What are your current Top 5 food cravings/addictions North of Boston?
I thought it would be fun to start this post up, and have others do it for their regions. This can be whatever food item found somewhere North of Boston has you obsessed, or going back for time and again, or something you had and can't forget.. It can change from week to week etc.
My current Top 5:
--Salmon Katsu/HatsuhanaRestaurant in Danvers-moist crispy panko coated strips stacked like a Jenga game
--Blueberry Muffins/BlueCanoe convenience store bakery at Irving Gas Wakefield Ma. Exit 42 and other locations in Salem Ma, Haverill and all over ME and NH
--Shrimp Gyro/Zalek's in Wakefield--not actually on the menu..juicy bbq shrimp with yummy tsadiki on soft gyro bread. I get cravings for most of Zalek's seafood..
--Cheese Pizza/ Flatbread Pizza Company in Bedford..past the Burlington Mall. Cravable wood oven with sauce cooked in cauldron in oven and fresh vermont cheese
--Swordfish Greek Salad/Brothers Kouzina Rte 1 N. Peabody --Delicious chargrilled swordfish over a big greek salad with the best greek dressing. Its a casual but slightly upscale greek restaurant. Everything is good there..
Got some takeout today from Mango II, so that tomorrow I can either celebrate or drown my election sorrows in Drunken Noodles. Glad I remembered that this dish was mentioned on CH - it's excellent, as is the Indonesian Fried Rice with its topping of barbecued chicken, which I decided to try since my candidate spent part of his youth there. Not on the menu, but highly recommended, is the Curry Puff appetizer, 4 samosa-like chicken/veg pieces, served with the type of cucumber/chili sauce that accompanies satay in Thai restaurants.
--fried haddock sandwich at the Causeway in Gloucester--HUGE (about 1 lb) piece of fresh haddock with nice light batter cooked to perfection, nice slaw too
--Caesar salad at Stone Soup Ipswich--homemade dressing, very creamy with a nice zing from garlic, homemade croutons topped with roasted red peppers and grilled portabella
--Stuffed Veal Chop at Zabaglione in Ipswich--very high quality chop, stuffed with fontina and Proscuito, makes all his own stocks so the veal demi-glaze nails it
--Carmellina pizza at Ponte Vecchio in Danvers-carmelized onions, Motz, parm, cured ham and a nice sweet sauce, make their own dough and brick oven turns out a golden brown airy crust
--desserts at Giana's in Essex--old Italian guy who used to run bakeries in E Boston recently opened this place, great assortment of Italian desserts
Agree chompie 20 replies to 4, waddup w that? I have several great restaurants right in my north of Boston hometown.
Penang Duck from the Duckwalk
Sushi from Sushi Island next door
Whatever is on special @ Zalek's (b/c I've had everything else on the menu :))
Lemon pepper fish over salad @ Farnhams
Tuna Tartere and the cornbread and rolls from Turners Fisheries
~ Gingerbread Construction Co. makes unbelievably hard to resist muffins - Winchester and Wakefield
~ Mango Duck or Salmon at Sato, Stoneham
that's it so far...
I can't name five. All I know is I adore the crabcake appetizer at Finz in Salem! :-)
I also adore the chili con carne at El Paisa, but that's only "north" in the sense that East Boston isn't downtown.
In no order of magnitude, but places I crave.
Napoli's Pizza - Haverhill - Tray pizza...amazing. Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Agaway Diner - Rowley - Fried Chicken, Apricot Cream Pie.
The American Barbecue - Rowley - Smoked brisket and chicken. This place is consistant putting out good smoked brisket.
Cafe Azteca - Lawrence - Anything off their daily specials and their house made salad dressing.
FuLoon - Malden - I wish I lived closer but it's worth the drive.
Napoli's in Haverhill is nothing like the Napoli in Lawrence. Napoli's in Haverhill is takeout only. I order mine with their grated cheese, not the mozzarella. I haven't found anything like it in the area and it's been around a long time. Heats up well in the oven also. I hope you like it if you try it.
Just one currently - the crab cakes at Three Cod Tavern, Marblehead. Closest to the real deal that we've had in a long time.
I'm trying to distinguish the things I actually crave from the things I just LIKE in this area. So here are the foods that occasionally haunt my mind:
Lobster tail pastry from Fisichelli's in Lawrence. I've only had it once but it's been nagging my subconscious for more ever since then. http://www.fisichellis.com/
Fried Chicken from Agaway Diner in Rowley
Fried Clams (big bellies!) from Clam Box in Ipswich
Gingerbread Muffins from Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield/Winchester
Crispy Tamarind Duck from Duck Walk in Wakefield
Fruit ice cream sundaes (any kind, as long as it's seasonal) from Benson's in West Boxford
re: Chris VR
Sigh, I need to strike the fried chicken from Agawam Diner from my list. We went today and it was just not that good. Maybe it was undercooked- there was an unpleasant mealy texture to the coating, which had NO seasoning at all. Last time I thought it needed salt, but this was ridiculous. The pie (Apricot cream) didn't have much flavor beyond "sweet" either. I liked it so much the last time I went and have been raving to hubby about it ever since and now he thinks I'm crazy.
However, I'm going to swap Jacqueline's fried chicken in Lawrence in there - this chicken is seriously craveworthy.
re: Chris VR
Oh no....I was saddened to read this news about Agawam Diner fried chicken and Apricot cream pie. For me, they were always so consistant with both.
On the other hand, your right about Jacqueline's fried chicken...their fried chicken is one of the reasons I haven't been to the Agawam Diner in a while.
Info, this place seems to really be picking up exposure on this board.
I crave their empanada's quite often and their chicken is excellent. Anyone in Lawrence should stop in to try them if they like empanadas. For $1 each it's also gotta be one of the best bargains going.
199 Salem St, Lawrence, MA
re: Chris VR
I agree. I couldn't understand the raves about the fried chicken at Agawam. Went about two months ago and was very unimpressed. Had no flavor and the coating was thick and tasteless.
Tonino's in Saugus for Italian food.
Capitol Diner for wonderful and different French Toast and huge breakfast sandwiches. Plus, the outdoor seating is just so laid back and surrounded by flowers. The wait staff is so very friendly. Go there - you won't be disappointed. Oh, they are on vacay until Aug. 26th.
Lil 'N Chicks for apple pie and homemade gelato and ice cream!
The fried chicken used to be very good at Agawam and was a steady choice of mine for years. I went recently after ChrisVR's strike to see for myself and thought it was still good, but my last two visits were not as good. My daughter used to love their fried clams and she and I were not to happy with the coating and fry job are last two visits. I have a void to fill now as Agawam Diner was a weekly stop for me during the winter months.
Sichuan pork dumplings with roasted chilli vinaigrette, Sichuan Garden II, Woburn
Tacos de cabeza especiales at Taqeuria El Amigo, Waltham
Fresh bamboo shoots with spicy wonder sauce at Sichuan Gourmet, Billerica
Grill-table galbi at New Jang Su BBQ, Burlington
Churrasco (especially pork shoulder, beef sirloin, and sausage) by the pound at Tudo Na Brasa, Woburn.
there's lots of waltham places, so i had also started a Metrowest post for this topic, so I am bumping it up for all of your Waltham cravings...
Also, clipper7, if you search this boston board you will find tons of recs for fine dining in Cape Ann..Just try wording it in a few ways, by town, etc. to cover lots of posts..
Here is my list:
Zuppa de VOngole at Feliccia's in Stoneham. Clams steamed in.a red or white sauce. Delicious. I always get the red sauce and ask for extra bread to sop it up after I finish the clams.
Hamachi Kama at Sushi Island in Wakefield. The "collar bone" of a Yellow Tail broiled with lots of salt.
Chile Verde Buritto at Tres Amigos in Stoneham.
Chengdu Dry Hot Chicken at Sichuan Garden in Woburn. Also their tea smoked duck.
Any of the dishes at Catch in Winchester.
mmmm.... i forgot about Felicias! I have been craving to go back and have their battered shrimp marinara... and hear those crazy guys sing and play the accordian..
Shaebones--hi! just noticed your post. You mentioned Farnhams, but said your posts were in your town. Do we have a nearby Farnhams?? or did you mean the one in Essex?? thanks!
