            Lamb Skottadito at The Independent
                            Grilled swordfish with gingered sweet potatoes, macadamia brown butter and onion rings at Flora Restaurant
                            Twin lobsters at the Mt. Vernon

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                              hsquare2southend Jan 10, 2009 07:47 AM

                              What is this foie gras steak you speak of at L-O? Do tell.

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                                Small Plates Mar 20, 2009 03:01 PM

                                The current prep is this: Foie Gras with Granny Smith Apple Risotto… Cider Sauce - I should have put "steak" in quotation marks. What I imply is that it is the biggest possible piece that can be carved from the lobe. It is monstrous and difficult to consume alone.

                            2. finlero Apr 4, 2008 09:59 AM

                              > “What are the 10 best things to eat in Boston and where is the best place to eat them?”

                              My first thought was, "Why does the New Orleans board care what the 10 best things to eat in Boston are?"

                              Agreements for the pizza margherita at Gran Gusto, the chicken mole poblano at Angela's, the cubano at Chez Henri.

                              I'll add:

                              - Risotto ai porcini from Trattoria Toscana
                              - Fegatini from Trattoria Toscana
                              - Prunes in armagnac with financier cookie from La Voile
                              - Bistro chicken from La Voile
                              - Kielbasa in any form from Cafe Polonia
                              - Duck sausage ravioli with sage and shallot butter from Capone Foods (to be prepped at home)
                              - Carrot cake from Pemberton Farms
                              - Warm coconut bun from Ho Yuen bakery
                              - Chocolate tres leches cake from Chez Henri
                              - Curry chicken pho from Xinh Xinh

                              1. hiddenboston Apr 4, 2008 10:10 AM

                                Not sure if these are the best, but they are 10 of my personal favorites:

                                - Cubano, Chez Henri (Cambridge)
                                - Sicilian pizza, Galleria Umberto (North End)
                                - black forest chicken, Jasmine Bistro (Brighton)
                                - chicken enchilada mole, Angela's Cafe (East Boston)
                                - shredded pork sandwich, Flat Patties (Cambridge)
                                - drunken noodle, Dok Bua (Brookline)
                                - falafel wrap, Reef Cafe (Allston)
                                - parpadelle pesto, Pasta Market Cafe (Malden)
                                - steak tips, New Bridge Cafe (Chelsea)
                                - pork chops, Mrs. Jones (Dorchester)

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                                  Aphex Apr 4, 2008 11:34 AM

                                  Chacarero, Chicken Chacarero - downtown crossing
                                  Mushroom & Red Potato Tart/Quiche, Petsi Pies - somerville
                                  Fish Fillet & Napa Cabbage in Red Chili Oil, Sichuan Gourmet - Framingham
                                  Mysore Chili Chicken, Tamarind Bay - harvard square
                                  Turkey Burger(Rudy Giuliani i.e. turkey reuben burger), Bartleys - harvard sqaure
                                  Falafel Wrap, Big Fresh - Framingham
                                  Chicken #1 sandwich(marinated chicken breast w/ smoked tomato mayo) or Turkey and Chipotle Mayo sandwich(w/pickles), Dave's Fresh Pasta - davis square
                                  Jeffery's Maki or Paula's Maki, Oishii - Chestnut Hill
                                  Morel Mushroom Mac n Cheese, Stone's Public House, Ashland
                                  Smoked Pablano and Butter Yukon Potato chowder, Masa - south end

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                                    Bostonbob3 Apr 4, 2008 11:56 AM

                                    In no particular order:

                                    -Chicken mole at Angela's
                                    -Open-faced seafood ravioli at Terramia
                                    -All sushi at Oishhi
                                    -Salt and pepper squid at New Shanghai
                                    -Vindaloo at India Quality
                                    -Rabbit w/papardelle at Mamma Maria's
                                    -Lemon chicken at Hamersley's
                                    -Charcuterie at 10 Tables
                                    -Crab over rice at Potluck Cafe
                                    -Salami pizza, well-done, at Regina's
                                    -Ventresca tuna from Salumeria Italiana
                                    -Squid ink pasta at Daily Catch
                                    -Alsatian pizza at Picco
                                    -Burger at Tim's Tavern (well, I can still taste it)

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                                      AnjLM Jul 17, 2008 12:42 PM

                                      I second the Alsatian pizza at Picco!

                                      -brownie sundae: picco
                                      -grilled corn- Toro
                                      -gaucamole- La verdad
                                      -eggplant parm sub-Artu
                                      -lobster roll-Neptune
                                      -pumpkin ravioli (to prepare at home)- Dave's Fresh Pasta
                                      -brisket sandwich with coleslaw- Formaggio's bbq on Saturdays
                                      -burger- Abe & Louie's
                                      -sticky bun and chocolate chip cookies- Flour
                                      -eggplant and sausage pizza- Pizzaria Regina's

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                                        pkbos Mar 23, 2009 06:49 PM

                                        2nd on the squid ink pasta at the Daily Catch. North End is cool, but tiny. Their location next to the Courthouse is more comfortable, + nice views.

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                                        Falcon 64 Apr 4, 2008 01:05 PM

                                        Bob- Fun thread. I'll bet some people will name more than ten...(As they say, "There's one in every crowd.")

                                        - Raw Cherrystones: Neptune
                                        - Cherrystones stuffed with blue crab and chorizo: East Coast Grille
                                        - Truffled lobster gnocchi: # 9 Park
                                        - Melt-in-your-mouth lamb chops: Toro
                                        - Meaghan's spinach and feta omelet: Charlie's Sandwich Shop
                                        - Rabbit fettuccini w/fennel and green garlic: Butcher Shop
                                        - Blue cheese-stuffed shrimp, very lightly fried: Locke Ober(bar only-Miss you Carah)
                                        - Scallops: Franklin Cafe'
                                        - Lobster bisque: B&G Oyster
                                        - Anything Youji, the Japanese master at Uni makes. He's amazing!

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                                          phatchris Apr 4, 2008 02:29 PM

                                          -Tuna tacos: ECG
                                          - Oysters and a glass of prossecco: Neptune
                                          -Rigatoni with wild boar: Lucca
                                          -Mushroom risotto: Marco
                                          -Gnocchi with short ribs: Grotto
                                          -Pork chop w/vinegar peppers: Antico Forno
                                          -Cassava root gnocchi w/ spicy lamb: Taranta
                                          -Porchetta: Artu
                                          -Super beef sandwich: Petes super beef
                                          -Soft shell crab sandwich: Courthouse seafood

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                                            phatchris Dec 29, 2008 09:04 AM

                                            A few others

                                            -Egg ravioli: Prezza
                                            -Venison Loin: Prezza
                                            -Goat Stew: Highland Kitchen
                                            - Burger: Marliave
                                            - Sfogliatelle: Maria's
                                            -Suckling pig risotto: Neptune

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                                              newyorker1 Jan 11, 2009 04:29 AM

                                              It's funny, I was just at Prezza for the first time last night and had those two things. I really liked the egg ravioli, but my DC and I were both a bit disappointed in the venison loin -- it was perfectly medium rare, and a bit smokey from the wood grill, but I wished it was a bit more gamey and venison-tasting. Perhaps a variation in the individual cut of meat.

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                                                MC Slim JB Jan 11, 2009 08:20 AM

                                                I believe that most local restaurants serve farmed venison from New Zealand, raised on a diet of grass and grain. It's a pretty mild-tasting, lean, ungamy product if you've sampled wild venison (I have cousins who are dedicated hunters).

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                                                  almansa Jan 12, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                  That was certainly true in the past, but until this last year, the EU was a closed market to NZ Cervena venison import. When it opened in 2008, it caused the cost of the previously inexpensive product to double, and it was certainly not worth twice the price. Domestically farmed venison has become more common since, and IMHO, tastes better (gamier).

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                                                    phatchris Jan 12, 2009 08:48 AM

                                                    I know that last year EVOO was getting really great red deer from a farm in New Hampshire.

                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                      BobB Jan 12, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                      There's a nice article on a local(ish) venison farm in the current Edible Boston: Misty River View Farm in New Braintree, MA, owned by Dave and Rhonda Howe, http://www.mistyriverview.com. They sell both venison and goat meat to the public through their Web site.

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                                                      Although Boston-area chefs may be keen to learn of a source for local venison, the Howes say working with restaurants is challenging for a farm of their size. "We have a relationship with a restaurant," says Rhonda, "but they only want sirloin and tenderloin." Since the Howes slaughter only three animals at a time, it's hard to meet this type of demand.
                                                      ******************************

                                                      The article goes on to mention that Jody Adams at Rialto serves a dish of venison done two ways: grilled leg, and shank done in an osso buco style, and that she gets her meat from Pennsylvania. That sounds worth trying!

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                                                      RandMan14 Feb 8, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                      You must realize that restaurants in the US cannot serve wild venison because it is not regulated and inspected. As a result, all of the venison you eat when dining out will be farm-raised and much milder in flavor--nothing like what Uncle Hank keeps stashed in the freezer from last season's kill.

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                                                  RandMan14 Feb 8, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                  Those blue cheese-stuffed fried shrimp sound horrendous--I guess I'd just have to try to find out!

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                                                  pollystyrene Apr 4, 2008 07:25 PM

                                                  Grapenut ice cream at Kimball's, Carlisle
                                                  Coffee ice cream with hot fudge at Toscanini's, Cambridge
                                                  Wild mushroom ravioli at Mamma Maria, North End
                                                  Portobello mushroom with polenta at Prezza, North End
                                                  Fontina and mushroom risotto at Prezza, North End
                                                  Ricotta bread dumplings at Oleana, Cambridge
                                                  Cheese pizza at Pizzeria Regina, North End
                                                  Apple pancake at Bickford's, Framingham
                                                  Sweet potatoe fries at Zalek's, Wakefield
                                                  Lobster tail at Mike's Pastry, North End

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                                                    shraquel Apr 5, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                    Croissants and Cannelles at Clear Flour Bakery in Brookline
                                                    Standard Burger at Eastern Standard in Boston
                                                    Buffalo Chicken Tenders at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge
                                                    Suan La Chow Show at Mary Chung's in Cambridge
                                                    Kielbasa at Midwest Grill in Cambridge
                                                    Queso Rebozado con Miel at Dali in Cambridge
                                                    Chicken Tikka Masala at Kebab Factory in Cambridge
                                                    Pumpkin Kaddo at Helmand in Cambridge
                                                    Texas State Pen Chili at All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge
                                                    The All Vegetable Experience of the Day at East Coast Grill in Cambridge
                                                    Mango Shrimp and the Roti Canai at Penang in Boston
                                                    Strawberry Daquiri at Ole in Cambridge
                                                    I second the Vegetable Antipasto at the Blue Room in Cambridge

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                                                      heypielady Apr 6, 2008 09:13 AM

                                                      pumpkin kaddo- good one.

