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Oct 2, 2007 08:05 AM

Downtown Boston This Weekend

My family and I will be staying downtown at the Westin this weekend. I am looking for some good places to eat where I can bring the kids and still have a really good meal. They are 3 and 5. Also any good activites anyone can recommend.



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  1. Are you staying at the Westin Copley Place or the Westin Boston Waterfront?

    Unfortunately, neither is located directly in a prime chow zone, but since Boston is so geographically small, you'll still be within a short cab ride of some good, kid-friendly choices.

    To get the ball rolling, if you're in Copley Place, you might try the Parish Cafe, located near the public garden. The core of their menu is an assortment of sandwiches created by various local chefs. They also have a fairly nice patio if you can score a table. Depending on your kids' tastes, most of the restaurants in Chinatown would work well too; a board search should give you a number of good ideas.

    If you're at the Waterfront, I'd recommend heading into the North End for both the great Italian atmosphere and the great Italian food. Again, a board search will yield dozens of reasonable ideas, but a few particularly kid-friendly/chow-friendly choices: Antico Forno for baked pastas and Neapolitan-style pizzas, Caffe Vittoria for a bustling Italian caffe experience and good desserts, Pizzeria Regina for some of Boston's better pizza. In the Waterfront area itself, Flour is a pretty good bakery cafe, and a solid choice for breakfast and lunch.

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    1. If your at the Waterfront Westin, the kids might get a kick out of the Barkin' Crab. They do reasonable seafood, with iutdoor style seating on big picnic benches.

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      1. re: mick_t

        I wouldn't recommend Barking Crab, though a few folks here seem to like it.

          1. re: rog2867

            I would first probably say that you should avoid La Famiglia Giorgio and Rustic Kitchen at all costs. You want to enjoy a nice meal. That being said, I'm sure that Artu would be comfortable and accomodating for children as would BrasserieJo, although the menu choices are better at Artus.
            I would also add Antico Forno to the list. Whenever, I've been to Antico Forno, and I'm there at least once a week, I've seen children enjoying their pasta or pizza. Also, it's casual and the food is terrific. Try the chicken parm or the butternut squash raviolis, which are apt to be a special this time of year.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              great thanks, we are going to check out antico forno one night and brasseriejo the other. The rest we'll probably just pop in for lunch where we feel comfortable.

              thanks for all your help!!!!

              1. re: rog2867

                Maggiano. You may see some people bash it but i think it's a great place for a nice family dinner where everyone will be happy.

                I love Island Hopper but depending on the time you can get a big college crowd. Would probably work well for lunch and if you stay on Commonwealth it's a nice walk from the Commons.

                Beer Works is okay but personally I don't think it works for families with little ones.

              2. re: Pegmeister

                Antico Forno had a pumpkin rav on the specials board last night when I walked by.

                Kids might get a kick out of the open oven??..not that i'm an expert on kids..:)

              3. re: rog2867

                Just a quick note on Scollay Square... I've seen young kids there before, but the only food I've seen them eating is Mac n Cheese and French Fries... I don't think there's a huge kids menu. Though the Mac N Cheese is great (especially with Lobster!).