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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2014
     
    recent thai topics made me hungry

    whats the best __(insert category)__ restaurant?

    someone told me S&I was the best thai in my neighborhood.

    other categories may include indian, breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, etc
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    S&I was my fave thai place in Allston, can't say I tried many other places, though. Best Indian in Allston is Punjab Palace. Best pizza in Allston area is Brickhouse. There is no good Chinese food. Well, for delivery anyway, there are good places in the super88 food court.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Not Yet Mentioned:

    Chinese: I've heard great things about Red Lantern in Back Bay. Never been.

    Thai: House of Siam (Columbus Ave), Thaiation (Fenway, AWESOME), and I like Sugar N Spice in Porter, too.

    Indian: Diva (Davis Sq), Punjab (Mass Ave, Arlington)

    TOTAL KICK-ASS GERMAN FOOD: Bronwyn (Union). LOOOOOOVE this place.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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    Polish: Cafe Polonia in Dot/South Boston, depending who you ask

    Lebanese: Garlic n Lemons in Allston

    Taiwanese: May's Fusion Cuisine in Allston

    Sichuan: Sichuan Garden in Brookline

    Best fish taco: Dorado in Brookline

    Best regular taco: Habanero in Allston

    Best tater tots: Lower Depths in Kenmorei mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Penguin has best pizza in towni mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    tinyhonkshus:Polish: Cafe Polonia

    Heard A LOT about this place...All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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    Gourmet Dumpling House - juicy pork dumplings, sesame chicken and broccoli

    Good Eats - hot subs/sandwiches of the chicken teryaki or steak tip teryaki persuasionsomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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    Forgot the easiest one!

    Greek: Esperia Grill in Brighton Center


    And Cafe Polonia lives up to the hype: they give you bacon-studded lard instead of butter with the bread basketi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthoreburgers
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2014
     
    Seconded on the Gourmet Dumpling House for soup dumplings, by far the best around.

    Vietnamese: Xinh Xinh in Chinatown. Best pho, hands down. Don't be fooled by the bigger pho chains around it, this hole in the wall is worth it.1) Stop watching the donkey porn.
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2014 edited
     
    tinyhonkshus:they give you bacon-studded lard instead of butter with the bread basket


    I'll take the butter TUVM!

    Also, Brass Union in Union Sq is better than Precinct that came before it, and better than the Independent, which I also like.
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    reeeallly, I'll have to check it out.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    sweetgreens on boylston.
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    I prefer Pho Pastuer in Chinatown for Vietnamese.
    Buddha's delight above Pho Pastuer is great vegan Thai.
    Kaze Shabu in Chinatown for epic Hot Pot.
    Ill forever miss Montien in Back Bay for Japanese food. Same with Steve's Greek which just closed on the same block.
    Best vegan: Root in Allston. Also next door to fomu.
    Aurum in JP has amazing triangle pies and veggie bowls.
    The Haven in JP if you're into Scottish fare- also acts as a pretty rad date-spot.
    Speaking of Date spots, Sportello in seaport, then go downstairs to Drink for cocktails.

    What else are good date spots?'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    Does Arum just wrap everything in pastry dough?Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    ^basically.'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    sacco's for beer and pizza.
    foundry for grilled cheese and soup and beer.
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    I xinh xinh for pho too.

    Q restaurant across the st has this really good broth called crazy mala for hot pot.

    Cafe Mami in Porter Sq for hot japanese food (i usually get their chicken sets) - lots of food for the price.

    Pikaichi in super 88 for ramen, though I haven't tried the Totto that recently opened up (but haven't heard it matched up to the one in NY, which usually has a line out the door [for good reason] even on days like today).

    La Belfana for pizza but the trick is to dash a little salt on it and it goes from being super-bland to really good because i don't think they actually add salt as an ingredient there.gotta go fast
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    DQ: Is there any place in town that does a credible vegetarian ramen??Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    i hate to admit it but Wagamama is my go to for veggie ramen. I just its not true ramen, its their Moyashi Soba, but its pretty delicious. Otherwise I make a pretty mean veggie ramen at home I can give you the recipe for'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    Um, yes please!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    here it is: http://alexcarlson.tumblr.com/post/90009496981/shiitake-bok-choy-edamame-ramen-remember-that'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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    okay, these are mostly guesses when it comes to exact measurements and can be made to your taste for the most part.

