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Mar 4, 2011 08:39 AM

Let's talk cephalopods!

What are your favorite Boston-area octopus dishes??

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  1. Definitely Cragie's grilled octopus with hearts of palm. Second place is Oleana's appetizer- looking at the menu, they've changed the supporting players but any octopus coming out of that kitchen is likely to be delicious.

    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: Parsnipity

      I'm wondering if others are with me on not being all that into Craigie's take on octopus. It is certainly effective, and the beaten, slow cooked tentacles are definitely "tender", but I found the texture somewhat grainy and generally off-putting when I tried it. For me, octopus needs to still have some snap to it I guess. I also wonder how Mediterranean octopus with hearts of palm became a staple for a place purporting to be uncompromisingly dedicated to local and sustainable cuisine, to paraphrase...

      I love the whole marinated baby octopus wherever I can get them...

      1. re: loper

        Yeah, I had to stop myself from writing a side note about whether we should be eating hearts of palm. I see your point there about local/sustainable. However, I love the texture of Craigie's octopus. So we'll have to disagree on that count. I'll take mine just a big chunk on the plate, hold the palm.

        1. re: Parsnipity

          I don't know if there's a huge difference between "octopus" and "squid" in this context, but I understand that squid are supposed to be very sustainable.

    2. An Erbaluce app of grilled octopus with blood orange and fennel. Not sure how often they do it.

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      1. re: robwat36

        I had a Charles Draghi baby-octopus app at Marcuccio's back in the day that was superb. The man knows how to cook octopus.

      2. The former Ming's (RIP) off Albany St (?), made the most wonderful salt encrusted baby octopus. Whole, about 2-3 inches long, they were a real treat. In their latter days the place was a dump but still had some real gems.

        1. The octopus salad at Farm Grille in Newton is delicious.

          Also, if you want to take a spin making it at home, Carl carries previously frozen octopus from Portugal that is very very tender and easy peasy to make in your kitchen.