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Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

Last night, Sorellina's soft polenta side with parm

Scampos Lobster Pizza

and you?

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  1. The pork sandwich at State Park.

    1. esk's salad that includes sweetbreads, lardons, hazelnuts and a poached egg.

      but... lettuce, amirite?

      1. Zo's pork gyro
        Chacarero sandwich

        Both are prohibitive of getting any work done in the afternoon.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Also near Zo's: Cafe Latina's roast pork with crispy skin.

          1. re: bizkat

            Cafe Latina has been closed for quite some time. Team is at Discovery Cafe in Kendall.

              1. re: mkfisher

                A not quite as good (and sometimes nowhere near as good - it varies) version can be had as the friday special there. No tostones, no sauce, the rice isn't quite as good, the pork can approach the old pork but almost never succeeds. Portions are smaller and prices are higher.

                That said, they a) exist and b) are 2 blocks from my work. I dig it.

          2. Lobster Roe Noodles at ICOB and the Gorgonzola Gnocchi at Grotto.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I was trying to remember if I have had Gorgonzola Gnocchi, as it is such a strong flavor. Once I saw the description on the menu, I think it works, and I think I had it years ago. Not sure.

                However, something really bothered me. At the top of the menu they say

                "Please choose one option from each course for $40 (No sharing or splitting)"

                REALLY???? No Sharing??? I can understand no splitting, but being told not to share a bite with your dinner companion? Maybe they mean that two people cannot share one prix fix dinner, but really, how often does that occur, that they would choose to introduce their menu with this rule? Makes me reconsider the restaurant group as a whole.

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  obviously they don't mean trading bites. :)

                  as somebody who worked more than enough restaurant weeks and in places that had prix-fixe menus, YES, people try to split one of those meals often. it's incredibly tacky.

                  sorry if it's off-putting to you, but it's an unpleasant reality.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    sorry if my opinion is off-putting to you, but I completely disagree with you. Your example of restaurant week menus is irrelevant in this instance.

                    Grotto has chosen to make their opening statement of hospitality on top of their regular menu. That is the only thing obvious to me. No smiley face inserted. That choice is an unpleasant reality.

                    1. re: Bellachefa

                      There are less obvious ways to achieve the same result. An asterisk pointing to a note at the bottom of the menu with "Plate sharing / splitting charge: $30", maybe.


                      1. re: Bellachefa

                        Grotto stores and serves its wines at room temp, which can exceed 80 in the summer. Their (not-so-great) food and service pale in comparison to that travesty.

                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          What are you disagreeing with, that people would try to share a prix fixe menu? I'm absolutely sure that it happens.

                          Now, I don't know that it's intended to be schmucky/cheap.... I find that a full 3 or more course menu is really too much food for me and I'd actually really like to share a menu with my husband than to end up with leftovers. No matter how yummy they may be, I don't always want to cart them around. But I wouldn't try to do it on a prix fixe, mostly because I have been back of house and I know that's not expected or profitable.

                          1. re: Chris VR

                            I'd guarantee in most cases it's meant to be cheap. When two diners come into a restaurant and split what they would consider a standard meal (appetizer, entree, dessert) across two people they are certainly losing money if that table could have gone to other diners who would have paid for a full meal each.

                            1. re: QuakerInBoston

                              You're probably right but to give people benefit of the doubt, so many people these days have had bariatric surgery that I am sure that's a factor more often than you'd think (that's not the case with me, I just get full really quickly... I loved my meal at e in Las Vegas but it was torture getting those last courses down.)

                2. Jasper White's pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack. The recipe has been published but I avoid looking at it since I fear knowing how much butter is in that out-of-this-world sauce!

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      citizen's serves its hanger steak with bone marrow butter. and fries. :)

                    2. Mushroom soufflé at Il Capriccio; Ravioli with dropped egg at Prezza

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                      1. re: Northender

                        Prezza - I miss their old version with black truffles! The first time I ordered one, I then ordered another. Two perfectly decadent egg raviolis sauced perfectly yolk running.

                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          I still like that dish, but agree that the truffle-topped version was quite superior. I imagine it didn't sell.


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            offtopic - nice spread in Improper - congrats

                      2. Radiatore over a ragù of braised veal breast and Gorgonzola dolce at Pastoral. Their oxtail and Toulouse sausage is another killer.

                        Banh mi at Moody's

                        Buta ramen at Yume Wo Katare

                        Slow-roasted brisket at Park

                        Lamb neck at Alden & Harlow

                        Gnocchi with short ribs, mushrooms, and Gorgonzola at Grotto

                        Pork three ways at Craigie on Main

                        Marrow, smoked tongue, and horseradish pizza at Coppa

                        Braised pork belly and kidney beans at Shojo

                        Osso bucco Milanese at Rino's Place

                        Rack of wild boar at Erbaluce

                        Epic pot roast at Grill 23

                        Haxe at Bronwyn

                        Goat curry at Darbar

                        Sweet potato quesadilla at Root

                        Lamb belly at Puritan & Co. (not on current menu)

                        Pork belly with cannellini bean ragout at Kirkland Tap & Trotter

                        Been a while since I had one, but prime rib at Durgin-Park. There's something called a Durgin cut now for $50; I suspect I'd do with the Yankee at $32.


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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Glad to see the Gohst on your list. Wow, I never thought goat was as good as lamb but that changed everything for me.

                          1. re: tatsu

                            The spiced brains in butter at Darbar. Holy cats, that's rich.