    What you will need:
    For stock-
    3c vegetable stock
    2T sweet chili sauce
    2T white miso paste
    1T soy sauce
    1T rice wine vinegar (white vinegar also works)
    1t sesame oil
    6-8 shitake mushrooms (just the stems for the broth, set the caps aside)
    A sheet of wakame if you can find it (not super necessary)
    2 scallions (just the white ends, set aside the green tops)
    1 clove garlic, diced
    Optional: knob of fresh ginger, sliced into large chunks

    Other stuff-
    1 pack instant ramen noodles
    the caps from the mushrooms, sliced
    the green scallion tops, diced
    a handful of bean sprouts
    shredded cilantro for garnish
    Optional: sliced water chestnuts, sliced bamboo shoots, fresh corn kernels, edamame, cubed firm tofu

    What to do:
    1. In a large saucepan heat up the sesame oil on med-high heat and being sautéing the garlic and mushroom stems until soft and fragrant. Add in the soy sauce and quickly stir making sure it doesn't burn. Deglaze with the vinegar and stir. Add in the vegetable stock. Dissolve miso paste and chili sauce into the stock mixture. Put the wakame, ginger, and scallion ends into the stock. Cover and let come to a boil. When boiling reduce to a simmer and with a slotted spoon or mesh basket strainer, remove mushroom stems, wakame, ginger and scallion ends.
    2. While your stock is coming to a boil, start platting the fresh ingredients. In a big bowl put a fist full of bean sprouts in the bottom. Put desired amount of water chestnut, bamboo, tofu, corn, edamame, ect into the bowl. You can pretty much put whatever the hell you want in the bowl at this point.
    3. Bring your stock back up to a boil and put the sliced mushroom caps and instant ramen into the broth. Cook noodles till al dente. About 2 minutes. Turn the heat off the stock and ladle noodles and broth over the fresh ingredients into the bowl. Let sit for a minute or two to heat through the raw ingredients. Garnish with cilantro and maybe some sesame seeds if you got em. Mix that shit up and eat it.

    Side note: I make my own vegetable stock so the flavors I add to the soup vary on how the batch of stock I made turns out. Usually i load my homemade veggie stock up with a lot of mushrooms and chilies so it tends to be earthy and spicy. If you're using the boxed stuff i might lay off the soy sauce to avoid over salting and maybe add a fresh diced chili for some heat.'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthorOG killersim
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015 edited
     
    whoever made a mimic account of me, go to hell.'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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    I just tried Totto and the noodles are 1000% better than Pikaichi, though the Pikaichi yuzu broth is amazeballs.

    Not to be hyperbolic or anythingi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    if you can eat meat, the only ramen is YumewokatareMUFFDVR
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    hahah, that's if you want an experience

    i have a slight pork allergy, so consuming a vat of pig gravy and buta ramen was less than ideal



    but still deliciousgotta go fast
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    You should def try Totto - their broths are all chicken and there's a chicken OR pork meat optioni mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    I tried Totto. It was ok. It's hard to enjoy any other type of ramen after Yume. It's a whole different animal though.MUFFDVR
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    yeah, totto noodles are the best, if they use the same noodles they use in NYgotta go fast
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    xian on st marks in nyc for noodles. if you're down in nyc, go there. there are other locations around the nyc.
    thank me later.
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015 edited
     
    Blue Ribbon in Arlington or Newton for BBQ. I'm married to a Southerner and she swears this shit is legit.
    La Casa de Pedro in the Arsenal in Watertown for Venezuelan. This was probably our favorite restaurant in the Boston area, period.
    Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown for diner food. They also own the Deluxe Station Diner in Newton and Deluxe Depot Diner in Framingham, which should be equally good though I've never been to the two newer ones.
    L'Osteria in the North End for Italian, including Roman specialties that you really can't find anywhere else in the North End, such as Carciofi Alla Giudia (literally, Jewish Artichokes -- they are fried artichokes).
    Greg's in Cambridge for American-style Italian, and the biggest $4 cocktails you've ever seen (those of you who came to that Social Wednesday ride know what I'm talking about)
    Bistro 5 in West Medford for frou-frou Italian (but unpretentious as far as frou-frou cuisine goes).
    Petit Robert in Kenmore for unpretentious but still frou-frou French.

