Friday, March 22, 2019

Johnny's Stoneham

I first heard about Johnny's Famous Roast Beef & Pizza in Stoneham in a FB group where someone was looking for fried chicken in Woburn. I had never heard of them.

They are located almost next door to Three Amigos that I really like. There is parking, but it can be scarce.

No surprises on the inside and the place was bright and impeccably clean. There is also some window seating.

This is the EXIT #2-TWO PIECE SNACK ($4.75). "Thigh & wing". I got two thighs at no extra charge. I also got two potato wedges (45¢ each). I thought that this was expensive, but I got two humongous wedges that were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The chicken was super crunchy with a SEASONED batter. It was also tender and moist. This was an excellent fried chicken. It's also cooked to order, so it takes about 15 minutes before it's ready, but I have no objection to waiting for freshly cooked chicken. Roadies are the company that supplies the marinade and the coating, but the chicken is bought fresh locally. The husband and wife who runs the place were also super nice. I see more fried chicken in my future. I would suggest getting better paper napkins. Eating fried chicken those flimsy thin ones don't work.

Address: 125 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180 Phone: +1-781-438-8899

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tung's Taste Middleton

My first visit to Tung's Taste in Middleton wasn't exactly a success, but there was a dish that I really wanted to try so back I went today for another lunch.

There is parking in the strip mall where they reside.

Their H&S was mediocre, so I went with the Wonton Soup today. The broth was bland, but there were two big wontons in there and also finely julienned pork and veggies. Way better than the H&S soup.

The dish that I wanted to try was the lunch Long Horn Beef🌶️🌶️ ($9.95). "Shredded Beef Sautéed with Long Horn Peppers". It also comes in a chicken version. I ordered it extra spicy. The waiter said, "But it's already spicy". Extra spicy it was and what arrived was really extra spicy for once. See the fresh chili slivers in there? The longhorn peppers turned out to be the normal long green peppers that might be spicy or not. You never know, but today they were spicy. The beef was tender but still had texture. So often beef in Chinese restaurants is tender to the point of being mushy. Not only was it spicy but was also very flavorful. The plate looks like a paper plate in the picture, but it's not. This time I got chopsticks, and they were the real thing. The gentleman that runs the place is very nice and friendly. Water was replenished frequently. This was an excellent dish, and they certainly redeemed themselves. There is a couple of dishes on the regular menu that I'll be back for. I also saw their pork fried rice and it was a properly fried rice without any soy sauce being involved.

Address: 242 S Main St, Middleton, MA 01949 Phone: (978) 777-8298

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tequila's Wakefield

Tequila's Mexican Cantina in Wakefield now has a Taco Tuesday deal, but it doesn't start until 3 PM, so no good for my lunch.

Lots of parking and look at that sky. Not too warm today but there is hope for spring.

The inside is very nice, and I got my regular window booth.

The chips keep improving as does the salsas. The salsas are now excellent with a bit of heat.

Today I went for the Enchiladas Suizas (9). "Tinga, with tomatillo salsa and melted cheese, topped with crema and queso fresco, served with rice and beans". My waiter asked me what I wanted for the filling. I didn't know that there was a choice but went with one chicken and one ground beef. The rice here is excellent, and I don't say that very often in a Mexican restaurant. The enchiladas were excellent with tender and delicious chicken. The ground beef was also very tasty and not greasy at all. I also really like their refried beans. This place continues to impress with delicious food that is seasoned and cooked well. Service is always delightful.

Address: 979 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880 Phone: (978) 710-5512

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Andiamo Chelmsford

Andiamo Restaurant + Bar in Chelmsford does a decent Sunday Buffet for $17.

Plenty of parking.

It's a smallish buffet, and nothing is labeled. Of the excellent breakfast potatoes that I had on my first visit, there is no trace.

The first trip involved some OK charcuterie and Beet salad sans beets and a Caesar salad. The beet salad is excellent, but the Caesar needed a stronger dressing and smaller leaves. If you have to cut them to eat them, they are too big.

Apart from the missing potatoes, there wasn't any egg dish. There was some sort of pasta dish with shrimp and dry chicken. The shrimp was overcooked and not deveined and had the tail left on. The bacon here is excellent, thin and crispy. The sausages were just OK.

