My family and I recently moved from Vancouver BC to Boston. We've been out and about dining, following Chowhound's advice, as usual. In my travels for work, this has always taken me to great places. So far, we've found some great stuff in Boston, but also had some bad surprises.
We've been to some really fantastic places:
Myers + Chang - Fantastic food, fun drinks, really great service. Our comfort food in Boston now.
Cragie on Main - Just remarkable - especially at the bar.
Drink + B-G Oysters - Totally top notch meals - service, drinks and food.
62 (Salem) - Amazing, fresh and creative Italian. Price to match, but really worth it.
A + J Kings (Salem) - Some of the best bread and (especially) pastries anywhere, suburbs or no
We found many of these places via Chowhound. But then there are places, also highly recommended on the boards, that are just surprisingly bad to us. A few examples:
Artu in Beacon Hill - we had an early dinner here that was awful. The 'crostini' appetizer was supermarket bread with chopped grocery store tomatos with almost no seasoning. Gnocchi with tomato sauce (a main) was equally bad - gummy and flavorless gnocchi with a sauce that tasted out of a jar. The bread brought during the meal was again that supermarket bread that disintegrates when it gets wet.
Antico Forno - the pizza here was OK, but really nothing special. The mozzarella was tough and stringy like pre-shredded store cheese, rather than soft fresh mozzarella. And it might be a style thing, but the crust was so fatty that it left your mouth feeling greasy. We're probably little pizza obsessive, but given the hype, this place just totally disappointed.
I always brag to my travel mates that Chowhound never lies, but my pleasant surprise ratio for Boston has been lower than other places. Is this just bad luck? Or is there a tendency particular to Boston for places to cruise on reputation?
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113
A J's Restaurant
1365 Main St, West Warwick, RI 02893