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hiddenboston Apr 15, 2010 02:22 PM

I've eaten a lot of different foods over the past several years, but I really don't know if I've had anything as good as the sweet and spicy bacon at Scup's in East Boston. We headed back there last night for the second time in a week and ordered a few items, among them the grilled cheese with hot mustard and the sweet and spicy bacon. I was completely bowled over by the bacon, and I wasn't the only one.

I was talking with a couple of the people there as they were closing up, but one question I forgot to ask was where they get their bacon from. Once I find out, I'll do my best to buy some for myself, if possible (though I doubt I could replicate the sweet and spicy sauce/marinade).

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  1. ipsofatso RE: hiddenboston Apr 15, 2010 03:20 PM

    Bacon. of course.

    1. massgirl RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 06:46 AM

      It's a three-way tie:

      soy-ginger halibut with baby bok choy, from a now defunct restaurant called AZ in NYC

      bacon swiss cheeseburger from Bar 89 in NYC--hands down, without a doubt the best cheeseburgers I've ever had, and I've tried them in many places across the country--had them from Bar 89 about 4 times now and it's still the best

      the 3 styles of fish from Roy's in Waikiki Beach--AMAZING

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        massgirl RE: massgirl Apr 16, 2010 06:50 AM

        I have to add, though, that the Sally Burger from Sally O'Brien's in Somerville is a close second for the best burger ever.

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          hiddenboston RE: massgirl Apr 16, 2010 07:44 AM

          Sally O'Brien's? You mean the place with Irish, Mexican, Italian, and American foods? :-b I have yet to go there!

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            rknrll RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 07:47 AM

            Sally O's is really just bar food.

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              hiddenboston RE: rknrll Apr 16, 2010 08:43 AM

              Their website makes it sound so much more eclectic! :-D

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          jody RE: massgirl Apr 16, 2010 12:43 PM

          Patricia Yeo used to be the chef at AZ and is now the chef at Ginger Park. Maybe you can get them to add it to the menu!

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            massgirl RE: jody Apr 16, 2010 01:17 PM

            That would be the best thing ever, I lust over that dish. It was so delicious. About $50 but worth every single penny.

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              StriperGuy RE: massgirl Apr 18, 2010 01:11 AM

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        3. CreativeFoodie42 RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 06:52 AM

          If we are keeping it just to Boston, I'd have to say it was the fried Kumamato oyster topped with a yuzu kosho aioli and squid ink bubbles at O Ya. AMAZING for such a small bite!

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          O Ya
          9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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            Parsnipity RE: CreativeFoodie42 Apr 26, 2010 12:26 PM

            Okay, that's right up there but I give the slight edge to their scallop with fried sage leaf and olive oil foam. Best single bite I've ever had.

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              justbeingpolite RE: Parsnipity Apr 30, 2010 07:00 AM

              I was gonna say their hamachi with spicy bannana pepper mousse, or the foie gras sushi, but I recently had their wagyu beef with potato confit, wow!! Your teeth just slide through the beef, with no resistance, and what flavor!!

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            scratchie RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 11:56 AM

            Filet au poivre at Arnaud's in New Orleans.

            1. rlh RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 12:33 PM

              The "whale" fresh soft shell crabs at Mamma Zu's in Richmond, VA with loads of garlic and fresh basil - no other soft shell has ever come close (and I have tried many, many times!)

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                steinpilz RE: rlh Apr 18, 2010 05:46 AM

                rlh reminded me of Faidley's lump crabcakes in Baltimore, delicious and probably my strongest specific food memory.

                http://www.faidleyscrabcakes.com/

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                  hckybg RE: rlh Apr 25, 2010 06:38 PM

                  Mamma Zu is an excellent restaurant. I had a great conch dish there with lots of garlic and oil, something that I still think of frequently!

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                  phatchris RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 02:18 PM

                  A Katz pastrami sandwich.

                  1. Boston_Otter RE: hiddenboston Apr 16, 2010 02:58 PM

                    The foie gras "sushi" with chocolate-balsamic vinaigrette at O Ya. The best thing I've put in my mouth to date.

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                    O Ya
                    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                    1. aadesmd RE: hiddenboston Apr 17, 2010 08:45 PM

                      The buttermilk pancakes dipped in melted butter at Dupars in Los Angeles.

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                        hyde RE: hiddenboston Apr 26, 2010 05:56 AM

                        while hitchhiking, after spending a week in Kisatchie national forest in Louisiana, i came upon a shack at the side of the road where they took a hand full of chicken skin and threw it in the fryer and then made a po' boy sandwich from it, fully dressed, that and a couple of cold dixies. i still think about this more than thirty years later.

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                          cgandolfo RE: hiddenboston Apr 30, 2010 06:42 AM

                          Honestly? The best thing I've ever eaten had to be the boeuf bourguignon my aunt and I sweated over for hours in the kitchen, prepared meticulously, word for word, by Julia Child's cookbook. The memories of cooking it together and then enjoying it with family are just about as unforgettable as the amazing taste of the most delicious dish I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

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                            Cheffrank RE: cgandolfo Apr 30, 2010 06:45 AM

                            Jasper White's Pan Roasted Lobster

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                            ljt064 RE: hiddenboston Apr 30, 2010 10:29 AM

                            In Vegas, at the Caeser's Forums, Il Mulino everything is out of this world, but the Rack of Lamb is to die for.

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                              phatchris RE: ljt064 Apr 30, 2010 01:45 PM

                              Best Carbonara for sure.

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