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Who makes the area's finest lox platter?

Swankalicious Oct 18, 2012 10:14 AM

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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    Gabatta RE: Swankalicious Oct 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    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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      Klunco RE: Gabatta Oct 18, 2012 11:48 AM

      How do these compare to the lox at Bazaar?

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        Gabatta RE: Klunco Oct 18, 2012 01:07 PM

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

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      ScotchandSirloin RE: Swankalicious Oct 18, 2012 12:45 PM

      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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        Boston_Otter RE: ScotchandSirloin Oct 18, 2012 01:53 PM

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

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          ScotchandSirloin RE: Boston_Otter Oct 18, 2012 02:16 PM

          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."

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            chompie RE: ScotchandSirloin Oct 18, 2012 05:01 PM

            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..

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              Science Chick RE: ScotchandSirloin Oct 19, 2012 02:51 PM

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

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            Science Chick RE: ScotchandSirloin Oct 19, 2012 02:48 PM

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

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            Foodie_BBQ RE: Swankalicious Oct 19, 2012 07:32 AM

            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.

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              jeanew RE: Swankalicious Oct 20, 2012 03:51 PM

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

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                chompie RE: Swankalicious Feb 4, 2013 11:34 AM

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

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                  meeps2002 RE: Swankalicious Feb 4, 2013 11:41 AM

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

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                    cambridgedoctpr RE: Swankalicious Feb 4, 2013 12:53 PM

                    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.

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