I think this topic is appropriate for this forum, but if not feel free to move it.
Here's the gist of my inquiry: Think of your favorite dish that you make at home and are very proud of doing well. Now admit, what Boston area restaurant does that same dish, better than you do?
I'll go first. I make a mean Oso de Buco, using a modified version of this recipe: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/re...
My changes: I skip the cornstarch, celery and chicken broth and use mushrooms and white wine instead. I also use 5 times more garlic, because we like it garlicky. Last but not least, I use lamb shank rather than veal, tried both and prefer lamb.
As good as mine is, I have to say that Luciano's on Rt. 1 in Wrentham makes a heavenly version of this dish, and I always order it anytime they have it as a lunch special. In fact, their version is what I was trying to duplicate when I tweaked the recipe.