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Sep 15, 2006 01:54 PM

A Week in Boston

First of all – thank you for your valuable input on the food scene. We will be spending a week in Boston the end of September. We are staying at the Park Plaza and will take the T or walk. After months of combing this site, here is our plan. Dinners at Via Matta, Rendezvous, Chez Henri Bar, Gargoyles Bar or Franklin Cafe, Sel de la Terre for the wine dinner (Bordeaux), Polonia for something different and Tremont 647. For lunch it's – Antico Forno, Pizza Regina, the cafe at Isabella Stuart Museum, Rachel's (on Friday) and East Coast Grill. Any glaring omissions? Will report back in October.

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  1. Good list, although Franklin Cafe is your only restaurant in the South End [edit: oops, so is Tremont 647.], a very nice walking neighborhood which is also a restaurant hub, as well as relatively walkable from Park Plaza (or a short ride on the Silver Line).

    One quibble -- East Coast Grill isn't open for lunch. Dinner and sunday brunch only. Same owners have the All Star Sandwich Bar down the street, see lots of recent reviews for feedback on that. My experiences there have been great, but they do still seem to be working the kinks out.

    IN terms of omissions, you are around the corner from Chinatown (zillions of reviews), if that's of interest. And there's very good Thai food in Brookline -- Dok Bua and Khao Sarn, if that's not something you have at home. But I wouldn't argue with any of the places you have on the list, just a matter of preferences.

    1. Yeah, that is a great list. But I agree with previous poster, get an East Coast Grill dinner in there somewhere. I'd substitute it for Tremont 647 if you had to choose, food is *somewhat* similar and I think ECG is a better choice. You definitely want to eat in the South End one night though, so make sure you get to Franklin or try B & G if you like seafood.

      1. Rationale for Tremont 647 vs. Union, Metropolis, Aquitaine, Dish, Anchovies....?

        1. I would never put Tremont 647 on any fine dining list. It's mediocre at best. I suggest heading down to Jamaica Plain and getting a spot at "Ten Tables" (inventive, simple, well-executed seasonal New American). Did I also mention it is an amazing value?

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            1. re: Tam

              Ten Tables is excellent, and if you wanted to see another area of Boston (JP, funky, great shops, stores, a beautiful pond, arboretum, and more) I would definitely recommend a visit. You can take the Orange Line T to the Stoney Brook T stop. When you get out you're right at the corner of Lamartine and Boylston. Walk all the way up Boylston (abt an 8 minute walk) to Centre; 10 Tables is at 593 Centre.

              1. re: Tam

                If you're staying at the Park Plaza, just walk to Back Bay Station or stand across from the Copley Plaza Hotel and the 39 bus will drop you a block from 10 Tables. Two stops before is the Alchemist Lounge where you can have a drink before or after (full bar, only beer/wine at Ten Tables).

                1. re: Joanie

                  Thanks for that Joanie. I'm clueless about the bus system....

            2. Here's a little North Ender inside-info on eating at Pizzeria Regina when the lines are outside the door: just walk past the lines and go to the little (about 6 seat) bar. There's rarely anyone sitting there, and it's first come, first serve so you don't have to wait for the lines or a table.

              Just don't do it when I'm trying to eat there. :)

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              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Thanks - I'd read your tip before!

                1. re: Tam

                  I have neighbors who want to kill me for giving that tip out. :)