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Getting a Little More Comprehensive - List of Good Chow in Boston

Here is an update from a month ago.

Just to recap: focus is on mostly funky, ethnic, harder to find. The fancy stuff is much easier to hunt down, and for that noone really needs assistance.

So here it is, the August 2010 getting somewhat comprehensive list of good food in greater Boston. Mostly just corrected typos and a few additions from the last one.

Just to be clear, increasingly I am just compiling stuff from chowhound, and adding my own commentary, or commentary that other serious hounds have made. For a few of these I am taking your word for it, so if the chow is not worthy you are in big trouble ;-).

Major contributors to this list include, but are certainly not limitted to: MC Slim JB, Itaunas, YumYum, galangatron, Gourmaniac, (I apologize to anyone who I may have forgotten) and I'd have to give a shout out to (now residing in London) Limster for helping get all us Boston hounds chowing at the trough.

Please chime in with things I forgot, overlooked, or just don't know about. I also left out obvious things like grocery stores in Chinatown, cause if you can't find those on your own you are just not trying.

Café Angela – Brooks and Lexington E. Boston
Very good Mexican. I'd say best in Boston.

Vinny’s at Night 76 Broadway Somerville (617) 628-1921
Best “Red Sauce Italian” in Boston!

Carlo's Cucina Italiana, 131 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA (617) 254-9759
Better then north end. Love this place. Good prices

Xinh Xinh Chinatown Great Vietnamese in Boston other then Dorchester Intersection of Beach and Washington on Beach

El Pelon Taquieria Not everything is great, but best fish taco this side of San Diego just moved out near BC

Super 88 – Great Food Court, Brighton
Brighton Ave just where it splits from Comm. Ave Great Vietnamese food and sandwiches at Pho Viet, Good Taiwanese at Wisteria, the Hong Kong Style roast meat place is good

Panificio Charles Street Beacon Hill not far from Red Line
My favorite coffee place. Good pizza, sandwiches, and pastries

Oleana, 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge (617) 497-1239
One of the best restaurants in Boston, not cheap
Best outdoor dining in Boston.

Ken’s Ramen
(same building as Super88 Brighton but on the side)
By far best Japanese noodles in Boston

Sakurabana, Broad Street, Financial District
not far from intersection of State and Broad
OId school sushi Been around for 20 years and still one of the best in Boston. Does most of it’s business lunch hour so a nice quiet place for dinner during the week or on weekend. Tuesday they have crazy cheap, crazy good sushi special. Noodles are also excellent.

Porter Exchange Mall
Porter Square Cambridge
Lots of mostly Japanese food stalls, general good stuff

Yi Soon Bakery Brighton Ave Brighton
Taiwanese Bakery with a really nice little sit-down tea shop next door. Yi soon has all sorts of interesting stuff. The Sweet potato pastry and the egg custard.

Clear Flour Bread Bakery
178 Thorndike St, Brookline (617) 739-0060
Near split of Comm and Brighton
Best croissant in town great bread.

Grotto (617) 227-3434 (617) 227-4616
37 Bowdoin St Beacon Hill
Reasonable $ great food romantic italian

Hong Kong Eatery Chinatown
Good roast meats, side street off Beach

Franklin Café 278 Shawmut Ave (617) 350-0010
South End, (Also great Gloucester Location) One of the best places in Boston and prices are not bad for how fancy the food is. Also good bar scene

Buff's Pub 317 Washington St, Newton, MA (617) 332-9134
Top of Galen Street and right on Washington
Just a bar, possible best wings in Boston
Specials are good and cheap. Crazy on Friday/Saturday

Blue Ribbon BBQ locations in Arlington and Newtown
Best BBQ North of the South. Arlington a little more reliable

Taiwan Café (617) 426-8181
34 Oxford St Chinatown Excellent food a perennial favorite

Winsor Dim Sum Café Best - Excellent Dim sum
10 Tyler Street Boston, chinatown (617) 338-1688

Hei La Moon (617) 338-8813
88 Beach St, Chinatown good cart style dim sum

Kam-Man Foods, 221 Quincy Ave
Quincy 617-328-1533
Great food court and HUGE Chinese grocery store

JNJ Turo Turo (Filipino Cuisine)
143 Water St, Quincy, MA Ph: (617) 471-8876

Sichuan Gourmet 978-670-7339
502 Boston Rd. (aka Rte 3A) Billerica

Fuloon Restaurant www.fuloon-restaurant.com
375 Main Street, Malden (781) 388-3338
Superb Chinese great Sichuan

Blue Asia – Allston MA 113 Brighton Avenue
(617) 202-3867 nice homey Taiwanese

Yi Soon Bakery across the street is also excellent

Café Polonia (617) 269-0110 611 Dorchester Ave
Polish, excellent, reasonable, lots of food

Farm Grill Rotisserie - Greek
Needham/Newton Line nr. china fair

Lowell Vietnamese
Thanh Thanh - 475 Chelmsford St.

SE Asian - Behind Dutton & Market

Thao's - 80 Gorham St.

Pho 88 - 1270 Westford St Chelmsford

Szechuan Village Brookline
Excellent genuine Szechuan food

Allie's Donuts in N. Kingstown RI

Tacos Lupita - (617) 666-0677
13 Elm St. Somerville

Athan's Cakes Biscuits & Chocolates
1621 Beacon Street, Brookline 1-617-734-7028
New location in Brighton center their “Jamaica” is an awesome chocolate mousse cake. Some of their other stuff is iffy.

Dok Bua – Thai Cambodian awesome!!!
411 Harvard St., Brookline best in boston!

Thwaites Market, (978) 683-2429,
36 Railroad St, Methuen, Railroad & Oakland Ave
pork pies & tasty french-canadian treats

Udupi Bhavan – Great Indian
378 Maple Ave,
Shrewsbury MA 01545
(Also a Lowell location
)Or call: 508-459-5099

Rincon Limeno - Peruvian
409 Chelsea St., East Boston. 617-569-4942

PEPPER POT, 381 Blue Hill Ave 445-4409 about 2-3 blocks down from Grove Hall heading towards Boston fish soup barbequed beef Jamaican

FLAMES 663 Morton St. Mattapan 296-4972 Jamaican food. Drive down Blue Hill Ave towards Mattapan at police station at the corner of Morton (I think) you go right. It's just up around the corner on the left.

Ali's Roti Blue Hill Ave, Trinidadian - at the intersection by the police station/Mobil Morton Street.

Irie at 310 Bowdoin in Dorchester 617-929-3866 --- Jerk and stewed chicken, goat stew, meat patties and turnovers


La Fe Restaurant - Dominican
189 Union St.
Bright and brisk, this takeout place specializes in food fried, baked, and stewed. Whether red snapper or fishcakes, the offerings are fresh and light. Plantains, two pieces for $1, are not to be missed!

228 Union St.
An Old World Dominican buffet, with over a dozen island specialties. The prices are equally appetizing, with a lunch plate $5, and dinner, $8.

Mi Guatemala Bakery
201 Union St.
Pastries in this quaint little hole-in-the-wall cost 60 cents.

Rincon Macorisano
350 Washington St.
Stop in to commune with the Dominican baseball gods, swing to the bachata, and feast on island favorites from $2 (salad) to $25 (lobster soup


Jims Bagel & Bake Shoppe
(978) 283-3383
24 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

Bá Lè Bakery Bahn Mi
1449 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA

Sichuan Garden II 2 Alfred St.
Woburn 781-935-8488; 781-935-1652

Singh's Roti Shop 617 282 7977
692 Columbia Rd. Dorchester
(near intersection of Mass Av and Columbia Rd.)

Sichuan Gourmet
(508)626-0248 (508)626-0347
271 Worcester RD. (Rte.9), Framingham

Brookline Family Rest. Turkish 617-277-4466
305 Washington Street, Daily, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Kane's Doughnuts 120 Lincoln Ave (near Ballard St)
Saugus 781-233-8499

Chung Ki Wa, in Medford Sq. Decent Korean
27-29 Riverside Ave. 781-391-5606

Little Q Hotpot, 196 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington
(781) 488-3755 Amazing Mongolian hot pot

Cantonese: (all Chinatown)

Peach Farm Seafood – Best Chinese seafood

Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
63 Beach Street Boston, MA (617) 426-8899
Nice homey rice plates, good steamed buns

North-Eastern Chinese/Beijing:

Wangs Fast Food, 509 Broadway Somerville 617-623-298 2
Excellent dumplings and other Chinese

Beijing Star, homemade noodles, dimsum, ask for Chinese menu www.beijing-star.com
835 Main St., Waltham, 781-642-8888


Mulan - 228 Broadway Cambridge(617) 441-8813
The bacony pork in a pancake is amazing. Lots of other good dishes.

Shangri-La 149 Belmont St -Belmont
(617) 489-1488 www.shangrilachinese.com
Great food, great dim sum, tea smoked duck!

The Best Little Restaurant (Chinatown) Superb a favorite
13 Hudson St Boston, MA 617-338-4988 Long bean and pork with lettuce wrap, garlic fried spare rib, squab

Brazilian Bakeries:

Padaria Brazil - 125 Harvard Ave. Allston
(617) 202-6783 – Good savories, don’t bother with sweets

Panificadora Modelo 508 Medford Street, Somerville
(617) 625-2868‎

Pastelaria Broadway, 192 Broadway, Somerville
(617) 776-4303 savory stuff and sandwiches

Shanghai Gate in Allston serves very good Shanghainese.

New Shanghai Allston is excellent for Shanghainese, especially the appetizers and small plates

Katmandu Spic Mass. Ave Arlington
Excellent Nepali food

Martsa on Elm Davis Sq Somerville – Homey Tibetan food

Mittaheap - 877 Western Avenue Lynn(781) 477-6045
superb Cambodian

-Taqueria Jalisco in Day Sq (Mexican) - One of the only Mexican owned and operated taquerias in Eastie. Their adobada and lengua tacos are superb.

S&I Thai - 68A Brighton Ave. Allston 617-254-8488
Nice homy authentic – great baked goods near register

Yoma 5 N Beacon St Allston superb Burmese!
(617) 783-1372 www.yomaboston.com

Ethiopian – very good Habesha, 535 Main St. Malden, MA
(781) 399-0868 www.habeshadining.com

Wonder Café Watertown Sq
Nice homey Taiwanese

Demos Watertown Square – No ambience
Very good kebabs and black eyed pea soup

Tabrizi Bakery Watertown Sq
Superb Persian sweets – Walnut Macaroons are insane

Arax Armenian Grocery 585 Mount Auburn Street Watertown (617) 924-3399 My favorite Green grocer, prepared food, baked goods

Sevan – Right nearby, also worth a stop

Red Lentil – Grat vegetarian resto right across street

Verna's Donut Shop www.vernaspastry.com
2344 Mass. Ave Cambridge (617) 354-4110
My favorite

Linda’s Donuts - 247 Belmont St
Belmont (617) 484-9844 also good

Ohlin's Bakery 456 Common St Belmont, MA
(617) 484-0274 Good donuts, apple fritter, skip the cakes and pastries

Iggy's Bread of the World
130 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1112
(617) 491-7600 Awesome!


Two locations:

The pastries are lame, but the German style, insanely dense like a brick breads are worth the trip.

330 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
tel. 781.396.8999

205 Arlington Street, Unit 4
Watertown, MA 02472
tel. 617.926.2747

Hi-Rise Bread Co 208 Concord Avenue, Cambridge
(617) 876-8766 Good sandwiches, baked goods and pastries Pricey

Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Ave Cambridge, MA (617) 354-4750
Might be best cheese shop in N. America

New Deal Seafood
622 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA (617) 876-8227
Mon 3pm-7pm; Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-6:30pm
Easily best fish store in Boston area

Courthouse seafood nearby is not bad either

Medford and North End Locations
Great Florentines, turrone, pastries, cassata, ricotta pie, almond macaroons

Maria’s in the North End is also good

Sulmona Meat Market – Boston’s BEST!
32 Parmenter Street, Boston - (617) 742-2791

For good meat for small $ try Mcinnon’s in Somerville

A Russo & Sons Inc www.russos.com
560 Pleasant Street Watertown (617) 923-1500
Amazing, hug green grocer with bakery, pasta, flowers cheese, dairy. A Boston institution.

Wilson Farm - www.wilsonfarm.com
10 Pleasant Street Lexington, MA (781) 862-3900
Like Russo’s MORE $ not as big.

Amazing farm stand near Walden Pond
Bakery, produce, etc.

This web site has listings of farmer’s markets all over MA:

Toraya - 890 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA
(781) 641-7477 – Superb homey sushi and cooked Japanese food. Their Lunch bento’s are great.

Kabab & Tandoor - www.kababandtandoor.com
699 Main St Waltham (781) 899-0022 Some of Boston’s best Indian. Order the things you don’t recognize

Guru the Caterer
1297 Broadway Somerville, MA (617) 718-0078
Also VERY good Indian

Taqueria Mexico - www.taqueriamexico.com
24 Charles Street Waltham, MA (781) 893-2205
Decent homey taco place

H Mart 3 Old Concord Road
Burlington, MA (781) 221-4570
Huge Korean grocery store

There is a great Portuguese Bakery also on Walnut.

Cakes for Occasions
Danvers, MA – Yum

Formosa Taipei - 315 Marrett Rd. Lexington (781) 862-6198
www.formosa-taipei.com Great Taiwanese

Karl's Sausage Kitchen Inc
142 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906-1027
(781) 233-3099

Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, Newmarket Square. Favorite hot dog stand in Boston.

Zo, Government Center, Greek. Pork gyros.

Cafe Latino, Government Center, Puerto Rican. Pernil asado.

Griyo Lakay, Dorchester near Franklin Park, Haitian. Griyo.

Lee's Store & Bakery, Fields Corner. Bahn mi.

Clover Food Lab, Kendall Square. Extraordinary truck food: pastries, coffee, sandwiches, salads, fries. Meat eaters won't care that it's vegan and vegetarian.

Cutty's, Brookline Village, American. Small, beautifully-made sandwiches.

The Spot Cafe, outside Watertown Square. Breakfast fare.

Deluxe Town Diner, Watertown. My favorite all-around breakfast place, great pancakes, a rare exponent of jonnycakes in Greater Boston.

