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Great food in Boston...O'Cantinho, Mirage, Nam Vang, etc.

mmh429 | Oct 14, 2003 03:37 PM

I want to thank all of you Boston Chowhounds for making
my weekend in Boston so memorable. I searched your message boards for great restaurants to go to and you did not let me down!

In case you're interested, here are a few of the places I visited. All but one of these places I found through ...

Barking Crab –(Fried Clams & Clam Chowder)
It took me a while to find this place because of all
the construction but once I got there I really liked it.Yes, it's a bit touristy...but it didn't bother me because, after all, I was a tourist! We ordered the fried clams and some of the clam chowder. As one of you mentioned, the clams did have "big bellies" and the chowder was traditional and very good. The people there were really nice and since it was Saturday and not raining the open air atmosphere was perfect.

Mirage (I think?) the former Beirut Restaurant (21 Beacon St) (Persian Food)
One of you mentioned to come to this place for the
marvelous baklava I went to the address and couldn't
find the Beirut Restaurant anywhere...but I saw a place called the Mirage Restaurant (or something to that effect). I asked a man sitting outside (who turned out to be the owner)if this place served baklava. He said yes and that they also served a full menu of Persian food. I just ordered the baklava takeout and it was perfect. The ladies inside
told me that the restaurant now has new owners but
retained the same chef. Someone makes the baklava fresh
daily. Yum!

21st Amendment (Bar)
After hitting Mirage we walked around the corner to
hang out with friends, get a few drinks, and watch the
baseball game at the 21st Amendment. We didn't eat here (still full from the Barking Crab) but the food our friends got looked good (standard bar food). The fries looked especially fresh. Fun bar, nice pub atmosphere. This wasn't a place recommended by you chowhounds but I liked it nonetheless!

O'Cantinho (Portuguese)
I read a lot of discussion about the best place for
Portuguese food in Boston. In the end, I decided to go
to O'Cantinho on Cambridge Street. This place is AWESOME! The people there are really friendly. All of the other customers were Portuguese (a good sign) and having a great time. The food was very reasonably priced and the portions were generous. We ordered the fava bean/sausage appetizer,the pork in white wine sauce, and the chicken & sausage pasta. The wine I ordered (vinho verde) was very tasty and inexpensive (all wine was $3.50/glass!) For desert I had the patish nasta (sp?) –one of the custard pastries in the display case. Everything was very tasty...just like the
food I had in Portugal. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone interested in good Portuguese food.

Nam Vang

After all the rave Chowhound reviews for this place we HAD to try it for lunch. As suggested, we ordered the
Ban Xieo, the mi vit tiem (duck soup) and one of the bun dishes (I think it was the beef & shrimp combo). Everything tasted excellent and was really complimented by all the fresh herbs they provided on the side. The people running the place were really efficient and friendly. It was a great place for us to warm up after being outside in the rain on Sunday.

Mike's Pastry
We stopped here, again, to get out of the rain.
Great cheesecake!

Well that just about wraps things up. I’m now back in rainy Chicago (the weather must have followed me…)
Thanks again for all the help...I'll be back soon!

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