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Jun 9, 2014 01:32 PM

Food For Thought

This website is a treasure trove of info and feedback that we rely on a lot and we appreciate all your contributions weather we agree or not. One subject that I do not recall coming up very often here relative to the whats the best steak or burger, pasta, pizza, this or that I'd like to bring up for suggestions:

Regardless of generic and popular flavors which automatically disqualifies McD's, Olive Garden and probably even some of the venerable CH faves that might taste great but are loaded with sugar, butter, cream etc... which places would you recommend in the Boston / Providence area that serve high quality but ***ABOVE ALL, HEALTHY*** food? This means no corporate type ingredients nothing out of a can or box, is strictly organic and hopefully locally sourced. Does such a place exist besides our homemade stuff?

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  1. Not sure if this is what you are looking for but Scratch kitchen in Salem makes almost all their menu from scratch, and local sourced

    1. I don't know of a place that certifies organic only, but there are lots of restaurants that serve as much locally sourced as possible and nothing out of a can or a box; some of it may have more olive oil than you want.

      For Providence, post on the southern New England board.

      1. Well, there's organic / local / handmade, and then there's healthy. Scratch Kitchen is all scratch-made and locally sourced, and so are places like Clover, Mei Mei, Moody's Deli, Journeyman, Bergamot, and a lot of other 'locavore' spots... but you're going to get meats, butter, eggs, cheese, and other 'unhealthy' foods, for the most part.

        If you want 'above all, healthy' food, then you're looking at spots like Life Alive, Red Lentil, Veggie Planet, and True Bistro... but they may not be all-locally-sourced.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          This isn't the right place to start a fight, but: "healthy" food can mean about 1,000 things, and many of them have nothing to do with local or organic.

          Life Alive et al. have stereotypically "crunchy" type "healthy" food but if you consider healthy food to involve a lot of meat protein, you would disagree.

          1. re: Luther

            Luther, I didn't mean to come across as combative, was basically just looking for whatever your perception and other people's is "healthy" not so much based on specific ingredients but more on avoiding nasty chemical and synthetic stuff that may taste good but you probably wouldn't want to eat every day and may be loaded with hormones and pesticides, GMO stuff etc. In our house we do occasionally eat meat but realize that's not for everyone and a completely different argument depending on how it's raised and fed.

            Boston Otter thanks for the recs. I lived in Salem for over 30 years but it sounds like that area has come a long way from the old HS days of Salem Willows pop corn, chop suey sands, Engine House, Major McGleashes and Bill & Bobs. I'll have to come visit again soon and try the new places just not on Halloween night. We got married in Salem in the old stone church near Bridge St and the whaling museum and had dinner reception at the Beverly Depot and still occasionally hit it when in the neighborhood. Ah, the memories...

            1. re: Ora Moose

              here is a recent article from the Globe about restaurants focusing on vegetables.

              1. re: Ora Moose

                Anti-GMO is the left's global warming denialism.

                1. re: Luther

                  Luther, admiting that we don't know enough about GMOs and their effect on public health in future animal species generations especially humans on a massive scale to make an informed decision, is the new modern USAccentric money driven denialism. Eat what you are.

                  Don't take it personal, but I have my beliefs and defend them fiercely like raw milk.

                  1. re: Ora Moose

                    I don't know much about GMOs but respect the skepticism. However, I don't think there is anything new about the "modern USAccentric money driven denialism".

            1. A former high school classmate is opening a farm-to-table restaurant in Concord, Woods Hill Table (see They're committed enough to the concept that they bought a farm to supply it!