Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mr. Mac's Tyngsboro

When I found out that Mr. Mac's had opened in Tyngsboro, I couldn't wait to try them. Who doesn't like Mac & Cheese?

I knew sort of where they would be, but driving around that plaza yielded not a trace of them. Finally found them hiding next to the DD. They are visible from the road but not from the plaza. The mall is across the street.

You order at the counter, pay and get a number. The food is then brought out to you when it's ready.

The inside was nice and bright with high tops next to the windows.

They have different specials each week, and this is the Roadhouse Burger Mac ($9.99). "Gouda and Pepper Jack cheeses are mixed together with our seasoned ground beef, citrus BBQ sauce, and crispy onions. Then cooked to perfection for a slightly spicy but satisfying mac". It's served in a skillet that comes in three sizes and this is the small one. The pasta was cooked well and it was really tasty and cheesy but had a sweet undertone. The crispy onions on top were nice. Slightly spicy it was not.

Address 440 Middlesex Road Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Phone 978-939-6227

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Davio'S Lynnfield

The second week of Boston Dine Out starts today, and of course Davio'S in Lynnfield have a new menu. All three main dishes looked really good so I might go back once more later in the week.

The antipasto was Gazpacho, Key West Shrimp, Avocado said the menu. This looked really good and tasted even better. It might even have had a hint of heat. The second place setting didn't get removed until my nice waitress from last week stopped by and cleared it out.

For my Piatti Del Giorno, I selected the Seared Sea Scallops, Corn Risotto, Crispy Prosciutto. Best dish so far. The scallops were seared nicely, and the risotto was outstanding. Super creamy, and the corn popped in your mouth. The rice could have been more al dente.

Dolci was Lemon Curd Tartlets, Fresh Berries. How nice does this look? Very tasty and the raspberry coulis offset the tartness of the lemon curd nicely. They were not very busy at lunch today.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rusty Can Byfield

Rusty Can in Byfield is situated just before Newburyport at exit 55, and it's not that long of a drive from home, but good grief does Rte 95 become monotonous after the split!

They are located just off the exit, and there is plenty of parking. The "Old No 72" is in honor of a fallen comrade.

Who can pass up Smoked Wings (8)? I picked the Cajun that comes with either Blue Cheese Dressing or Ranch. Since I don't like ranch, the choice was easy. The Blue Cheese dressing was good but didn't really go with the Cajun Wings. The wings were smokey and juicy with a really excellent rub that had a hint of heat. While the skin wasn't crisp, neither was it flabby.

Plates come with White Bread, Corn Bread & Honey Butter, Pickles & Onions and two sides. I picked Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese for my sides. The Collard Greens was the real deal, cooked well with a vinegary tang. The M&C was creamy and seasoned well, and you got shells. The cornbread was tasty and really light with a savory butter. There was no sliced brisket on the menu, but it was available when asked for. I asked for slices from the fatty end and got that, and it wasn't overly fatty, but very tender with a nice rub and a proper smoke ring and seasoned well. This is the real deal folks. I put my two leftover slices on the scale, and it was almost 8oz left. The ribs were excellent, really tender and super meaty with a light bark and a nice rub. They might be borderline too much fall off the bone but avoided becoming mushy. I think traditionally you are supposed to make a sandwich with the meat, the white bread, onions and pickles, but I pass on that. Two meats were 17, and three was 20. Might have made sense to go with three for only $3 more, but I have enough leftovers as it is. What's with all the BBQ restaurants popping up on the North Shore? I'm not complaining, you can never have too much BBQ. Both my pictures of the inside was blurry, but if you imagine an old bar that serves food, you got it. Except this place was spotless on the inside.

They are next to a biker club, that was getting ready for a big meet.

Address 6 Fruit Street Byfield, MA 01922
Phone (978) 462-1204

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gaslight Lynnfield

I checked the Boston Dine Out menu online before heading out to Gaslight in Lynnfield, and it looked so good that I scheduled two visits. When I got there I was handed a completely different menu. Turns out that the dinner menu was listed as the lunch menu. No wonder $20 seemed such a good deal for a three-course lunch (that turned out to be a two-course deal).

They now have the outside set up for al fresco dining. More interior pictures from my previous visit here.

You get a crusty baguette with something spreadable. It was nice in the shade outside today.

From the surprise menu, I picked Jamón Serrano. "Iced Watermelon, Arugula, Goats Milk Feta & Port Syrup". This was a very pleasant dish and very tasty.

