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Old 05-16-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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I was really upset when the Japanese grocery store was kicked out by Lesley University and replaced by Barnes & Nobles; I often went there to pick up snacks when I was in Cambridge. Now is a time to rejoice because I just discovered another grocery store in Brookline Village that is Japanese and has a good selection of stuff. Check out 200 Washington Street if you're interested.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Is Supper 88 still around?
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:30 PM   #3
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The one in Dorchester is, but it caters more towards the Chinese crowd. Is the one in Brighton still open?
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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seems like Super 88 has gone out of business but their Allston store has been replaced with "Hong Kong Market" (nothing's changed inside, it still has a grocery store and food court)
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:05 PM   #5
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Now is a time to rejoice because I just discovered another grocery store in Brookline Village that is Japanese and has a good selection of stuff. Check out 200 Washington Street if you're interested.
It's pretty good. I swear I heard/read that Hideki Okajima shops there, but that could be my imagination or just Brookline gossip.

I just did a quick google search for any news on the plans for the Kotobukiya folk to open a new place in Medford. Looks like the plans came to fruition: "Ebisuya" on Riverside Ave. This is actually a fantastic location because it's right down the street from the Japanese school (Nihongo gakkou, bitches).

Still, Boston could use a Mitsuwa....
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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Blade, I love the selection of Japanese establishments on the West Coast, not even NYC can compete with Silicon Valley and the rest of the Bay Area. Man, I'd love to have a few Japanese fast food restaurants in the Boston area such as Yoshinoya and Matsuya so I could get fat on their beef bowls and giant plates of curry rice. I think NYC has only one established Japanese fast food restaurant and that is in Times Square, fucking weak for such a gigantic city (then again, I haven't been to NYC for about 8 years). Oh yeah, and I'm not talking about local mom-and-pop shops trying to emulate Japanese fast food restaurants, I'm talking about the real deal, aka Japan's flag ship fast food chains hitting the U.S.: Yoshinoya and Matsuya, which have several locations in the Bay Area.
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Wagamama not good enough for you?

Lesley seems intent on destroying the Japantown-in-a-Box that made Porter Exchange so unique. It still blows away the more-heralded attempt to create an indoor Japantown in Seattle, Uwajimaya.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:09 PM   #8
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Wagamama tries to be healthy, so no it isn't good enough for me. Besides, I never ate at a Wagamama in Japan, so I don't think it is a real Japanese establishment. Maybe a Japanese-American establishment?
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:17 PM   #9
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It's British, actually. But it's pretty good, even if it's not "authentic" - if by "authentic" you mean "the profits flow back to a cube farm in Nagoya". Because a global chain like Yoshinoya is about as "authentically" Japanese as McDonald's is "authentically" American. If I were in Istanbul and wanted a burger, I'd rather eat a tasty, healthy one from some local imitator than one that came from a chain that happened to be HQ'd in the US.
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seems like Super 88 has gone out of business but their Allston store has been replaced with "Hong Kong Market" (nothing's changed inside, it still has a grocery store and food court)
It's been bought out by another company.
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Yoshinoya has a vibe that can't be beat, unless you wanna be a world-class-travelling-rich-snooty-yuppie who claims to know what makes a city a CITY.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:11 AM   #12
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What happened to the super 88 on Commercial St. in Malden?
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