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Apr 15, 2010 02:22 PM

The Best Thing I Ever Ate - moved from Boston board

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. 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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      1. re: massgirl

        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.

        1. re: massgirl

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

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Sally O's is really just bar food.

            1. re: rknrll

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

        2. re: massgirl

          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!

          1. re: jody

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

        3. 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!

          O Ya
          9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: CreativeFoodie42

            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.

            1. re: Parsnipity

              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!!

          2. Filet au poivre at Arnaud's in New Orleans.

            1. 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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              1. re: rlh

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


                1. re: rlh

                  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!