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ERP Jan 22, 2002 11:48 AM

I'm going to a concert at the Fleet Center, and I need some dining ideas. We like ethnic, creative, and cheap...not McGreasy's.

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    bigeyeparrot RE: ERP Jan 22, 2002 01:12 PM

    The North End is on the other side of Rte 93 and very close to the Fleet Center. There are a number of good Italian restaurants in that area. Personally I like Limoncello and Serracino's (sp?). But pretty much any restaurant you go to in that area will serve you some amazing Italian fare.

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      pfox RE: bigeyeparrot Jan 22, 2002 02:37 PM

      The North End is near by, but even closer on Canal Street is The Grand Canal. Popular for catching a nice dinner before a concert or game. A nice variety on the menu - good burgers, tips, french onion soup to name a few.

      Link: http://www.celticweb.com/grandcanal/

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      galleygirl RE: ERP Jan 22, 2002 05:39 PM

      THere have been a few discussions on this board about places to eat near the Fleet Center. Go to the search feature on the home page, and type in "Fleet Center" Here is a link to one of the threads I got.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        supersnob RE: galleygirl Jan 23, 2002 04:38 PM

        When people come and say "I'm going to be near X, what's a good..." I always wonder, "did they search or read first?" understanding that they might not know how. Other people think might think it more or less appropriate to do that (history is great vs. revisiting a topic anew vs. not all regular reviews mention what it's near anyway)

        but staying away from that issue, I'll say that I'd like it if all these folks would come back afterward and tell us how their experience went, just a quickie. mostly because I'm just curious.

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          Lindsay B. RE: supersnob Jan 29, 2002 11:53 PM

          C'mon, SS. What's wrong with putting the question to a group of friendly, knowledgeable people who love to share their latest discoveries? By and large, I find internet searches for restaurants in strange neighborhoods to be a waste of time--I'll take word of mouth over a Zagat number any day.

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        ERP RE: ERP Jan 23, 2002 10:19 AM

        I ended up going to Joe Tecce's. I was pleasantly surprised. WAY better than Vinny Testas. The garden salad for 2 people was filled with real veggies, the portions were comfortably large - but not overwhelming, the marinara didn't taste like it came out of a jar, The fried raviolli was WONDERFUL! It was also very close to the Fleet Ctr.

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          ERP RE: ERP Jan 23, 2002 10:35 AM

          I ended up going to Joe Tecce's. I was pleasantly surprised. WAY better than Vinny Testas. The garden salad for 2 people was filled with real veggies, the portions were comfortably large - but not overwhelming, the marinara didn't taste like it came out of a jar, The fried raviolli was WONDERFUL! It was also very close to the Fleet Ctr.

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            supersnob RE: ERP Jan 23, 2002 11:47 AM

            in the other direction from the North End, just behind the Statehouse on Bowdoin St. on the back side of Beacon Hill is

            Istanbul Cafe, a Turkish restaurant. It's somewhat like Middle Eastern food, but different enough that it is fun just to give it a try. The restaurant is inexpensive (meaning, cheaper than the reasonable you asked for), and the staff is great: very polite but not fawning. The food (lamb!) is nicely prepared and while probably not award winning it's pretty good and wins points for adding variety to the scene.

            You said NICE in big letters: not sure what you meant, but this is a real restaurant rather than takeout, and it's neat and clean, and as nice as anything that's this cheap.

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              Fresser RE: ERP Jan 25, 2002 01:23 PM

              I work near the Fleet Ctr, and a great place to go is Viva Burrito, on Staniford St. It's about two blocks up from the Tip O'neill building. While it's more of a fast food place (order and pickup yourself), it's got tables and the atmosphere is pleasant enough. The food though is great. The Viva Burritos are huge 12" tortillas filled with black beans, rice, homemade salsa and fillings ranging from chicken and Capers, to flank steak, to salmon and Spinach. They also have a great homemade chicken soup and really good flan for dessert. Compared to the greasy spoons around the area, this place is a gem.

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                Sam I Am RE: Fresser Jan 28, 2002 07:33 AM

                I'd second the recommendation for Viva Burito. By far, it is the best place for quick, relatively inexpensive, no-hassle Mexican fare in the surrounding area. I think you can even get a beer there too. Enjoy!

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