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Favorite top 3 dishes you had in 2012

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nasilemak Dec 28, 2012 04:30 PM

mine were -
Som-Law Ma-Ju Kroung Sach Ko - Beef, beef tripe, lemon grass, vegetable, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind, jalapeno, holy basil - Simply Khmer, Lowell
Xiang La dry fish fillets (lightly battered fish with a flavoring of anise, Sichuan peppercorn, chili pepper, garlic and ginger. served in a pot with crisp cooked celery) - Sichuan Gourmet, Billerica
Dry rubbed pork rib - Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop

What were your favorites?

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    Swankalicious RE: nasilemak Dec 28, 2012 06:29 PM

    Pork chile tacos - Taqueria el Amigo, Waltham
    Tteokbokki - Bon Chon, Allston
    Albondigas - Angela's, East Boston

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      shaebones RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 03:53 AM

      Parsley root soup- Bondir
      Tea smoked ribs- Meyers and Chang
      Grilled rommaine w oxtail- Strip T's

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        ScotchandSirloin RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 06:45 AM

        Dinner Burger - JM Curley
        Conant's Island - West Bridge (it's a drink, but it's that good)
        Fried Pigs Tails - Craigie on Main

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          BellaBoston RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 08:31 AM

          Awesome string, nasilemak!! I can't wait to take note of everyone's faves!

          Singapore Street Noodles- Empire

          Garganelli w/ Chicken Oysters- Catalyst (off the menu now!! grrrrrrr)

          Black truffel macaroni w/ madeira & parm- Mistral

          1. TrishUntrapped RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 09:21 AM

            1. Spelt Agnolotti with Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Sunchoke Puree, Tomato Jam, Porcini Bread Crumbs topped with a piece of Crispy Lamb Skin. Where else, but at Strip T's.

            2. Special off the menu Barcelona Sausage stuffed with Foie Gras, garnished with Mostarda at Scampo.

            3. A gooey slice at Galleria Umberto.

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              Gabatta RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 10:34 AM

              When I think of dishes I immediately remember and crave from 2012 and want again ASAP, I immediately think of:

              - Red Wheat Tagliatelle (Sauté of Chanterelle, Mousseron, and Shiitake Mushrooms, Pu-Erh Celery Baton, Pecorino Extravecchio) at Bondir. This was just once of the many at Bondir, which is the one Boston restaurant that innovates and amazes me every time I go there.

              - Italian sub from Monica's Mercato. Sandwich perfection every time.

              - Bo Ssam made using bone in Berkshire pork shoulder from MF Dulock, accompanied by Pemaquid oysters from New Deal and home made kimchi (and other items) from Lotte Market. This wasn't a restaurant dish, but it was one of those meals which reinforced that leveraging the excellent raw materials available in our area and cooking at home often trumps dining out. We had very few restaurant meals in Boston which could stand up to this (and will be preparing it again a week from today for friends). The arrival of MF Dulock in 2012 is a huge plus to the area.

              - Honorable mention for the lamb shoulder sandwich at Strip Ts. I found more misses than I would like on my visits there, but this sandwich was a revelation. Even if you think you don't like lamb, just get it and enjoy.

              In addition to incredible food a common theme among the places mentioned above is that the staff and proprietors are universally a pleasure to interact and do business with. I am happy to support these places and that makes the food taste better to me.

              Admittedly, the grass is always greener, but It bums me out a bit that I can think of many more dishes and meals from the past year in cities other than Boston which make me drool, than those enjoyed locally.

              1. ipsofatso RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 11:51 AM

                Salt N Pepper Soft Shell Crab at Best Little Rest.
                Clams and Chourico Cataplanas at the Azorean in Gloucester
                Ipsofatso's 4th of July slow smoked lamb ribs

                1. Kat RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 01:13 PM

                  Oxtail and grilled romaine with poached egg at Strip T's.

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                    ebone RE: Kat Jan 2, 2013 10:30 AM

                    I'd throw in that eggplant banh mi from Strip T's as well.

