Each week we ask our readers (via social media) what restaurants they have been to recently, with some of these posts being shown here. The ones below are from July to August of 2016. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)
Posts from August 30, 2016:
Olivadi in Norwood. Excellent dinner and cocktails in a lovely atmosphere. I've had similar meals, but not nearly as good, in much pricier restaurants in much trendier locales. Highly recommend!
I just remembered: Jakes in Hull. Hands down, the best key lime pie I've ever had. Marc: Do you know anyone who can pry the recipe from the owner's wife? Get it and I'll make you a pie!
Summer Shack. I generally like it, but for some reason the chowder had no flavor.
Barking Crab: Pre-concert Fish sandwiches and fried clams. Clams had too much batter and were soggy from oil. Fish sandwich was okay.
Prezza: Pretty good. Yelp rating of 4.5 is excessive. It's good. Say 3.75.
Cafeteria on Newbury St.: Eh.
Red Lantern with a group of friends! Scallion pancakes, and lobster rangoon didn't disappoint and neither did the Mongolian beef! Didn't love the short ribs with broccoli, but overall, a great meal and great service. YUMMY!
Blue Dragon for the first time and oh boy, was it delicious.
I went to Martha's Exchange tonight in Nashua. What a gorgeous restaurant! And the beer was pretty decent as well
Kristen H. F.
Lucca in the North End. The food and service was terrible.
El Potro In Union Square Somerville. Delicious guacamole and shrimp enchiladas!
Cream+ in Abington, the new title holder of "My Favorite Breakfast Joint" on the South Shore. Farm to table Breakfast!
Hull's Kitchen on Nantasket Beach.. Dining on Soft Tacos and Cold Beer while people watching at sunset on a deck!!
Sweet Cafe on Great Plain Ave in Needham Center. Brioche French Toast and a cappuccino? No really, I shouldn't!!
Bravo Pizzeria in Quincy.. When you feel like a slice of Sicilian pizza and Galleria Umberto is just a bridge to far.
Polcari's Bridgwaye Inn Marshfield/Humarock Beach never disappoints. Baked stuff sole with lobster sauce and fried scallops like you wish for. Crazy reasonable prices
Stella's So End last night 1st time. Not a fan of location - outside seating under fire escapes and my guest was pooped on. Only after did they use the canopy to avoid further droppings. Service good not great. Food excellent amazing mushroom risotto with a sirloin. Great pasta and a seafood risotto too.
Lord Hobo in Cambridge for Saturday brunch.... Good beer/ food / music
Had the Guinness Burger at Charlie's in Harvard Square. A lot better than I was expected from it's dive reputation.
Heather W. G.
Finally made it to Hojoko. Loved the burger! Can't wait to go back to try more
Lindsays in Wareham. Great Lobster Mac and Key lime pie.
Charm Thai Bistro in Wakefield.
Mary Anne L.
Sabatino's Wakefield, Capital Grille, Burlington
Sandie B. S.
Yans China Bistro in Swampscott where I reside. Great Sriracha chicken and veggies over brown rice! Pineapple squares for dessert! This is a family owned business. Adore the people that work there.
My quarterly visit to Moodys Backroom for bacon and egg pasta. A surprisingly great brunch at Capo in Southie. The cacio de Pepe scrambled eggs (fontina and black pepper) were simple but incredibly flavorful.
Just came from Orinoco Kitchen in the South End. Tasty and plenty of veggie options but I felt like I could get the same food for 1/2 the price in Chelsea or East Boston, tbh
Went to a few in Chicago last weekend and just arrived in Seattle for this weekend!
Posts from August 22, 2016:
Myers and Chang, fabulous as always!
Doreen I. V.
I just had the most garlickly delicious orrichiette at Osteria Posto in Waltham. It usually comes with shrimp but I asked if the chef could throw in veg instead and it came with beautifully prepared broccoli rabe. They also have a Greek salad with salmon that is off the charts.
Eastern Standard - the Mussels Provencale drenched in a super garlicky white wine broth were soooo damn good. Also enjoyed the sushi and cocktails at Oye in Reading.
