Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Readers' Restaurant Posts, January-February, 2012

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 January and February of 2012, with the end of December, 2011 also showing on this first page of this series. (Please go to the main page of this section to see posts from other months.)

Posts from February 27, 2012:

Risa B. H.
We had a memorable Italian feast at Piccolo's in Worcester, fabulous service and just the best food!

Donna S.
Great Chow, Wollaston - Tofu and Red-Pepper, Spicey Greenbeans Delicious!!!! Also great meal at Plum Island Grill!

Kenny J.
Opening weekend at Sullys and Refuge Cafe in Allston

Margie S. L.
Meil at the Intercontinental. Great food, venue, and service. Prices not outrageous either. Not very busy for a Saturday night. Possibly getting overlooked because in a hotel. Highly recommend.

Jennifer P.
The Gallows: Scotch Egg, Poutine, Brussel Sprouts (SO GOOD), and then Allston Diner: Bacon, bleu cheese, mushrooms, and scallions omelette (yummy).

Linda R.
Sullivan's for 80 cent hot dogs! Woohoo!

‏Citizen Public House! It was unbelievably good!

Went to Tasty Burger for first time. Amazing chocolate shake, great burger & chicken nuggets - perfect for late-night meal.

Excellent meal @CatalystCam - our 1st time there!

we went to CasaB in Union Square, Somerville. It was very good, and wonderful decor

Went to Shanghai Gate in Allston this weekend, @hiddenboston. Chicken with Chinese Watercress was light and delicious.

Went to The First Printer in Cambridge, service was great and the food was even better, will definitely be going back

Posts from February 20, 2012:

Steve T.
Pellana in Peabody. Nailed it.

Mike G.
Posto in Davis Square. It was fantastic!

Penelope J.
Fat Cactus in Randolph it was yummy

Joan L.
Sei Bar for a huge boat of excellent sushi..Johnny D's for a fun lunch.

Jennifer G. A.
Roosevelt's @Wenworth/by-the-sea, @catch22 and @blackrose Busy eating weekend

Dino's in the North End. Love the baked ziti

Chang Sho on mass. Ave. Quick, delicious, and enough left overs for lunch the next day!

Armby Abbey in Worcester was excellent (food and beers) - Craigie on Main for the Chef's Whim was disappointing.

B&G Oysters... Sooooo good!! Food, Service and atmosphere were all perfect!

pork belly tacos at five horses tavern in davis square were amazing

The Howling Wolf! Yummy wrapless burritos!

Posts from February 15, 2012:
[NOTE: These are restaurants that our readers went to for Valentine's Day yesterday.]

Patti F.
B&G Oysters had a great special this week!

Mike M.
La Campania in Waltham. The best "Traditional" Italian restaurant in the New England. What ever is in season is what's on the menu. The most impressive italian wine list. Zagat rating of 27. I recommend this to everyone, you won't be disappointed.

Billy G.
All Seasons Table in Malden...Unbelievable Food...

Laurie B. B.
Da Vinci in Boston. They made me a vegetarian main course when I asked, as all 3 choices on the prix fixe menu were not, and came up with a delicious concoction of porcini mushrooms, spinach, and fontina. The pasta course of gnocchi with mushrooms was fantastic, too.

Stoli bar and restaurant in Brookline, it was delish

Scarlet Oak Tavern on Monday night. Got the steak florentine special. Delicious

EVOO in Cambridge. Great 4 course menu! Lots of wine as well..

Posts from February 12, 2012:

Samantha H.
Yoki in Medford. Awesome sushi and drinks!

Dawn C. A.
Little Q hotpot in Arlington, and Wilson's diner for breakfast in Waltham. Yum!

Daniel S. D.
We celebrated early Valentine's Day dinner at Aspens in Old Saybrook, CT. It was an awesome meal and awesome service. Everyone was having a good time.

horseshoe grille, no. reading. pulled pork&ribs, to die for. excellent service despite the crowds.

I went to Church and had the scallops with butternut squash risotto and kale, such an amazing winter comfort dish.