Fordee's Falafel, Watertown. My favorite falafel.

Indian Dhaba, Allston. Probably the best Desi Chinese menu in town.

Fiorella's, Newtonville. Fine neighborhood Italian with good medium-crust pizza.

Vinh-Sun, Chinatown. Very good Chinese BBQ.

The Snack Bar / O Senhor Ramos. East Cambridge. Great Azorean specialties.

Rino's Place, Eastie. Very fine Abruzzese specials, solid red-sauce Italian-American otherwise.

Scup's in the Harbor, Eastie. Fine little bakery/cafe/restaurant in a working commercial shipyard.

Trini's, Arsenal Mall. Excellent little taqueria with Mexico City chef-owner in a mall food court.

Flat Patties, Harvard Square. A very good griddled budget burger.

Hanmaru, Allston. Good little Korean place specializing in gamjatang.

El Paisa, Eastie. Excellent Colombian sit-down restaurant.

Pupuseria Mama Blanca, Eastie. Excellent Salvadorean/Mexican.

Mi Tierra, Waltham Center. Excellent Guatemalan fare.

Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham

Pita Kabob, Downtown Crossing. Good Persian kebab place, excellent kubideh.

For Caribbean and African groceries:

Tropical Foods, 2101 Washington Street Roxbury,
MA 02119-2021 - (617) 442-7439

And, a little more on the Caribbean side:

Hi Lo Foods
450 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-6364

Floating rock (cambodian
)485 mass ave
cambridge, ma 02139

Thmor da (cambodian)
144 shirley ave
revere, ma 02151

angkor wat restaurant (cambodian)
38 bennett street
lynn, ma 01905

red rose (cambodian)
716 middlesex street
lowell, ma 01851

senmonorom (cambodian)
1671 middlesex street
lowell, ma 01851

tepthida khmer (cambodian)
115 chelmsford street
lowell, ma 01851

phnom penh restaurant (cambodian)
309 westford street
lowell, ma 01851

phien's kitchen (laotian)
586 westford street
lowell, ma 01851

pho 2000 (vietnamese)
198 adams street
dorchester, ma 02122

pho so 1 (vietnamese)
223 adams street
dorchester, ma 02122

anh hong (vietnamese)
291 adams street
dorchester, ma 02122

pho lynn (vietnamese)
18 munroe street
lynn, ma 01901

pho minh ky (vietnamese)
238 union street
lynn, ma 01901

qingdao garden (shandong)
2382 mass ave
cambridge, ma 02138

uncle cheung's (shanghainese)
266 worchester road
framingham, ma 01702

thailand cafe (sichuan)
302 mass ave
cambridge, ma 01239

chilli garden (sichuan)
41 riverside ave
medford, ma 02155

red pepper (sichuan)
17 edgell road
framingham, ma 01701

Polish Markets:
Baltic Bakery and Euromart on Dorchester Ave South Boston near cafe Polonia
DJ's Boston Ave South Boston.

Inexpensive pizza slices

Galleria Umberto Hanover Street North End
Pizza, Aranchini, Calzone, etc.

Stella's pizza Mt Auburn Street Watertown

Sabatino's Mass Ave Arlington

Yely's Coffee Shop Centre Street JP.

Chinatown BBQ meat and rice plates
Quik Pic (Beach Street)
Wai Wai (Oxford Street)
Hong Kong Eatery (Harrison)

Garlic n Lemons in Allston
Middle Eastern

Victor's Ball Square Somerville: great chicken and veal parms, excellent daily specials, nicest people in the world

Soundbites: breakfast of champions IMO, with excellent eggs benny and no place like home fries (go on weekdays if you can)

Bobs (Medford): subs of distinction. I like Nappi's better for meatballs, but Bob's is great for tips.

La Cantina Mexicana (Union Square) carnitas, combo plates, tamales

Macchu Pichu charcoal rotisserie chicken yumz.

Gran Gusto Cambridge for excellent pizza

Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar in Charlestown

Scup's In the Harbor
256 Marginal Street
East Boston, MA 02128-2871
(617) 569-7287

Russian Grocery stores, Google addresses for yourselves:

Baza in Newton. Truly Amazing, WOW. If you wan't Russian or Eastern European food run don't walk.

Berezka at Comm and Harvard in Alston ain't bad.

Bazaar off Brighton Ave in Allston is big and pretty good and has some nice prepared lunches. Somewhere between Berezka and Baza in terms of size, etc.

Heck while I'm at it Rosenfeld's in Newton for bagels and the most amazing Challah.

I have come around to the fact the Brugger's chain is not bad either.

Iggy's does some cool round bready things that technically are not bagels, but are good.

And if you can check out the When Pigs Fly bread outlet in Somerville, their breads are also superb:

When Pigs Fly Bread
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2508
(617) 776-0021

Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, Newmarket Square. Favorite hot dog stand in Boston.