That was followed by Wedge and Steak. "Sliced Steak, Iceberg, Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Bacon Bits & Great Hill Blue Cheese dressing". The steak was overcooked, so back it went. Their second attempt to cook a rare steak came out medium, but now I have given up and accepted it. The wedge was nice and very tasty and the dressing was very good, but the bacon bits was just bacon dust, but I guess that qualifies as bits, albeit very small bits. The steak was tender and seasoned well. Not a bad meal, even if wasn't what I expected. Yes, I did tell them.

Address 1100, Market Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Phone number (781) 334-3433

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Artistry on the Green Lexington

Artistry on the Green is participating in the Boston Dine Out, and are serving lunch. They do change the menu from year to year.

They are located in The Inn at Hastings Park with plenty of off street parking.

The dining room is very attractive, and even if the chairs are hard, they are very comfortable.

Very nice place settings and you get warm rolls with soft butter.

They serve a three-course menu for $20. I started with their excellent clam chowder that was chockful of clams and bacon and new potatoes, and it was also well seasoned.

Interesting way of serving Fish and Chips "served with a Sauce Gribiche and hand cut frites", but at least it's better than getting it in a bowl. The fries are really really good, and the fish was cooked perfectly with a crisp outside and flaky inside. It had a nice seasoned batter and the Sauce Gribiche was the real thing.

There were a few choices for dessert, I picked the White Peach Sorbet, and it was excellent. Service was, of course, impeccable. The Chowder (6) and the Fish & Chips (14) are both on the regular menu, so the only benefit is the free dessert.

Address 2027 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421
Phone number (781) 301-6660

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cafe of India Maynard

I had such a nice buffet at Cafe of India in Maynard that I had to go back and order something from the lunch menu.

When ordering from the menu, you get some papads and chutneys. The onion chutney normally is just hot, but here it was really well spiced and tasty.

With your lunch, you have a couple of choices of soups, Vegetarian Samosa or an Aloo Tiki. I went with the Samosa that had mashed potatoes and a few peas inside. It was piping hot and really delicious.

My mains arrived in very elegant serving bowls. Look at that rice with every grain separated.

I of course went with the Vindaloo ($9). "Fiery sauce, sundried kashmiri red chili potato, tamarind medium or spicy only". I went with spicy, no surprises there. I tried to get dark meat, but after consulting with the chef, the waitress reported that they don't use any dark meat at all. It looked good but reeked of cloves and only tasted of cloves. You know what it tastes like when you accidentally bite into a clove? This was it. It was seriously hot, so they did that right. The vindaloo itself only tasted of tomato and cloves, the expected tartness was completely absent. The chicken was nice and not dry, and the potatoes were nicely cooked. I did find a couple of chunks of tomato in there, and that was a surprise. So I got chicken in a hot tomato sauce.

They have a nice little bar. This is the waitress that will depart for parts unknown this week,

Monday, August 7, 2017

Brothers Kouzina Peabody

I haven't had much luck with my forays into Greek Cuisine but hopefully, today's visit to Brothers Kouzina in Peabody will change that.

They are located on the nefarious Rte1, but from Rte 128 it's just a quick u turn to get there, and the same for the return.

Booth seating to the right and a big bar to the left. The inside was pleasant and absolutely spotless.

The dining area with the open kitchen in the back. Yes, they do have a real vertical rotisserie with meat cooking on it.

From the Kouzina Specials, I picked the Brothers Kouzina Deluxe (14.99). "A mouth-watering combination of gyro and pork souvlaki". There was a bit of confusion when ordering, but I got roasted potatoes and the Greek salad as my sides. The picture doesn't show off the food that well, sorry about that. There is a big Greek salad with a nice and tasty dressing and plenty of crumbly feta in the back. The pita bread in the back was tasty and fresh. There are three enormous wedges of roasted potatoes to the right that was crispy and appropriately lemony. The gyro meat was a tad salty but very good with some crisp bit in there. The Pork Souvlaki was fantastic with a nice char and cooked really well, with the meat still being pinkish. This was also very juicy and tasty. Well, there had to be some good Greek food in the Boston area, and I finally found it. Service was very good and helpful when I asked what a nearby table had, the waiter brought a menu and pointed the dish out. Turned out to be Lamb on the bone cooked in a red sauce, and it looked really good. The Gyro with Fries was humungous, and I need to go back and try that.

Address 25 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960
Phone number (978) 535-9297

Brothers Kouzina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Davio'S Lynnfield

Boston Dine Out aka Restaurant Week starts today and Davio'S in Lynnfield are doing it right. Not only do they have different dishes every time, but they also have different dishes each week.

