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June 10th, 2017, 6:25 pm #201

Leland33 wrote:
I guess the $8 deal is gone. I had no cheese and ate the tomato and lettuce separately. I was last there about three months ago or so - when I had the. Third $8 deal with a generous serving of rings.

Even at $11 for a cheeseburger with really good rings included compares to a Sullyburger at Cruiseport with killer slaw.

Maybe I'll have some fish.
SIGURDr Their four for four on the $8 burger burger (no cheese). The order was perfect again. Today I bought before noon (10 minutes for take out) last time at closing. Sautéed onions again really goog rings.

tried Franks Salty Hotdogs - Wednesday specials 4 for $6 (steamed, butter bun, mustard sauerkraut) extra large ice coffee ($2) option chocolate milk as creamer. Wednesday's seniors 10% discount. Tastie all around.

7/11 has battered wing as hot as buffalo wing and same price. Friendly counter people. Plump, tastie and minor spicey heat. Still 10 for $5.



I did have some fish (cod).
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June 10th, 2017, 10:11 pm #202

Has anyone tried Happy Belly yet.
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

June 11th, 2017, 1:46 pm #203

"Happy Belly"? Someone actually name a restaurant that?
That brings back memories of the "Road Kill Cafe" in Essex! Must be Chinese.
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June 11th, 2017, 7:35 pm #204

Dun Fudgin wrote:
"Happy Belly"? Someone actually name a restaurant that?
That brings back memories of the "Road Kill Cafe" in Essex! Must be Chinese.
It is not Chinese they are going to have breakfast and a bakery from what I have heard.


  
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June 11th, 2017, 7:41 pm #205

From the pictures on GMG a few days ago, it looks great. I bet they will do well.
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June 11th, 2017, 11:45 pm #206

Here is a menu that tries way too hard to be hip.  http://www.happybellygloucester.com/#menu. 
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June 12th, 2017, 1:43 am #207

Thanks Ellie - I couldn't find the complete menu - your link shows all.

It is counter service? I'm pretty sure.

Looking forward to their iced coffee (fresh roast)

Menu looks inviting but daily "Blue Plate" Specials are higher priced whereas a typical blue plate special is a special price. Lewis's had SPECIALS before 6PM THAT WERE REAL DEALS. I do see some attractively priced items that might be considered loss leaders.

Brainfix - they have a beef poutine ($12) w/ pot roast, dark garlic gravy, curd, over fries.

They've got a lot going that's good.
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June 12th, 2017, 12:20 pm #208

Happy Belly doesn't seem to know what the hell they actually want to be. Coffee/pastries/tea/breakfast sandwiches, mugs/books, but also drafts/cocktails, oh and Asian inspired and Mexican food? It seems way too all over the place. Pick a thing, and do it well.
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June 12th, 2017, 12:44 pm #209

Jeff Cala's restaurants never pick a thing and do it well. They always have huge menus that try to cover all the bases but end up being overly ambitious with mixed results. Something for everyone is an admirable concept, but doing everything well is an elusive ideal.

Happy Belly doesn't sound Chinese to me at all...
"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." - Christopher Hitchens
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June 12th, 2017, 4:15 pm #210

brainfix wrote:
Jeff Cala's restaurants never pick a thing and do it well. They always have huge menus that try to cover all the bases but end up being overly ambitious with mixed results. Something for everyone is an admirable concept, but doing everything well is an elusive ideal.

Happy Belly doesn't sound Chinese to me at all...
Check a Chinese menu.....I've seen "Happy Chicken", "Happy Shrimp" and so on.
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June 12th, 2017, 6:23 pm #211

I tried an iced coffee - yes fresh roast. Also a piece of pastry both very good - the coffee was full body rich. The raspberry pop tart showed a skilled pastry chef. There large iced coffee is small.

Several living room nooks and a long table.

As B/F said the menu is yuuuuuge. Your head will spin

ELLIE - The place is a little hip with campie overtones.

