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A tourist's review...

magic | Oct 9, 2007 06:32 AM

Just visited Boston for the first time. LOVE your city. Before going I did my research on where to eat. I’ve detailed my food jaunts below for anyone who is interested in what a Canadian has to say.

Lobster rolls: Kelly’s v. B+G.
I tried two lobster rolls: Kelly’s and B+G Oyster’s. I definitely thought Kelly’s was the winner. B+G’s was good but Kelly’s rolls just overflowed with nice sweet lobster, which I loved. B+G’s ‘bun’ itself was tasty but I found it a bit too bready, which, along with the nice sweetness of the bun kind of interfered with the taste of the lobster meat. B+G’s meat was nice but truthfully a bit plain tasting. Eating Kelly’s roll you knew you were eating lobster, the nice robust sweetness shined though – not so much at B+G. Kelly’s bun, although Wonderbread I’m sure was grilled and buttery and crispy and instead of interfering with the taste of the lobster meat, complimented it. So, while B+G’s roll was a solid 7/10 I’d give Kelly’s 8.5, maybe 9/10.

B+G Oyster. See above for Lobster roll feedback. The fries were indeed great btw, people are right about that. Slaw was ok. Delicious fried oysters but found the tartar sauce a bit salty, which wasn’t needed. Also didn’t care for the fact that each oyster came slightly dipped in sauce. It was a presentation technique and while it is clear thought was put into this presentation it would’ve been nice to have the choice to eat the oyster with or without sauce. A dipping cup would solve this. Otherwise the oysters were perfectly done and superfresh. My friend’s clam chowder was nice. Tasty, not thick and goopy. Service was ok, not great. Lovely bar – wow.

Kanes Donuts. Delish. Lemon zest in the old fashion glazed ones. Mmmm. Wasn’t crazy about the choco glazed but overall the donuts were really good. Great coffee. Great place too. Nice folks, pretty space.

East Coast Grill: I really liked it. It wasn’t perfect but generally pretty good and I’d visit it again. My friend and I each got BBQ platters. Ribs were for sure the winner on the platter. Pulled pork was nice. Brisket was ok. Garlic mashed were incredibly tasty but a bit too buttery and rich I found – otherwise tasty. Forgettable cornbread. Their ribs are great (especially this Asian inspired ‘wetbone’ app) and the service was really nice. Great vibe there. Will go back when in Boston next.

Boston Cream Pie – Oak Room. Tasty, very nicely done. I think they put some kind of booze in the chocolate component of the pie, which I wasn’t expecting and didn’t really care for. I ate around it as I found it too lemony or citrusy, or something. The cake itself was nice and soft and refined. Overall I thought it’d be better without the boozy chocolate, but that was just my preference.

Christina’s Ice Cream. Seriously rude service. I had burnt sugar ice cream that was to die for. Sampled pumpkin flavor too which I thought had zero flavor.

Herrell’s (sp?) ice cream, at Harvard Square. Meh, too sweet.

The Upper Crust, pizza. This one I actually stumbled across on my way to Cheers (please no laffing, I was a tourist!). I had not run across it in my research. I really liked it. Nice quality pies, nice vibe and service.

The Barking Crab. I know, I know, a total tourist spot, not really a food spot. But I wanted a fun harbor restaurant and it looked fun. And it was. The food…..not so much. My fried clams tasted off, gross. The bucket of shrimp were not bad, the garlic bread decent but forgettable. And my friend’s fried calamari was too dark. Oil unclean obviously. But, it was a fun Saturday and nice to spend it outside near the water. But those long lines – oh man.

Brownstone (‘s?). Found this spot for brekky near the Back Bay T station. I really enjoyed it. Pancakes, eggs etc.

I’m sure I ate more but these are the ones that immediately come to mind. Thanks for reading this book!

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