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bostonrich1234 Aug 16, 2008 12:06 AM

I'm talking off the beaten path. What is it and what do they do best?

I'll start with Waverley Market, Framingham with Porchetta sandwiches

Shiro Japanese restaurant in Berlin for oshinko (pickled vegetables)

  1. Locutus Aug 16, 2008 04:37 AM

    Carmens Fried Chicken on Rt 107 in E Kingston NH

    1. pondrat Aug 16, 2008 07:23 AM

      Apple Cider Donuts just out of the fryer at Honey Pot Orchards in Bolton

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        kobuta Aug 16, 2008 07:46 AM

        Arrhhh (*Homer Simpson drooling*) I love those apple cider donuts!! The only reason to actually go fight the kids and families to go apple-picking there IMO.

        1. re: pondrat
          mabelm4050 Aug 16, 2008 07:57 AM

          I believe they are in Stow, not Bolton. Those donuts are amazing!

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            pondrat Aug 16, 2008 08:13 AM

            Ooops...thanks mabelm it is Stow....but I may need to take a ride out there today just to be sure !...Their web site says that they're making donuts...and to kobuta's point they taste much better when there's no mongol hoards to compete with...One bag for the orchard...one bag for the car...and one bag for home...and still never enough

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              chowcat Aug 16, 2008 10:51 AM

              Definitely making cider donuts...had one just last Sunday, in fact. Right now they have PYO blueberries, and peaches for sale in the farm store (not PYO). I think their peaches are an even better-kept secret than their donuts. You have to eat the peaches over a bowl because so much juice runs down your chin.

              I prefer to buy their apples already-picked and avoid the hordes altogether. Rainy days, after work, or weekend mornings are the best times.

        2. hiddenboston Aug 16, 2008 08:03 AM

          I can think of, oh, about 275 places, hehehe. But a few that come to mind are:

          -- Winthrop Arms (a restaurant inside a grand old waterfront hotel) in Winthrop for some pretty darn good mac and cheese.

          -- La Siesta, also in Winthrop, for nearly any dish (excellent Mexican food).

          -- Cronin's near the old shipyard in Quincy for excellent soups, burgers, and steak tips.

          -- Mango II in Tewksbury for some of the best Thai food in the Boston area, IMO.

          -- Denly's near Jackson Square in Weymouth for thin-crust pizza and old-school atmosphere.

          -- Napoli in Lawrence for excellent Sicilian pizza.

          -- Old Timer in Clinton (Irish pub) for their church-like environment.

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            LStaff Aug 16, 2008 08:05 AM

            The samosas at the Indian bodega in Davis Square.

            1. Harp00n Aug 16, 2008 08:47 AM

              Too funny, I looked at this post earlier this morning and was about to reply with one place in mind, Whence Boru, the Airedale, said again, and I mean right now! So, on coming back in, there's TV Diner's "Diner for a day" giving an enthusiastic thumbs up for Ashland's Oregon Club. It's been around since the 1920's and occasionally gets a little press but not nearly what it deserves, IMO. It's a neighborhood, somewhat upscale, steakhouse with a fairly limited menu but what they do, they do well. In addition, they also have a very nice patio.

              Harp

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              The Oregon Club
              117 Oregon Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

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                pondrat Aug 16, 2008 08:57 AM

                Great choice Harp...Been going there since you needed to ring the door bell to be "admitted. "Their spicy mushroom soup is a classic....substantial portions and almost always seats on short notice..very casual despite a higher end menu. The secluded setting is always a long term conversation piece for out of town friends and business guests

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                  Harp00n Aug 16, 2008 09:17 AM

                  "and almost always (get) seats on short notice"

                  Thanks, pondrat. Yeah, well I hope we did't screw THAT up! I've updated the "Places" link because, lord knows, you'll need an accurate map to find The Oregon Club. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea?

                  Harp

                  1. re: Harp00n
                    pondrat Aug 16, 2008 09:49 AM

                    It's always a sure bet in the winter...in addition to the challenge of finding the place, you need a dog sled to get in and out of there on some nights...The epitome of "off the beaten (or unbeaten) path"

                    1. re: pondrat
                      Harp00n Aug 18, 2008 07:33 PM

                      To quote Sgt. Preston of the Yukon; "On King, mush you big husky!"

                      harp

              2. mcel215 Aug 16, 2008 09:59 AM

                I mentioned this in another thread today, and it brought it to mind.

                Josephs Trattoria in Haverhill/Bradford, Ma.

                I love their creamy, Cheese Polenta. I even wrote to the chef begging for the recipe, but no luck yet. ;)

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                  MC Slim JB Aug 16, 2008 10:21 AM

                  I like the macaroons from Joseph's so much I served them at my wedding.

                2. GretchenS Aug 16, 2008 03:00 PM

                  The eggplant parm (baked not fried) and homemade cavatelli at Francesa's Kitchen on Mass Ave in East Arlington. Just discovered this and been 3 times in 2 weeks.

                  Link to previous post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/547767

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                    pondrat Aug 16, 2008 04:27 PM

                    And for an eggplant parm showdown....then drive over to Dominics in Waltham...Sandwich is amazing...the catering size tray is even better , especially for eggplant parm weekend marathons..Very mellow...

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                    Jet41 Aug 21, 2008 04:34 PM

                    La Siesta in Winthrop...Yummm

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