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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.

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Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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  1. Biryani Park on Rte 99 in Malden?

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796559

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    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!

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        Sabzi
        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.

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        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:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713527

          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.

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          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.

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            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.

            2. Closes early (8pm) and it's not one for ambiance, but the Cambodian food at Thmor Da in Revere is very good.

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              Thmor Da
              144 Shirley Ave, Revere, MA 02151

              1. I'd second Rincon Limeno.. Other options, Little Q Hot Pot in Arlington, Il Casale in Belmont, or just take out bahn mi's from Dot Ave..

                What sort of vibe do you enjoy? Is this a nice dinner with cocktails and cute members of the opposite gender thing, or are you up for hole in the wall authentic ethnic places?

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                Rincon Limeno
                409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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                1. re: grant.cook

                  Agree with Rincon Limeno, I've had a chance to most of their menu, it's all good. Also, Moroccan Hospitality on Salem St. in Malden has some excellent tangine dishes.

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                  Rincon Limeno
                  409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                  Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant
                  188 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148

                  1. re: grant.cook

                    I'm pretty open to everything, but I am timid about Moroccan or Indian food (I've had it maybe once or twice). Rincon Limeno seems like a pretty good bet, but I also spent time in Peru so I know what I enjoy eating. I live in South Boston, so I don't want to go too far, but I am willing to drive 30 or so minutes. And yes, I am driving because it is my turn.

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                    Rincon Limeno
                    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                    1. re: grant.cook

                      Also, I've had some hits and misses with holes-in-the-wall and mid-week desperation calls for a glass of wine.

                      1. re: SOBoston

                        il casale an excellent suggestion. fun happening spot and terrific food.

                    2. I'm not sure what it is you are trying to one up, food, value, atmosphere? Is this a romantic relationship? A change up might be heading south to Caffe Bella in Randolph, which is in a strip mall. Sit at the bar, have a few oysters, share a pan of shellfish and share another app or entree and maybe the biscotti icecream or a seasonal cheesecake. It would definately be a change up.
                      http://caffebellarandolph.com/Pizza__...

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                      Caffe Bella
                      19 Warren St, Randolph, MA 02368

                      1. Throwing out some random Cambridge places that might fit the "have heard of it and want to go/go again"/somewhere not in the usual rotation that I always forget about when put in a similar situation -
                        The Druid in Inman Sq; Technique at Le Cordon Bleu; Green Street Grille, one of the Brizilian spots in E. Cambridge like Muqueca

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                        Green Street
                        280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                        Muqueca
                        1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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