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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
http://udupi.us/index.html

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

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

Lynn

La Fe Restaurant - Dominican
189 Union St.
781-593-3333
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!

D'Leomar
228 Union St.
781-595-6114
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.
781-598-5851
Pastries in this quaint little hole-in-the-wall cost 60 cents.

Rincon Macorisano
350 Washington St.
781-592-5823
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

Taiwanese:

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
www.iggysbread.com
130 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1112
(617) 491-7600 Awesome!

www.danishpastryhouse.com

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
www.formaggiokitchen.com
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

www.modernpastry.com
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.

www.verrillfarm.com
Amazing farm stand near Walden Pond
Bakery, produce, etc.

This web site has listings of farmer’s markets all over MA:
http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/

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
www.guruthecaterer.com
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
www.karlssausage.com
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

Dominican
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
www.sendbread.com
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
www.istanbul-lu.com

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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.

      2 Replies
      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

        3 Replies
        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

          Flour
          Baked Sweets and Sandwiches

          Sofra
          Baked Sweets and Sandwiches with a Mediterranean twist

          Emma's
          Gourmet Pizza

          R.F. O'Sullivans and Bartley's
          Burgers

          Highland Kitchen
          Inventive Gastropub

          Tamarind Bay
          Serious Indian

          Parish Cafe and Darwin's
          Inventive Sandwiches
          Blue Ribbon BBQ
          BBQ

          Massi's Bakery
          Armenian groceries and baked goods

          Toscanini's and Christina's
          Ice Cream

          Baraka Cafe
          North African

          Abbondanza
          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 . . . .

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          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

          Sofra
          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.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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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.