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homesmax Nov 14, 2008 12:31 PM

Coming to Boston in a week, looking for some seriously good eating. What are your top 5 personal favorites? I am purposely keeping this broad because I want a wide sampling of what is out there.

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    homesmax Nov 23, 2008 05:57 PM

    hearty thanks to everyone who contributed! we had a fabulous weekend. neptune oyster is unbelievably good. the lobster roll was to die for--warm toasty brioche slathered with lobster butter and piled high with some of the most incredibly tender, juicy, sweet lobster i've had (in 25 summers at the cape). WOW.

    had delicious dim sum at hei la moon and a great martini at 28 degrees. wish we could stay another night!!

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      bachslunch Nov 18, 2008 02:47 PM

      Sure, I'll play along. Within Boston city limits only, and may change the list on a moment's notice:

      Neptune Oyster
      King Fung Garden
      Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe (breakfast)
      (honorable mention: Franklin Cafe, Ten Tables, Icarus, Pigalle, Mamma Maria, Galleria Umberto, Pizzeria Regina, Peach Farm, Clio, No. 9 Park, Grill 23, Brown Sugar, India Quality, Shabu Zen, Toro, El Pelon)

      Expanding out from Boston, but still staying within public transportation range, consider:

      Oishii (Chestnut Hill)
      Helmand (Cambridge)
      Tamarind Bay (Cambridge)
      East Coast Grill (Cambridge)
      Oleana (Cambridge)

      Dok Bua, Matt Murphy's (Brookline), Atasca, Mr. Bartley's, Dolphin Seafood, River Gods (Cambridge), Martsa on Elm, EVOO, Dali (Somerville), Kelly's (Revere Beach).

      1. Dr.Jimbob Nov 18, 2008 11:00 AM

        FuLoon (all around regional Chinese cookery), Malden Center
        No. 9 Park (a Boston area instiution)
        La Voile (French bistrot in the sense of extension of your living room hominess)
        Dalí (Spanish - ducking the brickbats sure to be thrown my way extolling Taberna de Haro or Ken Oringer's place over this)
        Blue Ginger (Ming Tsai's Asian fusion joint in Wellesley)
        honorable mention to Brookline Family Restaurant (Turkish in Brookline Village)

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          kimfair1 Nov 17, 2008 12:14 PM

          1. Eastern Standard
          2. Craigie on Main
          3. Hungry Mother
          4. Troquet
          5. Galleria Umberto (lunch only)

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            fredid Nov 17, 2008 11:02 AM

            Fuloon! Incredible Szechuan, etc./Malden (close to T)
            Angela's Cafe - Eastie - also close to the T
            Mulan - Cambridge

            1. GretchenS Nov 17, 2008 08:41 AM

              The Helmand, Afghan, Cambridge
              Brookline Family Restaurant, Turkish, Brookline Village
              Hungry Mother of Cambridge, Southern-influenced, Cambridge
              Oleana, Middle Eastern, Cambridge
              The Kebab Factory, Somerville

              The Helmand
              143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

              Brookline Family Restaurant
              305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

              134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

              The Kebab Factory
              414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

              Hungry Mother
              233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02141

              1. rlh Nov 17, 2008 06:19 AM

                Toro (South End)
                Green Street (Cambridge, Central Square)
                Neptune Oyster (North End)
                Za (Arlington)
                Eastern Standard (Kenmore Square)

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                  Mervyn Cruddy Nov 17, 2008 05:28 AM

                  Trattoria Toscana (Fenway)
                  EVOO (Camb/Som line)
                  No. 9 Park (Beacon Hill)
                  Dante (Sonesta Hotel Cambridge)
                  Sandrines (Harvard Sq)

                  1. Matt H Nov 16, 2008 08:27 PM

                    Angela's Cafe
                    Katmandu Spice
                    Neptune Oyster

                    1. Allstonian Nov 16, 2008 08:40 AM

                      Ten Tables
                      Jo Jo Taipei
                      breakfast at Centre Street Cafe
                      Pizzeria Regina - North End

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                      1. re: Allstonian
                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 16, 2008 09:19 AM

                        Taking those five (all of which are on my list as well) out of consideration, I would add:

                        Cafe Brazil
                        breakfast at Deluxe Town Diner
                        New Jumbo Seafood
                        Speed's (he claimed he'd be around on weekdays until December, so you'll be just under the deadline)

                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                          autopi Nov 17, 2008 08:39 AM

                          can you recommend anything specific at namaskar? i've been there twice now for their lunch buffet and found it extremely uninspired. westernized-indian-out-of-a-box was how it felt. the naan was light and buttery, but otherwise it was very yawn-worthy. i'm sure there's more going on since it's been a consistent board favorite, so any guidance would be helpful.