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                                                      jtw Apr 6, 2008 07:06 AM

                                                      Wow, I think I have only had four of the above items. (fried clams at Clam Box, suan la chow show at Mary Chung's, chili at All Star Sandwich Bar, sushi at Oishii.) Here are the ten that came to my mind. Sure I'm missing some.

                                                      Char Siu Bao (steamed BBQ Pork Buns) at Hei La Moon, Boston.
                                                      City Girl Pizza at City Slicker Cafe, Somerville.
                                                      Codfish in Dry Bean Sauce at Mulan, Cambridge.
                                                      Foul Sandwich at Falafel Palace, Central Square.
                                                      Gnocchi at Sage, Boston.
                                                      Lobster Roll at (Jasper White's) Summer Shack. (Multiple Locations.)
                                                      Paramount Burger at Paramount, Boston.
                                                      Wild Bluefin Otoro at O Ya, Boston.
                                                      Yasai Katsu Curry at Wagamama, Harvard.
                                                      Yuppie Burger at Bartley's, Harvard.

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                                                        adobokid Apr 6, 2008 09:08 AM

                                                        I'll play, no particular order, and more like the first 10 that come to mind (there are really too many):
                                                        -Daikon cake with XO sauce (Gitlo)
                                                        -Lunch Plate (Guru the Caterer)
                                                        -Charcuterie Plate (10 tables)
                                                        -Foie Gras Con Chutney De Pera (Toro)
                                                        -Marlin 2 ways (don't remember the name, Neptune Oyster)
                                                        -Speeds dog
                                                        -Vegetarian combo plate (Falafel King)
                                                        -Dulet (Addis Red Sea)
                                                        -Black Bean Bun - Mei Sum
                                                        -Roasted Chicken (Alex's Chimi's)

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                                                        1. re: adobokid
                                                          wittlejosh Apr 6, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                          1. Hamachi with banana-pepper mousse at O Ya
                                                          2. Cheeseburger at Radius
                                                          3. Rice-smoked duck breast at Sage
                                                          4. Kitfo at Addis Red Sea
                                                          5. Shrimp with yellow chives at Taiwan Cafe
                                                          6. Boiled fiery fish soup at Qingdao Garden
                                                          7. Spicy dry-fried chicken wings at Vinh Sun
                                                          8. Asparagus tartare at Metropolis Cafe
                                                          9. Chile-relleno torta at La Verdad
                                                          10. Slow-roasted duck at Rialto

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                                                            cornFusion Jan 14, 2009 05:39 AM

                                                            Just had the cheeseburger at Radius and definitely second the above - especially the wonderful french fries that come with it!

                                                        2. ChickenBrocandZiti Apr 6, 2008 03:42 PM

                                                          I'll give it a shot
                                                          Empanadas-Toro-South End
                                                          Chicken Parm-Anitco Forno-North End
                                                          Jamaican Jerk Beef- Redbones-Davis Sq.
                                                          Cheese Pizza Well Done-Regina
                                                          Chicken, Bean and Cheese Quesadilla-Delux-South End
                                                          Mussels Fra Giacamo- Giacamos -South End
                                                          Hot Wings, Well Done, Extra Sauce-Buffs Pub- Newton?
                                                          Cream Filled Donut-Flour- South End
                                                          Chacarero, Chix with the Yellow Hot Sauce-Chacerero-Fin. Dist.
                                                          Lobster Taco's-Bonfire-Park Sq.
                                                          Mixed Green Salad with Goat Cheese etc.-Columbus Cafe
                                                          Chicken Swarma w/ Hummos and Hot Sauce-Falafal King- Winter St.

                                                          1. saridt Apr 6, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                            No particular order, although #1 is probably my favorite dish in Boston...

                                                            1. Tonno con La Bomba Peruviana-Calabrese Ortopiccante, Taranta
                                                            2. Piccatelle di Vitello con Pasta, L’Osteria
                                                            3. fritelle, dante
                                                            4. Eggplant Rollatini, L’il Vinny’s
                                                            5. Jalapeños Maria Luisa, Tu y Yo
                                                            6. truffled fries with parmigiano, Sorrellina
                                                            7. fish tacos, La Verdad
                                                            8. Salt cod fritters, Eastern Standard
                                                            9. homemade pappardelle (to prepare at home), Dave’s Fresh Pasta
                                                            10. Maccheroncelli with Wagyu beef meatballs, Sorrellina

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                                                              Pia Apr 6, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                              This may not be my absolute top 10, but these are the first ten things that come to mind that I love and will go out of my way for:
                                                              - Roast chicken at Hamersley's
                                                              - Eclair at Beard Papa
                                                              - Anything at the chef's whim at Craigie Street
                                                              - Grape leaves at Arax Market in Watertown (muhamara with matnakash bread is a close second)
                                                              - Chocolate bread at When Pigs Fly (can you tell I'm a dessert eater)
                                                              - Seafood-stuffed poblano at Tu y Yo
                                                              - Chocolate-topped almond macaroons at Lakota Bakery
                                                              - Fern's Problem Solver (grilled turkey sandwich) at Hi-Rise
                                                              - Arancini from Iggy's (they only make it occasionally, on weekends)
                                                              - Combo plate at Greek orthodox church festival in Watertown

                                                              Honorable mention: the above-mentioned cream-filled donut from Flour Bakery that they only serve on Sundays; fig and anise bread from Sel de la Terre; hot fudge sundae from Rancatore's; burnt caramel ice cream from Tosci's.

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                                                                pkbos Mar 23, 2009 07:00 PM

                                                                Agree: the Fig & Anise bread at Sel de la Terre is addictive.

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                                                              kcs1050 Jul 17, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                              Here is my everyman's list of top 10...
                                                              - buffalo wings from Red Bones (Davis Square) or Buffs in Newton
                                                              - slice of Sweet Tomatoes' pizza (Newton Center)
                                                              - guacamole from Don Ricardo's (South End) **Add a little salt**
                                                              - red bean ice cream from Kaze (Chinatown)
                                                              - speed dog from Speeds (Newmarket)
                                                              - honey ice cream from Picco (South End)
                                                              - sticky buns from Flour (South End)
                                                              - Doughnut's from Kane's (Saugus)
                                                              - BBQ from Blue Ribbon (West Newton or Arlington)
                                                              - Steak from Grill 23 (Back Bay)

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                                                                David Pearlman Jul 17, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                                The list might be different on another day, but today it is

                                                                10. Porcini Souffle (Il Capriccio)
                                                                9. Wonton noodle soup (King Fung Garden)
                                                                8. Pumpkin kaddo (The Helmand)
                                                                7. Lamb Chowpan (The Helmand)
                                                                6. Chicharrones de puerco con maduros (El Penol)
                                                                5. Goat curry (India Quality)
                                                                4. Any pizza at Regina's in the North End, provided it has extra sauce.
                                                                3. Peking Ravioli (King Fung Garden)
                                                                2. Fried Clams (Clam Box)
                                                                1. Crab with Ginger and Scallion (Taiwan Cafe)

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                                                                  SSqwerty Jul 18, 2008 09:52 AM

                                                                  it's going to be a beast getting this down to 10. In no real order:

                                                                  Jasper's Lobster plus Cherrystone seviche from Summer Shack (I know it's two dishes, but as long as you're there....)

                                                                  Cheeseburger from Audubon

                                                                  Peking Duck at King Fung downtown

                                                                  Chicken Confit Salad from Eastern Standard

                                                                  local Oysters on the halfshell and whatever that orange/prosecco drink is from Neptune.

                                                                  Corned Beef on Rye with slaw & pickle from Michael's, Brookline

                                                                  The standard, exquisite sushi lunch from Gari, Brookline

                                                                  Malted Vanilla ice cream from Herrell's, Allston

                                                                  "Mascarporeos" dessert at Via Matta

                                                                  Margarita pizza done extra crispy from Pizzeria Regina

                                                                  Guess I don't have room for a shout out to Deluxe Town Diner's chili, huh?

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                                                                    phatchris Jul 18, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                                    Blood orange bellini

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                                                                    GrillNextDoor Jul 18, 2008 06:14 PM

                                                                    Moved from Boston awhile ago, but here's what I miss most:
                                                                    Avocado soup: Elephant Walk
                                                                    Pumpkin Kaddo: Helmand
                                                                    Aush: Helmand
                                                                    Bloody Mary Bar: East Coast Grill (Does this count, since, officially, I make it?)
                                                                    Burnt Sugar Ice Cream: Christina's
                                                                    Chicken in the Pot: Rubins
                                                                    Lox and Latkes: Zaftigs

                                                                    Maybe I should've left Brookline/Cambridge more often...

                                                                    1. Kip McSkipster Jul 19, 2008 12:26 PM

                                                                      Fish tacos, El Pelon
                                                                      The Dog, Speed’s
                                                                      Cuban (with side of maduros and mamey shake), El Oriental
                                                                      Sesame bagel with chive cheese, Rosenfeld’s
                                                                      Grapenut custard, Louie’s
                                                                      Ceviche Mixto, Rincon Limeno
                                                                      Burnt ends, Blue Ribbon
                                                                      Sausage pizza (well done), Regina’s
                                                                      Johnnycakes, Deluxe Town Diner
                                                                      Rostbratwurst, Karl’s

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                                                                        lizbomze Jul 20, 2008 09:01 AM

                                                                        Exceeding the limit and in no particular order...

                                                                        --Chicken and Vegetable Soup with a Matzoh Ball and Noodles (New England Soup Factory)
                                                                        --Speed's Dog (Speed's Truck)
                                                                        --Jelly Doughnuts (Betty Ann Food Shop)
                                                                        --Sticky Buns (Flour Bakery)
                                                                        --Pan-Fried Daikon Cake (Gitlo's)
                                                                        --Kin Medai (O Ya)
                                                                        --Jasper's Pan-Roasted Lobster (Summer Shack)
                                                                        --Pork-Leek Dumplings and Boiled Fish in Fiery Sauce (Qingdao Garden)
                                                                        --Gambas al Ajillo (Toro)
                                                                        --Cubano (Chez Henri)
                                                                        --Pad Kee Mao (Dok Bua)
                                                                        --Toulouse Sausage (Ten Tables)
                                                                        --Fiore di Nonno burrata (various locations)
                                                                        --Tea-Smoked Ribs (Myers & Chang)
                                                                        --Deviled Eggs and Whipped Feta (Oleana)
                                                                        --Bahn Mi (Pho Viet)
                                                                        --Burnt Sugar Ice Cream (Christina's)
                                                                        --Torta Fluida (Orinoco--the only molten cake worth eating, in my opinion)
                                                                        --Farmhouse Fish Plate and Fries with housemade ketchup (Matt Murphy's)
                                                                        --Baked Alaska (Oleana)
                                                                        --La Tene Chocolates (various locations--the one with cheese is awesome)
                                                                        --Boiled Peanuts with Sea Salt (Hungry Mother)
                                                                        --Dark Hot or Iced Chocolate (Burdick's)
                                                                        --rustic fruit tarts (Clear Flour)
                                                                        --Hot Lobster Roll (Neptune)
                                                                        --Aligot (KO Prime)
                                                                        --Cellophane Noodles with Minced Pork (Sichuan Garden)
                                                                        --Wonton Hot Pot (Shanghai Gate)
                                                                        --Masala Dosa (Rangoli)
                                                                        --Honey Hot Wings (Buff's)
                                                                        --Sloppy Joe (Hot Tomatoes)
                                                                        --Banana-Stuffed French Toast (Zaftig's)
                                                                        --Sweetbreads (Craigie Street Bistrot)
                                                                        --Bostoks and Monkey Bread (Canto 6)

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                                                                          pkbos Mar 23, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                          2nd the Sloppy Joey at Hot Tomatoes, but take one of their Big Cheese sandwiches, too.

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                                                                            RandMan14 Apr 5, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                            Just went to Buff's the other night for the first time--had the honey hot wings. Incredible! And this coming from a guy who will typically shun any wing that contains more than chicken, Frank's, and butter.

                                                                          2. Guilty Glutton Jul 20, 2008 06:43 PM

                                                                            -- handmade pappardelle with sauce bolognese at No. 9 Park

                                                                            -- house smoked salmon at Franklin Cafe (no longer on menu)

                                                                            -- buttermilk fried pork tenderloin at Franklin Cafe (no longer on menu)

                                                                            -- smoked salmon with crispy potatos and horseradish at Brasserie Jo

                                                                            -- fried shrimp and celery roll at Hei La Moon (dim sum)

                                                                            -- pan-fried chicken dumpling at Gitlo's

                                                                            -- bone-in filet mignon at Abe and Louie's

                                                                            -- 22 ounce grilled prime rib-eye steak at Upstairs on the Square (very nice char on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside)

                                                                            -- soy sauce chicken at the Hong Kong Eatery

                                                                            -- beef wellington at Eastern Standard (Saturday dinner menu only)

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                                                                              phatchris Jul 21, 2008 10:15 AM

                                                                              If you like the bone-in at Abe and Louie's I suggest trying the one at Prezza.

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                                                                                Guilty Glutton Jul 22, 2008 08:29 AM

                                                                                Thanks for the recommendation!

                                                                            2. tatamagouche Jul 22, 2008 09:06 AM

                                                                              What if they're no longer around? These are just the 1st things that come to mind, some of them long gone.

                                                                              fried oysters & beef tongue, Neptune (gone)
                                                                              sardines, Neptune (Thurs)
                                                                              grilled corn, Toro
                                                                              St. Anthony's pizza, Regina
                                                                              yuca gnocchi with lamb, Taranta
                                                                              chocolate eggplant, Taranta (gone)
                                                                              sea urchin & mullet roe spaghetti, Taranta (gone)
                                                                              walnut pate, Oleana
                                                                              calamari meatballs & stuffed calamari, Daily Catch
                                                                              rhubarb clafouti, Sel de la Terre (gone)

                                                                              Oh, and S&P eel at Peach Farm. And the beef-heart sliders Jamie Bissonnette once made for a private shindig.

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                                                                                tatamagouche Jul 22, 2008 09:30 AM

                                                                                Oh, yes, & the Gypsy Pancake at Polonia! Good call, those who called it!

                                                                                & haw moak at Khao Sarn.

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                                                                                  CookieLee Sep 12, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                                  my list is a combo of things current and long gone:
                                                                                  Monkfish aoli, Elephant Walk (not on menu any longer)
                                                                                  Bistecca Florentine @ Capuccino's (gone)
                                                                                  Salad bar at the old Grendel's den (gone)
                                                                                  Steak and drinks at Callahan's (gone )
                                                                                  prune gnocchi at no 9
                                                                                  Kona crusted sirloin, Capital Grille
                                                                                  skirt steak, Tango
                                                                                  peking duck at Chef Chang's
                                                                                  suan la chow sho, Mary Chungs
                                                                                  mussels and steak frites,and profiteroles, Petit Robert Bistro

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                                                                                  lulu806 Jul 22, 2008 09:10 AM

                                                                                  - Eggplant parm, Pasta Market Cafe (Malden)
                                                                                  - Bone in Filet, Abe and Louies (Boston)
                                                                                  - Gnocchi and short ribs, Grotto (Boston)
                                                                                  - Haddock Florentine, Georgetown Grille (Georgetown)
                                                                                  - Warm Jonah Crabmeat and Fennel, Meritage (Boston)

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                                                                                    Gabatta Jul 22, 2008 10:06 AM

                                                                                    Hard to pick just 10. I added an 11th (had to have dessert)...

                                                                                    - Grilled Sashimi of Chanterelle and Shitake Mushrooms – O Ya
                                                                                    - Black 'n Blue Tuna Taco – East Coast Grill
                                                                                    - Cuban Reuben – Highland Kitchen
                                                                                    - Pepperoni Pizza (stretched & well done) – Pizzeria Regina (original NE location only!)
                                                                                    - Tagliatelle Bolognese – Via Matta
                                                                                    - Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin (hold the shallot butter) – Capital Grille
                                                                                    - Turkey Hash – Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
                                                                                    - Lobster Spaghettini – Neptune Oyster
                                                                                    - Grilled Mushroom and Garlic Sandwich on Country Bread – Hamersley’s Bistro
                                                                                    - Assorted Oysters – Summer Shack (Alewife location)
                                                                                    - Chocolate Banana ice cream – Christina’s Ice Cream

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                                                                                      dianalim Jul 22, 2008 06:29 PM

                                                                                      not going to do a whole list, but...
                                                                                      SULTAN'S DELIGHT AT OLEANA!!!!!!!

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                                                                                        twitchology Aug 10, 2008 05:54 PM

                                                                                        Any particular way to order at Chacarero? Which protein?

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                                                                                          bella_sarda Aug 10, 2008 07:31 PM

                                                                                          not in any particular order:

                                                                                          lemon-buttermilk pudding with berry sauce, Rendezvous in Central Square
                                                                                          tongue tacos, Tacos Lupita
                                                                                          carne asada and eggs (for brunch), Ole' Mex. Grill
                                                                                          yuca frita, El Oriental de Cuba
                                                                                          "dinner for Henry" pizza (or over brown rice), Veggie Planet
                                                                                          the guacamole, and everything else I've tried so far, at Sabor Especial, Chelsea (just discovered this place today--their guac is even better than Ole's, and their "chuleta especial" mixed grilled meats platter is an amazing steal at $10; the chicharrones were v. good too)
                                                                                          "equatorial" chocolate cake, Locke-Ober
                                                                                          JFK lobster stew, Locke-Ober
                                                                                          tamago in truffle broth, O Ya (name not exact, sorry)
                                                                                          fish and chips, the Druid, Inman Square

                                                                                          bonus: harissa at Baraka Cafe
                                                                                          double-bonus: fried catfish with collard greens at Hungry Mother

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                                                                                            Aromatherapy Aug 11, 2008 05:43 AM

                                                                                            A search for Sabor Especial turned up this:
                                                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurante-s...

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                                                                                              bella_sarda Aug 11, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                                                              Nice review, although it didn't have a whole lot of info about the food. I'll have to add my own review and note that it is El Salvadoran cuisine. I agree that the Horchata was homemade and very good.

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                                                                                            ace52387 Aug 15, 2008 12:10 AM

                                                                                            xiao long bao @ Wing's Kitchen, Chinatown
                                                                                            Cod @ Oleana
                                                                                            Mantwo or Aushak @ The Helmand
                                                                                            Cold Kidneys @ Shanghai Gate
                                                                                            Hong Kong style lo mein with wontons or shui jiao @ Hong Kong Eatery
                                                                                            Tripe @ Trattoria Toscana
                                                                                            Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream @ Christina's
                                                                                            Margherita pizza @ Gran Gusto's
                                                                                            Marzipan and a cocopowder dusted chocolate that I can't remember @ Burdick's
                                                                                            Ricotta Pie @ Maria's Pastry Shop
                                                                                            Rustic Tarts (cherry is my favorite) @ Clear Flour

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                                                                                              cornFusion Dec 28, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                                                              Here are those specific gems which force me to make the trip to Boston from NH:
                                                                                              1. The gruyere croissants at Clear Flour Bakery in Allston (NUMBER ONE for a reason)
                                                                                              2. The (larger) Petits fours at South End Formaggio (these are imported from California, but good - and any of their cheeses, of course)
                                                                                              3. Hand filled cannoli at Marias Bakery in the north end
                                                                                              4. Tofu salad (Tohu Thoke) at Yoma (restaurant)
                                                                                              5. Chinese roast duck at Hong Kong Eatery in Chinatown (take the duck home and gently heat it in a 300 oven for about 20 mins and then broil until skin crisps up. Cool a bit and enjoy)
                                                                                              6 ABC (aka Ais Kachang) at the Penang Restaurant - take out on a hot Boston summer day. A close second is their Nasi Lemak.
                                                                                              7. BBQ Ribs at the back counter at Redbones (where the plating is done)
                                                                                              8. Dacquoise and coffee at Flour bakery
                                                                                              9. Bahn Mi (vietnamese sandwitch) or Pho (vietnamese noodles- at almost any vietnamese place in beantown
                                                                                              10. Russian chocolates and cold cuts (point and select and you will be richly rewarded often) from Bazaaar Russian grocery store in Allston

                                                                                              The obverse is also true. Unless you want to spend lots of money on very esoteric stuff that only certain folk can enjoy, avoid the high end places.

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                                                                                                MC Slim JB Dec 28, 2008 05:45 PM

                                                                                                Nice list!

                                                                                                I'm not sure I agree with your last comment, though: there are tons of high-end places in Boston whose food isn't especially esoteric. Few of our high-end places are very challenging; almost all offer dishes that are broadly accessible. I can imagine some folks struggling with the menu at o ya, and finding the stuffy atmosphere daunting at certain pricey places, but not the food.

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                                                                                                  cornFusion Dec 29, 2008 04:24 AM

                                                                                                  Thank you MC ... well said, and I could not agree more. I am one of those who don't do well in expensive places where one has to deal with frou-frou.

                                                                                              2. Prav Dec 29, 2008 07:35 AM

                                                                                                Here is my ten-best - I tried to keep it different than the usual favorite of some on this board..

                                                                                                lamb burger, zon's jp
                                                                                                ham gorgonzola caramelized onion biscuits, canto 6, JP
                                                                                                salmon Haw Moak, khao sarn, Brookline
                                                                                                indian mee noodles (sadly the no-longer Aneka Rasa), Allston
                                                                                                papaya/beef salad at dok bua, Brookline
                                                                                                ja jyung mein at buk kyung, Union Sq Somerville
                                                                                                french fries & aioli at river gods, Cambridge
                                                                                                jaloff rice, goat stew, spicy black eyed peas at The African Cuisine, Hyde Park
                                                                                                Arpeggio sandwich, Cafe Arpeggio (S. Boston)
                                                                                                tangy eggplant @ Kathmandu Spice, Arlington

                                                                                                1. TheTrout Dec 29, 2008 08:03 AM

                                                                                                  Gnocchi @ Sage

                                                                                                  Chicken @ Hamersley's

                                                                                                  Pizza @ Cafe Fiorella

                                                                                                  Open face lobster ravioli @ Delfino's

                                                                                                  Fried catfish sandwich, w/ side of onion strings @ Redbones

                                                                                                  Tuna roll app @ Pigalle

                                                                                                  Clam chowdah @ Legal Sea Foods

                                                                                                  Tomatoes, in season @ La Campania

                                                                                                  Donuts @ Ohlin's

                                                                                                  Lobster roll @ Hook's

                                                                                                  1. BobB Dec 29, 2008 09:36 AM

                                                                                                    Lots of great items here. At this point I can't think of ten that aren't already here, so I'll just add a few personal favorites:

                                                                                                    Higaditos Mexicanos (spicy chicken liver appetizer) at Sol Azteca. Unfortunately it's the only really outstanding dish on their menu.
                                                                                                    Habas con Jamon (fava beans cooked with Iberian ham) at Taberna de Haro.
                                                                                                    Kobe beef meatloaf at Pop's.

                                                                                                    1. rlove Dec 29, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                                                      My list, in no particularly order, certainly missing items, and heavily influenced by recent favorites:

                                                                                                      - Pizza #4 (bacon/potato/cilantro/cranberry) at Emma's, Kendall Sq, Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Hamburger at Mr Bartley's, Harvard Square, Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Carnitas burrito at El Pelon, Kenmore Sq, Boston
                                                                                                      - Fried Kumamoto Oyster at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Foie Gras with balsamic chocolate kabayak at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Scottish Salmon with spicy sesame ponzu at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Wild Bluefin tuna tataki with pickled onion & truffle oil at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Grilled sashimi of chanterelle & shiitake mushrooms at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Okinawan-style braised pork at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Sake-braised wagyu short ribs at O Ya, Leather District, Boston
                                                                                                      - Grilled corn with cotija and lime butter, Toro, South End, Boston
                                                                                                      - Selection of oysters at B&G, South End, Boston
                                                                                                      - Sweetbreads in morel cream sauce at La Voile, Back Bay, Boston
                                                                                                      - Truffle pizza at Gran Gusto, North Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Falafel platter at Moody's Falafel Palace, Central Sq, Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Vegetarian tasting menu at Oleana, between Inman and Kendall Sq, Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Table-side-made Guacamole at Ole, Inman Sq, Cambridge
                                                                                                      - Butter lobster at Clio, Back Bay, Boston

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                                                                                                        ginafly Dec 29, 2008 12:57 PM

                                                                                                        This is a super fun thread. I'll treat it as a to-do list! =)

                                                                                                        ravioli "nudi" at Via Matta
                                                                                                        hot lobster roll at Neptune Oyster House
                                                                                                        beef tongue canape at Hungry Mother
                                                                                                        fig and proscuitto pizza at Figs
                                                                                                        baked gouda in a skillet at B Side Lounge (RIP, B Side!!)
                                                                                                        cornmeal fried oysters at EVOO
                                                                                                        vanilla bean souffle at Olives
                                                                                                        quinoa stuffed red pepper at Casablanca (much better than it sounds)
                                                                                                        Boston's Best Blue at Soundbites (it's my idea of a perfect breakfast)

                                                                                                        1. RoseWethersfield Dec 30, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                          I'll try...
                                                                                                          1. cheese plate (rendevous)
                                                                                                          2. cheese plate (upstairs)
                                                                                                          3. sultan's delight (oleana)
                                                                                                          4. buffalo shrimp (redbones)
                                                                                                          5. oysters (b+g)
                                                                                                          6. cubano (dave's pasta)
                                                                                                          7. spiked cider (highland kitchen)
                                                                                                          8. corn pizza (summer, Za's)
                                                                                                          9. frozen yogurt, original (berryline)
                                                                                                          10. whoopie pie cupcake (petsi's)

                                                                                                          This is the most pedestrian of things I eat -- and interestingly -- what I crave and enjoy!

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                                                                                                            LAinBoston Jan 9, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                                                                            No order:

                                                                                                            1. Chez Henri - Cuban
                                                                                                            2. Burdicks - Dark hot chocolate
                                                                                                            3. Grotto - Garlic-truffle soup
                                                                                                            4. Pinnochio's - Sicilian slice
                                                                                                            5. L'Espalier - Cheese plate
                                                                                                            6. Oceanaire - Hash Browns
                                                                                                            7. Mamma Maria - Braised rabbit pasta
                                                                                                            8. Green Street - Any cocktail
                                                                                                            9. Formaggio - Cheese selection
                                                                                                            10. Marliave - Baked beans

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                                                                                                            coco02446 Jan 10, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                                                                            Yes! I agree! YOMA is my most favorite restaurant in Boston! I love the cook, Thawdar!

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                                                                                                              chevrelove Jan 10, 2009 05:53 PM

                                                                                                              This list could change daily for me! Offhand and in no particular order:

                                                                                                              - Maracuchitos (cheese & plantain appetizers), Orinoco
                                                                                                              - Vegeterian plate, Helmand (does a whole plate count?)
                                                                                                              - Fried oysters, Hungry Mother
                                                                                                              - Lobster Roll, Bob Lobster, Newburyport - I know not technically Boston, but better than any I've had in the city
                                                                                                              - Frites with mayo selection, Publick House
                                                                                                              - Cheese & Beer plate, Cambridge Brewing Company
                                                                                                              - Burger, Gargoyles - DC's fave
                                                                                                              - Yemeser Alcha (lentil dish), Addis Red Sea
                                                                                                              - Eggplant parm sub, Tutto Italiano
                                                                                                              - Ricotta pie, Modern Pastry

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                                                                                                                derekj Feb 13, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                I second the oysters at HM and also the ricotta pie at MP. Have you tried their pan forte?
                                                                                                                Available only intermittently, but when they have it - wow!

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                                                                                                                jessabella617 Jan 11, 2009 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                These are my Ten Best
                                                                                                                -Stuffed Squid in its own ink at Dali
                                                                                                                -Steak Tacos at Taco Loco in Somerville
                                                                                                                -Squash Soup and Blood Pudding at Craigie on Main
                                                                                                                -Homemade Tofu with broccoli at East Asia in Somerville
                                                                                                                -Foie gras "sandwich" at Clio
                                                                                                                -Soupe de Poisson at Rialto in Cambridge
                                                                                                                -Homemade pasta w/calamari in spicy lobster/tomato sauce at Maurizios in the North End
                                                                                                                - Salmon and escolar sashimi at Super Fusion in Brookline
                                                                                                                -Pumpkin Kaddo at helmand in cambridge
                                                                                                                -Palace bread pudding at Oleana
                                                                                                                Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                  pink dress Jan 26, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                  My personal faves:
                                                                                                                  -Morning Buns, Clear Flour Bakery
                                                                                                                  -Empanadas mechada, Orinoco
                                                                                                                  -Coxinhas, Cafe Belo
                                                                                                                  -Red Sox pizza, Figs
                                                                                                                  -Chicken and cornbread chorizo stuffing, Union
                                                                                                                  -Cubano, Chez Henri
                                                                                                                  -Profiteroles, Mistral
                                                                                                                  -Sweet Potato gnocchi, Capones Foods (prepare at home)
                                                                                                                  -Fallafel appetizer, Oleana
                                                                                                                  -Fried chicken, Myers & Chang

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                                                                                                                    justbeingpolite Jan 26, 2009 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                    As of last night, have to add:
                                                                                                                    Shrimp with grits (maine shrimp, tasso ham, cornbread croutons and bbq sauce) at Hungry Mother in Cambridge. WOW!

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                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB Jan 26, 2009 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                      That was the first dish I tried at Hungry Mother; I was thinking about it for weeks afterward.

                                                                                                                  2. Danielle11 Jan 26, 2009 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                    Wait a minute. I thought this was suppose to be a list of the top ten best things to eat in Boston not a list of the fanciest restaurants in Boston. Here's my list....

                                                                                                                    - Cherry stones from The Union Oyster House
                                                                                                                    - A Fenway Frank from Fenway Park
                                                                                                                    - A Sausage from The Sausage Guy
                                                                                                                    - Clam Chowdah from The Fours
                                                                                                                    - A slice of pizza from Pizzeria Regina (North End)
                                                                                                                    - A Roast beef Sandwich (3 way) from Kelly's (Revere Beach)
                                                                                                                    - Any dessert from Finale
                                                                                                                    - A burger from Mr. & Mrs. Bartley's (Harvard Sq)
                                                                                                                    - Boiled lobster from Anthony's Pier Four
                                                                                                                    - Saugus Wings from The Kowloon (Rte 1 , Saugus)

                                                                                                                    That's Boston baby

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                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB Jan 26, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                      Hold on a sec. Granted, I cheated by listing 24 dishes instead of 10, but of those, only 7 are from mid-priced-to-fancy restaurants. Take those away and you have 17 great cheap dishes.

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                                                                                                                        Danielle11 Jan 27, 2009 01:58 AM

                                                                                                                        K I'll trust you and check them out. But are those 17 dishes truly Bostonian?

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                                                                                                                          MC Slim JB Jan 27, 2009 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                          If you mean "unique to Boston", I think the answer is no. But the OP's request was just "best dishes in Boston". It's an interesting question, though.

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                                                                                                                            Danielle11 Jan 28, 2009 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                            O I get ya. When I read the question I thought it meant to assemble a list of dishes that are the "best" in terms of meals you might not receive if you go to another city. Dishes that people will travel from other cities for because you can only find them here. But I love the assortment of dishes that have been listed. I can't wait to explore!

