Thursday, May 5, 2016

Masa Woburn

I wouldn't have been back to Masa in Woburn after my last visit but I have a gift card that I need to use up before they shutter their doors after Mothers day, May 8th. This was not unexpected.

Burger ($13) ordered medium rare with a fried egg over easy. The burger was, of course, overcooked and even the part that was somewhat pink was still dry but it had a nice char on the outside. The egg were fried hard, the point of having an egg on a burger is that the yolk should be runny and mix with the meat. The fries were good, as usual. I hope something better will open here after they are gone.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Beijing Chinese Dining Lexington

Where is spring? Did I miss it? Early May and it's only in the high 40's. Time for some Chinese food so I went to Beijing Chinese Dining in Lexington.

魚香雞片 Yu Shiang Chicken ($7.95). The best translation I can find is Sichuan Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce. Apart from chicken it also had bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms and snow peas and carrots had been added since the last time I had it. It was mildly garlicky and despite a good amount of chili oil, it also lacked in heat. The spring roll was a bit dense and the normally tasty fried rice was on the bland side. The H&S soup was hot but lacked sour.

The interior is elegant and bright from the big windows. They did a fair amount of business at lunch today.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

I wanted something spicy on this beautiful Saturday so I headed out to Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica.

This is the Fish Filets & Napa Cabbage w. Spicy Chili Sauce ($14.95) and I have now had this dish in all its variants. Yes, that's a pile of garlic on top of a heap of chili! Look at the amount of fish that you get, no need to go fishing soon. Excellent cooked fish, moist and flaky and it's fiercely hot dish but you can still taste the fish. I also really like the napa cabbage that's underneath the fish and that counts as veggies.

Saturday lunch crowd, the only empty table was the one I just vacated.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kings Burlington

Kings in Burlington is part of the new development on Third Avenue that is anchored by an enormous Wegmans.

This is a huge complex with a nice patio for al fresco dining, weather permitting. I thought that Kings in Lynnfield was big but it's dwarfed by this location.

The main bowling area with a big bar and lots of nice high top seating and of course, the entertainment are delivered by the bowlers.

I started with a small order of CRISPY & SPICY CALAMARI ($11) with Spicy Fried Peppers, served with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce. The good part was that you get both legs and rings and the dipping sauce was really good. The bad part was that they could have spent less time in the fryer. When I mentioned that to a manager, he offered to get me something else instead but I declined, I had enough food coming.

Next was the KINGS’ FAMOUS BAKED WINGS (Small $7.5). I ordered them with the Caribbean Jerk. The wings were cooked well with a really nice and tasty rub and with a hint of heat. The accompanying dipping sauce was really excellent and I could have eaten a bunch more of these.

Last was the CARIBBEAN JERK SHRIMP TACOS ($18) served with Pineapple-Mango Salsa, Shredded Kale, Creamy Avocado Sauce & Pico De Gallo, served with Southwestern Brown Rice. The big shrimps were cooked perfectly with a nice jerk rub and the whole taco was seriously tasty with a hint of heat. The brown rice was tasty with scallions and black beans.

The tacos were served with your own bottle of Tabasco! How cute was this!

The bar area next to the outside patio.

They have a private function room on the other side of the bar that includes four bowling lanes.

Another room with four pool tables. Did I mention that this is a big place?

They even have their own movie theater with plush seating. Check out their website for daily specials and events.

Disclosure: This was paid for by Kings but all opinions are my own.

Kings Burlington Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sonic Drive-in Wilmington

I have never been to Sonic Drive-in in Wilmington because 1. Drive-ins are for movies and 2. I never eat in my car, ever, but when I saw that today their hot dogs was a dollar and decided to give them a try. 

Good location and visibility but they are located next to a McDonalds, not sure how smart that is.

The interior wasn't very exciting and they also kept the front door locked and I saw a couple of customers just leave.

My hot dogs were delivered in a paper bag and the dogs had these sleeves on them.

I ordered the Chili Cheese Coney (top). "It's a grilled beef hot dog made with 100% pure beef and topped with warm chili and melty cheddar cheese served in a soft, warm bakery bun". If the dog had even seen a grill it must have been a long time ago since no traces remained. Otherwise, it was as described except that most of the cheese remained in the sleeve after I extracted it. The chili at least gave the dog some taste. The hot dog at the bottom is the All-American Dog. "It's a beef hot dog made with 100% pure beef that's grilled to perfection and topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, relish and chopped onions and served in a soft, warm bakery bun". Well, I tried them and it was just what I expected.

Sonic Drive-In Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Porch Wakefield

When The Porch in Wakefield announced this morning that today was Wing Wednesday my lunch plans was all set.

The smoker was going full tilt on the outside. This is a good way to attract customers especially since they are next to the train station.

Here they are! "Hickory smoked, whole wings with your choice of lip smackin' honey BBQ sauce or tangy Alabama white sauce. $1.75 each (includes tax)!". I ordered one of each and the wings itself had a really nice smokey flavor and was cooked nicely. The honey bbq sauce was excellent and to my surprise, spicy. However, the winner was the Alabama white sauce. I have only heard about this and it was nice to get to try it. Very tasty and I really liked it and when they do this again, try it. Another winner was their Mac & Cheese. Creamy, cheesy and well seasoned with perfectly cooked pasta. No wonder this is becoming a signature dish. You can now also buy the fried chicken by the piece and the same for the pulled pork. A seriously good lunch would be the Mac & Cheese and a piece of dark fried chicken and that would be very reasonable priced as well.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Christopher's Restaurant Reading

On this cold, currently below 40, and rainy day I felt like having some breakfast for lunch so I headed out to Christopher's Restaurant in Reading.

They are located close to Main Street with very sparse parking but there is free on-street parking available.

The inside was warm and bright with ample seating.

I went with the Hungryman Special ($9 something). "Three eggs, two strips of bacon and two pieces of sausage. Served with homefries and toast". The toast was nicely done and they had Scali bread so I was happy. Eggs over easy were done right and it was three separate eggs. The bacon was crispy but soft enough to cut. The sausages were tasty. The homefries were partly overcooked and soft and could have done with some more time on the griddle. Aren't they supposed to be somewhat crispy on the outside? Of course, they were unseasoned but that seems to be expected these days. I have to stop doing this breakfast thing, it's way to expensive for what you get.

Christopher's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato