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Finally tried Chacarero (OK) and Beard Papa (WOW!) downtown...

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Finally tried Chacarero (OK) and Beard Papa (WOW!) downtown...

rlh | Sep 26, 2006 09:24 PM

I am finally checking out the high points recommended downtown now that it's my workplace (it used to be in the very unchowish Seaport/South Boston area).

Chacarero was chaotic with a long line at 12:40 and it was really unclear about how you pay, get a receipt, and THEN order the sandwich (why don't they have a simple sign that says "Stand here in the cashier line first and then get in the other line to order your food" -- though they were quite friendly at the window -- it was the one on the side of Filene's, by the way) --

The very big "small" BBQ chicken sandwich with extra hot sauce and guac was a LOT of food for $6 (enough for two to split easily, in fact), but aside from that, I didn't get why it's highly-touted -- it's a decent chicken breast sandwich with some decent vegetables (green beans, roasted peppers, and tomatoes) on fresh but bland round bread -- seems that's it to me -- no really unique spice or flavor in mine today, though the heat in the sauce was OK.

I'm not sure what I'm missing about it. What is it that others love there? - should I order differently next time?

Beard Papa in Quincy Market, on the other hand, was definitely the most expensive ($2)and BEST cream puff I've ever had -- pristinely fresh vanilla custard in a perfect puff pastry shell sprinkled with just enough powdered sugar.

There was no line at 3:30p on this Tuesday and the server was very smiley and friendly. I am NOT a cream puff fanatic, but I'd go out of my way once in while for another one of these!

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