Wednesday, April 23, 2014

As Good as it Gets Cafe Wilmington

Went back to As Good as it Gets Cafe in Wilmington for lunch on a very rainy Wednesday.

Their Panini's comes with two eggs and this was one with corned beef hash and American Cheese, choice of baked beans or home fries. Already tried the home fries so baked beans it was. Not bad for $5.95 even if the beans was the typical sickly sweet Boston baked beans. After seriously salting them and adding hot sauce they were a bit more palatable.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tenoch Medford

Trying to find a place for lunch today and being stumped by 1. Closed for lunch on Tuesdays (Adega) and 2. no parking (Swanton street Diner) I ended up at Tenoch in Medford. Hard to find parking here unless you are early and I wasn't.

Plato Mexicano with rice and beans and Adobo (pork in sauce, forgot the name and the website hasn't been updated). The Adobo was stone cold, the rice was unevenly cooked, it had some really crispy grains mixed in but the beans was fine. Despite being cold the Adobo was really tasty. They are still doing a tremendous amount of business at lunch.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

MuLan Waltham

I wanted some lamb for lunch today so I headed down to MuLan in Waltham to see what they had to offer.

Hunan Lamb sounded good but was a bit of a disappointment. The lamb was VERY chewy and most of the leeks was from the tough end of the leek and the heat come from a few jalapeno pieces that was tossed into the mix.

Fortunately I also ordered the Vegetable Fried Rice and this was delicious, nicely seasoned and I think the veggies outnumbered the rice. I would have been happy with the rice only.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe Chelmsford

Well, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chelmsford is closing. The town is going to build affordable housing here so Gene will be moving and Woburn! might be the target. Nothing is final but the old Liberty Bell location on main street is being discussed. That would be a big step up since it a way bigger place than what he has now but parking in Woburn is tricky.

I had to go back and have another #4, hand pulled noodles, probably his most famous dish. Again I discarded half of the raw garlic and mixed the rest up with the noodles. I don't think I have to be afraid of vampires for a week. Excellent dish but I remember the noodles being thicker and chewier and looking back at an earlier post I think they have gone thinner. They still are delicious.

They were busy on a Saturday at noon and both Gene and his wife was working. He's such a nice guy and always comes out for a chat.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MuLan Waltham

After having breakfast for lunch yesterday it was time for some real lunch and I headed down to MuLan in Waltham where all the parking meters are gone, I'm sure not for long. I haven't been here in awhile and most of the staff was new.

Water and soup appears quickly to join the pickled cabbage and the peanuts on the table. Soup was just OK and it was just lukewarm.

Seems I now have the same dish here all the time, Chicken in Chili sauce combo plate. Still doesn't have any sauce but what it has in abundance is HEAT! I must be getting old or something but today this was fiercely hot. The pickled veggie salad helped as did the edamame beans. The chicken wing was as usual crisp and juicy. It was busy today, not really a wait but almost, they do some serious business at lunch.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As Good as it Gets Cafe Wilmington

As Good as it Gets Cafe in Wilmington is located at the intersection of Rte 38 and 129 in a strip mall. It's not very visible and I had no idea it was here until it got recommended for a breakfast place on the web. They serve breakfast all day (6AM to 3PM) plus a variety of sandwiches. The menu was quite extensive and everything seemed priced very reasonable.

Two eggs over easy, bacon and home fries and some nicely toasted Italian bread. The food arrived quickly and the eggs were cooked perfectly and the home fries were nicely seasoned but unfortunately they still had a very thick skin left on and that's a no-no for me.

They also have counter service for the takeout orders.

The dining area has waitress service and they were nice and quick so no complaints there. Lots of regulars from what I could see during my brief visit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

Time to try something different for lunch at Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington and I had a plan.

Crispy Boneless Chicken Leg from the appetizer menu. It was crispy alright, to the point of almost being burned but the dark meat inside was mostly juicy and very tender.

House Fried Rice was a big plate of rice cooked with cabbage, pork, shrimp, peas and carrots. It needed some salt but it was delicious and will go well with my leftovers for dinner tonight and probably another meal after that.