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Chowhound "Yum" Steer

A couple of months back, I posted a thread that got some traction on 'bum' CH steers. Well, today's fun is focused on "Yum" steers, i.e., places you were directed to via a fellow hound or were able to direct others too that were especially yummy.

Here's a recent list for Yum Steers given, and taken:

Yums Given

Souper Roll Up, East Camb. - Best place that gets no love on CH board.
New Deal Fish, E. Camb. - Touting this place since 2007. I love Carl Fantasia's fish monger heaven.
Fuloon - A benefit of living on the near north shore.
Uburger - Free Uburger in 2009 that is. I'd recc the U any time, but speecially when they are giving UCheeses away.
Sessa's - Best Italian sandwiches in Eastern MA. Still.

Yums Taken (best of many!)

Craigie on Main - Crispy pig tails! Burger too. Thanks hounds.
O Ya - Still paying the tab, but worth every penny
Tupelo - Southern love
Highland Kitchen - Oh man, thank you!
Angela's Cafe - Muy gracias!
Taranta - Peru? Italy? Who cares!
BBQSmith - Damned if that special smoked pork, kale, sharp cheese creation I ate back in August doesnt rank as my best sammy of '11.

Thanks hounds!

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

414 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

636 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Souper Roll Up Cafe
726 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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  1. Second the "Yum steer" experience for both Taranta and Highland Kitchen and would add Rincon Limon in Eastie to the list. Great rotisserie chicken.

    Highland Kitchen
    150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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    1. re: Northender

      Love cerviche & Jalea at Rincon Limeno and the birria at Jalisco.

      Rincon Limeno
      409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

    2. Thanks for Monica's Mercato

      1. My first experience w/ the Boston Board was when I came up to Boston a few years back to scout out the area for a possible job relocation. Research on Chowhound led me to Paramount in Beacon HIll for breakfast, Euno in the North End and Teatro on the Commons. All great meals.

        Other restaurants/ shops that I frequent due to Chowhound:

        Maria's in the North End

        Russo's in Watertown

        El Pelon

        Food Court @ Super 88

        So Thank You!

        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        El Pelon
        2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

        1. This is so much more up my alley than the Bum Steer thread, which just made me sad with all the people yukking each others yums.

          Just a few places I wouldn't have known about but for the Boston hounds:
          Biryani Park
          Esperia Grill
          Serbian festival (not a place but a happening)
          Best Lil Restaurant
          ..... and about a gazillion others....

          Thank you hounds.

          Esperia Grill
          344 Washington Street, Boston, MA

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

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          1. re: yumyum

            "This is so much more up my alley than the Bum Steer thread, which just made me sad with all the people yukking each others yums"

            If it was the bum steer thread, don't you mean "yukking each others bums"?

          2. -Prezza, especially the egg yolk ravioli (when it's on, I'm in heaven!)

            -Island Creek Oyster Bar. Not sure I would have thought it any more than just another glossy seafood place if I hadn't read so much about it here.

            -Angela's Cafe.

            -the bar at No. 9 Park.

            -burger at Craigie.

            No. 9 Park
            9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

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            1. re: LeoLioness

              I forgot about the Prezza egg yolk ravioli. Another great yum steer, thanks!

              24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            2. I owe Chowhounders a lot. That's why I stay, despite my deep reservations about the immoderate moderation policies on the site. The people here are excellent, and their recommendations have improved my life. Here are FoodDabbler family staples that we came to via you guys:

              Shangri La
              Golden Garden
              Tamarind Bay (second look thanks to Prav)
              Taiwan Cafe
              Strip T's

              Tamarind Bay
              75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

              Golden Garden
              63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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              1. re: FoodDabbler

                I owe you Shanghai Gate, Jo Jo Taipei, Esperia, Mulan and Strip T's and many others. Don't know what I may have offered first but have no reservations about my raves for Yo Ma, Toro, Erbaluce and The Spot.

                Shanghai Gate
                204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
                103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  I doubt I would ever have found Tavern at the End of the World if not for chowhound suggestions, nor Galleria Umberto. I could probably say that about a lot of places, come to think of it.

                2. re: FoodDabbler

                  FD, couldn't agree with you more on the immoderate moderators.

                  But so many great CH tips these last few years, for which we are most grateful:
                  La Verdad- fish tacos and carne asada tortas
                  Pho Viet beef banh mi
                  Mitsano- unagi bi bim bap
                  JoJoTaipei -frozen pork and shrimp dumplings
                  Garlic 'n Lemons
                  Boston Kabob Company
                  Mixx- taro and passion fruit and honeydew fro yo
                  Buk Kyung II
                  Neptune Oyster
                  Island Creek Oyster Bar
                  Otto Pizza
                  Esperia Grill- pork gyros and moussaka
                  Myers +Chang
                  Winsor dim sum
                  East Coast Grill brunch
                  Dave's Pasta -cubanos
                  Biryani Park
                  Kebab Factory
                  All Star Sandwich Bar

                  All Star Sandwich Bar
                  1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Neptune Oyster
                  63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

                  134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                  The Kebab Factory
                  414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                  La Verdad
                  1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                  Pho Viet
                  1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                  134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Buk Kyung Restaurant
                  151 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                  Esperia Grill
                  344 Washington Street, Boston, MA

                  Esperia Grill
                  344 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

                  Garlic 'n Lemons
                  133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                  Island Creek Oyster Bar
                  500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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

                3. Excellent Thread, Thanks! I don't post much but C-H is my daily go-to for good info. Without you folks I wouldn't have found:

                  Mounir's and 3 Dogz Diner in Lawrence

                  Tavern at the end of the World (a gold star find!)

