Archive for November, 2009

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Whatta Delicious Wing!

November 25, 2009


Last week I decided to go spend the day in Arlington.  I caught a movie at the Capitol Theatre, looked at the cool shops, rode by Spy pond, and finally, the lady and me hit up Whatta Wing! Known primarily for their large variety of sauces for their wings (28), it basically seemed like your local sub shop, but with the added bonus of some butt kicking wings!

So, for the deal, they had 2 daily specials when dining in.  $8.50 for 8 wings, a bag of chips and a soda or 6 tenders, chips and soda.  For around a buck more you could get a side salad, but no drink.  At first I thought that was a bit on the pricey side, but once I saw the wings, I thought it was a deal.

I chose to get the mango habanero on the wings while Lizz got the garlic buffalo on the tenders, and boy were these things great.  The wings were huge, super juicy and cooked to create a nice crisp on the outside while leaving the meat tender and moist.  The tenders lacked the same amount of juiciness, but still were moist and big.  Did I mention that these suckers were big?  The garlic buffalo sauce was outstanding.  It leaned a bit more to the buffalo side of things, but had this garlicky kick that made the sauce downright exciting to eat!  The mango habanero was pretty good, but being a fan of the heat I expected a lot more habanero, but ended up with a lot more mango.  The sauce was sweet and delicious, but after a while I was dying to have a kick to it that I just wasn’t getting.  Next time I’m getting the Buffalo Suicide sauce!

One big difference between the tenders and the wings was how they handled the sauce.  The wings, after eating a few of them, got a bit soggy under the sauce.  This was a bit of a letdown because at the start of the meal, the crisp texture to the wing set it apart from so many other run of the mill places.  It wasn’t a huge negative though, as the meat and the sauces were still great.  My advice, eat these suckers as fast as you can!  The tenders though, never gave way to the sauce and remained a joy to eat all the way through.

So if you have $10 and want to get full off of a handful of wings or tenders, this is the place to do it.  With so many different sauce options, you could have a complete different experience each time you go. I can’t wait to go back and try the Spicy Teradactal or the Buttermilk Ranch wings!

Whatta Wing!
218 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

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Burgers on the cheap in Harvard Square

November 18, 2009

Regular cheeseburger, small fries
One of the things I like almost as much as savings (SAVINGS!) is a good burger, and though the name Flat Patties held me at bay for a while, I’m pretty glad I stepped into The Garage that fateful day a few years ago and plopped down some dollar bills for what turned out to be a pretty fantastic burger for under $5!

While a friend of mine was working at a local tea shop around the corner in Harvard Square, he constantly talked up the new burger joint, Flat Patties, and their delicious cheese fries. The name Flat Patties didn’t get me interested, and for a while I held off. One day, however, I was craving a burger in Harvard and wasn’t in the mood for the Charlie’s experience (reading: me spending more money than I need to on cheap beer) and chose to stop into the Flat Patties and had a wonderful meal.

Now the menu is pretty basic, but has some cool offerings. Burger or double burger (cheese too!), chicken sandwich, fried fish sandwich, pulled pork, Portobello mushroom, and grilled cheese are the main attractions, with the proper extras (bacon, avocado, onions or mushrooms) available as well. They have salads (like I get those), some sides, and homemade desserts. The fries are fresh fried potatoes, and if you wanna get real good get he chili cheese fries. Fattening? Sure. Delicious? Of course!

Now the cheeseburger is a pretty fantastic for just a basic cheeseburger, and its only $3.20! Seasoned well fresh ground beef  topped with a cheese of your choice, lettuce tomato and the house sauce, all on a buttery “brioche style” bun, it is way better than the fast food fare you find at most inexpensive burger joints. It never takes very long to get one, and you can watch the guys in the back cook them right after you order. If you have a few extra bucks in your pocket, get one with a Root Beer float and some cheese fries. It will still be under $10 with tax!

As much as I love a quick, cheap meal from a place that is locally owned, I also love it when those meals are delicious. Not only do you get all three of those checked off at Flat Patties, you also have condiment bar that has jalapeno slices, and how can you not love a place that has that!

Flat Patties
81 Mt. Auburn St,
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Pizza Specials Make The World Go Round

November 11, 2009

You have no idea how good this pizza is unless you've had it

I think it is becoming more and more obvious that I like places that seem to be from a time past. Places that seem out of place in this modern era of text messaging and twitter, places that want you to slow down, relax, forget about your troubles, and just enjoy what is going on around you. To me, The Paddock is a perfect example of this type of place, and I cannot wait to go back as soon as I can.

The Paddock is semi hidden in a residential neighborhood, this family restaurant and bar is dimly lit with a charm not often seen these days. There is horse and horse race imagery throughout, and the staff is adorned in black vests and pants, adding a touch of class. While the Paddock offers a wide range of menu options and specials, Lizz and I stopped in for the $6 large cheese pizza (available Tuesday-Thursday).

This pizza was far better than I had expected, and for $6 it was a steal! While it is only available three nights a week for dining in or take out, it was cheesy and cooked to a perfect crisp crunch. The pizza wasn’t greasy as some of the local orange cheese joints, and it made me wish I had ordered two of the specials (what can I say, I LOVE PIZZA). Though we had taken the pizza to go, there was a special that night for a pitcher of beer with a large cheese for only $15. While that is a good 3 dollars more than the pitcher/pie special at one of my other favorite joints, the pie at the Paddock is worth double that.

Other specials and desserts top off the items at the Paddock, as well as homestyle menu mainstays (such offerings as lasagna and baked ziti) offered at reasonable prices. They have a few long running specials for things like football games at the bar (25¢ wings, $5 for a beer and two slices), and pasta dishes that will feed a family of four (Chicken Parm and ziti or linguine for $30). So while this old timey place invites you in to sit back and relax, it also offers up great deals and meals to keep you coming back time and time again

The Paddock
249 Pearl Street
Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: (617) 628-6525

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Dollar Tacos!!

November 5, 2009

La Verdad's tacos are served family style!

La Verdad’s $1 Taco Tuesday really isn’t all that much of a secret these days, but it sure is still a deal! I was talking to my friend Ben about trying to write a review on the place and I was like “well, the tacos are a dollar. And damn good. Totally worth a dollar, but I don’t know what to write about them.” He was like, well, you have your review right there or something who knows. Well, on a recent Tuesday me and my buddy Aimee made our way over to the La Verdad to feast on tacos that seriously only cost a dollar. While I had been there before, there were a few surprises that made this trip especially enjoyable.

So there are some ups and downs to the dollar taco night. The big plus is, of course, you can get some awesome tacos made with fresh home made tortillas for only a buck. The biggest downsides though are these, the 3 varieties that you have to choose from never change, they don’t have a vegetarian option in the $1 options, and there is a limit of only 5 $1 tacos. The three that you can choose from though, are all very very good, and those are the Chicken (Pollo Pibil…Achiote BBQ chicken with pickled red onions, sour orange), the Pork (Pastor Traditionale…”El Farolito” pork adobo, roast pineapple, lime, cilantro, and onion), and Carnitas (yes I know it is also pork but come on [Roast pork, cilantro, onions, salsa verde]). My favorite is the carnitas, but I am unusually drawn to their salsa verde, so I just keep going back for more. Now you can get up to 5 of these for $5, but I do recommend experimenting with other tacos in the very reasonable $2.25 – $3 range. I’m a big fan of the Chorizo y Papas, but wasn’t that huge on the Shrimp.

The star of the night though, for me, was the chips and salsa. Yeah, just your plain old chips and salsa. But they weren’t. They were extraordinary. Freshly made tortilla’s were fried and topped with a bit of salt and cojito cheese, brought out with salsa verde and their pico de gaillo, as well as some pickeled jalapenos and carrots. At first I was all $4.95 seems like a lot for just chips and salsa, but afterwards I figured out what a deal it was. 3 tacos and splitting an order of these with a friend is the way to go. A big shock for me going back to La Verdad was the lack of people. I quite liked how quiet it was, how attentive the staff was, and the music was at a great volume that seemed to encourage conversation but didn’t force anyone to yell.

If Tuesday rolls around and you find yourself saying “Its only Tuesday?” to yourself, maybe hitting La Verdad after work might not be such a bad idea. The food is great, it’s cheap if you stick to items like dollar tacos and chips and salsa, and walking distance from 2 green line T stops if you need a break from the crowded rush hour train.


La Verdad

1 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215

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