Monday, April 30, 2007

Inside Edition's "Rat Patrol" Looks At Boston Restaurants

Tonight's Inside Edition will be bringing their "rat patrol" to the city of Boston, checking up on a number of Boston restaurants, including some big names.

It is no surprise that so many restaurants in the area have problems with rats and mice, as Big Dig construction has uprooted a huge number of these animals. Hopefully restaurants will double up on their efforts to keep their restaurants clean, though it is arguably a daunting task in this city.

The show will be airing tonight at 7:00 PM.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Geoffrey's Is Open Again, This Time in Roslindale

Thanks to the good folks at Chowhound and Universal Hub for getting the word out that Geoffrey's, a beloved restaurant that used to be located on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay (and the South End before that), has reopened on Washington Street in Roslindale. In addition to having American fare and comfort food items, it looks like Geoffrey's will also offer brunch on weekends.

It is nice to see that Geoffrey's is open once again. We wish them the best of luck in their new location, and hope to visit them in the near future.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

One More New Review: Ricardo's in the North End, Boston

photo of Ricardo's, Boston, MAOne more new restaurant review is on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site today. Ricardo's is a little-known Italian restaurant just down the street from North Square in the North End of Boston. The restaurant is a true hidden gem, as it is rarely crowded and not known to tourists at all, even though the food is excellent.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Kicking Off Spring with the First Seafood Shack of the Season

Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day in the Boston area. It was a perfect day for a road trip, which is exactly what we did. We drove down to the South Coast of Massachusetts, going through Mattapoisett, Marion, and Onset, and ending up in Buzzards Bay for a late lunch. We hit a seafood shack called East Wind Lobster on Main Street, on the bridge just west of the center of Buzzards Bay. East Wind Lobster is a serious, no-frills seafood shack where the fish tastes like it came right off the boats (which it probably does, being that it is right on the water). East Wind has both indoor and outdoor seating, and while it was a nice day, it was a bit chilly on the water, so we opted to stay in.

The food was wonderful; the fried flounder was buttery and tender, and came with a heaping of delicious fries. The steamers were also excellent, and the price was pretty reasonable for them, too. Finally, the stuffed quahog that we split was a bit spicier than usual, with a tomato base to the stuffing, but it was very tasty and disappeared within a minute or so.

After eating at East Wind, I am ready for the spring, and I'm also ready to hit more clam and seafood shacks. I'm thinking that Belle Isle Seafood in East Boston may be next, but we shall see.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mrs. Jones Coming to Lower Mills, Dorchester

A new restaurant called Mrs. Jones is coming to the Lower Mills section of Dorchester. Not much information on the place yet, though it looks to be a Southern-style restaurant or soul food place. Here is a link with a bit more information:


Monday, April 16, 2007

Yet One More New Review: Zon's in Jamaica Plain

photo of Zon's, Jamaica Plain, MAAnother new review is on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site. Zon's is a quirky little upscale comfort food joint in Jamaica Plain that features some of the best macaroni and cheese, as well as some of the best burgers, in Boston. Hidden away on a side street, Zon's isn't well known outside of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Three Good Restaurants in Two Nights

It has been a good week, restaurant-wise, as I hit three of my favorite dining spots in basically a 30-hour period of time.

Started out having dinner at Ricardo's in the North End. Ricardo's is definitely a local favorite, as it is a bit off the beaten path (on North Street). Started out with two incredible appetizers--lobster ravioli and eggplant rollatini--then I had the veal bracciolatini, which was very nice, though it had a bit too much cheese and not enough prosciutto. I had been to Ricardo's a few nights earlier, and got a fantastic meat lasagna there. If you don't know about Ricardo's, you might want to give it a try, because it is really good, and not typically crowded.

After Ricardo's, I went to the Waterfront Cafe on nearby Commercial Street. Granted, I didn't actually EAT at the Waterfront, but the drinks were good, the vibe was excellent, and the bad 70s music made the night even better. The Waterfront Cafe has outstanding pizza, by the way; hopefully next time I go, I won't be coming from another restaurant with a full belly.

Then last night, we went to Grumpy White's in Quincy. I tried what might be their most famous dish--the boneless fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn. It is tough to describe exactly how good this dish was, though I suppose it's easy to describe how utterly unhealthy it is, but every now and then, it's worth pampering the stomach a bit. Grumpy White's definitely knows how to fry chicken, and while some people might not be into boneless chicken (and all white meat at that), I thought it was a simply tremendous dish.

So now it's back to eating healthy again.....well, maybe not, since I think a certain burger joint might be calling my name tonight. I guess this will be one of those weeks where it's not even worth going to the gym. Guess I'll do that next week.


Monday, April 09, 2007

Latest Review: East Asia, Someville, MA

photo of East Asia, Somerville, MAThe latest review that is on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site is East Asia, a Chinese and Thai restaurant at Powderhouse Square in Somerville. East Asia is a tiny restaurant that offers tremendous Asian food, with an emphasis on Chinese and Thai, but also including Vietnamese and other Asian dishes.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mifune in Arlington Is Now Open

Mifune, a Chinese and Japanese restaurant, finally opened for business a few days ago. Early reports are promising, though as Viet's Cafe and several others that used to be in this spot discovered, there is not much foot traffic in this block of Arlington Center, so hopefully Mifune will be able to depend on word of mouth, good advertising, and a decent amount of publicity on local restaurant forums to let people know they are there.

If anyone gets to try Mifune, let me know what you think of the place. I hope to get there soon, but not sure exactly when at this point.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Bear Rock Cafe Is Now Open in Woburn

The Bear Rock Cafe, a chain of restaurants that concentrates on healthy fare, has opened up a new branch on Route 3 in Woburn, in the same shopping center that houses Whole Foods. The Bear Rock Cafe is a bit like Panera, but with perhaps a more interesting selection of soups and sandwiches. The one in Woburn should do well, as there are relatively few restaurants in this part of Woburn as well as in neighboring Winchester.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Our latest review: The Squires in Hanover, MA

photo of The Squires, Hanover, MAThe latest review on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site is The Squires, a mostly unknown restaurant and pub on Route 53 in Hanover. The Squires looks more like a roadhouse than a restaurant, but the food is excellent, with some of the best burgers, steak tips, and bar pizza in the area. The prices are very reasonable at The Squires, too, and the place is fairly roomy and comfortable.