Sabatino's in Arlington. Whichever employee was sabotaging their food a while ago appears to be gone. Had a very good ricotta and prosciutto calzone last night.
Haley Henry. Dangerously close to my office. So good. Is tinned fish trendy now?
Aside from Shojo and Tenoch, I'm on vacation so I've got a whole bunch of non-Boston area stuff to list. This will be pretty useless for the purposes of the group. Had BLT and Salami & Capicola sandwiches and Broccoli & Cheddar soup at King Arthur Flour Bakery & Cafe in VT. So good. Had maple glazed and maple bacon donuts at the Cider Bellies Doughnuts truck at the Hooksett Welcome Center in NH, which were great. In fact, that whole rest area was yuugge! They had a diner, a general store, a liquor store, and a coffee place that sells all kinds of quick food. Had the fantastic steamed cheeseburgers I expect at Ted's Restaurant in CT. Had my first pizza at Modern Apizza as I'd heard they are a great alternative to Frank Pepe and Sally's in New Haven. While I've only visited each once, Modern has emerged as my favorite.
This week: Mac's Shack in Wellfleet twice - amazing as always; Blackfish in Truro - really great, and they let you bring in wine ($15 corkage/bottle); lobster rolls at The Friendly Fisherman in N. Eastham - my favorite.
Sandie B. S.
Temazcal in Lynnfield. I have to say I was very disappointed in the service. Last two times the service was excellent but I don't know what was wrong with the bartender. (always sit at the bar). She either was tired or hungover but she was not with it. They messed up my salad and forgot to bring the second batch of chips and salsa that we requested until I reminded her. Plus $10 for 5 ounces of wine!!!! C'mon!
For that reason that is why I stick with my favorites, Uno's and 99! They know what you like plus they are not stingy or deadpan!
Chickpea fritters at Tres Gatos. Nuff said.
New 110 Grill in Wayland. Food is decent. Burger very good but not of Dudley Chateau quality. Still working out service bugs. Great patio with fireplace. Impossible to believe it used to be JJ's.
Picked up a stuffed clam and the fried fisherman's platter (clams, shrimp, scallops and fish - oh my!) from Courthouse Seafood. So tasty! and they let me have a baked potato instead of fries. Super nice people.
Posts from August 17, 2016:
So not terribly local but definitely hidden. I had the best lobster roll in recent memory at the food truck outside of the light house on Block Island. Pricy but damn near perfect.
Dosa Factory in Central Square. Those orange booths are hysterical. The daily special dosa was garlic lamb and it was tasty in the extreme.
Back from spending time in Truro. Hit up all our favorite Truro and P-town restaurants. These are not to be missed, and are even worthy of a special trip: Blackfish in Truro (tuna Bolognese, mussels, pan seared sole and roasted beets are favorites). In P-town. Victors (small plates-we went 10 for 10), Red Inn (excellent food in a beautiful setting on the water), Ross's Grille (ditto), Joon Bar and The Mews. Also had an excellent lobster roll for lunch on the rooftop deck at Pearl in Wellfleet Harbor, although dinner there was nothing to write home about. And a new place in N.Truro, Captains Choice, for a casual all outdoors dinner. I treat myself to a fried fisherman's platter 1x per year, the Captains Platter was simply the best I've had anywhere. Ditto all around for our group of 4 with everything we ordered. The online menu shows mostly all fried fish, but they will prepare everything however you want, and there are nightly dinner specials. Also in N. Truro, excellent individual pour over George Howell coffee at the chocolate shop.
Sandie B. S.
Papagayos for lunch on Sunday. Chicken Tinga salad is delish! Then apres shopping cocktail at Back Deck! Love the atmosphere!
Paul & Elizabeths - Northampton MA
Billy's Roast Beef in Wakefield for a junior beef and order of fried shrimp. Still fantastic after all these years.
Village Cafe in Newton. Definitely kinda hidden. Great homemade diner food.
Ann M. S.
S&S in Inman Sq. Great brunch. Highly underrated.
Posts from August 8, 2016:
Summer House on Nantucket for a treat!
