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Jul 10, 2007 06:25 AM

Ideas for healthy Back Bay/Downtown takeout to take to the Hatch Shell?

Thinking about going to the outdoor concert Wed. night on the Hatch Shell, what would be some good takeout to get?

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  1. Hi,

    There's a Whole Foods Market at the Charles River Plaza, just a few blocks from the Hatch. You can get some great, healthy takeout food from there.

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    1. re: mwk

      I really like that WF location - so many more options than other stores.

      A bit more of a walk, but I'd go to Mei Sum in Chinatown and get a variety of bahn mi to share. As long as you're not carb-averse, they are pretty healthy. You could add in a shredded cabbage & poached shrimp salad, or fresh rolls from Xinh Xinh across the street. Any of the bun dishes would travel well, too.

    2. I believe Chacarero closes at 6. The Chilean sandwiches are by no means diet food, but they always taste solidly nutritious.

      Sultan's Kitchen purveys some very tasty Turkish cuisine, which tends to be reasonably healthy.

      Knowfat and b.good each tend to aim more for low-cal/low-fat/low-carb than great taste, but they post all their nutritional info, so at very least you know what you're ingesting.

      26 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

      Sultan's Kitchen
      116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

      B Good
      131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: finlero

        Chacarero actually closes at 7, but you can't show up at 6:55 and expect a sandwich. (Unfortunately I've learned this from experience!)

      2. This may be further away than you want to venture, but the South End Formaggio is a fun place to stock up for a picnic. You can choose your own produce and get a little bread and cheese or deli meat. Also in the South End: Flour Bakery. They'll turn any of their sandwiches into salads, if you're low-carbing or just want more greens.

        1. What about one of the places on Charles St. like Artu or Panificio? That would just be a short walk?

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          1. re: AnnieP

            The salads at Panificio are outstanding and would be my first choice for a healthy alternative in the area of the Hatch Shell. Artu has had its ups and downs in my book. My favorite offering from Artu (the lamb panini) is not exactly health food.

          2. DeLuca's, which is on both Charles St and Newbury, makes good to go sandwiches. The Charles St location has more class but the sandwiches are about the same at either.

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            1. re: lergnom

              Really? I've been a little worried that the board of health keeps shutting down DeLuca's every couple of months. That combined with the sight of rotting produce on the stand has made me very leery of getting anything involving meat or cheese at that place and mostly relied on the place for wine, port and sherry only.