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                      ebone RE: ebone Jan 4, 2013 10:55 AM

                      After giving this some more thought:

                      1. eggplant banh mi - Strip T's
                      2. beef cheek gorditas - JM Curley
                      3. biscuits - Sweet Cheeks

                      (*honorable mention to the corndog at Parlor Sports)

                      Not a single entree on there, but these seem to be the things that stick out in my mind most over the past year.

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                    FoodTruth RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 03:46 PM

                    - A slice of Sesame-Semolina bread from Mamadous with Irish butter
                    - Rib Eye at the Blue room eaten at a special event with the owners and staff of the Rain Crow Ranch
                    - Roasted Peaches at Erbaluce

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                      FoodTruth RE: FoodTruth Dec 29, 2012 03:52 PM

                      I hope I get a separate entry for Asian (-:

                      - Peking Duck at China King (thank you Doris and Erwin for coming back to Chinatown)
                      - Hand Pulled Noodles at Gene's Flatbread Cafe
                      - Banh Mi at Mei Sum

                    2. lipoff RE: nasilemak Dec 29, 2012 10:36 PM

                      Wow, it sounds like I have to get to Simply Khmer ASAP!

                      Off the top of my head, I would say these three stand-out:

                      - Hand-pulled noodles at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
                      - Sri Lankan godhamba coconut roti at Biryani Park
                      - Savory almond tart with leeks at Bondir

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                        TimTamGirl RE: nasilemak Dec 30, 2012 06:48 AM

                        Mine:
                        - beef brisket sandwich from the M&M Ribs truck, Boston
                        - Catfish Meuniere from Hungry Mother, Cambridge
                        - Gyro and loukoumades from the annual Greek Festival on Central St. in Somerville

                        My girlfriend's:
                        - beef brisket sandwich from the M&M Ribs truck, Boston
                        - the Cheese sandwich special with shaved steak, fried egg, cheese, avocado, and Russian dressing from All-Star Sandwich Bar, Cambridge
                        - pan-fried pork dumplings from One of the Kind, Super 88 Food Court, Allston

                        Fantastic thread, Nasi! Thanks for the great info.

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                          gourmaniac RE: nasilemak Dec 31, 2012 09:38 AM

                          +1 on the Som-Law Ma-Ju etc from Simply Khmer

                          Chicken B'stilla from Moroccan Hospitality

                          Braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens from Royal Palace 2

                          pureed corn soup from Sugar

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                            mcel215 RE: gourmaniac Jan 5, 2013 09:08 AM

                            Hi g,

                            What are the hours at the Moroccan Hospitality? And thanks for the recommendation, I've had it on my radar for a couple of years now.

                            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                            kimfair1 RE: nasilemak Dec 31, 2012 12:22 PM

                            1.Smoked Trout @ Island Creek Oyster Bar
                            2. Smoked Trout w/ 5 hour egg @ Strip T's
                            3. Forest Sushi @ Strip T's (beef tartare w/fixins)

                            1. Small Plates RE: nasilemak Dec 31, 2012 01:08 PM

                              ** Polenta with Hen of the woods mushrooms and kale at Highland Kitchen
                              ** Lamb Belly at Puritan & Co.
                              ** Mala broth and hot pot at Little Q in Arlington

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                                cods RE: nasilemak Dec 31, 2012 02:29 PM

                                2012 was a fine year, most memorable:

                                Scallops, sunchokes, brussels, chantrelles w/ bacon veloute - Blue Pear, West Chester PA
                                Fried clams, squid ink emulsion - Craigie on Main
                                Striped bass, zucchini & squash - Strip Ts

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                                  coolaugustmoon RE: nasilemak Dec 31, 2012 06:16 PM

                                  Doo wee and rice - Either chicken heart fries or the steak baos.

                                  The pork belly app at painted burro that actually tastes Chinese.

                                  The beef satay at Thai North (in an attempt to assuage the fears of some neophytes we got what I thought would be pedestrian meat on a stick. Turned out to probably be my single favorite dish of the year.)

