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most missed recent closing?

kewpie Nov 19, 2013 12:14 PM

for me, and although it was a decline over the past few years-Chez Henri was my go- to spot for dates( happily married 15+) & i picked the bar for our first official date.
what recent closing will you miss?
( Doo Wee& Rice too)

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    RoyRon Nov 19, 2013 01:06 PM

    For me it's Sushi Island in Wakefield. It had been my go-to spot for excellent sushi and Japanese food for years. The good news is that I learned recently that Junji Aoki is about to open a new place in Marblehead. I can't wait!

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      teezeetoo Nov 19, 2013 01:10 PM

      Cognac Bistro - my go to lunch place and "after Coolidge Corner" theater stop

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        C. Hamster Nov 19, 2013 04:48 PM


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          addiez Nov 20, 2013 07:38 AM

          Me too!

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          addiez Nov 20, 2013 12:58 PM

          Have you tried Dorado? Very, very different but one of the things I miss most about living in Brookline!

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          David_A Nov 19, 2013 02:08 PM

          For me it is the broadway diner. I just moved close to it, ate there twice and had amazing breakfasts...then it closed. :(

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            chompie Nov 19, 2013 03:43 PM

            I second the sushi island.. besides the food, miss akiko singing.. Also we still strongly miss Zaleks in Wakefield. Noone else can re-create the food that Peter and his mom made,especially fish, and it was almost like eating with family.. Also, not that we went in recent years, but miss the idea of the big green cactus and cows not being on Rte 1 anymore..

          2. opinionatedchef Nov 19, 2013 05:05 PM

            us, we still haven't got over Danny Wisel's
            Armadillo (oooooh, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez plate) or Jim Becker's Rauxa.

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              chompie Nov 19, 2013 05:13 PM

              opchef, ur making me miss that place and I've never even been there! What and where was it?

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                opinionatedchef Nov 19, 2013 05:47 PM

                armadillo was a southwestern/mexican restnt on Comm Ave 1-3 blocks up from Harvard across from that place called The House? sob.... I believe Danny is still the head of food services at the Musm of Science.

                Rauxa was a Spanish restnt in the Union Sq basement space just previously occupied by Elephant Walk, and now Precinct. sigh. foie gras w/ sherry; fried squid, scallops, shrimp w/ romesco sauce.....Last time I knew, the multi talented Jim Becker teaches and also leads local No End and Chtown tours for Michelle Topor.

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                  dulce de leche Nov 20, 2013 12:51 PM

                  Well if you're going to go there, I'll have to say Eat.

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                    Madrid Nov 20, 2013 01:26 PM

                    going far back, I really miss Eat and Rauxa, too. I saved all of my printed Rauxa menus and drool over them every once in a while.Jim Becker was a genius of Spanish cooking!

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                      MC Slim JB Nov 20, 2013 02:42 PM

                      We still talk fondly of those two places in my household, too.


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              smtucker Nov 19, 2013 05:17 PM


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                Scruffy The Cat Nov 19, 2013 07:13 PM

                Missing Lam's in Newton a lot.

                1. MeffaBabe Nov 20, 2013 04:42 AM

                  I still miss after all these years Uncle Pete's... they had the best BBQ and hot wings around.

                  I also miss Bambino's in Malden...

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                    catsmeow Nov 20, 2013 12:56 PM

                    I was going to mention Uncle Pete's too. I had just found this place 2 months before it closed. Loved the sauce on the ribs!

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                      Infomaniac Nov 20, 2013 04:14 PM

                      I miss Uncle Pete's hot wings too...

                      The one place I miss the most, and not so recent also is Reef Cafe - Allston Right about this time of year they served an amazing pumpkin kibbeh that I can just about taste right now! Got to try making some.

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                        phatchris Nov 20, 2013 06:10 PM

                        And the Asian slaw...

                      2. MC Slim JB Nov 20, 2013 05:39 AM

                        I usually find it hard to complain about closings, as most places I sorta like but closed I didn't give much business to, or we still have a lot of worthy alternatives, so we're relatively blessed. Thailand Cafe, maybe? Cambridge is sort of hurting for traditional Sichuan these days.


                        1. BostonZest Nov 20, 2013 08:15 AM

                          Speed's -- while it was not the typical closing, I already miss it and almost said," while we have a car, let's stop by Speed's" last week.

                          I once called a visit to the truck in Newmarket Sq a rite of passage for Boston food lovers. And, it was. I felt that I was more a part of the food scene in Boston after I had my first Speed dog and understood why everyone raved about it.

                          I also gained greater respect for those who had directed me to this Boston institution.

                          RIP Gregg, you brightened many a day for me and others.


                          1. Mike5966 Nov 20, 2013 05:37 PM

                            Ken Ramen.

                            1. Small Plates Nov 21, 2013 09:02 AM

                              Peter's Deli on Broad Street in the Fi Di - my fav lunch place - best Spinach Pie and Salad I've ever had. I saw the guy in an elevator somewhere a few years back, and he told me where he had set up shop - I forget now, but it was somewhere outside of my stomping grounds - gonna' say a Watertown-ish/Waltham-ish place.

                              1. hungrybruno Nov 21, 2013 12:24 PM

                                Doo Wee for sure. It was cheap, delicious, and a 7 minute walk from my house. Of course it closed. I know he's opening back up but Allston is much, much more of an ordeal for me than a quick jaunt to Powderhouse Square.

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                                  FeeFiPho Nov 21, 2013 01:05 PM

                                  I would add Sun's cafe in North Cambridge. Their eclectic Korean/Japanese/Thai menu was delicious and the owners were the salt of the earth. I think about them wheneverI pass that strip of stores near Pemberton market.

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                                    phatchris Nov 21, 2013 01:23 PM

                                    Not too recent or a closing per se, but when Scelfo left North Street Grill I was pretty bummed.

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                                      Swankalicious Nov 21, 2013 05:28 PM

                                      Always enjoyed UpStairs on the Square, as well as Chez Henri. Also was very sad to see Gargoyles go, as it was my local for quite a while.

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