Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lexx Lexington

Lexx in Lexington is located in a prime spot in the town center and I finally decided to stop by for some brunch on an overcast Sunday. I must admit that I think the name is clever.

Plenty of metered parking around and it's only a quarter an hour. Free parking on Sundays, of course.

Nice bar area with high tops and bar seating.

It's an L-shaped dining area and there is a similar dining room behind me.

I had my eye on the Fried Egg Sandwich ($14) from the brunch menu. It's also available on the lunch menu. "Braised pork belly, cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, buttered brioche roll, pickled veg". It was good sized slab of pork belly with an egg that oozed yolk when cut into and the sandwich was delicious. The pickled onion was tart enough to curl your toes but went well with the pork. The fries, however, was the standard commercial fries and didn't really fit in. When I mentioned to the bartender/waiter that some hand cut homemade fries would be better, he agreed and then promptly comped half of the meal! Now that's customer service and I left very happy.

Lexx Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Country Chef Wilmington

Country Chef in Wilmington is another place that I driven by countless times so it was time to check out the food.

It's very nice looking place on Rte 38 with plenty of parking. They are only open until 1:00 PM.

It was nice enough inside with a steady stream of customers today.

I went for the Spicy Meat-Lover Omelet ($8.95). "Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Linguiça, Jalapeño, Cheese". This is not a small plate but a full sized one. The omelette was enormous and chockful of meat and they didn't hold back on the finely diced jalapenos either. Nicely browned on the outside with melted cheese on the inside and it was cooked nicely. The Home Fries was a bit mushy but was seasoned nicely so they get a pass for those. Another plus was the lightly toasted Scali bread. Good food and reasonably priced as well.

Country Chef Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WooRi Arlington

I was going to Snappy Pattys in Medford but what used to be free parking is now metered so I left since I refuse to use their newfangled infernal parking meters. Instead I went to the delightful WooRi Korean Fusion Grill in Arlington.

The renovation of the facade is finally done, there was scaffolding hiding the restaurant forever and I'm sure that was not good for the business but now it looks really good with the new awning.

Todays banchan offering, all made by the grandmother. I especially like the steamed cabbage (top left) and even ate the sweet carrots. The kimchi was seriousl y spicy and the kale was also excellent.

Lunch portion of Kimchi Stew ($11) "With Pork or Without Pork". With pork, of course, and it also comes with rice on the side. This was hot squared but very very tasty but not for the faint of heart. What a delightful lunch!

The interior is fairly small but nice and bright from the big windows. They were packed at lunch today, good to see them being busy. This is a really tough spot for a restaurant but at least they have on-street free parking.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Umi Waltham

Umi in Waltham is convenient located just off Rte128 on the way to Home Depot so I stopped by today for some lunch. The little plaza is incredibly busy and parking was tight.

The inside is small but very nice and they were also seriously busy at lunchtime, but they also seated three large parties.

Lunch specials come with the obligatory Miso Soup, that was actually tasty, and a salad. The salad had been seriously refrigerated and was more than cold. Not sure how long it has been there but the cucumber had started to dry out.

I picked the Sashimi Combo (served with rice) ($14.95). "3 pieces of Salmon, 3 pieces of Tuna, 3 pieces of White Tuna, and 3 pieces of soba (Mackerel)". That should actually be Saba and it's not legal to have something called white tuna on the menu since there is no such ting. Well, there is but it's not white but Escobar is but it's not tuna. The fish was just OK and the rice was on the al dente side and was served cold. Not at room temp but cold. The pickled ginger was good. I spied a nearby table that had ordered the Curry Chicken and it was served in a soup bowl with the rice on the side. The best part of that dish is normally when the curry soaks into the rice. It was also a bit irritating to see the manager clearing out dishes before the whole table was done. The place was also seriously LOUD when they were busy.

Umi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, May 16, 2016

Revolution Catering Woburn

When I visited Gene's on Sunday he showed me an article from WGBH where he was written up together with Revolution Catering in Woburn that I didn't know even existed. They have been in business for about a year and are located in the middle of nowhere in Woburn but really close to me.

They are located in a nondescript building where a number of food businesses have resided over the years in an industrial area.

Mainly takeout business at lunch but there is plenty of seating.

Yes, the catering business is run from here so there is cooking going on in the back. They had some unusual sodas for sale.

When I saw that one of this week's sandwich specials were the Hoisin Glazed Pork Belly ($10) "w/ snap pea slaw, avocado puree, sesame roll" I knew I had to pay them a visit. The toasted sesame bun was awesome, Super light and fresh. The whole sandwich was just excellent and really tasty. Not the cheapest but well worth the price tag. The pickles on the side were on the sweet side.

And they have fresh flowers on the tables!

Revolution Catering Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Woburn

Every time I go to Gene's Chinese Flatbread in Woburn I regret not going more frequently.

Parking can be an issue since they are located on the busy Main Street.

Since it was a weekend, both Gene and his wife was working, she's in the kitchen.

This is a new dish #16, Hot & Sour Soup with hand pulled Noodles and Pork ($8.40). As with everything else here, it was excellent with clean flavors of hot and sour and the toothsome noodles are always well cooked. Even the pork was super tasty. Never anything boring here, and speaking of that, they also have another new dish, #18 Pork Intestine hand pulled noodle soup ($11), but I passed on that one.

I was again, the only caucasian in the place. What the place lacks in ambience, it makes up with tasty food.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Red Heat Tavern Wilmington

I have driven by Red Heat Tavern in Wilmington numerous times and never had any urge to try them until a friend was raving about their smoked wings. It also turns out that if you sign up for their newsletter, you get a free app.

They are located conveniently just off Rte 93 on 129 with plenty of parking.

Nice shaded outdoor patio.

The inside is spacious and with booths, high tops and bar seating. The open kitchen can be seen in the back and the waitress informed me that they make everything from scratch.

And here are the much-heralded wings. Mesquite Smoked Wings (11.95). "Boneless or Bone-in, mesquite-marinated chicken wings two ways: Buffalo-style w/ smoked blue cheese dressing Sweet Thai-style w/ sriracha aioli". The waitress offered a half and half option that I gladly went with. First, the wings were excellent with a nice smokey flavor and still tender and juicy and a somewhat crispy exterior. The sweet Thai-style packed some heat, especially with aioli. The favorite, however, was the Buffalo Style with a really interesting smoked blue cheese dressing. The wings themselves was also covered in a sauce that was a bit on the spicy side. Boy, I'm looking forward to the leftovers tonight.

I also ordered Chef Alan’s Signature Ribs ($18.95). "All-natural fall-off-the-bone pork ribs slow-cooked w/ Harpoon cider, finished w/ a chipotle BBQ glaze, fries, coleslaw". The fries were good and the ribs were exactly as stated on the menu, fall off the bone tender so they don't qualify as good BBQ ribs but they were super tasty with a bit of bark and the glaze was excellent. They were also seriously meaty. The coleslaw was a nice surprise, this was an excellent and tasty variant. Service was great and my waitress did a super professional job of packing up all my leftovers including the wing sauces. There were a couple more appetizers that I thought looked interesting so I'll be back or maybe I'll just visit their new location in Bedford instead.

Red Heat Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato