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Aug 16, 2008 12:06 AM

Best spot no one knows about....

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)

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  1. Carmens Fried Chicken on Rt 107 in E Kingston NH

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

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      1. re: pondrat

        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

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

          1. re: mabelm4050

            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 bag for the car...and one bag for home...and still never enough

            1. re: pondrat

              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. 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.

          1. The samosas at the Indian bodega in Davis Square.

            1. 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.


              The Oregon Club
              117 Oregon Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

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              1. re: Harp00n

                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

                1. re: pondrat

                  "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?


                  1. re: Harp00n

                    It's always a sure bet in the 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

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