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Who makes the area's finest lox platter?

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This weekend, I want lox piled high. I want juicy onions that'll make Mr. Swank gallop from me in fright. I want capers. Tomatoes. Cream cheese. But where, my friends, where? I don't want limp, clammy, graying lox. I don't want a day-old bagel. I want authenticity. HELP.

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  1. Get the hand cut lox from The Butcherie, you can make up your own platter or have them prepare one for you.

    I've never had them prepare one for me. However on their website they do advertise fish platters under party platters. I can't speak the rest of what's on the platter, but their handcut nova lox is the best I've had around here (by far).

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    1. re: Gabatta

      How do these compare to the lox at Bazaar?

      1. re: Klunco

        Butcherie is the only local place I'll get lox now. My wife agrees and send me over regularly. They're closed on Sat.

    2. I vote for Barry's Village Deli in Waban if you want everything (including mutiple types of lox/smoked fish) in one stop shopping.

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      1. re: ScotchandSirloin

        Wow, a New York style deli with authentic New York prices! $25 for an individual plate of mixed smoked fish?

        1. re: Boston_Otter

          Buying food in Newton is like buying food in Monaco. The below is "only" $19.99/person. Barry and his brother Arthur were/are very large people, so maybe the platter portions are huge?

          "A beautiful arrangement of Nova Scotia lox, whitefish or whitefish salad, smoked sable, baked salmon, cream cheese and chive cheese. Accompanied by an array of bagels; garnished wih tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers."

          1. re: ScotchandSirloin

            Does the swanky coupleprefer dining any region e in particular? I would probably say Evans in Marblehead. I never ate at the premises but a few years ago we got platters delivered and the lox and whitefish and corned beef were the best and freshest i had seen for years. He gets most of his stuff from NY. I am guessing it is still the same quality. He had a lot of integrity and pride in his food, and rightly so..

            1. re: ScotchandSirloin

              "An array of bagels".....wow, that sounds like a catering platter!

          2. re: ScotchandSirloin

            I second Barry's....hand sliced, albeit not even close as thin/delicate as Zabar's.

          3. I'm also a Barry's fan, but can I throw Zaftigs into the mix? They do a great job at the lox plate. If a nice day, I may recommend that you pickup the lox plate, send Mr. Swank down the street to Kupel's for (better than Zaftigs) bagels and head up to Summit Park to picnic with a view of the city.

            Also, just checked the menu, and apparently their Natick location has 10 smoked fish options. Anyone been tried their selection? I've only been to Brookline.

            1. If we can go on to fish, smoked and otherwise, I like the whole whitefish at the Russian grocery store in Washington Square

              1. so where did the Swanks get their lox plate fix? and was it swankworthy?

                1. I really like Sonsie's lox & bagel brunch...I think it nails what you've asked for

                  1. Recently, many posters have discussed the condition of lox in comparison with what is available in NYC.

                    To my mind, nothing that we have here compares with Russ and Daughters and Barney Greengrass. So you can go to NYC or you can have it sent to you. Best eaten when there are great tomatoes available.