Seven Meals in Boston - Comments? Suggestions?
Wife & I will be in Boston 9/9 to 9/13, arriving 5'ish on Saturday evening, so I have Saturday dinner plus lunch and dinner on Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday (Wed we go to the Cape, early Thursday we head to Maine). Staying at Park Plaza, and all meals must be easy distance from T, preferrably in conjunction with our touring - in other words, she will be mad at me if I spend inordinate amount of time traveling to & from meals. Our touring plans include Duck Tour, Prudential Tower, Newbury St. area, Freedom Trail, Harvard Square area & Glass Flowers, Beacon Hill walking tour. Have 5 PM Sunday tickets to Blue Man Group. As eaters, I'm adventurous, she not so much and she won't eat any pettable critters (veal, rabbit, duck, venison, lamb, etc.) The 7 meals are:
Legal Seafood - fixed in stone - this is Saturday night, right across from hotel, will retire early after long day of travel.
Durgin-Park - I figured it for lunch on our Freedom Trail tour - don't really want to change this.
Pizzaria Regina - lunch or dinner, as fits plans. This is also pretty much a must do.
Chinatown - lunch or dinner. King Fung Garden, Peach Farm. Maybe Jumbo Seafood, East Ocean City.
Harvard Square - lunch. Originally planned Bartleys Burgers until I read lots of posts here. Need suggestions for this one.
North End Italian - dinner. I have a list of modest-priced, mostly red sauce places - Antico Forno, La Summa, Pomodoro, Cibo, Mother Anna's, Daily Catch, Artu, L'Osteria, Al Dente, Giacomo's.
Seventh Meal Unknown - could try another NE Italian, or walk to Franklin Cafe. Helmand or Addis Red Sea sound interesting.
Only the first 3 are fixed. Will need the most help with Harvard Square and the 7th meal. I'm thinking Chinatown will probably be a lunch, so all 3 lunches will be decided (Durgin-Park, Harvard Square, Chinatown). Suggestions?
Consider Taiwan Cafe for one of your meals in Chinatown. My favorite dishes are beef with pobanlo peppers (kind of spicy, on occassion), S&P fried pork, the xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings), oysters in black bean sauce, and the taiwan style fried dumplings. Wash down with some Tsing Tsao.
Tuesday nights (I think from 6 to close, but call ahead) are $1 oysters nights at McCormick and Schmick's in your hotel. They also have an ok happy hour menu (prices ranging from %1.95 to $3.95) from 4 to 6 PM and 10 PM to midnight most nights. Not a destination but if you get hungry late night.
Definitely work in a visit to Regina's. Be prepared to wait a while outside during peak hours. Don't get too many veggies on your pizza.
//Definitely work in a visit to Regina's. Be prepared to wait a while outside during peak hours.//
Hate to give up my North End locals trick, but as we're all Chowhounds...
If there's a line outside Regina's, just walk past them all, and see if there are seats at the little bar inside (there almost always are). Then just sit down there; those seats are first come, first serve. Naturally, if you have 10 people in your party, or won't eat at the bar, this doesn't work. Otherwise, it's almost always effective.
I always do this too and more often than not get reasonably lucky as parties larger than 2 don't want to do this. However, the last two times I've been, no dice. Also if one/both of the stools closest to the kitchen is/are open, don't bother. Pick-up orders lean over you, glasses pile up on the end, and it can get very tight in the last spot with people coming/going from/to the kitchen.
If the line is crazy long, you can always order a pie to go and walk out to the water front.
Since you'll be here Sunday and Monday, be sure to check the hours for places you're planning to go to make sure they're open for the meals you are after.
Also, you might want to say where you're coming from, so people don't recommend something you could get better back home. Texas?
Franklin Cafe and Helmand are long time favorites. Not so with Addis. But there are some great restaurants in the South End, seems not to be on your radar, maybe because it's off the tourist trail ... but it's very close to your hotel. Much better value for money at every price point than the Back Bay, IMO.
- Tamarind Bay, Indian in a nice room, 75 Winthrop St.
- Don't know what they do for lunch at Upstairs on the Square but worth checking on
I don't think there's any reason to take Bartley's off the list if you're in the mood for a burger. Altho the seating may be a dealbreaker for you. If you want to walk into Central Sq., Miracle of Science has a good burger (and other stuff) in much more comfortable surroundings. Cambridge 1 in H. Sq. has great fancy pizzas and salads (not 100% it's open for lunch, I assume). Henrietta's Table by the Charles Hotel would be good, fresh ingredients.
The Franklin in the south end is a good idea since it's an easy walk from your hotel and a great place. You could check out the south end in general and see what looks good. Shouldn't be too crazy on a Tues. nite.
I agree that Bartley's should stay on the list. In addition to the fact that there are not a lot of other good options in Harvard Square, I think their burgers are great. Of course some do not, but that's true of every burger place: the only more controversial subject on Chowhound is barbecue! Plus, it's a Harvard Square institution that everyone should visit at least once.
I'd also keep Bartley's on the list. Do be aware that if you sit inside you will emerge smelling like YOU have been lightly smoked and deep-fried. Which may appeal to you, or not. Cambridge One is definitely open for lunch, I'd second that rec. Super-thin crust grilled pizzas and nice salads. Also, Dax is spot on about the Regina's pizza -- any more than two toppings (and really, one is best) and there's a strong risk of soggy crust.
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I just had lunch at Tamarind Bay in Harvard Sq. I thought it was very good and the buffet had a lot of items I don't usually see. If you are in the mood for a burger while you are there I would keep Bartley's on the list. It is cramped when school is in session, but it's worth checking out, especially as a tourist. Cambridge 1 is suppose to have great pizza and beer (more gourmet type pizza), so if you are not sick of pizza from Regina's, that might hit the spot.