As I commented in the beer thread, we went to Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton. They feature their own beers, though this time I opted for an excellent blood orange Margarita. They have good pub fare, on the creative side (but not weird-creative). Many dishes feature locally grown/produced ingredients. My lobster grilled cheese was on sourdough bread from Nashoba Bakery (which is perilously close to our house).
I finally got over to New Deal in Revere which is so close to where I live, the question is no longer when will I go but how often should I go without shortening my life drastically. I also checked out a little place called The Little Coffee Bean in Upton which I highly recommend for their breakfast. Almost everything is homemade including the English muffins on the breakfast sandwich I got. They also had a huge selection of New England Coffee flavors, most of which I'd never seen before, like Strawberry Shortcake. Had dinner at Lobster Pot in Wareham. They are amazingly consistent. Had Cherrystones and the Baked Seafood Casserole.
Sycamore in Newton Centre. They are featuring a vegetarian board of zucchini gratin, crispy eggplant, grilled halloumi and corn pancakes. A real treat for this vegetarian. As always, service was top-notch. Redbird in Waltham where the standout was a salad of grilled peaches, arugula and goat cheese baked in a pistachio crust. Lastly, Myers and Chang - a birthday pick - for their charred udon noodles with tofu.
Donna P. P.
21st Amendment for fun supper after the movies tonight. I had 21st Burger and Sam Adams Summer Ale on tap and my friend had sirloin strips with a tower of mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and a guiness on tap. Plus mounds of fries and onion rings. YUM! Perfect for after-movie conversation.
The Glenville Stops in Allston. Nice place, odd location with crap parking. The food was tasty, some of the portions a bit small. Really enjoyed the charred octopus. Tiger Mama, which I hadn't yet tried. So freaking good. Everything we tasted was excellent. The Crispy Little Ribs were a fave, as were the Mantecore and Taiwan On cocktails.
Had my first visit to Hojoko tonight. Loved it!
As it happens, we did back-to-back sports bars (not our choice!) One was Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington on South Avenue. I can't think of a single good thing to say about it. Okay, the parking was painless. That was a good thing. Sunday was the Jake and Joe's in Waltham in the same development with Market Basket. With a group. Service was spectacular. Food and drinks were adequate. Also, there is an outdoor dining area. Would go to the Jake and Joe's again. Would avoid Buffalo Wild Wings unless I was kidnapped and forced to go there under duress.
Dawn C. A.
Took my parents to Mario's in Lexington for the first time. They loved it. Solid chicken parm and the house Chianti isn't bad.
I went to the Wink & Nod in the South End. For those who don't know, they rotate a new chef in there every 6 months. The chef now specializes in Greek cuisine. I went with my chef buddy (La Morra, Heritage at Sherborne Inn) so we got basically the whole menu sent out to us. Huge bonus going out to eat with Josh.
Anyway, I liked most everything I tried. In particular, the calamari was incredible.
My review doesn't matter now because the new chef started Aug. 1st. It's now an Indian menu.
Seaglass in Salisbury. Found the food underwhelming, but enjoyed the dirty martinis the bartender made as well as the live music and atmosphere. Martingale Wharf in Portsmouth. Packed on a Tuesday--sadly no room for us on the deck. I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere here but the service wasn't so great. Also, I was seated at a high top near the bar at the edge of what I guess was a high traffic area. By no means was I in the aisle, and I literally got smacked into on my shoulder by servers passing by me. Three times. No bueno.
And I forgot to mention Hagan's Grill in Hampton! The food was wonderful and the service spot-on. Loved everything about it. Cozy spot, varied menu, friendly service. Also, the Coffee Break Cafe in Hampton has the best breakfast sandwiches, hands down.
I forgot to mention I went to Ristorante Serena in Malden as well. I felt the food took forever but the food was so good, I forgot all about it. I got lasagna on National Lasagna Day.
Johnny's Luncheonette a REALLY good find breakfast and super casual supper. Stockyard once again, you can't go wrong there. Baked Scallops and lobster roll. Flexible staff/kitchen they agreed to straight up lobster in the roll no fancy mayonnaise
Ended up going to Solea and it was very nice. Really scrumptious lamb chops, a timbale of crab, mango, and avocado, meltingly delicious short rib, and lovely watermelon sangria. But Moody's will happen, I just have to make a reservation next time!
Farnham's on a perfect summer night. Clams were soooo tender.
Suzanne L. L.
I was up in VT for a couple days (yay!) and went to Big Fatty's BBQ in White River Junction, which was incredibly awesome in every way. Then took my camper girl to lunch at Cafe Provence in Brandon, which was also good. Topped off lunch with ice cream at Seward's Family Restaurant in Rutland. Back here at home, we hit Thai E-Sarn Cuisine in Arlington Heights, which was excellent. They were so nice and attentive too. The owner told us that they were going to change up their menu and add some new items, so, everyone should give it a try.
Sandie B. S.
Monte's for fried scallops! A great New England staple!
Posts from July 31, 2016:
Mary E. P.
The usual, Ebi Sushi. It is always good - fresh, delicious, inventive, and reasonable. Saw a yellowtail on the cutting board and asked for the collar - the resulting Hamachi Kama that appeared in front of us minutes later was extraordinary!
Andiamo in Chelmsford. Extremely happy. Service was outstanding. Food was prepared well. Prices are decent. Will be back
Deville Dinerbar (think French bar using an American diner as their theme) and Lola Rosa Cafe (amazing vegetarian), both in Montreal. The standout of the week though was Chef Brad's Crazy Side in Hartland VT. Because who doesn't love a food truck with an adjacent dining room made out of an old school bus? BYOB and fun, fresh food.
Southern Kin. Great food and extremely friendly folks. Extra added bonus: FREE parking at a garage around the corner. A winner all around!
Doreen I. V.
Los Andes in PVD. Amazing Peruvian and So. American food. Huge portions. Great value. Nice wine list and truly one of the best, most professional waitstaff in the city. Also a fun, party-like vibe with people dressed to the nines. We loved it.
Oysters at Union Oyster House with some out of state visitors/ Papaguyo/ Gather and Galway House
Heather W. G.
Little Donkey!! Amazing cocktails and great service. Standouts: Manti - Persian beef ravioli, Parker house rolls with Chinese sausage, BLT lettuce wraps with lamb bacon. Can't wait to go back...
Artu. First time in four years. Great pasta dishes. When I need a fix or when I have someone in town looking for a great late meal and it's open late.
Daily Catch. Waste of time.
Outstanding in every way. The food was incredibly inventive, well cooked and delicious. Service was excellent. Cocktails also really creative and well done.
Can't wait to go back!!!
Disclaimer: nowhere fancy! The Tides in Nahant has a great view and I enjoyed a fried zucchini appetizer there. Not a fan of the food at the Brickyard in Woburn but love their Wednesday night outdoor Summer Concert Series. Lastly, hadn't ordered from Liberty Bell in years, and I must say, the food from the Melrose one is great.
Real Gusto Medford. Yum!
Posts from July 22, 2016:
no. 9 park - steak tartar and fried oysters turned my day around - simply perfect - ask for ray (bar manager)
Went to Commune Kitchen in Arlington. It was soooooo gooooood! Poutine was great, with crispy fries, and we had the breakfast pizza, which was served with an actual runny and delicious egg! I look forward to trying their other items.
Just went to Tom's Bao Bao in Harvard Sq. Pork bun was super tasty. Sweet potato had a lot of orange going on, and is more on the dessert side of things.Very fast, friendly, and affordable, and the space is gorgeous. A little hard to get out when there's a line. Looking forward to going back and trying more.
The Cove in Charlestown, RI
Great Barbecue on Chinatown for some tasty char siu. This week, headed to Townsman for their Mid-Summer Party on Thursday and then Little Donkey on Friday!!
Heather W. G.
Pizza from Sillari's in Malden. YUM.
Ann M. S.
Went to Southern Kin at Assembly Row. The food and drinks were great, but a bit pricey. We got chicken and waffles which was a fantastic dish. We started with the pimento cheese fritters and ended with pie. Finally, Assemby Row has a great restaurant!
