Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best Thai in Boston - Bangkok Bistro

At least of all the places I've been, Bangkok Bistro is the best Thai restaurant in Boston.

Roti ($6.95): This is the shit. Perfectly spicy curry with great beef (not sketchy at all), deliciously fried roti (not too oily)


Drunken Noodle ($7.95 at Lunch or $10.95 for Dinner, as above): Addictive, perfectly spicy (at our house we're big fans of the dishes here with two chili peppers next to them), and all fresh ingredients


Spicy Eggplant ($11.95): I loved the minced chicken and the rich broth and all the vegetables, so fucking good, perfectly spicy

Wild Wild Wild with Duck ($8.95 for Lunch, $14.95 for Dinner, with Duck):
Excellent duck, perfect spicy level, delicious, also this is just maybe a third of the takeout portion. 

The menu is long, with all the combinations you could want, many adorably named (Duck Bistro, Sea World, One Night in Bangkok, Double Feature, etc.)

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. This is the best Thai I've ever had.

Bangkok Bistro on Urbanspoon

Monday, September 1, 2014

BASHO

If you want to sit outside in the Fenway area and eat some fun and decent sushi, I'm not sure where else you'd go besides BASHO. Enjoy a glass of iced green tea ($3.50 - beware: refills are not free).

Crunchy Roll ($12.95): This was our favorite roll of the day. The fried onion is really nice and fun, the mango drizzle is great, then fish and tobiko and cucumber - it works really well. Surprisingly good. Turns out not enough people are putting fried onions in their sushi.

Spicy Avalanche Roll ($12.95): The funny idea here (a bit of toasted cheese) worked pretty well too. It was nicely spicy and almost as good as the Crunchy Roll.

   Tiger Roll ($12.95): This would've been really good if they hadn't gone so heavy on the mayo. I'd either ask about going easy on it or skip this roll. 


Spicy Duck Bao ($9): Nice soft bao, only okay duck and other flavors



Basho Japanese Brasserie on Urbanspoon

Friday, August 29, 2014

Only for the Burger - Eastern Standard

Make sure there's not a goddamn fucking game that day (or be in the area for it and thus be prepared for the parking rape), and you can have yourself a real good meal at Eastern Standard. If, that is, you stick to the burger.

Standard Burger - $13: It was perfectly cooked, like weirdly perfect. The entire thing was evenly perfectly medium rare. The bun really is lighter and airier than most brioche, which was a huge plus. You can feel in your hands that this will be a good burger. I added a little salt and pepper, and then it really is an A burger. You can and should come just for it when a good opportunity or craving arises.

Fries: Even though they're shoestring, they're still a little potato-y and some were soft like I like 'em, some were crisp like the rest of you like 'em.
They brought me an aioli for my fries. It was good.


Sweet bread with butter comes out; it's fine.

Chicken liver and foie gras mousse - $13: Shana doesn't like chicken liver, we finally established, and really it's not my favorite either. Or maybe it's just a little funkier here; maybe a little higher foie gras to chicken liver ration would've helped. The little peach, pecan and celery part was nice.

Rare tuna nicoise salad - $16: The description on the menu says, "Olive tapenade, deviled egg, haricots vert." It's funny to me no one's told them they need an "s" on "vert." But anyway, the tuna was almost flavorless, and the egg didn't seem to actually be deviled, but rather just a boiled egg cut in half with a sprinkle of chives. Huh.

The menu is pretty boring anyway. Just get that burger.



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flour Bakery

My initial experience at Flour was delightful, when I uncharacteristically ordered a chocolate macaroon and a jasmine green tea and found them to be a magical pairing. 

Dark Chocolate Macaroon

Their tea, even if you get a small, comes in a nice little pot.

And when you go in you see the pastry chef and owner, Joanne Chang, has cookbooks and that they sell all kinds of good looking goodies here, from sandwiches, salads and soups to bread, homemade biscotti, shortbread and stuff like that to take away, and desserts and pastries of all kinds. Also Joanne Chang is the Chang half of Myers + Chang, one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. I was excited to try it all. I've now sampled a huge chunk of Flour's food.

