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One night in Boston

Restaurant wanted: Two foodies from California desperately seeking locals to help us choose the right restaurant for Sunday night (yes, tomorow). We've been through the postings here and on TripAdvisor and though we love the sound of the menus and service at Clio, L'Espalier, No.9, Radius, Mistral, Sorellina -- we want something more moderately priced, not stuffy, great friendly service, consistent gourmet-innovative food, intimate, with a local vibe. Somewhere you'd go for a nice evening and knew you wouldn't be disappointed.

We're staying at the CharlesMark hotel but are up for a walk or T-ride.

ps We'd love a breakfast or lunch recommendation for Monday, too.

Thanks!

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  1. You're right in Copley Square - hop on the #39 bus to Jamaica Plain and go to Ten Tables.

    1. You might enjoy Oleanna (on Hampshire in Cambridge). The outside patio, on a warm night, will be lovely.

      1. I have to admit that your dinner preferences may be somewhat contradictory in the Boston dining scene. Ten Tables would be great, but it would help to call ahead. Even so, they did make an error in our most recent reservation that forced us to dine elsewhere, though they were extremely gracious about the whole thing.

        Breakfast: May I suggest Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe (429 Columbus Ave)? It's a Boston classic. Won a James Beard award. Walking distance from your hotel. Nothing fancy at all, imagine a greasy spoon diner at the nearly superlative level.

        Lunch: Parish Cafe (361 Boylston St). Also walking distance. Sandwiches devised by many of Boston's most famous chefs. Lots of fun.

        Young-Ho

        1. I'd walk to the South End and go to The Butcher Shop for wine and cheese, then to B&G Oyster for dinner.

          1. Few of the places on your list would qualify as "moderately priced" and some would even count as "stuffy". Sounds like you might be looking for a place like the Franklin Cafe, which has wonderful food and bar, good atmosphere, and is much more relaxed than those places. B&G or Neptune Oyster are both good recommendations in this category. Ten Tables and Oleana (also recommended below) would be excellent choices as well. I'm a fan of Evoo in Cambridge for its creative cuisine and friendly atmosphere - a bit of a walk from the T though.