Maison Villatte opened lsummer 2012 on Main Street in Falmouth. Townies and tourists alike flocked to this new place like bees to honey. The line during peak season is out the door and around the block.
We’ve come in the fall, off peak season, and there is still a little bit of a line. The locals love this place. The one thing I might change is that they should have menus by the door, so those waiting in line can figure out what they want and be prepared when they are asked if they are being helped.
Villatte, the baker and owner, is also the owner of the popular Wellfleet bakery PB Boulangerie and Bistro. Villatte trained in France and in 2005, he came to the US and worked at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
Something sweet at the end of every meal – we get the almond croissant. It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven. I love the flavor and the texture, it’s finished before I even know what happened. Lunch was on the pricey side, for about $40, I felt like I should have been getting something more. The service was ok, and we had to bus our own tables – when we sat down the people before us had really left a mess. There is a fair amount of seating inside as well as tables outside if the weather is nice. Certainly worth a stop in if you haven’t been, there isn’t anything else around that is like it.
267 Main Street, Falmouth, MA
For about $8 you can get pasta and two meatballs. The meatballs are dry and not really appetizing, and when I asked for cheese on top, this is what they gave me….All the pastas are already in sauce and they add additional sauce on top to customize your order. Nothing special, and just about what you would guess for a food court meal.
Kob’s Meatball Shoppe
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA
The line is almost out the door and seats are hard to come by. We wait in line patiently and luck out with a seat. The tables are tight and people are breathing down your neck waiting for you to leave. The retail area isn’t any better, super crowded.
Lobster Mac and Cheese ($15) had a lovely presentation. There was a fair amount of lobster in the dish and I liked how they gave you a side salad to balance of the gluttony on the other side of you plate.
Roast Beef sandwich ($8) was piled high with deli meat and tasted pretty good. They bring the food to you, but you are supposed to bus your own table. It was a quick lunch, as you felt guilty sitting after you’ve finished, but it was tasty none the less. We wanted to look at some of the retail products but left without getting very far. We were blocked by masses of tourists crowding around the free samples and those who were just aimlessly wandering not noticing other people. We took one look at the check out line and thought better of it.
Stonewall Kitchen Cafe
2 Stonewall Lane, York, ME
200 Seaport Blvd – World Trade Center – Boston MA
While mac and cheese might not photograph well, it was indeed delicious. Mine had chicken sausage, peppers and mushrooms. The corkscrew pasta held the sauce well, and there was a decent amount of cheese. Nice flavors with fresh ingredients. It may not be “gourmet” but for a quick bite at lunch, it certainly hit the spot.
MMMac and Cheese
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Qunicy Market Building
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523 4622
When the Boston Christmas Festival comes to town, my mom and I always used to go to Anthony’s for lunch. This year however, Anthony’s has closed its doors for good – the end of an era.
Anthony’s Pier 4
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
Check out their website for their other locations!
I haven’t watched Shark Tank, but mother daughter pair Tracey Noonan and Danielle Desroches appeared on the show in 2013. They partnered with Kevin O’leary of O’leary Ventures and opened up two retail locations, one right in Faneuil Hall. I just happened upon them while walking the mall, and I’m glad I did.
The idea came from Tracey and Danielle getting requests for cupcakes to be shipped across the country and not having a way to ship them and keep fresh. They are created from scratch and they are hand packed daily. Cupcakes will keep fresh for up to 10 days without being refrigerated.
We tried Natalie’s 24 Karate Kake: Classic carrot cake baked with shredded carrots, walnuts and chocolate chips layered with our homemade cream cheese, buttercream frosting and topped with a walnut. The cake was super moist and the frosting was tasty, I love a good cream cheese frosting. I will say that it was a little bit on the sweet side, so we ate this in two sittings.
The Wicked Good: Peanut butter and chocolate chips baked to almost “Cookie-like” perfection layered with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache. Cake has an almost cunchy cookie crumb. This was even sweeter than the Karat Kake – but there is certainly something really tasty about it that kept us interested until the last crumb. Good to note that the wicked good is more like a cookie than a cupcake.
The Wicked Good Cupcakes kiosk is located at the west end of the south canopy in the Quincy Market building, right next to Cheers.
Jars and Merchandise only:
By Phone: 781-923-1369
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday noon – 6pm
Here’s a quick clip of the Head of the Charles Regatta that took place on October 19th and 20th of this year.
One of my favorite restaurants is Crema Cafe – just steps from the Harvard Square T stop. Owned by Marley Brush, she grew up in the food industry – her dad owns Felipe’s and Flat Patties. I always get the Crema Grilled Chicken with avocado and a zesty cotija cheese-corn spread, pressed on french ($7.25). It’a an awesome sandwich, bold flavors, great texture, and who doesn’t love a toasted sandwich. We throw in home made sweet potato chips for a buck fifty and order a refreshing lemonade. The line is usually pretty long, but it moves quickly. While we are eating, a girl in line tells us she is from out of town, and is it worth it to wait in line. Of course it is!
27 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
It’s that time of year again, where you (read: I) have to start thinking about planning a company holiday party. It reminded me to post about the party I coordinated last year at Towne Stove and Spirits. Working with them was good, although they seemed a bit flighty – when we were emailing back and forth we received other invoices for other parties (which made us wonder about our invoice), and when we arrived for the party, they were still setting up. Other than those two things, were were satisfied with the service that we received.
The only thing that could have made this room more perfect would have been lightly falling snow. We couldn’t have asked for a better room – the decor in the room and the restaurant in general is stunning. The Christmas tree lit in the corner was such a nice touch.
Next we had a choice of Wood Grilled Filet Mignon (above); Crisped Brick Chicken with mascarpone polenta and baby artichoke; Wood Grilled Swordfish with charred lemon vinaigrette or homemade button ravioli made with asparagus, lemon zest and miele fiore honey.
Towne Stove and Spirits
900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
The day was cold and rainy, which of course called for soup for lunch. I stopped into Faneuil Hall for some corn chowder from the Boston Chowda Co. The medium chowder warmed me up, it had a decent flavor and was full of corn and potatoes. The corn bread on the other hand was as heavy as a brick, it was dry and rather flavorless, didn’t make it past the first bite – bummer. Nothing wowing about the service, but does that surprise me? Not really.
Boston Chowda Company
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA