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Lunch Near the Aquarium??

BStone1 Apr 10, 2008 11:41 AM

Can anyone recommend a casual place for lunch near the aquarium?

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    ghostcat Apr 11, 2008 11:46 PM

    Tia's should be opening up soon on the other side of the Marriott. Casual, not expensive and when the patio at Joes is open, that can be inexpensive or moderatly priced, depending on what you order. I think the Sail Loft is still very good, for what it is.

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      Guinness02122 Apr 11, 2008 04:17 PM

      Numerous places in the North End like Galleria Umberto

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        Quinn823 Apr 10, 2008 08:41 PM

        I heart The Times.

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          baconodka Apr 10, 2008 12:42 PM

          Sel de la Terre is excellent and, though not casual-casual, you tend to see a lot of folks in jeans / tourist garb due to the proxiity to the aquarium. the steak frites is excellent, as is the charcuterie plate. for casual in the north end, i think it's hard to beat galleria umberto (5 minute walk). it's on hanover st.

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            buffet king Apr 10, 2008 12:22 PM

            I haven't been to the New England Aquarium in years. The last time I went to lunch at the Boston Sail Loft Restaurant on Atlantic Ave. The food was pretty good back then. Has anyone been to the Boston Sail Loft Restaurant recently? If so, how is their food?

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              kate used to be 50 Apr 10, 2008 12:25 PM

              Was there about a year ago. Same food - seafood platters with good chowder and oreos at the bar.

              Legal is also across from the Aquarium. If you are looking for strictly cafe dining, Rudy's is a few blocks away (going towards South Station).

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                Bostonbob3 Apr 10, 2008 07:09 PM

                I work about half a block from The Sail Loft. For lunch, their daily fish sandwich isn't half bad. (But I guess that means it isn't half good, either).

                Although it isn't open for lunch, I find The 4 Winds to be vastly superior for pub grub. Actually had a very, very good calamari fra diavlo for dinner there the other day. Pretty good burgers too.

                But stay away from the panini. Ghastly.

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                  9lives Apr 11, 2008 07:35 PM

                  I happen to like the Sail Loft. I stick to the chowder; which I find too thick and ask them to add clam broth or give me an ice cube..and the fried clams/fish/scallops are good.

                  Don't get too ambitious with the menu and you'll enjoy it.

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                Bostonbob3 Apr 10, 2008 11:54 AM

                What kind of food do you like? How casual is "casual"?

                Sel de la Terre is right there, and excellent.

                Quincy Market is basically across the street and has dozens of places (most bad, but a few good choices).

                The North End is a five minute walk away.

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