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Chronicle's Boston foodie guide 10/6/09

greygarious Oct 6, 2009 07:23 AM

Tonight at 7:30 on WCVB (channel 5). Website is thebostonchannel.com.

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  1. nsenada RE: greygarious Oct 6, 2009 07:47 AM

    I hope it's not time to say goodbye to Russo's, Speed's etc. Please, please, let them faun over "foodie" destinations like Strega, Fire and Ice, and one of the ripoff cupcake joints.

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    1. re: nsenada
      kobuta RE: nsenada Oct 6, 2009 10:25 AM

      Why would it mean 'goodbye'? At worst, they may get more crowded. I personally hope that increased business means expanding and choosing more accessible locations. Speed's and Russo's for example aren't exactly easy to get to unless you have a car or have a high-tolerance for convulated transfers on public transportation. If they decided they can sustain bigger and better locations, yet still maintain quality, that's a good thing.

      Tougher for a restaurant when the cook/chef's efforts go into the quality, but for a grocery store, I'd personally love to see Russo's have other venues for selling their goods.

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        nsenada RE: kobuta Oct 6, 2009 11:13 AM

        The problem with Russo's is it's already ridiculously crowded, at least on weekends. They would need to expand to accommodate any appreciable rise in customers.

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: nsenada Oct 6, 2009 04:07 PM

          Meh. Even at the height of a weekend rush, Russo's isn't that bad if you're not the type to get flustered because other people dare to be in your general vicinity, and there are plenty of tricks and shortcuts to help make it a faster and easier shop. And since they've about tripled the parking recently, it's not even difficult to find a spot anymore. (Ironically, in fact, it's now easiest to park where it used to be most difficult to find a spot.)

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            nsenada RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 6, 2009 05:11 PM

            I do generally ask that people stay out of my general area, and that they call me "psycho." Seriously, I have been there when it's been really unmanageably packed, usually during the weekend. I have noticed the better parking situation, though.

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              fmcoxe6188 RE: nsenada Oct 7, 2009 05:39 AM

              NS- I agree with you- Russo's can be a nightmare at times- If Im going on a weekend I have to take a few deep breaths, be really organized and mentally prepare ;-) But it is SO worth it!!

          2. re: nsenada
            kobuta RE: nsenada Oct 6, 2009 09:02 PM

            Exactly the problem. You need time like a weekend to make your way out there. If they actually thought to expand to a more accessible or central location, where people did have to jam it into a weekend b/c of the time it takes to get there, it would be so much more awesome for the city!

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              bear RE: kobuta Oct 7, 2009 03:23 AM

              But I go during the week fairly often, since it's not too far from my gym, and don't find it particularly stressful. It's really not bad at all most of the time around 5ish, unless there's a holiday coming up. The lines at the deli and the registers aren't any longer than your average grocery. Way easier than on weekends, but even then it's worth the struggle.

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                ginnyhw RE: bear Oct 7, 2009 03:33 AM

                It's not the lines, it's the gridlock!

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                  bear RE: ginnyhw Oct 7, 2009 05:33 AM

                  I hear you, but really, I haven't found it to be too bad during the week.

        2. re: nsenada
          greygarious RE: nsenada Oct 6, 2009 11:04 AM

          The promo showed "D.C.'s best burger in the Hub", making johnnycakes in a hearth, and a large dinner held outdoord in a field of crops.

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            hckybg RE: greygarious Oct 6, 2009 02:21 PM

            That must be Five Guys, no?

        3. MC Slim JB RE: greygarious Oct 6, 2009 11:37 AM

          To reiterate an old point I've made here before: I don't think it's a good idea to keep good places "secret" lest they be overrun with hordes of the great unwashed. Better for a really fine place to get so crowded I can't ever get in than to protect it: I've seen too many hidden gems go under because they were too hidden.

          When a terrific place gets discovered and becomes really popular, it elevates the food culture for everyone: people get smarter, more discriminating, less willing to settle for chain-y crap. The owners expand, or entrepreneurial types notice that someone's making a lot of money and copy the idea: now there are two good places flogging the same worthy concept, e.g., Franklin Southie, Ten Tables Cambridge, Ball Square Cafe, shabu-shabu everywhere.

          Good food TV is better than bad food TV. I'll be interested to watch this show; judging from the promo Greygarious described, it doesn't sound Phantom-like.


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          1. re: MC Slim JB
            CreativeFoodie42 RE: MC Slim JB Oct 6, 2009 12:43 PM

            Well-said and couldn't agree more!

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              nsenada RE: CreativeFoodie42 Oct 6, 2009 01:57 PM

              I guess I see your point - I would rather have more cart bruises on my ankles than no Russo's at all.

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                StriperGuy RE: nsenada Oct 6, 2009 02:06 PM

                Funny thing is Russo's just expanded 3-4 years ago. Guess they need to do it again ;-)

                Yah, sort of a central tenet of chowhounding for me is "spread the word." That way your favorite (fill in the blank) will still be there in 10 years.

            2. re: MC Slim JB
              digga RE: MC Slim JB Oct 6, 2009 06:16 PM

              I find Chronicle does a nice job with their food/restaurant-related shows (actually, pretty much with every story that I've seen...they are a real throw-back, in my opinion). A quick scan of places featured tonight tells me that they are maintaining a high level of local journalism. I can attest to most of their Bristol RI/SE MA choices (I think, a real treasure trove of food), except for Linden Place - do they do special dinners there?! I once gave a piano recital there when I was 8 y.o. I'll have to find the episode on-line.

              EDIT : I just checked out Linden Place's website - weddings. :P

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              steve999 RE: greygarious Oct 6, 2009 03:52 PM

              I see Gibbet Hill Grill is also on the list:


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                fmcoxe6188 RE: steve999 Oct 7, 2009 05:40 AM

                Oh Im excited to see this! I had dinner there a couple years back and having been meaning to get over there again.

                So I missed the show- how was it?

                1. re: fmcoxe6188
                  Joanie RE: fmcoxe6188 Oct 7, 2009 05:55 AM

                  It was decent, a wide variety of stuff was featured. Can't believe they didn't mention Quito's (sp) in Bristol (well, I don't think they did, was switching back and forth). I personally like a little more straight restaurant concentration but a good show.

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