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Oct 21, 2006 01:18 AM

Looking for a "colonial" place in Boston for chowing

Howdy, Boston Area!

I normally post on the Southwest board but am looking for some recommendations on a place in the greater Boston area where I could get a "colonial" American dinner, like a meal that would be served around the time of the nation's founding.

It doesn't have to involve period dress or costumes or the like, as I am more interested in the food (wild/natural turkey, etc.).

Any such places exist in Boston?

Thanks for your time!

Best wishes!

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  1. The only thing I'm aware of is the 'authentic' dining experiences at the Plimoth Plantation:

    This is a historically accurate recreation of 17th century Plymouth -- I went once (though not for the dinner) and got chastised by one of the theme-actors for not understanding the finer points of Puritan theological underpinnings. Fascinating.

    1. Durgin Park would give you a good taste...don't know about the costumes or "natural" turkey; but good traditional NE fare.

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      1. re: 9lives

        Second on Durgin - the most traditional NE in the city. Where else can you find Indian Pudding?? I'd avoid Union Oyster; friends were there last weekend and reported that the meal was nearly inedible.

      2. Try Locke Ober, Union Oyster House, or go West to the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. In the city, the other two just named might do.

        Turkey, that really is a Thanksgiving thing. Not often available on menus at other times of the year.

        Can be found in Sturbridge at The Public House, but it is awful.

        Also in Sturbridge, The Tavern at Sturbridge Village, but am not able to attest to the food. Probably as authentic as you will find anywhere.

        1. Interesting question, as I made an authentic colonial meal in my home each winter for a number of years because it is difficult to find it in a restaurant. Besides Plimoth Plantation, you might try the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. A bit of a drive from Boston. Also, once in a while the Paul Revere House in Boston will have programs that feature the authentic foods. Good luck!

          1. Hi Seth,
            I read your posts on the South West board alot. I am going to reccomend Union Oyster House. It is the oldest continually operating restaurant in America. While wild turkey probably is not going to be offered it is a slice of Americana in Boston.
            The suggestion of Plimoth Plantation is also a good one but it is an housr south of Boston so if you don't have a car you are out of luck.