West Ender sandwich from Virgilio's bakery in Gloucester -- perfect proscuitto and provolone, with roasted red peppers, on fresh-baked bread with a little oil and oregano. So simple, so perfect. I MUST HAVE ONE SOON.
Riverview Pizza in Ipswich -- nuff said. So simple, so delicious.
Lazyman's Lobster at Lobster Pool in Rockport -- So simple, so damn lazy.
"The Greek" lamb sandwich at Cafe Zabaglione in Ipswich
Fried Haddock with Molho Vilao & Portuguese fries at The Azorean in Gloucester
Crispy Beef at Royal Garden on Rt 1 S in Danvers
anything chocolate (especially turtles) or the roasted cashews at Nichol's Candies on Rt 128 N in Gloucester
and my #1 craving that I have actually requested be in the delivery room when I give birth because I have not been able to eat cold cuts throughout my pregnancy ....
the Saint Joseph's sandwich at Virgilio's Bakery in Gloucester with just lettuce, olive oil & oregano...I can't wait!
Chicken salad sandwich at Virgilio's bakery in Gloucester, yum!
Pulled chicken at American BarbQ in Rowley, extra yummy.
Fried pickles at the Porthole in Lynn, if you haven't tried em, you got to.
Mango chicken at Thai Thani in Swampscott, very fresh mango.
The Tuscany sandwich from Cafe Vesuvius in Marblehead, carmelized onions and roasted peppers over chicken on focaccia bread with a sweet sauce, it's the best.
Sushi Island in Wakefield :Yama kake at (raw tuna over creamy grated mountain yam with quail egg and slivered nori and soy sauce);
all their sushi.
FuLoon in Malden: Wok Baked Beef, Green Starch Noodles w/ Cucumber and Pork, Yu Siang Eggplant , Soup Dumplings filled with Sweet Black Sesame paste.
Tripolis pizza in Lawrence
Napolis Pizza in Haverhill
Skip's Snack Bar in Merrimac
Larry's Clam Bar in Plaistow NH
Markey's Lobster Pound
All of these places have good food and a local kind of a charm
Agree with the grated cheese pizza @ Napoli's in Haverhill! The BEST!!
The Captain's Platter @ Causeway (Rte.133) Gloucester....HUGE and delicious!!
Also, in Gloucester, LobstaLand on Rte. 128N. Everything is wonderful. Great breakfasts. They close for the winter so call first.
Italian Birthday Cake (w/whipped cream frosting) in Revere!! FAB!!
Anything @ SuChang's in Peabody. Clean and fresh flavors!!
Also, Feng Shui in Chelmsford. Memorable!!
Pecan Crusted Boneless Chicken @ Lucciano's in Danvers Sq. I love that place!!
And Kathys Kountry Kitchen on Rte.1A Rowley. Wonderful breakfasts and lunches. Homemade breads and pastries. Yum!
Desperately seeking creton! I recently moved from New Hampshire to Florida and creton is not available here. Does anyplace ship it down here or am I stuck attempting to make it myself-which would be a very scary option.
I'm going to say:
1. A monster dog from Freds Franks with his homemeda "habanaise" , brown mustard and onions.
2. Pulled pork sandwich from American BBQ- (with a pint of brisket on the side-outstanding)
3. Buffalo chicken pizza from Supinos in Danvers.
4. French Dip sliders and a dozen cherrystones from The Tides in Nahant.
5. Double onion bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese from The Dailey Bagel at The Cummings Ctr. in Beverly.
Now I'm starving.
Can we revive this?:
Dan dan noodles at Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica
Sushi at Sakura's in Chelmsford
baked haddock at Good Thymes in Lowell
shrimp dishes at Cafe Azteca in Lawrence
chicken garlic nachos at Hermano's in Concord, NH
502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
180 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840
Pho in Pho1, Woburn
Chile Verde Burrito, Three Amigos Stoneham
Spring rolls, Plum Island Grille, Plum Island
Badami Kheer (rice pudding, Rang Indian Bistro, Stonehm
Chicken Kra Pow at Pho 1, Woburn
Plum Island Grille
2 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury, MA 01951
125 Main St Ste 4, Stoneham, MA 02180
Rang Indian Restaurant
5 Central Sq, Stoneham, MA 02180