They also do omelets to order. This one is with caramelized onions and spinach with mostly absent cheddar cheese. How do you make an omelet that's layered? The open salt and pepper bowls have now been replaced with enclosed shakers. I wonder if they read my second blog post from here? The dining room was full, so I sat in the bar, and the service was pleasant.

Address 18 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 Phone number (978) 710-7218

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Irish Cottage Methuen

Despite having a terrible Cottage Pie at The Irish Cottage in Methuen, I decided to go back for their Reuben. Was this a mistake or not?

They are easy to get to from Rte 93, and they have plenty of parking, but parking can be scarce when they get busy.

Dinner starts at noon on weekends, and they can't put in food orders until then. Here is the Sligo Corned Beef Reuben (12). "Slow Cooked, Hand Cut Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and 1,000 Island Dressing on Thick Cut Rye". The original calls for Russian dressing that is less sweet. For my side, I picked Beer Battered Onion Rings. I also asked for extra dressing on the side, and that was no problem. You never get enough dressing with your Reuben. The corned beef was thick cut and I guess that's what hand cut really means even if this was so evenly sliced that I really doubt it was hand cut. The corned beef was tender and tasty and the kraut was good. I would not call this thick cut rye, but I like the thinner cut. The bread was nicely toasted, but the sandwich was cold. The onion rings looked good and had decent sized onions inside, but they were soggy and greasy. I would have this again, maybe with fries instead.

Taking the top slice of bread off reveals that the top half of the sandwich had no corned beef. It was the same for the other half. The service this time was friendly, and she checked in on me a couple of times.

Address: 17 Branch St, Methuen, MA 01844 Phone: (978) 208-4347

Friday, March 15, 2019

Cafe Escadrille Burlington

The lunch offerings on this years Dine Out Boston wasn't too impressive in the burbs. The usual suspects had the same menus again, and even Davio's that changes the menus weekly failed to enthrall. Cafe Escadrille in Burlington had nothing new on the menu either but have a couple of items that I like, and it's a good value at $20 for a three-course lunch.

I never noticed that they have a soup de jour in the first course offerings. I was going with their excellent clam chowder but today's soup was Manhattan Clam Chowder and Dine Out Boston week is a chance to try new things. The chowder was excellent, really well seasoned and with plenty of clams.

The second course was Tournedos á la Bordelaise. "Twin Petite Tenderloin Steaks with Artichoke, Spinach, Mashed Potato, Sauce Bordelaise". The tenderloins were ordered rare, and that's how they arrived. The mashed potatoes were helped with two packets of butter and plenty of salt and pepper. Still could have done with more cream. The waitress handed me an extra packet of butter so everyone must be aware of the lack of cream and butter. In fact, everything needed salt and pepper. The spinach was cooked perfectly as was the artichokes. The crispy onion strings was a nice addition. After seasoning, this is a very pleasant dish.

Last is a MINI DECADENT DESSERTS, and I picked the Chocolate Walnut Brownie Sundae. The warm and moist brownie was chockful of nuts, and the ice cream was pleasant. I really enjoyed this and could have eaten a couple more. Service here is always amicable and professional.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cucina Toscana Nashua NH

Cucina Toscana in Nashua has gotten a lot of good reviews.

They are located in a strip mall and I have never noticed them before and I used to go to the Thai place a couple doors down. There is parking outside and more around the corner.

The small dining room was nice and bright. They have a bar/lounge in the back that has its own entrance.

Nice table setting and fresh crusty bread with a garlic dipping oil arrive promptly.

With lunch entrees, you have a choice of Minestrone soup or a couple of salads. I went with the Caesar that was very pleasant.

For my lunch entree, I picked the Veal alla Francese (with side of pasta) ($13.99). "Dipped in egg batter, sautéed in a light lemon sauce with a touch of sherry". You can't really "sautéed in a light lemon sauce". You can also get the pasta on the side with red sauce, but I opted for it on the plate. The sauce was tasty and the pasta was cooked right. The veal, however, was seriously tough and chewy. There was a good amount of meat. I probably should have gone with the chicken version. The service was very friendly.

Address: 427 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03063 Phone: (603) 821-7356