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Punjabi Tadka’s a Nice Addition to Arlington’s Indian Scene

The latest addition to the Arlington restaurant scene, Punjabi Tadka scored good early marks in a recent Chowhound discussion. Ferrari328 sampled the chicken saag (pictured), which was on the mild side and featured moist, tender meat. Steve L tried both the vegetarian and non-veg thalis, which enabled him to taste several dishes: tandoori chicken, lamb curry, saag paneer, dal, channa masala, basmati rice, and lots of naan. "Not a lot of marinade on the tandoori chicken, but [it was] hot and moist and nicely flavored," Steve L says. "The curries had more of a pronounced tomato flavor than I've typically had." READ MORE

Mistral: Is This Boston’s Best High-End Brunch?

Mistral serves an excellent weekend brunch, with prices only slightly higher than the "typical South End brunch spot," Chowhound user Blumie notes in a recent thread. "They do a great job and I've never brought a guest who wasn't happy," says teezeetoo, who thinks it's the best upscale brunch in Boston. They also take (and honor) reservations. READ MORE

Taqueria Jalisco: Best Tacos in Boston?

Taqueria Jalisco in East Boston is serving some of the best tacos in the city, according to a recent discussion on Chowhound. The adobado (pork), lengua (tongue), and cabeza (head) are all great, gourmaniac says. Taralli recommends the birria. The place is a great weekend destination, says maxinboston, who likes the weekend-only soups. And coolaugustmoon loves the shrimp tostada, calling it "better than the tacos, better than anything." READ MORE

Fried Catfish Epiphany at SoulFire

Is it a mistake to order fish at a barbecue joint? According to a recent Chowhound discussion thread, not at SoulFire in Allston. The fried catfish is the best that jira's ever had, with a thin, crisp coating and zero muddy flavor. Nab agrees, citing "a minor fried fish epiphany" following a recent visit. After jira's party told the server how much they liked the fish, she acknowledged that it's not ordered very often, but clearly someone in the kitchen knows what they're doing with a deep-fryer. That includes the fried mac and cheese, which jira reports had "the thinnest of coating." And Nab and jira both think SoulFire's coleslaw, potato salad, and chili are all winners. Only thing that might need improving: the lack of air conditioning. READ MORE

Where to Find Hawaiian Food in Boston

It might be hard to find a Hawaiian restaurant in Boston, but that doesn't mean the city is completely devoid of island food. Several restaurants do serve Hawaiian or Hawaiian-inspired dishes in line with the fusion nature of cooking in the 50th state. Malasadas are small Portuguese doughnuts popular in Hawaii thanks to Portuguese immigrants who came to work on plantations in the late 1800s. They're also a specialty of Massachusetts: The Lowell Portuguese Bakery and Central Bakery in Peabody both have malasadas (or malassadas, the Portuguese spelling) on Saturdays, itaunas says. They're also readily available further afield in New Bedford and Fall River, and at Portuguese cultural festivals throughout the state. READ MORE

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen: Openings Boston

Want the early word on what's new where you live? Check out Chowhound. New in Copley Square: The former Oak Room h... READ MORE

Amazing Juices in Boston’s Chinatown

The Juice Bar in Chinatown is worth a visit, both for the delicious juices and the excellent service. The "rockstar" proprietor is "kind an... READ MORE

Low-Key and Comfortable in Beacon Hill

With its steep cobblestone streets and beautiful brick houses, Beacon Hill offers a nice change of pace from nearby downtown. Restaurant... READ MORE

What to Eat at the Burlington Mall

The Burlington Mall really only has two good eating options, according to Boston hounds: Gourmet India and Blue Stove at Nordstrom. Des... READ MORE

KO Pies at the Shipyard: Openings Boston

A recently opened restaurant that Chowhounds are talking about. Want the early word on what's new where you live? Check out Chowhoun... READ MORE