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24 hrs in Boston: REPORT: Tacos Lupita, Namaskar, Neighborhood Restaurant, Roque Bakery, Mei Sum Bakery, Taiwan Cafe


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24 hrs in Boston: REPORT: Tacos Lupita, Namaskar, Neighborhood Restaurant, Roque Bakery, Mei Sum Bakery, Taiwan Cafe

Dave M.P. | Jun 16, 2006 11:07 PM

I got back to Western Mass today after 24 hrs in Boston.

Tacos Lupita, near Porter Sq, Somerville: I got to Boston in time for a late lunch yesterday (and in time to watch some of the Paraguay v Sweden game) at Tacos Lupita. I had the torta al pastor (which I don't know if I've ever had before, since I usually get tacos). It was an excellent sandwich: nice toasted bread with melted cheese, beans, avocado, tomato, lettuce, mayonaise and pork. Thanks to the other chowhounds who have recommended this, I think I'll be ordering this from now on.

Namaskar, Davis Square: I went with a friend for dinner at Namaskar and had a very nice meal. I was very impressed with the service and the value for the money, food was quite good as well. We shared the veggie samosa which had a good level of spice, then shared a masala dosa and mateer paneer. The masala dosa was as long as my arm, really huge and filling. The potato inside the pancake could have been a bit more flavorful, and the sambar could have been spicier, but overall very nice presentation and good stuff. Mateer paneer was nice and spicy and good. Before the meal we were offered wet towels to wash our hands, a complimentary drink and pappadam with various chutneys. Unless I really feel like experiencing the "scene", I won't bother ever eating in Diva again. For me, Namaskar is a much better and tastier dining experience.

Neighborhood Restaurant, Union Square Somerville: Had a pleasant breakfast at Neighborhood Restaurant this morning with a friend. She ordered a mushroom, tomato and cheese omelette which was very large and good. I ordered a special of blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage. The eggs and sausage were fine but nothing special, and the pancakes almost definitely were from a mix....they tasted like Bisquick. Boo. All breakfasts come with choice of hot cereal or fruit, homefries (which are pretty oniony and tasty), toast, coffee and OJ. I had the hot cereal (cream of wheat) which contains lots of butter and cinnamon. Service was a bit haphazard (yet still friendly), and our waitress completely forgot to bring us our fruit and cream of wheat until I asked, so I had it after my main breakfast instead of before. Oh well. Sitting out under the grape vines on days like these is really great, and it's nice to go out to breakfast on a Friday since there is no wait!

Roque Bakery, Union Square Somerville: I checked out this Brazilian bakery with my friend after breakfast...I ordered a chicken pastry to go (for my english relatives) and also tried a pan de yuca, which tasted kind of almondy and was OK. We sat for a while watching soccer. This place is really includes lots of juices and milk drinks, sandwiches, snacks, baked goods, etc. Pretty nice place to hang out and watch soccer too.

Taiwan Cafe and Mei Sum Bakery, Chinatown: On my way to the airport, I called Taiwan Cafe to order some veggie dumplings to bring to my relatives. I somehow managed to find a parking spot in Chinatown and walked around for a bit. In addition to picking up dumplings, I went to Mei Sum Bakery where I bought a pork bun (also for the relatives) and a shrimp rice noodle roll (for myself). The rice noodles were a bit dense and very lukewarm, but still quite good and a good deal at $2.50. Finally I got back in the car and headed to the airport (which took a while, since I couldn't figure out how to get into the Ted Williams Tunnel from Chinatown) where I picked up my relatives who flew in from London this morning. They ate veggie dumplings, a pork bun and a chicken-cheese pastry on the way back to western mass....I ate the leftovers once we got back. Yum

Chau for now,

Dave M.P.

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