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Good chow near the MFA

Want to see the upcoming Hopper exhibit. Will probably see it on a weeknight after work. What's nearby for good chow. Looking for casual, low to moderately priced with no long waiting line. Any cuisine.

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  1. Some good options just on the other side of the Fens: Trattoria Toscana for authentic Tuscan cuisine, Brown Sugar Cafe for Thai, La Verdad for gourmet tacos. (Watch out for pre-Sox crowds, though.) Mission Bar & Grill at Brigham Circle, above average pub food in a friendly place with good beers. Moby Dick for Persian kebabs and rice plates, Pho and I for decent Vietnamese and Thai food. Woody's for good wood-fire pizzas. Heard good things about the Caribbean at Flames, but I haven't tried it.

    1. Near the MFA: outbound on Huntington, you have The Squealing Pig - which has a bunch of threads. I like it. Inbound, you have Betty's Wok & Noodle, which I don't like, and some places right next to Symphony. At that point, the options multiply - up Mass Ave toward the thai places and then toward Berklee or inbound toward Copley.

      1. i second the recs for the mission and for brown sugar cafe. also, penguin pizza in brigham circle has really nice pizzas and beers if you don't want to spend too much.

        1. I liked Betty's Wok & Noodle. Not the fanciest food around, but it's a fun place and the food is solid. Mission Bar & Grill is also great comfort food. I've seen a few postings for the cafe at Gardner Museum, which is around the corner from MFA.
          Thornton's grill has good casual food over on Peterborough St.

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          1. re: chowciao

            The Gardener Museum cafe isn't really a weeknight-after-work option unless the OP works unusual hours - they're only open till 4.

          2. Also nearby is El Pelon tacqueria. Quality varies from item to item, but their fish tacos are surprisingly excellent (better than many I've had out West), as are their fried plantains.