They have a pleasant patio, but it was a bit too windy today.

It's a very elegant dining room with the open kitchen in the back.

Now you get some nice Foccacia with a nice olive oil for dipping. No more Cinamon Popover just because they serve brunch.

I had the mussels before, and they were fantastic, so I went for the Sautéed Mussels with Lemon, Garlic, White Wine, Croutons. Again, the mussels were outstanding, plump and tender, and the sauce was also delightful. The croutons were excellent, crispy but still tender.

Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Braised Beef Short Rib, Organic Mushrooms and Parmigiano. The Gnocchi was light as a feather, haven't had this excellent gnocchi in a long time. The sauce and the mushrooms were super tasty, but there was no trace of the short ribs unless they had completely dissolved in the excellent sauce.

Chocolate Crème Brulee, Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean was sinfully tasty. Very crisp on top, and Oh soo smooth underneath. What a delicious treat this was. I'll be back next week for the different menu.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Loading Dock Belmont

The Loading Dock in Belmont started out as a deli type of place and have now morphed into a full fledged sit-down restaurant. Armed with a Groupon for 25% cash back I visited them for lunch today. They serve lunch and brunch on weekends.

Plenty of off-street parking that was pretty full when I drove by on a weekday.

A dining room has now been added in the back and has been open for about a year.

The floor was wet and the chairs were not very comfortable.

I ordered the TLD LAMB BURGER ($14 on the lunch menu, $12 on the brunch menu). "With Tomato, Lettuce, Feta Cheese, Tahini Aioli, On Brioche Bun and Pub Fries". I got charged the lunch price and didn't realize until I was almost at home. The oversized bun was very light and flavorful, but the Tahini Aioli was just a very thin shmear on the top and bottom. The burger was very flavorful and well seasoned but come out barely medium, was ordered medium rare. The feta cheese was rock hard. The pub fries were excellent, light and fluffy, but most was just lukewarm. Some were really hot, so this was a bit of a mystery unless some had sat under a heat lamp and some were freshly fried. When I complained the waitress just said that they were fresh out of the fryer and that was that, so I had to eat my lukewarm fries. Not too impressed by the customer service and also had to ask for a refill of my water glass.

They also have some nice outside seating, but I doubt that I will be back.

I ordered the SHAWARMA ROLL UP OR PLATE ($11) to go. "Shawarma Spiced Chicken, Pickled Cucumber, Cabbage Onion Slaw, Tahini Aioli". I got three pickled cucumbers. There was plenty of chicken that was very tasty and nicely seasoned. The pickled cabbage with onions was really nice as was the hummus. This was a way better dish than the burger.

Address 11 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA 02478
Phone number (617) 484-7671

The Loading Dock Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cha Yen Watertown

I was just reminded that I haven't been to Cha Yen Thai Cookery in Watertown for a while, so it was time for another visit to this charming little restaurant.

There is metered on street parking but it's only 50 cents/hour, and it seems to always be spots available.

I have given up on ordering Curry Puffs ($6.25). "Puff Pastry, Chicken, Onion, Tumeric and Potato". I gave up after getting dry, hard pastry with bland fillings. I have not given them a second thought here, but after I saw a picture, I had to try them. The puff pastry was cold but very light, and the filling was hot and really nicely seasoned. What a difference!

I have never tried Manitas Chicken Wings ($6.50) either and here they are, ordered extra spicy. "Chicken Wings Fried and tossed with a Spicy Garlic Sauce". They were sweet, sticky, crispy and spicy, but they were also overcooked and dry. Despite that, they were super tasty but just spicy despite being ordered extra spicy. I have to revise this after having the leftover wings that I smothered in sauce, they were HOT.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

C.K. Pearl Essex

I try to get to C.K. Pearl in Essex at least once every summer, and I just realized that we are in August already. I adore their food, and I adore sitting on the deck, but I love their clam chowder. The chowder alone is worth the trip.

They also do a very respectable BBQ and have a real smoker outside.

The view from the deck never gets old.

Here is their famous Clam Chowder (7). "Pork Belly, Potato, Crispy Clam Strips". None of this "in Essex we don't thicken the chowder", this is a proper thick chowder with plenty of pork belly.

They serve an appetizer sized Fried Clams (16) that are not listed on the menu. This was the best fried clams I have had so far, a very light batter and super tender clams. Their size varied from small bellies to rather large ones. However, they were just about a dollar each. Not being from NE, I'm not sure what the deal with fried clams is? They really don't taste of much and are rather expensive. Enlighten me, please.