Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WooRi Arlington

WooRi in Arlington is an Korean Fusion Grill that recently opened in a spot where numerous restaurant have failed over the years. It's off the main street and have low visibility. The name means "My Home" in Korean. They have a lunch specials menu that includes Bibimbab ($11) and Lunch Stew ($10) but I went for the lunch combo.

The lunch combo ($11) gives you a dozen choices for the main dish, I went with the Kalbi. Crosscut marinated beef short ribs that was really tasty and had a bit of a char to them. For side dish I went for the Cucumber Kimchi that was really good and actually a bit spicy. It was suggested that I put the beef, rice and sesame paste into a lettuce leaf and eat it that way but that doesn't really work when the meat is bone in.

My Special snack of choice was the Crispy Potato Ball, fluffy mash with corn and peas. it was good and very light and was brought out after the rest.

After your meal you get a cup of cold cinnamon tea. Not to excited about teas but it was OK.

Interior was nice and bright even on a crummy day like today. The hostess station is on the opposed end from the front door. There was another customer there when I arrived and he raved about the Spicy Squid so I have to try that. I'm also curious about the Pork Belly as a main dish. The menu also had a section called Kkass that I couldn't figure out and neither could Google but it's the Korean word for cutlet. I asked about the lack of Banchan and asked if it was included in the dinner dishes and she said it was and added that if I wanted it for lunch I could just ask and they would be happy to bring some out. She said that they don't do it by default since so many people don't want it and it's just wasted.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Felicia's Stoneham

I tried to order this at Felicia's in Stoneham when I was here last Thursday not realizing that it wasn't Tuesday.

This is the Tuesday special, Lobster Roll on a toasted roll with French Fries ($10). Turns out you can also have Potato Salad or Slaw instead of fries. Probably should have gone with either of those two since even if the french fries was cooked well enough, they were quite boring. They were nice and crispy but should have been salted when coming out of the fryer since the surface afterward didn't hold any salt. The lobster roll itself was a bargain with just some lettuce underneath a really good amount of lobster unlike the robbery at the 99 Restaurant. I'll be back next Tuesday.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bonefish Grill Burlington

Decided to the Bonefish Grill in Burlington for some more Sunday brunch. This time was was early enough to get my window table and it was hot in the sun. I'm not complaining since it's almost over.

This was brunch and the Bang Bang Shrimp Eggs Benedict with toasted English muffin, crispy shrimp, poached eggs, green onions + spicy Hollandaise sauce (10.70) sounded good again. This was $9.90 a month ago so prices are sneaking up. This time I got soft poached eggs and everything was fine. The potato gratin could have cooked a bit longer but was tasty. Again a very pleasant lunch.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Besito Burlington

Besito in the Burlington mall is a nice place for a Saturday Splurge. Not very expensive for lunch and good value and the service is always top notch.

Complimentary chips and salsa is quick to arrive. The salsa was very good today with a nice garlicky overtone. Wonder if that had anything to do with the roasted garlic clove that can be seen swimming in there?

Tacos Doradoc Pescado. Crispy street fish tacos ($12.95). Market fish tacos, organic romaine lettuce, onion, pico de gallo, chipotle cream salsa, queso fresco. The fish was fresh and crispy but there was a lot of lettuce and salsa. This was very good but a real mess to eat. I have never figured out how to eat tacos without food going everywhere. If you know I buy you lunch to show me.

Interior is nice, lots of booths and nice color scheme.

Friday, September 26, 2014

FuGaKyu Lynnfield

Beautiful day so I took the short ride up to FuGaKyu in Lynnfield.

All lunches come with soup and salad, neither is very exciting, but they are fresh, No cheap chop sticks here.

I was looking forward to try the CURRY KATSU DON ($12). The only option is chicken unfortunately but it was big piece of crispy chicken, and it was very tender. The curry itself was really good and even had a bit of spice to it. For a Japanese curry it was very very tasty. This is another very pleasant restaurant especially if you ask for a window table.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Felicia's Stoneham

Felicia's of the North End in Stoneham is a delightful old school Italian eatery and it was time to visit again on a fairly dreadful day.

You get some nice bread and a very tasty dipping oil. Plenty of bread and that was good for my main dish,

LINGUINI WITH CLAMS ($10.95) is a bowl full of clams including 6 fresh ones. Is there garlic here? You bet but it's not overpowering at all. In fact the broth is delicious and there is plenty of bread to soak it up. Everything was cooked perfectly. Really nice dish.

I think they where short staffed today and it got really busy at lunch with most of the tables taken and they were doing a brisk business at the bar as well. Good for them, it's a nice place.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington reopened this week under new management/ownership. The interior is unchanged, not sure why they papered up the windows while they waited to reopen. The new owner worked briefly at Taipei Gourmet in Lexington and did remember me so that was nice. The waitress was part of the old crew so the chili oil promptly arrived. The menu is totally different and so is the lunch menu, all the good stuff on the old lunch menu is gone and it now looks like any generic Chinese restaurant. The good news is that the soup of the day is now H&S or Wonton soup. Gone is the terrible pork bone soup.

I couldn't find anything even remotely interesting on the lunch menu so I ordered the Beef Noodle Soup ($8.95) off the regular menu. When the waitress delivered the soup she said "It's slightly different". There is no more choice of noodles, but these thick noodles was fine. The beef is different, gone is the shaved beef replaced with a very tender slices of beef. They were so tender that they almost lacked texture. The broth was very very rich and really good. It now comes with bok choy that was nice and crisp instead of spinach. It was a good amount of beef. They still don't have a dumpling on the menu called Sichuan Dumpling and when I brought this up, I don't think she got it. Pork Belly with Garlic is gone from the app section. Twice Cooked Pork (belly) is also missing from the lunch menu and will be sorely missed. As far as lunches goes there is really no reason for me to go here. I had some really outstanding lunches here during the year and half that they were open but no more. 

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