Monday, November 2, 2009

A Tribute to Charlie: Cheap Eats Boston (Part 1)

I've spent the last two weeks in Boston, spending as much time as I can with my brother before he moves overseas. Much of the time has been spent over meals and I'm getting to know his favorite haunts and was with him as we discovered new ones.

I just wanted to share a few of them, in case you're in the Boston area and want to eat like the locals. (Warning: Some of these places are hard to get to by public transportation.)
South Garden for Chinese Seafood in Quincy, MA
217 B Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169
tel. 617-328-6628 or 617-328-6629
Sun-Thurs 11 am to 10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am to 11 pm

We came across this place completely by accident. We were visiting the area for the closest Walmart to Boston, and we saw an Asian grocery store (Kam Man) in this strip mall. We headed over to pick up some fruit late in the evening and we decided to have a quick dinner before heading back to Boston.

The customers looked like they were all regulars and Asian and every table that we saw had this lobster dish which we ordered. We based our entire order on what our neighbors had - clams in black bean sauce ($11.95), lobster in ginger and scallions (2 lobsters for $15!), spicy string beans, general tsao's chicken and salted fish fried rice. It was so good that we were back there before the week was out!

Wing Works - Somerville, MA
201 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA
617-666-9000 (delivers to Somerville, Cambridge, Medford and Arlington)
Mon-Thurs 11 am to 11 pm; Fri-Sat- 11am-12:30 am; Sun noon-11 am

I live in NYC, but these wings are better than anything that I've had in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Honestly, if you like buffalo wings, these are definitely worth checking out. The suicide buffalo wings are hot but somehow they still have flavor. And the Rochester (sweet and spicy with a dash of honey mustard) can only be found here. My brother is such a purist that he'll drive from Boston for the wings and eat them at the small shop so that they're at perfect crispiness. Wing Works is accessible by T - head to the Davis Square stop on the Red Line.

More Cheap Eats to follow....

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