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What are your stand-by, go-to restaurants?

Swankalicious | Feb 5, 2011 07:02 PM

I'm curious to know which restaurants Chowhounders rely on, time and again, for good food. Nothing splashy or fancy, necessarily--just places you love to frequent and feel comfortable at. Places that have one must-try dish or exquisite drink, etc. For me:

Tu Y Yo, Somerville
Reliably different, unusual Mexican food in an unlikely neighborhood.

Vinny's at Nite, Somerville
Yet again, an unusual location for a slice of Boston life--high hair, lots of garlic, unpretentious and hearty food

Chau Chow City, Woburn
I'm no fan of the Boston Chau, but the Woburn location is much cleaner, with fresher food, in my opinion. I appreciate the trays of snails, clams in black bean sauce, etc. and the variety of dim sum offered.

Hei Lei Moon, Boston
The best dim sum in Boston, in my opinion. (Not that there are oh-so many options, but this one rises to the top.)

Island Creek Oyster Bar
I'm a fan. I think they try hard, have inventive cocktails, a well-meaning staff, and forward-thinking seafood arrangements. And the vibe is nice. You feel special eating there.

Taqueria La Mexicana, Union Sq, Somerville
For my money, the best down and dirty taqueria in the area, with killer poblanos, wonderful taquitos, and the warmest staff around. A gem.

Gourmet Dumpling, Boston
Their dumplings are yeasty clouds of bliss, and I love their chicken with "mayo" and oyster pancakes...gooey, gummy, yummy.

Diva Indian, Davis Sq., Somerville
You cannot beat their 2-person meal for $29, which will feed you for several days--every permutation of curry, appetizer, salad, dessert--never had a bad meal here. Very rich, very good.

Mr. Bartleys, HSQ
I come here seeking comfort, not atmosphere. A frappe and some onion rings, and I am right as rain.

Sofra, Cambridge
Not a gigantic fan of Sofra's layout (never a seat), and I have endured some oily sandwiches here. No, I love their eggs in rich, tangy tomato sauce. I'd drive miles for this dish.

Feel free to add your own stand-bys. I'll be thinking of more.

Chau Chow City
81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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