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itryalot May 22, 2010 03:55 AM

Only in town for a few nights, but are any of Todd's restaurants chow worthy?

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    SeoulQueen Sep 24, 2010 03:06 PM

    Just had a horrible lunch at Figs - his pizza place in Beacon Hill. Husband and I wanted a quick lunch before heading back home to CT and this was near our hotel. We did 1/2 and 1/2 pizza, one side roasted pulled chicken and the other was figs and proscuitto. It was awful. The chicken was underseasoned and the pizza was so oily and greasy that I couldn't even finish my 1st slice. The figs and proscuitto side was only marginally better - the figs and balsamic jam were sweet but I couldn't see/taste any gorgonzola cheese to cut through all that sweetness. The proscuitto was dried out - must have been pre-sliced and left laying out for a while. horrible horrible.

    The slice of pepperoni pizza I had yesterday for $3.25 at Panifico down the road was better than this! I don't understand why English gets so much press if this is the standard of cooking he produces?

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    1. re: SeoulQueen
      MC Slim JB Sep 24, 2010 06:17 PM

      One word: marketing. English as Chef was overtaken by English as Brand Building Engine long ago.


      1. re: MC Slim JB
        ParisLady Sep 25, 2010 05:04 PM

        I agree (unfortunately, Slim JB). I do like Kingfish Hall. One can usually find Che English at Mohegan...at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain, which I thoroughly enjoy!

        Kingfish Hall
        188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

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      phonelady May 28, 2010 06:28 AM

      Two-alarm fire shuts Olives in Charlestown http://bit.ly/91193B

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        pastrytroll May 23, 2010 05:33 PM

        no, used to work for one, would not eat in any of them.

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          opinionatedchef May 23, 2010 08:46 PM

          just curious why you say that?

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          Cheffrank May 23, 2010 06:23 AM

          I still like Olives but the rstaurant can be inconsistent. If Todd is in the building, it rocks but he is not there often

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          1. re: Cheffrank
            StriperGuy May 23, 2010 07:08 AM

            "If Todd is in the building" I am sure he actually sets foot there at least once or twice a year.

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            hyde May 22, 2010 07:02 PM

            english is the perfect object/lesson in the "famous chef" category. charlestown was truly great before he was a name. sad he decided on this course but the money was probably extrordinary. eat elsewhere.

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              Chocomom May 22, 2010 03:03 PM


              I had a friend that worked in one of his restaurant and she wouldn't eat there. LOL

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              1. re: Chocomom
                Gabatta May 24, 2010 08:13 PM


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                  Chocomom Sep 24, 2010 03:25 PM

                  Because she told me that most of their specials are anything but.

                  Let's say nothing is wasted and everything is used regardless....

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                  pastrytroll Sep 25, 2010 11:17 AM

                  uh - same for me!

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                  itryalot May 22, 2010 11:25 AM

                  I am so glad to hear "NO". I would rather go with locally owned operations.

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                  1. re: itryalot
                    MC Slim JB May 22, 2010 02:22 PM

                    Well, English is in fact based here, has a home on Beacon Hill, but arguably he's a multinational conglomerate these days. I suspect you mean local independent chef-owned places, in which case, I heartily agree.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                      itryalot May 22, 2010 02:40 PM

                      Yes; thanks for clarifying MC. Noticed he has many places in Florida.

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                    kate used to be 50 May 22, 2010 09:50 AM


                    1. MC Slim JB May 22, 2010 09:30 AM

                      I still like the Figs on Beacon Hill (gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches), but Olives in Charlestown is a disappointment to most visitors who insist I bring them there. It's a pale shadow of its former glory (years ago, it was my favorite upscale restaurant in Boston), and The Todd rarely if ever darkens its doorstep. There are about a hundred fine-dining venues in Boston that outperform it.


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                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                        nsenada May 22, 2010 01:06 PM

                        I do like that fig and proscuitto pizza, and while it usually isn't my first choice, Kingfish Hall is actually quite good for certain things. Their chowders are very good, and I like their lobster roll. I had a ceviche once with pickled onions that was excellent. Haven't been to olives in many years, mostly based on similar tales of faded glory.

                        Kingfish Hall
                        188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

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                        lexpatti May 22, 2010 08:45 AM

                        I've always enjoyed Olives in Charletown, it can be a bit noisy with the open kitchen concept but I really really love his tuna tartare app. I haven't been in prob a year or so but I've always enjoyed dining here.

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                            Blumie May 22, 2010 05:01 AM

                            I don't think so.

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