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sekbowmeyaa Aug 22, 2011 01:38 PM

Hello, i just moved to East Boston near maverick and airport. Just posting to see what people have to say about some food places and if people have any suggestions about where to go. So far i have been to Mehak, Cactus Grill, Tex Mex(not a big fan), and Taqueria Cancun, and La Terraza. Also i would like to hear about some really good italian places to check out, i already know about Sentarpios.

Thank you!!!

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Taqueria Cancun
192 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128

Mehak
329 Sumner St, Boston, MA 02128

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 22, 2011 02:16 PM

    Tons of great options, but a few top-of-mind ideas:

    Mexican: Angela's Cafe, Taqueria Jalisco

    Salvadoran / Guatemalan: Pupuseria Mama Blanca, Restaurant Montecristo, Mi Pueblito, La Frontera (especially the sopa de mariscos)

    Peruvian: Rincon Limeno, Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan (especially the rotisserie chicken)

    Vietnamese: Sai Gon

    Italian: Rino's Place (go at lunch, order from the special menu)

    Colombian: La Chiva, La Fogata (mainly for the bakery stuff), El Paisa

    Brazilian: Oliveira's

    American: Kelley Square Pub, Sonny Noto's (good steak tips)

    North Shore roast beef sandwiches and fried seafood: Royal

    Subs: Roy's

    Coffee, creative sandwiches and salads: 303 Cafe

    Gourmet pizza: Dough

    Hope that helps!

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    Rincon Limeno
    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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

    Montecristo Restaurant
    146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

    Kelley Square Pub
    84 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

    La Frontera Restaurant
    290 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

    Mi Pueblito Restaurant
    333 Border St, Boston, MA 02128

    Sonny Noto's Restaurant
    22 Central Sq, Boston, MA 02128

    La Fogata
    226 Sumner St, East Boston, MA 02128

    Oliveira's
    751 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

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      galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Aug 23, 2011 08:23 AM

      you mean saigon hut for vietnamese?

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        MC Slim JB RE: galangatron Aug 23, 2011 09:05 AM

        The former Saigon Hut, yes. It's just called Sai Gon Restaurant (or Saigon, depending on whether you're looking at signage or menus) since a change in ownership a few years ago.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Aug 23, 2011 09:16 AM

          what do you like there? i went a couple of years ago and the food was horrible

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            MC Slim JB RE: galangatron Aug 23, 2011 09:27 AM

            Let's see, haven't been back since I reviewed it for the Phoenix about a year ago.

            The new chef/owner is from the South, so there's a bit more Cantonese and Thai influences in his cooking than some. My favorites were steamed whole red snapper (excellent), his version of Pad thai (which I never would have ordered, but a neighbor got it and it looked good -- it was actually closer to a traditional Thai version than most one sees here, no stinting on fish sauce or chilies), banh mi chien tom, kind of like Cantonese dim sum shrimp toast, ca kho to (caramelized fish, cod, he claimed, another good version), and pho rau cai dau hu, which was okay, basically beef pho with the Southern penchant for adding a lot of steamed vegetables and fried tofu. Fresh coconut juice with slices of pulp, and fried ice cream, which I guess wandered in from some other restaurant, but at least had some sharp ginger syrup on it.

            It won't make anybody forget Lowell, but I liked it, definitely a notch above what I call suburban Vietnamese.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Wannabfoode RE: MC Slim JB Aug 23, 2011 12:27 PM

        No new reccomendations, but a few enthusiastic agreements! We like mama blancas for pupusas, there's one just a 10 minute walk from Maverick. Also really enjoy Angela's, Rincon Limeno for ceviche and pescado a la macho, Mi Pueblito for brunch, Belle Isle for Lobster rolls, and El Paisa for colombian. And the chicken place in Chelsea, who's name is currently escaping me.

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        Rincon Limeno
        409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

        Mi Pueblito Restaurant
        333 Border St, Boston, MA 02128

        El Paisa
        598 Dexter St, Central Falls, RI 02863

      3. lipoff RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 22, 2011 03:20 PM

        I would definitely add Tawakal Halal Cuisine to MC Slim's fantastic list.

        And I would like to second Rincón Limeño, Angela's Cafe and Taqueria Jalisco in particular.

