Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, South End, Boston
The coffee is salt of the earth, not brewed aggressively but certainly no pushover. A nourishing drink.
Fine mince on the great turkey hash that's been mentioned here many times. Sweet dots of carrots, tiny potato cubes, onions (I'd love more sweet pearly bites of onions!). Made complete with perfectly poached eggs -- smooth whiteness and oozing yolk, mingling with the hash.
Thick pancakes looked impressive with soft crumb. Will have to try them next time.
El Pelon, Fenway, Boston
A commendable if not exactly soulful fish taco. Neat white pieces of fish, good light batter, reasonable drizzle of the mayo (could have had more bite), limp purple cabbage slaw when something sharp and crisp might have been better.
Watery thin horchata.
Pho Hong Kong, Fenway, Boston
An acceptable if unexceptional Orange Blossom Pork.
Fantasy vision: thin pieces of pork, like the Hainanese ones I had recently for optimal balance with crispy batter. Reality: Thick pieces, coating not as crispy as fantasy.
Fantasy vision: a light onion-brown sauce with all the sweetness and savour of sauteed onions. Reality: a standard dark sweet brown sauce with onions, sharp and lightly stir fried.
Cafe Belo, Allston Branch
Reasonable stuff. Mixed bag at the churrasco. Surprising quality of the chicken hearts, firm and a little snappy. Sirloin was tough and uninteresting. From the steam table, the stewed chicken wasn't too bad. Homey beans on rice (where was the farofa? must have missed it), decent curls of collards, if cut too thickly, nice plaintains. Nothing bad among the dishes, no major standouts but no flops either.
An ok caju (cashew fruit) drink.
Emma's Pizza, Kendall Sq, Cambridge
Had some great modern pizza again. Brittle cracker crust, great wild mushrooms. Deep deep stuff.