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BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 06:23 AM

We're heading over to Ell Hall to hear a concert in a couple of weeks, and going with another couple that wants to get out for dinner first, but not expensive - I'd say $20-$30 per person is about what we're looking for.

I don't want to go to a pizza place or anything of that ilk, I'm really looking for a sitdown restaurant.

Any suggestions?

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    tamerlanenj Feb 15, 2008 06:31 AM

    It's a tough neighborhood. How far down huntingdon can you go? Maye something in Brookline Village, like Sichuan Garden?

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      BostonWineaux Feb 15, 2008 06:40 AM

      We were hoping to be easily walking in 15 minutes or so between the concert and restaurant. Is that too limiting?

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      chowfornow Feb 15, 2008 07:05 AM

      This is a difficult area but...

      There is a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant on Huntingtin Ave, right near Symphony Hall called Pho & I, which is quite good. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable at night but definitely casual (don't know if you are looking for "upscale dining"). The service is very friendly and the food, while not rave worthy outstanding, is very good and may actually even come in just under your price point. They are also a good choice if you have any vegetarians in your party.

      I usually get the chicken pho and while it definitley satisfies my pho cravings, the broth is a little weak, it could definitley use a little more flavor. One dish that is rave worthy outstanding though is their spicy beef salad. Very simple, hot and sour flavor dressing on mixed greens, juicy, tender strips of beef marinated in a chili lime dressing.

      I would definitley give them a try. I only criticize the pho because I used to go to a place in Chinatown (closed a few years ago) that will always be my goldstandard.

      Another option is Symphony Sushi just at the corner of Huntington and Gainsborough Street. Perfectly respectable sushi, good vegetarian options and non-sushi entrees as well.

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        LauraB Feb 15, 2008 07:19 AM

        If you cut across the Fens, the Fenway neighborhood would be within a 15 minute walk. You could go to Trattoria Toscana in that price range (many options in the range of $15). They make the most delicious pasta concoctions there. The only major issue would be that there can be a wait on Friday/Saturday nights - especially for groups of 4. Brown Sugar is across the street and is entirely decent Thai food.

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          mjg0725 Feb 15, 2008 07:27 AM

          I went to NU. Trattoria Toscana is exactly what I would do if the weather is nice enough for walking. It's a very easy walk.

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            catspercapita Feb 15, 2008 03:52 PM

            Ditto Trattoria Toscana. Molto bene.

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          Guinness02122 Feb 15, 2008 03:14 PM

          The original Shwarma King was right accross the street from the Dodge Library on Huntington Ave. I doubt it's a sit down place. Very good place.

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            alansm Feb 16, 2008 03:03 AM

            Is Betty's Noodles (at least I think that's the name) still near the corner of Huntington Avenue and Mass. Av, right across from Symphony Hall? If so, that's a decent take when you go to a concert and want to get in and out fast.

            1. LauraBear Feb 16, 2008 04:45 AM

              Hasn't a nice place opening in the ground floor of the gym right on Huntington Ave? sorry the name is completely gone from my head - I will try to find it.

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                Kate Sylvester Feb 16, 2008 09:40 AM

                the Savant Project or Mission hill Pub down Hunt. Ave in Mission hill

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