                          also, as to the centre st brunch--have you tried vee vee's yet? it's only sundays, i think, but it's probably my favorite in the city so far. especially because we haven't had to wait in line for it.

                          1. re: autopi
                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 17, 2008 09:12 AM

                            I didn't even know Namaskar did a lunch buffet, since I'm never in Davis Square at lunchtime, but rarely are Indian lunch buffets NOT uninspired. I've never been disappointed in anything I've ordered there, but I keep going back to the saag gosht, which is probably my favorite lamb dish in the entire city.

                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                              finlero Nov 17, 2008 09:29 AM

                              Agree on the saag gosht.

                              The dal makhani is outstanding, as has been every vegetarian dish I've tried. These days, we usually get the vegetarian platter for two, which has about a half dozen small servings of assorted vegetarian dishes.

                              Tandoori meats (freshly made, not from the buffet) are consistently excellent.

                              But my absolute favorite items at Namaskar are the breads. The poori are the best I've had anywhere.

                              1. re: finlero
                                autopi Nov 17, 2008 09:41 AM

                                thanks to both of you for the recs. i'll give 'em a shot next time. re: indian buffets, the one at kebab factory is quite good. and the nepalese lunch buffet at kathmandu spice is (based on my 1 visit) extraordinary.

                                1. re: autopi
                                  GretchenS Nov 17, 2008 10:50 AM

                                  Have to second both those lunch buffet recs from autopi, they line up with my experience in being WAY above average lunch buffets.

                                  1. re: GretchenS
                                    Aromatherapy Nov 19, 2008 04:01 AM

                                    I agree and will add the weekend brunch at Bengal Cafe (N. Cambridge)--not huge but different..

                            2. re: autopi
                              galangatron Nov 17, 2008 07:54 PM

                              had a nice goat curry at namaskar about a year ago

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                          lgss Nov 16, 2008 06:35 AM

                          We're vegan and I'm gluten-free, so our list takes that into consideration.
                          Martsa on Elm, Tibetan, Davis Square, Somerville
                          Asmara, Eritrean/Ethiopian, Central Square, Cambridge
                          Elephant Walk, French/Cambodian, Porter Sq. Cambridge, Boston, Waltham
                          Veggie Planet, Harvard Sq, Cambridge
                          If you're venturing further afield...Organic Garden in Beverly or Life Alive in Lowell.

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                            pollystyrene Nov 16, 2008 02:56 AM

                            Mamma Maria
                            Eastern Standard
                            Pizzeria Regina (North End location)

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                              bostonrich1234 Nov 14, 2008 09:04 PM

                              1. Clio (Elliot Hotel), fine dining, decent service, really good desserts
                              2. Men Tie (Herriford between Boylston and Newburry) Japanese noodle shop
                              3. Santarpios (East Boston) Pizza, old school boxing bar
                              4. Brown Sugar (Comonwealth) Tia food
                              5. O-sushi (Westin Copley) Sushi

                              1. Delhiwala Nov 14, 2008 12:47 PM

                                Yikes - this is impossible to answer without knowing what you want.
                                For example, do you want steak or do you want ethnic food? Similarly, do you want a fancy dining experience or do you want to try something funky? Finally, do you have any budgetary, location or food restrictions?

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                                1. re: Delhiwala
                                  homesmax Nov 16, 2008 01:27 PM

                                  we like everything!! what are your favs?

                                  1. re: homesmax
                                    Delhiwala Nov 17, 2008 12:42 PM

                                    Pizzeria Regina (North End location only)
                                    EVOO (Camb/Som line)
                                    No. 9 Park (Beacon Hill)
                                    Lala Rokh (Beacon Hill)
                                    Mamma Maria (North End)

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