Archive for August, 2010

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Perfect Pizza Pie

August 26, 2010


Everyone in the Boston area has their favorite pizza spot to go and pick up a slice or a pie. Some say Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square, others talk about the wonders of Santarpio’s in East Boston, and of course there are generally always some folks mumbling about the greatness that is Pizzeria Regina in the North End.  When I get a serious pizza craving, I head to what I believe to be the best place around for a slice or 4, and that is Leone’s on Winter Hill.

While their feud with another sub shop up the street is what got me in, it was a slice of the thick cut, Sicilian style slice that has kept me coming back.  The combination of crispy yet soft dough with a savory sauce, flawlessly melted cheese with herbs on top is one that does not disappoint, ever. And for under $10 you can get 4 slices, which is more than enough to feed two people.  While the price is right, after one slice of this magnificent pizza, you will have a difficult time getting this pizza off your brain.

With friendly service, this neighborhood shop really stands out on a street full of neighborhood sub shops.  Their prices are spot on, and the subs and salads are delicious, but the multiple sheets of the rectangular pies right behind the counter will have you ordering at least one while you wait for the rest of your meal to be completed.

If you love pizza as much as I do, which if you do you might want to seek help, you owe it to yourself to stop into Leone’s and give this pie a bit of attention. Your life won’t be the same afterwards.

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Food Truck Fantasy

August 18, 2010

You would be hard pressed to find a bigger supporter of the recent “Food Truck Revolution” in Boston these days; however, Fillbelly’s seems to be the top of the pack for a relatively new venture. They aren’t doing just hot dogs, they are taking a risk and bringing delicious soul food all over the area at a very reasonable price.

While you may never know where Fillbelly’s is going to be located the day before, (it took me 4 attempts to actually locate them successfully), you can check the twitter, or you can call the cell number on their website for updates. I recommend a combo of both, because if you don’t find a way to eat their food, you’ll be pretty upset with yourself.

With menu items ranging from $2-$6, you’d expect portions to be small and unfulfilling, but that is not the case. Their chicken and waffle plate goes for $5.50, and the mac and cheese is a deal at $4 for a large. But do yourself a favor and opt for the Mac n’ Soul casserole. The Kitchen Kingz @ Fillbelly’s have a unique take on this classic casserole, adding in slightly crispy sweet potatoes that really give a sweetness to the dish that is much appreciated, and collard greens (vegetarian ones, even!) for a savory element. The textures all combined provide a satisfying, delicious meal.

While it might take a bit of extra effort to track down one of these new food trucks you are seeing pop up all over Boston, finding a place like Fillbelly’s is totally worth it. The staff was not only friendly, but genuinely enthusiastic about doing something different. While it might be different, it is also a pretty fantastic experience, and I whole heartedly recommend checking them out as soon as you can.

TO find out where Fillbelly’s is going to be located, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or call Chef Boz at (347) 204-8466.

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Amazing Mexican Madness!

August 12, 2010


It’s funny how the best Mexican food I’ve had in the city isn’t actually in the city, but a suburb. I read about La Posada in Arlington Heights on another food blog and figured I would give it a chance. Not only did I immensely enjoy the lunch, but I liked it so much I went back the following day for brunch. If you in any way like Mexican food, you owe it to yourself to visit this place and try their outstanding spin on Mexican food.

Starting each meal with a pretty unique salsa and lightly salted homemade chips, Lo Posada started out on the right food. While the salsa wasn’t your typical tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic you get other places, it really has a nice sour/sweet taste to it that had me reaching for chip after chip. You also have the option of ordering guacamole, which is made at your table with your choice of “toppings” to mix in.

While the menu offers burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, I chose to go with one of my favorites, the chile relleno, which was fried to a perfect crispy exterior and filled with a rich, melty cheese. Served with some of the best refried beans I’ve ever eaten, perfectly cooked rice, and a cheese enchilada with a dark and sweet red sauce, I don’t think I could have asked for a more satisfying meal.

The brunch options did not disappoint either. Opting for a poblano pepper scramble, it too was served with rice and beans, some avocado slices, and some tortillas. The eggs were cooked to perfection, with creaminess to them, and the added flavors of the peppers really made the dish pop. The breakfast tacos were 3 gigantic tacos, absolutely brimming with flavor, and the Mexican Toast was out of this world French toast seasoned with Mexican spices and honey.

The best part about La Posada is not even the food, which is pretty great as mentioned above. It is the food combined with the friendly staff providing an atmosphere you feel very comfortable in, and the prices really put them over the edge. Entrees run from about $7-15, and appetizers are $4-8. The brunch menu, nothing is over $9. The three tacos? $6. SIX DOLLARS! From now on, when I think Mexican food in the Boston area, I am immediately thinking of La Posada, and figuring out a way to get there as soon as I can.

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Lip-smackin’ Seafood

August 5, 2010


Courthouse Seafood is many things, most of them being delicious, awesome, and great. Having this place nearby in Cambridge has made my job very fun and very easy. While most famous for their fried offerings, such as fish and chips for $7 or a clam strip roll for $6 with fries, I have found that their Cajun Bluefish to be their tastiest of options.

While the inexpensive fish and chips drew me in, the delicious food had me coming back, I noticed I kept just staring at the Bluefish, done Cajun style, that was on the menu. Not being too familiar with non fried seafood, my mind was blown at how juicy and filling the bluefish was, with a touch of Cajun seasoning to give it some kick. You get your choice of side but I’m a sucker for pilaf, and their buttery version doesn’t disappoint.

While I do love love LOVE both going to the restaurant and the market, I do find it a bit of a bummer that they serve seafood that is on the avoid listing of seafood watch lists (specifically the Sole, Haddock, and Salmon). It would make me much happier as a customer if they took some of them off their menu, but I do believe they put in an honest effort to support local sustainable fishing for seafood. Just a few more steps and it would be perfect.

That being what it is, I do recommend stopping in and giving the bluefish a shot, as well as some clam strips, making a trip into the market just a couple of storefronts down, and doing your best to fill your belly and doing it in a responsible manner.

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