Pho Pasteur in Boston Chinatown

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. We decided to go there this Tuesday night and boy what a big mistake! The place is busy but the service and some of the food was beyond horrible. My waiter was super cranky and gave me attitude as he took our order. The fried spring rolls were cold. Not sure how that happens for a dish that is deep fried in hot oil. Fried quail was warm but taste like nothing…no flavor. Dac Biet is their staple noodle dish and it was fine. The fried rice didn’t look appetizing. We didn’t eat it. The coconut shake was good. The beef teriyaki was decent. That was hot. My friend went to this place a day later and also complained of poor service. Oh, it took 30 minutes just to get the check. We asked repeatedly too. These guys just don’t give a damn. They don’t care if you ever go back there. They are grumpy employees. They just rely on their name to draw people in.

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Muqueca Brazilian restaurant

The food turned out a lot better than I thought it would. They specialize in stew that appears to come out in a hot pot…except the pot is not hot.

There are too many varieties to list but the notables are dry meat mix and the seafood mix. The prices on the menu seem reasonable enough but beware. What felt like a $200 meal came out to $440!! It’s not just me being cheap either, everyone else in the party was shocked. It was nice to try once but I can’t see us coming back here as a large group again.

The food was tasty. Everything came with beans and then more beans on the side. I wonder if they gave us these involuntarily to stuff the bill, cause damn did we have a crap load of beans on the table. There was also fried plantain with greens and what appears to be a slices orange. I don’t remember us ordering it but they said it came with our orders (maybe this is why the bill was absurdly high).

For service, the staff were friendly, when they tended to you. We started with drinks but one friend of mine had to ask for a coke 4 times and it didn’t come till we were into our main meal. They claimed the fountain drink thing had to be replaced…but we waited a very long time and had to ask multiple times as it felt they forgot about it.

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I may have been too harsh on the place. These pictures are pretty much everything we got. The food is not bad. Everyone raves about the desserts, actually. The dollar to value is just severely lacking. At least that’s the consensus by everyone when we finished the meal.

Spikes junkyard dogs and stack a burger

First off, the service is good here. I have 3 Groupons and they accommodated three separate transactions with no problem. Now I don’t have to make multiple trips to use them up.

My family didn’t enjoy the chili cheese dog but my triple stack BBQ bacon cheeseburger was good. They made it just like I would’ve done it in my own back yard grill. The kids meal hot dogs were fine. The dogs were big, Costco like.

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Fried Chicken from State Park, Cambridge MA

The place is known for their fried chicken. You walk in and see the bar but there are actually plenty of tables inside and out. We were there for lunch on a weekday and it didn’t seem too busy. Two Asian girls run the place and they are friendly and helpful.

On to the chicken…the regular is tobasco honey and there is the spicier Nashville hot fried chicken. I had the tobasco honey and it was delicious. The flavor was not marinated into the chicken meat but the skin is smothered with this sweet flavor. I didn’t taste any tobasco flavor at all…and that’s okay cause it would feel like I’m eating buffalo wings.

The chicken itself is very juicy inside and seemed to have been cooked just right. An order comes with a thigh, drum stick, and breast. They are small pieces so don’t worry about getting too full. The dish comes with some perfectly cooked collard greens on the side. They are not too soft or too raw tasting. I also ordered a coke but it tasted kind of flat.

If you haven’t tried this place and their fried chicken you should do it at least once. It costs like $16-$18 a plate though.

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Kimball Farm fried clams

Having been disappointed with my fried seafood fixings from Plymouth the day before, I went to Kimball Farm in Westford, MA. The fried clams were very good. Tasted exactly as it should. The onion rings are made from scratch in front of you while you wait. Ice cream is also made here locally with over 40 favors. Everything was yummy!

Don’t try to substitute fries for onion rings though. Food substitution of any kind is a no-no, even of you offer to pay the difference.

Don’t come here just for the food. They also have (expensive) bumper boat rides, mini golf, hot air balloon rides, driving range, batting cage, and a over priced arcade.

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Woods seafood in Plymouth, MA

Not too far from Boston is Plymouth, MA. This is a great place to go for deep sea fishing trips, whale watching, and just eating fresh seafood.

After a long (unsuccessful) deep sea fishing trip, we went to Woods to satisfy my fried seafood craving. Everyone on Yelp raved about this place. It was dubbed “the place the locals go to”. It had to be good right?

We got the seafood platter, oyster plate and some crab cakes. Food was fried to perfection. However, the food had no texture or ‘feel’ to the bite. Imagine biting into a marshmallow – soft but not much effort needed to splice into it. That’s what it was like. Unlike Kellys Roast Beef, the fried clams here didn’t taste like it was covered in sand.

Prices were very reasonable at this place. Service is reasonably quick. Don’t let the long lines fool you as it moves quick. When your food is ready it is placed on the small ordering counter where everyone hovers over your food. As such, pick it up as soon as your number is called.

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Kelly’s chicken wings and clam plate

We were exhausted from a long day out with the kids and needed a quick bite. Not just anything, but something that would hit the spot. Lately I’ve had a craving for fried clams and wings…and that’s just what I got. Actually, anything deep fried would’ve hit the spot.

Love the food at Kelly’s but I have to say their claims have some sand. This has happened for the last few clam orders I’ve gotten from then. Happens way more often than not. The clam plate comes with French fries and onion rings. The wings were simply breaded and deep fried. The wings were pretty small sized. $10 for 12 pieces. The clam plate was about $18.

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