Which Restaurants do you consider your "Regulars"?
I know all of us have our favorite places to eat in the city, but speaking from personal experience many of those are either not convenient or too spendy to visit on a regular basis. So which places do you visit on a regular basis?
Personally I live in Kendall, so over the past few months I have eaten regularly at:
- Snack Bar
- Craigie on Main
- Tamarind Bay
- Area Four
- Stop for a Latte at least twice a week at Voltage
I work in the Longwood/Brookline Village Area:
- Penguin Pizza
- Brookline Family
- Michael's Deli
- Sichuan Garden
- The Mission
Outside of my Work/Live areas:
- Island Creek Oyster (Usually on my way home from work)
- Toro (Seem to always take visiting folks here)
I may not be a regular, but I live in Coolidge Corner and often go to:
1. Audubon Circle
2. Zenna Noodle
3. Dok Bua
4. The Abbey
5. Washington Square Tavern
7. Cognac Bistro's Oyster Bar and Bar Menu
8. The Citizen
8. Eastern Standard
9. Cafe Fixe
1. Myers and Chang
1. Liking JM Curly's
Cambridge...Oh how I love thee Cambridge:
1. Green Street
2. Brick and Mortar (As of late)
4. Area Four
5. East Coast Grille for Brunch
7. East by Northeast
Mr. Swank and I are finally coming to have regulars after years without any. We lived in DC with a full roster of favorite haunts. Here, for some reason, it's tougher.
We live on the Cambridge/Arlington line. We frequent Qingdao Garden (Cambridge), Golden Garden (Belmont), La Posada (Arlington), Sabzi (Arlington), Za (Arlington), and Guru (Somerville) with some regularity. We also like Tu Y Yo and Hei Lei Moon, but we don't visit either nearly as much as we'd like. Strip T's is another sometime favorite. Classic Cafe in Arlington is a trusted brunch spot, when we're feeling spry.
Would love to find a few well-priced regular spots, but so far we've only savored one- or two-offs as a couple. Enjoyed many, but few are places we frequent on the regular.
I like this as it is more practical day to day stuff and neighborhood tied.
In C Town, my regular lunches/breakfasts are Great Taste, Royal Palace, May's cake house, Eldo cake house, Bao Bao, China Pearl Cafe, Hong Kong Eatery, Taiwan Cafe, Dumpling Cafe, Winsor dim sum cafe, Jade Garden, Quik Pic BBQ.
Outside Ctown, I usually prefer trying new places but i will list places I been to more than once in the last year. Super Fusion, Vee Vee, S&I Thai, Family Turkish, Esperia, Lenny's tropical bakery, Ali's Roti.
I am on Prospect Hill in Somerville and we have a few go-to restaurants and one take-out spot. We have a limited budget for eating out:
Tavern at the End of the World
Pho n' Rice
Highland Kitchen [less and less though]
Pescatore's [take out pizza]
re: Bob Dobalina
Pini’s is great, but the well done sausage and broccoli rabe pizza from Pescatore is sublime! I live right around the corner from HK and have totally given up on it because of the long waits and the intolerable noise level. And I had some fried chicken last week at the Independent which completely blows HK’s out of the water.
If you are lucky enough to make it to HK by 6pm Mon-Wed, there are no lines. Shhh...don't tell anyone. :)
You're totally right about the Pescatore pie - we get the same toppings - sausage and broccoli rabe - it's awesome. Although one time I did not enunciate clearly and got "broccoli raw" on the pizza... :(
Another combo we like is regular onions (not carmelized), green peppers and anchovies. Good and salty, pairs nicely with their Caesar salad and a crisp white wine.
Since this thread, I've put Pescatore pizza delivery in my regular rotation, so thank you so much to those who mentioned it!
Dfan, I've only ordered on weekends, and I know they only start delivering after 6:30 (sometimes 7). I had a couple of instances of them going to the wrong house (or street, or neighborhood) a few times in the beginning but honestly, I thought the pizza was good enough to put up with some headaches.
re: Bob Dobalina
Less and less on HK since if you are allergic to shellfish, the menu just doesn't change enough to stay interesting. Especially if you don't do the higher priced entrees. Love the space; love the vibe.
