Food & dining

Good tips from Boston’s longtime waiters

It’s the most common diner question: What to order?

Servers respond.

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BLAYNE DALEY, East by Northeast: Crispy pork belly on housemade mantou with sweet bean sauce, pickled red onions, and apple.

JON FITZPATRICK, Aquitaine: Mussels en cassoulette.

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JOHN GEORGE, Menton: Seared foie gras with seasonal accompaniments.

GERRY MAZZONE, Parker’s Restaurant: Boston cream pie.

COSIMO PAONE, Trattoria Il Panino: Paccheri ai frutti di mare (pasta with seafood).

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JIMMY SALA, Strega Waterfront: Braised short rib over pappardelle with lobster and peas (prepared by request).

KARA BASKIN

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