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Jul 24, 2007 08:52 PM

Need HELP!!!

I'm leaving for Boston in 6 days, and I am doing all the restaurant planning. So, as usual, I can never make up my mind about where to go. So, I was hoping to get both recommendations, and opinions. There are 3 of us, and we will eat almost anything:) We'd rather not have any Chinese just because we have great Chinese where we live, and eat it often.
Recommendations for:
Great Irish Pub (w/authentic food)

Opinions on:
Pit Stop BBQ
Kingfish Hall
Union Oyster Hall
Daily Catch
Warren Tavern

Are they good, bad, or just okay?

Any help is welcome!

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  1. You can kill two birds with one stone and get an Irish breakfast at The Burren, an Irish pub in Davis Sq., on the red line in Somerville (2 stops out from Harvard Sq.).

    1. Rather than limit you to just those places you listed... with a little more info we can put those places in context and also give you some others / better spots...

      Where are you staying (location or hotel)... type of food for those 6 days (ie. Italian, seafood etc), price point... this board will fix you up.

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      1. re: WineTravel

        We are staying right near Merrimac St. close to the Fleet Center. No Italian and no Asian. (Not picky...we just eat enough of that at home, and want different food). Seafood and Irish are the only two required, everything else is just whatever. Price point is basically cheaper for breakfast and lunch and more expensive for dinners. We're only there for 3 days (we're leaving in less than a week, which is why I really need help!!). We will basically try anything and go anywhere that the T can take us. Oh, and the seafood place needs to have amazing clam of my travel partners is dying for the real thing:) Thanks so much for any help!!

        1. re: milkyway4679


          I'd recommend Durgin Park at Quincy Market. You can get food there that you won't find at home, like their Indian Pudding. You can also get very good clam chowder, fried clams, baked Schrod and fried Fisherman's platter. They also have Yankee Pot Roast, Boiled Dinner as well. It's also got lots of old Boston atmosphere.

          1. re: milkyway4679

            People say the Banshee is kind of a dive, have only walked by. Kinsale is close to your hotel, I think people say they do an Irish breakfast. The Durgin Park rec is a good one. Warren Tavern is old and I guess has decent pub food, still have never gone. I'm surprised no one has told you to only get freshly shucked oysters at the bar of the Union Oyster house. You could take the blue line to Revere Beach and get your seafood at Kelly's. A short walk from the hotel will get you to Neptune Oyster for higher class seafood and the Daily Catch is the next street over for a completely different atmosphere. I think Kingfish is okay but haven't been there in a long time. Pit Stop BBQ isn't so T friendly I don't think. Redbones in Davis Sq. on the red line gets some bad marks but it's a fun place and if you like beer, they've got em.

            1. re: milkyway4679

              Where are you coming from?

              While you say no Italian, you are very close to Pizzeria Regina in the North End. Excellent pizza, just don't get too many toppings and many order the pizza well done for a little extra char on the crust. Broken record, out.

              1. re: Dax

                Coming from the other side of New we have awesome pizza and Italian, and excellent Chinese food.

          2. For "Irish", go to Matt Murphy's in Brookline.

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            1. re: Alcachofa

              I'll second Matt Murphy's for their food.

              As for Kingfish Hall, if you're heading to the Faneuil Hall area for seafood, I'd actually go to McCormack & Schmick's over Kingfish - it's a chain, but I've found their seafood to be really well prepared and very fresh. There was more variety there, too.

              1. re: Alcachofa

                I think Matt Murphy's has gone downhill recently. Still love the fish and chips, but the other things haven't been that great when I've sampled them recently.

              2. For Irish pubs in downtown Boston, I like Emmets, Kinsale, Hennesey's and the Green Dragon. The Banshee has more of a reputation for Guiness and possibly fish and chips. It's also in Dorchester, which may or may not be convenient for you. Kingfish Hall has a nice atmosphere and the seafood is good, but it's right in Faneuil Hall along with all the crowds. I would prefer Neptune Oyster on Salem St. in the North End. Daily Catch has it's followers, but I find it too close and warm in the summer. Union Oyster House is a tourist trap, but if you must go, then go to the raw bar.

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                1. re: Pegmeister

                  I'm not crazy about the food at Emmets, but I like the atmosphere and the location. I've had some good meals at the Kinsale, and think the atmosphere is pretty nice there, too. I also like Kitty O'Shea's in the Financial District for food and drink, plus they have good entertainment every now and then.

                  If you have time to travel a bit outside of Boston, I'd consider heading to Jamaica Plain and trying James's Gate. That's probably one of my top 2 or 3 Irish pubs to go to in the Boston area. The Druid in Inman Square, Cambridge, also has some good food and is an authentic, no-frills type of place. Their burgers and steak tips are excellent, IMO.

                  1. re: Pegmeister

                    I think, foodwise, Emmets, Kinsale, Hennesey's and the Green Dragon are not in the least Irish, except maybe for a token shepherd's pie, or some such stuff. Also, food is mediocre, with Kinsale rising to "kinda decent for certain things." I have been meaning to try Kitty O'Shea's, probably based on hidden's previous posts, but everytime I look in, it just seems so "meh".

                    Warren Tavern: go for a beer and atmosphere, not food.

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      For good Irish pub food, I also would go to Matt Murphy's (not too long a haul on the T), though it's not as cozy since they redecorated. For cozy pubby atmosphere, James' Gate in JP or the Plough and Stars in Cambridge (where I shockingly haven't been since they reopened--I hear the food is good too, but not especially Irish). (It's a little more convenient to the T than the Druid.) I would not go to the Kinsale really for any reason other than to watch the World Series ...

                  2. Of the six places you listed I'd go with Daily Catch (but only the one in the North End, and note it's an Italian place) and maybe Kingfish Hall (though I prefer Neptune Oyster, which is also in the North End and isn't Italian).

                    Union Oyster House is lousy except for raw oysters and beer at the bar. Warren Tavern is mainly just lousy, though the atmosphere is kind of old-time attractive. Pit Stop BBQ will be very tough to get to from where you are, isn't at all conducive to eating in, and may now even be closed (saw a report here a while ago about a "For Sale" sign there); I'd avoid it. Haven't been to Banshee.

                    I'd second most of the suggestions you're getting thus far, though note that not much of the food is going to be authentically Irish anywhere outside of the heart-attack special breakfasts. For a non-Irish breakfast, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in the South End is a good choice.