CRR: The Wrapup

The CRR is over! 10 weeks. 8 restaurants. 4 friends. 2 favourites. 1 amazing summer.

I definitely didn’t stick to my original list, but I don’t regret that one bit. Todays post is all about the highlights. Let’s get started!

Best restaurant: Chalawan Asian Eatery

There were two contenders for “Best Restaurant”: Little Donkey and Chalawan. Chalawan eeked ahead based on value. I went here with my MIT econ friends week 8 and we blown away by the complex flavours and great service. Come here for an authentic taste of Southeast Asian without the hassle of travel.

Best dish: Hamachi Sashimi from Little Donkey 

When top notch seafood meets unique flavour combinations, magic happens. This was magic. The way the acidity and salinity from the umeboushi played off the delicate fish was mindblowing.

Must Visit: Lamplighter Brewing Co

Lamplighter Brewing Co. is the only restaurant on the list that’s truly unique. Every brewery has it’s own special flavour. Lamplighter Brewing Co. offers the classic and creative fruity twists of the New England IPA with an unbeatable atmosphere. Plus, with their weekly pop-ups, you’ll be getting a taste of Cambridge too.

Now… not everything was up to par….

Most Overrated: Alive and Kicking Lobster

Boston is famous for their lobster. Even more so in Summer. Alive and Kicking Lobster has been touted as one of the best. Unfortunately, overcooking seafood is unforgivable.

Most Disappointing: The Smoke Shoppe 

Boston isn’t known for its BBQ, but with two pitmasters at the helm, I thought this would be nice. Well… the pulled port was dry… I don’t understand how that’s even possible. The service was the saving grace

…. And that’s a wrap! I hope everyone enjoyed this adventure as much as I did. With any luck, I’ll be back next year for round two.

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