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Published: Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:04:52 GMT


Boston Food Porn 2018

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:55:24 GMT

Mezze assortment from Anoush'ella: Saj Kitchen in the South End, the first fast-casual restaurant I've ever liked enough to review professionally: Consistently delicious and a great value for the neighborhood. (I'm grateful that The Improper occasionally lets me cover places below the fine-dining level. They grok that you're missing the profound depths and joys of our scene if you only eat at fancier places.) Clockwise from top left: taboulleh (lighter on bulgur than most, which I liked), red lentil kofta (cool and mild), brown lentil rice with the truly lovely labne that is featured in a lot of dishes here (the lone imported ingredient here, from Lebanon) and topped with awesomely fierce fried onions (their only fried ingredient), superb long-braised beef chuck topped with a cilantro-heavy zouk and a mango sauce, za'atar fries (the sole dish at this place that didn't move me, kinda dull), and a terrific baba ganoush. Not shown, the included pile of m'anoush, the floppy pita-like flatbread that is cooked on the namesake saj, a domed, gas-fired grill. That bread encases the many brilliant sweet or savory wrap sandwiches here. The "egg roll", which is not remotely American-Chinese, just includes a layer of omelet, was my favorite, but they're all full of distinct flavors that hit you differently with each bite. I'd also recommend the beef/lamb kofte one with mint, pomegranate, sumac onion, parsley, tahini and zouk: wicked. Really glad to have this place close to home.

Grateful for the Grateful Deli

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:37:54 GMT

Took the family for lunch at the Grateful Deli & Bagel in Westbrook, and all were very satisfied with their meal. The Magnolia Wrap and loaded Grilled Cheese went over well, and noting that they had several types of Mac & Cheese available, I pigged out on the M&C daily special. A group of ladies at a nearby table looked to be very happy with their large salads. DW made it clear that we would be returning soon. They evidently specialize in bagels, having a large variety on display and several breakfast bagel offerings on the menu (they are on the web and facebook). They open from 6am to 5pm, and are easily found on Rt. 1 across from Lenny & Joes.

Suggestions in Everett/Chelsea MA area for food crawl?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:46:01 GMT

Ehhh, the dangers of an animal-fat-laden diet are overstated. [Punches chest to restart circulation.]

Moody's expansion (Waltham, MA)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:23:32 GMT

I adore the Waltham original, have given it many professional raves and awards over the years (like this one from last summer's Boston's Best issue of The Improper, which I wrote up:, still get there once a month or so. I make a point of keeping a few of their sausages in my larder and freezer at all times. My mom loves it, too, always takes half her sandwich and an extra bag of truffle potato chips home for the next day. (I also like the Backroom a lot, had a great meal there with a crowd a couple of months ago. My 2015 review for The Improper: My excitement about the Back Bay outpost is tempered by their schedule. I'm out of the city for most of the time they're open: no evening or weekend hours. Will keep swinging by Waltham, and when I can't get there, relying on the limited selections at retail outlets like South End Formaggio and the DTX Gordon's. Always nice to find their products at restaurants around town, too, like the Brewer's Fork.

recipe request: portuguese style marinated "blade meat"

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:23:15 GMT

You can buy Marinated Blade Meat at Castros , County Square Attleboro,Ma

Tim Maslow's "Whaling in Oklahoma" (South End, Boston MA)

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:08:04 GMT

I'll wager that that's a "working title", and that money-man Lesser will insist on something a little less, um, abstruse.

Fingerling Steak Sandwich

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:49:55 GMT

Do you have a recipe for the fingerling?

Ships Restaurant Westport, CT (back in the day)....

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:32:23 GMT

This post is all about some seriously fun it! Westport was a very colorful town, not just including the hot pink Remarkable Book Shop at the top of Main Street. I totally remember Big Top...the original great burger. (Makes me sad that it's a McD's now) Yes, Ice Cream Parlor with the clothes/head shop downstairs (bought my landlubbers there), the Player's Tavern. OMG! Mark's Place...c'mon...what a hoot! Ships was among the greats, with all the usual characters. I could name a bunch more, but, unless you were there, it would just bore you. I miss a lot of those places. Downtown really lost all it's charm and became a street-mall. I'll leave it at that.

NNewport RI - Feb 7-10: looking for upscale restaurants with healthier options

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 02:28:05 GMT

Our experience at Black Pearl in winter was horrible. We tried a second time and a bit better, but we will never go back. Maybe better in summer. What is a Newport restaurant, in your opinion? Beyond being located in Newport, which is not a great restaurant town, in my opinion.