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                                                                                                                        derekj Feb 13, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                        Not sure what your parameters are here, Danielle, but you have several of my "avoid at all cost" list here.
                                                                                                                        Fenway frank? Simply the worst. (wurst?)
                                                                                                                        Finale? overpriced, undersized, and mostly shipped in frozen.
                                                                                                                        Anthony's Pier 4 and Kowloon? Two of the most awful tourist traps imaginable!
                                                                                                                        God, I sure hope that's not boston, baby!

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                                                                                                                        kimfair1 Jan 27, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                        I know some of these have been mentioned, but not by me! ;~) (in no particular order)

                                                                                                                        1. Arancini - Gallaria Umberto
                                                                                                                        2. Shrimp and Grits - Hungry Mother
                                                                                                                        3. Beef Tongue Canape - Hungry Mother
                                                                                                                        4. Cubano - Chez Henri
                                                                                                                        5. Hamachi w/banana pepper mousse - O Ya
                                                                                                                        6.Fois Gras w/chocolate whatever - O Ya
                                                                                                                        7. Sweetbreads - Craigie on Main
                                                                                                                        8. Grilled sausage - Santarpio's
                                                                                                                        9. The giant plate of assoorted pasta and meats - Carlo's Cuchina Italiano
                                                                                                                        10. Panna Cotta - Via Matta

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                                                                                                                          BobB Jan 27, 2009 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                          What is this giant plate at Carlo's you mention? I don't recall seeing anything like that on their menu: http://carloscucinaitaliana.com/menuD...

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                                                                                                                            kimfair1 Jan 27, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                            It's the Rigatoni Ala Rachele. It has loads of rigatoni, an eggplant bundle (fried eggplant wrapped around ricotta cheese), sausage, a meat ball and a piece of chicken parm. I try to order other stuff there, and occaisonally do, but this dish is awesome (and a great bang for the buck)! I'm not sure why I said "assorted pasta" as it's just rigatoni, but I think my head was spinning thinking of all these great dishes!

                                                                                                                            I'd also throw in the Marrow and Oxtail at KO Prime that I was reminded of in another thread.

                                                                                                                        2. Danielle11 Jan 28, 2009 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                          I've never bben to Clio to try the Maine Lobster but I've heard great things about the restaurant. Is the lobster on the pricey side? And is is whole lobster? Love that place in Malden too!

                                                                                                                          This is a good list

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                                                                                                                            justbeingpolite Jan 28, 2009 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                            Interesting,
                                                                                                                            There's another thread where folks seem to be raving about Bina Osteria, but I don't find one dish from there on this thread. Most of the usual suspects have at least a dish or two on here...I haven't been yet. Anyone want to add one?

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                                                                                                                              MC Slim JB Jan 28, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                              Well, probably 80% of this thread was posted in 2008, well before Bina opened. It's been open, what, two or three weeks?

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                                                                                                                                justbeingpolite Jan 28, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                DOH!!!
                                                                                                                                point taken

                                                                                                                          2. content Feb 1, 2009 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                            So much to eat, so little time!

                                                                                                                            I haven't tried a lot of the foods listed, but thanks for helping me to create a to-do list for myself!

                                                                                                                            Personally though, I love (in no particular order):

                                                                                                                            Pumpkin Kaddo - Helmand
                                                                                                                            Roti Canai - Penang
                                                                                                                            Eggplant with Basil - Taiwan Cafe
                                                                                                                            Pork Chop Rice Platter - Taiwan Cafe
                                                                                                                            Chicken Marsala on homemade fusilli - Basta Pasta
                                                                                                                            Pie Tee - Island Hopper
                                                                                                                            Chicken Gyro - Farm Grill & Rotisserie
                                                                                                                            Peking Duck - King Fung (for me that means the skin course and the soup course)
                                                                                                                            Minced Meat & String Bean w/ Lettuce Wrap - The Best Little Restaurant
                                                                                                                            Chicken B'stila - Tangierino

                                                                                                                            Yum!

                                                                                                                            1. CoryKatherine Feb 9, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                              Okay well this might not be considered the best by many, but it keeps me coming back for more every sunday- the grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions, tomatoes and turkey at Moogies in Brighton. Call me what you want to- lol- it's the best grilled cheese I've ever had.
                                                                                                                              I also go to Dok Bua for pad thai about once a week so I'm gonna put that on my list as well

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                                                                                                                                Joanie Aug 26, 2009 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                6 months too late, but is this grilled cheese only a Sun. thing or just your Sun. routine? That sounds awesome.

                                                                                                                                And while I'm here, a few of mine even tho I only get to the first two with regularity:

                                                                                                                                Choc./almond croissant and scones - Canto 6, JP
                                                                                                                                Grapenut ice cream - Louie's, E. Somerville
                                                                                                                                Bacon clam chowder w/ fried clams on top - Green St., Central Sq.
                                                                                                                                Fried clams - almost anywhere
                                                                                                                                Cheeseburger & onion rings - Bartley's, Harvard Sq.
                                                                                                                                Corn ravioli w/ pancetta & rock shrimp or any app or pasta - Prezza, North End
                                                                                                                                Whatever cream pie - Agawam Diner
                                                                                                                                White pizza w/ caramelized onion & portabello mushroom - Sonsie, Newbury
                                                                                                                                Macaroni & cheese - work cafeteria
                                                                                                                                Bread pudding - at the Frank De Pasquale restaurants (and Sonsie)

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                                                                                                                                  cornFusion Aug 26, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  What work cafeteria??? If you think its good, I have to get myself some...

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                                                                                                                                    Joanie Aug 26, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    In the NRB building of Harvard Medical School. It's not always there and a little hit or miss, but mostly hit. Good consistency, some crunchy stuff on top, white cheese, and wicked cheap.

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                                                                                                                                      djd Nov 2, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                      The current issue of Edible Boston has an article about this cafeteria. Sounded intriguing.

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                                                                                                                                        Joanie Nov 2, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                        Hmm, I've been thinking the mac and cheese doesn't have that same great look to it lately. Just read the article and it reminded me that I haven't seen the Wed. chef's table altho they're usually out of stuff by the time I eat lunch. They have some amazing lunches but always seem to offer the meal I want when I'm going out to dinner that nite. Nice looking pork chops, scallops, etc. w/ two sides for about $10. One of these days.

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                                                                                                                                bostongal Feb 9, 2009 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                truffle fries at Sorellina
                                                                                                                                crispy pad thai at Montien
                                                                                                                                frisee salad at Troquet
                                                                                                                                lime soda at Pho Viet

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                                                                                                                                  alyesterdays12 Feb 13, 2009 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                  mmmm.... truffle fries. i need some of those!

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                                                                                                                                  bluesjack Feb 13, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                  Just went to Prezza for the first time. A side served with the Veal Porterhouse was a lobster saffron risoto, that risoto was the best thing I've ever eaten period.
                                                                                                                                  I asked our waiter if they'd serve it as an app and he said as long as it's on the menu they'd do that...as someone once said, "I'll be back"

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                                                                                                                                    ilovedessert Feb 13, 2009 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                    After drooling over everyone's posts, I couldn't help but throw in my Top 10:

                                                                                                                                    Baked Roast Pork Bun - Eldo Cake House
                                                                                                                                    Garlic Frog Leg Sizzling Hot Pot (rough translation) - Peach Farm
                                                                                                                                    Hot Lobster Roll - Neptune Oyster
                                                                                                                                    Rainbow Layer Cookies - Mike's Pastry
                                                                                                                                    Goat Vindaloo - India Quality
                                                                                                                                    Pork Banh Mi - Pho Viet
                                                                                                                                    Steak Tartare - Brasserie Jo
                                                                                                                                    Fish Muqueca - Muqueca
                                                                                                                                    Pasticiotti - Maria's Pastry
                                                                                                                                    Burdick's Birthday Cake - L.A. Burdick
                                                                                                                                    Hot Cooked Tongue Sandwich - Michael's Deli

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                                                                                                                                      Cattie Mar 20, 2009 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                      - Gambas con Gabardina (Saffron-Batter Fried Shrimp w/Mojo Sauce) at Dali, Somerville (I could live on that sauce and bread)
                                                                                                                                      - Lomito al Cabrales (Pork Tenderloin w/Blue Goat Cheese & Mushrooms) also at Dali in Somerville. I'm not particularly big on meat, so I usually let someone else have the pork part and eat the sauce - amazing
                                                                                                                                      - Fresh mint ice cream at Christinas in Inman Square (only available in summer)
                                                                                                                                      - Mysore masala dosas from Kebab Factory in Somerville (although they have not been on the menu for quite a while now, I still dream about them)
                                                                                                                                      - The vegetarian sandwich (with everything and extra cheese) at Chacareros in downtown Boston (well worth both a detour to horrible downtown crossing and the wait in line)
                                                                                                                                      - Guacamole made tableside at Ole in Cambridge (and that tomato-ish sauce that comes with the burritos at Olecitas - what is it?)

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                                                                                                                                        lovelyeater Mar 20, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                        Definitely some repeats here, but this is my list.

                                                                                                                                        Cuban - Chez Henri
                                                                                                                                        Taramosalata - Greek Corner
                                                                                                                                        Blue Cheese fries - B Side (RIP)
                                                                                                                                        Pureed Parsnips - Garden at the Cellar
                                                                                                                                        Tuna Tartar - Tangierino
                                                                                                                                        Yom Nuer - Khao Sarn
                                                                                                                                        Maz Asado - Toro
                                                                                                                                        Fried Pickles - Redbones
                                                                                                                                        #3 pizza (spinach, sweet potato, garlic caramelized onions, rosemary sauce mozzerella and goat cheese) - Emmas
                                                                                                                                        Green beans with lime and sea salt - Forrest Cafe
                                                                                                                                        DGGC with sweet potato fries - Friendly Toast (ok not even Massachusetts... but soon to be!)

                                                                                                                                        Oh crap, that's 11. And I forgot the Green Olive and Walnut salad with pomegranate seeds at Sofra.

                                                                                                                                        1. Snoop37 Mar 20, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                          -Tuna Tartar in Mistral
                                                                                                                                          -Seared Foie Gras and Prune Stuffed Gnocchi in No 9 Park
                                                                                                                                          -Burger in Sel de La Terre (Natick Mall)
                                                                                                                                          -Chicken Shwarma at Sabra Grill
                                                                                                                                          -Surprisingly, the Grilled Tenderloin of Beef at Top of the Hub (However, when I went back and got it again, it was very disappointing)
                                                                                                                                          -Braised Short Ribs and Garlic Shrimp at Toro
                                                                                                                                          -To die For: Ebi Mango Maki at Fugakyu
                                                                                                                                          -Half order of Nachos from Sunset Tap and Grill (Maybe they were so good since I was a little drunk)
                                                                                                                                          - Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Vindaloo at India Quality
                                                                                                                                          - Desert Crepes during Brunch at Eastern Standard

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                                                                                                                                            jpsox Mar 20, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                            This is not very original, but here are 10 of my local faves:

                                                                                                                                            - Chicken Adana Sandwich at Family Restuarant, Brookline Village
                                                                                                                                            - Speeds Dog, mustard and onions only please
                                                                                                                                            - Eggplant Parm on Foccacia, Viga
                                                                                                                                            - Falafel Plate, by the King, Downtown Crossing
                                                                                                                                            - Ham and Onion Biscuits, Canto 6
                                                                                                                                            - Papusas, Hyde Sq., JP
                                                                                                                                            - Oysters at Neptune
                                                                                                                                            - Ginger Chicken, Chef Changs, Brookine
                                                                                                                                            - Cubano, Volle Nolle
                                                                                                                                            - Barbeque Chicken Sandwich, Chacarero

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                                                                                                                                              Dog Boy Apr 3, 2009 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                              All great dishes. Here are some pesonal favorites that were not listed previously.

