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Boston Dining and Drinking Thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by C. Stockwell, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. C. Stockwell

    C. Stockwell NES Member

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    I was having a conversation about bars and restaurants to try in Boston yesterday with someone as we will both be working there this fall. There's quite a lot of good options, and probably a bunch of crappy ones, so I figure why not make a thread?

    Places I want to try:

    *Saus Boston
    *Grille 23
    *Yvonne's
    *SRV
    *Troquet on South
    *Citizen Public House + Oyster Bar
    *Neptune Oyster

    Thumbs up:

    *Bistro du Midi
    *McGreevy's
    *Union Oyster
    *Green Dragon
    *Bell-in-Hand
    *Regina Pizzeria
    *Warren Tavern
    *the Ghirardelli ice cream and chocolate parlor near Fanueil Hall
    *Stanza dei Sigari

    Thumbs down:

    *No Name Restaurant
    *What was Remy's and is now "Tony C's Seaport"
     
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  2. JayMcB

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    Go to SRV on Columbus Ave. Memorable food
    Also had a nice meal at Bogie's Place on Temple.
     
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    Del friscos, the steakhouse is world's better than the grill.

    Also Josephs on k street in Boston is fantastic for subs
     
  4. C. Stockwell

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    I should try SRV, pretty interesting menu and it's right next to the Mass Ave T station.
     
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    Grill 23 is a great steakhouse. Also enjoyed MOOO steakhouse in Boston. Wife got gift certificates to both as gifts from her bosses.
     
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    Del Friscos does have a good steak, but it seems to me the prices are set to subsidize the 6 or so people tending your table. Last time I was there (Seaport one), they had one person whose sole job was to remove crumbs from the table with a specific crumb tool. There are times I'd just rather skip the formality and just have a good steak while wearing jeans and a T shirt. And not a TGI Friday's steak, an actual steak house steak. Kind of miss Hill Top for that reason. Stock Yard in Brighton used to fit that bill too, but I haven't been there in years and don't know if they still serve it up casual.
     
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    There’s an unnamed pizza shop in Boston with its own epic NES thread.
     
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    Sam LaGrassa’s for lunch (M-F only)
     
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    Parish Cafe - Chicken Sandwich
    Umberto's Pizza - Sicilian Pizza
    Bon Chon (Allston) - Fried Chicken
    Sunset Grill/Cantina - Loaded Nachos
    Raising Cains - Chicken Fingers
    Thinking Cup - Coffee/Expresso
    Izzy's Restaurant (Cambridge) - Puerto Rican
    Grill 23/Del Frisco's - Steak
    Flour Bakery - Breakfast Sandwiches, Pastries
     
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    This state ,outside of Boston,for the most part sucks for good independent restaurants. I dont want to drive all the way to Boston for decent food.

    RI has a metric shit ton of good places to eat.

    Literally the best pizza close to me is at Salmon Pond mall,Regina. 120000 shitty Greek pizza places somehow survive,I dont get it. These Greek places would be out of business within a month in CA,yet here they flourish..Is it that people in MA cant tell the difference between mozzarella and American cheese or are they just money laundering places ?
     
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  11. Hetzer

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    Fogo de Chao, Brazilian steak house in Copley Square. Same building as the Westin hotel.

    High end Brazilian food, churrasco style (?) grilled meat. They come to the tables with skewers of steak, chicken, pork etc and they slice off pieces for you. It’s outstanding. You choose your own sides and salads from a bar and bring it back to your table, then flip over a card beside you, so the waiters can see that you want them to come to you. Flip it over again when you need a break. Don’t fill up on the sides and don’t get more than a little from the first few waiters. Stretch it out. I think there are over a dozen different meats and cuts that they bring by. Skip lunch and bring an empty stomach. They have a standard menu as well including seafood. Casual dress is ok, I’ve worn shorts, a polo shirt and a hat.

    Brazilian Steakhouse Restaurant | Fogo de Chão
     
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    Carlos Italian cuisine hidden gem in Brighton on Brighton av near the corner of Harvard av you will not be disappointed
     
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    Grill 23 is completely overrated, just like every other steakhouse

    Sauus is lame, they use Sysco

    My favs are Abe and Louie's, Mike's Pastry, Viva Burrito, Independence Brewing, Barrel House Z, Fuji in N Quincy, Clear Flour, Nellio's, Doughnuts with a Difference, and the South St Diner

    A ton of barstaff goes to South St Diner after their shift. Funny place at 3AM on a Saturday. People who don't know better go in there and start trouble and half the customers are bouncers.
     