Yes, it is counter service - at 5PM a small line but another cashier took my order. We had a thread a while ago about poutine - could the HB get ideas from CAO??? Will foods of India soon follow???
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June 12th, 2017, 7:17 pm #212

They have Pho! That's a hard dish to make and get right. I will have to try it sometime soon. Isn't there a small bakery across the street? This is probably not good news for them.
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June 12th, 2017, 9:47 pm #213

I last had Pork Poutine at Cameron's. There's is pot roast (my favorite food).

Serpentine buys from sticky fingers. 186 Main (Brown Building). http://stickyfingersbakeshop.com

I did like their FRESH ROAST. I think I'll roast some of my own beans and ice it.

$8 for a large (really a small) ice coffee & pastry ........ :)Belly ;(Wallet
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June 12th, 2017, 11:59 pm #214

Leland33 wrote:
I last had Pork Poutine at Cameron's. There's is pot roast (my favorite food).

Serpentine buys from sticky fingers. 186 Main (Brown Building). http://stickyfingersbakeshop.com

I did like their FRESH ROAST. I think I'll roast some of my own beans and ice it.

$8 for a large (really a small) ice coffee & pastry ........ :)Belly ;(Wallet
     Ahhh yes Cameron's, that ol' epicurean delight. The place always reminded me of an airport lounge...like that bar in Star Wars but not anywhere near as interesting.

     AFAIK the owner of Sticky Fingers closed her place down months ago and is now baking for Happy Belly.

     Going to roast your own beans? Where are you going to source the beans from? I'm interested in roasting beans in my smoker.

     And it's Serenitee, not Serpentine.

     Keep the reviews coming there ol' sport.

     Had a Cuban sandwich there today...it was above passable but I have a thing about Cubano sandwiches...which means hardly anyone gets an above passable rating. If you're not a total Cubano snob like I am you might like it...but it's not a true Cubano. Which is maybe why they tag it as a Cuban sandwich...or maybe not. It's an interesting place and yet another stab by Serenitee at creating an outside the box...for Glosta...dining experience. Personally as far as the space goes...I rather liked the Sunnyday Cafe that was there before Serenitee and I liked the original restaurant operation they had there more than any other. Excellent pizza from a wood fired brick oven...
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June 13th, 2017, 1:57 am #215

I think Gloucester is getting to be all about very good food... "Good Eats City"

The shredded pork and a nice piece of ham on the "Cuban" at Willow Rest is very good - natural amount of gravy. Bog - have you tried theirs? Their ice coffee is above par. http://www.willowrest.com/menu.php#Sandwiches

I have some green coffee beans in a sealed container - good if less than a year max. Iron skillet roast. Maybe the common crow has green coffee beans.

Sum total of ages of the 3 young uns in front of me at :)Belly - I still had years on them. Out of the box to me may be expected to them.
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June 13th, 2017, 8:48 am #216

Dun Fudgin wrote:
brainfix wrote:
Jeff Cala's restaurants never pick a thing and do it well. They always have huge menus that try to cover all the bases but end up being overly ambitious with mixed results. Something for everyone is an admirable concept, but doing everything well is an elusive ideal.

Happy Belly doesn't sound Chinese to me at all...
Check a Chinese menu.....I've seen "Happy Chicken", "Happy Shrimp" and so on.
Happy Family is the only Happy dish I've ever seen on a Chinese/American menu.

There are some other Happy Belly restaurants around the world, like this food truck in Atlanta. Others in Winooski, Vermont and Bangalore, India...
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June 17th, 2017, 9:46 pm #217

We tried Happy Belly last night.

We tried two appetizers - the empanadas and dumplings (pork & apricot). The empanadas were quite good, stuffed with chorizo and served with what I think was ponzu sauce. The dumplings were average.

We also ordered the Pho and the Rice Noodles dish. Both were failures. The Pho broth was room temperature and only had a sour flavor. It was served with about 5 slices of hardly-edible fat-laden beef. The noodles were linguine noodles. Only a few pieces of basil offered some flavor. The Rice Noodles dish was similarly poorly executed. This dish was more like what you would make in your college dorm room with the few ingredients you had on hand. Again, the noodles were linguine. Both were way too expensive for what you got, as they were inedible.

The menu might allow for a decent lunch business but I just don't see the place lasting. As replicant said the menu is all over the place. Same can be said with the interior design. It's hard to describe but both elements just miss the mark. You really get the sense that they are trying way too hard to be cool (or something - can't quite tell). Or maybe this kind of amorphous 'concept' might be interesting to folks who don't venture to Boston. I don't know, it just didn't work for us on many levels and we won't be returning.
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June 18th, 2017, 2:12 am #218

Foodie - had you seen my post about the wings at 711 - you posted before about wings right ?? More below.

But yeah, Brainfix predicted the results you posted too. If Cala really read our posts here then we'd have Indian Cuisine is a NY second! Under 30'hipster might be happy at :)Belly - and I was that age when I first discovered GroundRound or 99 type places. I just can't see myself in a winged chair - [oh wait - the 1640 house has winged chairs - all in burgundy leather. The lunch at the 1640 was plentiful, surprisingly inexpensive, and quantity was 3/5 for just one dish I tried. The hostess gave me a tour.]

I posted twice (somewhere above) about 711 wings at Washington by MATTRESS MATTRESS MATTRESS. New update: of Gloucester's three 711s this is the only corporate store - the other two are franchises. Corporate stores run like clockwork with emphasis on the 711 image to customers. There offerings differ too.

The wings can be made any time to in what looked like a rocket science CONVECTION OVEN". The supplier is Tyson and I would like to research Tyson vs 711 because for the third time I had wings (10 for $5) they were excellent. There are four types "some" heat (with or without breading) and "no heat" (with or without breading). All have a light seasoning... and they DEFINATELY need to be cooled down before eating.

The night manager was working hard when I arrived, took a delivery sorted the delivery finished cooking my order and it was 2AM. A great place to have the wings is St Peters Sq/Town Landing, A yuuuge ice coffee was (3+/5) and a good deal. I happen to notice the delivery truck when its doors opened like an OR room.

Wings - 4 kinds, 10 for $5, blue cheese or ranch, cool (down)

Franks - small or large they have sauerkraut and many other toppings.

I'd like to know if the have chicken tenders. Anyone have Qs???

If they had celery these 711 wings ARE just like the wings my roommate Ozzie and I had at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY in 1972

One last thing foodie - if you are exhausted from a days work - get the wings and pair it with the '17 Mango drink - bring it next door - and relax at MATTRESS MATTRESS MATTRESS.
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June 18th, 2017, 7:14 am #219

Foodophile's review of Happy Belly is very typical of any review of Cala's restaurants, unfortunately. If I had eaten that meal, I would have been highly pissed-off and let the management know. For that kind of money, $33 for two entrees, I would have expected far better execution. There is no excuse for such lameness.

If they are going to succeed, they must establish baseline templates for each dish and never deviate from the best possible result. Consistent excellence, presentation and value should be the standards. Restaurants that have lasted for years and years all share those common traits.
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June 18th, 2017, 7:18 am #220

Leland33 wrote:
...............................................The night manager was working hard when I arrived, took a delivery sorted the delivery finished cooking my order and it was 2AM. A great place to have the wings is St Peters Sq/Town Landing, A yuuuge ice coffee was (3+/5) and a good deal. I happen to notice the delivery truck when its doors opened like an OR room.

Wings - 4 kinds, 10 for $5, blue cheese or ranch, cool (down)

Franks - small or large they have sauerkraut and many other toppings.

I'd like to know if the have chicken tenders. Anyone have Qs???

If they had celery these 711 wings ARE just like the wings my roommate Ozzie and I had at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY in 1972

One last thing foodie - if you are exhausted from a days work - get the wings and pair it with the '17 Mango drink - bring it next door - and relax at MATTRESS MATTRESS MATTRESS.
...did we just metamorph into the cannabis thread, here?
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