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What is the one fave dish you had in the greater boston area this year?

Just one...alright, if that's too hard then just add one more!

for me it was the Crab and silky noodle claypot at Dumpling Cafe.

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  1. The Halibut @ Lumiere

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    Lumiere Restaurant
    1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

    1. It would have to be the Gypsy Pancake at Cafe Polonia. Hungarian goulash sandwiched between two large potato pancakes and topped with dollops of sour cream.

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      Cafe Polonia
      611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

      1. The Bucatini Carbonara from Metropolis Cafe in the South End. Amazing sauce, great flavors coming from the egg, cheese, pork, and pasta. Such a great dish.

        1. Organic duck egg sformato with white truffles, aged parmegiano regiano, and marjoram at Erbaluce. EASILY the best thing I had in Boston in 2010.

          In Seville, jamon every day for a week. Cmon now.

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          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: yumyum

            That sublime sformato was a highlight here, too.

            Many good things at Istanbul'lu, too tough to pick just one, but since there's a gun at my head, I'll take the paca (lamb soup).

            Also the da la p'i at Unique has been eternally etched into my brainpan as well.

            Which reminds me of another Boston highlight this year when a Chicago friend came to visit - in addition to the aforementioned dishes, in a single weekend we also had: cocktails at the Franklin, dinner at Estragon, second dinner at Peach Farm, brunch at Istanbulu, oysters at B&G, cocktails at Deep Ellum (twice), dinner at Unique, brunch at Chung Shin Yuan, cocktails at Drink, dinner at YoMa, pizzas at Reginas, beers at Bukowskis, oysters at ECG, dinner at Coppa, and a Speeds dawg, and I think I'm missing a couple of other things.

            If not given the chance to reflect on the year, I might have nominated the chimi I just scarfed from Alex's minutes ago.

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            Peach Farm
            4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

            Chung Shin Yuan
            183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

            Deep Ellum Bar
            477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

            Bukowski's
            50 Dalton St Ste 4, Boston, MA 02115

            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

             
          2. Sorry i need to list two
            Haleem from Darbar (Allston)
            Xiao Long Bao from Dumpling Cafe (C Town)

            1. You only had the jamon once a day, yumyum?

              Tough to pick one, but Erbaluce definitely contributed several of the top ones: maybe the bowl of garlickly periwinkles. Cheating, but I'd have to say the pork knuckle at U Zlaté Hrušky, a sort of gastropub in Prague, which I had to fight bees for.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              Erbaluce
              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Holy moly, I went to U Zlaté Hrusky about four years ago. We just happened upon it. I thought it was great too but more formal than gastropub, though that may have been because of the table of German businessmen next to us who were buying wine from deep in the cellar...

              2. The brains in spicy sauce at Darbar. Completely turned me around on brains.

                1. Shrimp and pumpkin dish at Yoma, the Burmese restaurant in Allston. Tastes like my parents' cooking.

                  1. Bunny at Erbaluce.

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                    Erbaluce
                    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. I'm a huge fan of the Gnocchi al forno at Cantina Italiana in the North End. I can eat an entire plate and still want more, and I almost always get too full on pasta to finish the whole thing. This stuff is phenomenal.

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                      Cantina Italiana
                      346 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

                      1. More love for Erbaluce. The Mako shark with a cherry tomato salsa I had there in the early fall was one of my favorites of the year.

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                        Erbaluce
                        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                        1. The fluke crudo at Coppa. It was a thing of beauty.

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                          Coppa
                          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                          1. re: Kirs

                            So is Coppa's Italian sub with cherry peppers at lunch...

                            ...The Crispy Soft Poached Chip-In Farm Egg at Russell House...

                            ..every Bahn Mi from Pho Viet was satisfying this year, and the price is ridiculous.

                            1. re: Gabatta

                              The poached egg is also on my very short list. The one knock against it in my mind was it had the misfortune of being the one thing on my VSL that I had several times and while some times it was awesome, other times it was just ok. The others on the VSL might have been a lucky night, but they were 100% awesome all 1 times i had them :)

                              1. re: jgg13

                                Yes, same here, it was best on the first pass. It was still one of the most memorable dishes I have had in this area in 2010. Unfortunately there wasn't too much on my short list so.

