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South End ideas for this afternoon?

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Where should I go this afternoon after the seafood show at the Boston Convention Center? The South End seems like a good spot since it's not too far. Having never really spent any time in the South End, I don't know much. Is there parking, and where should we eat? I've always wanted to eat at the Franklin Cafe. There will be 3 of us, and it will be around 4:00. Any cuisine. Thanks!!

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  1. B & G Oyster. Franklin probably won't be open until later.

    1. The Butcher Shop serves their original, much-missed small plates menu from 3:30-4:30p, then dinner. B&G will be open, as will Garden of Eden (which I don't much like anymore). Toro opens at 4:30p. The Franklin opens at 5p, one of the few hours you won't have a wait. Pops is new and really worth checking out; it opens at 5p. Masa and 28 Degrees also open at 5p.

      Parking is tough; getting caught in a residential space without a South End parking sticker will cost you $25. There are meters on Tremont and Washington Sts, a few two-hour guest spots on residential streets. Most valets won't be operating this early.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        In all of the years since the City of Boston instituted the resident parking program, I never recall having once seen one of those "visitor" spots open!