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Dinner with Teens in BU Area

A friend and I are taking our 13yo daughters to a concert at Agannis Arena and would like to take them to dinner first. I was thinking about going to Brown Sugar, but haven't heard anything about it. What would you recommend? These girls will adventure outside of burgers and chicken nuggets.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. This gets covered pretty often - see the threads below from last month. Lots of folks here like Brown Sugar, although I don't really care for it. My own recommendation, if the two girls are adventurous eaters, would be the food court at the Super 88 - it's 3.5 blocks away, and you can walk it in under 10 minutes. It's fun, cheap, and there's a wide variety of choices among the many stands there.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/479214
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482643

    1. I like Brown Sugar and think it would be a good option in that area with teens. Depending on how far you are willing to walk, Zaftigs in Coolidge Corner (10 min walk) would also be good, or maybe the new Z Square (but I haven't been there yet).

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      1. re: soxchik

        I really like Brown Sugar. Every time I've been there the food has been really fresh. I've never been to Super 88 and I've been meaning to try it. But Super 88 is a food court and Brown Sugar is a sit down restaurant so that might play into what you are looking for.

        1. re: heypielady

          Thanks, it looks like Brown Sugar will be a good choice. I'd do Super 88 but since we're going to a Jonas Brothers concert with a few thousand screaming teenage girls, cocktails are definitely in order at this dinner.

          Thanks again!

          1. re: Big Momma

            Yeah, in that case I agree that Brown Sugar is your best bet! Good luck!

            Are you coming by T or driving in and parking at the arena? If you're T-ing it, Blumie's suggestions below of India Quality or Eastern Standard (both in Kenmore Square) are also very good. Up in that direction there's also the new Z Square on Commonwealth just outside of Kenmore Square, which just got a surprisingly decent review in the Phoenix - I know that a fair number of folks on this board are not fond of the Harvard Square location, and neither was Nadeau (never been, myself), but the new one seems to be less scatter-shot and better for it.

            1. re: Allstonian

              I'll be driving and just getting to that side of town from north of Boston is going to be tough. I'm hoping to park once and leave the car for the night.

              1. re: Big Momma

                That's what I figured. Brown Sugar is defintely your best bet, then. Enjoy! (Dinner & the drinks, at least...)

            2. re: Big Momma

              Brown Sugar sounds like the place. You'll all be satisfied and you can refresh your elderly stamina with some wine. Have fun.

          2. re: soxchik

            Hopefully not being too picky, but Agganis Arena to Zaftigs is not a 10 min walk. Maybe 20-30?

            1. re: jonship

              Agreed - more like between 15 and 20 minutes, but it is the better part of a mile. (I actually walk the length of Babcock pretty often coming home from work, so I know the timing well.)

            2. re: soxchik

              I was at ZSquare today for lunch and it was fine --like an upscale diner with beer and wine plus breakfast all day. The price is right, too. Here's the link: http://www.z-square.com/Kenmore/Food/...

              Look under "View Menu."

              Personally, I wouldn't drop a bunch of money at ESK or Elephant Walk for the kids who won't even see their plates for the stars in their eyes over the boy band. Maybe pizza and burgers are the way to go, so your choices in Kenmore are: Pizzaria Uno --not great, cuisine, but they have a full bar for you. Or, slightly better, Bertucci's, also with a full bar. No bar at UBurger, but the kids will love it.

              PS. You're a great mom, and an excellent sport. Enjoy (?) the concert.

              1. re: SSqwerty

                I've taken kids to concerts at Agannis. First task to park. Then you don't want to go far because a concert is coming and the kids only care about that. Going to Kenmore means the T, which would be for 3 people about $12 for both ways and would take a bunch of time unless you got lucky inbound. Better to go to Brown Sugar or Sunset Grill, a place I don't normally recommend, but it's across the street. Heck, T. Anthony's is easier.

            3. Eastern Standard will have plenty of more and less adventurous options to keep everyone happy. India Quality is a great choice if you want Indian. And if you do decide to go for burgers, U-Burger is a good choice.

              1. If you want a treat after, Angora Cafe has good ice cream.

                Bring ear plugs. Agannis is all concrete inside and gets very loud, with lots of treble. Ear plugs improve the sound quality.

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                1. re: lergnom

                  Thanks for the earplugs tip, I'll definitely do that. I already did enough damage to my ears in my concert-going youth, I'm not going to lose any more hearing on the Jonas Brothers!!!

                2. If the girls are adventuresome, try The Elephant Walk, a French/Cambodian restaurant that's interesting architecturally as well. The food is both good and interesting. It's on Beacon Street on the Boston/Brookline border, so it's close by.

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                  1. re: alansm

                    Close-ish. It's over a mile each way.