Mamalehs! Delicious!! 1/2 pastrami 1/2 corned beef lots of mustard- perfect bite.
I treated myself to a burrito at Boloco yesterday.
Tried the new location of Le's on the corner of Cambridge St. and 5th (near Lechmere). They're doing sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese... quite tasty and reasonably priced. Great addition to East Cambridge!
All winners: Naco Taco for the Cabeza Ahogada (Pig's Head) Torta. Felipe's Taqueria for the fish tacos. First meal at the new Gourmet China House, brought to you by the folks of Gourmet Dumpling House. Probably obvious to most of you but the light bulb went off that night on the similarity of the names.
Blackfish in Truro for the pan fried sole and cauliflower mash. We always go several times while on vacation. Excellent menu, consistently excellent food and service.
Finally made it out to Fred's Franks this year and scratched that schnurble itch.
Much better fried clams at Woodman's. Phew!
Little Donkey tonight. Intense and spectacular flavors.
Posts from July 17, 2016:
Pho Lihn, Quincy. Very good. Got the #52. Girl got the #21. Both seafood based soups. The renovated and changed the name (I think they changed the name). Anyway. Great service. Almost overboard but they were making a point. It was a good cheap meal. Complimentary iced tea in a tea pot.
Penny S. G.
Murph's in Norwood!
Square Cafe in Hingham . Pricey, upscale food with some Asian touches. Vegetarian 'spicy noodles' were delicious, but only mildly spicy. Tuna eaters were very happy. Great service.
Grassfed in JP for my current favorite veggie burger.
Ole in Inman Square. Superb, including some of the best table side guacamole I've eaten.
Pain D'Avignon and Spanky's in Hyannis. Mistralino in Provincetown
Suzanne L. L.
I had several meals at the MGH cafeteria. They did a really good job with the classic cafeteria sandwiches - grilled cheese and tomato, BLT and egg salad. Soups were also tasty. Very extensive salad bar as well. (seriously though - it wasn't bad. They had a lot of offerings and different stations. And the pizza smelled good)
Two much better meals this week were at The Bancroft in Burlington (steak was perfect, sides delicious, and nice cocktails); and Jumbo Seafood in Newton - one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. (and family members treated me to both, which made it even better!)
Enjoyed Mon Vert Cafe in Woostock. Tuckerbox in White River Junction was really good- an all day cafe with Turkish/Mediterranean accent. And, randomly, Beefside in Concord NH, where they actually had one of the better GF burger buns I've tasted.
Up in the White Mountains, I went to Pollys Pancake Parlor! Yummy!
It was near or in Franconia Notch!
Juniper in Wellesley . Wonderful charred octopus, fatouch salad, house made pita, and skordalia. Friendly staff, cozy atmosphere & great service!
Deuxave in Back Bay!
We had a delicious shellfish and cured meat platter from Townsman last night. Wonderful Duxbury oysters and jonas crab. Fantastic pork terrine and charcuterie too! The 'Poached Pullet Egg' with porkbelly, strawberries and macadamia nuts was also creative and yummy.
Naumkeag Ordinary in Salem. Zucchini and squash fritters with garlic aioli were yummy. My boyfriend got an obscenely large burger that he loved. My chicken BLT was very good and the fries there are pretty spectacular. Service was super.
Old favorite Stellina's. Love their summer pizza with figs, speck, etc. mmmm. The Barnacle in Mhd. Great lobster roll and some really fine onion rings. I love that they will give you a split order of ff and onion rings. Now that is heaven.
Posts from July 10, 2016:
WuBurger in Inman. Very solid burger.
Penny S. G.
Horse N' Carriage Restaurant - never had a bad meal, ever!
Tango in Arlington...grilled sweetbreads were delicious appetizer as was grilled avacado with melted cheese...entree of stuffed peppers with pulled chicken and rice was satisfying and tasty.
Cabo's in Southie, great fun place
Dawn C. A.
Eastern Standard. Consistently excellent.
We were down the Cape and went to Kream N Cone in Dennis for tasty fried seafood. Then we went to El Mariachi Loco in Hyannis which was an amazing hole in the wall Mexican place. Even my husband who is a native Californian and particular about his Mexican food loved it.