Zo, Government Center, Greek. Pork gyros.

Cafe Latino, Government Center,
Puerto Rican. Pernil asado.

Griyo Lakay, Dorchester near Franklin Park, Haitian. Griyo.

Lee's Store & Bakery, Fields Corner. Bahn mi.

WAN Convenience, Mission Hill. Jamaican owner, mostly doing big, messy American sandwiches.

Karo's BBQ, two Downtown Crossing stands. Excellent Armenian chicken kabobs.

Cutty's, Brookline Village, American. Small, beautifully-made sandwiches.

The Spot Cafe, outside Watertown Square. Breakfast fare.

Deluxe Town Diner, Watertown. Great breakfast place, great pancakes, a rare exponent of jonnycakes in Greater Boston.

Fordee's Falafel, Watertown. Great falafel.

Indian Dhaba, Allston.
Probably the best Desi Chinese menu in town.

Fiorella's, Newtonville. Fine neighborhood Italian with good medium-crust pizza.

Vinh-Sun, Chinatown. Very good Chinese BBQ.

The Snack Bar / O Senhor Ramos. East Cambridge. Great Azorean specialties.

Rino's Place, Eastie. Very fine Abruzzese specials, solid red-sauce Italian-American otherwise.

Trini's, Arsenal Mall. Excellent little taqueria with Mexico City chef-owner in a mall food court.

Flat Patties, Harvard Square. A very good griddled budget burger.

Lee's Place, Newton Centre. Another good budget burger, this one grilled.

Hanmaru, Allston. Good little Korean place specializing in gamjatang.

Alex's Chimis, Jamaica Plain. Dominican. Fine rotisserie chicken and chimis.

El Paisa, Eastie. Excellent Colombian sit-down restaurant.

Pupuseria Mama Blanca, Eastie. Excellent Salvadorean/Mexican.

Auntie B's, W. Roxbury. Way above average diner fare.

Mike & Patty's, Bay Village. Tiny, superb breakfast/lunch place.

Mi Tierra, Waltham Center. Excellent Guatemalan fare.

Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham. Good Mexican taqueria.

Blunch, South End. A fine indie breakfast/lunch spot.

Pita Kabob, Downtown Crossing. Good Persian kebab place, excellent kubideh.

Myung Dong 1st Ave
Great Korean food and soju
90-92 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 206-3229

Bella Isla Café 220 2nd St, Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 884-7584 Good Dominican

El Valle de la Sultana – Latino Supermarket Somerville

El Kiosco East Boston (Itaunas, help what is this place?
)972 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
(617) 561-0101

Fernandes Fish market carries more fresh cheeses from the South Coast/RI than other Portuguese stores, plus usually several imported Azorean cheeses (from $19-$30) and also has torresmo or ribs Saturdays

Seabra does a decent job with smaller pieces of continental and azorean cheeses, plus has a much wider selection of Portuguese chouricos "caseiros" even though the butcher selection is mostly Brazilian. They also have true artesenal olive oil and piri piri, which smaller stores don't carry.

Central Bakery – Great Portugese stuff
48 Walnut Street Peabody, MA (978) 531-2101

Lowell Portuguese Bakery
930 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852 (978) 458-3111

Winter Hill Bakery - Portugese
318 Broadway Somerville, MA (617) 623-7900

Thai Moon – Arlington

Rod Dee (Thai) Brookline

Penang for Malaysian stir fried noodles and noodle soups.

Chacarero 101 Arch St, Boston, MA (617) 542-0392
Awesome Chilean sandwiches

Istanbul'lu – Turkish 237 Holland Street Somerville, MA (617) 440-7387

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  1. Wow very nice list, I had no idea there was turo turo around here. I humbly nominate Tu Y Yo to your mexican section.

    1. Awesome list. Just a couple of corrections I noticed: Cafe Angela is actually Angela's Cafe. Also, the Farm Grill is in Newton about a mile from the Needham line.

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      1. re: Blumie

        It's kind of a bummer you can't edit the original post but you can edit replies. I'd almost start a thread with no content and then reply to myself if I made a list like this so I could update it within the one post.

        1. re: tatsu

          A poster can edit anything but only for the first 2 hours IIRC.

      2. Hey, StriperGuy, what was the 83rd one again? :-b

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          The frightening thing is how many of these I've actually eaten at.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Ha ha! I just posted this on my Twitter page, by the way. Perhaps the greatest list ever to grace the pages of Chowhound.....

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Second that. What an amazing resource. Here, here, StriperGuy!

        2. Great list as always! What a city we live in!

          Not criticisms, but just to point out that you mention the Yi Soon Bakery and Speed's (and a few restaurants after Speed's) twice. New Shanghai is now Sichuan and is in Chinatown, not Allston. Also the Best Little Restaurant is not Taiwanese.

