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Boston Trip Report (10/3-6)

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Lefty721 Oct 9, 2013 07:57 AM

Hello fellow CHs. We just returned from our second trip to Boston a couple days ago, so I’m sharing our review from another great visit and fantastic places to eat. Please bear with me, it’s a long report!

When we got in Thursday around noon, I had been wanting to try the Lobsta Love food truck. We headed to City Hall Plaza, but it was nowhere to be found, I checked their website but nothing about not being there that day. They also weren’t at their supposed location Sunday morning, so I was pretty bummed. Does anyone know why? Are they still in business?

At this point we were so starving that we just stopped by Uburger for a quick bite. No complaints, it was good as it has been before.

For dinner we returned to ICOB, which we had been to on our last visit. I proposed to my girlfriend earlier in the day (she said yes :) ), so I had planned this as a sort-of engagement celebration dinner. We both started off with the Oyster Sliders, which were every bit of good as I remembered. She had a salmon dish for dinner that had some brussel sprouts and loved it. I had the Maine Hake dish that had a few shreds of lobster and gnocchi. Everything about it was perfect. ICOB might be my favorite place in the world, haha.

Friday for lunch we were around Cambridge, so we tried two places over there. We went to Mr. Bartley’s first and split some onion rings, the Mindy Kaling (with peppers and provolone cheese), and a vanilla frappe. I wasn’t expecting anything that great, but we were both pleasantly surprised. The burger was FANTASTIC. I know there’s a lot of debate about their meat, seasoned versus unseasoned, but the one we had with the toppings on it could not have been any better.

The second half of our lunch we went to Alive & Kicking Lobsters, tucked away in the residential area. Split the lobster sandwich and a couple of their bottled sodas. The meat in the sandwich was perfect, and their sodas were just as good.

We met up with a friend of mine for the Harpoon Oktoberfest Friday evening. Had a great time there, great atmosphere. It was a beautiful mild night, so I wanted to try Daily Catch in the Seaport location. We left the beer fest fairly early, but I was still surprised to see only about 15-20 people in the whole place. We had almost the whole patio area outside to ourselves. It may be a by-product of the emptiness, but our waitress was outstanding. Food was also very good. We had the fried calimari to start, there were a few tough pieces in the bunch, but overall the rest of it was nice and tender. My fiance had the scallops with black pasta and was very happy with it. I had the mussels and there were great, but I loved the black pasta more than anything. Didn’t really know what to expect but man was that stuff good. My friend had some type of fish and was also really happy with it. Couldn’t have imagined a better dinner/evening. Also, I don’t drink a lot, so my opinions were not clouded by beer ;)

Trident Booksellers was our breakfast choice Saturday morning. I had an egg sandwich with cheese and avocado, she had waffles with strawberries. It was good, but both of us didn’t feel too great afterwards. Not sure if it was the food or not, but it made me feel pretty awful for the next couple hours.

Finally, after I started feeling better, we hit up Scampo mid-afternoon for their lobster pizza. Both of us were not disappointed, the only thing we wished we wanted was more pizza! Had some scones as an appetizer and I’m pretty sure they were better than any bread or biscuit or anything I’ve ever had.

We had a late dinner Saturday night at Estragon. We weren’t overly starving, so we only tried a few different dishes. The patatas bravas, mejillones (steamed mussels in a sauce), and croquetas de jamon. I should precursor my review by saying that I lived in Barcelona for 4 months a few years ago. The croquetas de jamon we as good (and accurate) as any I ever had over there, they were amazing. The patatas bravas were a little different that what I had before, but were nearly as good. Mussels were huge and very tasty. We split some cinnamon flan for desert, and while I’m not typically a cinnamon lover the flan was terrific.

Sunday was a pretty nasty day outside, raining and windy enough to make it tough to spend the whole day outside. We went to Flour Bakery for breakfast. My fiance had the sticky buns and rooibos red latte. She said they were “amazing, delicious, and have been craving the sticky bun every since”. I had a brioche filled with chocolate. Didn’t think I’d ever have chocolate overload, but by the end of that I had definitely reached that point I think! I don’t mean that as a bad thing though, it was delicious.

We went to SOWA Open Market aftewards to shop around some, and then headed to the Boston Public Library for lunch, which was were Chicken & Rice Guys were stationed that day. I got a combo (chicken and lamb) plate, she got a lamb plate, and we ate outside in the rain. I’m not sure I’ve ever had anything so cheap and tasty in my life. I’ve been wanting it ever since we finished. I was expecting something good, but not THAT good. Wow.

Sadly, after that, we had to head to the airport to leave. Another amazing trip filled with great food! Thanks for everyone’s opinions in putting together our itinerary!

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    Kat Oct 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    Congrats and sounds like you had some good eats!!

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      Lefty721 Oct 10, 2013 07:07 PM

      Thanks everyone!

      1. Alcachofa Oct 9, 2013 09:24 AM

        Nice!

        I'm a fan of the lamb at Chicken & Rice guys, also. Great, now I'm craving that, but have to go to a work lunch at a crappy Fanueil Hall place.

        You really didn't miss much with Lobsta Love, so don't fret.

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          kdemayo Oct 9, 2013 08:28 AM

          Loved your trip report! It made me smile! Congratulations on your engagement!!!! :)

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            bear Oct 9, 2013 08:18 AM

            Terrific report, and congratulations! Wishing you both much happiness and many more delicious meals.

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              Gabatta Oct 9, 2013 08:05 AM

              You hit a great sampling of places. Thanks for the report, and congrats. We still remember some of the meals from the weekend we got engaged.

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                teezeetoo Oct 9, 2013 08:02 AM

                It's so much fun to read about your true enjoyment at this special time of your life. Congrats and thanks for letting us all know.

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