The service at this location versus the others in Boston is a bit more frenetic, but the food quality is just as good, and the window seats provide an optimum place for Cambridgean people-watching!
The variety of ramen, udon, and meat dishes, coupled with delicious gyoza (a few varieties), good sticky white rice, and garnished japanese pickles, makes for an easily enjoyable meal!
Good value, and authentic to what I had in Japan. I recommend the Chicken Katsu Curry. Mmm!
World-class Thai food in Quincy.
The expectation here was not high upon first visit, both because it was new and because it was in Quincy. However, we were quickly converted into believers of Little Duck!
This is not the best Thai food I've ever had, by far, but it's world-class for suburban Thai food in America. That's the benchmark, anyway.
Pros: menu offers many traditional favorites, many vegetarian options, many hot and spicy options, great service (I get the feeling most employees are family), MBTA accessible (around the block from Quincy Center on the red line), and lots of ducks all over the restaurant!
Cons: It hasn't always been super consistent. One time, my girlfriend found a hair in her pad thai, but she was promptly apologized to (profusely, mind you) and given a brand new dish made fresh. It's a small place with not a tremendous amount of parking. Oh, and you may think it's weird that there are ducks all over the restaurant. Haha.
Very good. Recommended.
I hate to be the reviewer picking on other reviews, but I must assume the "anonymous" post is an employee. Because the review before mine by Rebecca is dead on. She writes "lots of bucks put down for not enough 'bang' at this place."
Let me start by saying that I will never go back. I will also note that there are restaurants that have food poisoned guests of mine that I have given two stars to on here. With that in mind, one star. Here's why...
The food is overpriced. This is universally true. Look up the menu. There's nothing particularly bold, and the quality (this you'll have to take our word for if you're reading pre-visit) is nothing special. It's not so much that the food is bad... it's just that you could get better food at the Stockyard Restaurant in Brighton, and similar food at any 99 Restaurant... both at a lower price.
The real sin here is the service. When I last visited, I was part of a small group of family members. While I am a younger person and was in dress-casual, I am a discrete, generous tipper with reasonable expectations. The young man on water service got $10 from me just for being exceptionally tactful and careful filling water. However the manager and hosts/hostesses were ignorant and rude.
They refused to sit our party (with elderly guests) because one person hadn't arrived. That was the day of her graduation which took place down the block (as was well known by all local businesses), and she was being held back for some administrative issues. We had to wait outside because it was too busy, and when our last family member arrived we were told we'd missed our reservation because our full party wasn't there at the correct time.
When I grew impatient and tried to follow up after an older family member already gave up, I was met with immense disrespect, literally brushed off to take another customer mid-sentence by a manager and host.
Good thing these employees aren't being compensated to provide customer service. Oh wait...
And like I said, from there on out, it was reasonable service by the waitstaff, and mediocre food. Oh, and an unreasonably high bill. It was someone else's treat, but even still I felt cheated.
Never again. I can't, in good conscience, give them any more of my money. There are just too many other better places to eat both in terms of food quality as well as service.
Jody Adams' Rialto is a hit in Cambridge.
It is a white linen, yuppie Italian restaurant serving high-class dishes like gnocchi with rabbit bolognese or squid ink ravioli.
I tend to gravitate more towards traditional Italian fare done exceptionally well (see Orta Ristorante in Pembroke, Lucia Ristorante in Boston, or Bottega Fiorentina in Brookline). Meals like "pomegranate glazed quail" don't usually appeal to me (and yes that's a real one from Rialto).
However, Adams makes the posh twists into delicious finds for the adventurous foodie. I highly recommend Rialto for the fare.
The prices are fair and the service is excellent.
I had heard so much about the short-lived Icarus, so I was pretty anxious for Chris Douglass' take on Italian in my old stomping ground of Dorchester.
The ambiance is pretty minimalist but nice. The furniture is... awkward. It feels like Ikea home office furniture, to be honest. The beer and wine options are not tremendously plentiful, but they're thematic and satisfactory - they carry the standard selection of Italian beer imports that most nice Italian restaurants carry.
