Maximo's Watertown and Fastacchi Nut Butters
- StriperGuy Aug 6, 2012 10:42 AM
On the way to Fordee's for falafel, I decided to take one for the team and try Maximo's instead.
Had the grilled Mahi burrito and ate it on the premises. Showed up as a white mass, wrapped in foil, no garnish, no side, looked sad, lumpy, and lonely. Even a sprig of parsley or a little pico de gallo in a plastic tub would have made it more appetizing.
The burrito itself was not particularly notable either. Honestly, tasted of well... nothing. Pretty sure they added the sour cream that I asked them to "hold;" sour cream and fish is just icky. One of my fav sandwiches anywhere is a Mahi sandwich in Key West on the Main strip. When I am there I essentially eat it every day for lunch. I had some vague hope that... well nevermind.
As I understand it the owner used to be a Manager at the Cheesecake factory.
Only one table seated other than me. Unfortunately I get the vibe from Maximo's that it just does not have the critical mass, the oomph, heck the tasty food, to survive. Table next to me had turkey burgers with home fries that looked tasty. The roll on the turkey burger looked nice too. I'd go with beef, but what they heck.
Mahi is not that tricky, has some decent flavor of it's own, hit it with a splash of Worcestershire, maybe a hint of soy, and some fresh lime juice when it is done, yum. Honestly there could have been unseasoned tofu in this and I would not have known the difference.
On to more exciting things. Stepped three doors down into Fastacchi, full stop the best place to buy nuts in greater Boston. A tad pricey, but the quality is SO much better then anything you can get anywhere else. I was getting some roasted unsalted squash seeds to snack on, but they had samples of new house-made nut butters: Almond, Hazelnut, Cashew, Pistachio, Pecan and one or two others.
I sampled the Pistachio, Pecan, and Hazelnut and quite honestly the flavor blew my mind. Just so delicious, fresh, and nutty. Intense, so much more so than the store bought. I asked the woman behind the counter about the Pistachio butter and she said is was made from freshly roasted and ground domestic Pistachios. I told her it was one of the best I had ever tasted and she offered that since they started making the nut butters, she can't eat any other nut butter products.
Prices range from $5 - $7 for 8 ounces. Locally made, wonderful, artisanal product; really superb, changed my view of what nut butter (which I love) could taste like.
FYI Fastacchi has a booth at the Copley Square farmer's market though not every Tues & Friday. Easier than going to Watertown if you are in Boston.
I've never eaten at Maximo's because I can't get past the eclectic menu. It's just too diverse: burgers, burritos, bruschetta, satay, pork dumplings, steak, etc. Maybe the chef does one or more of these especially well, but I just don't know where to start.
I love all things fastacchi though I misspell it regularly. Thank you for the heads-up on the nut butter. We haven't been for a while though it is our "go-to" place for nuts, candied fruits, and other good stuff. Now I'll put it on the front of the to do list.
StriperGuy, Have you tried Fastachi's fresh roasted almonds with the soft shells? So good.
They actually do a number of famers' markets. The list is on their site at the link above.
Nice people, great products,high standards, and an asset to our food community.
We get the hazelnut and pistacchio butters, mostly the former.
One of my addictions is corn nuts. I get them there and sometimes at Whole Foods.