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    It’s unbelievable, I mention that I hate Greek pizza at lunch to people and they say they don’t know what that is and I tell them “you’re eating it”. I tell them most sub shop pizza is Greek pizza and that it’s oily and has a soft crust etc and they still can’t tell the difference. Idiots.
     
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    As a former Stanza/North End regular (as in like, 2-3 times a week... I still go once in awhile, but rarely now) bring a trash bag (to put your jacket in) if you don't want your jacket to stink. Also worst time to get in is mid-evening because it can get crowded on Fri/Sat nights, especially after Bruins/Sox/Celtics games dump out.
    It's not too bad with only a few people earlier in the evening. Once in awhile you'll get a celeb sighting. Expensive. If you're smoking out of their humidor stick
    with the Padrons if you can. (although pricey, but at least those sticks survive the humidity excursions in their box).

    One of the best restaurants in the north end is across the street... Carmelina's. Get a reservation if you can, although not really that expensive. "Sunday Macaroni" is
    good for 2 people. Also, you can get half that if you order Bronx Tale instead.

    -Mike
     
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    I used to go there when it was the Blue Diner and get “wets”, french fries with gravy on them. The hostess, who was even more of a train wreck than the customers introduced us to Daves Insanity Sauce....which I still haven’t forgiven her for lol.

    I remember a Jon Cryer movie, Hiding Out, having a scene in there:

    Hiding Out (1987) - IMDb

    Apparently they made another movie there as well called Blue Diner:

    The Blue Diner (2001) - IMDb
     
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    Well, in CA nobody eats pizza, so that's 90% of the problem over there. The other problem is people get retarded about pizza in MA- there's a gamut from drunk pizza (dominoes) to everything in between. Funny thing is a guy I used to smoke cigars with full blooded greek guy... he only did italian style because he preferred it. Go figure.

    -Mike
     
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    Good to know, thanks. I was planning on trying out SdS in the middle of a Tuesday before a Sox game.
     
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    I'm pretty sure alot of those Greco Roman food joints are fronts. They keep the places stocked and running and make sure the food is bad enough nobody eats there. Great places for a private meeting.
     
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    Troquet on South is one of our favorite places. We’ve been going to Chris’s restaurants for almost 20 years. Always good.

    Hei la moon on Beach st has the best dim sum in town. I’ve got to get back there.

    China King also on beach st has great Peking duck but you have to order it the day before.
     
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    People in MA dont know good food or coffee. And they get mad when you tell them thet because they are close minded a**holes.

    Now, some here clearly know good food, as I can see from the posts above.

    But I'm talking about the average person. You can easily tell by the amount of Starbuck and DD around. That says a lot.

    But I am also spoiled from traveling so often to Latam.
     
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    You forgot to mention they are so cheap that they measure food quality by quantity.
     
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    papa gino's
     
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    IMO most of that (especially DD) is about convenience not quality. There's also a difference between "coffee as a ritual administration route for caffeine"
    vs "actually liking how the coffee tastes". Although Starbucks is probably a better indicator of what you're talking about, people paying more for a premium
    product (or what they think is premium) but not really having any idea. A lot of us getting coffee from cumbys or dunks or some other gas station module thing, I'm not under some kind of a delusion that it's some kind of industry leading product. It's palatable and does the trick, but meh beyond that.

    And in MA, of course they yell at you, because 75% of them have never been outside of new england. [rofl] The townie-retardation in this
    state with that stuff is absolutely insane. The average MA townie if you told them you drove to PA and back they would act like you were talking about the last
    trip you took to Mars or something. [rofl] that's how f***ed up it is. It's this weird f***o "domesticus" mentality I've never been able to wrap my head
    around.

    -Mike
     
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    I know...the crap level of pizza i am forced to eat around here is so sad.
     
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    For steak, I love Abe & Louies.

    In the North End, my go to has always been Artu on Prince St. We would then always walk past the line at Mike's, and go to Cafe Vittoria. Love that place, the feel of the place is half of why I like it so much.

    yeah, but you cant get a HOT slice there!
     
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    Is that the one the owner yells at every customer?
     
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    cape cod cafe frozen pizza
     
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    Went there once. Ventilation sucks, no beer on taps, cutting fee, expensive humidor if you don’t bring your own.. suckaroo... Mike’s in Worcester is far better.
     
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    Giacomos is one of my favorites, especially for a good pregame meal before the celtics or bruins.
     

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