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Lunch near the fish pier downtown Boston

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oysterguy May 16, 2007 01:29 PM

Can anyone recommend a good place for lunch within 5 minutes of the Fish Pier? Is the NO Name still there? Waterfront would be preferred. Not Anthony's.

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    Grita RE: oysterguy May 16, 2007 01:53 PM

    Try LTK (Legal's Test Kitchen). I'll be the first to tell you that it's not the greatest but there isn't much else in the area.

    1. grahams RE: oysterguy May 16, 2007 03:38 PM

      I was at No Name less than a year ago, I'm pretty sure they're still there...

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        alyssap99 RE: oysterguy May 16, 2007 05:16 PM

        yes, no name is still there, so that's an option. you could also consider the barking crab for a more casual lunch.

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          bachslunch RE: oysterguy May 16, 2007 07:55 PM

          Yes, the No Name is still around, and for places in that area with a view, it's one of the better choices. Eastern Pier II is a Chinese spot (seafood emphasis) with decent food and also has a view of the harbor.

          I'm not a fan of the Barking Crab for service, food, or view. Intrigue in the Rowe's Wharf Hotel has a good view but not especially good eats. And despite the good view and popovers, the decision to avoid Anthony's Pier 4 is a wise one.

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            Fort Point RE: oysterguy May 17, 2007 07:02 AM

            Yankee Lobster is a fish market that also serves lunch and dinner. Not the greatest view but the food is decent. It is adjacent to the music pavilion.

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              twentyoystahs RE: Fort Point May 17, 2007 08:36 AM

              I have never been to Yankee Lobster but it always seems to get praise from the hounds on this board. I've peaked in and there's no question the ambiance is nothing special (and there is no view, unless you take your lunch to go and sit outside somewhere) but the food and reasonable prices should more than make up for that.

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              Albie RE: oysterguy May 17, 2007 08:31 AM

              I think Aura in the Seaport Hotel does a very good job at lunch. The room may be odd (as it feels as if you are sitting in the hotel lobby instead of a restaurant) but the service is excellent and the food very good.

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                Fort Point RE: Albie May 17, 2007 01:30 PM

                Might want to consider eating in the bar area which has nice views of the fishing boats and you can order off the bar or restaurant menu. Understand they are considering moving the restaurant upstairs so it can have a view.

              2. C. Hamster RE: oysterguy May 17, 2007 09:12 AM

                The Dry Dock Cafe at the Boston Design Center is way better than No Name, with a sort of similar menu -- not much like LTK with their pulled pork sammies and BAD fish tacos.

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                  rlh RE: C. Hamster May 17, 2007 03:34 PM

                  Love Dry Dock Cafe, but the atmosphere is, well, the lobby of a seafood processing plant several blocks from the water -- the food is good (really love the buffalo scallops when they have them and the sandwiches are fine, as is the broiled and fried seafood -- the coleslaw is creamy and garlicky, but the fries and "salads" are not very good, however), prices reasonable, the portions large, and the service basic but friendly - the owner seems to really want to make sure people enjoy themselves. A great local lunch option but not a destination or special place at all.

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                    C. Hamster RE: rlh May 18, 2007 10:20 AM

                    I agree fully. But, IMO, No Name is neither a destination or special place either.

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                      oysterguy RE: C. Hamster May 18, 2007 02:42 PM

                      It looks like I/we will be trying both Aura and Dry Dock. Thanks for the info. I'll let you know how they are.

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                  marchperson RE: oysterguy May 17, 2007 01:36 PM

                  The Barking Crab is extremely casual and lots of locals eat there. I went last fall. The day that I went there was an opportunity for outdoor dining . The seafood did seem to be fresh and was tasty.

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                    rlh RE: marchperson May 17, 2007 03:35 PM

                    Great for drinks and view, but the food prices keep climbing while the portions keep shrinking...

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                    FishChick RE: oysterguy Jul 13, 2007 01:37 PM

                    I know this is kind of late, but the Daily Catch across from theFish Pier is wonderful. If you like calamari it is the best, and Lobster Fra Diavlo is unbelievable. I haven't been there in a few years, but apparently has been updated - they used to cook right in the dining area.

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                      9lives RE: FishChick Jul 13, 2007 03:17 PM

                      It's a few years late..:) That location closed a number of years ago. I used to enjoy it.

                      They've reopened nearby in the Moakley Courthouse but it lacks the charm of the original Hanover or Fish Pier locations

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                        rlh RE: FishChick Jul 23, 2007 09:01 AM

                        I strongly disagree with this initial post -- every food and service experience I've had with Daily Catch Fan Pier has been awful over the past couple of years -- I don't go there anymore as a result and encourage walking across the street to the Barking Crab if you're not willing to go further and want a nice view. I believe this Daily Catch location only stays open by preying on unsuspecting tourists and first-time diners. BTW, I really like the one on Hanover St in the North End -- it's a night and day difference.

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                          TomH RE: rlh Jul 23, 2007 01:49 PM

                          I second the negative experience at the Moakley Daily Catch. Really, really bad. Both the food and the service on multiple occasions.

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