Gustazo, in Waltham Center for great Cuban food.
We had a great dinner at Coppa last Tuesday (our first time!) and a delicious summer salad (watermelon, corn, friend goat cheese) and Italian pizza at Stoked in Brookline last night.
I continue to go through the menu at Tony's. I've decided it is better than the Clam Box. Clams are always perfect. Lobster roll is good. I thought the shish kebab was good but not great as everyone says. It's a good meal. Not great. Their clams are great.
Just went to Moody's delicatessen for the first time and OH MY GOD the food and the service was out of this world!!!!! They gave us free tastes of whatever we wanted and I just loved it, highly recommended for lovers of charcuterie!
Again, a huge THANK YOU for all the dining suggestions on the Cape! Tried my best to eat as much as possible, while also attending barbecues and travelling. Naked Oyster in Hyannis(fantastic service, scallops,swordfish, and cocktails), Ocean House Tiki Bar in Dennisport, cue bad Tom Cruise movie!, Sesuit Harbor Cafe in East Dennis, great littlenecks, stuffed clams and oysters,Devil's Purse Brewery for a flight, passed on a further purchase because I had a cooler full of Treehouse Beer, Lobster Pot in Ptown, Octopus, Oysters, Stuffed Clams,great service and raucous4th crowd, Joey's Pizzeria in Dennisport, steamers then Yarmouth House in Dennis for Prime Rib, a step back in time(like Goodfellas) !
Posts from July 4, 2016:
Lobster ravioli at Bocelli's in Medford. Surprising amounts of lobster in a very tasty cream sauce.
Viale in Central Square which is in the space formerly occupied by Rendezvous. Enjoyed a lovely rose, and shared a couple of apps with my sweetie--polenta in a nice, smooth red sauce with ricotta salata and burrata with green tomatoes and pistachio. Yummy!
Sweet Cheeks--excellent this visit!
Barking Crab usually for the fun/lively atmosphere. Great stuffed clams though. Pasta Beach great sidewalk seating just outside Boston Harbor Hotel. food ehh....
Went to Branch Line, mostly for the abundant and excellent beer choices, but also had a yummy lamb kabob.
Tried the cheese bread at Bom Cafe in Inman Square. It's legit.
A little bit away, but went to Hart's Turkey Farm over the weekend. It was classic and good.
My wife and I had an amazing tour of restaurants this past weekend...On Saturday, we gave Hopewell in Allston a try for their brunch and patio. They're still working out some kinks though the drinks and cinnamon roll were delicious. Saturday night we hit Banyan AND Picco. Banyan's cocktails were creative and delicious, as was the food (fantastic 5 spice chicken wings and curry cauliflower dumplings). Limited dessert menu, so we walked to Picco for an amazing strawberry brownie Sunday (wife) and IPA (me). On Sunday we had a delicious brunch with friends at Steel and Rye. I highly recommend the chilaquiles.
The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, ME! Unreal
Summer Shack..oysters on the half-shell w/tuna sashimi/seaweed/and caviar..to die for. ..panned soft-shell crab over pazinella salad-so good...cornmeal-fried-oysters were plump and savory..delicious seasonal offerings
In no particular order: Not a restaurant but went to the first ever NH PoutineFest. Food was good but it was not organized well and they limited each person to only try 6 of the 10 poutines. Had breakfast at Donut Villa in Malden. Pretty food homemade cake donuts. Meola's Ice Cream was really good. Finally went to a Friendly Toast, the Back Bay spot for lunch and was not disappointed.
I missed last week's post so I'll overload you all here. Went to Lobster Pool for lunch in Rockport, always good for the food and view. Had dinner at Lobsta Land in Gloucester, which I'm a huge fan of. Stopped at Dolce Freddo Gelato, of course. Had fantastic food at Alden & Harlow's Hip-Hop Brunch.
Ciao Pizza and Pasta after Cirque, Comella's for lunch with Henry, and Buff's Pub for wings and I need more! Oh and Committee and I need to go there more too it is always so good.
The Original Frank Pepe's in New Haven for two types of clam pizza
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