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Which restaurants are on your "to do" list right now?

Our list is all too long!! Mr. Swank and I are anxiously waiting to try:

Bronwyn

Waban Kitchen (new spot by the talented Jeff Fournier of 51 Lincoln)

Cinquecento (OK, OK, but I'm curious)

Yakitori Zai

Westbridge

Blue Dragon

Giulia

L'Impasto

the new Dante de Magistris spot, whose name escapes me

Asta

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  1. Red Lentil
    L'Impasto
    Bronwyn
    Bondir
    Alive and Kicking
    Life Alive
    Casa b
    The BBQ place out in Sturbridge that I can't remember the name of

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    1. re: viperlush

      It's B.T.'s smokehouse in Sturbridge (awesome!)

      1. re: teezeetoo

        Yes, thank you. Once my CSA PYO begins I will have a reason to head out that way. Can't wait.

        1. re: viperlush

          last trip to B.T.'s I finally ventured away from the ribs and brisket to try the cider bourbon chicken wings and they were super. have also tried their smoked salmon (think more kippered than lox) and it was a bargain and delicious. Going to bring home their bacon next time.

      2. re: viperlush

        Life Alive is one of the only vegan places I've seen that seasons properly. I like it a lot. I've noticed a jaw-droppingly high staff turnover rate, though - I've eaten there basically once biweekly for eighteen months (one location is convenient to my work schedule) and have seen generational turnover maybe six, eight times?

        1. re: enhF94

          Everytime I am stopped at that traffic light waiting to turn onto Mass Ave I think about stopping. But then I read their menu and I can't get pass the descriptions of the dishes. "Nurturing carrots...gracing short grain brown rice", "Our Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce enhanced by flax oil and garlic, empowering avocado ", "Thick and comforting Udon Noodles in our sesame ginger marinade...playing with healing shitake mushrooms", and "... flavoricious nutritional power-soup and your learning how to truly nourish your body in the spirit of YUM!"

          1. re: viperlush

            I know, I know. I just close my eyes, avoid the "Hot and Healthy Bachelor" (WTF), and think to myself "I'm ordering vegan that doesn't suck..." over and over.

            Also worth noting that some of the dishes are enough of a chewing workout to tire out my jaw, which in my case is a good thing (I need my veggies).

            I like the rebel, adventurer, and innocent, usually with extra beets, because beets.

        2. re: viperlush

          Can now cross BT's off the list. We will add it to our list of possible stops when in the area, but don't plan to make any special trips out there just for it.

        3. Sycamore in Newton Centre... anyone been? They have been open for five? months I think.

          Bondir in Cambridge. I have heard nothing but amazing things.

          Orinoco in Brookline Village. My new neighborhood!

          Oleana (I know I know... never been!)

          Bronwyn. I sang in germany for a bit so I am SUPER curious!!

          BTW, Swankalicious, Cinquecento is delicious! ;)

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          1. re: ModernSarah

            Sycamore in Newton is AWESOME. Go!

            1. re: ModernSarah

              Duckfat is worth it - get the creme anglaise milkshake. It's really, really worth it.

            2. Coppa, Local 149, Casa B, Taqueria El Amigo, Craigie on Main, Bronwyn

              1. Farmstead Table
                Sycamore
                Coppa
                Puritan & Company
                Westbridge

                (damn Red Sox rain out cost me my reservation at Farmstead table on Saturday...couldn't get there in time)

                1. The Farmhouse
                  Blue Dragon
                  Guilia
                  Menotomy Grill
                  Journeyman (stlil haven't been yet)

                  1. Bronwyn
                    Tavern Road
                    Toro
                    Cafe Sushi
                    Taqueria el Amigo

                    1. TW Food

                      Spoke Wine Bar

                      Sweet Cheeks

                      Alive and Kicking

                      Highland Cuisine (Haitian food)

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                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                        Highland Cuisine on my list for years. Years!

                        1. re: enhF94

                          Do try it! I was intimidated after my first visit when they had a steam table format. I didn't know what anything was and there was a language barrier to contend with. I pointed and got a plate of gloppy stew and didn't go back until recently.

                          Fast forward to six months ago. I was reminded by a pushy hound friend that this place is right in my neighborhood and I needed to give it another go. I went on a cold day for creole goat and am kicking myself I didn't go sooner. They have laminated menus now and no steam table so it's easier to get what you're looking for.

                          I haven't been able to tear myself away from the goat (bony fatty tender hunks of meat in a rich gravy served over copious amounts of rice and beans) since going back but I know I owe it to myself to branch out.

                          1. re: yumyum

                            What else is on the menu? I'm really not at all a fan of goat, but I walk by the place all the time and it always smells so good. Do they have any fish?

                          2. re: enhF94

                            I have some Hatian friends who've promised to take me there soon & give me tips on navigating the menu.

                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                              Report back when you go! I'd love to hear what else is good on that menu!

                            2. re: enhF94

                              So much win on this mini-thread!

                          3. Puritan & Co
                            Tavern Road
                            Asta
                            Bronwyn
                            Chacarero in the Pru
                            Mana Escondido Cafe
                            Sweet Cheeks
                            Journeyman

                            1. Tavern road
                              Blue dragon
                              Westbridge
                              Belly Wine Bar
                              Bondir
                              Journeyman

                              1. Mana Escondido
                                Biryani Park food truck
                                El Nazaca
                                Hot Pot Buffet
                                Man-O-Salwa
                                Oya Cuban
                                Que Padre
                                Roksana's
                                Szechuan's Dumplings
                                Tenoch
                                Tu Metapan
                                Asta
                                Belly
                                Bread and Butter
                                Bronwyn
                                Farmhouse
                                Giulia
                                Waban Kitchen

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                1. This thread makes me feel feel a lot better about how often we go out. We cook a lot at home because I really really love cooking (even more than dining out!) but it's fun to see what other chefs do. We also tend to save our splurge meals for traveling. Combine that with the fact that we like hitting our favorite spots, and it's hard to get to new restaurants and prioritize which ones to go to all the time (which is why I love Chowhound so much!) My priorities now:

                                  -Bronwyn
                                  -Yakitori Zai
                                  -Yume Ko Katare
                                  -Giulia
                                  -Spoke Wine Bar
                                  -Lineage
                                  -Red Lentil
                                  -Barcelona Wine Bar (Kind of sad we haven't been considering it's across the street)
                                  -Ribelle (Not open yet, but will be soon)
                                  -Bondir (Have reservations gotten easier for here?)

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                                  1. re: Klunco

                                    I just knocked Bondir off my to-do list, but booked about a month in advance for a Thursday night. (It was worth it)

                                  2. Glad to see so many people have L'Impasto and West Bridge on their lists. Those are two of my favorite spots that have opened over the last year or so.

                                    Cinquecento
                                    Tavern Road (I've loved everything from TR Street Food so far)
                                    Alive and Kicking
                                    BT's
                                    Casa B
                                    Steel & Rye

                                    1. Bronwyn (I've only been in for beers- the kitchen was closed)
                                      Bondir
                                      Journeyman
                                      Strip T's (I really need to get this off my list)
                                      Salts
                                      Neptune Oyster

                                      1. We have an infant and toddler at home, so both personal and business dinners are much curtailed for awhile. Sadly, there still isn’t a long list of places I feel a burning need to try in the Boston area. Ribelle and Bondir Concord when they open are definitely two. I’m praying Conductor’s in Harvard Square is worthy when it comes together. Beyond that…we’d like to get back to Giulia for a 2nd meal, and will try to get to Neptune for an early raw bar session before the Bruins game next week. It’s a bit disappointing there isn’t more new and exciting to try in the area. However, I will keep an eye on this thread for some I might not be aware of.

                                        Beyond Boston, I’d really love to get to Portland, ME for the weekend to check out some of the great places going on up there. Though, it is much easier to ditch the kids with relatives on the way to NYC (where the ‘to do’ list is pretty much endless) for a night or two, so we’ll be splurging on some meals there in the near future.

                                        To the OP, I would prioritize Guilia over Cinquicento.

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                                        1. re: Gabatta

                                          Two things: conductor looks miles away from opening. I walk by every day. Nothing doing.

                                          Get thee to portland! I had a great food weekend there recently and loved LOVED their scene!

                                        2. Asta
                                          Giulia
                                          Sycamore
                                          Steel & Rye
                                          Szechuan's Dumpling
                                          Rincon Limeno
                                          Spoke

                                          1. Yume Ko Katare
                                            Myers & Chang
                                            Bondir
                                            TW Food
                                            Salts
                                            Neptune Oyster (never gonna happen...)
                                            O-Ya
                                            Sycamore
                                            Farmstead Table
                                            Highland Kitchen
                                            Craigie on Main (have only been for the burger)
                                            Oleana or Rialto (I always get these mixed up and haven't been to either)
                                            Duckfat, Portland ME (I am lactose-intolerant and currently gluten-free, and willing to ignore both and just be SICK a few hours after eating here)

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                                            1. re: taterjane

                                              I forgot about Yume Wo Katare. I live just a few blocks from it (and still mourn the loss of Zing! Pizza), but the nightly lines always drive me away. Well, that, and the thought of eating a massive fatty garlicky bowl of pork ramen and how ill I'll be later... :)

                                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                It is a bit of an eating contest, which I generally try to avoid. I found skipping lunch made the smaller one pretty easy to knock down. Getting extra garlic helps, too, for some reason, as is ready access to a reliable digestivo afterward (Fernet-Branca or the like).

                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                  There was only a 5 minute wait or so when I went at 9 on a Thursday a month or so back. Ordered a regular ramen, but was mistakenly given a bowl of the buta ramen instead. I expected to be catatonic afterwards, but instead, I found myself feeling decent. And as MC notes, quickly seeking out a digestivo afterwards completely settled my stomach.

                                              2. Some of these are embarrassing at this point:

                                                Asta
                                                Giulia
                                                Bronwyn
                                                Waban Kitchen
                                                80 Thoreau
                                                Yakitori Zai
                                                Estelle's

                                                And I need to try Blue Dragon for dinner (only been at lunch)