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Feb 1, 2013 06:30 AM

Hounds, I fear we've blown up Doo-Wee

Last night the Swanks popped in for a 7pm meal and, sadly/happily, it was packed to the gills. Seating was at a premium. They were completely out of wings, and a few of the bao bao offerings were also sold out. The poor woman who works the front cash register, who's always very nice, seemed overwhelmed trying to serve eat-in orders and dispense to-go bags. A friend reported that when he arrived at 8 pm, they were sold out of food entirely!!
I fear I should've kept this secret to myself instead of crowing about those marvelous bao baos!!

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  1. I think it's awesome that a place that features food like chicken hearts piled atop french fries is so popular that it's selling out of food.

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      1. Oh no! It's almost walking distance (or motivated walking distance) from where I live and I haven't stopped by yet. Perhaps I'll try an early weeknight.

        1. As long as it doesn't end the way Gitlo's did.

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          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            How did Gitlo's end, anyway? Still a mystery to me.

            1. re: Prav

              When the place blew up, the boy-wonder chef -- literally, I think he was like 19 -- couldn't handle the pressure and quit. The replacement, who I think was also a member of Gitlo's family, just wasn't as good, the quality slid, and after hanging on a little while, it just disappeared. I suspect Gitlo himself went back to driving a cab.

              On the other hand, now we have Boston Kabob Company there, where Allstonian and I went for dinner after being inspired by that Middle-Eastern thread. She had the lamb kabobs and I had my usual mixed grill of beef, chicken and kofte. Definitely one of those "Can't talk. Eating." kind of meals.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                So where did boy-wonder end up? Or was boy-wonder Gitlo?

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  No, boy wonder was like Gitlo's cousin, I think. I believe he left town: may have even gone back to China.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    Gitlo was the middle-aged proprietor, not the chef. The "boy wonder" chef (he was actually in his mid-20s) was a cousin who came over from Hong Kong, and I expect he went back there.

                    The big problem for Gitlo's was actually a feast-or-famine cycle. They opened in about December 2007, and started off very slowly in the slowpatch between Thanksgivng and the new year. By March they had gotten a lot of publicity including several major plugs from the Globe, and got hit with more business than they could handle, especially with a rather haphazard front-of-house team. (I remember a whole string of sweet but not terribly competent young waitresses.) However, I think what caused the superstar chef to move on was the down part of the cycle - business dropped off again after the college kids left town for the summer, and the sweltering weather that summer made the tiny restaurant less than inviting. It was during that summer that he quietly disappeared from the scene.

            2. re: Jenny Ondioline

              Speaking of that block, at the corner of Brighton Av and Park Vale Av, in the space fka Burritos On Fire, there is now an operation selling a product called "bao baos." No idea what that is. I've never eaten in any of the unpromising-looking operations in that corner spot.

            3. They were named one of the top Asian restaurants in Boston in the most recent issue of Boston Magazine, so it's not ENTIRELY your fault . . .

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              1. re: VintageMolly

                I think that's the main reason. I noticed it there too along w/ a bunch of places I've never tried.
                Disagree w/ their Fuloon recommendation though...thought it was meh for sichuan compared to Sichuan Gourmet/Garden.

                1. re: VintageMolly

                  Along with Gene's Flatbread Cafe.. liked the list