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I need a one-upper

SOBoston Oct 25, 2011 04:43 PM

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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    Snowflake Oct 26, 2011 03:47 PM

    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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      grant.cook Oct 26, 2011 08:12 PM

      Wrights Chicken Farm - in RI

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      Bellachefa Oct 26, 2011 03:13 PM

      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

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        grant.cook Oct 26, 2011 08:12 AM

        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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          treb Oct 26, 2011 09:55 AM

          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

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            SOBoston Oct 26, 2011 11:16 AM

            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

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              SOBoston Oct 26, 2011 11:18 AM

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

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                opinionatedchef Oct 26, 2011 01:59 PM

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

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              emannths Oct 26, 2011 06:19 AM

              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. Bob Dobalina Oct 26, 2011 05:49 AM

                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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                  StriperGuy Oct 26, 2011 06:29 AM

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

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                    Bob Dobalina Oct 26, 2011 06:33 AM

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

                2. opinionatedchef Oct 25, 2011 10:09 PM

                  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

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                    hckybg Oct 25, 2011 06:40 PM

                    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

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                      gooch Oct 25, 2011 05:36 PM

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

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                        Swankalicious Oct 25, 2011 06:48 PM

                        Sabzi in Arlington!

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                        Sabzi
                        352 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

                      2. Karl S Oct 25, 2011 04:45 PM

                        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

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