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Boston Restaurant Blog -- April, 2013

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April, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Where to Get Specific Food Items

photo of hot and sour ramen from Sapporo Ramen, Cambridge, MAEvery now and then, folks send me notes asking where they can get good versions of specific food items such as pho, steak tips, and corned beef hash. And while you might get 10 different answers from 10 different people about the above foods or, say, chicken wings or hot dogs, the list below focuses on some of the better places in the Boston area (and a bit beyond) to get a few such items, and most of these also happen to be lesser-known spots, so you probably won't have to deal with huge crowds.

Flat Patties, Cambridge

Chicken Wings:
Wendell's, Norton

Corned Beef Hash:
Toast, Hull

Corned Beef Sandwiches:
Barry's Village Deli, Waban

Fish and Chips:
The Druid, Cambridge

French Fries/Frites:
Gaslight, Boston

Fried Chicken:
Johnson's Drive-In, Groton

Fried Clams:
Tony's Clam Shop, Quincy

Angela's Cafe, East Boston

Hot Dogs:
Simco's, Mattapan

Jeveli's Restaurant, East Boston

Macaroni and Cheese:
Winthrop Arms, Winthrop

Onion Rings:
Dudley Chateau, Wayland

Pad Thai:
Dok Bua, Brookline

Pho So 1, Randolph

Picco, Boston

Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham

Sapporo Ramen, Cambridge

Pasta Market Cafe, Malden

Ribs (Baby Back):
Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk

Roast Beef Sandwiches:
John's Roast Beef and Seafood, Lynn

Steak Tips:
Salem Wood Cafe, Malden

Toraya, Arlington

There are obviously some categories not covered above, but these are the ones that tend to get asked about more than others. If you have any favorites from any of the categories above (or those not covered here), please let us know in the comments section here, thanks!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
A Reminder About the Boston Restaurant Talk Blog

Many of you already know that the Boston's Hidden Restaurants website also has a sister site called Boston Restaurant Talk. And that blog is quite a bit different from this blog (which is part of Boston's Hidden Restaurants). While this one mostly includes reviews of restaurants and updates about the site, Boston Restaurant Talk is purely a news blog that looks into the city's restaurant scene, including openings, closings, upcoming events, and so on.

If you haven't yet checked out Boston Restaurant Talk, a link to the blog can be found below:

Thanks again for your support of this site as well as the Boston Restaurant Talk blog!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
A Tip of the Hat to Boston-Area Restaurants

It has been said many times that tragedy brings out the best in people, and this week's attack in Boston--and subsequent banding together of people to help in a variety of ways--certainly proves this once again. The restaurant industry is often seen as one that spends a lot of time helping others via such ways as charity events and competitions, and so many dining spots in and around the city stepped up to the plate this week to help out, with customers joining in on the countless acts of kindness. Some examples:

-- A huge number of restaurants helped raise nearly $100,000 for the Greg Hill Foundation, mainly by donating a portion of their sales earlier this week.

-- Flour Bakery + Cafe has been bringing sandwiches and cookies to hospitals and EMT workers each day.

-- Last night, Miracle of Science donated all of their tips to One Fund Boston.

-- El Pelon Taqueria offered to take in displaced restaurant workers for a week or two if needed.

-- On Monday night, Bondir donated 100% of its proceeds to a relief fund.

-- A guest at Harvest left $100 for the Greg Hill Foundation.

-- The staff at Deuxave handed out food, water, and blankets to runners after the explosions.

-- The Sweet Tomatoes Truck gave out free pizza slices to law enforcement and first responders yesterday.

-- The Roxy's Grilled Cheese food truck has been offering free lunches to first responders.

-- Mass. Ave. Tavern took 50% off food prices for all marathon participants and gave free food to emergency personnel.

-- Kings Back Bay is offering free bowling and pizzas for all first responders, police and firefighters today.

-- At the Middlesex Lounge last night, 100% of the door went to One Fund Boston.

-- Legal Sea Foods gave out free water and all-you-can-eat clam chowder to emergency personnel and authorities at Park Square.

There are so many other similar stories out there over the past few days, but these are just a sampling of some of them. If you would like to add comments about restaurants (and/or customers) helping out, please post them here, thanks.

(The above information comes mainly from our Boston-Area Restaurants Twitter List as well as from Grub Street Boston and Eater Boston.)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Twelve Pasta Dishes from Restaurants in the Boston Area and Beyond

photo of capellini amatriciana with guanciale from Allora Ristorante, Marlborough, MALast month's photo slideshow featured a topic that had not been covered yet--breakfast dishes--and this month also features a new slideshow topic, with this one focusing on all kinds of pasta dishes. Among the twelve that you'll find here are familiar items such as lasagna and baked ziti, along with some less common dishes that include ingredients you might not find at every Italian eatery. And while macaroni and cheese is indeed a pasta dish, it hasn't been included here because there has already been a slideshow that focused only on that item.

And now, on to the pasta slideshow. Note that most are from restaurants in the Boston area, though a couple at the end are found elsewhere in New England.

Slideshow for Pasta Dishes in the Boston Area and Beyond

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