Friday, February 24, 2017

Chopps Burlington

Chopps in Burlington had the best birthday gift, they give you a coupon for $25 off your bill, and it's good for forty days.

The New England Clam Chowed ($6) smelled wonderful when it arrived. It was chockful of potatoes and bacon, but the same couldn't be said about the clams. The few scraps of clams that were there were nice and tender. Due to al the bacon, it tasted really good. You also get a small toasted corn muffin.

Having money to spend, I decided to go for the Lobster Roll ($19) with Fries. The Fries on top was excellent, the fries on the bottom were greasy. The lobster roll had a nicely toasted bun, but the lobster was all claw meat, but it was lightly dressed. It was, however, at room temp and very tender. It wasn't exactly an abundance of lobster meat. I thought it was cute to serve the fries in a fry basket.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Brewer's Coalition Newton

I have only been to Brewer's Coalition in Newton for their $5 Burger and Fries lunch offering, so when I saw that they have joined GoPapaya I quickly reserved a table to try something else from them.

I decided to try the CRAB CAKE sandwich ($12.95). "Our house-made Maryland lump crab cake, on a fresh baked roll, with arugula, tomato and chipotle mayo". Of course I went with their hand cut fries that are excellent. The crab cake was outstanding with almost 100% crab and just some light binder. The chipotle mayo had a nice kick to it. Another excellent meal here.

I usually don't take pictures of the staff, but my waitress was soo pretty and soo smiley, that I couldn't resist. I got a nice discount when using the GoPapaya app.

Download the GoPapaya app on the Apple store or Google Play store and create an account using the invitation code "Peter Sward". After your first meal out on GoPapaya they'll send you a $5 Amazon gift card plus you save up to 50% off your meal!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sichuan Taste Malden

It's sunny, and almost 60 outside so Sichuan Taste in Malden took that as an excuse to not turn the heat on at lunch today. Not too happy about that but it was also very few customers at lunch time.

Only a few more interesting dishes left to try on the lunch menu. I had pretty high hopes for the Cumin Beef (8), but the cumin was pretty much absent in the dish. The beef was tender, and it still tasted OK, but it was just beef and veggies. The H&S soup is still excellent.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Temazcal Lynnfield

Taco Tuesday again so I headed out to Temazcal in Lynnfield to partake in some half-priced tacos.

I was curious to see if the flames would be visible and they are. Why don't they have a sign outside saying "Half Priced Tacos Today"?

I was going to have the Fish Tacos today, but then I spied this on the menu: Grilled Salmon Tacos (13). "Lettuce wrapped, jicama pineapple, orange agave". They had them on as a special a while back, and I really liked them. Two big pieces of moist salmon, perfectly grilled. The orange agave was a bit sweet but went well with the salmon. The black beans are excellent. What happened to the bean dip that comes with the warm chips? Pricing on Taco Tuesday is interesting. Last time I had the Asada Skirt Steak Tacos ($14) and was charged $7. Today I was charged $7.50. Go figure, but it's soo cheap that I don't care.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fat Biscuit Lynnfield

They started with one restaurant in North Conway, NH and have now expanded by opening Fat Biscuit Southern Table & Taps in Lynnfield.

They are located in the Market Street complex, so parking is not an issue.

Inviting space with an open kitchen in the back. They were really busy on this warm Sunday, and it was loud. I don't remember table service when I poked my head in here a little while ago, but they had just opened then.

I was happy to see a number of items on the menu with fried chicken, but it was all white meat. I opted for the BIG SOUTH BREAKFAST ($10). "Two farm eggs, smoked bacon, country ham, house-made pork sausage, breakfast potatoes, and a Fat Biscuit". My over easy eggs was cooked perfectly. The country ham (cold) was delicious, and so was the bacon. The pork sausage was delightful, with a hint of heat. Actually, a bit more than a hint. Not sure what breakfast potatoes were, but it turned out to be fried potatoes with onions and rosemary. The potatoes were cooked perfectly and were really delectable. The biscuit was light and fluffy, but it was on the salty side. I was surprised at not getting a spread or butter with the biscuit.

The biscuits are ready for the oven.

I like this. Locally sourced if possible.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Taste of Siam Stoneham

I was going to Gun U Dee to see what the food looked like under the new ownership, but they weren't serving lunch on this sunny Saturday, so I continued on to Taste of Siam that's just up the road. I really like this small family run restaurant.

Again I went for the Lunch Box Special ($8.95). The chicken noodle soup was excellent today. For my mains, I picked the Panang Curry **. "With bell pepper, carrot, string beans, red onions, kaffir lime leaves and basil leaves in Panang curry and coconut milk". I asked for it three-star spicy and it almost made it, but it was just nose dropping and not nose running hot. It was, however, very tasty. Another really enjoyable meal in this little restaurant.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fiorella's Newton

Time to use my Christmas envelope from Fiorella's in Newton, so on this sunny Friday, I headed down to them.

There is usually plenty of parking at lunch time, but today the lot was almost full.

The great breadsticks are really their cheese pizza sliced into thin strips. The warm marinara dipping sauce is very savory.

Since I had money to spend, I decided to try a cup of their Italian Wedding Soup ($3). "A marriage of tiny meatballs & spinach in a chicken broth with noodles". The soup was very good, with tasty little meatballs hiding in there.

Everything I have ordered so far has been excellent, so it was time to try their pizza and based on their breadsticks, I expected the pizza to be very good. I decided to order the Carne Trio ($9). "Pepperoni, imported prosciutto & sausage over our pizza sauce & mozzarella cheese". The pizza was excellent with paper thin crust, and it was very delicious. It was a bargain at this price. Even thought they were packed to the rafters, the service was, as usual, very quick and pleasant.