Spring Blossom never really seemed to recover from the loss of business during the extended VFW Parkway sewer project. And now it's gone, forcing Westie types to drive into Dedham or South Brookline if they want more than just takeout.
One thing Roslindale doesn't lack is Chinese take-out places. So it was kind of surprising to see yet another one open up, this one at the fortuitously numbered 888 South Street, where Tex's used to be, across from the old Longfellow School.
The other day, I gave Hong Kong Cafe 888 a try for lunch.
Boston Chomps explains why that's Shangri La in Belmont.
Where Tex's Barbecue used to be, across from the former Longfellow School. Key question: Will it be just another take-out place or will they actually have seats? And, yes, I know, technically, you could actually eat at Golden House, but why?
Jason wonders just what's in the menu he got in his mailbox yesterday - and whether it's better than the Old Ho Toy.
Just a hunch, but I bet that when Fan Pier is all built out, this waterfront Chinese place won't be around to share in the success.
Brookline Police charge a local man with gau'ing berserk at the Golden Temple on Beacon Street early Friday morning:
Upon arrival [officers] observed the kitchen to be in disarray with dozens of broken plates, prepared food, and other items scattered on the floor. Mr. Homan was placed under arrest and brought to the police station. Fallon ambulance determined that they were going to transport him to Beth Israel Hospital. While the subject was being escorted to a room he slapped a nurse across the face and became very belligerent. During a struggle to restrain the subject, he also managed to hit the officers.
Also in Brookline, police report that when they responded to 229 St. Paul St., where some new residents moving in were reporting the theft of their stuff, they noticed a resident of the building carrying a stereo into his apartment. They asked to take a look and when he said yes, they discovered the missing items. Busted.
Kung Pow I.
Innocent until proven guilty.
Jason McIntosh is loving the unassuming Chinese place in Porter Square:
... I just now had their eggplant chicken dish and the eggplant portion was represented by large, even slices that were still vibrant purple on one side, where many other places would have opted for colorless blobs of mush. This is the sort of thing that gets me very excited. And the chicken part was made of succulent and tender strips, not gloopy chunkulets. ...
The West Roxbury Transcript alerts us to the news that some Chinese-restaurant group this month named Tai Ho in West Roxbury one of the 100 best Chinese take-out places in America.
Only problem: Tai Ho burned to the ground in August, killing two Boston firefighters in the process.
Charles Bandes hopes Szechuan Bay in Somerville can recover from a fire quickly:
... I miss their food already, they were easily the best Chinese restaurant in Somerville, perhaps the best this side of Chinatown. ...
On Boston's Hidden Restaurants(!), Marc describes a recent dinner at the world's largest Chinese restaurant:
... I ordered the flaming ambrosia, which is made as follows: Hollow out a pineapple; put a bunch of chicken fingers inside; fill the pineapple to the top with duck sauce; insert pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries; pour alcohol over the whole thing; set it all on fire. ...
Kowloon has a series of delightfully cheesy cable-TV commercials. My favorites are the kid who wants to have his bah mitzvah there, the guy in the lobster suit and Ribs II (Ribs I is just, well, boring). When you click on one, wait a minute or so for it to download; otherwise, watching it will be very painful.
Eat and Destroy explains why:
No matter where you go for dim sum, you will have to wait, so you might as well wait outside Hei La Moon.
Boston Chomps enjoys the dim sum at Hei La Moon on Beach Street in Chinatown:
... We also had the chicken feet. I promise it sounds more glamorous in mandarin. Its direct translation would be phoenix's claw. I'm not usually a big fan since the claws freak me out! I like that at Hei La Moon, they chop the feet up into little pieces so you forget that you're eating feet. ...
Dave Copeland braves Kowloon - you know, the mega-gigantic Chinese restaurant on Rte. 1 in Saugus (of course). He went for the comedy, stayed for the food:
... The menu is expansive, full of lead-laden dishes from a variety of different countries and culinary styles, with PuPu platters that drop to the bottom of your stomach like a brick and sushi that is, at best, suspect. ...
On Boston Chomps, Mini-Me reports enjoying Sichuan Garden on Washington Street - once the burning stopped:
... As soon as we order the dish, the waiter returns with a jugful of water and slams it on our table. He figures we're amateurs. Hrmmp We'll show him! But boy were we wrong. Turns out this innocent looking chicken is deep fried in every chilli and peppercorn known to man. The tiny piece I ate set my whole mouth on fire. My poor tongue was numb for a good 20 minutes. ...