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LA Hound, 6 days / 1 chance to impress

My girlfriend and I are visiting boston in a few weeks. Since she went to school in boston and I have only been there a few times, she is pretty much bogarting the dining out choices. I can I have convinced here to give me one night to pick the place. I need a great recommendation to impress; it was hard enough to get the one night out of her.

Since she lived in boston throughout college, she doesn't have much experience with the upscale dining scene, so that'll be my choice. I'd like something hard to find done well in LA (so you guys have a lot of choices, no sushi). I'd say I'd like to be money conscious, but I'm not too worried about price. I would like some place that is slightly lively and fun, but I am most concerned about food.

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: chowfamily

      I agree. Or B&G in the south end. Both parts of town are so un-LA-like that you'll have a good time and the oyster bar didn't seem to be such a widespread phenomenon there. Good areas to walk around and check out neighboring places. I know you can do it, even tho walking is so foreign to LA.

      Plus if she doesn't have it on your agenda, you HAVE to go to a north shore clam shack while in town.

      1. re: Joanie

        I third Neptune. Just be aware that it's not fancy (though very cute), it's tiny and they don't take reservations, so if you get there after 6 you can expect a wait, sometimes even to sit at the bar (where I prefer to sit anyway, personally).

      1. re: emilief

        I second Sorellina - beautiful room. http://www.sorellinaboston.com/

        I also like some N. End options too - maybe Prezza or Neptune.

        1. Where is she thinking of taking you?

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          1. re: linz

            I am not sure. I think were probably doing more divey seafood and italian. A north shore clam shack for sure.

            I think this will be our one splurge.

            Thanks for all the replies so far.

            1. re: emosbaugh

              With the price of clams these days, don't expect to get off TOO cheap at a north shore clam shack!

              1. re: Chris VR

                Shoot, are clams really high too?

          2. Clio, No. 9 Park, or Mistral. Without a doubt.

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              1. re: Bostonbob3

                I'm worried about clio. It seems like that asian or asian fusion stuff we have so much of in LA. What sets this restaurant apart?

                Thanks

                1. re: emosbaugh

                  Yes, lots of Asian touches. I'd stick with the northern italian themed (Sorellina) or the oyster places. Or Mistral.

                  1. re: emosbaugh

                    I can see what you mean about Clio. I go to LA often so I know what you mean about all the Asian/Asian fusion places. I would say probably Mistral might be a good bet. Its strictly French, but trendy nouveau french. I have always liked the atmosphere AND food there! The tuna tartare appetizer is excellent, and they make a great leg of lamb! Oh, and if you go, you HAVE to have to the mistral fries! They are amazing!

                    1. re: NiKoLe1625

                      Listen, I like Mistral enough. But it's really quite pedestrian when compared to, oh, Daniel or something.

                      Why do fairly expensive French if it's not top-notch fairly expensive French?

                      I still say tasting menu at Clio. IMO, it's the single best meal in Boston right now.

                      If you don't want any Asian-influenced food, I agree with the Sorrelina suggestions.