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May 30, 2009 09:21 PM

Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

Just curious which restaurants are given lots of praise on the board, but you personally don't like them or don't get the hype?

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  1. For me, Upper Crust would be one. Most people I've read on here love their pizza. I don't think it's worth all the hype.

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    1. re: BackBayGirl

      Most people here love Upper Crust? Wow. We must be reading very different threads.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        You are right as of late, but for awhile, people were constantly praising how great it was. I probably should have used a different example. Forgive me. I was just trying to get the discussion started.

        1. re: BackBayGirl

          Hey, I'm with you! We hate their pizza!!

      2. re: BackBayGirl

        I wouldn't say most people. I'd say it gets mixed results, with the mixture changing over time.

        A year or two back, 'hounds were much more positive about their pies, but as time passed the attitude grew more and more negative. Today, it is still mixed, but I'd say the vibe is definitely more negative than positive.

        You can actually count me in the positive camp, but (like the reviews) I find them inconsistent. I've had some very good pizza and some just okay pizza, and service and experience varies. But for takeout/delivery pizza in my neighborhood, it works well.

        1. re: rlove

          I also really like the Upper Crust in Lexington, but for eat-in only. Their takeout is really inconsistent, and they often either mess up the order or burn the pie.

        2. re: BackBayGirl

          based on another post, i'd have to say umbertos in the north end. people seem to really really like it. royal bakery in cambridge does an almost identical bakery pan pizza and it is much better. i'd add that reginas is just ok and wait for the fireworks. me, i'd prefer armandos any day of the week, even if the guy in there has all the charm of a pizza box.

          1. re: mrwhiskers

            If you like Armando's try Sabatino's in Arlington or Stella's in Watertown.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              if they have sicilian, im there. where is sabatino's?

              1. re: mrwhiskers

                Nope, thinish crust, but really good. Mass. Ave. Arlington.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  There's another sabatino's (same people) on Rt 20 Main St in Waltham.

          2. re: BackBayGirl

            I couldn't agree more.
            I've tried 3x and found the pizza crust leathery, hard to pick up and messy.
            It's greasy and hasn't got much flavor.

            1. re: BackBayGirl

              I second that. Upper Crust is overrated...

            2. i actually wasnt impressed with my trip to trattoria toscana and everyone seems to rave about it here. I think it's a nice space and the waitstaff is friendly, but the food options are limited and no dish was particularly memorable. There has been a lot of hype over the gnocchi, but I've had better gnocchi elsewhere.

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              1. re: Snoop37

                Second Trattoria Toscana. Everything is fine, but far from deserving of the incredible raves it always get on this board. I consider it just another serviceable Italian restaurant, of which there are many.

                1. re: Snoop37

                  I agree with you on that one. I will also add most places recommended on this board where a meal costs more than $10.

                  1. re: Chrispy75

                    4th Trattoria Toscana. I like the concept, always want the food to be phenomenal, and I leave thinking it was just ok. I've been probably 4x now, continually trying again hoping for that "amazing meal" but it still hasn't happened. I also thought the gnocchi wasn't that memorable.

                2. Gitlo's...I went there once and hated most of what I ordered

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                    1. re: joebloe

                      Not sure much love given to LaPaloma here. Personally, I think it's ghastly.

                    2. re: Johnresa

                      I am with you, Johnresa. I was completely underwhelmed. Part of that, no doubt, is because I am a traditionalist, and I like my dim sum that way. (A few experimental dim sum thrown in with traditional dim sum would probably have sat better with me.) However, even when I tried to appreciate the food in its own context, I just did not see why people were so excited.

                      1. re: Johnresa

                        Oh, that's too bad. I've been there about 5x, and have always liked it. Where do you go for dim sum? I know I need to go to Peach Farm. As I continued to scroll through these posts, I see that the chef left Gitlo's. I don't think I've been there since he left. I'm v. dismayed to hear that.

                        1. re: CookieLee

                          Usually when I want dimsum I go to Winsor in Chinatown. That is my favorite. I went to Gitlo's sometime last year and was far from impressed. Actually my least favorite of all that I have been to.

                      2. Sportello - simply overpriced for what it is.

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                        1. re: nasilemak

                          meyers and chang - ordinary food, extraordinary prices

                          1. re: nasilemak

                            based on my negative feelings for this empire in general, sportello and drink won't ever get a nickel from me.

                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                              Liked Drink, hated Sportello's. The service at Sportello's was unbelievably horrid, but really friendly, which was all the more aggravating. (In a nutshell, the hostess spent 90% of her time flirting and pouring wine for a certain group, while loads of people waited at the door to be seated. Where was management on that one?!)

                          2. Garden at the Cellar. Consistently bad (that is being kind) service.

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                            1. re: RoseWethersfield

                              ANGELAS. just don't get it. have tried twice, won't get me a third time

                              1. re: hlerm2

                                Angela's. I think it's a little overpriced for what it is. The food tasted just like every other Mexican I've had around here...

                                1. re: 02139

                                  THANK YOU. I've been searching for 15 years I've been here for a really, really good or memorable Mexican place but haven't found one. The only place I haven't gotten around to is Angelas but I'll just save my gas and money then.

                                  1. re: joebloe

                                    I think it's a mistake to not check out a place on your own based on any one Hound's say-so. I have been tempted to do this, said, "No, I've got to see for myself", and found many places that I personally really liked, despite a cloud of early negative reviews. No substitute for your own research.


                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                      Ditto, I don't think Angela's is the end all and the be all, but it is better then most of the other Mexican places around here.

                                      1. re: StriperGuy

                                        I agree. Our options here are few and far between

                                        1. re: C. Hamster

                                          I fourth this. I'd recommend at least trying Angela's once. If you don't like the place, no need to go back. But otherwise you may be missing out on a restaurant that, as in my case, you'll end up returning to again and again.