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We will be traveling to Boston with two children ages 11 and 4. Can you recommend some kid friendly eats around downtown. Nothing fancy, but good. Looking for a good italian in the north end, local seafood, have to have the kids try the fried dough (ugh), historical stuff would be fun too. We'll probably spend some time near Bunker Hill, Old Ironsides. Also plan to go to Red Sox game too. Any local reccommendations will be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Since I presume you're going to be coming here post April 1, Kelley's Roast Beef is kind of a local landmark. It's on Revere Beach on the Blue line. You can knock out your fried dough thing there (and there ain't nothin wrong with that), as well as get a pretty decent Lobster roll and, of course, roast beef sandwiches. Go during the day or early evening.

    I don't know where you're coming from, but if you don't have a Chinatown, a dim sum breakfast would be fun, kid friendly and easy on the wallet as well. I've only been a few time to Emperor's Garden, but I think the other hounders on here prefer some other places.

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    1. re: sailormouth

      We will be plan to be in town to watch our local team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (I hate saying that) play the Red Sox.

    2. What about Fajitas and Ritas? My cousins who have small children always go there when they are here and love it!

      1. Durgin Park would be a good historic place. Antico Forno for dinner in the north end. You can get fried dough in Downtown Crossing from a vendor and of course around Fenway Park. Good pizza at Cambridge 1 in Harvard Sq. and the aforementioned Bartley's Burgers. Go off hours so you don't have to wait.

        1. Pizzeria Regina is an institution, a board favorite, and definitely kid friendly, though definitely go to the original in the North End. The new one in Medford is great for us locals nearby, but tourists should definitely go to the original.

          I'd also suggest a trip to Chinatown, which would be universally kid friendly. Taiwan Cafe is a board favorite, as is Peach Farm. Dim sum might also be fun at Hei La Moon, China Pearl, or Grand Chau Chau.

          And while it gets mixed reviews on the board, if you won't be leaving the city, you could do worse than to get a taste of the New England clam shack at Jasper White's Summer Shack. Stick with the raw bar and fried seafood. Of course, if you're up for a drive, you'd be much better off heading up north to Essex or Ipswich for the real deal.


          1. A lot of good suggestions here - I have a kid right in between the ages of your two. Definitely agree w/ Bartley's burgers, and Keley's is great too - right across the street from the beach! Cambridge 1 is gourmet pizza - if they want something more traditional, Pinocchio in Harvard square is great. Not a fancy place though.

            In the downtown crossing area, there is a great Chilean sandwich place called Chacarero. If the weather is nice enough, get takeout from there. Fajitas and Ritas probably is pretty unimpressive for someone from L.A.

            The Barking Crab is our version of a city seafood place, near the new waterfront area. Sel de la Terre is near the aquarium,but might seem a bit fancy. you can look up the web site.

            There's a strip of restaurants near fenway that will offer great Mexican, sushi, italian, thai and plain american.

            Faneuil hall has a food court. Nothing is very chowhound-ish, but it's fun for kids while exploring.

            1. In the North End, besides Regina, there is Umberto Galleria for tasty and very cheap pizza (I'm talking $1 a slice) and other Italian finger food, as well as Modern and Mike's Pastry, which have large selections of cookies and cannolis and other pastries.

              1. Thank you all for the suggestions! I am soo looking forward to our trip, I love your city and the locals. We've always had a wonderful time. Look forwarding to eating at some of the suggested eats.

                1. Giacomo's on the North End's main drag of Hanover is kid friendly. Mix and match pasta and sauces and seafood. Small, inexpensive, popular.

                  As mentioned Galleria Umberto, which is on the 2nd block of Hanover, is a Boston treat known almost exclusively to locals. A square of very light pan pizza is $1.10. The calzones are less than $2.50 but I recommend the arancini (rice around a meat and pea filling, lightly fried to a great crust) and the panzarotti (potatoes around cheese, rolled in bread crumbs and light fried), which are also less than $3. Umberto closes when they run out of food, which is usually between 2 and 3PM. Either go before noon or after 1:30 because the line is slow. To show you how local they are, they close for the entire month of August, the height of tourist season. Ernesto's, which is on Salem Street, has gigantic slices of very good more gourmet pizza (1/4 a pie).

                  Durgin Park has been mentioned. It is actually pretty good. The oldest restaurant is the Union Oyster House, near the marketplace in the old streets. Haven't been there in years. King Louis Phillippe of France lived on the 2nd floor. JFK used to eat there all the time.

                  BTW, Kingfish Hall and McCormick & Schmick in the marketplace are both good seafood restaurants. The former is Tod English while the latter is a Seattle chain.

                  1. I agree with Pizzeria Regina's - definitely a "must see" with the kids, and I'd recommend going to the original in the North End.

                    There's a wonderfully cheesy place called the Tiki lounge on Landsdown St, by Fenway park. The food is average, but the place is so fun, I think it's worth it. Especially with kids.

                    When you are over by Faneuil Hall, I would recommend grabbing "take out" from one of the vendors in Quincy Market, and having a picnic (weather permitting) across the street on the waterfront. Or, just get some ice cream and catch the street entertainers there.

                    Have fun, and enjoy the game while you're here!