We have been in Boston now for a little over 3 months. I’m getting comfortable with work and the new home, but now I need to get acquainted with some new food items.
Here are 6 things that I want to try (sooner rather than later):
Once the weather gets better, we’re going to head up the coast to Maine. I was so little when my family took me to Maine as a kid – not quite lobster-eating age yet. So, I’ve never had a lobster roll – a hoagie-style roll piled high with chunks of fresh lobster and mayo.
Adam Richman visited Portland, Maine on a season of “Man v. Food” and hit up a cozy little place on the beach called (appropriately) the Lobster Shack that serves up more than 150 fresh crustaceans each day.
Call it a German Pancake, a Dutch Baby, or apfelpfannkuchen (I’m guessing that’s German for something?), but whatever you call it, it must include awesome or mind-blowing in the description.
I first came across the Dutch Baby on the menu at The Original Pancake House, a breakfast chain that originates in Oregon. Celebrated chef James Beard (a Portland, Oregon native) named it one of the Top 10 best restaurants in America. According to the restaurant’s website, in 1999 the James Beard Foundation named OPH a regional landmark restaurant.
OPH’s Dutch Baby is an oven-baked delight. But beware, it takes at least 30 minutes for this bountiful goodness to arrive at your table. The main ingredients are eggs, milk, flour, eggs, and some seasonings like vanilla or cinnamon, more eggs and still more eggs. I asked once at OPH how their rendition gets so fluffy and tall. The trick? Using a blender and a bit of their famous pancake batter. The blender aerates the batter creating a fluffy mixture that then bakes in an oven for quite a while. Top it off with some lemon juice and powdered sugar and the result is magic in your mouth.
I had no idea when we traveled to Columbus, Ohio, last fall to visit my sister-in-law that she lived in a food mecca. Food Network shows like “The Best of…” and Travel Channel shows like “Man v. Food” have all come to the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes to enjoy the food.
One of the many foodie destinations we tried on our long weekend trip was Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant. Located in the heart of Columbus’s German Village neighborhood, Schmidt’s has been serving up German cuisine like sausages and spaetzel since 1886. The restaurant is located on the end of a cobblestone street. Diners wait outside for their names to be called. Small shops like a delicious fudge store and eclectic jewelry stores are within a stone’s throw.
Schmidt’s is known for their handmade sausages, huge sandwiches and delightful desserts like the jumbo cream puff. I’m a hard sell when it comes to sausages so I was very excited to try theirs. The restaurant has a large menu but most people seem to opt for the “German Autobahn Buffet.”
Recently, I’ve been remembering our most recent vacation to Boston. We enjoyed so much fantabulous food from Mike’s Pastry in The North End (another post coming soon) to clam chowder at Legal Seafoods and desserts at Finale. But the best by far was a dinner at The Barking Crab.
Now, going back seven years to when I first moved to Boston. My brother wanted to try The Crab. Having no knowledge of how good the food was and basing my decision solely on it’s location, I thought any restaurant “on the docks,” was slightly sketchy. So we passed and ended up at a mediocre take-out Chinese restaurant in Allston. (I highly doubt it’s still in business and probably is a furniture store by now.)
Flash forward to last year when we saw The Barking Crab on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food.” Adam Richman traveled to Beantown’s harbor to enjoy their famed clambake. To my surprise, you can find legitimate dining experiences on the docks, harbors and other generally seedy areas. (I’ve come quite a long way in seven years.) In this video, WCVB’s news magazine “Chronicle” takes a peek at The Barking Crab.