                  Trina's Starlight

                  Lester's BBQ in Billerica

                  China Star and Pho 88 in Lowell

                  Thanks again!

                  Pho 88
                  1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

                  Mounir's Restaurant
                  34 S Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843

                  1. It's hard to respond to this post - the list of restaurants would pretty much encompass everywhere I have dined out in the past five years.

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                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      Same here, I basically owe eating well in Boston to this board since moving to the area. A few do come to mind though:

                      Yoma, Taiwan Cafe, Mulan, Darbar, Angela's Cafe and Snack Bar. Chances are I may have never tried those if not mentioned on the board or it would have at least taken me alot longer to track them down.

                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        agree. My Quality of chowing is mostly dependent on this site in Boston and anywhere I travel in fact. Yum steers received (OMG class): Angela's, Rincon Limeno, Neptune, S&I Thai, Mulan, Darbar, ICOB. Yum steers given: can't think of many "firsts" but have encouraged a few: Esperia, Dumpling Cafe, Great Taste, Cafe de Lulu, Euromart.

                        Rincon Limeno
                        409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                        808 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02125

                        Great Taste
                        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                        Cafe de Lulu
                        42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02110

                      2. Golden Garden (when it opened, I thought it was just your standard American Chinese glop -now it's our regular frozen dumpling haul)
                        the yogourt at Sophia's in Belmont (I've never purchased anything else there, but the yogourt is worth the trip)
                        Great Taste Dim Sum and Bakery

                        Toraya Restaurant
                        890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                        Great Taste
                        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                        Golden Garden
                        63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                        1. re: little.tiger

                          Gosh, guess we have similar taste. Think I was the first poster on GG, Sophia's Yogurt, and GT.

                          Though I think someone else might have beat me to it on Sophia's.

                        2. CH has taken me on delightful journeys through the tunnel to Angela's, Belle Isle, and Scups (R.I.P.) :-(

                          1. Our current best loved yum steer is Little Q in East Arlington. There is something relaxing about cooking some food, eating, talking, cooking some more food, eating, talking . . .

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                            1. re: three of us

                              I'll second this. I probably never would have tried this place without raves from Chowhound. The Ma La broth is a wonder to behold.

                            2. Moroccan Hospitality and Habesha in Malden. http://habeshaethiopianrestaurant.com/

                              Habesha Restaurant
                              535 Main St, Malden, MA

                              Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant
                              188 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148

                              1. Many good ones already mentioned, but without Chowhound I would never have ventured into Trina's Starlite Lounge for dinner and I love their chicken and waffles.

                                From the Greater New England Hounds, thanks for the steer to Baba Louie's pizza in Great Barrington. I mention it here because if anyone's headed out that way it's worth checking out.

                                Trina's Starlite Lounge
                                3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

                                1. Places I would likely not have tried were it not for specific recommendations on CH:

                                  Gran Gusto pizza
                                  Il Casale's Fiat tasting menu
                                  Pho Hoa
                                  J.J. Foley's steak tips
                                  Sakanaya, really nice botan ebi and hamachi I had there once
                                  Bell Isle Seafood (though I now dislike their burnt-bread lobster roll)

                                  I am a vocal supporter of the following favorites which I hope a few people have tried on my recommendation:

                                  El Chalan's Peruvian rotisserie chicken (my favorite in a showdown I did between three places)
                                  Flat Patties' cheeseburger (my second favorite, after the Fake Shack one I make at home)
                                  The Gallows' cheeseburger (my third favorite)
                                  Hillstone's loaded baked potato (the best I've ever had anywhere)
                                  Dumpling Cafe's thin-skinned XLB, exemplary hot and sour soup, and other dishes
                                  Roy Moore's lobster in Rockport
                                  ICOB's Rocky Nook oysters (like an Island Creek but with all flavors amped up just a little)
                                  Union Bar & Grille's and ESK's roast chicken (both much better than Hamersley's, easily, IMO)

                                  Finally, a shout out to the memory of the not-so-recently closed Ken Ramen, for which I had the strongest feelings and desire for others to try among all other placed I've ever recommended in Boston. Not a grand slam, but still a home run by Boston ramen standards.

                                  Toraya Restaurant
                                  890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                                  Gran Gusto
                                  90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                                  Flat Patties
                                  81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                  60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

                                  J.J. Foley's
                                  117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118

                                  279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                  75 Linden St, Boston, MA 02134

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                                  1. re: Mike5966

                                    I forgot all about the Peruvian chicken crawl we did last yr. I came away agreeing w/ you, and Devra First's team- that my fav was from El Chalan because of the particular spice coating. Macchu Pichu is still a close second, and our usual choice because we can also get those tremendous roast pork and sweet potato sandwiches and the huge pork stock infused tamales.