Dinner Near Hines Convention Center: Help!
A group of 6 of us needs to have dinner somewhere between Arlington St. and the Hynes Convention Center midweek. Looking for interesting flavorful food. We don't know Boston at all. I thought of the Summer Shack, which I know by reputation and from walking by it. It's the only place I even know by name in the area. Is that a good option? Why or why not? Can we do better? Looking for under $40 per person. Chowhound's always been an excellent source, and I always try to give back in areas that I know...so please steer us well! Thanks.
One favorite of mine in that area is Kashmir, a fine Indian restaurant at the corner of Newbury Street and Gloucester. Somewhat upscale, but certainly under $40 a person, and in my opinion far superior to the Summer Shack, which I've always thought of as something of a tourist trap.
Try Laurel Grill and Bar at 142 Berkeley Street.
HATE Summer Shack! Over priced celebrity chef. If you really want to try Summer Shack, they are now at the airport.
Higher end, but one of my favorite places in all of Boston is Clio's. That would be two blocks away from the Hynes headed towards Kenmore Square. Clio is located in the Eliot Hotel on the corner of Mass Ave and Commonwealth Ave.
If you want to walk towards the South End, you have choices of Stellas, 28 Degrees, Mistrials, Union and so many more.
I second Laurel. It's not the most spectacular food, but it's a solid menu with lots of options for all kinds of palates, and it's totally reasonable. They do a thing where their wine list (which isn't adventurous, but is solid) is only $10 over cost. I like the duck -- it's pretty consistenly good, and a bargain. They're great for large groups, and you can reserve easily through opentable.com. Also, their version of the Old Fashioned cocktail is outta control good. The best I've had in town.
I would recommend almost anything over Summer Shack, which has been known for spotty food and service. Additionally, the atmosphere inside the place is kind of hard and cold, IMO, reminiscent of a well outfitted rec room.
Laurel is good for a reliable dinner without getting shafted, for sure. Also consider Tapeo on Newbury St (between Fairfield & Gloucester?), which serves an interesting tapas menu in nice surroundings.