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Sep 7, 2007 05:59 PM

Lunch Tomorrow

Someone's taking our kids for the day tomorrow Saturday 9/8. Where should we go to lunch? We never get out for lunch!

- Boston proper (Downtown, North End, South End, etc.)
- One non-meat eater (fish and eggs/dairy ok)
- $30 or so (or less) each


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  1. I would recommend Xinh Xinh in Chinatown if you are up for Vietnamese. There is plenty to choose from for both meat eaters and non-meat eaters. My bill is usually no more than $25 when I dine there with my SO and we order 1 or 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and sometimes we will order a shake to share.

    1. I was thinking someplace romantic - yes - for lunch. Don't laugh. Then a little walk around and an afternoon cocktail before heading back to hearth and home. I'm still thinking.

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      1. re: Gio

        I'd go to Neptune Oyster in the North End for lunch. Entrees would be less than $30, but of course all depends on wine, raw bar choices, etc. After lunch, you could pick up dessert at Modern Pastry and take it over to Christopher Columbus Park on the waterfront for a little picnic. The Boston Arts festival is happening there tomorrow--some performances and some booths of arts/crafts. It's small but fun to walk through. After that, if you still have your freedom, you could grab a drink somewhere by the harbor.

          1. re: DavisSquare

            I third Neptune - my first thought for a "date lunch"... that's where I would want to go. Enjoy a leisurely lunch (starting off with one of Neptune's Bellinis), stroll around, and enjoy the day, being able to check out some of the great little shops in the North End ...(food-wise, some homemade sausages at D&R, candies, nuts, and sundries across the street at Dairy Fresh, gifts at "Shake the Tree", produce at the shop on the corner I always forget (figs right now), and finish up with picking up some nice wine, limocello, and/or giftware at Cirace on North Street. And we just walked through Christopher Columbus Park all set up for the art festival tomorrow - looks like it's going to be a beautiful day, and a great idea from the 'Hounds above......

            Though, Sel de la Terre is a great idea from finlero, as are sandwiches to enjoy in the park from Volle Nolle as Limster mentions.

            And - if you were in the mood for Chinatown, I love Xinh Xinh too as Johnresa mentions ... wow - you can't lose with these 'hounds!

            1. re: Rubee

              Oops, forgot links:

              Neptune Oyster
              63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

              Xinh Xinh
              7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              Dairy Fresh Candies
              57 Salem St, Boston, MA 02129

              V Cirace & Son International
              173 North St, Boston, MA 02113

              Shake the Tree
              95 Salem St, Boston, MA 02129

        1. You might check out Sel de la Terre for casual, but refined country French.

          Technically "brunch" on weekends, but have a look at their online menu; nearly everything is savory. Plenty of options for a vegetarian, and entrees are all fixed at $15.

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          1. re: finlero

            Sel de la Terre it was, and mighty tasty too. She had breakfast, brioche french toast, and I had lunch, salade ni├žoise and rosemary fries. The crust on the tuna, with caraway cumin and some other stuff matched with a well dressed salad and a nice beer (Alagash white) was delicious. Along with a nice cheese plate (as an appetizer, not at dessert time, but still good), and an outdoor table with fine tourist watching, it was a most enjoyable meal.

            Thanks all for the recommendations. Our regular evening babysitters may be switching to weekend daytimes so have no fear, the other recs will be checked out in good time.

            1. re: DavisSquare

              Glad you had such an enjoyable meal and outing. I forget about Sel de la Terre for lunch and its patio. Now I'll have to try it. Curious if anyone has tried their Weds wine tastings/pairings.

          2. Sandwiches at Volle Nolle in the North End.