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Boston Hound in Philly and Montreal

Alan H | Jul 11, 2002 02:10 PM

I visited both places last week.
First I did Philly for two days, and while not a particularly Houndish trip, I did get to sneak in a few treats.
For starters, went to Jim's Steaks on South Street. While I prefer the overall experience of Geno's on Passayunk, Jim's does IMHO have better steak. Nice meatty flavor, with an ample amount of grease.
Following a show at the TLA, I made it across the street to my favorite pizza by the slice that I have ever had--- Lorenzo & Sons at 3rd and South. Nice thin crust with a sweet, but not overly-sweet, sauce, and stretchy flavorful cheese. I can not go to Philadelphia without visiting there.
The next day, I managed to get in a triop through the Italian Market. Always a great time checking out all the produce, meats, and fish. One thing I noticed this time was numerous crab vendors selling crabs segregated into "boys" and "girls". Anyone know why this is? Followed this up with a great Vietnamese noodle bowl. I can't remember the name of the dish or even the name of the restaurant, but it is in a block of Vietnamese shops and restaurants on Washington Street, about 2 blocks East of the Italian Market. While I was there, I stopped at the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory and got a bag of soft pretzels to bring home.

Got in a bit more Good Eats in Montreal. I went to Soto, the Vieux-Montreal location, and had perhaps the best Japanese food I have ever had. Definitely not traditional, but a more contemporary style. I strongly recommend the Shiitake Ebi Tempura (fried shiitake mushrooms, wrapped in a shiso leaf, and stuffed with shrimp, smoked salmon, and mozzarella, topped with a spicy caviar (flying fish roe) cream sauce) AMAZING! Also had an unfiltered sake, served chilled, which was a new experience for me, and an exceptionally good one at that. The service was more French style than Japanese, very attentive and detailed, ever-present but not intrusive.
Tried Montreal Bagels for the first time. Loved 'em. I forget the name of the place, but it might have been Fairmount Bagel. Nice texture, boiled then cooked in a wood fired oven. Definitely better than anything here in Boston.
Had dinner at Fondue Mentale on St. Denis. Started with an appetizer of a cheese fondue with dried tomatoes,which was delicious and left me hungry for more. For the main course went with the Japponaise, which was a miso-broth fondue with shrimp, scallops, beef and vegetables to cook in the delicious broth. After finishing the bottle of delicious red wine from Lebanon of all places, dessert was a chocolate fondue and a maple fondue, with fresh fruits to dip. I can't say enough about how good the food was and how wonderful the service was.

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