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perk Apr 23, 2013 12:09 PM

Going tomorrow. Any "must haves?"

  1. perk Apr 24, 2013 11:21 PM

    Liked it a lot. My favorite thing may have been the oyster sliders. Though I thought they could have used a little heat.....chipotle mayo maybe? Overall....although I found the food very good and well executed....but lacking one element in almost every dish. A bit of acid. A little spice. That said.....the eggs with maple bacon were great fun to start. The clam cakes were very nice. The lobster roll was good. I'm not a huge lobster fan, but my dining companion liked it a lot. Poutine was very nice....but not stellar. The wine list is limited...but there was a lovely Provencal rose that went well with all the dishes. Service was very good. Noise level a bit high. We also had the roasted mussels. Very nice. I'll definitely go back.

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      andrew_eats Apr 24, 2013 02:25 AM

      strong Canadian influence in the menu, incase you're wondering about the theme

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        New Trial Apr 24, 2013 01:13 AM

        Just to echo some of the items mentioned below: the claim cakes (more like fritters), the oyster sliders (light tempura batter), the wonderful lobster roll, the way the maple played off the onion rings. The server said the brisket was amazing, too, but I did not have the room for that first visit.

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          Citron58 Apr 23, 2013 03:23 PM

          The clam cakes, too.

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            cookie monster Apr 23, 2013 04:01 PM

            Are the clam cakes the "real" New England kind? I'm a Rhode Island native, long ago transplanted to LA, and while I don't like most seafood (I know - a native Rhode Islander who hates seafood - go figure), I still get the occasional clam cake craving. Stuffed quahogs too - does anyone around here make stuffies?

            Sorry to hijack your thread, perk. Just having some serious food nostalgia here.

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              perk Apr 23, 2013 04:32 PM

              no worries, cookie monster.

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                Dirtywextraolives Apr 23, 2013 05:00 PM

                I've seen frozen stuffed clams in the freezer case of my Gelson's before. Don't know if they are Matlaw's though.... ;-)

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                  cookie monster Apr 23, 2013 05:31 PM

                  Thanks, D. worth checking out.

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                  jdwdeville Apr 24, 2013 08:46 AM

                  mmm... stuffies.
                  If I could only find good quahogs here. A little Ritz cracker stuffing, mixed with some chopped chaurice and onion...
                  Wow. I'm hungry now!

                  1. re: jdwdeville
                    Dirtywextraolives Apr 24, 2013 05:42 PM

                    Yeah, no such thing on this coast..... I have ordered them canned from Famous foods.com in order to make my family's RI chowder. But no live quahogs are available......

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                ns1 Apr 23, 2013 12:17 PM

                I personally recommend:
                oyster sliders, baby beets w/ ricotta, those damn dessert donuts, gin & tonic (cocktail)

                from others, I hear you should get:
                oysters, lobster roll

                I thought the poutine was really good but not a "must have" for me, brussel sprouts good but a bit played out IMHO, steak tartare also good but not mind blowing.

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                  kevin Apr 23, 2013 05:25 PM

                  i did want to try the lobster roll, the oyster sliders, and the poutine, and maple onion rings.

                  regarding the poutine, was thee bits of the montreal smoked beef in there or was there pork in the dish ?

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                    ns1 Apr 23, 2013 05:27 PM

                    tasted like beef and curds.

                    the oyster sliders are srsly amazing.

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                      kevin Apr 23, 2013 05:31 PM

                      cool, i don't know why i didn't already made it there.

                      possibly something about this diet that i'm on now.

                      will for sure get those sliders too.

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