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kasey j miller Aug 8, 2006 08:20 PM

Hello Boston! I am a Toronto chowhound looking for some good suggestions for an upcoming weekend in Boston. We will be staying at Nine Zero, so close by would be preferable. We need two good dinner suggestions (fun places, not too too expensive) and a good breakfast/brunch or lunch suggestion. Thanks in advance!

ps. we love lobster and hear you have plenty!

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    Bostonbob3 Aug 8, 2006 08:42 PM

    Silvertone, on Bromfeld (your hotel is very close). Upscale "comfort food" at extremely reasonable prices, wine at nearly unbelievable prices, great drinks, fun staff and scene.

    1. Joanie Aug 9, 2006 05:13 PM

      Search for "downtown", "north end" and "theater" for many recs. Things are fairly pricey in that area and Silvertone is a good rec for reasonably priced meals. Not a ton of breakfast stuff in the area. Spire (in the Nine Zero) offers a brunch, probably $$. I think the Kinsale a short walk away on Cambridge St. might have Irish themed breakfasts.

      1. DavisSquare Aug 9, 2006 06:12 PM

        I swear you Canadians run in packs:


        Seriously, welcome to Boston and I hope you eat well.

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          mwk Aug 9, 2006 06:53 PM


          As regards eating lobster here, I'll tell you that in my opinion, downtown Boston is about the worst place to order lobster in a restaurant. It's usually horrendously over priced and over cooked. I usually go to the dock, buy a live one, and drown the bugger at home, when I'm in the mood.

          However, if you are determined to get some, your hotel is walking distance to the Barking Crab, on the waterfront near South Station, which is decent for lobster. Also walking distance, at Quincy Market you can get good (but pricey) lobster at McCormick and Schmick's and the Salty Dog. They both have great outdoor seating, which adds to the experience.

          For breakfast, Kinsale does serve breakfasts, though I've never tried them. If you go to Quincy Market, to the food stalls, you can get breakfast sandwiches, or a nice continental breakfast with pastries and coffee.

          As for lunch suggestions, I highly recommend the Sultan's Kitchen restaurant, which is on State St. at the corner of Broad St., about a 10 minute walk from your hotel. It's a Turkish take-out place (with a few tables), and the food is fantastic and inexpensive.

          Right around the corner from your hotel on Bromfield St., next to Silvertone in fact, is Tequila's Mexican Grill. It's a tiny place, but they have excellent and fresh Mexican food and some Salvadoran specialities as well. My favorite there is the chicken platter, which is a huge piece of grilled marinated chicken breast, served over rice, black beans and topped with salsa fresca. Also, make sure to try the fresh-made salsas at the condiment bar.

          You might also want to try Chacarero for lunch, which is on Province St., almost behind your hotel. They make these Chilean sandwiches called "Chacareros" (hence the name :)). Very tasty. Next door, is Sam LaGrassa's, which has the best pastrami and reubens in Boston. LaGrassa's is only open during the week, however. I'm not sure about Chacarero's, though. Finally, across the street from LaGrassa's is the Pita King shishkebab take out (no tables here), which has wonderful kebabs with lamb, beef, chicken or swordfish. Again, I'm not sure if they are open weekends or not.


          2 Replies
          1. re: mwk
            Dax Aug 9, 2006 06:58 PM

            Lobster at the Crab is $21/lb

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              mwk Aug 10, 2006 02:12 PM

              See? What did I tell you? :)

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            Bostonbob3 Aug 9, 2006 07:11 PM

            I believe the most affordable lobster (and lobster roll, baked-stuffed lobster, lobster pie, etc.) in the metro Boston area is at Belle Isle Seafood in East Boston.

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              Bostonbob3 Aug 9, 2006 07:14 PM

              Forgot to mention that Belle Isle Seafood is a stone's throw from Logan, so maybe you could drop by after you arrive or before you depart.

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                adams_jo Aug 9, 2006 07:59 PM

                Franklin Cafe in the S End is dark, funky, reasonable.

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