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guttergourmet Mar 21, 2013 08:20 AM

Coming back after 6 years. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/419138

Planning on Toro, O Ya, Craigie's, Blue Ginger, Oleana, Neptune Oyster, B&G Oyster, Gourmet Dumpling House, Santarpio's and some sentimental favorites like Jasper's Summer Shack,Jacob Wirth, Villa Francesca and Regina Pizza. Trying to remember my favorite Italian deli/sub shop in the North End? Looking for other great pizza, banh mi, burgers and anything else high end or low end you think will blow my mind and my mouth.

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    beantown79 Mar 22, 2013 10:24 AM

    Check out East By Northeast in Inman Sq. Best New Chef nom Food and Wine and 50 Best Restaurants two years in a row. Also other favs are jm Curleys, Oleana and chefs whim Sundays at Craigie on Main.

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      Kat Mar 22, 2013 09:08 AM

      Have a beer at Jacob Wirth for old time's sake, but don't waste calories there. Love Toro, but go early or plan to settle in with some sangria to wait for a table.

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        total13 Mar 22, 2013 05:50 AM

        While there are probably better spots as suggested, enjoy your nostalgia places.

        I was wondering if your north end sub shop was either Il Panino Express on Hanover (which just closed but I think a new version is opening) or Dino's further down on Salem St.

        Otto in Coolidge Corner and Comm Ave/BU has good pizza with interesting toppings.

        Bergamot in Somerville isn't super new but is a nice higher end spot with great service.

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          xerxes_xerxes Mar 21, 2013 07:00 PM

          Bondir is amazing, nominated for Best New Restaurant in 2011.

          1. Beachowolfe Mar 21, 2013 06:30 PM

            Could have been the Fresh Cheese on Endicott, now The Cheese Shop over on Fleet st.

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              hungrygale Mar 21, 2013 05:01 PM

              I'm a fan of Coppa, any of the salumi are fantastic and the cured tuna belly (bar snack) is awesome.

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                teezeetoo Mar 21, 2013 11:34 AM

                I hope you have a lot of nostalgia to sustain you through the bad food at Jacob Wirth and Villa Francesca. Head out Dorchester Avenue to graze on great Vietnamese food including Banh Mi at Pho Hoa or Pho Le on Dorchester Avenue. For low end but the best in Asian come to Allston to Shanghai Gate and YoMa or S & I Thai. I would sub Prezza in for Villa Francesca and you'll find lots of threads on burgers (my own favorite is at the Fireplace Grill in Brookline but there are lots of good options). I'd add Island Creek Oyster Bar and maybe Eastern Standard to my list. Maybe StripT's in Watertown to see what the young chefs are up to. Have great eating!

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                1. re: teezeetoo
                  Boston_Otter Mar 21, 2013 12:03 PM

                  Depending on what you order, I wouldn't call the food at Jacob Wirth "bad" by any stretch.

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                    teezeetoo Mar 21, 2013 02:07 PM

                    we went two years ago because my German son-in-law was curious. worst meal we've had and he said it embarrassed him that they claimed to be cooking German food.

                    1. re: teezeetoo
                      Boston_Otter Mar 21, 2013 02:38 PM

                      As a German myself, I've had their sausages and schnitzels and found them to be pretty decent -- especially the sausages. Very decent sauerbraten as well. Pity your meal wasn't very good.

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                        Allstonian Mar 21, 2013 04:46 PM

                        I've had decent sausage plates there, but I'm with teezeetoo's son-in-law: it embarrasses me every time someone posts on this board looking for German food and folks recommend Jacob Wirth. I've had both schnitzel and sauerbraten there, and found both to be pretty poor.

                        1. re: Allstonian
                          Boston_Otter Mar 22, 2013 07:07 AM

                          Sadly, it's the best I've found in the Boston-center vicinity. But I haven't been up to the new Karl's to see their hot food specials.

                          When I want a good German meal, I head to the East Side Restaurant in New Britain CT.

                    2. re: Boston_Otter
                      MC Slim JB Mar 22, 2013 11:13 AM

                      The German food I've had at Wirth's was pretty sad. American fare is okay.


                    3. re: teezeetoo
                      treb Mar 21, 2013 12:26 PM

                      I'd opt to ditch Summer Shack as well.

                      1. re: teezeetoo
                        mats77 Mar 22, 2013 12:01 PM

                        Second, Strip T's in Watertown

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                        tysonmcneely Mar 21, 2013 09:06 AM

                        Nice list, how many days is that?
                        No idea about the italian sub shop in the North End, but the 2 most well known are probably Volle Nolle and Monica's Salumeria. Maybe one of those?

                        I understand these may have some sentimental value to you, but I absolutely cannot recommend Villa Francesca, I've only eaten there once, but it was not very good.

                        Also if Gourmet Dumpling house is full (which it tends to get a lot) I highly recommend Dumpling cafe.

                        For banh mi, my favorite is Mei Sum bakery. (only 3 kinds though, cold cut, beef and tofu.)

                        1. Bob Dobalina Mar 21, 2013 08:46 AM

                          A couple of suggestions:

                          You might skip Blue Ginger and go to Ming's new restaurant - http://www.ming.com/blue-dragon.htm

                          Skip Jasper White's and go to Island Creek Oyster Bar

                          Skip Villa Francesca and go to Rino's.

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                          1. re: Bob Dobalina
                            Fort Point Mar 22, 2013 07:04 AM

                            Blue Ginger is a much different dining experience than Blue Dragon. Talked to Ming at Blue Dragon and he emphasized that he was going more for a pub type experience. So far have not been impressed with the food at Blue Dragon but it is already a very popular spot.

                          2. ebone Mar 21, 2013 08:24 AM

                            JM Curley for a burger (and other interesting takes on bar food - check the Sammy's 7 Board).

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