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Jan 13, 2008 07:39 PM

Peabody institute

Will be in the area of the Peabody Institute. I don't know what the area is called but its around the 600 block of Charles Street. We have access to a car but it will probably be easier to walk. I welcome any suggestions within walking distance or not too far by car.

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  1. The area is called Mount Vernon.

    1. There's actually a decent abundance of great places to eat in Mt. Vernon. Some very immediate in-walking distance places to Peabody include off the top of my head: My Thai (Thai), The Helmand (Afghani), Akbar (Indian), Sascha's (American/Contemporary-esque), Brass Elephant (contemporary), Tio Pepe's (Spanish), and George's. But there's lots lots more.

      It would helps us if you could give a little more description as to what your looking for: Lunch/Dinner? Bar/Hole-in-the-wall/Fine Dining? How many days? What kind of atmosphere are you looking for? Price range? Etc.

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      1. re: Wangus

        Second my vote for My Thai which is really close to the Peabody. Definitely head there if you are in the mood for Thai.

        The Helmand is a must as well if you are up for Afghani food - the pumpkin appetizer is incredible. If you are in the mood for Italian, Sotto Sopra is really close by as well. Whatever you do, avoid Donna's. That place has been nothing but over hyped and disappointing lately.

        If you are in the mood for sushi, check out Minato on Charles Street. Very good!

      2. For something more casual, Iggies on Calvert is good. I LOVE The Helmand and would consider it a must try in the area (only open for dinner). Brewers Art is a bit further up (but still an easy walk) and has a bar area with bar food (the french fries are great) and a more upscale dining area depending on your preference.

        1. Wow. Thank you all so much. We will be having dinner on Tuesday--probably moderately priced. I don't know how adventurous the group is. I know 1 of the 2 guests is a little adventurous. I'm not sure about the other one. They passed Sascha's today and mentioned that it looked nice, so that's a possibility. We've heard great things about Helmand so I will give that option as well. I would say for this visit not a hole in the wall or bar.

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          1. re: sweetpea2

            I'd probably say take out Brass Elephant (a bit pricey), Iggies (maybe too casual), and Brewers Art (Bar). Then just ask your group what kind of food they're in the mood for. If they're interested in one of the regional fare we've discussed Thai/Afghani/Sushi/etc, then the decision's easy. For the more non-adventurous group (and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that) I think Sascha's and Sotto Sopra might be your best bets. They're also about 2 and 4 blocks away respectively which means that you won't have to worry about getting a car/cab.

            I've really enjoyed Sascha's the two times I've been (although I have heard some bad experiences about it here). Never personally been to Sotto Sopra, but the general word is very positive. Hope you enjoy wherever you decide to go, and please come back and tell us how it went!

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