          I have to say that I disagree with your inclusion of Peach Farm, Fordee's Falafel, and Flat Patties. I would also say that Formosa Taipei and Beijing Star are good but not great. If I lived nearby I'd be a regular, but they're not worth the trip. I would also choose Asmara over Habesha any day. And I would choose Cafe Istanbul'lu over the Brookline Family Restaurant. Also, Bruegger’s? Really?

          Also, is the Wonder Cafe really something special? I took a look at their on-line menu and it seemed like totally generic Americanized Chinese food. Is there another menu at the restaurant? Or do they make really terrific Americanized food?

          But reading this list was lots of fun! It brought back memories of the places I've enjoyed so much, re-motivated me to go to some of the places I've been meaning to get to, and taught me about some places I've never heard of!

          I might also add (unless I missed them above!) these places:

          Jo Jo Taipei
          Excellent Taiwanese

          El Pelon
          Excellent Fish Tacos

          Baked Sweets and Sandwiches

          Baked Sweets and Sandwiches with a Mediterranean twist

          Gourmet Pizza

          R.F. O'Sullivans and Bartley's

          Highland Kitchen
          Inventive Gastropub

          Tamarind Bay
          Serious Indian

          Parish Cafe and Darwin's
          Inventive Sandwiches
          Blue Ribbon BBQ

          Massi's Bakery
          Armenian groceries and baked goods

          Toscanini's and Christina's
          Ice Cream

          Baraka Cafe
          North African

          Red Sauce Italian

          Basta Pasta
          Cheap Italian Pasta

          Sweet Brazil Bakery
          All-you-can-eat Brazilian

          Cheng Shin Yuan
          Weekend Taiwanese Dim Sum

          Walnut St. Market
          Whitefish Salad, imported goods from Montreal

          Not to mention higher-end places . . . .

          Beijing Star Restaurant
          835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          Baraka Cafe
          80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          New Shanghai Restaurant
          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          Brookline Family Restaurant
          305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

          El Pelon
          2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

          Blue Ribbon BBQ
          910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          Tamarind Bay
          75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Highland Kitchen
          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

          Flat Patties
          81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
          103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          Yi Soon Bakery
          112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

          Habesha Restaurant
          535 Main St, Malden, MA

          Formosa Taipei
          315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

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          1. re: lipoff

            Well the chef at Formosa is from Jo Jo, so I would stick with Formosa. Fordee's is really really good, beyond reproach. I tried the rather popular Taim in NY, and although it is a different style, I much prefer Fordee's.

            All in all, I think it's a great list. It really deserves a better format than this.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Hmmmmm, would it be an online database? If so, it'd be pretty easy to set up with SQL.

            1. re: lipoff

              Wonder Cafe is good!

              Best Little Restaurant is Teochew, you are right.

              Massi's, eh. Likewise for Parish and Flour.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                I know we agree to disagree about Flour, and Parish is polarizing (although I love it!) but I'm surprised you don't like Massi's. Their Muhammara is to die for.

                Thanks for the top about Wonder Cafe. I'll have to try it!

            2. I liked this better when I could see which Hounds recommend what.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Yah, I agree. Would be good to do an actual searchable database. Maybe a Food Wiki... Hmmmmmmmm.

              2. Now that's a list. Let's see what people think about these adds:

                Sessa's Cold Cuts - Davis Sq., Somerville - Eggplant parm sub, italian subs

                Fu Loon - Malden - fantastic sichuan

                Lawton's - Lawrence - Deep fried foot long dogs

                Sully's - Castle Island - Hot dogs

                Frank's - Brockton - Foot long dogs

                Sam La Grassa - Downtown - tremendous pastrami and specialty deli sandwiches

                Tupelo's - Solid southern fare

                Cantina La Mexicana - Pork tacos (additions to your recs)

                414 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

                1. bowing down to this effort and thanks for reminding us how much Limster is missed! thanks

                  1. Love the effort Striper, but I get afraid that people print up these "comprehensive" lists and then eating out becomes formulaic and dogmatic and adhering to a certain aesthetic. I have often fell victim to CH particularly when I'm traveling - it's akin to seeing everyone and their brother whipping out Lonely Planet when you find yourself in Kathmandu or (fill in the blank). It sure takes out the spontaneity of discovery!

                    But your list does rock! (And I get that it might be partly in reaction to the numerous..."New to Boston..where should I eat" posts we seem to seeing lately.)

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                    1. re: digga

                      haha, sorry, fun fact: my uncle wrote most of the lonely planet guides for Nepal.

                      (thought it was funny you mentioned that).

                      1. re: Prav

                        You are kidding!? We used the latest version last year when we were in Nepal. It definitely steered us in the right direction many many times, particularly in Kathmandu.

                      2. re: digga

                        Of course you are right. I'll delete the thread immediately. ;-)

                        Perhaps for those with little imagination who stick to their "lists" such a resource can be confining. The same folks go to Europe and hit 7 cities in 12 days and see everything IMPORTANT, but in my book, don't "See" anything at all.

                        Some of my favorite true hounding involves stumbling into places based on an a sign, a vibe, a feeling. That is really the essense of chowhounding for sure. The genesis of this list is the experiences of folks (me included) who do that on an ongoing basis.

                        That said, in Chicago, Paris, or Americus Georgia (I do know a good BBQ place there) it sure would have saved me some bad meals if I had known where to go... I have my list, and go freestyle as well.

                        I have a dozen storefronts, neighborhoods, side streets on my mental map, still to explore. In the spirit of the hunt for good food, I hope everyone else does as well.

                        If it were not for Chowhound I cannot even begin to list the places I would not have tried, or even known about. That said, by FAR my own favorite experiences are places I discovered.

                        Hop on the T or in your car, or on your bike, and go get lost in Eastie, Southie, Fall River, Cranston, Lynn, Saugus, or Roxbury. Look for the happy person with a full belly coming out of that homey little place with the inviting vibe and the hand drawn sign in the window. When you walk in the door the locals might be a little surprised. But they will understand why you are there once you tuck into and appreciate the food and start to smile. Heck, they might even buy you a beer. You might respond by sending them an order of flan.

                        To quote a Bostonian who really enjoyed her food, Bon Appetit.

                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          "That said, in Chicago, Paris, or Americus Georgia (I do know a good BBQ place there) it sure would have saved me some bad meals if I had known where to go...."

                          Hey, I gave you my list for Chicago !! ;)

                          I have seen these kinds of lists on some of the other regional boards here on CH. I think many people probably find them useful. You should put together a "Best Of" list too so that we don't have to endure anymore of those threads either. These lists are great prophylactics that way. =)

                          1. re: Nab

                            Too bad I didn't have your Chicago list 15 years ago as I slogged through mediocre chow... ;-)

                      3. Just to give some background, this list was born via a printed out list I have kept in my car for many years. Eventually I stopped relying on it as much cause the list increasingly was just in my head. I actually mentally map my surroundings in relation to what there is to eat, and plan trips accordingly. i.e. Work meeting in the Longwood area hmmmmm, I can hit Flames at Brigham circle, Dok Bua, or any of the places in Brighton on the way back to the office, etc.

                        For purely academic purposes, always important to cite references, and for folks who want some of the history of which hound likes what, here is a key recent thread:


                        That said, even my original post relied heavily on old posts by Itaunas in particular when discussing anything Brazilian, and also many of the restaurants in Somerville, and East Boston.

                        Furthermore, I am a total naif when it comes to Lowell places so thank Galangatron there. I also think the list could use some fleshing out in the Hyde Park, West Roxbury realm. Lots of good Dominican down there, some African places, and some great old school places whose names elude me.


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                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          Now THAT is an interesting idea. I'd like to see this list presented as a mashup, superimposed over the map of greater boston. That way, when I'm driving in Rozzie, I can easily see what's around there. Make it sortable by type of cuisine "Polish near Mass General" too. On the other hand, that's what chowplaces is supposed to do. Make an iPhone app.

                          I admit I find the list overwhelming at this point -- especially with everyone's add-ins. It's easier to say what's not on the list than what's on it. And I agree with Slim, I like to see who said what (because that's the value of this site). But I am going to print it off and make it a special mission to visit every one that I've not been to while I still have all my teeth.

                          1. re: yumyum

                            I think it would be pretty easy (though time consuming) to do up a custom Google map with all of these places listed, maybe even with a short note attached to each place. 5, 10 years ago I might have done it just for the geeky fun of it. Now, I don't have time.

                            (Never mind that Google maps didn't exist 10 years ago.)

                            1. re: Alcachofa

                              I want a GPS linked iPhone app so that when I drive near a chowish location my phone beeps, the closer I get the more insistent the beep! Tap a button on the iPhone and you automatically get a reservation on Opentable (nevermind that most chowish places don't take reservations).

                              If I drive by without stopping, the app should deliver a good jolt from the TASER® iPhone accesory.

                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                I have that Taser app (called the iStun). It works quite well.

                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                  I could have really used this app in Manhattan yesterday. I was going berserk trying to think of places to get something delicious, and I had one hour within which to get to the place and return to Penn Station. I wound up at a Patisserie in Chelsea and got some macarons. They were amazing. Still, it drove me mad thinking about what else was potentially nearby.

                                  1. re: nsenada

                                    Doh, you were right near Kunjip in Korea Town, my favorite Manhattan Korean place, there is also a great asian bakery on that block...

                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                      Hah - I walked down that street, with my head waggling all over the place at the many Korean joints. There was one place where a woman was making dumplings in the window - looked very enticing. But I digress -
                                      keeping it Boston-centric, had a chacarero today and noticed they now serve ice cream. Anyone had it?

