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"Upscale'ish" traditional American in Boston?

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  • bex77 May 25, 2007 09:01 AM

Hi Hounders,

This is somewhat of a different request. I'm looking for non-fusiony, traditional, yet delicious American fare. Something similar to a Cafe/Grill that serves delicious salads, burgers, sandwiches, but not some hole-in-the-wall. Price isn't an issue. I have picky parents coming into town, and aside from our upscale picks they want a tasty lunch or dinner not full of any esoteric ingredients many Boston restaurants like to serve. Any ideas? I'm looking for these places to be right in Boston/Cambridge. Thanks in advance!

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  1. For American food in a nice spot, I'd say Blue Room in Kendall Sq. or Hamersley's in the south end (much more $$). Neither do sandwiches. For lunch and more sandwich fare, I think Audobon Circle or Miracle of Science could be good. And of course, Eastern Standard can cover all the bases. Also possibly Washington Sq. Tavern in Brookline.

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    1. re: Joanie

      i definitely second Washington Sq. Tavern in Brookline. it's a bit further down the greenline but well worth the trip

    2. Hmmm, how about Anthem?

      Or perhaps The Good Life?

      1. Thanks for replies thus far! I actually live about a minute from Wash. Square Tavern, so I'm trying to steer away from this area. The Good Life is a possibility, I work right next to it, and have always had a good meal.

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        1. re: bex77

          what about christopher's in porter square? that's a great place.

        2. All the usual suspects in the steakhouse category would work.

          1. How about Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel? Nice quality, simple preparations, nothing far out.

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            1. re: elcaminogirl

              I just checked out the menu, and that's exactly what I'm looking for(or someplace similar.) I've heard mixed reviews, but I'd love to check it out for myself. Any standout dishes? Thanks!

              1. re: bex77

                Good idea. A similar thought: what about The Bristol at The Four Seasons?

            2. If you're not quite looking to blow Hammersley's money, there's 75 Chestnut in Beacon Hill (rock solid burger, interesting salads but not too far out there, and some of the best chowder I've come across, though the beer list could use some beefing up). Gargoyle's in Davis goes a little out there, but not too far out, and also serves up a mean burger.