Not really a restaurant (primarily a takeout place) but I tried Roast Beast in Allston. Better than Kellys.

frigid night = perfect for clay pot rice @ Great Taste Bakery in c'town! Plus taro/sago coconut milk dessert from nxt door.

Posts from February 5, 2012:

Lisa M.
Gran Gusto..North Cambridge's hidden gem! So good...

Jennifer P.
We tried the pizza at Marc Anthony's in Onset.

You must try Kirby's Kitchen in Everett- just opened- so good!

Black Birch in Kittery ME. Not really Boston but totally worth the drive. Duck confit poutine!

Wanted to try Reagle Beagle but the wait was too long. Went to LemonGrass instead and it was delicious!

Posts from January 29, 2012:

Nick O.
Wife and I enjoyed our 8th anniversary with a dinner at Fox & Hound in Quincy. Delicious, as always! A little busy, had to wait an hour for a seat. Next time: reservations!

Linda R.
Cafe Piazza Dolce in Winchester with invited friends. Delicious, easy, reasonable, our go-to place.

Rich D.
Gran Gusto. Too late for reservations but, they accomodated. First time, and pizza was very good. Waiter recited the specials with flair and an Italian accent.

Rosa T.
Taqueria Jalisco in East Boston, a must for everyone!

Beckie H.
Tried House of Chang in Cambridge for the first time. Excellent Chinese. Doesn't look like much from the street, but elegant and delicious inside! Definitely have to go back soon!

David R.
Sake in Braintree had a awesome vegetable and chicken tempura that stayed crisp in delivery and came with a salad, miso soup (yuck), and small bin of stick rice for under $20 bucks delivered with tip. Could of used a bit of seasoning when they came out of the fryer but were delicious and feeling throughout the work day, even if I did not eat the miso soup

Bonnie K.
Margaret's in Fairhaven - delicious :)

Derek S.
Massimino's in the North End. Brigole was ridiculous!

district 7! their chicken mac and cheese is incredible

Meadhall - had the veggie burger which is very good

we went to @La_Morra for their charity brunch, fantastic meal and for a great cause!

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Braintree. Hibachi was good and their fashion roll was surprisingly amazing :)

Bridgeman's Saturday night. Paella special was outstanding. Loaded with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, chourizo

Posts from January 22, 2012:

Emily H.
Had my birthday gathering at Five Horses Tavern on Thursday - awesome food and amazing beer list! Friday I had a predictably tasty birthday lunch with my mom at Strip-T's in Watertown, enjoyed the Friday night wine tasting at Ball Square Wine & Liquors, and then dinner and drinks at Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square. Saturday evening had a delicious early dinner at Highland Kitchen - gotta beat the crowds! :)

Kathy W. M.
Shangri-La in Chinese/Japanese restaurant at 60 Madison REALLY have to try this is A-One with Sushi and their cuisine!

Abigail C.
Teranga in South End. Great West African restaurant!

Denise K.
Elephant Walk on the Brookline/Boston line on Friday evening -- their four course prix fixe is a great deal (plus we had a gift certificate)!!! Matt Murphy's Pub in Brookline for brunch today. Now we ordered delivery from Golden Temple because we're too tired to go out :-)

Jennifer P.
Deep Ellum: BBQ Breakfast - Braised pork shoulder, cornbread, mustard aioli with a fried egg. One of my favorite breakfasts!

Rachel H.
Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale- Nice beer list as well as great cocktails. Low-key place to catch the game and some good food. Really enjoyed the fondue with house-made pretzels and the charcuterie.

Sorellina. Ah-mazing

Lucca Back Bay. Outstanding.

Posts from January 15, 2012:

Ricci L.
Floramos - place was packed & the food was spot on!

Eileen M.
Trattoria Della Nonna in Mansfield...awesome food and yummy lemon drop martinis! love it there! :-)

Plough and Stars is now my go to for fantastic tasting food. Delish catfish tacos. Boom

Toraya for our quarterly sashimi fix.

pure comfort food this afternoon at Rubin's Kosher Deli in Brookline. AMAZING matzah balls!

