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araknd May 29, 2008 03:57 PM

Hello Chowhounds of Boston and elsewhere in the Northeast,

I will be attending a conference in Boston in the middle of June. I have been booked into the Marriott Copley Plaza for the week and will not have access to a private car. That being said, I would like some suggestions for "good eats". I have been to several Legal Seafood branches in past brief stays in Boston, but I would like to go where the locals go for excellent food. I tend to like all types of cuisines and I do not shy away from the hole in the wall establishment if the service is decent, nor do I shy away from white table cloths and multi-volume wine lists, although the travel budget dictates no more than one or maybe two visits to those places. Places within walking distance or short cab ride would be welcome.

Thanks in advance

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    kate used to be 50 RE: araknd May 29, 2008 06:10 PM

    The Oak Room at the Copley Plaza hotel for that "not on my dime meal"
    Laurel on Berkeley Street for overall good food
    Orinico off Shawmut Avenue - small place with a lot of meat dishes on the menu. Good Venezuelan
    There are tons of restaurants in the South End and I'm sure others will give you additional advice.

    Plus, from where you are staying, many restaurants are just a T ride or a very pleasant walk away.

    Just thought of another "not on my dime restaurant" No. 9 Park on Beacon Hill. Long walk from your hotel, but very enjoyable. Walk up the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, thru the Boston Gardens to the Boston Common. Park Street is on the other side of the Common. Truly beautiful this time of year.


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      araknd RE: kate used to be 50 May 29, 2008 07:33 PM

      Very cool. Thanks for the suggestions. It always seems like I never have enough time to see the sights in Boston and I love to just walk around and wander. I look forward to trying some of these places out.

      Thanks again.

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        araknd RE: kate used to be 50 May 30, 2008 09:47 AM

        Hi Kate,
        I was snooping around on the net and found other places in the No. 9 Group. Do you have any recommendations about the Butcher Shop or B& G Oysters? Good or Pass?

        Thanks again.

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          kate used to be 50 RE: araknd May 30, 2008 10:34 AM

          I'm amazed no one else has chimed in!!

          Anyway, there are tons of opinions on B&G and the Butcher Shop on this board. I prefer Neptune's on Salem Street in the North End over B&G and I don't eat meat, so haven't been to the Butcher Shop.

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            araknd RE: kate used to be 50 Jul 14, 2008 04:11 PM

            Just wanted to let you know that I did get into Neptune Oyster and was blown away with the quality of the food and wine choices. I got in with two other singles that were also waiting at the door for a place at the bar. I had a great selection of the local Maine and Mass. oysters and compared them with some that I had from the West Coast and they were great. And the fried clams lived up to their reputation as well. Thanks for mentioning it.

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              kate used to be 50 RE: araknd Jul 15, 2008 06:49 AM

              That is so great to hear!

              Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for posting.

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        gourmaniac RE: araknd May 30, 2008 10:52 AM

        Here are couple of moderately priced board favorites within easy walk to subway.
        15 min walk to Chinatown for Peach Farm (Tyler Street), Taiwan Cafe (Oxford), Best Little Restaurant (Hudson)
        Subway to Kenmore for Eastern Standard (Kenmore Square), Trattoria Toscana (Jersey Street), India Quality (Kenmore Square).

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          mwk RE: araknd May 30, 2008 02:39 PM


          Vlora restaurant on Boylston St. near Copley Sq. is an excellent Mediterranean restaurant with a mix of some Greek, Italian and some Albanian dishes on the menu.

          For a casual place with good food, Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester St. is an Israeli restaurant with excellent schwarma, kebabs, etc.

          The Atlantic Fish Company is a very good seafood restaurant, also on Boylston St. near Copley Sq.

          If you like other ethnic food, the Addis Red Sea on Tremont St. is a great Ethiopian restaurant in the South End, about a 10 minute walk from your hotel.

          I also second the India Quality House, the food is excellent.

          Douzo is a very nice Japanese restaurant (a bit pricey, but what good Japanese isn't?), on Dartmouth St., just a couple of blocks from your hotel.

          Oh, and I also agree with the other suggestions as well. Happy eating.

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            araknd RE: araknd Jun 21, 2008 03:02 PM

            Thank you for all your recommendations. There are 7 of us attending and the list has something for everyone. I leave tomorrow and am looking forward to a great time in Boston.



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