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                                    Small Plates RE: coolaugustmoon Jan 2, 2013 08:16 AM

                                    Oh, yeah - that pork belly is realllllllly good!! I've had it twice - and then I don't want to eat anything else - because anything else is a let down after that! :)

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                                      coolaugustmoon RE: Small Plates Jan 2, 2013 01:23 PM

                                      The burro belly always presents the following problem... Do I order a 2nd or 3rd order? I'm not really hungry anymore plus we still have a table full of food. But it is possibly the single best thing in the world to eat.

                                      The only reason I ranked Thai norths satay higher is the surprise factor based on expectations from the "American" side of menu.

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                                        Prav RE: coolaugustmoon Jan 2, 2013 08:19 PM

                                        What is this burro belly about? "The single best thing in the world to eat" is a lofty description! Do share! :)

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                                          coolaugustmoon RE: Prav Jan 2, 2013 08:45 PM

                                          The menu simply claims pork belly with Serrano chile and tamerind glaze over frisée salad. In reality it is a more then generous serving of crisped( but seemingly not coated or battered) literally melt in your mouth bite size bits of pork belly. The tamarind and Serrano(plus whatever magic spell cast upon ordering) look and almost taste like char siu color roast pork. But as good as righteous roasted pork is on its own, this has top notch pork belly texture thrown into the equation. That it is but six bucks is even crazier.

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                                    fragolino RE: nasilemak Jan 2, 2013 01:08 PM

                                    In no particular order and limited to the Boston area:

                                    1. Salt n' pepa fried crab at Peach Farm, sometime after 2am

                                    2. bowl of ramen at Yume Wo Katare. I prepared by not eating much and the result was eater's high after completing a bowl. Didn't get the same high on 1st or 3rd visits, maybe there was something special in the broth that day.

                                    3. Combo of beef sundubu and spicy pork at Kaju Tofy House on some cold wintry day

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                                      CookieLee RE: nasilemak Jan 2, 2013 07:11 PM

                                      Brisket Reuben @ B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge
                                      Soup dumplings aka "juicy buns" on their menu, Dumpling Cafe, Chinatown Boston
                                      Brioche french toast with roasted pear compote and spicy crispy cheese, Queen's Kickshaw, Astoria, NY

                                      1. Prav RE: nasilemak Jan 2, 2013 08:18 PM

                                        1. Beef & Octopus soft tofu soup - Kaju Tofu House, Allston

                                        2. Veggie Momos - Rangzen Tibetan, Central Square, Cambridge. [Note: I am a Nepali, so I consider this high praise]

                                        3. Flan - Acitrón, Arlington

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                                          meeps2002 RE: nasilemak Jan 3, 2013 07:05 AM

                                          Cuchi Cuchi - French Banana Bread Extravaganza (I know, dessert, but AMAZING)

                                          Aquitaine - Duck Confit and Gruyere Sandwich

                                          PiCCO - Roasted Caulifower Gordita

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                                            cambridgedoctpr RE: nasilemak Jan 3, 2013 11:36 AM

                                            new items:

                                            beef brisket BT's
                                            cabbage with bacon: Golden Garden
                                            Uzbek lamb Om

                                            old favorites:

                                            dumplings in spicy sauce Sichuan Gourmet
                                            eel with sticky rice Mulan
                                            fresh shrimp East Ocean Seafood

                                            1. digga RE: nasilemak Jan 4, 2013 06:08 AM

                                              A whole fish prep at Island Creek Oyster in April that reminded me of Lers Ros...perfectly deep fried whole and then presented "standing up," as if it swam right onto the plate.

                                              Gnocchi with ramps at Il Casale, early spring (I only wished there were more ramps).

                                              I liked my eggplant banh mi at Strip T's, but it didn't bowl me over. However, I did like my half of the burger there (my first in ~15 years!). Fries were excellent, too. One quibble...I couldn't detect the smoked miso.

                                              Guess we didn't eat out much in 2012. Agree with Lipoff and nasilemak, gotta get out to Lowell. And agree with Nab et al, gotta get to Thai North. And YoMa, etc....

