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Jun 11, 2007 06:33 AM

Opinions needed - Visitors from England looking for restaurant suggestions

My friend's parents are coming over from Sheffield, England this week and will be staying for a month! I've been asked to provide some good restaurant suggestions with this as guidance: "likes all food so everyting is fair game particularly stuff that they are unlikely to get in England". I figured I should go to the experts on chowhound for this one. What would you suggest?

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  1. Food "unlikely to get in England" = nearly everything!? Stay away from the Irish pubs and curry houses and I think you'll find plenty.

    My current top five:

    Vinny's at Night
    Neighborhood Restaurant (weekend brunch)
    East Coast Grill
    Dok Bua

    1. Seafood! Lobsters, shore dinners, clambakes, etc.
      Combine with an outing to the North Shore - Portuguese places for that style of seafood; various clam shacks; Chinese-style seafood in Chinatown at Jumbo or Taiwan Café.

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      1. re: peregrine

        Besides clam shacks and Portugese, I'm surprised no one's added some sort of Mexican (Tu y Yo, El Pelon, Ole for starters). Bring them for a cubano at Chez Henri for nice or to JP for casual. My English via Ireland friend loved Regina. Also BBQ somewhere, I guess East Coast could serve that function or Firefly's (I'm thinking of places where you can sit and relax). I'd add Charlie's Sadnwich Shoppe and some diners, you don't see that much over there.

      2. As an Englishman, food I'll miss when I go back includes good seafood, good beef, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian. I'd suggest a drink/bar food at the Top of the Hub - yes it's overpriced, but the view counts as "unlikely to get in England".

        1. To add to the list:

          Bob's Southern Bistro

          Also, although you might not think it's a good idea, my English friends are STILL talking (two years later) about when I took them to Bugaboo Creek. The steaks are good, the kitschy atmosphere is definitely an American experience. It might seem tired and cliche to us, but it's all new to them. Sort of like someone from London wondering what all the fuss is about Wagamama opening here.

          Redbone's BBQ
          A dining car diner, like Town Line in Watertown, or the Wheelhouse in Quincy. I don't think the dining car experience ever made it out of the US.

          Durgin Park

          1. Uniquely American experiences (semi-Boston specific) for a Brit:
            Your favorite steakhouse (plenty to choose from Ruth's Chris, Abe & Louie's, etc.)
            Mue Que Ca (Brazilian)
            Ole (Mexican)
            Firefly's (BBQ)
            Magnolia's (New Orleans)
            Boston Beer Works (Burgers & Fries and hopefully a rowdy Sox game)
            Cracker Barrel (old school southern / midwest)
            Giacomo's North End(American style old school Italian)
            Toscanini's Ice cream and a walk through Harvard SQ
            Blue Ginger (upscale Asian fusion)
            Speed's Hot Dog (if you can find him)

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            1. re: InmanSQ Girl

              Good rec's.
              For clam shacks near Boston I'd recommend Tony's or the Clam Box on Wollaston Beach in Quincy.
              Great harbor and city views.
              Of course you'd get a more New England experience at one of the North shore places.

              If they're spry I'd definitely take them around Fenway during a game, but I'd recommend a beer at the Cask and Flagon or Baseball Tavern and a little dining al fresco from one of the sausage stands.

              For burgers and fries I'd suggest Sullivan's at Castle Island.
              Historic and scenic area and could be a nice counterbalance to an expensive dinner.
              Can't spend a month in Boston without visiting the Irish Riviera

              1. re: joestrummer

                Castle Island burger and fries is definitely a historic and scenic experience, but not exactly amazing taste-wise. I mean I liked the dogs and fries (frozen, crinkle cut) there as much as the next guy, but be forewarned it's not exactly a culinary sensation.