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Feb 21, 2007 10:07 AM

Montrealer coming to Boston... looking for good food

I will be coming down to Boston from my current home of Montreal for a weekend in March. I am looking for some good food at any price. I would like to find at least one "well worth the price" place and one "I can't belive it only cost that much" place. We love food and are open to any kind of cuisine. And of course, if any of you come up to Montreal, I would be more than happy to make some reccomendations for you.

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  1. Having been to Montreal, you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the different types of cuisine Boston has to offer. I was amazed at the abundance of awesome restaurants in your city and can't wait to return. The North End has an array of mostly very good Itailian places. If it's quality steak you desire, try Capital Grille, Smith and Wollensky or Morton's. All a little pricey, but excellent fare. Before you leave Montreal, check out the Phantom Gourmet website...

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    1. re: Gary Grill

      I wouldn't bother with the Phanton Gourmet website. You'll find a wealth of opinions here from honest customers. If you insist on checking it out, do so with this thread in mind:

      For a real Boston experience, be sure to get some fried clams and a lobster roll. You can find recs here. I'd offer some but anything I'd recommend would be out of the downtown area and you're not going to wan to travel if you'e only here for a weekend.

    2. You may want to clarify what kind of $ you mean. "Well worth the price" means radically different things to the posters you'll find here (for example: I would have to eat a meal I could never make and would dream about for months to say that about, if I spent over $100 - which is an average bill for other posters). That said, here are a few places which seemed liked by most: Oleana, Clio, Salts, Franklin Cafe, Grotto, Ten Tables, and Pigalle.

      Here are few semi-recent threads that might help also:

      Also, if you're only going to be in town for a weekend, you might want to avoid the North End. You can also search the board by cuisines and get better results than your hometown's board - which, I'm heading to this weekend and I'd love your suggestions for the best, inexpensive (entrees < $20) places to try. I'm not dissing the Montreal board... I'm only saying that this board seems more active and likely to get recent results when searching.

      1. "well worth the price" options:

        Oishii for sushi in the South End for
        No. 9 Park on Beacon Hill for the Chef's tasting menu
        Henrietta's Table in Harvard Sq., Cambridge for brunch
        Om in Harvard Square for drinks and dinner

        "I can't believe it only costs this much" options (which I don't find too often):

        Franklin Cafe in the South End.
        Prix fixe at Grotto on Beacon Hill and Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambride.
        Pho at Le's (multiple locations) - although some folks think the large bowl of pho at $5.95 is pricey, I feel it's a major deal.

        1. I would recommend a night of Brazilian and Portuguese food in the East Cambridge environs. Start with appetizers (fava beans and cod cakes would be delicious) and a bottle of wine early at O Cantinho ( then move across the street to Mu Que Ca for delicious Brazilian fish stew. O Cantinho costs about what you'd expect but Mu Que Ca feels crazy inexpensive for the lovely feel and great food. Portions are big at Mu Que Ca.

          1. Wow, thanks so much everyone! I read through the reccomended threads, and I have to agree, you guys maintain a strong board! I'm still making my decisions, but I'll let you all know where we go and what we thought of it! Thanks!