Posts for November 16, 2012

Someone’s Getting Fired: Donald Trump Steak House Fails Health Inspection

"It's the greatest expired yogurt in the world!"

Symbolic of all the faded luxury once associated with Donald Trump's name, the ferret-haired millionaire's eponymous Las Vegas steakhouse, DJT, was recently shut down by Sin City health inspectors after being cited for 51 code violations. Among them was the discovery of month-old caviar, improperly stored food, parasites in the halibut, aged veal stock, and expired yogurt. The place reportedly reopened with the issues fixed, but we won't believe that until the Donald sends us his complete health inspection certificate by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Firefly's Loses Its Sizzle; More Delays at the Sinclair

Harvard Square: The Sinclair music venue/kitchen, where Michael Schlow oversees the menu, has delayed their opening due to construction issues. [Official Site]

Framingham: Firefly's has shuttered, leaving just one remaning BBQ outpost in Marlboro. Their Quincy restaurant closed in 2011. [BRT]

Cambridge: Dante deMagistris hosts a "Calzone DeThrone" on Sunday starting at 2. Watch Dante's chef pals stuff calzones full of weird and wonderful ingredients, then enjoy the fruits of their labors. Will it top last year's Sausage Fest? Tix are $20. [Facebook]

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Astoundingly Skinny Matthew McConaughey Contemplates His Ultimate Burger Binge

Give this man some mayo.Photo: Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic

He's shedding pounds for an upcoming role as an eighties-era HIV patient in The Dallas Buyer's Club, and like any dutiful dieter, Matt McConaughey's dreaming about food — and he has some very specific ideas about what he'd like to eat. Toppings-laden cheeseburgers, for instance.

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Time to Mourn: Watch Sixteen Vintage Hostess Commercials

Today's news that Hostess will close has almost instantly prompted Twinkie mourning and nostalgic missives. Sure, another company will likely buy up the brands, but things just won't be the same. To help you cope with the loss, we've rounded up some truly retro ads from over the years — remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies? — that you can watch while you wallow in your cream-filled sadness.

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Puerto Rican Specialties Previously Unavailable in Massachusetts Will Arrive on Our Shores in December

Well, this is interesting: Universal Hub reports that Mana Escondido Cafe will open at 68 Pembroke St. on December 1, serving up, in the words of owner Angel Carraquillo, dishes unavailable anywhere else in Massachusetts. Competition for the nearby Vejigantes?

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Obamacare Isn’t Forcing Restaurants to Cut Employees’ Hours

Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

Several restaurant CEOs have suggested recently that since President Obama is keeping his job, their employees' jobs might be in danger. Owners of chains like Papa John's, Olive Garden, Denny's, and Applebee's say that because of the Affordable Care Act, they'll be forced to reduce employees' hours since they can't afford to provide more full-time workers with health insurance or pay the fines for leaving them uninsured. Online Obamacare supporters called for a boycott of the restaurants, and opponents argued that the law will hurt restaurant workers as well as all who turn to them for a cheap, greasy dinner that isn't served in a paper wrapper. However, the claim that the health-care law is worsening conditions for restaurant employees is dubious.

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The (Possible) End of Twinkies: Hostess Will Close Forever

Time to stock up, armageddon-style.Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Start hoarding those Cupcakes: Hostess — the company that makes Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, and all the other little plastic-wrapped cake-y things you begged your mom for when you were little — will shut down.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag