Best Hot Pot?
My wife has been asking to try the Hot Pot Buffet on Chinatown. Are there other places I should consider such as Little Q Arlington or Shabu Shabu?
I second/third the recommendations for Little Q Arlington. After Shabu Zen in Chinatown/Allston holding a monopoly on my shabu fix for years, I'm happy to say my allegiances have changed to Little Q. I find it has a lot more variety than SZ, with a wider menu of seafood, meat and veggie selections (not to mention, non-Hot Pot selections for those in your party that don't like to cook their own food).
And parking at Little Q Arlington is less of a hassle than battling Allston or Chinatown.
78 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Not often mentioned but if Quincy is not out of the way, you should try Shabu in North Quincy on Hancock St, about 5 minutes from the train station. Smaller, but a nice space (with mega-strong air conditioning) and a good menu and selection of broths.
397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA
My favorites are Little Q in Arlington for hotpot, for their complex and exotic broths, but Kaze in Chinatown for the entire shabu experience and, foodwise, the cuts of meat.
41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111