man i love tacos and sadly taco places in boston are jus really underwhelming (although there is one exception), so whenever im in cali, i def go ham on the tacos. i talked about my new fave taco joint in a previous post; el chato is another taco truck we visited.
everyone was full since we came from dinner. i had to have some, so i got some to go.
probably the best dollar you could spend.
5300 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Phone number (323) 947-3651
but it turned out to be… not so inventive. we opted the five course tasting, which turned out to be… four course.
pork three ways – i loved this dish and the crispy pork skin and the melt in your mouth tenderness blew my mind; however, the pork belly didnt come with crispy skin this time. very very disappointed.
although these dishes are craigie’s signature dishes, i was expecting a more inventive and spontaneous or even adventurous meal as described for the chef’s whim tasting menu. the 5-course meal was indeed a 4 course meal. (unless they are counting the palate cleanser as one course now. they used to be complimentary with the 3 course meal.) i was also disappointed by the pork 3 ways which i used to worship. although the food was still delicious for the most part, i dont recommend the chef’s whim tasting menu.
Craigie On Main
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone number (617) 497-5511
this was my 2nd time here. i thought the food was decent last time so i wanted to come here again, but food was rather disappointing this time.
Open-face ravioli, scallops & shrimp, zucchini segments, lobster mascarpone reduction.
Gnocchi con Agnello
House made potato dumplings, lamb roast tomato & pepper ragù, aromatic vegetables and herbs.
not sure what happened, food was pretty disappointing. i dont think i’d be back again.
98 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
Phone number (617) 523-3112
went to check out manna house in arlington last weekend.
9 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02476
Phone number (781) 648-8878
finally got to try the salty pig after 2 attempts. the 1st time, the wait was an hour during lunch time. the 2nd time, they were fixing something in the kitchen so no food was served.
anyways, the salty pig serves pizzas, charcuterie, cheese, and craft beers.
The Salty Pig
130 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
b/t Columbus Ave & Chandler St in Back Bay
Phone number (617) 536-6200
you guys sick of me posting about ramen yet? so many exciting ramen news recently if you follow my facebook page. im really not that crazy about ramen as it seems. its jus all the sudden everyone wants to a ramen shop.
anyways, last weekend i wanted to drive to burlington to get some popcorns due to my addiction, somehow pork belly drove me all the way to providence rhode island to try ken’s ramen which recently opened up (2/3 weeks?).
they were still in their soft opening period and it was a set menu with a choice of appetizer + choice of ramen.
i truly regret mixing the sesame sauce in. if you ever had chinese cold sesame noodles, thats what exactly it tasted like, and sweeter. the sauce was just too overpowering and i didnt appreciate the sweetness and a bit of sourness hiding behind it.
food aside, i felt ken’s ramen was lacking originality and the room full of supreme stickers didnt help either. i noticed they have some similarity with totto ramen in new york: logo fonts are similar, the way they cut the scallions are similar, and the appetizers had the same concept, and the chicken broth that totto is famous for.
i did some research after i got back home and this article by eater confirmed my observations. they are indeed “a fusion of Totto ramen NYC x Tsujita LA x Ivan Ramen Tokyo x Ken’s Ramen” as it’s written in the article.
and im not a hypebeast, so probably wont come back til they find something that defines themselves.
51 Washington St
Providence, RI 02903
Phone number (401) 859-1998