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Restaurants near Logan

mconte69 Jun 11, 2007 07:39 PM

Will be in town the night of July 6th. Anything fabulous near the airport? Is Blue Ginger worth the trip?

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    corduroy79 RE: mconte69 Jun 11, 2007 07:53 PM

    Santarpio's Pizza is about 40 seconds away, but I'm not sure what you consider fabulous, or what you consider near for that matter... what are we talking about here - 5 minutes, 10 minutes away? Blue Ginger is 20-40 minutes away depending on the time of day... probably not worth the drive.

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      mouths2feed RE: mconte69 Jun 11, 2007 08:28 PM

      The North End is very close to Logan and offers a variety of Italian restaurants that can't be beat.

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        WineTravel RE: mconte69 Jun 11, 2007 10:20 PM

        Blue Ginger certainly not worth the trip. Too long of a drive for a place that's on autopilot. Tons of better spots much closer. What type of food/price point/etc.

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          mconte69 RE: WineTravel Jun 12, 2007 06:29 AM

          No price range. Going with a girlfriend and my mother. All 3 of us love food. "Real" Italian would be great. Nothing touristy. it will be our entertainment for the only night in Boston.

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            Joanie RE: mconte69 Jun 12, 2007 06:46 AM

            Rino's and Zaffareno's (sp) in East Boston might be good. Rino's is more old school, Zaf. is more northern. I think there's another old school Italian place there that people talk about but I can't remember the name. And as people said, the north end is close for various kinds of Italian. Search the board for recs. And Sel de la Terre right at the Aquarium T stop would be good for French food.

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              chowciao RE: Joanie Jun 12, 2007 07:04 AM

              I really enjoyed Rino's the last time we went. Great service along with some excellent pasta. The server knew his vino, too. Had great recommendations for all of us. There were 8 of us who went, and everyone went home full and happy.

              North End has so many great options - Rabias (new raw bar as well - havent tried that part yet, but their Italian food is great). If it's nice weather, check out Fiore's. They have a roof deck that just adds to the experience.

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                Chris VR RE: chowciao Jun 12, 2007 08:59 AM

                I've heard great things about Rino's but be warned, it's small, and you'll likely be waiting for tables to turn unless you get there early. We trid to go once around 6pm and they had just filled thier last table, and we'd have had to wait an hour or so. We ended up wandering into a disappointing Italian restaurant in Day Square.

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              9lives RE: mconte69 Jun 12, 2007 06:49 AM

              I haven't been but Rino and Zafferano get good mention on this board..both in E Boston. North End is close..just through the tunnel.

              If you're feeling adventurous, Rincon Limeno..Peruvian or Floating rock..Cambodian in nearby Revere. Both downscale atmosphere; think Chinatown decor..but fabulous food..that may not be available to you; depending on where you're from.

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                mconte69 RE: 9lives Jun 12, 2007 07:15 AM

                Have you heard anything about Salem Wood Cafe?

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                  9lives RE: mconte69 Jun 12, 2007 07:29 AM

                  don't know it

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                    macca RE: mconte69 Jun 12, 2007 12:33 PM

                    It is in Malden. Has great steak tips, but it is a bit further from the airport than the other suggestins. And, it is a neighborhood-type pub/bar/restaurant. Red sauce Italian, steak tips etc. Good solid food, but not definitely not a destination restaurant.

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                      taxi RE: mconte69 Jun 13, 2007 05:08 PM

                      It is on Salem Street in Malden. Very good food - everything cooked to order. Young couple own it. Across the street is Cookies by Miss Jackie which makes great and unique cookie baskets for gifts.
                      It is rather a hike to the airport, though.

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                        macca RE: taxi Jun 14, 2007 03:18 AM

                        Thanks for th tip on Miss Jackie. I have never noticed it in my vivists to Salem Grill. Cookie Baskets are a great gift. Will have to stop by and check it out.

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                          taxi RE: macca Jun 17, 2007 04:12 PM

                          Also, if you are heading toward the airport right up the street from Salem Grill is Maplewood Square. At the lights take a right and right on the right is Maplewood Meat Market which has fab meats. Great marinated turkey and chicken tips. And, at the same lights, if you took a left on your left is a great family breakfast/lunch place called Franny's. Can;t beat the prices. And, across the street from Franny's is a sub shop which the name escapes me but what a selection in there! Just something different for you while in the area. What a fantastic weekend we were blessed with...

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                            macca RE: taxi Jun 18, 2007 05:09 AM

                            My dad used to go to Malewood Meat Market all of the time. Funny, it is not too far from my house, but I never seem to go there. I do like Fishermans Fleet Fish Market in the square- and I have used Fishermans Fleet to order lobster bakes for family in Ohio. When we visit them, I order a lobster bake, and it is delivered the day after we arrive. Always a big hit. Thanks for tip on Franny's.

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                WineTravel RE: mconte69 Jun 12, 2007 09:00 AM

                I'd suggest Olives. Fun atmosphere, excellent chow, perfect for a group like yours. Check Open Table for info and reservations. Short ride from Logan

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                  hoplover RE: WineTravel Jun 12, 2007 12:55 PM

                  Olives is fabulous and one of my favorite restaurants.

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                  emilief RE: mconte69 Jun 13, 2007 05:55 PM

                  i disagree with many on this board. Blue Ginger is wonderful. YOu can take the train from South Station to Wellesley and wlk a couple of blocks to Blue Ginger. If you can go for lunch, so much the better.

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                    Joanie RE: emilief Jun 14, 2007 04:11 AM

                    I've had one great and one okay experience at Blue Ginger but unless the OP has their hearts set on the place, there are so many easier places to do deal with, I wouldn't bother trekking out there for such a short time in town. Meritage, Sel de la Terre, Prezza, No. 9 Park, all a quick T ride.

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                      MeffaBabe RE: Joanie Jun 14, 2007 11:04 AM

                      Jevelli's in East Boston has great Italian food.

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                        macca RE: MeffaBabe Jun 14, 2007 11:11 AM

                        Went to a Christening in Winthrop a few years ago, and the food was from Jevilli's. The food was really good- never been to the restaurant, but for the christening, they had simple Italian- stuffed shells, chicken parm, meatballs, salad, oizza ( the Sicilian type). I also remember I loved the rolls- simple spuckie rolls, but so fresh.

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                          taxi RE: MeffaBabe Jun 17, 2007 04:13 PM

                          Oh, yes. Jevelli's is good. In fact, when President Clinton ate there when he was in Boston during his reign - if that means anything!!!

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                      aventinus RE: mconte69 Jun 17, 2007 04:48 PM

                      The difficulty is that there's nothing fabulous very close to the airport, but once you cross the water you are near a zillion restaurants (you are in downtown Boston). I won't totally discount Santarpio's, but I don't consider it fabulous, and I'd be wary of recommending it to a stranger as a place to take his GF and her mom (you'll be in for a surprise). Blue Ginger is nearly as far away as this board talks about (it's outside T range). So I think a time frame and a bit more on what kind of restaurant you're looking for ("no price range" is hard to work with) would help.

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