Posts in Category: Massachusetts

Island Creek Oyster Bar | Boston, Massachusetts USA

At Island Creek Oyster Bar waiting on a table; queue your name with the bartender if you want a bar seat.



RAW Bar – ordering oysters



RAW Bar – Island Creek Oyster, Duxbury, MA, Skip Bennett; Beach Point, Barnstable, MA, Mark Begley; Taunton Bay, Acadia, ME, Mike Briggs; Wild Belon, Harpswell, ME



Crispy IC Oyster Slider; brioche roll, lime chile aioli



Pan Fried Crab Cake; corn relish, dijon aioli, frisee



Local Clam Chowder; hand dug clams, buttermilk biscuit, house-cured bacon



Lobster Roe Noodles; braised short rib, grilled lobster, maitake mushrooms, pecorino



Bouillabaisse; swordfish, salmon, littlenecks, PEI mussels, rouille



Honey-Sweet Buttermilk Biscuit


Been wanting to come here for a while actually. It was one of the first places that caught my eyes while using the Chefs Feed app.But a really fun atmosphere with a sophisticated touch; great date place! That night I went with a small group and originally had a reservation for 9:30 on a Thursday, but decided to try our luck to get an earlier table. Was told that for busier nights it’s required to check-in with the bartender and check-in we did! Were able to snag a row of three stools around 8:45 and commenced our gastro-tour through some wonderful dishes. Favorite dish would definitely have to be Clam Chowder! Had some good bowls of the stuff, but this place’s chowder was wonderful! The biscuit was freaking impressive as well! Flaky as if it were rolled of filo dough and that little bit of honey was a nice touch. Besides the amazing decor, the service there was the best I’ve had in a while. Constant changing of utensils after each course, never had an empty water glass and the bartender Andrew was super friendly and helpful; learned a fun fact that the Wild Balon are unable to be farmed but must be harvested in the wild instead. A great time!

Island Creek Oyster Bar (information gathered 9/2012)
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Mon – Sat 4:00pm – 1:00am
Sun 11:00am – 12:00am

Street parking or valet were the only things available. At the time of driving there, street parking was near impossible to find; valet is $16.

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Lumiere | Newton, Massachusetts USA

Amuse Bouche; Soldier bean hummus on a slice of cucumber. black and white sesame seeds and little scallions.



Verrill Farm Corn Soup; Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa, Lime Crema



Seared Barnegat Light Sea Scallops; Succotash Salad & Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette



Miso-Mustard Glazed Chatham Bluefish; shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, and eggplant, sweet & spicy soy-sesame vinaigrette



Sophia’s Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta; Local Berry Compote, Lemon Shortbread Crumble


For what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, I searched the state of Massachusetts for a restaurant that would have a menu that reflects her teachings. One of the eateries near me happened to have a special menu and so I went to check it out. Really enjoyed the soup as it was creamy but not too much where the corn flavor was masked. Also liked the scallops, which was actually ordered off their regular menu, I just did some research and found that this was a not-to-miss type of item.

Lumiere  (information gathered 9/2012)
1293 Washington St
Newton, MA 02465
Mon – Thu 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Fri 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sat 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Sun 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Is kind of tough. The site specifies street parking, but there isn’t much. About a block down near the police station was a metered parking lot that I found a spot at. Good luck. No valet.

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Food Truck At SOWA Open Market | Boston, MA USA

Boston Food Truck


Bon Me Food Truck


Cilantro Peppercorn Chicken Banh Mi


BBQ Smith Food Truck


Smoked pork taco; pickled cabbage, cilantro, roasted tomato salsa, avocado-lime cream & chopped chicken chips


Boston Super Dog Food Truck


Charred grilled pastrami


Took a trip to the SOWA Open Market today since every Sunday, they have a gathering of some amazingly tasty food trucks. Today, with beautiful weather and the awesome food… what a Sunday Funday! Enjoy.

Food Trucks! (information gathered 8/2012)
500 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
SOWA Open Market:
May 6th – Oct 28th
Sun 10am – 4pm 

Tons of parking! Either on the street side (free) or one of the multiple parking lots ($5 – 8) all day.

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References:SOWA Open Market
Boston Super Dog
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Oishii Boston | Boston, MA USA

Spicy Tuna Tartare with Cilantro, Sesame Oil and Golden Caviar


Squid Ink Noodles garnished with scallions and gold leaf


So delicious!! This is actually my second go around to this awesome restaurant; this time with a good friend from my University days. We both chose a dish to “try” but I just had to have the squid ink noodles again. Just as good as I remember; I will definitely be back to have some of their other offerings.

Oishii Boston (information gathered 8/2012)
1293 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02465
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm- 5:00pm
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm- midnight
Sunday 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Really lucked out this time with finding street side parking right in front of the restaurant. I also saw a parking lot off of Harrison Ave.

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Manna House | Greenfield, MA USA

Squash Jun; Squash pancake, served with a soy dipping sauce


Dol Bi Bim Bap; Rice toped w/ vegetables and egg served in a hot sizzling stone pot with spicy korean chili paste


To be honest, we were originally trying to go to another restaurant we found google, but ended up stumbling across this restaurant and decided to give it a try. Was pretty good. The Squash Jun was probably the best of the two; having a crispy outer layer surrounding the soft layer of pancake like texture with chunks of squash. Quite nice.

Manna House (information gathered 8/2012)
27 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301
Mon – Sat 11:30am – 9:30pm
Closed Sunday

You can find a great deal of parking on the side streets.

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Neptune Oyster | Boston, MA USA


Kumamoto Oysters; small, sweet, plump, creamy, hints of honeydew melon


Buttermilk Johnnycake; honey butter, smoked trout tartare, Little Pearl caviar served on a thin slightly crispy cornmeal pancake


The inside space


Maine Lobster Roll; toasted roll, hot with butter


Outside looking in.


End of the night, where’d all the seafood go? :/

From the marble table tops to the tiled/textured ceiling, the ambiance definitely takes you back to simpler times. This 42 seat capacity restaurant (yeah it’s that small) is definitely at the top of my list for seafood. The positive side of such a quaint eatery is the staff is quite attentive during your dining experience; the con, however, is you may have to wait a while to get in. Should the need to wait arise, simply go inside, stand at the doorway (because honestly there is limited space to stand) and wait for one of the staff to come take your name and phone number. I consider that pretty cool, they’ll call you when they’re ready for you. Just make sure you’re near.

From personal experience, I arrived around 6pm on a Tuesday so I was practically asking for a long wait, but it actually wasn’t so bad. Probably a solid 35 minute wait which was fine. I ended up going to the coffee shop, Boston Common Coffee Co. a block away for a quick cup of coffee and relaxed thinking of the superb seafood I was soon to become one with.

Goodness. Those oysters on the half shell (Kumamoto) were so sweet and fresh. The combination on the Buttermilk Johnnycakes, who knew those things would go together?! It just was so well balanced between the hot texture of the johnnycake and the cold smoked trout tartare and caviar… it was an experience that sent chill down your spine because of how good it was. Towards the end of the meal, I decided I would go all out and top it off with a lobster roll. The generous helping of large chucks of Maine lobster meat on a well toasted bun; some butter to make it all happy.. It was just a wonderful way to end the meal. There are still some items I still have to cross off my list (e.g. Neptune Burger, Tuna Ribbons, The Neptune Plateau from the raw bar). Time to bring the stretchy pants.

Neptune Oyster (information gathered 07/2012)
63 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Mon – Thurs, Sun 11:30am – 9:30pm
Fri – Sat 11:30am – 10:30pm

It can be tricky to find parking as the spots along the street are typically full. Come early.

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