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What is the best eating in Quincy Market?

Looking for opinions as to the best food in Quincy Market. Especially fond of seafood, Italian and ice cream.

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  1. Beard Papa, if you can get a fresh one.

    1. The taste of gyro I had from Steve's makes me want to suggest them but it was only a taste. People like the raw bar there.

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      1. re: Joanie

        I actually love Steve's gyros, I usually get them from their Newbury st. location, but the one in Quincy Market is similair. They use good fresh pita, which is key, as it's soft and doesn't break when folded around the meat. The meat is not cut off the gyro log to order at this location sadly, but does appear to be the real thing (i.e., I suspect it does come from said log, but is precut for speeds sake and re-heated on the griddle).

      2. I try to avoid Quincy Market at all costs, and generally succeed. Most of its options are the kind of awful casual-dining chains and food court stalls you'd expect to find at a mid-level mall, which is what it is. It also features some bad pub food.

        Of the chain outlets, I'd say Houston's is probably the least offensive. I haven't been to the McCormick & Schmick's there, but its Park Square location is a good-not-great seafood place (it's Seattle's answer to Legal Sea Foods), with occasional deals on raw oysters.

        Durgin-Park is one exception: a touristy but worthwhile destination. It does classic Yankee cooking with a few Colonial-era dishes in a very casual atmosphere (communal tables). It's a local institution, kind of kitschy, but pretty good, especially on very traditional dishes: prime rib, pot roast, Indian pudding.

        List of outlets here: http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com... Good luck!

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I dont know if I'm just crazy, or what, but I've never had anything but a satisfying meal at McCormick's. I think it's about ten times better than legal. The soft shell crab, when they have it, is terrific.

          1. re: tamerlanenj

            I agree. M&S is quite acceptable to me. Not great, but pretty good.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I agree. If I have to go, I choose DP. In the past I had some decent eats at Kingfish Hall but my last experience there was eh squared.

          3. Since I work nearby, I have tried to ferret out the better places -

            Houston's food is actually quite good and frankly, I think the bunker of a space has been done up just about as cool as possible. Their mixed drinks are pricey, but large, and they use fresh ingredients for the citrus-y ones. Greyhounds with good, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, for example.

            McCormick and Schmick's is fine - stick with the raw bar items.

            Ned Devine's is a bar/restaurant at the far end of the Quincy Market building - their lunch fare is decent.

            As far as the food booths, I like Jen Lai's chinese food. There is a Thai place across the aisle that does a fine Americanized pad thai.

            In the historical Faneuil Hall building, try Red Barn Roasters - the best coffee in greater Boston in my opinion.

            Avoid the strip of bars nearby to Quincy Market (Purple Shamrock, Hennessey's, etc.) for food, with the possible exception of the Marshall House. For some reason, the lunch food there has been decent.

            1. If you like Italian, it's worth the 5-minute walk across the Greenway to the North End.

              Not sure about ice cream...

              For seafood, definitely McCormick & Schmick's.

              Most of the places within Quincy Market are pretty average, IMO. Whenever I go, I tend to stick with pizza at Regina's, though going to the one in the North End is admittedly a much better option.

              1. The spinach dip at Houston's is pretty good bar food.

                Believe it or not, Ames Plow has a decent burger (and more important, the only cheap beer in Quincy Market).

                McCormick and Schmick's isn't bad at all. And neither is Kingfish Hall.

                Still, we're all damning with faint praise.

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                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  Working in the Financial District has also taught me to usually avoid the eateries in Fanuiel Hall area. Italian fare is best had with a 5 minute walk to the North End... they have great gelatto there as well... Houstons for steaks isn't bad.... Haven't been to Durgin Park for years but it was very good the last time there... it is also a great Boston tradition.
                  I am not crazy about Ned Devines... over priced bar food, I would prefer to get a roast beef sandwich from the Brown Derbi than go to Ned's...
                  Boston has so many great places to eat within walking distance to Quincy Market my question would be WHY THERE????

                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                    I used to go there all the time when I was at Suffolk U. because the food was mostly cheap and quick. I think that's a big part of it--lots of tourists around there looking for quick, cheap eats, and perhaps people working nearby who don't have much of a lunch break go there for the convenience.

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      We will have to pick your brain as our son will be attending Suffolk U. in September. Besides the North End and a good experience at Trattoria Toscana near Fenway, my knowledge ends there.

                      1. re: TonyO

                        //We will have to pick your brain...//

                        While I'm sure Marc's brain is delicious, for good offal you should go to Eastern Standard. They have marrow that's to die for.

                        1. re: Bostonbob3

                          Boy, Eastern Standard really does have everthing! ;-b

                          There are lots of good places for cheap, quick eats near Suffolk. Everything from the pizza at Primo's to the burgers at the Red Hat to (a bit further away on Charles Street) excellent breakfast and lunch at the Paramount, good pizza at The Upper Crust, and decent Thai food at King and I. And, of course, much of downtown Boston is within a 15-minute walk, so the options are nearly limitless around the Suffolk area.

                          1. re: hiddenboston

                            HB,does Primo's still have decent steak subs?

                            1. re: highnoon

                              Do you mean the cheesesteak or the steak tip sub? I had the cheesesteak there about a year ago, and it was excellent. But I tend to stick with the pizza, which I really do love. The meatball sub is pretty good there, too.

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                The cheesesteak.
                                Still on the braided sesame roll?
                                I used to get it with provolone.
                                A little unorthodox but great.
                                Italians used to great there too.

                                1. re: highnoon

                                  I don't remember whether they used that roll for the cheesesteak, but I do recall their using a roll like that for other items there, so it probably was used.

                                  I get a bit nervous about the cleanliness of Primo's, but I do like the food there enough to keep going.

                2. Durgin Park or the Salty Dog are the only Quincy Market restaurants I'd ever recommend to anyone else. I prefer the Dog over McCormick's, just because I think the prices are a bit more reasonable. Also, for anyone who saw that Inside Edition piece on McCormick's at Quincy Market, you'd never set foot in there again.

                  1. I have to say I've always had a positive experience at the Oyster Bar. Grab a bar stool, tuck yourself in and enjoy the clam chowder in a bread bowl. They have a good variety of fresh oysters and do a great job with the steamed shrimp. You can get a lobster salad sandwich (decently priced) or a complete steamed lobster. Add a glass of wine or a beer and it's an enjoyable lunch.

                    1. To defend the Market, for a mall that draws tourists and is overwhelmed by kids and bus tours during the warm months, the food is really good. Durgin-Park remains the same; the roast beef and the basic old-style dishes are good to very good. The upstairs dining room has the right feel. McCormick & Schmick's is somewhat over-priced but has a great outdoor eating area. Ames Plow has fairly good bar food and has been around long enough to qualify as a sort of institution. Really, all the real restaurants - including Kingfish Hall and Plaza III - are perfectly capable, which is more than you can say about almost any other mall I can think of.

                      The Market is weak on Italian, which is - as pointed out - no loss given the location.

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                      1. re: lergnom

                        I second the oyster bar ( Walrus and ??) also the bar at Kingfish is alright.

                        1. re: phatchris

                          We just ate at the Oyster Bar Friday night and I was very disappointed. Two tiny beers, two cups of clam chowder and two paltry lobster rolls was more than $50. I felt quite ripped off. If any of the items had been worth the price I'd have felt better about the whole deal.