    This is making me really hungry.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    blue ribbon is legit definitely. ol' 'nop was born and raised in NC and blue ribbon would do well down there.

    redbones.
    not so much.

    buffalo brussell sprouts at highland kitchen are kind of a niche. buffalo anything really. 'cept for wings.
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    redbones is only good for their fried pickles/jalpenos and their beef ribs.MUFFDVR
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    La Casa de Pedro is sooooo good but also soooooo bizarrely expensive. Like $3 for like a shot-glass of guac? Or like a $9 six-inch sandwich.

    Also I'm not a bbq aficionado, but everyone I know who's BEEN to Village Smokehouse in Brookline Village says it's the best in Boston. I have not been.

    SPEAKING OF BROOKLINE VILLAGE - dem tortas at Olecitoi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    Village Smokehouse is the shit. We should go some time.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    oh man i am not qualified to speak on authenticity but Village Smokehouse is fuckin' delicious.

    so is Petit RobertDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    "Authenticity" is overrated. "Fuckin' delicious" will never be.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    I have never once considered setting foot in Village Smokehouse.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    ^ same. I heard some bad things back in the day. I dont remember what they were but they were bad.MUFFDVR
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    anna's still. day in day out. . .
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    nerdo's just a resentful vegetarian. Feel free to ignore him on this.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    Nah, I just never heard a thing about it either way. Then again, I probably wouldn't be able to eat anything there. Sorta like being paleo in a bakery.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    nerdo:Sorta like being paleo in a bakery.
    omg, what a nightmare.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2015 edited
     
    Apparently the wife's colleagues at the hospital were talking yesterday about some new research study strongly indicating that eating smoked meats increases your risk of cancer. Can't find the new study they were talking about, but here's a link to an old one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7447916

    Fuck that.

    Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do have vegetarian friends. Since moving to Rochester I've discovered Sticky Lips BBQ, which may very well be the only BBQ joint in the country that devotes six whole menu items to vegetarian BBQ. I didn't even know that smoked tofu was a thing, but apparently it is.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2015 edited
     
    And speaking of vegetarian things and Petit Robert, I cited Petit Robert on a friend's Facebook wall in response to an article about how anyone who eats foie gras is an asshole. My take: I'm totally fine with eating foie gras because the traditional method employed by reputable farms and videotaped by people like my favorite food asshole Anthony Bourdain (his "you've seen worse in the pay-per-view film on the hotel channel" cracks me up) is a hell of a lot nicer than the industrially farmed meat that almost all Americans eat without thinking squat about it.

    But although foie gras is fucking delicious, the vegetarian pate I've had at Petit Robert beats it HANDS DOWN. We were shocked to find out which one on our assortment of pates was the vegetarian one, made with cheeses and stuff and no meat whatsoever. You can get amazing foie gras at Petit Robert for pretty cheap, all things considered, but since ordering the vegetarian one that I have never felt the need to order foie gras again anywhere, because even with no liver in it, the vegetarian one at Petit Robert just took the prize for best liver thing I'd ever eaten.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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    ^its also entirely possible to get Fois Gras that isn't produced on a farm. Its more $$ but it doesn't involve shoving a funnel down anythings throat and chaining them in pens. Turns out if you just give geese a ton of bugs and shit to eat they will, they don't really have the part of the brain that tells them when they're full so they'll just gorge themselves. it might not be as creamy as the 'real' foie gras, but its still nasty engorged goose liver. Eating organs isn't my thing to begin with and I wish no one would eat it, but thats just me.

    I wonder if you chugged a bottle of liquid smoke if it would have the same ramifications.'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2015