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where would you break a 36-hour fast?

i'm in the last throes of a 36-hour clear-liquid-only fast leading up to a non-surgical procedure this afternoon. for the past day and a half, i've been subsisting only on water and gatorade--more gatorade than any human should have to endure.

if you were in my shoes, where would you go tonight to celebrate the end of this torture?

the only two requirements:

1) bar dining, as i'll be eating solo
2) preferably somewhere in the larger downtown area (south end, copley, park st) - that is, no cambridge recs, please

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  1. Oh dear. What can your stomach handle right now? Do you want heavy or light? I used to break fasts with Indian, but that stopped working for me. Here's a mixture of all.

    I like the bars at:
    KO Prime
    The Good Life
    Les Zygomats

    1. Add the bars at No. 9 Park and Eastern Standard to that list.

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      1. re: BBHound

        My spot would be No. 9 Park as well. Their mashed potatoes alone would be enough for me after a fast.

        Also, Italian food might be a good idea. Not sure if you want to head towards the North End but there are some good, filling options there. I wouldn't mind eating at Il Panino after a long fast. Not sure if they have a bar to sit at but you certainly can dine alone there with a book or newspaper.

        1. re: BBHound

          Eastern Standard was my choice when I faced a similar situation. Very happy with it.

        2. my stomach ought to be able to handle anything, so don't worry about dietary restrictions. i guess my question is: if you hadn't eaten in a day and a half, what would you REALLY crave? steakhouse fare? pasta? some good fried rice?

          thanks for the recs so far!

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          1. re: coookie

            When I have been through that sort of routine, the best stuff is comfort food. Nothing fancy, just the basic stuff. Everyone has a different ideal in this regard but I would probably go with pasta.

            1. re: BBHound

              I would go w/pasta too.
              Maybe the mac & cheese at the Silvertone bar? With a side salad?
              Or....what about the gnocchi at Antico Forno. Hearty, served bubbling in a terracota dish.
              I think both of these dishes are comforting & satisfying but not too rich or heavy...that's probably what I'd go for.

              1. re: BBHound

                I agree with the comfort food. We Jewish people tend to break Yom Kippur fasts with "breakfast type things" like bagels, lox, kugel (noodle pudding), etc. for the reason the fried chicken poster alludes to below. To me, nothing screams comfort food more than mashed potatoes, so I would go someplace with a decent steak or roast chicken and mashed potatoes. While it may be true that your stomach can handle anything, you might regret pushing it. Otherwise, I think a place that serves breakfast all day could be good too- an omelette and toast type meal could hit the spot. Good luck with your procedure.

            2. In college, I fasted for 14 days on nothing but water.

              I broke the fast with cafeteria fried chicken.

              Big, big mistake.

              How about the bar at Pigalle?

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              1. I'd go for soup dumplings at Wing's in Chinatown. I went solo and was treated very graciously.

                1. i would do sushi. even if you're physically fine, a heavy meal laden with fat and butter wouldn't be my way to go. douzo or samurai would call to me.

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                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    Sushi would be my choice too, but I'm surprised by the Samurai rec. My recs would have been Douzo or Sakurabana. Btw, I assume you mean the Samurai in the old Gyuhama space?

                    Hotoy, how do you rate Sakurabana or Douzo versus Samurai? I'm consistently impressed by the freshness of the fish at Sakurabana.

                    At Sakurabana, I'd recommend against any of the sushi combo plates such as sushi fave, sushi/sashimi combo, sushi love, etc. But to me, their rolls with fresh fish (such as the rainbow roll), the sashimi combo plates, and the a la carte sashimi items are amongst the best in Boston. My only quibble might be that the pieces can be on the large side.

                  2. Let us know what you did. After having four wisdom teeth pulled at once and having days of pudding followed by a a few days on a welcome respite of baby food, I feel your pain. I ended up at Radius, had a great meal.

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                    1. re: sailormouth

                      i ended up with the spaghetti bolognese at silvertone to break the fast last night. i don't think that dish gets that much press here (i always read about the mac and cheese instead), but it's hands down my go-to non-fussy bolognese in boston.

                      tonight: steak frites!