People. I love this board; it is invaluable in helping me to invest wisely in my Boston dining experiences. Having read the board obsessively for a while now I have noted what appears to be Boston Chow ‘conventional wisdom’, I wonder if any of them might be myths that have grabbed ahold of us.
For example: “Pizza from Regina’s N. End location is much better than satellite locations”. May be absolutely true … or is it a myth reinforced by the over-all feel of authenticity in the N. End location? Has anyone had the time and inclination to do anything approaching a rigorous test? Could a S. Station slice actually be similar to or as good as a ‘real’ N. End slice?
Another example: “Oysters (of a particular variety e.g. wellfleet, pemaquid, island creek) tasting ‘better’ at one establishment vs. another”. On this one I have a little more confidence, I’d imagine short of being seriously mistreated oysters of a particular variety are essentially sealed containers and taste the same no matter where they’re served. Can this be tested? Seems like it would be fun.
Do we have any shared/widely-held beliefs on this board that you question? Which ones? Can they be, have they been tested?