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Roche Brothers in Downtown Crossing offering sound advice.

Roche Brothers in Downtown Crossing offering sound advice.

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Panera is going to fuck it all up. I know it is. I can feel it.

Panera is going to fuck it all up. I know it is. I can feel it.

Like they do everything else!  With the support of it’s painfully 90s-era look and not-so-good food, Panera purchased local bakery chain Tatte .  I like Tatte quite a bit, and I hate to think of the Panera-zation of it.  Beside the baked goods, I like the quirkiness of the place.  I don’t want Panera to come in to sterilize it. Tatte’s uniqueness, despite multiple locations, makes it stand out from other bakeries around town.  Please don’t fuck it up by turning it into another McDonald’s-of-shitty-bakeries.

This is what Tatte is known for: nut tarts.

This is what Tatte is known for: nut tarts.

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These ass-hats who stopped going to Chipotle are ass-hats for two big reasons:

  1. Burrito bowls are fucking awesome.
  2. You have a greater chance of hopping in your Delorean, going back to last Saturday, and winning that $1.3 billion Powerball than getting sick at Chipotle.*

While I benefit from the shorter lines each time I go in for a bowl, I get sad living in a world filled with these people who won’t go back.  In the preceding years, few had major health-related issues with the place (excluding Diabetes), and there is no reason to think this is nothing more than bad luck (and a sick employee).

Update: Now I’m in a pickle.  Do I support  Chipotle and their awesome burrito bowls, or do I go with the best gas station burritos in Boston?  Villa Mexico reopened in the Financial District last week.

One of these things is not like the others: Armour All, Fix-A-Flat, and a spetacular Mole Poblano Burrito.

One of these things is not like the others: Armour All, Fix-A-Flat, and a spetacular Mole Poblano Burrito.

 

*I just made this fact up.  Please consult your physician before making any changes in your burrito-filled diet.

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The thumb-looking host of that shit-show handed us this ooey, gooey prediction about the coming year in food:

It looks like gourmet donuts will be one of the trends to look for in 2016, along with cold-pressed juices and breakfast burritos.

This line might have been prophetic on the first day of 2006, but probably not so much in 2016.

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Enjoying a Little Sumpin because it's what we do.

Enjoying a Little Sumpin because it’s what we do.

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Macaron profile
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Macarons: the aerial shot.

Macarons: the aerial shot, from  high above the city.

They love macarons, and that's all they make.

They love macarons at Cameo Macaron, and that’s all they make.

Keep on truckin'

Keep on truckin’

Cameo Macaron
All over Boston

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The No-Longer-Secret-Secret-Formerly-Off-The Menu-and-Only-Available-In-Limited-Quantities Burger.

The No-Longer-Secret-Formerly-Off-The Menu-and-Only-Available-In-Limited-Quantities Burger. We had to get a pair of these highly-regarded burgers for our anniversary brunch, the second of the weekend.  Merrill & Co served up our first celebratory brunch.

bisquits and cheese

Biscuits, pork, and Pimento: rich and delicious.  Don’t go searching for pieces of pork in there. I think it’s the fat in and around the cheese. That sounds like a complaint, but it’s not.  This cat ain’t afraid a little bit of fat.

cornmeal pancakes.(aka Johnnycakes)

Pickled corn pancakes, aka Johnnycakes.  The perfectly golden Johnnycakes soaked up loads of butter and creama, but at thirteen bucks I expected at least twice as much.  We very much enjoyed them as an anniversary brunch dessert: however, I’d be wicked pissed if I ordered this as my entree.

The Bar region

The bar

ALden & Harlow sits under the Brattle Theater(where I heard a seemingly educated "gentleman" exit the restroom and proudly announce the all "Now I have room for popcorn").

Alden & Harlow sits next to the Brattle Theater, where I heard a seemingly educated “gentleman” exit the restroom and proudly announce to all, “Now I have room for popcorn.” Stay classy, Cambridge.

Will I go back?  Absolutely.  The Classic Secret Burger (now a regular menu item and not-so-secret) made it high up in my list of great burgers. It’s pretty close to JM Curley’s griddled burger, earning high marks from two of my favorite carnivores,  Pigtrip and Boston Burger Blog.

Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Brattle Square, Harvard Square

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