Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Top 7 Lobster Rolls in or Near Boston

It's lobster roll season! Halle-fucking-lujah! Here's my guide to Boston's best lobster roll options. I haven't by any means tried them all. It's a work in progress. Please feel free to add suggestions where I can get the perfect lobster roll experience.

7. Cisco Brewers (Gates B & E of Logan Airport):

I put this one on the list mainly because it's pretty awesome that you can get a lobster roll ($19.95) at the airport and without paying $23 or more at stupid Legal Seafoods no less, at the tiny Cisco Brewers kiosk-ish joint in Gate E where they only have a cold food menu. They still managed to griddle our buttered buns for great classic lobster rolls! Plenty of lobster meat, lightly mayo-ed and salted, served with a bit of plain cole slaw and Nantucket chips. They also have four beers on tap there. I had that Sankaty Island Light, which I loved, and my girlfriend enjoyed Cisco's Winter Warmer. Their chips and salsa also wasn't that bad for Boston.

6. Faith's Seafood Shack in Aquinnah: 

If you happen to take a little trip to the Vineyard, you may as well get some lobster rolls to accompany this view.

FYI, they don't have a restroom, but there's one across the way. They ask you to donate $.50, but it's an honors system slot.

Lobster rolls ($16) - Lots of romaine, good lobster, lightly toasted and moderately buttered roll, mayo, good stuff

5.  Kelly's Roast Beef (in Revere Beach, Natick/Framingham, and more):

 The good thing about this one is that it's available all year round and is still consistently fairly fresh. I could give two shits and a handclap about their roast beef sandwiches, but when you have a hankering for a lobster roll in January, find some excuse to make your way out to Natick.

4. Menemsha Fish Market:
It's a fun time here in general. The free samples they were giving out of lobster bisque and clam chowder were both really good.

 Take your food out to one of the little tables on the water.

Hot lobster roll ($20): Lots of butter here, and the hot lobster roll isn't usually my thing, but something about this one did it for me. Maybe it was that it was the freshest, sweetest lobster. Too bad they're pretty small.

3. James Hook:

Pure, fresh, lobster and mayo on well-buttered bun and that's it. Get the small since the large is on a stupid sub roll. It's a flawlessly executed simple lobster roll. 

They also have a crazy-awesome amount of condiments available.

2. Woodman's:

This one ($20) is a shit load of lobster with almost nothing else but some mayo and, I believe, miracle whip, which sweetens up the ocean fresh lobster. It's served on a boat of an also sweet potato bun. The sweetness sets this one apart. I highly recommending swimming, frolicking, reading etc.on the beach all morning, then coming here and pairing a 20 oz. Belfast Lobster Ale ($5.65) and this awesome lobster roll. 
Also the fries are thick and soft inside, crisp out. Skip the greasy clam cakes though.
And how cute

1. The Raw Bar:

Okay so my favorite lobster roll is $26, but you get what I believe is three (or four?) fucking pounds of fresh lobster with mayo. The one problem with this roll is that they use a large, unbuttered, untoasted bun. It's such a tragedy because if they got the bun right, it would be perfect.  I wish they had a bit more in the way of beer selection, but a Harpoon IPA ($4.50) will wash it down.
I've never had to use the phrase "too much lobster" before. My girlfriend couldn't finish hers. Unable to let a pound of lobster go to waste, I finished it, don't worry.  

Don't be alarmed when your poop is orange the next morning, that's just what lobsterful poop looks like.
Cisco Brew Pub on Urbanspoon Faith's Seafood Shack on Urbanspoon Kelly's Roast Beef on Urbanspoon Menenemsha cafe on Urbanspoon James Hook & Co Lobster on Urbanspoon Woodman's of Essex on Urbanspoon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Hungry Mother of God

I'm no longer sure Russell House Tavern is my favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Hungry Mother is amazing.

Book a reservation or get there (Tuesday-Sunday) early, by 5:10, to grab a seat in the bar area. Their dress code, straight from the front page of their website is, "Please wear clothing; proper attire not required." Now that's my kind of place.

They have four beers on tap, but they're always an interesting assortment. There are of course also fun cocktails and a nice list of whiskey, etc.

Any food you order is a safe bet, but here are some highlights from my experiences:

You have to start with the amazing cornbread with sweet sorghum butter (pictured: small ($4); also available in large($8)). It's crispy outside, soft in.
I'm not going to bother telling you what all these dishes are since the menu changes all the time and you probably won't be able to get these exact things. Trust me, this was all some delicious shit.


Basically, the lesson here is to focus on the appetizers rather than the mains.

Save room for dessert. Those are always different too. Some are definitely better than others. This pie was one of those: Malted Oatmeal Pie ($9) with red wine poached apples and cinnamon chantily. Holy chantily, this was good.

And! Along with your dessert, order a half glass of Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout. So creamy, so perfect to pair with a nice pie or whatever sweet treat you have. 

Also, they will pick up discounted movie tickets for you for Kendall Square Cinema next door. That makes for a great date night.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


If you're getting into Boston on a flight that arrives at midnight and your connecting airport had no food worth eating, you have a few options. If it's Friday or Saturday, one of them is Saus


Monday-Wednesday: 11:30am - 10pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 12am
Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 2am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 8pm

Frikandel -Belgian street dog ($6.95): Tasty, with lots of perfect heat house-pickled jalapeƱos, a soft bun, and great meat. 
The ole chipotle sauce - made with spicy chipotle, lime juice, fresh cilantro, homemade mayo - So good! It came on the frikandel, but this is THE sauce to get for your fries

Fries - 6/10, just regular fries like you'd get at any bar

3 o'clock - Cheddar Duvel - made of sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, golden Belgian ale: Like a super delicious cheese whiz sauce
7 o'clock 
- Green monster - made of jalapeƱos, habaneros, fresh cilantro, garlic: Not as hot as I'd thought it might be, but it was light and sweet and nice to mix with the cheddar one
11 o'clock - 
-Pindasaus - made of creamy peanut butter, dark soy sauce, date saus, chili paste: heavy, tasty, unsurprising
Mini Chicken and waffles: (only one) yummy little waffle corner, served with a sweet chili BBQ sauce, some pickles, and five fried chicken strip nuggets, all but one too chewy one were great, the breading was tasty. I prefer honey and or gravy to the tangy BBQ sauce, but whatevs cuz also at my dipping disposal was...
Poutine with pork belly! Lots of pork belly strips, those mediocre fries at Saus made better by being drenched in gravy and melting cheese curds. Oh yeah.

Your asshole

They also have four beers on tap, and a longer selection of bottles and sometimes cans.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Belizean Dishes

Fry jacks are a tasty little breakfast option we saw all over, like sopapillas. This one (top of the plate) was large.

But there were also little ones (top of the plate) as well as stuffed fry jacks, usually stuffed with beans, cheese and/or meat.

Cheesey Chaya Dip (from Rojo Lounge on San Pedro): Chaya, we learned, is an iron rich green, and in this case it was mixed with melted cheese and Parmesan and maybe more herbs with toast points. I think the chaya made for a better cheese dip than spinach usually does. Also fun to note, Chaya is a Jewish term for the soul, a Hindu goddess of shadow, and a brand of tequila.

As with Nicaragua, a ceviche is always a good bet at any restaurants in Belize.

Seaweed shakes - We saw this on signs a few times before I asked and found out you just order any shake and then they add some healthful seaweed to it, so that you can't taste the seaweed.

Mostly, there were several things I saw or heard about but didn't get to try, either because they weren't in season, we got there while the owner was eating the last one, or we ran out of time:
Soursop - local fruit - At Rojo, they have soursop ice cream when it's in season.
Pandanus - local fruit - Ditto.
Pigtail boil - You'll see this on restaurant's signs, at least in Placencia.
Gibnut - Called the "royal rat" because it's a rodent that looks like a rat, and the queen apparently really liked it. In Placencia, you can get it at BJ's, but go early (by 4pm). The owner was eating the last one of the day when we got there at sunset, and they only get gibnuts when the guys who catch them have them sometimes, and you never know when or how much they'll have.
Stew chicken - This is everywhere, but I never got around to trying anyone's. The one place I ordered it, they were out.
Chirmole soup

Also more common there are barracuda and snook fish, but the Creole place where we tried them overcooked them to the point where we couldn't taste their peculiarities. Poop.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Best Quick Meal in Brookline

Like maybe you just went to Trader Joe's and you want to eat a delicious meal on your way home without your Joe Joe's 'n' Cream melting. Enter Shawarma King. Though, I should say it's totally worth going a little out of your way for too. I'm not sure if there's a better Shawarma place in Boston.

Beef kibbi ($5.99): so good, with fresh parsley, onions, tomatoes, yummy pickles, and delicious ground meat with cinnamon and nutmeg, which makes it taste like Christmas

Chicken shawarma ($5.99): almost as good as the beef kibbi

I'm not a big falafel fan, but my girlfriend is and likes the falafel here.

Jallab (or raisin date rose water) with almond shreds ($2.99): This is so good It's almost my favorite thing about this place (except that the beef kibbi is too good for that). It's not as sweet as you'd fear, kinda tastes like a head shop. After a few bites of kibbi with their awesome hot sauce (I ask for a side of it when I go), it's so wonderful to have this cold, sweet, flavor blast to sip.

Lemonade with rose water ($1.99): The rose water is a tasty twist, though the jallab is better.

Want a side? Have some of their lemony lentil soup. Add a little salt and pepper, and it's quite good.

There is a restroom in the back; just ask.

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