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Dining within walking distance to Fenway

TonyO Mar 30, 2007 02:48 PM

Any options within walking distance to Fenway for a pregame (7:05 Friday) game ? We would like to park early and walk to dinner and then back to Fenway. Any cuisine will be fine.
Thanks !

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    BostonBarGuy RE: TonyO Mar 30, 2007 02:56 PM

    Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square is a good option before a Sox game if you want to get away from all of the bars (and pub food) that surround Fenway. The food is decent @ ES and there's a good buzz in there before a game. Hopefully you're rooting for the Sox!!!!! Have fun.

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      hotoynoodle RE: BostonBarGuy Mar 30, 2007 10:02 PM

      please just be aware that esk gets packed pre-game. their ticket times are quick, but you will not be in and out in 30 minutes. and you will not get a seat at the bar. but i love the place!

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      BBHound RE: TonyO Mar 30, 2007 04:08 PM

      Trattoria Toscana on Jersey St. Really great food close to the ball park.

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        hungryone RE: BBHound Mar 30, 2007 07:15 PM

        Burton's just opened at the new Trilogy building. They are on the Boylston street side across from the Star Market and around the corner from the new Emack and Bolio's across from the movie theatre. Burton's is pretty decent and a new upscale venture for the neighborhood.

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          mick_t RE: BBHound Apr 1, 2007 05:20 PM

          A lot of good suggestions here, but I really have to second Trattoria Toscana.

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          lergnom RE: TonyO Mar 30, 2007 08:04 PM

          Petit Robert, facing Kenmore inbound on the Fenway side. Very reasonably priced, generally well made French food. If you are parking farther away, toward Brookline, you have many options: Audubon Circle (just over the bridge toward Brookline), a little farther out is Sol Azteca (Mexican), then at St. Mary's you have Taberna de Haro (Spanish, mostly tapas), Chef Chang's House, a couple of pubbish places (e.g., Beacon St. Tavern) and Ginza (Japanese).

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            TonyO RE: lergnom Mar 31, 2007 05:16 AM

            We are parking right near the ballpark (on Brookline and Maitland I believe).

          2. MC Slim JB RE: TonyO Mar 30, 2007 08:19 PM

            A bunch of good ideas mentioned here already. I hadn't heard of Burton's Grill, which appears to be -- wait for it -- another steakhouse! Woo-hoo! I'd also add Brown Sugar Cafe on Jersey St for Thai, El Pelon for casual Mexican.

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              Science Chick RE: MC Slim JB Mar 31, 2007 08:01 AM

              I wouldn't recommend El Pelon, only because you can't sit and have a decent meal. GREAT for a quick bite with outstanding offerings, but probably not the best for a real meal on a night out.

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              ShelT54 RE: TonyO Mar 31, 2007 09:42 AM

              Canestaro's in the Fenway is good and can be quick. Also, there's an Indian restaurant in Kenmore (India Quality?)

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                BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: ShelT54 Apr 1, 2007 11:33 PM

                Yes, India Quality. It's quite good, and perhaps just far enough out of the Square proper (it's on Comm Ave heading out of the Square toward Charlesgate and Mass Ave) that it would probably not be completely overrun.

              2. C. Hamster RE: TonyO Apr 2, 2007 09:45 AM

                You can park for free in Brookline near Chef Changs and it's a 5 min walk to the park. Saves you money for a few $7 beers in the park.

                Chef Changs is fast and good, too.

                Taberna de Haro is a bit $ but very good. Cafe Han River is a few doors down. It's an inexpensive korean place.

                Elephant Walk is a block toward Fenway. Cambodian/French.

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                  Gabatta RE: C. Hamster Apr 2, 2007 09:56 AM

                  I like Audobon for pre game food and drinks. It gets crowded (like anywhere near the park) on gamedays, but the food is great and there is always a good crowd there.

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                    ginnyhw RE: C. Hamster Apr 3, 2007 06:30 AM

                    Chef Chang's used to be good but has been awful the last 2 times we went. We are regular takeout Friday night in the neighborhood folks and have been going for 3 years with no problems but we are not going back. It was garbage. At first we thought we got leftovers from lunch back in February, so 2 weeks ago ordered a chicken with vegetable dish that we have always liked and that isn't a luncheon special it was truly awful.
                    O'Leary is good but will be packed early. Busy Bee is a hidden gem for a diner meal with no booze. Try Ginza for Asian although rumor has it that they are not renewing their lease as the rents have gone up again. I'm not impressed with the Korean place.
                    Parking may be iffy as they are tearing up that end of Beacon St and parking is limited and the neighborhood is not happy.

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                      C. Hamster RE: ginnyhw Apr 3, 2007 08:10 AM

                      Sorry to hear that. I have noticed that when Sue or Tony isn't in the kitchen, the quality of the food suffers for it. I would have complained. BTW, you can always order a lunch dish at dinner, you know, even if it isn't on the menu. I do it all the time. I went there on the day it first opened and still go there. I also lived in the nabe at the time. I take CC takeout into Fenway quite often.

                      The Busy Bee is great, but will be long closed by the time the OP wants to eat, I fear.

                      There is always a place to park on the side streets behind the Carlton/St Mary's block, even with construction. Have been a Sox season ticket holder for many, many years and always park back there.

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                        Joanie RE: C. Hamster Apr 3, 2007 09:29 AM

                        Busy Bee is open til 7PM so okay for a baseball game.

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                      maillard RE: C. Hamster Apr 7, 2007 04:20 PM

                      I have found Chef Chang's food to be worse every time I go. Last time it was bad enough that I'm done with it for good, I think. Good call on the parking, though food options are far better in Kenmore than in the St. Mary's/Fenway area.

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                      JCPope RE: TonyO Apr 3, 2007 11:01 AM

                      You might consider Great Bay (at the Hotel Commonwealth). You could even leave your car with the valet during the game...at least you could the last time I went.

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                        Elyssa RE: TonyO Apr 4, 2007 06:46 PM

                        Do the places you suggest also work for a Sat game or would the restaurants be more crowded?

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                          jungcurmudgeon RE: Elyssa Apr 4, 2007 07:01 PM

                          Beacon St. is opening a patio this year as well. After a kind of softish mid-season opening last year, word is they are anxious to have at it for this year. Good beer, not-bad food and a on the outbound side. Might be worth a look.

                        2. Sgt Snackers RE: TonyO Apr 6, 2007 03:30 PM

                          Before a Sox game I always head to Cornwall's Pub on Beacon St (next to the BU bookstore) and grab a pretty decent burger and a couple of pints. It's not bad (though not really a destination for any other purpose and amazingly I've never seen it get very crowded before the game.

                          1. TonyO RE: TonyO Apr 22, 2007 07:42 PM

                            We went to Trattoria Toscana and it was excellent. We weren't sure we would make it as the forst 4 people we asked outside of Fenway had no idea where Jersey St was. Finally, one of Boston's finest told us it was simply an extension of Yawkey Way (only about three blocks from the park). Do to time constraints, we had a few appetizers, a bottle and a few glasses of wine, and split a couple of entrees between the four of us. The service was friendly, well informed, and properly paced. The food was well prepared and presented a good value, especially for that area. Thanks for the rec !

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