Bottega Fiorentina on Newbury St. One of the best hidden gems in Boston

Lunch at Za today and it was great!

went to the Salty Pig in the back bay. A must try for lovers of charcuterie.

Posts from January 8, 2012:

Kristin E.
Antique Table in Lynn, excellent as always

Rich D.
dbar, in the Dot! Best seasonal gnocchi and hangar steak. App was Wagyu beef carpaccio, and was outstanding.

Melissa A.
The Talk in Watertown .... delish!

Kathrynne B.
Cafe Polonia in Salem for brunch today! Amazing Polish food!

Anne S. P.
Schooners in Hull..Great selection, excellant food, reasonable prices with a casual atmosphere. Who could ask for anything more?

Chas B.
Tried Rox Diner in Newtonville. Sustainable, local.... Blah , blah, but most importantly - Tasty.

Steve B.
Rafiki on Mass Ave between Harvard & Porter Square. Very nice

This morning after Mass went to The Main Street Cafe in North Easton. Had pancakes. Great coffee and wifi

hit up @SEgallows for a most excellent Sunday brunch

Eo Noodles in Framingham for some housemade noodles in szechuan beef noodle soup and leek pie.

Deep Ellum - Notch Black Lager, Pretzel and Beer Cheese Fihlo's in Groton - Pollo Ripieno and DogFish Chicory Stout

Posts from January 1, 2012:

Kim K. D.
Lime Leaf in Weymouth for New Years Eve. Always FANTASTIC Thai!

Steve B.
Trattoria Pulcinella on Huron Street in Cambridge. What a great restaurant!

Dawn C. A.
We visited MuLan in Waltham for New Years Day. Smoked pork with leek, eggplant with basil, pork and cabbage dumplings, and beef and scallion wrapped in pancakes. What a great start to 2012!

Drew S.
JM Curley's on Temple Place opened this week and we went there for new year's. Varied cocktail menu of originals and classics, beer for the snob and Schlitz-drinker alike, and a great menu (fried pickles were perfect, as was the special burger -- still mooing and topped w/ pulled pork, bacon, cheddar, bbq, and crisp red onion). Pulling off both non-touristy and non-pretentious in that neighborhood has been so rare.

David H.
Had a fantastic dinner at the new 7 Grill in Danvers. Amazing grilled white asparagus!

Tara H.
Savin bar and kitchen. Duck was incredible.

Steven T.
James Gate in JP had an amazing duck breast on their menu

Redd's in Roslindale. Great fried avocado. Inspired to make my own pumpkin soup.

Went to John Brewers in Malden for their hangover brunch and it was awesome :)

Posts from December 27, 2011:
[NOTE: These are restaurants that our readers want to go to in 2012.]

Jennifer P.
I need to try Inna's Kitchen. I know it must be great as you've reviewed it a couple of times!!!

Andrea A.
Volare Revere cannot wait!

Eileen V.
Masona, Townsends, Isabella

Eddie G.
A nice steakhouse, Taranga and The Regal Beagle!

I've been meaning to go to Catalyst for a while now. Black truffle risotto anyone?

Bondir and No. 9 Park.


Posts from December 26, 2011:

Victor C.
Monday my 26-year-old son was jonesin' for a good club sandwich, so I took him to Sparta, a great little diner in a strip mall in Bedford, MA, for their house special made with roast beef, turkey, BLT, and mayo. We split an order of their fresh-made onion rings, more than enough for 2 people....

Beckie H.
We went with Asian favorites - scrumptious Chinese at Fans of Mary Chung's in Cambridge, MA and sushi & sukiyaki at Toraya in Arlington Center.

David S.
Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square - surprisingly good for a place whose main draw is their extensive beer selection.

Denise K.
...On Saturday, we had lunch at Chef Chow's in Brookline -- you can't beat their lunch specials both in quality and price!!! Tonight I ate in but had Thai food delivered by DiningIn from Coconut Cafe in Brookline/Brighton....

Golden Temple [Brookline]. So good!

Ghazal in Jamaica Plain, and Namaskar in Davis Sq. Somerville, both fantastic Indian restaurants, open for holiday weekend.

Had lunch today at Fuji in Quincy- always great!

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