                            1. re: Aromatherapy

                              Spiced brains. Man, I need to remember that for my next trip to Boston.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Lol, we have them annually on Halloween

                                1. re: Taralli

                                  Really? Not sure I could eat those only once a year....

                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                            I'd also add the gnocchi and the blutnudlen at Bronwyn. Along with the haxe, all are delicious, but oh so heavy.

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              reminds me of the braised lamb neck that was on an earlier menu at West Bridge - so so sticky

                              and also the nihari at Darbar is a bellybomb too

                              a rather marginal bo kho I had that was a completely congealed block of gelatin the next day when pulled from the fridge - mighta been Pho Basil

                            2. Chocolee's hot chocolate beignets.

                              1. Foie Gras "Butter" served with toast points and jam at Menton.

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                                  1. re: Bellachefa

                                    There were a variety served (at least 2 or 3), but I'm not recalling the exact types. It was overly decadent!

                                1. Not totally a dish, but anything bigger than the smallest size of hot chocolate at LA Burdick is impossible to drink, IMO. Even the smallest size has me in richness overload by the end.

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                                  1. re: Chris VR

                                    I've never had it. But admit, even on a cold day in Dumbo, Brooklyn, a single wicked hot chocolate at Jaque Torres was enough to warm 3 of us. Love a thick hot chocolate, but really a couple of sips is all I can handle!

                                    1. re: Bellachefa

                                      I'm honestly surprised they sell it in anything larger than the small size, it's that rich. But sharing it is a good idea!

                                    2. re: Chris VR

                                      I totally agree. I must be getting sent off the boneyard soon because I have eaten many of the above dishes and countless others that people call "rich" and I just call "good". But the hot chocolate at LA Burdick, which I think is really heavy cream with chocolate, is the most decadent of them all. That's not to say I wouldn't finish one.

                                      1. re: Bugsey34

                                        I could not agree more. It is so rich!! I can drink it but my sips are really small. A mouthful of that hot chocolate is hard to swallow.


                                      2. re: Chris VR

                                        Although it is no longer on the menu, you can still get a "demi" which is a dixie-cup size (maybe 4 oz?) serving of their magic chocolate potion.

                                        For true calorie overload, their frappe is pretty amazing.

                                        1. re: Chris VR

                                          yep, I made the mistake of taking three pre teen girls there for a special treat once. We had to get extra cups and dilute them with hot milk over and over, and these chocolate lovers couldn't drink it (their mother did!). At least we got some pastries they liked.

                                          It reminds me of the hot chocolate in Spain that is so thick you can stand up a spoon in your cup. But in Spain, it is not so rich, and very, very good. Drinkable, or eatable, with churros.

                                          1. re: Madrid

                                            I think it's as rich as I've had in cafes in Spain, but it works in Spain because it usually comes in small demitasse cups, and you have a place to sit and leisurely dip churros into it. Getting a seat at Burdick's often feels like winning the lottery, and I always feel like I need to gulp and run out of deference to the horde of people eying my seat. More often, I end up having to stroll and sip, which just doesn't work with that sort of thick and rich drink.

                                            1. re: Chris VR

                                              I think the Burdick's stuff is richer than the typical Spanish version which I believe is thickened with flour or some other starch.

                                            2. re: Madrid

                                              If you do have leftovers and you put it in the fridge, it becomes a solid. Delicious cold and eaten with a spoon...

                                              1. re: Parsnipity

                                                Ooohhh, nice tip. Of course, Burdick's leftovers aren't usually on my horizon.

                                                1. re: Parsnipity

                                                  I guess that's why I'm not a fan: it just tastes like you're eating melted ganache to me.

                                            3. Queens Pastry at Bread and Butter

                                              1. Trying to think of the single dish that just makes me close my eyes and hope it never ends...

                                                Trattoria Di Monica's Fettuccine Nero Con Caposante

                                                9 times out of 10 at a restaurant I will try something new, not here.

                                                and for a glutton night ... PICCO's Alsatian Pizza

                                                1. Is it wrong that I bookmarked this thread for reference for an upcoming trip to Boston? ;-)

                                                  1. Tupelo's brunch perfection, 'The Dude': fried chicken, biscuits with sausage gravy, and scrambled eggs. My gf and I usually split it and add a side of their beautiful ham and cheese grits and the salad with cornbread croutons. Heaven.

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                                                    1. re: TimTamGirl

                                                      Oh I love bisquits and gravy. Haven't had it in years. From the pictures, just a side of that and a slice of pecan pie would send me straight to the boneyard. I am now craving both!

                                                      1. re: TimTamGirl

                                                        This reminds me... The bacon fat biscuits with fried chicken, eggs, bacon and sausage gravy at Commonwealth definitely belongs on this list.

                                                      2. Prune-stuffed gnocchi with seared foie gras and vin Santo glaze at No. 9 Park. Winner.

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                                                        1. re: Jerezhound

                                                          That's a dish I wanted to love but didn't fall for. Now the lobster gnocchi with peas they used to serve at the bar, we would share it and be over the moon. I miss the old bar menu at No.9

                                                        2. Porchetta Sandwich from Pennypacker's

                                                          1. The lobster bucatini pasta dish at Steele and Rye. Holy s, it's good, and so rich!
                                                            Also the Croque Madam (??) at Marliave...I got it once and only ate half, but wished I were wearing looser pants so I could finish it!

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                                                            1. re: kateeats

                                                              those rarebits are pretty sinful too.

                                                            2. the beans at Formaggio Kitchens saturday bbq. So rich, so sweet so savory, they should rename them Graveyard Beans. Also, they upped their game on cornbread. Haven't had it that good since The Boulders in AZ 22 years ago.