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        Tawakal Halal Cuisine
        1004 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

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          MC Slim JB RE: lipoff Aug 22, 2011 05:08 PM

          Thanks: can't believe I left out Tawakal! I believe I'm still the only pro critic in town that has reviewed it. I gave it a Stuff "Hot" Issue citation, too, as an example of a great traditional cuisine that too many locals are overlooking.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            lipoff RE: MC Slim JB Aug 22, 2011 05:24 PM

            By coincidence I went there last night, and I wrote about it in StevieC's original thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/746820 Really good stuff!

        2. StevieC RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 22, 2011 03:45 PM

          I second Tawakal.

          In addition to those already named:

          Italian: Italian Express (pizza particularly) and Mario's

          Breakfast: Donna's

          Colombian (roughly): El Kiosco

          Donuts: Betty Ann's Place

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          El Kiosco
          972 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128

          Italian Express
          600 W Cummings Park Ste 1950, Woburn, MA 01801

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            galangatron RE: StevieC Aug 23, 2011 08:25 AM

            forgot about betty ann's. good one

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            grant.cook RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 22, 2011 08:03 PM

            You aren't too far from Belle Isle Seafood.. nice place to pick up a lobster roll or a fried plate-of-something-seafoody

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            Belle Isle Seafood
            1267 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128

            1. Luther RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 23, 2011 04:11 AM

              Taqueria Jalisco for mind-blowing carnitas (and other tacos that are OK but that beat the pants off of pretty much anything else in Boston), and very good tortas.

              Rincon Limeno for jalea that I'd recommend over fried seafood at any of the traditional New England style fried clam type places. The only downside is you can't get soft serve to go with it.

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              Rincon Limeno
              409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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                silver queen RE: Luther Aug 24, 2011 11:06 AM

                But you can go around the block to Frio Rico and get a minuta! (Shaved ice with fruit and sweetened condensed milk)

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                Frio Rico
                360R Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

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                  lipoff RE: silver queen Aug 24, 2011 02:52 PM

                  I love Frio Rico, but they are not always open after dinner, or keep precise hours.

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                  Frio Rico
                  360R Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

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                judej RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 23, 2011 06:34 AM

                Agree with all of the above. Also love Meridian Market for Italian take out subs and daily hot specials. Esp. love the Meridian Special and the chicken cutlet and broccoli raab sub. For great shave ice try Friorico, made with fruit juice and fresh fruit. I also enjoy their empanadas and tamales and they have some nice baked goods and desserts.

                1. galangatron RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 23, 2011 08:21 AM

                  rincon limeno
                  el chalan
                  taqueria jalisco
                  pollo campero
                  tawakal
                  el jardin
                  el penol
                  frio rico
                  beto's
                  el paisa
                  el buen gusto
                  la frontera
                  topacio
                  mi pueblito
                  spinelli's
                  meridian market

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                    deglazer RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 29, 2011 05:15 PM

                    Just adding to the list.

                    Bohemio's is a relatively new Columbian spot (30 Bennington St.) I haven't been so this isn't a recommendation per se. Just haven't seen much written about it. The menu has a good mix of breakfast, grilled or fried fish and seafood, coctel de camarones, ceviche etc. and classic meat-centric plates, arepas etc.

                    Taco Mania (244 Meridian). I think it's Guatemalan or Salvadoran. This one I actually did try. I was pleased to see that they had that masa based dish with the name that escapes me - it's a plate with about 8 very small (maybe 2 inch) fried masa boats with filling. Love the idea of this but my version was pretty bland - the filling was pretty much just ground beef with onion and a dull salsa. Maybe some salad. So much potential to be a killer dish, and one that's not that common, but it definitely did not dazzle. Still the place had a nice homey feel and I would go back to try other things on the menu.

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                    Taco Mania
                    244 Meridian St, Boston, MA 02128

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                      RoyRon RE: sekbowmeyaa Aug 30, 2011 12:02 PM

                      I heartly second Belle Isle. You can't beat their lobster roll and I think because they serve so many of them the lobster is always freshly cooked. They don't use a lot of mayo or other seasonings so the taste of freshly cooked shines through and for $18.00 is a bargain. I also really like their Haddock and chips. The Haddock is always fresh, the batter if not too heavy and their chips are about average but I do really like their onion rings with it too.

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