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Hot off the Press, Orleans, Rangzen, JP Seafood

Joanie | May 5, 200810:39 AM

Finally made it to Hot off the Press in Central Sq. yesterday and wasn't overly impressed. I hadn't eaten in almost 24 hrs so the sandwich hit the spot, but the whole experience was kind of sloppy. The place was pretty messy with plates and trash on top of the trash bin, the condiment counter was messy, no paper towels/napkins in that area, etc. Then the sandwich itself was slapped together and not evenly grilled. I went w/ the southwestern turkey which also had bacon, cheese and tomato on rustic white, a good amount for $5.95 but nothing was too pretty to look at.

We did trivia at Orleans last Wed. and I thought their prosciutto pizza was pretty good. It was advertised as having tomatoes so I assumed that meant no red saucebut that wasn't the case. Good but I would have asked for it white. Their fried calamari was done quite well w/ a cornmeal coating if you like that sort of thing. Only had a small bite of the lobster mac n cheese which was pricey at $23 and while I don't like an overly thick sauce, this one seemed too thin. And they had pimentos/red peppers (which is it?) in it which I say is a no-no. Someone got a burger too and it didn't look as good as the one time I got one but seemed fine. We also didn't kick ass as I predicted.

Since I had a couple days off in between road trips, I took advantage of lunch specials at Rangzen and JP Seafood. Had never made it to the buffet at Rangzen and that was a good deal, many choices and lots for vegetarians. The broccoli was garlicky and done well, asparagus tasted good but was overcooked, great rice, good chicken and mushrooms, good tofu dish. Lots of little things on the side like eggplant, a moo shi style pancake with egg something, fruit, salad, etc. About $8.50 I think and pretty popular at 2PM. The lunch box at JP Seafood was an equally good deal, $8 for salmon, a few pieces of sushi (not so great), a couple tempura pieces, well fried potato pancake, salad. Very quiet on a Tues. afternoon. I'm getting hungry.

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