My comments, as posted to Devra First’s facebook wall:
Tatsu Ikeda Po Boys is over 3 years old. I tried it and it was okay. Maybe sub in the new Shaking Crab, also in Newon. I would trade Chettinad for Godavari, a stunning pan-regional Indian restaurant that has a strong South Indian profile no matter the dish. The Paper Dosa is a big as a bazooka and crisp the entire way through, amazing. Cha Yen will hit 2 years in April I believe, I personally discovered it October of 2014. It’s still stunning, but I guess I’d sub Gin U Dee or Four Spoons or Manow. I will always give business to Cha Yen though. Lowell had some interesting openings like Tech Heng, but it probably is out of the “Boston area”. I would take Hojoko off in favor of Sousaku in Newton, it’s Japanese fusion done right. I’d include Chilacates, the tacos al pastor de trompo is a daily work of art. In the Tacos section El Jefe is absent, it’s where Taco Truck and Felipe’s, which was included, used to be. If Baldwin Bar deserves a mention because of renovations, so does Mu Lan, which gained another gear with Chinese specials menu and a nice renovation. They now have the best Xiao Long Bao in Boston in my opinion. It is far better than Dumpling Palace overall. Sadly, like the Globe reader/commenters said, I don’t either have much to offer in Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester, but Fiskie’s Cafe is seriously interesting if you want Wuhan spicy duck heads. It did open in 2013, but it’s practically unknown outside of UMass Boston students. I have other recommendations for those neighborhoods but I haven’t tried them myself yet so won’t mention.
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Tatsu Ikeda Darn I forgot JP. Aurum and Pikalo are fun little shops that put out good product.