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Solo woman diner in Copley Square/South End

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thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 11:02 AM

I'm going to be a solo woman diner in the Copley Square-South end area. I would love to get some recomendations for places I could eat at the bar without feeling too out of place, thanks

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  1. lissy RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 11:31 AM

    I often dine solo at Douzo for sushi. I either sit at the bar or the sushi bar. Another spot is the bar at B&G Oysters for a great oyster selection and a yummy lobster roll.

    1. Joanie RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 11:34 AM

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/311883?query=solo

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33458...

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        hefood RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 11:35 AM

        I have recommended this before, but Coda on Columbus Ave is a nice intimate place with a great bar. I have eaten there alone a few times. I also Like Domani which is on Exeter and Huntington. Big bar, easy to fade into the wood work, and the food is excellent , but much more expensive, The other place I like when Dining alone is the Globe Cafe on Boylston. Reasonably priced, decent food, nice Bar area, or if you want some pub grub try Flash's on Columbus. Bar is in center and it is easy to sit on your own there.

        If you do decide to go to Coda, see if the bartender Blair is there, he is great to talk to at the bar.

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          BostonBarGuy RE: hefood Jun 25, 2007 07:20 PM

          Went to Coda tonight. Second time in a week that they ran out of the bread that goes with the mussels. Tried the mac and cheese, loose, very average, served with rubbery portabello mushrooms. I'll keep trying this good-looking neighborhood space.

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          chowfamily RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 11:56 AM

          Let this board know your food preferences and you will no doubt get excellent recommendations. Finding a place at the 'bar' has lead me to some great chow.

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            thirstytraveller RE: chowfamily Jun 25, 2007 12:00 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. My food preferences are quite broad—seafood, ethnic options, interesting American, comfort. I would love to pair dinner with great wine and dessert options too.

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              chowfamily RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 04:18 PM

              My current favorites include Neptune Oysters. It is very comfortable, but best in the off-hours because it is so popular. It would involve a subway ride, but worth a detour for the quality of the seafood. Dessert, coffee and drinks are all available in a comfortable stroll about the North End.

              While you are here you should check out Chinatown as well. Again, there is great advice on this board.

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            lparis RE: thirstytraveller Jun 25, 2007 12:16 PM

            I just had dinner at the bar (I was a solo female business traveller) at Bouchee--159 Newbury St.
            The food was good and the place nice--I was not at all uncomfortable

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              Rabbit RE: lparis Jun 25, 2007 12:31 PM

              I was in Boston last week and also ended up at Bouchee. Bartender was friendly and attentive, and food was good with some decent wine options. Feedback on the board is mixed, but I really liked this spot.

              I've also been Eastern Standard, and would be comfortable returning by myself (I had in fact intended to last week, but ran short of time).

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                C. Hamster RE: Rabbit Jun 25, 2007 01:33 PM

                Several of us single women have been totally ignored at the bar at Bouchee, including moi. Plus IMO the food is horrible. If French Bistro is your type of thing, I recommend the bar at Brasserie Jo instead. Attentive bartender, much better food.

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                  gini RE: C. Hamster Jun 25, 2007 01:36 PM

                  I've always been ignored at the Brasserie Jo bar. Stopped going there cause the bar stools don't have backs. The service in the dining room is top notch though.

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                  aventinus RE: Rabbit Jun 25, 2007 08:09 PM

                  I'm not a woman, and I'm not sure why it matters, but Eastern Standard offers some of the best bar dining I've had. Strangely the food seemed to go downhill the one (recent) time I ate with others at a table.

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                    tatamagouche RE: aventinus Jun 26, 2007 05:42 AM

                    It shouldn't matter. That's the problem.

              2. hotoynoodle RE: thirstytraveller Jun 26, 2007 04:51 AM

                i frequently dine alone and prefer to eat at the bar. my regular haunts in that neighborhood include douzo, bouchee, hammersley's, sage, parrish cafe, brasserie jo, legal seafoods for wine, oysters and bluefish pate (only). eastern standard is an easy walk, but forget about it if the sox are home. petit robert in the south end has a bar, but i've yet to get there.

                sorry, but the globe is crappy bar food.

                i had lunch at b&g once. an oyster po' boy the size of an amuse bouche (3 fried oysters on a small dinner roll) with a sliver of pickle and no side, + 2 glasses of wine cost me $50 before tip. i will never go back.

                boston has plenty of business travelers dining alone, so please don't feel out of place wherever you go!

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                  heWho RE: thirstytraveller Jun 26, 2007 08:20 AM

                  When I think of dining alone I think of casual dining and bar dining. It sounds like a lot of bar options have been given, so my suggestion would be casual. I often see diners eating along at Garden of Eden's patio. It's right on Tremont street which makes for great people watching and the restaurant could not be more casual. They have a reasonable (though modest) wine list, but it fits the bill. I had the Coq au Vin there a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised with my meal. The stew was served over excellent mashed potatoes, the portion was generous (I ate the remainder for lunch the next day), and at $15 it's a steal.

                  Enjoy your stay in Boston, as was previously mentioned, there are lots of solo-diners in the city!

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                    BostonBarGuy RE: thirstytraveller Jun 26, 2007 09:13 AM

                    - Sorellina
                    - Union
                    - Metropolis
                    - Butcher Shop
                    - B & G Oyster
                    - Toro
                    - Uni/Clio

                    You'll be comfortable at all of these places as a solo female diner. All are easy walking distance. The only place you may need to have your guard up is Sorellina where "no thank you" means "keep trying" to some of the locals.... Please let me know if you want specifics on any of these places after you've researched them on these boards and looked at their websites. Also, please let us know where you ended up and how your evening(s) went. Enjoy.

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                      Mr Rabbit RE: BostonBarGuy Jun 26, 2007 06:12 PM

                      Hmm. Sorellina sounds like the new Sonsie...

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