Friday, April 24, 2015

Lisa's Family Pizzeria Woburn

Lisa's Family Pizzeria in Woburn is close to home on Rte 38 and they were convenient today since I had to be home for a water heater replacement. Got 13 years out of the GE with 9 years warranty so I can't really complain but it's inconvenient and expensive when they break.

I have ordered the 8 Wings to go with Honey Mustard Sauce ($6.50) before and they are really delicious. The wings are cooked perfectly and they are some of the best wings around. I was really impressed both with how flavorful they were and how well they were cooked, the first time I ordered them. I'm also impressed that they use recyclable containers.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Holi Bedford

Holi Indian Restaurant in Bedford opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Dalya's. Dalya's closed after being open for 20 years and the owners thought it was time to retire. Holi is owned by the same people that operate the delightful Zaika Indian Bistro in Woburn center and if the food is as good here as it is at Zaika, Bedford is in for a real treat.

Holi is located at Bedford Farms next to an ice cream stand. I don't think they will get much business from the buffet customers. 

The lunch buffet ($12) is on the expensive side, BUT the buffet is really big. The steam trays have windows in the lid but, of course, everyone is still lifting the lid to see the food.

The room is well lit and you get both linen tablecloths and linen napkins. The bar from Dalya's is still there.

But what about the food? Everything was really fresh and delicious. The lamb daal, bottom left, was just about the best daal I have had, thick and rich and very flavorful, and the same can be said for the Saag Mushrooms above it. The mushrooms were fresh and not overcooked. The big samosa was tasty as well. The Chipotle Chicken was dry and I pointed that out to the manager and the next batch that arrived was cooked perfectly. No big deal, they just opened last week. The Fish Pakora wasn't too dry and the Tandoori Chicken was moist and really appetizing. Fresh naan, either plain or garlic, is served at the table. There were also papads available on the buffet. For my second visit, I got the improved Chipotle Chicken, Saag and the Daal. The buffet were so big that I probably skipped about half of the dishes available. Service was very good, water glass refilled promptly and the manager was walking around making sure everything was OK. They were also quite busy at lunchtime today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Great Chow Malden

Time to try something else for lunch from The Great Chow in Malden on a sunny and decently warm day.

The waitress asked what I was in a mood for and when I said noodles, she recommended the spicy Sichuan Style Beef Tendon Noodle ($8.50). I'm not sure if I would have ordered this since I read it as being just beef tendon but went with it anyway and it turned out to be beef with gelatinous parts attached and this was delicious with very tender and flavorful beef. The broth itself was a bit weak and the noodles were soft and overcooked but the beef was the hero and I really liked this.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Snappy Pattys Medford

Again I got lucky and snagged a free parking space behind Snappy Pattys in Medford. They are working on constructing a patio out back for their expansion.

This is the Steak Wrap (11.5). It comes with Wagyu Skirt Steak, Herb Mayo, Cucumber & Greens and it was really delicious as was the fries. The herbed mayo added a nice touch of freshness.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chettinad Grill Burlington

Since my usual Monday hunt for Indian, Punjab in Arlington, take any excuse to not to serve the lunch specials I decided to return to Chettinad Grill in Burlington since I was really impressed by the food on my visit last week. It's also very close to home so I can get back quickly and continue watching the World Snooker Championship from BBC. They show about 8 hours a day live, not counting the streaming content.

First visit to the buffet ($10.99) yielded a chance to try the Biryani and it was really good with lots of flavors. Tandoori chicken was again moist and tender. Idli-65 from the app section was a spicy piece of dough with a nice bite to it. Chettinad Potato Curry was also good and spicy. Next was Sorakky Kootu, a very tasty lentil dish. The Saag Paneer was just OK but still nice. In the container up top, I put the Chettinad Mochai Parayu Masala, a bean dish that was really tasty. Again, I was impressed by the flavoring of the food and I was very happy with the spice levels. On this cold and miserable Monday, they were again really busy.

A Dosa is also included and I inquired if there was an option on the filling, but your only choice is the mild potato filling.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

I have decided to eat my way through the new chef's specials at Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica so that's where I headed on a sunny but not too warm Sunday.

I started with an order of Sichuan Wonton with Spicy Chili Sauce ($5.95). The wontons were nice, but the sauce was just mildly spicy. Today I got the pickled veggies that were absent last Sunday.

From the New Specials Menu, I ordered the Smoky Pork Belly w. Spicy Black Beans ($13.95) and white rice. I must admit that you get a serious amount of rice for 99 cents! The pork belly was smoky and delicious, but it was on the milder side despite being marked as two peppers on the menu. They were almost full at lunch today.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Temazcal Lynnfield

Time for another visit to Temazcal Tequila Cantina in Lynnfield for some more Saturday lunch. They have started serving on the patio again and all the doors were open so it wasn't much warmer inside than outside and there was no heatwave outside today.

Lettuce Wrap Ahi Tuna Tacos ($15). MANGO SALSA, BLACK BEAN, BIBB LETTUCE, TORTILLA STRIPS, CHIPOTLE AIOLI said the menu and it was all there. The tuna was lightly seared and the chipotle aioli packed a nice punch. The beans are excellent as are the bean spread that comes with the fresh warm chips.

I had a different view of the bar today.