In Boston for Conference
Dear Boston Hounds,
I am in Boston for the weekend and I have a few questions.
1) Most importantly, where is the best place to get a bowl of chowder? And where is the best place to get a lobster roll? I am willing to travel all over the city for this if necessary.
2) Are there decent places to eat around Copley Square? My hotel is there.
3) Are there any decent reasonable places to drink within 2 miles of copley square? Everywhere we have been has been ridiculously expensive. I like fairly low key places.
I appreciate the help.
#3 - Bukowski's is a couple of blocks from your hotel. JJ Foley's in the South End as well.
#2 - Sonsie got a recent recommendation - if you go, we would like to hear back as the merits of this place are constantly debated here. You are within short walking distance to dozens of places in the South End.
#1 - Try the board search function - I believe there were some recent chowder and lobster roll threads.
#3: Reasonably priced near Copley Square is tough; Try Coda on Columbus Ave. near the corner of Dartmouth St. Fairly low key and the food is good as well.
#2: The best food near Copley is in the South End, most within a six or so block walk. Do a search for south end. Among more expensive places, I like Aquitaine. Less expensive include Gaslight, Franklin Cafe and Pops.
#1: B&G Oyster is nearby (on Tremont St) and has good stuff but you will pay dearly for the priviledge of eating there. I find Atlantic Fish on Boylston to be the most reliable of the Back Bay seafood restaurants.
Have a great time.
With regard to Lobster Roll (and drinking) you should check out the Stockyard in Allston. But call in advance as the Lobster Roll has a tendency to be unavailable at times.
I think the best lobster roll in Boston is still at Neptune Seafoods althought I haven't had one there recently. This week's Phoenix recommended the one at the Summer Shack, probably across the street from where you are staying. I've always enjoyed their version, just ask them to leave off the pickle. The chowder there is probably not too bad, but I've never had it. There are so many casual bars in that area that you should have no trouble finding one. I like to sit at the bar at Laurel's on Berkley St, which is small, but always has friendly and interesting people sitting next to you. Enjoy your stay.