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                                                nasilemak RE: digga Jan 4, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                I'm with you. Could not detect the smoked miso in the burger too...and i was so looking forward to it!

                                              2. Kirs RE: nasilemak Jan 4, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                In no particular order

                                                - braised squid and octopus from Blue Room
                                                - pork bolognese pizza with fried egg at Coppa
                                                - spicy curried coconut goat stew at Highland Kitchen

                                                honorable mentions:

                                                - the double awesome from MeiMei;
                                                - lambs tongue & grits dish at Tres Gatos; and
                                                - the dry-rubbed baby back ribs with mustard barbeque sauce & hot pepper marmalade at VeeVee.

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                                                  mkfisher RE: nasilemak Jan 4, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                  * Bok choy with a sweet chilli sauce at Moksa
                                                  * Pork belly carbonara at Posto (a repeat performance from a 2012 winner)
                                                  * Goat cheese tortellini with short rib at Catalyst

                                                  Honorable Mentions:
                                                  * Paella Valenciana at Toro
                                                  * Cauliflower with that chorizo puree at Strip T's
                                                  * Crispy skate with oxtail at West Bridge

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                                                    digga RE: mkfisher Jan 4, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                    MKF - Your post jogged my memory about a good lunch at Moksa in April...I liked both the eggplant steamed buns and the lime chili tofu whole wheat "roti." I have not been back since but might try to hit it up for lunch soon just to mix things up a bit from the usual rotation. Is it really as bad as folks here have been reporting in the last half of 2012?

                                                    EDIT: Just peeked at the menu - rather different from what I encountered. The menu is all over the (East and Southeast Asian) map! But B would be all over beef rendang if it's tasty. And how about the Korean seafood tofu bowl? Thai papaya salad? Mee goreng? Am I an idiot for considering a return visit?! Perhaps, but it's just lunch...

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                                                      nasilemak RE: mkfisher Jan 5, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                      Will miss Patricia's cooking as I loved 2 items at Moksa -

                                                      Fried duck tongue with brandade and cucumber lemon chutney and sprouts on a whole wheat roti

                                                      Pork belly skewers glazed with umeboshi plum

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                                                      Pegmeister RE: nasilemak Jan 4, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                      My choices in no particular order are:
                                                      1. Ribs from Mrs Jones in Dorchester
                                                      2. Chopped salad with pan seared scallops from Cafe deParis, and
                                                      3. Chocolate chèvre cheese from Westfield Farm (spread on a shortbread cookie and topped with a fresh strawberry

                                                      1. steinpilz RE: nasilemak Jan 4, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                        Fried clams at the Clam Box in Essex.
                                                        Lobster roll at Charlies Kitchen and Kelly's.
                                                        Hot dog at Bukowski's.

                                                        @castorpman on Twitter

                                                        1. Mike5966 RE: nasilemak Jan 5, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                          Harami ("tender meat around diaphragm") skewer at Yakitori Zai
                                                          Half rack of ribs at M&M Ribs
                                                          Pork belly bun at Uni

                                                          Runners-up: Hot and sour soup at Dumpling Cafe, agedashi mochi at Yakitori Zai, biscuits at Sweet Cheeks

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                                                            enhF94 RE: Mike5966 Jan 6, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                            accidentally read "half rack of M&Ms"

                                                          2. greygarious RE: nasilemak Jan 5, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                            1. Garlic noodles (item 4) at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
                                                            2. Beef tournedos at Catalyst
                                                            3. Sweet potato fries on Burger King's summer menu. Seriously. I have never had a better rendition of this item. I have not tried their current curly fries rendition but assume they are spicy, which the previous ones were not.

                                                            1. Aromatherapy RE: nasilemak Jan 6, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                              3 fond memories, random order:
                                                              Edamame and rhubarb salad, East by Northeast (thought I could dupe this at home. hah.)
                                                              Weekend-only chilled noodles, Gene's
                                                              Sri Lankan cabbage curry, Biryani Park

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