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Oct 25, 2011 04:43 PM

I need a one-upper

The past couple of weeks that my friend and I have gone out, we've been somewhat on the track of one-upping each other. First was Highland Kitchen which I told him would be a place that you've heard of and are either excited to go/again or never have at all. Then he took me to Grotto which was good, but wayyyy different. It's my turn now and I need help. I'm considering the North Shore, but something less ordinary. Maybe East Boston? Help! I'm willing to throw curveballs...and bat against them.

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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  1. Biryani Park on Rte 99 in Malden?

    Biryani Park
    105 Broadway (Route 99), Malden, MA 02148

    1. Maybe Rino's place for some great pasta in Est Boston.

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      1. re: gooch

        Sabzi in Arlington!

        352 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

      2. Cafe Polonia in Salem? I've only been to the Dorchester location, but it is completely out of the ordinary, the food is excellent, the vibe is unique and warm.

        Cafe Polonia
        118 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970

        1. sob, the Globe recently gave 3 stars to 62 Wharf in Salem. We love it there; quiet.elegant ,comfy room w/ great service and wonderful no. ital food w/ some twists. It's fun to explore salem and marblehead while you're up there.They have recently tweaked their name and are just about to launch a new website, but this should help:

          As to east boston, many CHs love Rincon Limeno for something very unique, but it is not a step up in elegance from grotto- if that's what you are seeking.

          Rincon Limeno
          409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

          Sixty2 on Wharf
          62 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

          1. Can I tattoo Rincon Limeno on my forehead? Man do I like that place. Very different from HK and Grotto, but if you get a ceviche mixto and the fried seafood plate, you will have enough food to make you bust and die happy.

            Rincon Limeno
            409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Heck add the anticucho (grilled calves heart) or any of the meat plates. I was gonna suggest rincon limeno.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Right on - I forgot we had the ceviche and a perfect lomo saltado the last time we were there.