                                                                                                                                              - Pepperoni Pizza - Picco (Boston)
                                                                                                                                              - Potato chip with black truffle sushi - O Ya (Boston)
                                                                                                                                              - Cinnamon cream brioche - Flour (Boston)
                                                                                                                                              - Pork Chop - Ten Tables (JP)
                                                                                                                                              - Superbeef with sauce and mayo - Nick's Famous Roast Beef (Beverly)
                                                                                                                                              - Pan Con Tomate and daily specials - Toro (Boston)
                                                                                                                                              - Crab rangoon - House of Siam (Boston)
                                                                                                                                              - Nasi goreng (Spicy Indonesian fried rice) - Myer's and Chang
                                                                                                                                              - Pulled pork stuffed grilled banana with Inner Beauty sauce (Brunch only) - East Coast Grill (Cambridge)
                                                                                                                                              - Sausage - Santarpio's (East Boston)

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                                                                                                                                                CoryKatherine May 18, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                I grew up about a mile from Nick's RB. Since giving up meat a while back, the idea of never having another Nicks w/ sauce and cheese and mayo has been the one and only thing I have agonized over. I thought bacon would be hard but I haven't thought twice. But I have to avert my eyes when I pass Nicks. Its been really sad!

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                                                                                                                                                jjyoon May 17, 2009 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                - lobster fra diavolo for two @ the daily catch, north end
                                                                                                                                                - burgers @ bartley's, harvard sq
                                                                                                                                                - japanese curry w/egg & cheese @ cafe mami, porter sq
                                                                                                                                                - dim sum @ china pearl, chinatown
                                                                                                                                                - carnitas quesadilla @ anna's taqueria, davis sq
                                                                                                                                                - spicy salted squid (aka salt & pepper squid) @ east ocean city, chinatown
                                                                                                                                                - hot dark chocolate @ l.a. burdick's, harvard sq
                                                                                                                                                - cannolis @ modern pastry, north end
                                                                                                                                                - vienna finger cookie ice cream @ toscanini's, central sq
                                                                                                                                                - sweet potato fries w/beer @ cambridge common, harvard sq

                                                                                                                                                honorable mentions: roll cakes @ eldo cake house (chinatown), johnny d's for brunch (davis sq), gargoyle's on the square (davis sq)

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                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer Mar 8, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Yes to Bartleys!

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                                                                                                                                                  theperfectpalate Aug 2, 2009 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Hey guys this is my humble list. I regret that there are many culinary experiences in boston I have not yet had, but I do love food and the stuff I have found are all really really good, so please try this stuff if anything try the number one pick. My number one pick is:

                                                                                                                                                  1. A slice of passion fruit cake at padaria brazilian bakery. There is one in allston, somerville, framingham and more.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Veal parmesan at Eunos restaurant in the north end.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Osso bucco at Eunos restaurant in the north end. Yes I know I listed the same place in a row but damn you'd understand if you had them as well. Osso bucco is the mecca of all tender cows meat. If you think tenderloin is tender... well just have the osso bucco and tenderloin will taste like biting into a rock.

                                                                                                                                                  4. malai kofta at the kabab factory in somerville. I've tried a couple things here and to give you an accurate report on what you should get here I would have to try more dishes but NOTHING I've had has dissapointed me.

                                                                                                                                                  5. Steak quesadilla with rice, pinto beans, salsa, hot sauce, guacamole and sour cream at felipes or annas taqueria (both recipes are made by the man known as felipes and are practically the same). Yes it is relatively cheap but damn is it good!

                                                                                                                                                  6. Fruit tarts at the fresh whole foods bakery on river street in cambridge.

                                                                                                                                                  7. Chicken tikka masala from cafe india in harvard square.

                                                                                                                                                  8. the kebab sampler at the kebab factory

                                                                                                                                                  9. chocolate sundays with recees cups kit kats and chocolate fudge with two scoops of oreo and one scoop espresso from jp licks with hot fudge on top.

                                                                                                                                                  10. Please note that while this is at the bottom of my list it was my favorite place for many many years. It is such a treasured place in the entire boston area that it is in many ways a holy relic. Perhaps the reason it is not on top of my list is because I have not ben there for a while but please please please stop at bartly's burgers if your ok with clogging your arteries (I'm not so I usually shy away however you have to go there in order to prove your from boston). Yes the boston globe did award them the title of best burgers in America! You could try the skip gates burger(teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple) or the joe biden (burger with bacon cheese and BBQ sauce) or the george bush jr. (double cheddar BBQ burger) but I like the double kraft burger. Oh and don't forget to try the lime rickey or the raspberry lime rickey!

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                                                                                                                                                    Gabatta Aug 2, 2009 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                    You actually don't have to be OK with clogging your arteries in order to eat at Bartley's or any other burger place for that matter (a similar assertion was put forth about Five Guys in another thread). People go to Bartley's and many other restaurants because they enjoy the food, not because they at "ok with clogging their arteries". Everything in moderation as they say.

                                                                                                                                                    Many folks eat fruit and veggie rich breakfasts, lunches and dinners at home most of the time so they can go out and indulge from time to time. If you don't have guilt about the other places on your list, then go ahead and enjoy that Bartley's burger (with rings and fries no less).

                                                                                                                                                    Did you know that Anna's cooks most of their food in lard? Also I don't think a visit to Bartley's is any worse for your pipes than the Veal you listed (or any parmesan dish (fried & cheesy)), Osso Bucco, ice cream Sundaes, or many of the other items listed on these boards.

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                                                                                                                                                    TheScribe Aug 2, 2009 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Don't miss the warm Indian pudding with vanilla ice cream at Durgin-Park!

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                                                                                                                                                      nomadgirl Aug 7, 2009 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                      First, can I join some of you for dinner? Many of my favorites were listed, but many more that screamed "try me." Second, I'll second the pisco sour at Eastern Standard. And they are impressed when you order a drink made with eggs.

                                                                                                                                                      Here are some more random, but fabulous things to try. In no particular order:

                                                                                                                                                      escargot at Eastern Standard

                                                                                                                                                      mussels at Taranta -- made in sherry, carmelized shallots and pancetta. make sure they leave the bread basket so you can sop them up

                                                                                                                                                      eggs benedict at Lucky's Lounge brunch. Yup, who knew. Best eggs benedict I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                      steak frites with blue cheese funduta at Eastern Standard. What to do? Dip you steak or fries in the blue cheese? Or both?

                                                                                                                                                      Jasper's pan roasted lobster. Yup, it's expensive -- probably the most expensive dish in the place. And yup, adding brandy cream sauce to a lobster IS gilding the lilly. But it's so good, I think I'd bathe in it.

                                                                                                                                                      veal schniztel at Eastern Standard -- now banished to the specials menu. Worth the trip.

                                                                                                                                                      Yum yum ribs -- Red Rock Bistro, Swampscott. I don't really eat pork, sticky food or food on bones. But try to take these from my plate, and I'll break your hand.

                                                                                                                                                      mango salsa -- Uncle Pete's (alas, closed). amazing. And it made you feel like you got some vegetables before slabs of fab meat. Can't somebody buy the recipes from Uncle Pete's widow and reopen? I'm sure many will toss in some funding!

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                                                                                                                                                        jennkay36 Aug 13, 2009 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Loc Lac at Elephant Walk
                                                                                                                                                        Spring Rolls wrapped in Lettuce with basil also at Elephant Walk
                                                                                                                                                        Tuna Bi Bim Bap (tuna tartar) at Jae's
                                                                                                                                                        Anything at Emma's Pizza
                                                                                                                                                        Sweet Potato Fries at Bison County in Waltham, particularly with their mustard sauce
                                                                                                                                                        Stonehearth's Bean or Farm Fresh pizzas - pizza and salad combined.
                                                                                                                                                        Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and pickles from Red Bones
                                                                                                                                                        Tu y Yo's Chile Nogada (seasonal and delicious - just like out of the book Like Water for Chocolate)
                                                                                                                                                        Tu y Yo's octopus and shrimp
                                                                                                                                                        Cafe Barada's (mass ave up from Porter Square) grilled chicken salads (simple iceberg, tomatoes, cukes, and feta but the lemony delicious dressing makes it to die for) and their hummus is the smoothest and creamiest!

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                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer Mar 8, 2011 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, yes, to Cafe Barada!

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                                                                                                                                                          Cafe Barada
                                                                                                                                                          2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                                                                                                                          Chris in Newton Aug 13, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                          pistachio ice cream from ice cream club in auburndale
                                                                                                                                                          calamari from pescatore in somerville
                                                                                                                                                          chicken tikka masala from little india in waltham
                                                                                                                                                          tamales from taqueria mexico in waltham
                                                                                                                                                          felafel and hummus from biblos in norwood
                                                                                                                                                          soup dumplings from gourmet dumpling house in chinatown
                                                                                                                                                          almond cookie from lakota bakery in arlington
                                                                                                                                                          cannolli from mike's pastry
                                                                                                                                                          lemon orzo soup from new england soup factory
                                                                                                                                                          coffee roll from country desserts in west newton

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                                                                                                                                                            phatchris Aug 14, 2009 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Here's one more.

                                                                                                                                                            Rabbit Milanese at Prezza.

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                                                                                                                                                              cornFusion Aug 18, 2009 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Just got back to this post almost a year and a half later - and happy to see it alive and well!!! However, I was looking for a great seafood place ... and very sad to say that oysters and lobster dominate what I would consider a gret seafood-town! So lacking other recommendations, I am off to try my luck at courthouse fish restaurant . Pretty sure it is good - not sure why we don't have more fish houses amongst the impressive names here.

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                                                                                                                                                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 18, 2009 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Because honestly, Boston is NOT a particularly good seafood town. You'd think it would be, but frankly, there just aren't that many really great seafood restaurants here, especially once you get out of Chinatown.

