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Good Boston restaurants for Breakfast & Dinner?

merryag Oct 30, 2007 10:59 AM

My husband and I are traveling from Dallas to Boston for the first time in mid-November for 5 days. We are looking for a bunch of neat (not to touristy) places to eat. We are staying at the Hyatt Regency Downtown @ 1 Ave de Lafayette.

We are looking for some restaurants that are Boston authentic that are: Italian (Pizza), Seafood, & a great steak place $$$ ( i heard Grill 23 is good but that came from another tourist). We really aren't into the eclectic, sushi, ethiopian thing.

We also need some ideas for breakfast. We don't want to do the riduculously over-priced, bland continental breakfast at the hotel, but we are looking for something close by.

Fianlly, we are going to the Springsteen concert on Sunday night at the Garden and need to find a good place to eat beforehand.

THANKS in advance for all of your suggestions and ideas!

  1. finlero Oct 30, 2007 12:14 PM

    Hi there and welcome.

    Pizza - the very Italian North End neighborhood is likely your best bet. The original Pizzeria Regina is great for a more American style of pizza, and Antico Forno does a nice job with Neapolitan-style.

    Seafood - East Coast Grill in Inman Square is a little overpriced, but the fish is of terrific quality, and the whole place is a load of fun. Lots of local color.

    Steak - if you're from Dallas, I'd honestly suggest you skip it up here, but if you must... Grill 23 is fine. KO Prime is a more modern take on a steakhouse, with classic hunks of beef as well as some more interesting offerings like a charcuterie plate and marrow.

    Breakfast - you might want to walk over the bridge from downtown to the Fort Point area and check out Flour, a good bakery cafe in a cool, urban space. Should be about a 15 minute walk from the Hyatt.

    The Garden is right next to the North End, so that might be a good night for pizza.

    4 Replies
    1. re: finlero
      merryag Oct 30, 2007 01:38 PM

      Thanks Finlero. I really appreciate your suggestions. I think we may skip the steakhouse and do pizza on the North End before the concert!

      1. re: finlero
        bachslunch Oct 30, 2007 03:09 PM

        I'll second finlero's excellent advice. Other good seafood places to consider (both on the Orange Line, whose Downtown Crossing stop you're very close to) would be Neptune Oyster in the North End (Haymarket stop) and B&G Oysters in the South End (Back Bay and then a modest walk). You might also consider an old fashioned sit down diner style breakfast at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, also not far from the Back Bay stop.

        You're also about two blocks walk from Chinatown, which has several options, including dim sum. A board search here should produce results if that's of interest.

        1. re: bachslunch
          teezeetoo Oct 30, 2007 03:58 PM

          If you want an italian sit down dinner before concert, Osteria Rustico is on Canal, by the north station stop, about 1 block from the garden. Good, local, inexpensive and authentic italian.

          1. re: teezeetoo
            teezeetoo Oct 30, 2007 04:04 PM

            and i forgot the breakfast - i think South Street Diner is still open - on south street, not a big walk from your hotel

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