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In honor of Allston

  • BobB Feb 15, 2009 09:22 AM
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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. 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!

    1. 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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      1. re: kimfair1

        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?

        1. re: CoryKatherine

          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.

          1. re: Allstonian

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

            1. re: Allstonian

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

              1. re: lmuller

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

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

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          1. re: galleygirl

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: teezeetoo

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: jylze

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

                1. re: Luther

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

              2. 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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                1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: cornFusion

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

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      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.