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family dining near museum of science

is there anything near the MOS besdies Paparazzi or The Cheescake Factory that would satisfy a party of 8 with kidz ages 2 thru 12?

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  1. Maybe Florentina at 143 Main serving pizza, pasta & sandwiches might give you the variety that would satisfy your party. http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

    1. I hate to recommend chains, but there's a California Pizza Kitchen, not the worst place of its kind, in the mall. Figs (either the Charlestown or Beacon Hill locales) is better and pricier for gourmet-ish pizza.

      Probably too adventurous for toddlers, but worthy and nearby places include The Helmand (Afghani, dinner only) and The Similans (a solid, slightly Westernized Thai place).

      A good breakfast and lunch option (weekdays only) is the Second Street Cafe, a counter-service place with fine, fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Aceituna Cafe is another good-of-its-kind Lebanese-run pita sandwich/salad/shawarma shop near Kendall Square, and it's open Saturdays.

      Artu on Charles Street has excellent, modest Italian sandwiches, salads, and pastas.

      1. Inman Square is pretty close -- maybe the S&S Deli? Big, relatively inexpensive, nothing too weird on the menu.

        If by some miracle you have a whole herd of young enjoyers of seafood, I might go for the excellent fish and chips at Courthouse Seafood.

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        1. re: finlero

          Gah, avoid S&S at all costs. Consistently bad food for large crowds.

          Why not head toward the North End (about 1 mile from MOS) where pasta and pizza can satisfy the most picky kids without forcing the adults to eat dreck in the mall or the museum.

          1. re: DavisSquare

            that was an option however this group, of which i am not a part, would probably find the north end a little too overwhelming especially on a saturday night.

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              Ok, Saturday night with a 2 year old, that thins things out a little. How are they traveling (on foot? by T? by car?). How keen are the adults on a good meal? How picky are the kids? What time are they looking to eat (would a picnic be an option?)?

              1. re: DavisSquare

                actually 2 two year olds. they r gonna b on the T. i think their dinner hour is around 530-6pm. i am actually leaning in the direction of Eastern Standard as long as there is not a sox game. i originally thought they wanted 2 go by foot from the MOS to dinner but i think they are gonna need to get back on the train. as far as picky kids, my son (the oldest) is not, the others, i don't know. the adults don't get out too much so were just talking about good simple food.

                1. re: DavisSquare

                  Once you're on the T, much of the city opens up, so it's more about family dinner for 8 on the green line in which case, your suggestion is a good one. That said, the North End shouldn't be too crazy at 5:30 on Saturday night, should it?

          2. There is Mexican, Pizza, burgers and Starbucks right inside the MOS.

            http://www.mos.org/doc/1197

            1. I'd say either Desfina on Third Street in Cambridge (Greek restaurant) or, yes the California Pizza Kitchen. CPK isn't all that bad, actually, and it's convenient.

              1. Desfina is very kid friendly - i've taken my grandkids there and they like it - but i have to admit, pizza is incredibly reliable with ones this small