Little Q Hot Pot, Arlington
Went for the first time last night and thought this place blows away other Boston-area Shabu Shabu joints. Broths were full of multiple whole spices, garlic chunks, ginger, scallions -- more like full-fledged soups than mere dipping broths. Generous portions of good standard meats and seafoods, plus more unusual choices like big chunks of beef tendon (melts in your mouth after a few minutes in the broth). Also great value at the price point compared to other Shabu joints. Lots of empty tables on a Saturday evening; need to generate some enthusiasm to keep this place going.