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Birthday Dinner for a Foodie in Boston

JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 07:39 AM

I am in a predicament. I am trying to figure out where to take my bif for his B-Day Dinner. We live in Boston and eat out a lot, so I am thinking some place new, but trustworthy. We have not been to Boston Public Meat, but I cannot think of much else and am kind of bored by the steakhouse option. We both love eating at restaurants that utilize very fresh, local produce, and of course a well executed meal is key. Any suggestions? I would drive an hour or so outside of Boston as well.

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    Blumie RE: JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 08:24 AM

    That's not much to go on! Rialto comes to mind in terms of places that use fresh, local ingredients. Hammersley's Bistro is another one.

    If you're willing to go "an hour or so" outside of Boston and have the budget, consider a night at a place like the White Barn Inn, in Kennebunkport, Maine, which is a beautiful inn with a spectacular restaurant, or, further afield, the Pitcher Inn in Warrent, Vermont.

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      Bostonbob3 RE: JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 08:31 AM

      Have you been to Salts?

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        JFBoston RE: JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 08:43 AM

        I know it isn't much to go on, but we've been to most notable restaurants in Boston. We went to WBI last year for his b-day and sat next to Barb and George Bush..quite a night. I will look into the Pitcher Inn. And no, I have never been to Salts. I will look into that as well.

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          Blumie RE: JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 08:53 AM

          Pitcher Inn is spectacular, with a great dining room. (Ari, the GM, is a great guy, too.) You don't need to (but you should!) stay at the inn to have dinner there, but you do need to stay at the inn if you want to enjoy their incredible breakfasts (including the best blueberry pancakes I ever have had). It's definitely WBI quality, although less Yankee formal and more Vermont casual; I like the rooms at the WBI better, but I like the overall experience at the Pitcher Inn better.

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            JFBoston RE: Blumie Jun 28, 2007 09:01 AM

            Warren, VT is a bit too far. Salts looks good, we don't venture to Cambridge enough.

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          Bluebell RE: JFBoston Jun 28, 2007 09:55 AM

          Not so new, but have you done the tasting menu at EVOO in Somerville? They are big on local produce.

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            Dax RE: Bluebell Jun 28, 2007 10:00 AM

            My thoughts too, plus with wine, it's a steal at $75/pp. Save money for cab fare if you get the wine.

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