Friday, June 22, 2018

Loui Loui Stoneham

I went to Loui Loui in Stoneham shortly after they opened and the shrimp was of such a low quality that I never went back. Too much money to squander on sub-par food. I now see that they have reasonably priced lunch specials, so I decided to go back.  Their website has the wrong opening hours.

Shrimp Basket ($9.95) with Cajun Fries and Jambalaya. I was going to go with the Fried Calamari, but that lacked tentacles, so I passed on that. The good sized shrimps were perfectly fried, but the batter was unseasoned. This is two shrimps less than what I got at the famous Dube's in Salem, and they were about twice the price, fries not included. The Cajun fries were cooked really well and had a hint of heat. They did need salt. Both the remoulade and the tartar sauce was tasty, but I preferred the remoulade. The Jambalaya was very tasty with lots of good stuff in it. It was also almost spicy. This meal was really good and a good value for the money. 

This is from my visit on Monday this week. 

They are in the Redstone Plaza, so there is plenty of parking. They have outside seating. The plaza also sports a Target now.

Nothing has changed inside, you order at the counter, get a buzzer and then pick up your food.

I went with Shrimp and Clams in a Louisiana Hot Sauce ($10.95). I wanted corn and potatoes as my side, but they were out of corn. They have three sides and are out of one of them when they open? I went with the Garlic Noodles instead, and that wasn't a bad idea. The noodles were cooked well and not really garlicky. The seafood still comes in a plastic bag.

A closer look at what was in the bag. I tipped the content into a boater, makes it much easier to get to the food. The shrimp this time was excellent, the clams were overcooked and rubbery. The Louisiana sauce was nice and respectable spicy with tons of garlic. Not just a little but a lot. I like garlic, so this was fine with me.

I think this was the best part of the meal. I poured the sauce over the noodles and enjoyed myself.

Address: 3305, 101 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: (781) 435-2145

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Temazcal Lynnfield

I usually stick to the Blackened Fish Taco at Temazcal in Lynnfield for Taco Tuesday (Half price opening to 6). I tried to get the Salmon Taco blackened, but that never happened so I gave up on that. Last time my waitress raved about the blackened salmon taco, so here we go.

Blackened Grilled Salmon Tacos ($7.50). "Lettuce wrapped, jicama, pineapple, orange agave". Two tacos with good sized pieces of well-cooked fish, rice and beans plus warm tortilla chips with three dips. The bean dip is excellent. Even the pineapple had grill marks. Now I have a new favorite.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fresco's Malden

I have read reviews about the Lobster Roll at Fresco's Roast Beef & Seafood in Malden that sounded like they were made up. I decided to head over and check it out today.

They are located in what's looks like a relatively new strip mall. There is plenty of parking.

No surprises inside, everything was super clean, and the padded seating was very comfortable.

Here is the much acclaimed Lobster Roll ($21.50). "French Fries and Lettuce On Roll". The actual menu is calling this a Lobster Salad Roll, which I think is misleading. It's a Lobster Roll. And it's a darn good lobster roll. Some mayo and some finely diced celery don't detract from all the fresh lobster meat. There must have been four or five lobster tails in there. No, not chunks of tail, but actual tails. This was so good that I got another one to go, but with a salad instead of the fries. The fries were terrible, way overcooked and dry. The total was $23.01 and I got $1.99 in change, which is correct but a nuisance.

What looks like outdoor seating for Domino's, is actually shared between the restaurants. They really should have a sign inside explaining this.

Address: 775 Eastern Ave, Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (781) 605-3531

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Buono Bistro North Andover

It was a bit confusing trying to find the entrance to Buono Bistro in North Andover. It was also confusing trying to leave.

There is plenty of parking when you finally find the entrance.

A big and pleasant bar.

The dining room was pleasant and bright, and of course, impeccably clean.

Warm crusty bread with a tasty dipping oil arrives promptly. Linen napkins and quality silverware.

You have the option to add 1/2 a salad for $4. The Caesar salad was excellent! The romaine was cut with precision, the dressing was delicious, and the croutons were super light. I even got a separate fork for my salad, don't see that too often.

Lunch Mussels and Calamari ($14). "Sautéed mussels and calamari in a marinara or scampi sauce over linguini". I went with the Scampi. The mussels were excellent, plump and tasty. The calamari was cooked well and look at all the tentacles I got. Rings only=probably frozen. The pasta was also cooked well, but the dish was very light on the scampi part. I spoke to the chef as I was leaving and I could have gotten more since there was still sauce left in the pan. He said that people complain if there is too much sauce. Well, you can't please everyone, and it was no big deal. Service was delightful, and it was service with a smile. A nearby table had the mussel app, and that looked to be a meal on its own. They currently have a Groupon+ available. Trying to get back on Rte495 south was an adventure in itself.

Address: 220 Sutton St, North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (978) 258-0658

Friday, June 15, 2018

Khao Hom Billerica

On this overcast and coldish Friday, I headed out to Khao Hom Thai & Pho in Billerica for some more delish Thai food.

I have never even heard about a Kimchi Curry ($11.50), so I had to order that. "Baby bok choy, mushroom, onion, broccoli, cabbage, chili paste". I ordered it with beef ($8.50), but when the bill arrived it with the dinner price. There was no indication on the menu that this was only available as a dinner. Not happy about that. The curry was thin but very tasty, and it was unlike any curry I have had before. It resembles a jungle curry that also lacks coconut milk. Interesting dish.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Clam Shack Salem

I had an excellent Crab Roll on my previous visit to Clam Shack in Salem. No website but a current menu can be found on their FB page.

The Salem Willows Park is famous (infamous?) for the Chop Suey sandwich, beloved by many, never tried it myself. Will I? Probably not.

For you in the know, you know what was here before, but it was rebuilt from the foundation up. You order from the first windows and pick up around the corner.

They only have outdoor seating. It started out as a beautiful day, but when I got there, it was overcast and windy. Bad planning by me.

This is the Haddock Bits Basket ($12.95). Seeing the amount of fish I got, a roll would probably have been sufficient. The fish was fried really well, still moist and flaky on the inside. Both the fish and the batter was unseasoned. The fries were slightly undercooked, but that's better than overcooked. The tartar sauce was fantastic, really tasty. I brought my own water, not paying the enormous markup on the water. A customer before me ordered the scallop roll, and it looked really delicious and loaded with scallops. Same price as my dish.

Address 167 Fort Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Phone number (978) 741-2526

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hakata Waltham

Shin Hakata Ramen in Waltham recently opened their third location, having outlets in Quincy and Back Bay.

There is only on-street parking, but it's free. I forgot to ask about parking behind the building. Goodwins is next door, and I know they have parking in the back.

It's a fairly big room with a sushi bar. The tables are spaced away from each other. It wasn't that busy at lunch today, but it was LOUD in there.

I went with the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen ($13.95). "Hakata pork broth with spicy sauce". Two thin slices of pork belly that were very tender and flavorful. Extra Chashu was $2.50. You also got some bamboo shoots and bean sprouts. There was also an abundance of green onions. The noodles were very good, cooked perfectly. The broth was very flavorful and actually spicy. It could have been a bit porkier. Service was delightful. The manager was walking around and checking in on the tables. It was good, but a bit on the expensive side. They also do Donburi (rice bowls including Chirasha) and Tempura.

Address: 895 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: (781) 899-0126