Here is the challenge. I am in Cambridge for one lunch. I want something I cannot get here at home: AUTHENTIC Sichuan. I can handle the hot stuff (I head to Grand Sichuan in NYC as my first stop and go all out with spicy dishes swimming in chilis and peppercorns). I have poured over your great posts but am making sure I am not missing something.
Mary Chungs is closed the day I am there (Tues)
Qingdao Garden-it looks promising even though the online menu is not extensive Sichuan, but I don't like (or have time, only one visit) to play that game where I am western and therefore I like it bland, sweet, or gloopy sauced. I am a little stressed that people are having to build a report over many visits to get the goods or it depends how the wait staff that day assesses your chili worthiness.
The Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline will take to long to get to as well as some of these other suburban places mentioned throughout threads.
Last time I was in Boston, I easily made my way to China Town, are there any good places there or elsewhere in the city easily accessible by T line?
If I were to be in heaven there would be a sichuan place that decided to branch off and offer good Shanghai soup dumplings as well. Or there would be a Sichuan place right next to a soup dumpling place...I know, I am dreaming. I just dont want to travel so much that I cannot take in a museum or shop. Thanks for ideas. I'll be in town next tues and checking in periodically as I will be in the road eating clams and such.
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