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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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      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.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        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!

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        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

      3800Follow First tweeted by universalhub.

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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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            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

              Nope.

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

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                Gabatta May 24, 2010 08:13 PM

                Why?

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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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                    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.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                      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

                    no

                    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.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        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.

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                        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.

                        1. BostonZest May 22, 2010 05:26 AM

                          no

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                            Blumie May 22, 2010 05:01 AM

                            I don't think so.

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