1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the state and country you’re in.
2. List your five favorite places to eat (locally) - any kind of food, whatever you like.
3. Tag 5 people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they've been tagged.
- Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
- Velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
- Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- Olivia (London, England)
- ML (Utah, USA)
- J (California, USA)
- CuriosityKiller (Hong Kong, SAR)
- Shelli (Minnesota, USA)
- Bluepaintred (Saskatchewan, Canada)
- Avitable (Florida, USA)
- Diana (Singapore)
- Jessica (Missouri, USA)
- Not That Desperate (Minneapolis, USA)
- Sonny Morningstar (Cambridge/Boston, MA, USA)
- Mikey Mud (Brookline, MA, USA)
How I made my selections: I decided to only list places that I've eaten at more than once. This excludes restaurants like The Federalist
or Chez Henri
. It's pretty obvious these are amazing quality restaurants, which I think defeats the purpose of this meme. I also avoided restaurants that are too expensive - fine dining is great and all, but you shouldn't have to mortgage your house to eat there (Locke Ober
). Franchises or chains were a bit of a stickler. I thought that excluding chains was a good idea, places like TGI Friday's, The Olive Garden, or Chi Chi's (all of which should be struck from the face of the earth). However, I've also had fantastic meals at small chains like Boca Grande
, so I'm thinking chains are okay, as long as they're small. Okay, that's enough. On to the restaurants!
Indian: Udupi Bhavan
, Ashland, MA. This Indian restaurant is really not a secret. It's a hike from Boston, however. This restaurant was my introduction to South Indian cuisine - I could go on and on about the dosa
, etc. but their sambar
is unparalleled, no question. Actually, I have to eat here one more time before I move. Any takers?
Korean: Cafe Han River
, Brookline, MA. This is counter to Sonny's pick of Fugakyu for his favorite Japanese restaurant. I admit I was a little annoyed that he picked Fugakyu, but then I just felt sorry for him. I mean - it's a pretty obvious pick. I expected more from you, Sonny - I thought you'd find awesome sushi in some mom & pop place, tucked away in Billerica
. Anyway, Cafe Han River is a wicked small eatery, that serves some of the best Korean food I've ever had. The menu isn't extensive, but that's not a problem. The kitchen is small - it really looks as if you're getting Korean home cooking. The rice cooker is not much bigger than my own, and, better yet, the rice is sticky
, as it should be. The meals come with kimchee and a few dumplings, which round out the main dish.
Comfort Food: Zon's Restaurant
, Jamaica Plain, MA. Comfort food done really well in an intimate setting. Was on my list of places to visit before the move, and I was able to cross it off a couple of weeks ago. The ice cream sandwiches using freshly baked cookies as the sandwich for the ice cream makes this place worthy of this list. My only regret is not getting to try one of their several versions of macaroni and cheese.
Pub Food: Matt Murphy's Pub
, Brookline, MA. God, I'm going to miss this place. The look used to be really authentic - wooden tables with people carving their names or some crude message into the top, chairs that didn't look like they could last the night. They've made some decisions lately that are questionable - one long cushioned seat along one side of the pub. The removal of Guinness draft from their selections. Still, the food and the service remain stellar. My favorite dishes are the shepherd's pie (I think this is the more authentic version, not the brick you see in the hospital cafeteria), the steak, and the fish & chips.
Chinese: Ocean Wealth
, Boston, MA. This is a tough one. First, the progression of Chinese cuisine in Boston, in my opinion, has stagnated. Yeah, Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger
is local, but that's more like Chinese-French fusion. Second, to get the good stuff at Ocean Wealth, you have to ask for the special menu. And even if you know to request the special menu, you should be able to read Chinese characters, and order in Cantonese. I don't go here without a Cantonese-speaking individual in my group. I don't know the names of my favorite dishes: there's a lobster scallion stir-fry that makes my mouth water as I type. There's a deep-fried taro-duck dish that is artery-clogging amazing. The best thing is that, for dessert, NO FORTUNE COOKIES. Depending on the season, it's either tropical fruit or some Chinese tapioca thing that, again, I have no idea what it's name is.
Okay, now the tagging. I've decided to tag couples and count them as one - I hope some of them are still reading, despite the fact that I've slowed down with the updates:
- Jocelyn and Peter - Because any good restaurant that I've eaten at lately is probably from Peter's recommendation.
- Cathy and John -
- John and Jill - because I want to hear about the foodie life in Hamilton, Ontario.
- Rebecca and David - Because I want to hear about the foodie life from some parents.
- ThaJinx - Because I want to hear that Idaho isn't just about potatoes.
Have at it!
*****Right now I'm listening to: Written in the Stars, The Bill Charlap Trio