I have tried Pini's and do prefer Pescatores. The large cheese pizza at Pescatore's on Tues-Thurs is just under $8 a pie. Really hard to beat that! I make a salad at home while he picks up the pizzxa. He eats two or three slices, I eat one and we have enough leftovers for lunch.
Island Creek- Kenmore
Craige on Main- Cambridge
Bernards in Chestnut Hill
Maria di Napoli for excellent pizza-Newton
Hungry Mother- Cambridge
New England Soup Factory- Brookline
La Morra- Brookline
East Coast Grill- Cambridge
Cognac Bistro- Brookline
We're Davis/Porter area so:
Rod Dee for takeout, Thai Moon in Arlington for eat in Thai
Oleana for special occasions
Dave's Fresh Pasta for lunch/sandwiches
Guru for Indian takeout
Flatbread pizza for mom/baby lunchdates and family dinners
Used to do Redbones for apps and beers almost weekly, but with a baby haven't been there in a while
There's no livin' like low livin'. When there isn't some little hole-in-the-wall that we have to try we default to one of these.
1. Tavern at the End of the World
3. Lester's BBQ
4. Pho #1
6. Little Q Hot Pot (Arlington)
Then movin' up town a bit. . . .
1. Reginas (Thacher St only)
2. Hungry Mother
3. Island Creek Oyster Bar
4. Gran Gusto
5. Peach Farm
Fun! Our regs tend to be in Cambridge Somerville as we work in Kendall Square and live outside WinterHill. SO:
Blue Room Summer Grill
East Coast Grill
(notice a trend??)
Washington Square Tavern
Rocco's in Wilmington
These places are where we are regulars and "everyone knows our name." There are many other places we frequent (1-2X per month) but where we wouldn't be called regulars. Among these are:
And tonight we are eating at CasaB and hope to become regs there because the place is really awesome!
re: Small Plates
re: Matt H
It is a very simple red sauce place. Stay away from any pesto or cream sauce dishes - you will end up with a plate of pasta swimming in oil.
The veal and chicken parm dishes are very good - the portion size is mammoth! I also like the steak tips - the BBQ sauce tends to sweet, so if that isn't your bag, then steer clear.
Lunch specials are $6.99/$7.99 - which is why we go there - Hacienda is perfect on a day when you are starving or cold or craving basic red sauce dishes. The place looks like a bar room with booths and red and white checked paper placemats. It has a certain charm. Service is what you'd expect in this kind of place - and don't be surprised to hear the chef screaming at the waitresses or the kitchen staff. I am hard pressed to think of an occasion when he wasn't pissed off about something!
re: Small Plates
My little one and I checked out La Hacienda this evening and enjoyed it very much. Old school, laid back and friendly. Not gourmet by any means, but a really comfortable neighborhood place. The bar pies were excellent, I expected it to be somewhat greasy for some reason but it wasn't. The pie has a good crust and tasty sauce, the cheese was just OK, but it all worked together. I'm not sure why anyone would venture to the south shore for a bar pie after having this one, which was good or better than anything I have had in the area. The cheesy garlic bread was pretty good as well. My also daughter had some ziti and meatballs which I wouldn't have necessarily enjoyed, but she was content with, so we were all happy. The table next to us got a huge portion of respectable looking lasagna.
Small pie, garlic bread, childs ziti and meatball (which was enough for any adult) and 2 Heinekens came to $25. We will be back.
Have you been to the Snack Bar since the reported ownership change?
This board makes it hard to be a regular--too many new places to try. But I'm fairly likely to be recognized at:
Chung Ki Wa
Rod Dee (Porter)
As a Brighton resident, most of my regular places are in Allston/Brighton, but we do branch out!
Garlic and Lemons
Boston Kebab Factory
Craigie On Main
Island Creek Oyster Co
Hugo's in Portland ME (called the other day for a reservation in late March, had a five minute conversation with the reservationist about when we were last in - scary!).
