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Jun 7, 2013 06:06 PM

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:


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

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

Yakitori Zai


Blue Dragon



the new Dante de Magistris spot, whose name escapes me


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

    7 Replies
    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
                Puritan & Company

                (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
                  Menotomy Grill
                  Journeyman (stlil haven't been yet)