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Friday, March 29, 2013
The Ongoing Debate About Seaport District Restaurants

photo of The Whiskey Priest in the Seaport District of Boston, MAIt seems like the restaurant scene in Boston's Seaport District has been a hot topic among folks of late, with restaurant owners and diners alike talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to this hotspot just east of the downtown area. A Boston Business Journal article this week includes L'Espalier owner Frank McClelland saying that "The Seaport has sucked the wind out of the city" and "Everyone on the street in Boston is hurting to fill seats because too many seats have been built," while posters on a new Chowhound thread have stated that it is "too slick, soulless and intended for people passing through but not anyone who lives nearby" and "Something about the Disneyworldish vibe of Seaport Blvd. sort of repels me" with supporters saying "I could give a hoot if they're chains" and "I like being near the water and the easy and often free parking." (Food writers have also joined the debate, with MC Slim JB stating that "The Seaport is clearly giving a lot of customers what they want; it's mostly just not what I want." and BostonZest saying "I don't think the Seaport is hurting the restaurants I care most about.")

As BostonZest mentions, it is interesting to see that the Seaport District and the adjacent Fort Point area are shaping up to be two very different places for dining out, as Fort Point seems to be attracting a combination of independent eateries as well as dining spots owned by celebrity chefs. There are exceptions, of course (Sam's in the Seaport area, for instance), but for the most part, it appears that the two neighborhoods will appeal to very different crowds once all is said and done.

What's your view on the dining scene at the Seaport District? Is it good or bad for the city, or doesn't it really affect Boston much either way? Let us know in the "comments" section here, thanks!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A Few Ice Cream Places to Check Out

photo of moose tracks ice cream from Heritage Farm, Lowell, MAFinally it feels like the endless winter is starting to give way to spring (which is good because it's technically spring now), which means--as mentioned in a previous blog entry--outdoor dining will soon be here once again. And it also means that ice cream stands are getting ready to open for the season, if they haven't so already. The Boston area and the rest of Eastern Massachusetts have too many ice cream places to count, including a number of chain shops, some of which are excellent (J.P. Licks, for example). But in keeping in the spirit with the site, I've created a very random list of places worth going to that are mostly independent spots--and some of which are not very well-known. So without further adieu, the list:

-- Bedford Farms (18 North Road, Bedford, MA, 01730)
-- Bubbling Brook (1652 High Street, Westwood, MA, 02090)
-- Captain Dusty's (642 Hale Street, Beverly, MA, 01915)
-- Christina's (1255 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139)
-- Crescent Ridge Dairy (355 Bay Road, Sharon, MA, 02067)
-- Dairy Barn (892 North Main Street, Randolph, MA, 02368)
-- Dairy Dome (474 Main Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180)
-- Dairy Joy (331 North Avenue, Weston, MA, 02493)
-- Erikson's (12 Great Road, Maynard, MA, 01754)
-- Heidi's Hollow (165 Liberty Street, Hanson, MA, 02341)
-- Heritage Farm (163 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA, 01854)
-- The Ice Creamsmith (2295 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124)
-- Johnson's Drive-In (164 Boston Road, Groton, MA, 01450)
-- Kimball Farm (343 Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA, 01741)
-- Louie's (193 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02145)
-- Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe (14 Park Street, Natick, MA, 01760)
-- Soc's (67 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, MA, 01906)

What are your favorite places to go to in Eastern MA for ice cream? Let us know in the "comments" section here, thanks!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time to Get Ready for Outdoor Dining

photo of KO Pies at the Shipyard, East BostonYou'd never know it today, but spring actually begins tomorrow, and soon the weather will turn nice (hopefully) and for those who love to dine out, restaurants in the Boston area and elsewhere will be setting up their outdoor dining areas once again. Last year, a couple of outdoor dining-related posts went up on the site, including a blog entry on eateries featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants that have al fresco dining and a slideshow that also showed places where people can sit outside and enjoy a meal. These two links can be found below, though keep in mind that two restaurants shown are no longer in business--Zaleks in Wakefield and The Studio in Gloucester (though there have been rumblings that The Studio could reopen at some point).

A Sampling of Outdoor Dining Options in the Boston Area

Slideshow: Ten Outdoor Dining Areas In or Near the Boston Area

In addition, a few other spots that we reviewed over the past year also have outdoor dining, including the following three:

Ashmont Grill, Dorchester
Johnson's Drive-In, Groton
KO Pies at the Shipyard, East Boston

Remember, few--if any--of these restaurants will be having their outdoor dining areas ready for awhile, though if the weather ever starts to get better, you may want to check with some of them, as you never know...

Monday, March 4, 2013
Twelve Breakfast Dishes/Items from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Beyond

photo of caramel pecan waffle from Bintliff's, Ogunquit, MEWe have posted a good number of photo slideshows onto the site over the past couple of years, but one slideshow that hadn't been posted yet was a section on breakfast dishes and items. That changes this month, as we have just posted a slideshow that shows a variety of foods to start the day, including from a number of Boston-area eateries as well as a couple elsewhere in New England (and one spot--McKenna's Cafe in Dorchester--actually shows up twice). There were many more pictures that had to be cut from the slideshow, so expect another one that focuses on breakfast at some point in the future.

And now...on to the breakfast slideshow.

Slideshow for Breakfast Dishes/Items in the Boston Area and Beyond

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