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DC Hound coming to Boston, quick lunch question

MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:07 AM

Hey All,

So I'm coming to Boston this Wednesday evening on business and while my schedule is pretty packed I will have the opportunity for one lunch before I fly home on Thursday afternoon. This will be my first time coming to Boston and I will be staying at the Hilton in the Financial District on Broad Street.

My question is, are there any unique local "Boston" spots close that Hotel? I'd love to be able to do a ton of research on various clam shacks, chowder, lobster rolls, and things of that nature but unfortunately I don't have the time in the city to explore all the great offerings you guys have. If there is a place close to the Hilton that is a "houndish" place that would be fantastic.

P.S. I will be eating at Toro and Aujourd'hui (not my choice and I know nothing about these places) so not sure if that's a good or bad thing. haha

Thanks for the help!

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    Taralli RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:20 AM

    Locke Ober: http://www.lockeober.com/

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      MarcDC RE: Taralli May 20, 2008 07:30 AM

      Taralli, that places looks very good but I guess I'm looking for something a bit more casual... (I don't mind a "dive" either, though I'm not sure if the area I'm staying in is conducive to that)

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      kate used to be 50 RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:37 AM

      Walk down Broad Street (the Hilton is located on Broad - turn left) and try Sultan's Kitchen on State Street. Right at the end of Broad and State. Excellent Turkish casual fare. Or Al's which is next door for decent subs.

      Bean Leaf Cafe is located on East India Row (a right turn out of the hotel on Broad) which is very casual, but decent fare. Good coffee and there is also Flat Black on Broad which has Starbuck like coffee with Starbuck $$.

      Aujourd'hui will be a great dining experience, especially because you are not paying!


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        BBHound RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:39 AM

        The North End is reasonably close to your hotel and one of the best lobster rolls around is at Neptune Oyster. I was there for lunch yesterday and the roll was fabulous and the fries with it were great as well. Get the warm with butter version.

        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

        1. yumyum RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:44 AM

          I've got a good one ... very close to you is Chacarero -- home of one of Boston's best sandwiches. It's a spicy (or not) Chilean sandwich, steak or chicken, green beans and meunster cheese. There is an avocado spread, salt and pepper and hot sauce. You will not be disappointed.

          26 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

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            PJ Mac BJ RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 07:58 AM

            Neptune Oyster will do the trick for you.

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              MarcDC RE: MarcDC May 20, 2008 08:27 AM

              Great, thank you for all the suggestions everyone! I will certainly report back.

              Thanks again!

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                MarcDC RE: MarcDC May 21, 2008 03:28 PM

                Thanks again for all the suggestions. I ended up grabbing lunch today at Neptune Oyster and it did not disappoint. The warm lobster roll was the best I've ever had (granted, ive never been to Boston before and havent had a ton of lobster roll, but nontheless, it rocked) and the way the bread sopped up the warm lobster juice and butter was literally a little slice of heaven. wow....

                the homemade oysters crackers were a nice little treat to snack on (ive never seen them fresh made before) and I also ended up ordering half a dozen oysters and a Geary's Summer Ale. The oysters I got were Taylor Bay, Summerside, Kumamoto, and Fanny Bays.

                Thanks again for this recommendation, it was truly a wonderful introduction to Boston.

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                  lergnom RE: MarcDC May 21, 2008 03:35 PM

                  The Barking Crab is an outdoor lobster place about 5 minutes from the Hilton by foot on the water. As you can imagine, it's very casual.

                  BTW, FlatBlack doesn't have Starbucks-like coffee; it's much better. I almost live there.

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                    MarcDC RE: lergnom May 21, 2008 03:41 PM

                    great thanks. i already went to Neptune Oyster for lunch but maybe I'll grab a cup of coffee from there tomorrow morning.

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                      bachslunch RE: MarcDC May 21, 2008 04:02 PM

                      Will strongly caution against Barking Crab.

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                        PJ Mac BJ RE: bachslunch May 21, 2008 04:05 PM

                        The Barking Crab is a dump.

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                    catsmeow RE: MarcDC May 21, 2008 06:59 PM

                    A few blocks over is Durgin Park in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It's not only in what was the seaport in Colonial times(land fill eventually created a zone between these buildings and the ocean). Ships use to deliver their good directly to these buildings. Durgin Park is one of the oldest restaurants and offers a large menu and many traditional New England dishes. It's also an experience in itself with communal dining where you meet other visitors from all over the world.

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