While visiting Boston for a conference at the Boston World Trade Center - and after researching the local microbrewery scene - I found that Harpoon Brewery was located within walking distance from both the conference and my hotel (Seaport Hotel, across from the WTC). I had a little time on my hands after flying in from Los Angeles, so I walked over to Harpoon just in time for their 4PM tasting. The beer here is amazing, as are the people who make and serve it. Our "beer guide" was Corey, who served up generous portions of tasty beer along with a healthy dose of local stories and beer lore. Start with the Harpoon Ale - not just an "average" mass-produced ale, but a golden beauty with a lot of flavor. Their "UFO" line of unfiltered beers includes a classic hefe, the "White" which is a spiced hefe (think coriander and citrus) and a Raspberry hefe, which is worthy of at least a taste if you're afraid to commit to a whole bottle. This is not a fruit-flavored beer but rather a delicately-balanced brew of hefe and natural raspberry. A series of IPAs round out the selection and include the Harpoon IPA - made more in the English style with a mild yet persistent hoppiness - a Belgian IPA hybrid with clove-like essences - and that big, bad Imperial IPA that puts some of the West Coast Double IPAs to the test. Harpoon also offers a tasty Munich Dark and a nice cider as well. Really worth a visit if you are an advocate of good beer!
867 Boylston StBoston, MA 02116
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I have been to Flash's many times and my only complaint would be how inconsistent the attitude and atmosphere are. I can be there for drinks after work and the bartenders tend to seem bothered that they have to come and ask what you would like to drink or eat, very confusing, isn't that their job? Then another time I went for lunch and had the best waitress (I think she is part owner, so naturally knows how to treat her customers) and it was just a lovely lunch, but it's dicey at best, you just don't know what to expect with the staff. They have good food, I've been disappointed with that, so it's hard to recommend it to others?!?! Although in an upcoming after work gathering, I suggested that we go to Flash's, trust me, I will have my fingers crossed all night!!
The menu at Losteria has something to please everyone. Obviously family owned and everyone there cares deeply that the customer is satisfied. We have been on every visit!! The service was exceptional, the food always excellent. Some menus have 6-8 appetizers and 10 - 12 entrees to choose from. This menu is not at all limiting, with something to please everyone. Pasta's, seafood, chicken, veal, beef!! You name it, they have something for you. Definitely our favorite spot in the North End for authentic italian food. (and we've been to italy several times!!) You will enjoy your dining experience here!!