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good lunch place around public garden

pyatachok May 13, 2008 11:43 AM

If somebody knows good place on Beacon st, or Boylston st. or in that area close to Public Garden please share this information with me. Thanks.

  1. kobuta May 15, 2008 01:38 PM

    I'll be the naysayer on the Parish. Dined there several times and never got what all the fuss was about. Upscale sandwiches for somewhat rip off prices. I can't say any of my sandwiches made me think it's the best sandwich I've had. Way too crowded to boot.

    For the same price, I'd rather go to Laurel's a block down on Berkeley St and have a nice atmosphere with less crowd and noise, and IMO a nicer meal.

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      teezeetoo May 14, 2008 05:25 PM

      Parish is very good but if you are at trinity you'll be close to the Boston Public Library which has a very nice restaurant as well

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      1. re: teezeetoo
        lergnom May 14, 2008 06:09 PM

        If it's a beautiful day, the courtyard is one of the nicest places to sit in Boston. Especially if the fountain is running. I sometimes take a sandwich in, get coffee at the snack shop (next to the more formal restaurant) and eat outside.

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        pyatachok May 14, 2008 12:22 PM

        Thanks to everyone for advice. What I ment by "close" is walking distance close (not more than 1/2 a mile). My husband is disable person and can't be on his feet for a long time. And we are trying not to use a car because of the parking difficulties. Seems that Chinatown is located further than that. We planed to visit Trinity Church, Public Garden, Gibson House museum, so we're looking for a place to eat around that area.

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        1. re: pyatachok
          lergnom May 14, 2008 03:25 PM

          I agree with Parish Café; it's between Trinity and the Garden.

          1. re: lergnom
            finlero May 14, 2008 03:29 PM

            Definitely. Tasty "celebrity chef" sandwiches and a really nice patio make it a reliable crowd pleaser, and it's right in your preferred area.

            1. re: finlero
              Debbiedoesfood May 14, 2008 04:46 PM

              PARISH, 'nuff said

        2. finlero May 13, 2008 01:01 PM

          You're also a stone's throw from Chinatown, where you can get a number of tasty, chowish lunches for short money. Searching the board would be your best bet, but a few ideas to get the ball rolling: Xinh Xinh, Hong Kong Eatery, Mei Sum, Chau Chow, East Ocean City, Wing's Kitchen.

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            sbs401 May 13, 2008 12:36 PM

            The Parish Cafe on Boylston is close and good
            - outdoor seating
            - good sandwhiches, inspired by city's best chefs
            - bit pricey though

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            1. re: sbs401
              kweesee May 14, 2008 04:30 PM

              i second parish

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              BBHound May 13, 2008 12:35 PM

              Dewpends on what type of meal or price.

              Upscale sandwiches are at the Parish Cafe on Boylston near Arlington.
              Bistro fare is at Beacon Hill Bisto on Charles.
              Top line is at the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons.

              There are many other spots in the area surrounding the Park Plaza Hotel.

              Beacon Hill Bistro
              25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

              Parish Cafe
              361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

              Bristol Lounge
              200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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