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Dec 16, 2010 07:50 PM

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Season 7 in Boston [old]


Not sure how many follow the series, but the Season 7 lineup was announced and Bourdain will be taping an episode in Boston. Here is the S7 lineup if interested (


So where should he go while in town? I would think Cambodian in Lowell, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Brazilian, Speed's Dog should all be under consideration and up his alley. Fine dining wise, Craigie, Clio, O Ya?

Excited to see where he ends up in town.

  1. Bourdain and a Speed's dog are so appropriate for each other. ;)

    1. Given that he will be taping in Brazil for the same season, Boston isn't going to have the quality, variety, or oddities that he could encounter in Brazil. For Portuguese Fall River and New Bedford would be a better match (especially since he has spent some time in the Ironbound district of Newark and Greater Boston pales to that).

      1. I'm thinking he needs to try the Portuguese man o' war sub from The Snack Bar in East Cambridge.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          I was thinking wood grilled barnacles and pork belly in New Bedford, but it will be the wrong time of year for the former... The bar at Portugalia sometimes has interesting specials (cod cheeks for instance) and he can order a bifana (the basis for the man o' war) there, as well as their full menu (including a seafood feijoada, etc).

        2. He did a brief Azorean-American bit in Fall River before he went to the Azores. If true to form, he would avoid anything considered "the best of", the typical famous things.

          I think the fact that you can get better Portuguese-tradition foods elsewhere is not a good reason to avoid them. The fact that Boston has good ones is unusual for the States, little-known, and they do great things with the local seafood. A good choice.

          I might want to show off our diversity in traditional cuisines from all over. Maybe Baraka Cafe, Angela's Cafe, Brookline Family, Rincon Limeno, S&I Thai, Peach Farm, Kebab Factory, Neptune Oyster.

          For fine dining, one of our solid chef-owned places, maybe Rendezvous, Erbaluce, Coppa, Bergamot, that ilk; and mid-range, one of our bars with good food like Highland Kitchen or The Franklin, places where locals dine on weeknights.

          I'd get him a craft cocktail at Green Street or Eastern Standard, and a beer at some unpretentious hang like Wally's or J.J. Foley's Cafe or Doyle's (though the latter is a bit cliche). Keep him out of our top tier, where there isn't anything extraordinary enough to impress.

          On the other hand, maybe I don't want to recommend any of these places. As Bourdain himself has noted, his show's attention can ruin a place for the locals who love it (see what Guy "Poochie" Fieri hath wrought at Rino's Place), though it's good for the business.

          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          Neptune Oyster
          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

          Baraka Cafe
          80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Brookline Family Restaurant
          305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

          Rincon Limeno
          409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          The Kebab Factory
          414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

          Highland Kitchen
          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

          J.J. Foley's
          117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118

          S&I To Go
          168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            boston is known for its seafood; if i were doing a show, i would hit places like Neptune , summer shack, perhaps a chinese fish-in-the tank place

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              MC Slim JB Portugalia is the Boston Portuguese restaurant which serves the most seafood, but I would venture that the Druid serves as much local seafood than them (imported salt cod, imported shrimp). Likewise Abbondanza may serve as much local seafood as Muqueca. So I think you overstate the "specialty" in "local seafood." But I simply said for Portugese there is more variety on the South Coast (and its not just Fall River or Azorean, New Bedford has interesting and unusual food which Fall River doesn't have, there is also Taunton and Somerset).

              We have a wealth of inexpensive Brazilian churrascarias, offering rodizios and fixed price plates for less than in Brazil. While they offer dishes from Minas Gerais on their buffets, sometimes the execution is poor. Even in a small town in Brazil, you can find a more interesting churrascaria (whether it serves different meats such as boar ribs, or slow roasts whole beef ribs).

              If its local seafood, Courthouse seafood would be the most interesting and although Portuguese it doesn't specifically offer portuguese dishes. What I think is unusual is you can go into the fish market, pick a fish and they will cook it in the restaurant for $1/lb more. They also offer fried smelts a la carte, plus smelts often mackerel and other bone in fish in the market replentished regularly. The smelts being a New England thing, even though they are likely from Canada.

              For Brazilian food Muqueca is unique by offering moquecas cooked in a clay pot -- actually the Torta Capixaba they offer is more unusual than the moquecas, but they are inconsistent and I expect that no program on Brazil would fail to cover a moqueca made with freshly caught fish and they are better in Brazil than East Cambridge. The less common Brazilian items we have tend not to get noticed. A caldo de mocoto from either Tropical Cafe in Marlborough or Petisco's in Somerville, with some salgadinhos, and maybe a house-made doce (such as green papaya) if Petisco's. A restaurant (mainha in Avon) which offers acaraje on a regular basis (as well as their own moqueca) is also unusual in the US, but will it compare to one served on the street in Brazil with fresh pepper sauce?

              1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

              1. re: itaunas

                itaunas, what are some interesting restaurants in Somerset? I may be doing a food trip to the South Coast this winter, and never considered going there--was mostly thinking of Fall River, New Bedford, and East Providence (if there's time).

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  hiddenboston I was typing somewhat stream of conciousness and with Somerset was sort of thinking of the Portugese dispora in the area: wood ovens in people's backyards, festivals. And certainly the Fall River North End (President Ave, etc) headed to Somerset has several good Portuguese restaurants, but I don't know of any in Somerset proper. If you want a restaurant outside of the main cities, you could try Primavera in Tiverton (there also is Barcellos there which I don't know much about and in the summer Evelyn's). Dartmouth and Fairhaven have options too, but you are so close to New Bedford then. I do think that Bourdain would do best taping a show in the summer...

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                Please don't get a cannoli Tony! I think it's a mistake to come here in the dead of winter. Our produce isn't bad and we have a lot of farms actually. Wally's Cafe I could see him digging. Maybe he'll get here and he'll be like, "So, where this place The Rat?" Maybe he could meet up with Aerosmith at The Middle East, ha ha.

                I think we should ALL be on the show! WE could take him on a trip to remember! And THEY can pay the bills! Ha ha.

                Here's my votes:
                Hell Night/Seafood at East Coast Grill, Island Creek Oyster, Towne and O Ya
                Bakery Classes at Hi-Rise and Clear Flour
                Gastropubbing at the place MC suggested or maybe Woodward where he could stay
                Street Eats at Speed's, Chacarero
                Chinese at Taiwan Cafe, Hei La Moon, Sichuan Gourmet
                Latin/Central American at Tu y Yo, various Eastie locales
                "Localvore" small chef-owned high-end dining like Oleanna, Bondir, others I'm missing

                I don't think our Indian is strong enough to show off, I rather show him Turkish like Istanbul Cafe for lunch or Tangierino at night. (I could totally see him smoking sheesha with the owner.)

                Hei La Moon
                88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                O Ya
                9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
                1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                73 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

                Middle East Restaurant
                472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Island Creek Oysters
                296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

                101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                Sichuan Gourmet
                1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                1. re: tatsu

                  You know he could actually visit the Rat......Just stop by Eastern Standard. Garrett's office is where the old stage used to be and I'm sure there may even be some folks still hangin in the neighborhood who could tell a few tales

                  Eastern Standard
                  528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: jeff Turton

                    and if he wanted to visit the bar from the old Rat he can go to Keon's in Haverhill.

                  2. re: tatsu

                    Hell Night at ECG is a good call, except that Man vs. Food has already done it. Chacarero is a must! High end...Menton or O Ya.

                    O Ya
                    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                    101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                    1. re: hungrygale

                      I missed that! Well there it is, ECG is off the list! As is a Greenlaw lobster excursion.

                      1. re: hungrygale

                        Isn't it incredibly difficult to score tickets to Hell Night? Although, I guess if you're Tony Bourdain, they'll make it happen...

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Just a quick reply...if you know the show you know he worked in P town as a young chef and likes Portuguese as a result of his experience there. Also he previously swore he would never do a "Ye Olde" type restaurant in Boston...just a head's up. Agree with the Speeds guess as he loves any "meat in tube form" per the show. Kind of at a loss as I think its hard to define what's really Boston without going ethnic or um....... Legal?