                                    2. re: nsenada

                                      Which patisserie in Chelsea? La Madeleine?

                                      There's a little sandwich shop on W. 25th St between 6th and 7th called Blue Dog that makes terrific sandwiches -- perfect for the train ride back to Boston.

                                      1. re: Blumie

                                        That's the one - still thinking about the salted caramel macaron. And the little chocolate chip thingies they had in a jar. Had a great ham and cheese croissant as well.

                                      2. re: nsenada

                                        Okay, for the truly compulsive, I have converted the list into a nicely formatted PDF which you can open on an iPhone using iBooks, and is searchable...

                                        Anyone want a copy of the .PDF just email me at striperguy at yahoo dot com.

                                      3. re: StriperGuy

                                        As much as the user community is a far cry from you fellow Hounds, I have found the Yelp iPhone app to be incredibly useful, especially given its GPS functionality. I've begun bookmarking everything in Yelp so that I always know what's restaurants of interest may be nearby.

                                2. Also Muqueca for Brazilian fare and Habesha for Ethopian.

                                  1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                  Habesha Restaurant
                                  535 Main St, Malden, MA

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                                  1. re: nasilemak

                                    someone needs to create an iphone app or other smart phone app, to do just what yum yum suggested. of course, chefs and owners change so this list cannot be static.

                                    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                                      OH! And make it work on the Droid too. Chowhound is a dog on my Droid. Kay. Thanks.

                                  2. Your post is an amazing public service, StriperGuy. Thank you!

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                                    1. re: Tatania

                                      StriperGuy, on behalf of the many of us readers that don't post much, THANK YOU.

                                      Scrolling thought the list, I didn't see some of my favorites: India Quality in Kenmore (great, cheap lunch specials,) Regina's Pizza (the original location only) and the gas station Mex place across from the Mass General Hosp entrance (awesome unique salsa and burritos.)

                                      Just curious, is Striper a reference to the fish?

                                      India Quality Restaurant
                                      484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                                      1. re: Ora Moose

                                        If you click on the pic next to my screen name you'll see a striped bass. I love to fish.

                                        Regina rocks and that Mex place is very good.

                                        India Quality I'm not a huge fan. Really does not stand out IMHO.

                                        India Quality Restaurant
                                        484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                                    2. to answer the original poster's question: el kiosco is a small basement level colombian restaurant in east boston. it's down the street and around the corner from el paisa

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                                      1. re: galangatron

                                        Thanks, and as I am sure you noticed I incorporated all of your excellent recs in Lowell.

                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                          The list is a jewel and you hit most of my favorites. I'd add (if I haven't missed it in the plethora of grand choices), Garlic 'n Lemon, killer Italian subs from Russos, and ahn doughnuts and most anything else from Japonaise.

                                          Garlic 'n Lemons
                                          133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                                          1. re: teezeetoo

                                            Can't believe I left Japonaise off the list. Their Adzuki bean cream puff might be my favorite pastry in Boston...

                                      2. I've come late to this party, but, striperguy, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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                                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                                          Thank you for directing me here, striperguy, this is quite comprehensive. I agree with some of your assessments, and am eager to check out some others. A couple of quibbles: Ali's Roti has never gotten good marks from my Trinidadian friends. I haven't been there in years, but I remember it as being depressing and the food of poor quality, and no one seems to have much love for the Pepper Pot. Anyone have any updates? Anyone tried Lorenz Island Kuisine? And is it the former Irie? Also, you seem to be missing the famous Lenny's, also on Blue Hill. And is the Carribean Kitchen gone now? They were good, and Trinidadian.

                                          1. re: commie hound

                                            We have a pretty gaping hole in the knowledge of and discussions about Trini cuisine (with a few exceptions). Hey, if it's not poutine, it's not debated to death here.

                                            PLEASE add to the collective wisdom if you can speak to this topic! Even second hand info that we can follow up on would be SRSLY useful.

                                            1. re: commie hound

                                              My only Trinidadian friend (Trinidadian-Canadian, to be precise) loves Ali's Roti and travels way out of his way to get there on his visits to Boston. He is very happy with it as a taste of his youth. I went too and thought it was great. I definitely wouldn't say that anything was poor quality and didn't find it depressing--the owners were extremely friendly to me.

                                              Ali's Roti Restaurant
                                              1035 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

                                          2. I would like to nominate Bostone Pizza for its good New York Style slices. A difficult thing to find in Boston, done well. Not the best pizza in Boston, but the best New York Style pizza, for sure.

                                            Bostone Pizza
                                            225 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

                                            1. Scup's on the Harbor is closed until the first of April. Not enough people were making the trek to the shipyard in the winter. A big loss for people in the neighborhood (well, at least for me) but the owners promise it is reopening, with expanded seating.