The food isn't tremendously pricey, but it certainly isn't cheap. And it truly tastes a bit over-frilled. That is, it's too much going on. His approach to classic Italian dishes with the twist of different cheeses, seasonings, or preparations... is a bit stressful to the diner wishing simply for high-quality Italian fare.
The pizza was pretty good, but then again so is Todd English's take on it at Olives (though even more olive oil-soaked at Olives). But nothing fantastic. The pizza wasn't as good as nice suburban Italian ristorante Orta... or even Doyle's (although to be fair, Doyle's has great pizza).
The staff are not particularly knowledgeable or gracious, but there was nothing to gripe over.
If I remember properly, there was table bread but with no oil or butter or spread of any kind. That's a pretty significant faux pas for a reputable Italian place.
Lastly, the restaurant is located in a gentrified building right at the end of the train line in a neighborhood that I probably still wouldn't want my girlfriend walking alone in. And with little to no parking other than on-street and adjacent streets... this really detracts.
Disappointment. I won't go back, to be honest, but maybe it's worth a shot.
I have always been a fan of D'Angelo's (even before this "grilled" business). It's a great sandwich shop that is a chain yet high quality, and unmatched by nationwide chains like Subway or Blimpie's.
The steak and cheese is an absolute treasure. It's so good and it's made like it ought to be... fresh to order on the grill top, with a slightly toasted roll.
Since changing to "grilled sandwiches" to compete with Quizno's, they've raised prices and changed a few ingredients (for instance the pickles taste totally strange now). This is a downer.
However most sandwiches are still delicious. For cold subs, I recommend the Italian.
Lastly, new and seasonal menu items round out a plentitude of options. The Thanksgiving Toasted as warm turkey, stuffing, and cranberry with some gravy on the side. I go no mayo, but many of my friends indulge with a little mayo on this New England favorite, known fondly at smaller sandwich shops as "the Gobbler" or the "Hot Turkey".
This particular location has SUPERIOR customer service. It is probably the friendliest and most accurate D'Angelo's I've ever been to (and that's quite a few).
It's a five star place because it's a local chain with high quality, but it's not the best sandwich around. And higher prices coupled with the change in some suppliers and ingredients leads me to give it four.
I've been going to Great Chow for a decade now. It's great food.
Pros: Many menu items are great like the chicken wings and beef teriyaki. The fried rice is consistently great. The tidbit combo option allows little bits of apps with fried rice, and is a great value!
Cons: It's definitely not the best Chinese in Boston, and many items are not as expected. For instance, the pad thai tastes (and looks) nothing like real pad thai. It's delicious though. So it's a trade off. Many people may be put off by it. The service is a bit pushy, but as expected in a typical Chinese restaurant.
I recommend, but I also recommend checking out Boston's Chinatown for better food and better values.
I am a long-time customer of Lambert's in Dorchester, and occasionally Lambert's in Norwood. This location made a boom downtown when it opened a few years ago, offering fresh produce and great deli goods at reasonable (but "city") prices.
The highlight of the place is the sandwiches though. Made to order at the deli counter, these sandwiches are stuffed with tons of meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments... and they're as delicious as they are filling.
I dine here probably twice monthly. It's a great place because it has such a variety of items. It's a great place to bring friends to, watch the game at, or have a family outing in.
It's a local chain known for low prices and its relatively unkitschy and clean atmosphere.
The bench booths have dividers that lift to accommodate larger parties, which many places do not.
The food is good, and the consistency from location to location is quite high, however there are some menu items to avoid. They tend to not use great cuts for the steak tips. Also, the prime rib I had was abysmal, among the worst steaks ever. However the chicken tenders are fantastic. The toasted ravioli appetizer (no longer available on the most recent menu) is delicious, and so are the buffalo tenders.
Their seafood is generally quite good and their salads are better than average.
The honey butter biscuits and rustic bread (ordered as side orders or served on the side of many dishes) are quite good, and you get delicious buttered popcorn for free upon request.
P.S. Try the delicious pomegranite iced tea for an antioxidant kick!
The Clam Box is a great summer destination for food along Wollaston Beach.
I prefer Tony's, just down the block, but that doesn't negate the delicious food offerings at the Clam Box. Great fried seafood rounds out a yummy summer menu (also hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, soda, and so on).
A great location as well!