Thursday, June 23, 2016

Northeast of the Border

          Northeast of the Border is a taco truck with authentic Mexican food made from locally sourced ingredients. They're in Watertown once a week, and have become one of my regular lunch spots.

          There are several meat, seafood and vegetarian options available - all are served on soft corn tortillas with creative toppings. My favorite is the beef brisket barbacoa taco topped simply with cilantro and onion.

          I like to mix it up a little and get a variety when I order; some of my other top picks are the chicken tinga with onions, tomato, and chipotle sauce, and the cochinita: slow cooked marinated pork, topped refried beans topped with pickled red onions.

           I continue to be impressed by the quality of food at the food trucks around Boston, and Northeast of the Border is no exception. If you see them around town, you should definitely check them out!

NorthEast of the Border Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

O Sha

O Sha is a tiny spot in Watertown that serves Thai and sushi. They have a ton of great lunch specials, but my favorite is always the sushi a la carte.

          I love that they offer toro gunkan on the menu, a lightly seared spicy toro served over rice in a seaweed wrap. It's my favorite preparation that I don't see at a lot of places. The tuna mango roll is also a favorite; it comes topped with sweet lemon and salmon sashimi, which is always incredibly fresh.

          One of my coworkers also swears by the shrimp tempura roll with extra eel sauce on the side!

          I never would have discovered O Sha if it wasn't right near my office, but it's so good I would even make the trip to Watertown on a non-work day!

O-Sha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Red Lantern

          I've always enjoyed going out at Red Lantern; everything from the amazing cocktail menu, cool decor, and fun atmosphere make it a great spot. So naturally I was excited for the chance to preview the new drink menu from Brother Cleve, a legend in the cocktail world who recently joined the team at Big Night Entertainment Group.

           We sampled a large portion of the cocktail menu, which included everything from classics like the Mai Tai and Volcano to a boozy snow cone.

          I enjoyed all of the drinks, and especially appreciated that the mixers were made from scratch. They were delicious without the overly sweet syrupy flavor you sometimes get.

          I also tried the food at Red Lantern for the first time, and was surprised at how good it was (I'd always thought of them as a place to go out)! They have an extensive menu including a sushi bar and upscale versions of Chinese favorites like General Gao's chicken, fried rice, pupu platters, and more.

          If you want to check them out, Red Lantern is hosting a party this Tuesday June 21st  to preview the new cocktail menu and celebrate their fifth anniversary. Get all of the details here. They also have an amazing special on Tuesdays - unlimited sushi for $25 for person. I definitely plan to take advantage of this deal soon!

Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Chicken and Rice Guys

          My company loves to eat; one of my favorite perks are the several food trucks on site (in Watertown) every day. The Chicken and Rice Guys is legendary around the office, and people start lining up just before 11AM to avoid the long lines or even worse running out of food which has happened. A few weeks ago I decided to see what all of the hype was about, and now I'm lining up with everyone else!

       The menu is simple, but so good! The meats are tender and seasoned perfectly, with several dipping sauces to choose from. Options include chicken, lamb, or tofu over seasoned rice with a side of pita and lettuce. Plates come in small or large, or you can order a salad which has no rice and extra lettuce. My favorite is the combo salad, with mint sauce for the lamb, creamy garlic sauce for the chicken, and occasionally a little BBQ to mix it up!

           If you see The Chicken and Rice Guys around town, I highly recommend braving the line - you won't be disappointed!

The Chicken and Rice Guys Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Barking Crab

          The Barking Crab is the type of seafood place you'd find at the beach (think picnic tables, tents, outdoor seating) located in the heart of the city- Boston's seaport district. It's a great spot for drinks after work, and traditional New England seafood. I went with the fiance a few weeks ago for dinner on the first nice day of the season and the place was packed! We ordered a little bit of everything to share including all of the standards.

Half Dozen Oysters with Cocktail Sauce and Mignonette

Fried Whole Belly Clams

New England Clam Chowder

Steamed Lobster and Crab Leg Combo with Drawn Butter
          Everything was delicious and incredibly fresh! The clam chowder rich and creamy, the fried clams had huge bellies and the lobster and crab came with a very generous portion. We were way too full for dessert, but I've heard great things about the Boston cream pie and next time I go I'll be sure to leave room!

The Barking Crab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Brunch at Henrietta's Table

          I recently tried the brunch at Henrietta's Table, something that's been on my list for a long time! I'm not always a fan of buffets since you never know how long the food has been sitting out, but at Henrietta's Table that's definitely not the case! The tables are lined up right along an open kitchen so you can see all of the hot food like eggs being prepared, and there was always someone there to check and refresh dishes as needed as well as answer any questions about ingredients.

           I started with a sparkling rose and the raw bar which included a huge selection of smoked fish, oysters, shrimp, and pates. I may have gone back for seconds thirds before checking out the breakfast station.

          No brunch is complete without eggs benedict, and I grabbed this just as it was coming out. The egg was perfectly runny and the hollandaise was light and made from scratch. The bacon and belgian waffles were also delicious, but my favorite part may have been the maple syrup which was definitely much higher quality than I've had at any other buffet!

          For dessert I tried a sliver of the chocolate cheesecake with some extra garnishes; the shaved white chocolate and chocolate covered strawberry were as good as the cheesecake!

         At $50 per person, the brunch at Henrietta's Table is surprisingly reasonable - especially if you take advantage of the raw bar!

Henrietta's Table Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Sugar Bowl

          The Sugar Bowl is my neighborhood coffee shop, and it's a great place to grab an ice coffee and breakfast on the go or ice cream later in the day.

          They have a ton of fresh bakery items, breakfast sandwiches, healthy alternatives and flavored coffees and coffee drinks. The place is always packed, and definitely has a fun neighborhood feel with old fashioned decor and a room with tons of comfy chairs and couches for relaxing with your coffee!

Sugar Bowl Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato