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Maximo's Watertown and Fastacchi Nut Butters

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Maximo's Watertown and Fastacchi Nut Butters

StriperGuy | Aug 6, 2012 10:42 AM

On the way to Fordee's for falafel, I decided to take one for the team and try Maximo's instead.

Had the grilled Mahi burrito and ate it on the premises. Showed up as a white mass, wrapped in foil, no garnish, no side, looked sad, lumpy, and lonely. Even a sprig of parsley or a little pico de gallo in a plastic tub would have made it more appetizing.

The burrito itself was not particularly notable either. Honestly, tasted of well... nothing. Pretty sure they added the sour cream that I asked them to "hold;" sour cream and fish is just icky. One of my fav sandwiches anywhere is a Mahi sandwich in Key West on the Main strip. When I am there I essentially eat it every day for lunch. I had some vague hope that... well nevermind.

As I understand it the owner used to be a Manager at the Cheesecake factory.

Only one table seated other than me. Unfortunately I get the vibe from Maximo's that it just does not have the critical mass, the oomph, heck the tasty food, to survive. Table next to me had turkey burgers with home fries that looked tasty. The roll on the turkey burger looked nice too. I'd go with beef, but what they heck.

Mahi is not that tricky, has some decent flavor of it's own, hit it with a splash of Worcestershire, maybe a hint of soy, and some fresh lime juice when it is done, yum. Honestly there could have been unseasoned tofu in this and I would not have known the difference.

On to more exciting things. Stepped three doors down into Fastacchi, full stop the best place to buy nuts in greater Boston. A tad pricey, but the quality is SO much better then anything you can get anywhere else. I was getting some roasted unsalted squash seeds to snack on, but they had samples of new house-made nut butters: Almond, Hazelnut, Cashew, Pistachio, Pecan and one or two others.

I sampled the Pistachio, Pecan, and Hazelnut and quite honestly the flavor blew my mind. Just so delicious, fresh, and nutty. Intense, so much more so than the store bought. I asked the woman behind the counter about the Pistachio butter and she said is was made from freshly roasted and ground domestic Pistachios. I told her it was one of the best I had ever tasted and she offered that since they started making the nut butters, she can't eat any other nut butter products.

Prices range from $5 - $7 for 8 ounces. Locally made, wonderful, artisanal product; really superb, changed my view of what nut butter (which I love) could taste like.

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