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Old 08-22-2013, 08:49 PM
 
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Now I agree SF is the superior food city to Boston. Honestly you could make an argument that it is the 2nd best food city on the continent. At the very least it is in the 1st tier, while Boston sits comfortably into the 2nd tier. No argument there.

There are areas where Boston excels in comparison to SF though and alternatives to what you are looking for.

You want great Mexican? There are some places in East Boston like Angela's which do a great job, but alternatively why don't you focus on the Central American population that is largest here, which is Salvadoran? There are countless excellent Salvadoran places in East Boston, East Somerville and Chelsea.

Indonesian? I wish we had some here. I would kill for a Rijsttafel place like what I had in Amsterdam. At the same time similar is Malay food and places like Penang and Burbor Cha Cha in Chinatown are excellent.

Filipino? We don't have the population here like SF, but I found JnJ Turo Turo in Quincy to be very good and I learned about Filipino food while living in Toronto which has a large population. Also Sure Pinoy Food Market also in Quincy has great Filipino baked goods and prepared foods.

On the other hand why not focus on what Boston has in abundance which isnt as easy to find in SF? Caribbean Food, especially West Indian and the Spanish speaking Caribbean is much better here. Foods from Portugal and the Lusophone diaspora (Cape Verde, Brasil, The Azores, Angola) are easily found here in abundance but not as easily in SF. The Greater Boston Area houses the 2nd largest Cambodian population in the country after Long Beach, have you tried Thmor Da in Revere, Elephant Walk or the dozens of places in Lowell? Then you have others that also represent themselves nicely.

Its all about perspective, but other than Indonesian I cant think of one type of food you can find in SF that cant be found here. If there is I would stand corrected.
While SF is better food wise, it's extremely overrated.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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Oh good, you're back to start another fight about how SF is so superior to Boston. Also, there are plenty of solid Mexican places in the city and metro area.
You mean like Anna's taqueria, which has 4 star reviews on yelp at multiple locations?
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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While SF is better food wise, it's extremely overrated.
I should add that Boston has very good food.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Regarding our lack of good or great Mexican: I stood in line at a popular Fenway Mexican joint four years ago, and overheard a young Asian tell his friend that he's from SoCal, and this spot is the best here (or almost as good/as good as to what he found back home...can't recall exactly).

Yep, that place is El Pelon. Even some Red Sox have come by and have their picture on the framed collection of El Pelon fans wearing the t-shirt in front of a famous place or alongside a famous person.

It means "the bald man," from what I'm told; the owner is bald, and that's the shirt's logo. Their newer spot is near BC's campus.

...

Dorado near Coolidge Corner seems popular, and just opened a place in Manhattan!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Annas is fine, but doesn't hold a candle to the Mission district of Sam Francisco. I lived there for three years, now I live near Porter and Davis and can walk to 2 Annas. There is no comparison, Annas is fine, but it's not even as good as it was 15 years ago when it was one shop in Coolidge Corner. Our neighbor from CA won't even eat Annas after trying it once. Taco Loco in Somerville is probably the closest thing to a Mission burrito I have had in Boston.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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There are other decent Mexican places in metro Boston, but, yes, it's folly to try and compare a particular cuisine with a state that borders its country of origin. You really can't pick a corner of the contiguous US that's more removed both geographically and culturally from Mexico than New England. What's more unexplainable is SF's (and LA's) relatively mediocre seafood despite having the largest ocean on its doorstep. I've had much better in the Pacific northwest and Baja. I suppose it's for the best since the entire Pacific is radioactive now thanks to Japan.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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I find Anna's to be nothing special in terms of Mexican. I'm sure you can find some great Mexican joints in Boston but they definitely don't seem ubiquitous, but it's ok because I'd rather have access to great seafood joints. I recently tried East Coast Grill in Cambridge, not a fancy, but fabulous seafood and BBQ options.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:38 AM
 
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Anna's would probably not even make my Top 10 list of best Taquiera's in the Boston area, I do not think highly of their food at all. I guess they are a good fast food joint and I would rather go there than McDonalds.

As far as Boston not having as good Mexican food as California, Texas, Arizona, etc...Well no sh#t sherlock! Anyone who expected a city like Boston with the Mexican population its size to have comparable Mexican food is fooling themselves. Mexicans are not even our largest Central American population as people from El Salvador outnumber Mexicans drastically in the area. With that said there are some respectable places especially in East Boston that will scratch your Mexican itch if you have one. At least it can hold you over until your next trip back to Cali.

Its like me moving out to SF and searching for great Portuguese food and whining about how it isnt as good as what we had in Mass, well compare the populations and think about it, not exactly rocket science.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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One can easily find places in SF serving <$15 entrees that serve better food than Boston's most hghly regarded restaurants restaurants (menton, neptunes oysters, etc)
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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One can easily find places in SF serving <$15 entrees that serve better food than Boston's most hghly regarded restaurants restaurants (menton, neptunes oysters, etc)
I've spent alot of time in SF for work and eaten around the city (hence the reason I love eating there) So please point me in the direction of these restaurants. Specific names and dishes as well please and also which dishes did you have at Menton and Neptune Oyster that did not impress you?
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