Craquelin - an almond croissant with an orange Marmalade: Quite good, except I don't really like marmalade
Espresso: 8/10

Twice Baked Brioche: Good, not amazing


Americano: You know how at some places, when you order an americano the water they use is so hot it takes like 10 minutes to be able to drink it? This is one of those. Next time I need to remember to ask them to just go light on the water, which I prefer anyway ratio-wise and should also help with this issue.


Currant Spelt Oat Scone: Not bad, nowhere near Canto but not as bad as most cafe's horrible scones.

Sticky Bun: Chang won a throwdown with Bobby Flay with this sticky bun. It's tasty but too sweet. I guess a lot of people are into that.

Sugar Bun Brioche: Good enough I guess but too plain for me


Blueberry Muffin: Big, sweet, good, certainly better than some packaged shit, but it doesn't transcend muffin-dom.


Chunk Lola Cooke ($2) - an oatmeal dark chocolate pecan coconut cookie: Good! Only one and a half notches below Canto. It's just not quite soft enough, which probably means not enough butter.

(Half size) roasted lamb, tomato chutney and goat cheese sandwich (also a few greens): maybe I should've paid the extra $.50 to have them grill the bread as it might've pressed down the thick slices to a more reasonable dimension. I had to take off half the roasted lamb to taste the other ingredients. I'm not a big fan of cold roasted lamb, it turns out, but the tomato chutney was nice. Also the bread itself is good, thick, soft and sweet. It just didn't make for proper sandwich construction.
I finally came back to my chocolate macaroon and jasmine tea, just as good as ever.
The breakfast line can be long every day, but it moves fast, and there's still usually a table and of nothing else definitely a stool. They have LevelUp but there's no discount (it's still easier than tipping with credit card receipt).

Anyway, I dunno. Have I just missed all the really good stuff here? I do want to try the summer soup, the Spanish Gazpacho, and maybe some bread to go. Let me know if there's anything here that's particularly good.

Flour Bakery + Cafe on Urbanspoon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Roxy's Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Green Meunster ($6) - with guacamole, applewoord bacon and muenster: Really salty, a little mouth-scraping, bread-wise, not as flavorful as I'd hoped.
Mighty Rib ($7) - with short rib, fontina, and caramelized onion: Lots of meat, tasty but ultimately kind of boring. I found myself looking longingly at the sauce/condiment station of the Chicken and Rice Guys' truck next to them, as all Roxy's has is ketchup. The toast was once again just the tiniest bit mouth-scrapey. They should really be only lightly toasting these.



Sample Menu
They take LevelUp.


Two sandwiches and I'm out. They just aren't mastering the art of a balanced sandwich.

Roxy's Grilled Cheese on Urbanspoon

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Katz's Houston - Guess Whether it's the Same

It's like if the good people of Denny's brought you a Jewish Deli and named it after a Manhattan institution. I find it confusing, insane and sad to know that the owner is related (the grandson, I think) to the original Katz's owner.

The menu is a Texas-sized diner/deli clusterfuck. The four beers they have on tap are Brooklyn Lager, the Brooklyn seasonal, St. Arnold seasonal and Bud Light.



Nosh Basket: An assortment of fried something-or-others-who-cares-it's-not-like-you-can-taste-them-under-all-that-breading-anyways.

The Pastrami Reuben (pictured) was okay, but more like you tried to make one at home, nothing whatsoever like Katz's or any other good delis. Unlike at the real Katz's, there's no authentic pastrami sandwich option with just untoasted bread that yields right into the thick, melt-in-your-mouth, hand-carved pastrami complimented with mustard, here you're given a monstrosity of toasted bread, swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Blech.
The Corned Beef Reuben was just plain bad, with touch, rubbery meat.

This place is a joke.


Katz's Deli & Bar on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Really?

A mushroom and walnut chocolate bar? Really? There was a time when I would've done my foodie duty and immediately shelled out the $8 fucking 50 they're asking for curiosity satisfaction, but at least that day, I didn't feel like it. Anyone tried this fucking garbage? Super foods... ugh. Eat a mushroom and then eat a bar of chocolate. It would cost a lot less and both would taste a lot better.