Boston Food Porn 2017

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 21:06:09 GMT

We went to brunch at Pagu today, Sat. Yes, I know this is the 2017 thread, but we did not take photos and I'm following up on 2017 posts. Our first time after I had wanted to go for a long time. We sat at the bar, right when they opened at 11;30, had only two dishes. The tortilla with the tomato salsa concentrate and really excellent goat cheese (wow for the goat cheese) was outstanding. Nice individual round tortilla, potato-heavy, well-worthy of the $15 price. The tomato concentrate was very favorful and intense, I wondered it it had some piquillo peppers in it but I think not. Also had the oyster squid ink bao, which was as amazing as we had thought it would be. The different colors, the different textures, the combination so good. I did sneak a bit of the fried oyster without the other flavors, and it was so good I almost wanted to order two fried oysters to sit aside the crunchy red cabbage, the black bao that tasted so much of essence of squid, and the excellent garlic aioli. The combo including the oysters is revelatory, but I missed a bit of the oyster with all the other strong flavors. I said to the server, I bet these are two dishes you will never take off the menu, and she said, no, we won't, and also the ramen. I had a sangria though it was very cold outside (red, how can there be any other kind, given the meaning of the word sangria, from the Spanish word for blood) that was delicious. The really good red wine came through big time, obviously they are not using leftover red wine well past its time. The aesthetics with the deep blue walls and Japanese prints are really delightful. The Spanish/Japanese fusion goes far beyond what people usually call fusion, it's the best of both. We will be back. Thanks, Slim, for continuing to talk up Pagu. It's so worthy of all the accolades. Parking even on a cold Sat. morning was a bit challenging, but we persevered.

Providence Dining

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:11:19 GMT

Thanks so much!

West/Fair: What kind of culinary would you like to see more of in 2018?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:16:28 GMT

Thanks for the tip, decayny. Will check it out. By the way, your premise about 'secret kitchens' in the area would make for a good opening subject, if you would like to author it...

Cafe G at Isabella Stuart Garner Museum (Boston MA)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:51:43 GMT

Few museums have much in the way of fine dining (NYC's Museum of Modern Art's fantastic "Bar Room at the Modern" and the Michelin-starred "The Modern", being a notable exception). But as museum food goes, the charming Cafe G is actually very good. I would even recommend it for a romantic lunch before or after visiting one of my favorite, quirky museums in the world. Good food, good wine, good service, in a pleasant, not too loud setting with an open atmosphere through floor-to-ceiling windows. Discounted parking at the Simons School of Management garage a couple of blocks away. Note, the previous Chef has apparently left and returned to Russia, so his Sous Chef has now been promoted. The only challenge is getting a seat. We arrived exactly when they opened at 11:15AM on a Saturday, but by 12N they were packed. You can call in advance for a reservation, or put your name down and they will give you a buzzer that rings when your table is ready. Located just down the hall from the main entrance in the new Gardner wing (used to be in a different location). You can order a la carte, or a 3 course Pre Fixe is $35 and currently includes: WINTER CITRUS & FENNEL SALAD: Goat cheese, sumac, walnut ROASTED LOCAL SWORDFISH: Romanesco, capers, truffle butter FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE: Cranberry, vanilla bean ice cream

Menton in financial trouble? (Boston Globe)

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:31:30 GMT


Galleria Umberto wins a James Beard "America's Classics" Award (Boston MA)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:31:09 GMT

"Galleria Umberto, Boston: A decades-old stalwart from the North End, Galleria Umberto is known for its Sicilian-style pizza."

WTF Happened at Glenwood (Hamden, CT)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:12:02 GMT

Update: They claim the old fries were "discontinued" whatever that means. Denmo's, Scotties, Captain Seas, Harry's all have a similar (if not the same) french fry. Total bs story

The Smoke Shop (Seaport, Boston MA)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:33:18 GMT

The online menu is wrong. Current menu as example has Banded Horn Daijaiku for $10/16oz, JA House for $8/16oz and rotating Trillium at $11/12oz. Those are above market rates.

Restaurant recommendation for mom's b-day

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:22:50 GMT

Hi, I'm looking for an excellent restaurant to take my mom for her b-day. We have been trying places in Providence for years to eat at and each year she has not been happy. So what else is out there? She enjoyed Red Stripe 2 or 3 years ago. Last year we went to Los Andes and she didn't like that for subpar produce quality. We also went to Kartabar one time and that was not good. We have gone to Spain in Cranston as well and that was just OK, I remember the food was so salty that it was impossible to eat. Is it still the same places that are recommended such as Gracie's, Cafe Nuovo etc. I feel the same places get recomended all the time. I came across Rosmarin restaurant and it looked great on their website but almost no reviews, but the ones I found have been very good. I also don't mind venturing out of Providence. Thanks for any recommendations!

Gina's by the Sea - E. Dennis

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:27:53 GMT

I know this post is really old now but I came across while doing a google search for old Joe Mac's photos. Reading this I'm also fondly reminded of Rose's and Gina's as well. I lived on Louis Ave and my mom worked at Rose's restaurant. I remember Thelma's gift shop with the penny candy across the street from it as well. Any chance anyone has photo's of any of these places?

Momi Nonmi (Inman Square, Cambridge MA)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:18:09 GMT

A bit pricier, but Pabu in DTX has a pretty good sake program, too: deeper list, very talented sake somm.