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          ......... see what Guy "Poochie" Fieri hath wrought at Rino's Place ......... gee, I wonder where "Spike" got the idea about going to Rino's MC! ; ) I'll just have to wait 'till spring - hopefully the lines will die down by then (3 1/2 hour wait on Saturday at 5:30PM - no thanks!). May need to organize a "chowdown" to get 5 others to go with me so I can get a rezzie if I can't wait that long tho.
                          Was gonna suggest Angela's but it's a catch 22 - you want a place to get more business but not so much that you can't get in any more, so you kinda want to recommed places that could use the "help" the Bourdain publicity will bring. Maybe Scup's would be good if he comes in the winter 'cause I'm not sure what they get for business then.
                          Speeds is a great idea - wonder if the Jersey Street location will be open by then so Bourdain can get that location packed while keeping the Newmarket one "untouched".

                          Rino's Place
                          258 Saratoga Street, Boston, MA 02128

                          1. re: southie_chick

                            Angela's would be great! Get those folks through the tunnel!

                        2. Phien's Kitchen in Lowell (for papaya salad), Craigie (he would particularly love this), Drink, Oleana or Sofra, O Ya, Neptune, Fuloon, Shangri-La.

                          149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

                          O Ya
                          9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                          1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                          Phien's Kitchen
                          586 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

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                          1. re: DoubleMan

                            Have to disagree with the Drink idea. While it's a good place to get a cocktail it is not ground-breaking in any regard or that terribly interesting tv-wise.

                            1. re: mats77

                              I agree, drink is a bore, Sofra, and Olean, nice but nothing really noteworthy, O Ya, likewise not really world class and too fru fru for Bourdain. Rincon Limeno, Cambodian food, heck hit Vinny's at night for a real Boston experience.

                              Or Yoma for Burmese, or Neptune, or East Coast Grill...

                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                Drink is unique bar experience, I think. And having the best bartender lineup in the country (excluding Erik and Murray at Zig Zag - but that's a very small team) makes it pretty special. John Gertsen could make a blue blazers or a beer flip - that would make good tv.

                                SG, with all due respect, I think you are absolutely wrong about Sofra and Oleana. The flavors and quality of execution are really hard to find.

                                Grant Achatz seems to agree.

                                And O Ya is right up Bourdain's alley, I think. I don't know what you mean about "too fru fru" considering that he basically had a continuous orgasm the time he did a show at the French Laundry and loved similarly precious restaurants all over the world.

                                O Ya
                                9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                                1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                                1. re: DoubleMan

                                  While Drink may be unique to Boston that concept is not in other metropolitan areas. If the show must do a segment on cocktails I would rather them profile Deep Ellum, Green St. or Silvertone. Barbara Lynch is not starving for publicity.

                                  69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

                                  Deep Ellum Bar
                                  477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                                  1. re: DoubleMan

                                    I'm just not a huge Drink fan. Best bartenders in the country... whew.

                                    The couple of times I've been they just did not seem to be particularly into the "make you a novel drink on the spot thing," and as a pretty decent amateur mixologist myself, I find the concept a bit contrived.

                                    It is just plain silly to even pretend to make every single person who walks in the door their own personal drink.

                                    With regards to O Ya, okay maybe.

                                    I have known Ana Sortun since 1989. At times I LOVE her food. I ate at Oleana about 6 weeks ago. Food was good, but nothing mind blowing. Her signature dish, the short rib with eggplant was downright disappointing. No one, of four of us, really raved... The meal was a bit of a dud honestly. And for a place with a presumed national reputation that is just not acceptable.

                                    With regard to kowtowing to tweets from Grant Achatz and other glitterati of the chowisphere; that's really just not my bag, but knock yourself out with that...

                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                      Feel the same way about Sofra-- big disappointment. And given the talent, local-sourcing, and the general former excellence of Oleana, this shouldn't be the case.

                                      1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                                    2. re: DoubleMan

                                      grant achatz probably got a better meal than i did when i ate at oleana. i have had much better middle east food in nyc and chicago