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Apr 24, 2011 05:28 PM

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?


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  1. I've always enjoyed Little Q in Arlington - tough to get a table in there now on Saturdays in prime time without a reservation. Its also a 5 minute walk from my house, so I am biased..

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    1. re: grant.cook

      My son just asked if we could go to Little Q/Arlington for his birthday next week. Fresh ingredients, fragrant broths, easy parking . . . good choice!

    2. 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.

      Shabu Zen
      78 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

      1. 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

        1. 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

          1. Another vote for Little Q - we were big fans when it was in Quincy and continue the love in Arlington. I think they blow away the other choices, Chinatown, or elsewhere.


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            1. re: gansu girl

              For me, it's the large chunks of herbs, barks and other mysterious items floating enticingly in the broth that separate Little Q from the rest of the shabu/hot pot purveyors.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                Roger that, BD - took a couple of friends there recently and they were asking "what's this? what's that?" and all I could say is "not sure, but mmmmm, glad it's all there."