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NY loves Boston! (long)

nypb | Oct 6, 2003 12:38 PM

Hey Boston hounds, me and my wife just returned from an awesome weekend in Boston. I wanted to share my chow experiences and thank everyone for their help in making my trip as great as it was.

Skipjacks: We had a great meal here on our last visit in ’97 so we decided it was worthy of another visit. Shared the seard tuna app. I had mahi mahi skipjacks style on a bed of garlic mashed. Delicious. Mrs. B had the wasabi crusted salmon, she loved it. Oh and great chowder too! Service/timing was perfect.
Lunch in the north end, Pomodoro fits the bill. Shared the cold antipasto platter, nice. We also split a linguini w/ white clam sauce which was spiked with lemon and capers. I gotta say it was the best white clam sauce I ever had. A cannoli at Modern Pastry and we waddled over to the Fleet Center to purchase our Rangers/B’s tickets for sat. nite.
Later that day, while reading the Globe back in the room, wait, the Red Wings are in town tonight, let’s go, I love the Wings. This is relevant because the game ends after 9 and we won’t want a full fledged meal afterwards. So, after the game, head over to Cactus Café (on Boylston). Get to the hostess stand, tell her we need a table for drinks and apps. She asks if we’ll both be ordering appetizers. I assure her we’ll both be eating. A few Hornitos margaritas, a mile high plate of chicken nachos and gazpacho. Pretty good and hit the spot, perfect. We ate here in ’97 as well.
Friday, our weekend is going too fast. Time for a ‘wild card’ pick, a restaurant that I pick myself to make myself feel as though I’m chowhounding. Lunch at Brown Sugar, Comm av location. Had to switch tables, they were painting the entrance and the front of the room smelled like paint. Not good, much better in the back. Ordered crab Rangoon (average, not much crab, too much Rangoon). Pad see ew (chicken) and a shrimp/basil/chile dish. Noodles were real good, not greasy, shrimp were fresh and plump. The only hiccup, my thai iced tea never arrived. No matter, they took it off the bill.
We stayed at the Eliot so we decided on dinner in the hotel restaurant, Uni. Nice little space, sat at the bar. 2 enter the dragons and the Poke to start. Yum. The rest of the dishes we sampled, in no particular order: A salmon with Chinese black bean, avocado and cilantro. Kobe beef, delicious. Crispy lobster, not bad, stick to raw fish. Uni and Hamachi, that’s better. 2 more enter the dragons. Too full for dessert but not too full to head over to the Blue Cat for drinks. The rest of the evening is a blur…
Sat. morning, slightly hungover, need eggs and bacon. Not wanting to pay $50 for bacon and eggs from room service I call Steve’s (greek) on Newbury for take out. Without rehashing my experience, let’s just say it was less than satisfactory. The food wasn’t too good either. This place must be a tourist trap. Avoid. I should have coughed up the $50.
So, where to go for the final meal? After the Rangers beat the B’s, hopped in the car for the short drive to Cambridge to check out the East Coast Grill. Maybe we can get in without too much of a wait since the Sox are playing. No dice, at least a ½ hour (which was actually 45 min). Finally got seated, nice corner table. Had the fish tacos for an app. Mrs. B had a salad and the seared pepper crusted tuna. Awesome. I had the BBQ sampler, the pulled pork was real good and vinegar-y, the Memphis ribs were smoky and tender but the BRISKET! What the hell happened to the brisket? To quote Rev. Run it was “tougher than leather.” It was only a few slices so I didn’t really make a big deal about it. I was so full anyway and didn’t really want to eat anymore. I told our server about it and she said maybe they didn’t smoke it enough, it should be tender. No kidding. No compensation, but I wasn’t really looking for any, so it was OK. Any restaurant that serves beer in a can is OK with me.
I call my mom on LI upon our return to NYC. She says she’s getting ready to eat dinner. What’s for dinner mom? Brisket. Damn.

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