Thursday, November 20, 2014

Papagayo Somerville

Papagayo in Somerville is located in the newly opened Assembly Row in Somerville just off 93.

Yes, there is a Lego store here!

They are located on Great River Road and if you can get a window table you will have a nice view of the river. I didn't, there was a photo shoot going on today. To the right of them there is a humongous Legal Seafood.

Big bar, TV's everywhere in cute wooden frames, open kitchen and high ceilings. Interior was nice.

Chips and Salsa arrives promptly and of course you get linen napkins. The salsa was really nice but the chips I couldn't really figure out. They seemed very fresh but was so hard that they seemed stale but they tasted fresh.

Tacos ($8.95). Chicken Tinga or Muchaka Meat Served with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Cheese, Lettuce, and Pico De Gallo. The Muchaka Meat turned out to be just shredded beef. Beans and rice was good and the salad was fresh and the tortillas was really really tasty. The Pico De Gallo was just tomatoes and onions but it was nicely spiced.

Chicken Tinga Taco was the best one. Tender chicken chunks in a spicy tomato sauce.

Muchaka Meat Taco was OK but not nearly as good as the chicken one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fife and Drum Restaurant Concord

Time to go to prison again, e.g. another visit to Fife and Drum Restaurant in Concord, located inside the minimum security prison. I got there at just after 11:30 when they open and the place was packed. Had to share a table wuth two au pairs, one from Austria and one from Germany and that was an added bonus.

After I got flagged down, I found out the the no camera rule also apply to any prison building. This one from the barn was OK.
The food? House salad or Caesar both with the dressing on the side and I went for the Caesar. Soup today was Philly Cheese Steak Soup and that sounded really weird but the soup was excellent, dark and creamy and really tasty. For mains I had the Ham and Sausage Egg rollup with hand cut French Fries. The rollup was surprisingly good with a good quality ham and decent sausage. The French Fries was really excellent, wish more places served fries this good. The other mains was grilled swordfish with a lemon sauce served over rice pilaf. Both the girls ordered the fish and they said it was really good. Three good sized pieces of fish and it was not overcooked, according to them. I was so stuffed at this point that I skipped both the Mud Pie and the Strawberry shortcake dessert. I got change this time so it only come to $3.21.

It's a working farm, one calf surrounded by a few geese!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sichuan Palace Chelmsford

I haven't been back to Sichuan Palace in Chelmsford since January 2013, I wasn't to impressed by anything back then but saw that they have Double Cooked Pork Belly on the menu and decided to give them another try for lunch today.

The Hot & Sour soup have improved and was actually a little hot but the sour part was mostly absent.

Double Cooked Pork Belly ($7.95) looked really good. Look at that chili oil pooling there! Not only did it look good but it was really good with a ton of tender belly and it was actually spicy. You also get the white tender part of the leeks and not just the dark green part. Could have done with some more fermented black beans but despite that I was very happy with this. Oh, there was also a chicken wing app involved but it come out so late I forgot to take a picture. I think they will be back into my lunch rotation again. The UGLY signs above table A4 and A5 is till there. You would think that after 3 years the waitresses would know what the table numbers are, especially since 2 of the 3 that was there today have been there since they opened. Only negative thing was that if the hostess is wearing a down jacket you can expect that it will be a chilly experience and it was. Turn on the heat, will you.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tudo Na Brasa Woburn.

Decided to go back to Tudo Na Brasa (Taste of Brasil) in Woburn for a Sunday Fish Fry. I haven't been back here in ages but everything looked the same.

Big buffet in the back and the charcoal fired grill is still working. They are now the only surviving Brazilian grill left in the center.

I got here just after 11:00 AM and everything looked good. Unfortunate, despite picking from the bottom of the trays, bot the fish and the fries was stone cold. It such a shame since the fish was nicely seasoned and cooked perfectly, as was the fries. If I get an urge for this again, I'm doing takeout and nuking them back to life at home. The good thing was that the total was $3.41. Even the cracklings was soggy.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Strip T's Watertown

Again my lunch plans where upset when Strip T's in Watertown announced that one of their specials was going to be a Pork Belly Bahn-Mi. I really appreciate when restaurants post specials or updates on Facebook even if they misspell things. It's really Banh Mi.

The place is really small, you can see most of the dining room in this picture. I got here early and at 12:20 the place was packed with people waiting for a seat.

Pork Belly Banh Mi ($11) with spicy mayo, vinegar slaw, carrots, daikon, cilantro. Eleven bucks for a Banh Mi? Well, at Strip T's it's actually worth the money. Big slabs of pork belly with excellent trimmings served on a crusty baguette. The only miss was the absence of the cracklings on the belly. Even the pickle was delicious. Despite the snow this morning it turned out to be a really nice day.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

I haven't done Lunch Buffet Takeout from Zaika Indian Bistro in Woburn since late spring but decided it was time do do it again. This was no fault from them, just too hot over the summer for having lunch in my non air conditioned office. I had a quick look at Y*** reviews before heading over and it unusual to see so many 5 star rating for a restaurant in the burbs. They certainly do a number of things right. Service here is always super friendly and helpful.

The Naan has improved and was nicely cooked today. Not to excited about a number of dishes that was on the buffet, so my box was kind of empty but the Samosas was, as usual, very good. Chicken Wings was tender and juicy. The Saag was nice and spicy and I even resorted to take some Chicken Tikka Masala. The potatoes in the box was part of a mixed veggie offering but I picked out the potatoes because I like them. This is a very nice lunch buffet for $8.95. This is also dinner for tonight and Wings and Fries for tomorrow night.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mr. Chan's Burlington

A lot has happened at Mr. Chan's in Burlington since my first visit in June of 2012. They added a Traditional Chinese menu that you had to ask for. It has now been incorporated in the standard menu. They still have daily specials and also very cheap lunch specials. Nothing here is very exciting but they are very consistent and have a number of dishes that I like.

One dish that I really like, especially on a blustery day like today, is the Curry Chicken Rice Plate ($8.75), was $7.95 for the longest time. Typical Chinese mild yellow curry with onions and peppers with a heap of perfectly cooked chicken and a good amount of curry sauce that soaks into the rice. This is comfort food for me.

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