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Jun 18, 2001 07:33 PM

Boston Restaurants...Long (In Response to Lisa P)

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Come on...comparing Boston restaurants to NYC restaurants is like comparing one borough to all five. Obviously New York has a lot more choices to dine than Boston. That said...we spent this past weekend in Boston. Friday night dinner was at Maurizio's. Fried calamari and tomato sauce app was excellant as was the mozzarella with prosciutto, yellow tomatoes and greens. Special entree was fried cod, lobster tail, fava beans and broccoli rabe. Very good but not great. Partner had shrimp and pasta. Great tomato sauce--I wished I had ordered it. This is the second time we have eaten there. Very close quarters(we were downstairs)and loud but we had a great time. Saturday morning we grabbed a French Stick at Sel de la Terre. It never made it to Quincy Market. Had lunch at Todd English's King Fish Hall. I really can't understand how two people could spent $150 for lunch. We spent $44 with two beers and a dessert. We had three apps.--tuna kabobs, salmon kabobs and yellow tail tuna (like a flat sushi roll). All were delicious. We were full! Dinner was at Villa Francesca. (Fourth time there). Eggplant rollatini app was wonderful. I will go back there just for that dish. I had veal and pasta (tomato sauce based)dish. Delicious. Partner had scrod with shrimp--not a great dish. Tiramisu was the best at Villa Francesa's out of three sampled. Caffe Paradiso was just okay and at two for $13--ridiculous. Cafe Vittoria was good. Anyway, before we left, we took a chance to get some more French Sticks at Sel de la Terre. They brought two warm from the kitchen for us and again we had our breakfast. We had a great time and good food. Why anyone would eat at Legal Seafoods is beyond me.

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  1. Nancy,

    You moved this thread FROM the Manhattan Board.

    Frankly, I think it should have stayed there. The thread is not about Boston. It is about NYC folks who come to Boston without good information, are therefore disappointed, and immediately chant the "this is not great like NYC is great" mantra. The thread really is by and for NYC Hounds.

    When one travels outside of NYC, one ought to invest some energy investigating the local scene. For example, Boston's North End has more than one hundred Italian restaurants. Two or three of them are quite good. NONE of these has been mentioned on the Manhattan Board, and as a local, I couldn't recommend any one of them as dependably good. Although we locals might explore the North End, we are seldom impressed. A flash of inspiration here or there, but really the North End is for tourists. Chowhounds should not expect greatness in the North End.

    There are some wonderful restaurants in Boston, but the ones I hear about from disappointed posters are usually those restaurants prominently featured in the throwaway tourist magazines.

    BTW. NYC has the best restaurants in the world. No doubt about it. But, I do not arrive in NYC without a lot of research for each visit. That, I think, is what this site is about.

    The best that we have in Boston will not be found in the tourist mags, but will be shared here on this site.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Win (Boston)

      OK, so share already. Name names. Where would YOU have dined, if you'd been in Lisa's shoes?

      1. re: C. Fox

        Well, we could start at Tony's Clam Stop for Fried Oysters or at Mistral for Dover Sole or at any of a hundred other great places in between on the $$$ scale... and discuss just WHAT WOULD PLEASE LISA.

        But, we would certainly avoid Pier 4, Legal Seafood, Union Oyster House, most of the North End, the Palm (Boston), virtually every place on Boylston St (except Parish Cafe and Biba), all of Huntington Ave (except Brasserie Jo), most of Chinatown unless you are able to order from the Chinese menu or want to eat Japanese (Ginza), and any other place that advertises on the side of the tourist trolleys or in hotel throwaway mags.

        That leaves a lot to talk about. So many possibilities. Noting that most JUST SEAFOOD Restaurants are tourist traps, but every GOOD restaurant here has GOOD seafood. And the GREAT restaurants have GREAT seafood. Seafood is the local cuisine here.

        And if Lisa is not in the mood for Seafood, we will consider Salvadoran, Colombian, Cuban, French, Chinese, Japanese, Steak, Sandwich, Offal, French, French Bistro, New American (etc...); Expensive, Cheap, Bargain... The point is it takes some research, unless you are willing to blindly follow the advertisements in the tourist periodicals or the fond memories of your well-intentioned friends, and suffer the consequences.

        The possibilities are here. On this board. It takes a little effort.

        1. re: Win (Boston)

          About good seafood restaurants, I would like to note that my experience on Cape Cod has been that the best seafood is to be found in mainly-seafood type places there, and that price and ambience may not necessarily reflect the best freshness and quality.

          I don't eat that much seafood in the more immediate Boston area (other than what I buy at a fish market), so perhaps your observation carries more weight up this way. Just for the record, I find that while Legal is way overpriced, some of their offerings are pretty good. I like the Arctic char, the spicy fish and chips, and sometimes the fried clams.

          1. re: Win (Boston)

            Yes, you can get every kind of ethnic food here but please, offer more opinion on where you would go in each of your categories. People come here for suggestions, not the fact that we have a very ecclectic food scene to offer. to search for answers is to go back months for recommendations. Stick with the present and let us know what you think is the best places not to miss. continue to let readers no what to miss!