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Gratin Oct 9, 2007 04:51 AM

Where to take our daughter and her friends? I like the idea of the Barking Crag. Any ideas out there?

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    KBus Oct 16, 2007 02:57 PM

    We'll be there for BU's family weekend, too. I have a Junior, and have learned the hard way about dinners in Boston on that weekend. If you want a really nice place, make reservations NOW, you'll probably only get really early or late availability. Sorry to sound like such a downer, however...there are a lot of fun spots you can probably get in without a problem, like Joe's or Charlie's, not gourmet, but a fun atmosphere and the students always seem to like it. Also, easy on the wallet, especially if you've got a crowd. Have fun!

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      Gratin Oct 16, 2007 08:12 AM

      We ended up at the Barking Crab, and had a blast. The food was fine for the setting, and what's more fun than cracking crab claws with a rock? BBhound, I did get coffee and bakery from Sel de la Terre and lookforward to having dinner there! Thanks for the tip!

      1. rubysdad Oct 10, 2007 08:11 AM

        Near BU, Victoria Seafood (a Chinese restaurant) on Comm ave at or just beyond the the western end of campus is consistently good. Try the pea pod leaves with crab, or the house double lobster special.

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          Gratin Oct 9, 2007 08:20 AM

          We're staying at the Boston Harbor Hotel. I really like Meritage, but want something more fun, less formal and less expensive for the kids. I don't know how many friends she'll end up bringing so won't be able to make a reservation. Good point about the ALCS-Go Red Sox!!! Glad you all saw through my early morning typo, and thanks for your thoughts!

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            BBHound Oct 9, 2007 10:12 AM

            The North End makes the most sense. Bachslunch has a great current thread on his personal favorites there.

            By all means stay away from the Kenmore/Fenway area.

            If the North End is not what you like, try Sel de la Terre. Close to your hotel and very good food.

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            255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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            lergnom Oct 9, 2007 08:03 AM

            If you're talking about BU's parent weekend - meaning this coming weekend - then you might want to consider going somewhere around Kenmore because the ALCS will be happening at Fenway and the area will be jumping. I'd consider Eastern Standard or Petit Robert - and see if you can get a reservation or plan on going just after the game starts. Both are right in Kenmore and are college student / parent friendly.

            Barking Crab is outdoors and I think the weather this weekend is supposed to be kind of yucky. It's also not really near much else for walking unless you're staying at the Boston Harbor Hotel or the Intercontinental (or I suppose the Federal Reserve).

            Otherwise, I'd take them to the North End. Most college students don't take advantage of the N. End, especially a nice place for dinner. You can then get cannoli at Mike's, Maria's or Modern, and do the whole N. End experience. There are so many recs for the N. End on this board that it's easy to get advice.

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              lissy Oct 9, 2007 10:01 AM

              Fenway/Kenmore will be more than hopping this weekend with the ALCS here. I was at ESK on Saturday and was told by someone who works there that they literally had a line out the door on Friday starting at 6PM. People with reservations could come in but go directly to their table as they were already 5 deep at the bar. For me, that means stay away from Kenmore this weekend, but if that's what you're looking for then go for it!

            2. DavisSquare Oct 9, 2007 06:19 AM

              Parents' weekend for which college/university? There are lots of them in Boston (parents and colleges) and if you want to eat close to campus, the choices will vary enormously. Also, how many friends and what price range are you looking for. What kind of food or atmosphere are you after? Is it seafood or a great view/location that attracts you to the Barking Crab? While I've never been, you'll find precious little love for the Barking Crab on this board. Give us a bit more to go on, and we'll try to steer you right.

              1. Spiritchaser Oct 9, 2007 05:04 AM

                Not sure now much you want to spend or what type of food you would like. I'm not a big fan of the Barking Crab but a lot of people like it. I think Island Hopper is a great place, you may want to check that out.

                Maggiano's is a very good place for very good Italian family style food and then you could shoot over to Finale for dessert.

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                  Blumie Oct 9, 2007 07:33 AM

                  Maggiano's is awful. Finale is fair. In both cases the OP can do much, much better.

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