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In honor of Allston

BobB Feb 15, 2009 09:22 AM

Warning - today's Globe magazine features the ethnic culinary wealth of Allston, highlighting some board favorites like Gitlo's, Shanghai Gate, Ken's Ramen and Jo Jo Taipei. It's a well-deserved appreciation, but unfortunately it will likely lead to some heavy crowding, at least in the short term.

A few interesting omissions though - where's the love for Carlo's Cucina?

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  1. Allstonian RE: BobB Feb 15, 2009 09:33 AM

    I saw that! And like you, I was a bit surprised that the author favored Alfredo's (which I still haven't tried) but ignored Carlo's. Nor was it because he was sticking to one example per cuisine - he mentioned two different Taiwanese restaurants (Jo Jo Taipei and May's) and two Cantonese (Kantin and Gitlo's.) However, it was certainly a treat to see such a nice feature on my own neighborhood!

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      kimfair1 RE: BobB Feb 15, 2009 09:38 AM

      I was also surprised to see no mention of Carlo's, but was surprised how many places I haven't tried, and I live all the way near Brighton Center! I got some eating to do!

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        CoryKatherine RE: kimfair1 Feb 16, 2009 03:40 PM

        I was wondering about Alfredo's over Carlo's myself... was thinking that maybe Carlos was too far down to be considered part of the "sq block" (or however they coined it) they were looking at?

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          Allstonian RE: CoryKatherine Feb 16, 2009 03:59 PM

          But Alfredo's is considerably further away from the intersection of Brighton & Harvard (which was the writer's Ground Zero), and he included places in the Super 88 food court (Kantin), as well as Shanghai Gate and even May's Cafe, which are all much further away.

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            CoryKatherine RE: Allstonian Feb 17, 2009 04:08 PM

            Touche. I can't believe I missed Super 88!

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              lmuller RE: Allstonian Feb 18, 2009 06:13 PM

              Can you eat inside at Alfredos or is it just a take out place? It certainly doesn't look like much!

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                Luther RE: lmuller Feb 18, 2009 06:27 PM

                I think there's a little 1/2-person table if I remember correctly.

        2. galleygirl RE: BobB Feb 15, 2009 09:56 AM

          Well, at least it may help keep our favorites in business!

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            BobB RE: galleygirl Feb 15, 2009 10:07 AM

            I was thinking that too, but the ones I mentioned are not lacking for business as it is. It's just going to make it harder for us to get in, for a while. Still, I don't begrudge them the publicity.

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            teezeetoo RE: BobB Feb 15, 2009 02:32 PM

            Happy to see honor given to some fine local restaurants, even if it means sharing them. Would have included carlos and punjab palace or rangoli but maybe they are too "upscale" for the article? Consider Shanghai Gate, Yoma and Jo Jo's gourmet destinations, myself and Gitlo a wonderful neighborhood addition. Also, thanks to Barmey's suggestion, discovered nirvana in Kantin's chow foon (my second favorite purveyor of chow foon being on Dorchester Avenue at Lucky's which also has my favorite chinese barbecue).

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              Allstonian RE: teezeetoo Feb 15, 2009 02:39 PM

              I agree that Punjab Palace is also deserving of props (and wondered as you do whether they, Carlo's, and Saray were too upscale for the article.)

              Rangoli, however, has closed as of a couple of weeks ago.

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              jylze RE: BobB Feb 15, 2009 08:00 PM

              am i alone in think bok kyung is one of the worst korean restaurants in the neighborhood? i thinkt he best i've had was korean garden. only drawback - which is big - is no liquor license...

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                Luther RE: jylze Feb 16, 2009 03:45 AM

                They do have some awful straight-up Korean food. If you go again, try the more Chinese type stuff (sweet and sour pork, japchae)

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                  galangatron RE: Luther Feb 16, 2009 11:40 AM

                  agreed. stick with the korean style chinese food (jajangmyeon, jampong, tangsooyuk, etc) at buk kyung II. it's their specialty

              2. MC Slim JB RE: BobB Feb 16, 2009 05:35 PM

                There's bound to be some worthy places that get overlooked in a short feature about an area as target-rich as Allston. I was just glad to see some places get some attention that I wouldn't necessarily expect to see in a Globe article, like May's and Kantin.

                I'll have to add Alfredo's to the to-try list: the look of that place gave me a really bad (or let's say "unpromising") vibe, which of course is not the way to judge places.

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                  Luther RE: MC Slim JB Feb 16, 2009 07:03 PM

                  The guy who works there is kind of a creep. But the pizza is rather good.

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                  cornFusion RE: BobB Feb 17, 2009 10:19 AM

                  So far, Allston has been quite impressive. Almost all places you guys have mentioned have been wonderful, so.... yesterday, we headed over to Gitlo's for breakfast. It was a kind of diasppointment - the air was greasy (so early in the morning) and we were gassed by the time the food got to us (about 20 minutes later). The bad thing was that of three items we ordered, the scallop hargau was the only thing that was really good. The turnip cake (lor ba go) was quite underwhelming - good for a starting home chef's attempt, but cruddy for a restaurant. So what gives? Did we show up at the wrong time? Was it an off day? Are there specific items we should have ordered?

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                    MC Slim JB RE: cornFusion Feb 17, 2009 10:32 AM

                    I thought I heard (or maybe read here) that their young genius chef had left. True?

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                      Allstonian RE: MC Slim JB Feb 17, 2009 10:37 AM

                      Yes, quite some time ago. Gitlo himself is doing much of the coking, along with a woman I've seen in the back

                      I haven't been to Gitlo's in a while, but the last few times we went the food was quite good, if not at the amazing levels it used to hit. Others have also reported bad meals there from time to time, though, so it's entirely possible that cornFusion hit them on a bad day, and I'm sorry for that.

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