                                                                                                                                                                I never did my list, so here goes, off the top of my head:

                                                                                                                                                                Speed's dog
                                                                                                                                                                Lion's head casserole at Shanghai Gate
                                                                                                                                                                Chicken banh mi at Pho Viet
                                                                                                                                                                Smokestack at Russo's deli counter
                                                                                                                                                                Green mango salad at YoMa (actually, any of their salads could be on this list)
                                                                                                                                                                Churrasco na Tabua at Cafe Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                Arancini at Galleria Umberto
                                                                                                                                                                Any pizza at Pizzeria Regina (Thacher St only)
                                                                                                                                                                Sweet potato waffle with pecans (weekends only) at Deluxe Town Diner
                                                                                                                                                                Tacos al pastor at Anna's (Harvard Street)

                                                                                                                                                                I deliberately left out Chinatown, because I suspect I could make an entire list of ten in that neighborhood alone. And I thought I was staying away from things in my immediate neighborhood, but looking at the list, I see that fully half those items are available within a 10-minute walk from my house!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                                                                                                                                                  MC Slim JB Aug 26, 2009 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  What is the smokestack at Russo's? Some kind of pastrami sandwich? Smoked fish?

                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                                                                                                                                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 26, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Smoked ham, smoked turkey and smoked gouda on a braided sub roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, and chipotle mayo.

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                                                                                                                                                                  cornFusion Aug 26, 2009 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Courthouse fish - the restaurant is FABLOUS! Not going to say more.

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                                                                                                                                                                    yumyum Aug 26, 2009 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Not to worry -- much has been said about Courthouse (both the fish market and the restaurant), some of it by me. I love their soft shell crab sandwich in the spring and their fish and chips special any time of year. The chips are generic sysco but the fish is perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                      cornFusion Aug 26, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I thought i had died and gone to fish and chips heaven after tasting their sole fish & chips. Some folks know how to fry sysco chips better than others, i guess.

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                                                                                                                                                                        globalgourmand Nov 2, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Soft shell crab sandwich? Oh, yum!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: cornFusion
                                                                                                                                                                      StriperGuy Aug 26, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      East Coast Grill.

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                                                                                                                                                                      sforzando8 Nov 2, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Great post!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                      As if the list was not long enough:
                                                                                                                                                                      Black truffle mac and cheese, Mistral (winter only)
                                                                                                                                                                      Gruyere or apricot croissant, Clear Flour
                                                                                                                                                                      Sea salt, hot pepper & argula pizza, Teatro
                                                                                                                                                                      Sticky Toffee Pudding, Ashmont Grill
                                                                                                                                                                      Cheese Plate (any!), Troquet
                                                                                                                                                                      chappendaz, Helmand
                                                                                                                                                                      chicken b'stilla, Tangierino
                                                                                                                                                                      calamari w/ spicy aioli, Kingfish Hall
                                                                                                                                                                      Hurricane Roll, Misono in W. Roxbury

                                                                                                                                                                      mmmmmmm!

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                                                                                                                                                                        cornFusion Nov 13, 2009 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That gruyere croissant at clear flour has to be one of the greatest things that boston has to offer that you can put in your mouth. One of those things you have to do at least once before you move on!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Clear Flour Bread Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                        178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                                                                                                                                                          BobB Nov 13, 2009 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Yup. That and their morning buns. One of each for breakfast and you have the ultimate sweet/savory combo! (Of course I stop at one of each. Of course I do. Sometimes.)

                                                                                                                                                                      2. EATTV Nov 13, 2009 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Top Ten

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Oishii; Spicy crispy roll, wagyu sushi, uni tempura, Sapporo/Sake
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Galleria Umberto: Arrincini, pizzette, Peroni
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Taiwan Cafe: Xio Long Bao w/crab, basil clams, ss eggplant, Tall Tsing Tao
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Taqueria Mexico; Campechano, tortas al Pastor, Tecate
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Khao Sarn; Kao Soi, Miang Kum, Singha
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Buff's Pub; Buffalo Wings, Guinness
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Stella's; pizza slice (north of New Haven)
                                                                                                                                                                        7. All Star Sandwich Bar: Beef on Weck w/Poutine, Rolling Rock
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Dong Khan; Pho Satay w/goi cuon, Lychee Shake w/pearl
                                                                                                                                                                        9. El Oriental; Lechon (Friday), Media Noche, Guanabana Batido
                                                                                                                                                                        10. B&G; 2 dozen oysters, fried squid, lobster BLT, Gruner Veltliner

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                                                                                                                                                                        All Star Sandwich Bar
                                                                                                                                                                        1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                                        Buff's Pub
                                                                                                                                                                        317 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02458

                                                                                                                                                                        Khao Sarn
                                                                                                                                                                        250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EATTV
                                                                                                                                                                          StriperGuy Nov 13, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I like the accompaniments...

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                                                                                                                                                                            EATTV Nov 18, 2009 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            These were my go to must haves. I probably should bump #6 Stella's and replace it with India Quality in Kenmore. Very very very hot and spicy chicken tikka marsala, garlic Nan, rice, dahi papri chaat, and the Old 10,000 Monk beer (a malt liquor from Chennai).

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: EATTV
                                                                                                                                                                            maillard Nov 17, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I finally got a beef on weck from ASSBar a few weeks ago and found it somewhat horrifying. I know that the roll is supposed to have salt on it, but this roll had almost a solid salt crust on it. And the salt was embedded in a way that it couldn't be brushed or picked off. It was too salty to be tasty and made my heart hurt after. Is this typical? I haven't yet made it to upstate NY to try the beef on weck there, so I didn't have anything to compare it to, but it didn't seem quite right...

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                                                                                                                                                                              yumyum Nov 17, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yep that's typical. Google beef on weck and look at the images. ASSBar has a particularly heavy hand with the salt, but not way outside of the norm.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: yumyum
                                                                                                                                                                                maillard Nov 17, 2009 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I did look at pictures of the usual roll and it did look salty, but not quite as solid-salt as what I was given. But good to know that level of salt is about what's expected. I guess it's just not the sandwich for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bumpthekoala Feb 3, 2010 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Is it really called ASS Bar?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ScubaSteve Feb 3, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    nope.
                                                                                                                                                                                    All Star Sandwich Bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                            cornFusion Nov 25, 2009 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            One more addition to the list - and i JUST HAD to add it after having recently ingested a few: Grilled Reuben with imported roumanian pastrami at Sam LaGrassa's. Not sure I like anyone else's in town.....But you must eat them there. carry out is not an option

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                                                                                                                                                                            Sam Lagrassa's
                                                                                                                                                                            44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Bob MacAdoo Dec 1, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Lo these months later, a new top 10 for moi:

                                                                                                                                                                              - Pork taco plate, Taqueria/Cantina La Mexicana, Union Square, Somerville

                                                                                                                                                                              - Sliced Pork w Hot Pepper & Black Bean Sauce, FuLoon, Malden

                                                                                                                                                                              - Meridien Special, Meridien Food Market, East Boston

                                                                                                                                                                              - Speed Dog, Speed’s Truck, Newmarket Square, Boston (still!)

                                                                                                                                                                              - Yuppie burger, UBurger, Kenmore Square, Boston

                                                                                                                                                                              - Diver Scallop, sage tempura, olive oil bubbles, meyer lemon, O Ya, Boston

                                                                                                                                                                              - Dry aged ribeye, Grill 23, Boston

                                                                                                                                                                              - Bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese and curried apple hash, Garden at Cellar, Cambridge

                                                                                                                                                                              - Crispy-fried pigs’ tails, pickled peanuts, nuoc cham, cilantro, Craigie on Main, Cambridge

                                                                                                                                                                              - Yellowtail hamachi sashimi, Neptune Oyster, North End, Boston

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bob MacAdoo
                                                                                                                                                                                Joanie Dec 2, 2009 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                The man likes his pig.

                                                                                                                                                                                What's on a yuppie burger?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2009 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Great list!

                                                                                                                                                                                  That burger has Swiss, grilled mushrooms, and bacon, which everyone knows yuppies have to consume daily or turn to dust.

                                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Joanie
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bob MacAdoo Dec 2, 2009 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Joanie - you pegged me cold on the swine love. As John Travolta's character famously said in Pulp Fiction: "Bacon tastes good. Pork chops taste good." Indeed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Friendly D Jan 26, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  -Bacon and Egg Fancy @ Mike and Patty's (Bay Village)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Boulliabase @ Ten Tables (JP)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Charcuterie @ Butcher Shop (South End)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Canneles @ Clear Flour Bakery (Brookline)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Pizza @ T. Anthony's (Brookline)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Yucca con Chicharron @ La Pupusa Guanaca (JP)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Sausage Gravy & Biscuits @ The Plough and Stars (Cambridge)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Fish and Chips @ Matt Murphys (Brookline)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Honey Roll @ Genki-Ya (Brookline)
                                                                                                                                                                                  -Corn Ice Cream with Huckleberry Sauce @ Hungry Mother (Cambridge)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Friendly D
                                                                                                                                                                                    rlove Jan 26, 2010 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great list!

                                                                                                                                                                                    I first posted on this thread over a year ago and your first item--the delicious bacon and egg fancy at Mike and Patty's--is a definite addition to my list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Friendly D Jan 27, 2010 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks!
                                                                                                                                                                                      M&P is such an awesome place - you really can't go wrong with anything there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Taralli Jan 26, 2010 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, here are 6 anyway:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Arroz Chaufa de Carne o Pollo, Rincon Limeno-EB
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cerviche Mixto, Rincon Limeno-EB
                                                                                                                                                                                    Birria, Jalisco-EB
                                                                                                                                                                                    *Dong Po Pork-Fuloon-Malden
                                                                                                                                                                                    Garlic Chicken Wings-Fuloon-Malden
                                                                                                                                                                                    Coconut Rice, Yoma-Allston

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ajrossi Feb 19, 2010 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Simple Pleasures!
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Cuban Sandwich at Chez Henri in Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                                                      Simply steamed 2lb lobster at the Summer Shack
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Short Rib Canneloni at Troquet
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sea Salt & Rosemary fries at Sol De Laterre on Boylston
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mussel appetizer at Sonsie with grilled toasts
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sesame Ginger wings at Kings
                                                                                                                                                                                      Wonton Soup at Island Hopper
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hunan Crispy Beef at Chef Chows in Brookline
                                                                                                                                                                                      Dry rubbed ribs at PF Changs
                                                                                                                                                                                      Soft Shell Crab with Ginger and Scallion at Island Hopper (they will make it if you ask while in season)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        apes Mar 18, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        This thread is invaluable!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Here are some I haven't noticed mentioned so far, from the cheap-o places I tend to frequent...
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Ham and blue cheese biscuit (weekends only!), Canto 6
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Duck soup with mushrooms & egg noodles (unsure of official name of this dish), Sunrise Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Farmer's lunch sandwich, City Feed
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Ronie burger, Miracle of Science
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Whole red snapper, El Oriental
                                                                                                                                                                                        -The Bohannon, Deep Ellum (it's a cocktail. deal with it.)
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Egg and choritzo burrito, Tacos Lupita
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Guacamole with pita chips, Emma's Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Spinach dip, Friendly Toast
                                                                                                                                                                                        -Pescado burrito, El Pelon (in honor of their immanent rise from the ashes)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        El Pelon
                                                                                                                                                                                        2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Friendly Toast
                                                                                                                                                                                        121 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