                          2. My favorite things I ate for the first time in Boston restaurants this year included:

                            Taboulleh and Spicy Chicken/Spicy Beef Schwarma at Garlic 'N Lemons

                            Pea salad with crispy egg at Bergamot

                            Kaffir langoustines at Menton.

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                            Menton
                            354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                            1. re: kimfair1

                              I honestly don't know if it was my favorite (I'm not sure what *was* my favorite) but that pea salad is definitely on the very short list.

                              1. Lobster bisque at the harvard club. I noticed someone mentioned deep ellum on this thread, I was exposed to their brunch this year, it is fantastic - killer manhattans too. If you live in allston/brighton you have to go.

                                1. Sable fish at Sushi Island. Can't get enough of it.

                                  Happy New Year all.

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                                  1. re: hhookk

                                    i have mentioned it before; mulan's eel with sticky rice.

                                    but i like the seafood at Craigie's; that is my favorite part of their menu.

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                                    mulan
                                    228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                        1. re: hhookk

                                          That's a great place. I'm living in Boston now, but Wakefield's home. Definitely miss Sushi Island.

                                    1. Scallion pancake with roast beef slices at Taiwan Cafe. Or maybe double cooked bacon at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham.

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                                      1. re: nsenada

                                        Oh, I'll second that bacon, but the best new thing I had this year was that pea green salad with the panko-crusted egg at Bergamot. I'm afraid to go back because it might not be as sublime and I don't want to wreck the memory.

                                      2. The one dish that stood out for me twice earlier this year was the messy burger from Toro.

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                                        Toro
                                        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                                        1. One thing that keeps popping into my mind are the steamed littlenecks at Neptune Oyster. I don't know exactly what is in the broth, but it is great.

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

                                          1. Scallop ceviche at 51Lincoln

                                            1. Pan roasted Cod at Orta in Pembroke. Swam onto my plate!!
                                              Enjoy and Happy New Year,
                                              CocoDan

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                                              Orta Restaurant
                                              75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

                                              1. Camembert ravioli with chicken mushrooms at Green Street Bar and Grill. It was a special and the waitress just said "camembert ravioli with mushrooms" and then they were chicken mushrooms! What a pleasant surprise!

                                                1. It is hard to pick just one, but I'm going to go with the bone marrow and oxtail ragout appetizer special at Troquet. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph was that ever amazing.

                                                  1. White truffles over barely-cooked scrambled araucana eggs at Menton. Decadent, sublime, and sensual - a plate full of Mother Nature's fertility!

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                                                    Menton
                                                    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                                                     
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                                                      1. Spring onion soup with a Borough Market grilled cheese sandwich from Craigie on Main. Had it as part of our 6-course tasting menu and it was out of this world.

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                                                        Craigie on Main
                                                        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                        1. Boston - the carbonara with sea urchin at Coppa

                                                          My favorite dish of 2010 was a whole fried hogfish that I had at a tiny restaurant in a Jupiter, FL strip mall

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                                                          Coppa
                                                          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                                                          1. Had my first Speed Dog this past year.

                                                            1. My head hurts trying to think of one. I'll go with the Lobster Roe Noodles at Island Creek Oyster Bar.

                                                              I'm sure that I've had plenty of other great dishes of equal quality, but those noodles jump to the front of my head first.

                                                              The carbonara at Coppa was pretty awesome too.

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                                                              Island Creek Oysters
                                                              296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

                                                              Coppa
                                                              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                              1. re: ecwashere7

                                                                Sizzling eggplant stuffed with pork at Shanghai Gate.

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                                                                Shanghai Gate
                                                                204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                                                                1. re: teezeetoo

                                                                  tzt, would you plse describe this dish? Is it a curried meat mixture sandwiched between sliced eggplant and deep fried? (been looking for that dish for a loooong time!) Is it a dimsum/wkends only?thnx.

                                                              2. Mushroom ragout at Craigie.
                                                                Also a fantastic whole fish at Erbaluce, I think it was a flounder.

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                                                                Erbaluce
                                                                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                1. Pupusas revueltas (filled with creamy mixture of pork, refried beans, cheese) from Montecristo Restaurant in Somerville. We get them take-out so we can fry them a little more crispy. Eat alone as a snack or as a raft for fried eggs or as a partner to MR chicharrones.

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                                                                  Montecristo Restaurant
                                                                  146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145