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In Boston for 4 days; going big

stromboli Sep 26, 2007 05:48 PM

I am going to be in boston for 4 days going very big on food, and need some advice on places to dine. Places I have on order: No 9 Park, Clio, Sage, Via Matta, Radius, K.O. Prime, and L'Espalier. Am I missing anything?? All advice appreciated along with a critique of what i have in the queue.

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    csammy RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 05:54 PM

    Take out Radius and Via Matta and add Troquet and Pigalle.

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      bachslunch RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 06:09 PM

      The places you've got listed are among the fanciest, most expensive, and best restaurants in Boston. I'll heartily endorse L'Espalier, No. 9 Park, and Clio and along these fancy-dan lines also suggest Aujourd'hui, Icarus, Mistral, and Pigalle. I enjoyed the food at Radius when I went, but some on this board are less taken with it. Via Matta is certainly excellent if maybe not quite in this league. Thought Sage was very good in its old North End incarnation, but haven't been since it moved to the South End -- it gets generally good reports here. K.O. Prime has attracted minimal love around here; I've never been -- if you want a steak place in Boston proper and want to avoid a chain (which isn't a bad idea), I'd suggest The Oak Room or Grill 23.

      I assume price is no object for you, because that's the best way to describe most of these spots.

      1. sailormouth RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 07:48 PM

        I'd drop Via Matta and sub in Troquet. That said, I have not been to KO Prime or Sage.

        While I'm not saying this because I'm jealous of all the food your gluttonous self will be devouring in four days (and I am), your list is very heavy and it may be a good idea to put a sushi dinner in there somewhere, perhaps O Ya or Uni? I say that, but probably wouldn't do it myself. Bring on the foie and lard.

        1. Beach Chick RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 08:13 PM

          Having drinks and app's at Locke-Ober was one of the highlights of Boston.
          Great cocktails and the (2) Jumbo Shrimp, Panko Crusted and Stuffed with Bleu Cheese for $2.99..one of the best deals in town!
          Super Old School..love love this place.


          1. coookie RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 09:37 PM

            You should include O Ya.

            And probably sell a kidney.

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              pollystyrene RE: stromboli Sep 26, 2007 10:39 PM

              Yes, you're missing the North End! I would also exclude Radius and replace it with either Prezza or Mamma Maria.

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                Joanie RE: pollystyrene Sep 27, 2007 04:13 AM

                That's a great idea about getting a North End restaurant in there. Some might say Hamersley's Bistro should be your south end restaurant, but I'd definitely hit that other neighborhood dining destination. Via Matta is a fun scene if you want that for a nite instead of all that "refined" dining. L'Espalier is a relative deal at lunch if you're squeezing in so much in 4 days. You might want to go over to Cambridge for Oleana (which everyone loves, I've only been once ages ago), Rendezvous or the Blue Room. All are more casual (and less $$) than your list but nice.

              2. NiKoLe1625 RE: stromboli Sep 27, 2007 04:18 AM

                I would add Mistral to this list. However, No 9 Park and Clio are FANTASTIC! KO Prime is a great new restaurant. Definitely another gem by Ken Oringer

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