                                                                                                                                                                                        Emma's Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                        40 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                                                        Deep Ellum Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                        477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Dan Boston Mar 18, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sweet/Coffee:
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Almond Croissant – Flour Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Pumpkin Pave (Fall Only) – Clear Flower
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Morning Buns with Walnuts – Clear Flower
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Peanut Butter Cupcake - Sportello
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Chocolate Chip Cookies – Rosie’s
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Éclairs – Vicki Lee’s, Belmont
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Cannolis - Modern Pastry
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Any Dessert from Troquet
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Ice Cream from Christina’s in Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Baileys Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ice cream (Current flavor of the Month) – JP Licks
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Cappuccino - Vicki Lee’s, Belmont

                                                                                                                                                                                          Savory:
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Zucchini Flowers – Bricco
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Crunchy Eggplant – Via Matta
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Osso Buco – Mamma Maria
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Pulled BBQ Lamb Sandwich – Formaggio (Saturdays in the Summer)
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Fig & Prosciutto Pizza – Figs
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Butterfish – Blue Ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Soup of the Day (Whatever it is) – Harvest
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Atomic Meatloaf Meltdown – All Star Sandwich Bar (Texas Ruben and Rings of Fire are good too.)
                                                                                                                                                                                          - French Onion Soup – Aquitaine
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Croque Maigret – Aquitaine Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Eggs Benedict Provencal - Aquitaine Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Fish Tacos – La Verdad or Dorado
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Fish and Chips – The Bristol
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Burger (Grass Feed) - Wild Willy’s, Watertown
                                                                                                                                                                                          - The Maki – Oishii
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Melanzane Pizza – Regina’s North End location only
                                                                                                                                                                                          - Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana Panini – Artu North End (It’s not on the menu, but they’ll make it. Also it is not what people think of as a Panini. it is more like a chicken and eggplant parm sub)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          All Star Sandwich Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                          1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                                                          Troquet
                                                                                                                                                                                          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                                                                                                                          Modern Pastry
                                                                                                                                                                                          257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bricco
                                                                                                                                                                                          241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                          583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

                                                                                                                                                                                          Flour Bakery + Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                          12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                          La Verdad
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                                                                                                                                                                                          Vicki Lee's
                                                                                                                                                                                          105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mamma Maria Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

                                                                                                                                                                                          Via Matta
                                                                                                                                                                                          79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wild Willy's
                                                                                                                                                                                          46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                                                                                                                                                            rshock Apr 1, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Alright, I'll take a stab. Some recent and not so recent winners:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Cubano - Chez Henri (Cambridge)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hot Dark Chocolate - Burdicks (Harvard Sq)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Steak Frites - Aquitaine (South End)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Cassoulet - Pigalle (Theater Dist)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Tavern Wings - Warren Tavern (Charlestown)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Cannoili - Modern Pastry (North End)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chitarra alla Carbonara - Il Casale (Belmont)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pulled Pork w/ Cheesy Grits - Blue Ribbon BBQ (Arlington)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Cornmeal Fried Clams - Best ones I've had were at Casablanca but they're gone. Neptunes are still good
                                                                                                                                                                                            Papardelle Blognese - Ristorante Olivio (Arlington)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Honorable Mention (non-Boston category)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Corned Beef Hash - Art Cliff Diner (Vineyard Haven)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Honorable Mention (RIP category)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Huevos del Diablo - Daddy-O's (Cambridge). - Best. Breakfast. Ever. Every t time I think of this dish I weep that I will never have it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Blue Ribbon BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                            910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                                                                                                                                                                                            Pigalle
                                                                                                                                                                                            75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chez Henri
                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                                                                                                                                                            Modern Pastry
                                                                                                                                                                                            257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                            Burdick's
                                                                                                                                                                                            Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                            Warren Tavern Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ristorante Olivio
                                                                                                                                                                                            201 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

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                                                                                                                                                                                              coweepooh Oct 24, 2010 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for starting this thread--am definitely going to try as many of these places as possible and then add my list of my top ten favs before we leave Boston :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                FriedClamFanatic Oct 26, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Been way too long since I lived in Boston to rec. any specific places, but there are a few things anyone travelling to that area should try at least once'
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A Maine-style lobster roll (with butter, not Mayo)
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. A cup of Real Clam Chowder (WHITE ONLY - New England style!!!!!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Fried Clam with Bellies (um, you can guess that this is my favorite)
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Linguica Sausage..especially Linguica Pizza or a Linguica Sandwich (Technically more SE Mass than Boston, but oh so good!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly some of the above are barely available in the Philly area and some of the other so-called items don't compare in taste

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer Mar 8, 2011 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just went ot Out of the Blue in Davis Square, Somerville, and had the most delicious fried clam/fried scallop plate! It has just moved into the top ten, and I'll have to go back and have it again, I think. Really simple, really truly fresh, really well done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Out of the Blue Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                  215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    joechristo Jun 1, 2011 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Everyday Meals (not the High end eatery type stuff)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Steak Tips and Wings at the Cherry Tree, West Newton
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Calzones at Umberto's on Hanover St
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -French Dip, Onion Roll & Potato Salad at the 7's Charles St
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Santarpios Lamb & Sausage combo and a Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Roast Beef 1000 at Cutty's in Brookline
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Burnt Ends Sandwich with Beans and slaw Blue Ribbon BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Wings at Buffs
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Open face Chicken sandwich plate at Demo's
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Pizza at O'Hara's or Paddy's
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Pasta with Meat sauce at Greg's Watertown

                                                                                                                                                                                                    and the ones I miss the most

                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Subs & Such Steak & Cheese, (WAAAAAAH!!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Breakfast Sandwiches at Elisa's on Adams St Newton
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Onion Rings at Buzzy's
                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Beef Stew & Chowder at the Bull & Finch Pub Circa 1987(Yes Cheers)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Ribbon BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                    910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherry Tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1349 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      meeps2002 Jun 1, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      No Particular Order (All #1 Worthy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB Smoothie - Blue Shirt Cafe - Davis Sq
                                                                                                                                                                                                      HamBurger & Fries - Eastern Standard Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clam Roll - Yankee Lobster
                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Devils on Horseback" - Sonsie
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zuni Roll - Parrish Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Volcano Roll - Zen Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chicken & Waffles - Hen House
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried Pickles - Cambridge Common
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heuvos Rancheros - Masa (SE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fusilli Pasta - La Summa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eastern Standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yankee Lobster
                                                                                                                                                                                                      300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blue Shirt Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                      424 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. EthnicNJ Jun 23, 2011 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Took my family of Jersey “foodies” (wife and three kids aged 7, 11 and 14) to Boston over Easter weekend and had some excellent meals. Not enough time in town to find ten, but here are five things we enjoyed:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Best lobster roll ever (warm and dripping with butter) at Neptune Oyster;
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Spectacular Brazilian seafood stew – Muqueca – at the restaurant of the same name in Cambridge;
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Burnt sugar ice cream to die for at Christina’s down the street;
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Soup dumplings (but not as good as the xioabang at Cliffside Park, New Jersey’s Petite Soo Chow) at the Gourmet Dumpling House in Chinatown; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - A nice rustic Italian meal at Cambridge’s Gran Gusto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neptune Oyster
                                                                                                                                                                                                        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christina's Homemade Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gourmet Dumpling House
                                                                                                                                                                                                        52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Muqueca
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gran Gusto
                                                                                                                                                                                                        90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef Jun 23, 2011 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks for that visitor report; very helpful when we advise others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            EATTV Jun 24, 2011 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm a big xio long bauhound and always get the crab/pork soup dumplings at Taiwan Cafe. I will however share with bridge and tunnel appetites that Grand Sichuan at 229 9th served up some perfect xlb just last week. Who knew?

                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              EthnicNJ Jun 24, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good to know. I am very impressed by your Boston area ethnic food odyssey, BTW. Let me know if you ever want a similar itinerary in Jersey. We've got it all, just a little more difficult to find.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                EATTV Jun 25, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are originally from GSP exit 117a and return sometimes. We would love to hear your greatest hits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today was day 18 of the 30 day challenge and I have eaten something new every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. David11238 Jun 24, 2011 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meat loaf sandwich at Blunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              softly Mar 8, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would like to thank the OP and all contributors for this most helpful thread. We visited Boston and ate at Antico Forno and the Margherita pizza is lovely. This supper was a highlight for our family. Many thanks for this recommendation! We also enjoyed burnt sugar icecream at Christina's. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and expertise with others!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kberley Apr 7, 2012 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for all of the great tips. Sox are back in Boston and I'll be doing my bimonthly trips to Boston. I want to try, in no particular order, these from your top tens:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                cubano, chez henri (harv sq)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                chilean sea bass wrapped in banana leaf at Tremont 647
                                                                                                                                                                                                                gnocchi at Union Bar and Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                chicken tikka masala at Tanjore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Fudge Sundae at Abe & Louie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the bread pudding at Oleana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                prune stuffed gnocchi- No. 9 Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shrimp with yellow chives at Taiwan Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Crab with Ginger and Scallion (Taiwan Cafe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Burnt Sugar Ice Cream: Christina's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                sticky buns @ flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                gruyere croissants at Clear Flour Bakery in Allston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hot lobster roll at Neptune
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sticky Toffee Pudding, Ashmont Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Char Siu Bao (steamed BBQ Pork Buns) at Hei La Moon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favs in Boston are tasting menu paired with wines at No 9 Park, dim sum at China Pearl, hazelnut gelato @ Caffe Paradiso, Garlic Shrimp at King & I, any pizza from Pizzeria Regina (North End), seafood risotto at iL Villaggio, sausage/pepper/onion grinder outside of Fenway, homemade chips at Bleacher Bar, clam chowder at Union Oyster, and vegetarian chili at Tridents Booksellers (on Newbury Street).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I stay away from hot dogs in Fenway Park ever since they switched from Fenway Franks to whatever they are now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kberley Jun 28, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went into Boston for our anniversary yesterday and had the hot lobster roll at Neptune. Delicious and what a great atmosphere. I'm chipping away at my list, above.

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