The Deviled Eggs are very good, especially that impossibly crisp piece of prosciutto on top (they apparently bake it on a cookie sheet with a second weighted cookie sheet keeping everything flat). We also liked the White Bean Dip, the warm olives, the pretzels (great bourbon mustard, save it if you get cheese after), and the cheese plates. I enjoyed the Fingerling Potato skins more than my wife, basically a cooked fingerling potato draped with cheese and bacon?/some type of meat, and MC recently gave a positive review to the steak salad. I'm not a beet person, but my wife and friend proclaimed it to be one of the best they've tried. Can't recommend the ham and cheese sandwich, it was tasty, but just kinda...weird, long thin bread slices with ham and cheese within, probably would have been better toasted. The cheese selection is very good, I'm not a huge fan of Stilton, so I haven't tried that one.
I might as well go on record on this, with a laugh at those who wonder if there is a decent place to eat near Symphony Hall. I live near there, and I eat like this:
Pho & I
Lucy Ethiopian Food
Bukowski Back Bay
Back Bay Social Club
Petit Robert Bistro (So End)
Sel de la Terre (Back Bay)
Russell House Tavern
Island Creek Oyster Bar
That's it for now.
Although things have improved recently my town still doesn't have much in the way of chow. When I'm home and don't want to cook, our local regulars (at least monthly) are:
Pho #1 (though not for the pho)
Sichuan Gourmet (Billerica) or Sichuan Garden
Essex Seaood (not exactly local, but we go there often)
Work brings me into town a few days a week and I usually meet folks for dinner then. Our regulars are a bit more scattered than some of the other lists. We're frequent fressers at:
(Strip-T's; I thought we only went occasionally but our last time there the waiter called us regulars.)
I've been glad to see the lists, since now I have all sorts of new things to try. Many of the above are thanks to Chowhound.
Great posting idea!! Our response:
* As we live west of Boston, our go-to local spot is Oga's on route 9 - the monthly specials created by Chef Oga are one of the best dining experiences we've ever had
* If we absolutely must eat in our home town, Alta Strada in Wellesley is the choice - although the menu requires very, very careful navigation
* For theater evenings in Cambridge, definitely dining at the bar at Harvest is the real deal
* For symphony evenings in Boston, it's Brasserie Jo for salade frisee and oysters after the concert
* For theater eveings in Boston, we like Teatro for apps before and dinner after
* For Athenaeum evenings on Beacon Hill, we like Toscano on Charles Street
* For lunch in the Financial District, it's Cafe Fleuri or Petit Robert Bistro for sit-down; the Bon Me truck in Dewey Square or Sip Cafe in Post Office Square for take-out.
I just wanted to give a shout out to Saigon Restaurant on Meridian St. in East Boston; I'm hardly an expert on Vietnamese food (although I have been enjoying it for 20+ yrs.) but they consistently serve wicked-fresh, economically priced (most entrees under $10, a la most Viet. places around) "basic" Vietnamese (i.e. the menu reads like most of the other "pho-centric" places I've been to) and they deliver (free!). Not the biggest menu, but a nice change of pace here in Eastie. Despite lacking an immense variety of selections, I still order from Saigon Restaurant 2-4 times a week.
My husband works Friday evenings in Downtown Crossing, so we have our favorites in that area and also Chinatown:
Dumpling House (the one on Washington St.)
Others we frequent:
Addis Red Sea
Near our home in Quincy:
Sher A Punjab
Hong Kong Eatery
This is a great question and I am really enjoying the responses! We mostly eat at home so my list is short, but places we go back to over and over in our neighborhood include
And when we meet downtown (I work in Cambridge, husband works in Southie)
Fajitas and Ritas but literally only before/after movies since it's so dang convenient
My favorite part of Felipés is getting two small steak tacos and thinking, "This isn't going to fill me up," and then going to the incredible salsa/condiment bar in the back and loading my plate up until I have two monster curved topped piles.
Kind of like the Israeli falafel places that have the massive condiment bar; it's the extras that really make the meal.
Working downtown and living in Arlington, places I might be recognized include:
Brick & Mortar
Summer Shack (Alewife)
This is a fun thread, but not too many people in my neighborhood have posted!
Live in Rozzie, so nearby regulars are:
Porter (West Rox)
West on Centre (comfort food)
Seven Stars (take out)
Mandarin Gourmet (Putterham)
Pleasant Cafe (stick to pizza)
I work and used to live near Davis, so in Camb/Somerville:
Diesel for lunch and coffee
It's only been open a short time, but I've found myself at Amsterdam Falafel regularly...