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Durgin-Park Is Closing Next Week, After Nearly 200 Years

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by jason19711971, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. drgrant

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    wtf is "classic new england food" ? other than clam chowder, we really don't have much regional stuff. Also most of the places that offer boiled whatever will usually cook it a few other ways, too.

    Last time I was at durgin a year ago the place was jammed. IMO if they close it it's just because maybe it underperforms compared to their other restaurants....
     
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  2. SpaceCritter

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    The aforementioned New England Boiled Dinner/Yankee Pot Roast
    Pot Pie
    Roast Turkey
    Shepherd's Pie
    Stuffed Sole
    Broiled Scallops
    Boiled Lobster
    and yes, a lot of these are hand-me-downs (modified to varying degrees) from the Old Country.

    Oh, and
    Oyster Stew
    Apple Pie
    Baked Beans
    Brown Bread
    Indian Pudding
     
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  3. Lip

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    The citco sign is appropriate for Boston. A sign of a failed socialist state..Venezuela.
     
  4. M60

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    Uhm, Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Can't get more New England than that. We are responsible for more turkey deaths annually than any other place on earth.
     
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    Mmmm....Indian Pudding...

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  6. rebut

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    As much as I agree with your statement, and I do so wholeheartedly, I see the Citgo sign as an iconic landmark none the less. NYC investors should not be effing with it.
     
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    Went there maybe 5 times. Nothing special but where can you eat where your great grandfather used to go? I brought my son just to keep the family history. Very few special places left.
     
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    I remember seeing lots of rats late night at Fanuel hall
     
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    Is one of these a large brick building, with an open (loud) dining area, with a buzz that makes you think it's going to be great, but it is just OK clam chowder?

    Is that the one right near a bridge/overpass/underpass? Not too far from "The Squire"? Had a sub called "Steak Bomb"? How about Caruso's Pizza in Melrose, with their awesome "Zaza" pizza?
     
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    Its large and open. Don't know about the food though, I worked there a couple times for IT stuff
     
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    Anyone else remember the old 'White Fuel' sign across the street?
    It was way more attention getting then the 'Citgo' sign because of the
    way erupted (best description I can think of at the moment).



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    What do politicians have to do with Durgin Park? [pot]
     
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  13. Lip

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    There a popeyes chicken there now I believe.
     
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    Since when was Durgin Park a rude themed restaraunt?

    My grandfather brought me there when I was a kid, he did it because his father brought him there at the same age, his father did it because his father was brought there.

    While not my favorite restaraunt Durgin holds a special place in my heart, if I worked in the area I would probibly eat there frequently. I hope someone buys it out and gives it that old diner feel I remember.
     
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    Is that still there?
    I like Popeye's.
    Too bad it never really quite caught on in this area.

    In the picture right at the intersection, where the sign is missing from the front of the building used to be a
    HoJo's
     
  16. Arto

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    There's still the Public House out in Sturbridge.... you can stop there for your Indian Pudding on your way home from the Big MOE each September ;)
     
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    There's one in brockton, everett, lynn.
     
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    I think someone confused it with Dick’s Last Resort.
     
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    Can also pick it up at the wayside inn in Sudbury. That shit's delicious.
     
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    Oh man...that is interesting. Which 911 TV are we talking about? Ramsey? I know he did a show down on the cape a few years back.
     
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    I don't even remember now - it might have been his. It was a few years back.
     
  22. Dennis in MA

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    Never been. Never been to most of the old-school establishments mentioned here. Best I can do is a couple of times in my life at Pier 4 and a few times at Jimmy's. I liked Jimmy's better.

    As far as chains taking over, I'd completely disagree. There was a time when I'd look forward to going to Applebee's. That was 15 years ago. Ditto for Longhorn and even Olive Garden used to have decent food 20 years ago. Today??? They are getting their asses handed to them by small quality-driven establishments. From "dive bars" to higher end, there is NO comparison at a chain restaurant anymore. The model sucks. You have a corporate type with little mgmt experience running the show for menial $. They just don't have the love that a real owner will bring.

    More people eat out more than they ever have in the history of America. But it isn't at chains.

    The only exception, and it's an *, is 99. They are more a regional than a national chain. But they get the whole quality model and the managers have a sense of ownership or pride in their restaurants.
     
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  23. Dennis in MA

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    If you find your "local" regional Irish Dance Feis, you can eat your fill of Flake. My wife used to buy it by the box. LOL. I think you could get it on Amazon at one point as well. Definitely a different item. Basically Cadbury milk chocolate. So just buy a bar. ;)
     
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    Yes that's Santoro's...The Steak Bomb was one of their best sandwiches but they had several great ones. Highland Café in Malden was the place to go for pizza in the area. Unfortunately it's gone too. I was in town for a wedding in '08 and stopped in for a garlic, onions, mushrooms and "hamburger" (ground beef) pizza...awesome. They closed down a few months later.
     
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    If that company and sign was around now it would be labeled a Hate Group
     
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    Good Tip! I have always avoided the local Irish Festival because I figured it was just bubbling over with drunks ( I am predominantly Irish btw) . But now it will be a good excuse to go. My oldest daughter did a European vacation last year and I dropped her off and picked up at Logan. When she got home, she handed me two Flake bars ( pronounced Flak -ee) and told me, "I actually got three but ate one on the flight home." I looked right at her and said " You bitch! Go back and get me another."
    I know that they are just Cadbury chocolate, but the thin layers make them so good. I really don't eat chocolate but will make an exception, if it is exceptional. And I despise Hershey chocolate. The way I look at it is, if you are going to indulge, at least make it high quality.
     
  27. Dennis in MA

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    Not a festival. Irish Step competition. It's a bit annoying, listening to Fa FIDDLY-DEE Da FIDDLY FEE, da-DIDDLY-FEE. . . . yada yada yada.

    My daughter did competitive Irish step for 7-8 years. Worse on your feet than ballet. Same toe stuff but instead of prancing delicately, you are SLAMMING your feet on the floor.

    And I checked - you can Amazon it.

    And in London, they had about 8 (each) of the icecream-Flake treats from teh street vendors. LOL. That was 4 years ago when the 3 girls went.

    If I had some spares (I think they ate the last of them in the Summer), I'd send you a couple.
     
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    One on Rt. 28 in Salem, NH too.

    As far as Durgin Park is concerned, I can't ever remember liking anything the couple of times I got dragged in there either.

    And Jacob Wirth closed? That SUCKS. Anyone remember Holly the bartender from the late '90s? I hope she moved on to greener pastures long before this tragedy happened.
     
  29. Dennis in MA

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    Popeye's rocks. But my youngest son's younger brother (Do a search - long story. LOL) works at KFC in Taunton/Raynham. I'm gonna have to cross the line and visit him at some point. But I'd prefer Popeye's all day long. Crispier. Moisterer. Meatier. THEY COOK THE DAMN STUFF ON TIME! (How many KFC visits do you get, "we're all out of _____". You are a chicken shack. Make chicken. Serve. Simple. Ditto for sides. I mean, DAMN!)
     
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    How old ARE you?

    It was long established by the 80's. No idea when it started. Or why.
     

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