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May 30, 2009 09:23 PM

Restaurants everyone seems to HATE but you love

And on the opposite side, what restaurants often are panned on the board that you secretly or not so secretly like.

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    1. I love Fire and Ice and The Cheesecake Factory....they are both hated here.

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      1. re: Johnresa

        Golden Temple. I know its expensive, american, lacks all authenticity, blah, blah - i love the bar, the quality of the food is very good, and they even make tea I like. I just accept that I'll keep going and I don't mind getting sneered at.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Actually, I'm going to agree with you. It's a guilty pleasure of mine as well. They make really good mai tais too. Not too sweet.

          1. re: purple bot

            I am going to third this one, the drinks are STRONG (I like the suffering bastard meself), and it's solid American style chinese, which is sometimes just what I am craving.....not always the perfect fit, but sort of almost a comfort food sometimes.

          2. re: teezeetoo

            I have to second Golden Temple. When I want a big, fat Chinese meal with a better-than-average atmosphere, this is my go-to spot. I also -- dare I admit it -- like Arirang, the Korean buffet spot on Mass. Ave. So sue me.


            1. re: TheScribe

              I also like the Golden Temple especially the chicken liver with cashews appetizer.
              They also make great martinis.

          3. re: Johnresa

            We do really like the Cheesecake Factory as well. Lots of food for two meals. A huge menu of choices and who can argue the cheesecake.

          4. i like Top of the Hub. I love their chowder, short ribs, and made to order baked cookies dessert.

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            1. re: Snoop37

              I like Tip of the Hub for drinks and nibbles with Boston visitors. We also used to use view to distract a family member with dementia for a holiday meal. It worked and gave us a topic of conversation and something to keep her occupied while we waited.

              By the way, the staff was helpful in pushing our meal through the kitchen so that she had a short wait between courses. The food was okay.

              1. re: Snoop37

                Me too...those exact items, as well.

              2. I'm a minority here that I like Joe's on the Waterfront or Sail Loft. Ms 9 runs a small boutique hotel and marina nearby and it's just so close.

                I also see the Ipswich Shellfish Co ( a quality supplier used by many restaurants) unloading at Joe's.

                I can rarely get Ms 9 into Sail Loft; even though she's a long time friend of the owner. The Sea to You truck that they buy from doesn't help the cause. Never order the blackened tuna. BTW, I stopped at Sea to You yesterday and their downhill alert is still in effect. Tuna of a color that I've never seen in nature; and I've caught hundreds of tuna. Good fried clams and cold beer.

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                1. re: 9lives

                  I love Joe's too, and their burger is really one of the best in the city, i think, It's never mentioned but it's one of the best choices on their menu.
                  And The Sail Loft is just such a classic Boston experience I would go there just for that --and perhaps a beer, some chowder, an app or two. Certainly not a dining destination but a fun spot, especially on a sunny day or warm evening.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    Second Barking Crab.

                    On a warm, breezy day, it is my #1 stop for lobster. I wouldn't want to eat indoors, and I would not order much beyond lobster, but I don't get the disrespect that place gets on this board. I really like it.

                    1. re: rlove

                      i just go for warm breezes, reggae, beers and maybe shrimps and crab legs.

                      1. re: ScubaSteve

                        redbones is a guilty pleasure of mine. its not high end place, but it's a bbq joint and frankly a high end would just be weird. it is what it is and what it is is fabulous.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          Redbones definitely, but it's not universally hated out here, lots of people like it.