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food near Bank of America Pavilion

We will be coming into Boston on a Saturday in June to see a show at the Bank of America Pavilion (yeah Phil!) and we are staying nearby at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront. Is there anywhere worth eating around the vicinity for an early dinner? If not, is there anywhere to consider that would be easily accessible from that area. We will have a car.
I am looking for good food of any type, we like ethnic food, gastropubs, pizza (if it is great). I am not too interested in a fancy destination type restaurant, we will not be dressed up and we are not looking for a two hour extravagant meal.

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  1. There used to be a real shortage of places near there, but that's changed in recent years, but in order of proximity you have:
    Yankee Lobster Fish Market, casual, and they do take out. Almost next door.
    LTK (Legal Test Kitchen), casual with the feel of swish lounge. About 3 min walk.
    Morton's. Fancy Steak House. About 5 min walk.

    If your looking for something different or fancy you might be better to go somewhere downtown and catch a taxi over for the show (as the Silver Line will be packed if it's close to show time). If you don't know Boston don't bother driving around downtown as your bound to get lost or won't be able to get parked anywhere.

    1. Salvatore's, across the street from the Pavillion, has Italian, including pizza, which is good but not great. On the same street is Eastern Pier for waterfront Chinese. Next to that is Barking Crab, but the consensus here is that it should be avoided.

      1. barking crab is no favorite here and i hate ltk.

        sel de la terre isn't far; eastern pier for amer-chinese; chinatown and the north end, especially with a car, are both very close.

        i'll say it again: anthony's pier 4 for steamed lobster, great white burgundy and one of the city's best views. don't even think of ordering anything else, though.

        1. Whatever you do, don't take your car. You'll never get back in time for your show. The hotel you are staying in has two new interesting restaurants, and the nearby Seaport Hotel has a great bar with a scaled down menu. You don't have to dress for either. If you want something light, the ICA has an outdoor cafe with a great view. The food is museum food. I've had a few good times at LTK, have never been to Salvatores, but have been to the Yankee Lobster place. The food is very good, but it's really not the experience you'd want before a great show. Anthony's is fine, but might not fit your budget. If you can walk down to the courthouse, The Daily Catch has a great view, one of the best patios and decent food. Not everyone hates the Barking Crab, just don't plan on using the rest rooms.

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          1. re: ghostcat

            Last time I was at the Daily Catch the owner yelled at my wife and stuck a fish in her face. Unbelievable. Then, the waiter upped the tip on the credit card receipt. It was totally unreal.

            1. re: promixcuous

              I think that needs expanding upon!

              1. re: jonship

                Yeah...were they re-creating a scene from Monty Python or something (with the fish). That's unacceptable. And the credit card thing, illegal. I hope you filed a complaint about that with the police; with credit card fraud being regarded as a widespread crime these days, I'd think that the authorities would take that sort of activity seriously.

                I've read nothing but bad things about the Courthouse location of Daily Catch, despite my own good experiences there in the past....I guess I'm in denial about it.

                1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                  I was there last week for a private function for hotel concierges....which I'm not..:)

                  . While I've never been a fan of the place (love Hanover St), the view and setting are spectacular.

                  Getting to any food was difficult but I managed to have a very good stuffed clam and a very poor fish stick.

                  At the end of the function the owner made a short speech...and seemed to ackowledge they know they've had their problems at that location and would like to regain their clientele from the Northern Ave spot..and bring in new customers.

                  I hope they succeed.

                  Shame that the food doesn't match the location..and the NE branch is good as ever.

                2. re: jonship

                  Sometime or another I will. I'm actually rather uncomfortable speaking about it.

            2. Thank you for all of the advice. Sel de la terre looks awesome, but timing will be an issue. The show starts early, at 5pm with a great opening act, so we will likely eat closeby, unless we get into Boston early and checked in to the hotel early. The restaurant in the hotel, 606 Congress, does look interesting. I think we will try that or the Yankee lobster fish market.

              1. Going to the same show (yay Phil!!!) and taking hte train in. Looks like a walk from South Station to the spot, we're thinking of something on that walk. Does Yankee Lobster have a liquor license? And while Eastern Pier seems to be Americanized and ordinary, is it at least accaptable enough to let us enjoy having a few pre-show drinks while sitting out on the patio with a water view?

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                1. re: ChrisConcord

                  Believe Yankee Lobster has a beer and wine license. Don't expect much in the way of decor, but the food is fine. Eastern Pier would be the better choice if you are interested in the view, and the food is acceptable.

                  1. re: Fort Point

                    I also believe they have beer/wine, although I can never partake as I go there during lunch breaks from work.

                    Most of what they served is cooked to order, which takes a few minutes, but it's worth the wait. They even have parking along the side of the building.

                2. I had a recent lunch at LTK and enjoyed it. Though I admit we stuck with safe favorites, clam chowder and fish and chips.
                  I don't know if I would do that for your only meal in Boston, but it wasn't bad.

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                  1. re: CookieEater

                    My impression is that it is a chain. We can try the Legal Seafood that opened in King of Prussia, PA, which I heard is pretty good, but very expensive.

                    1. re: thehungrything

                      LTK is a different (albeit sister) concept from Legal Seafood.

                  2. I have not been to the pavilion in years, but last time i was there they had decent food inside. Seemed to be individual private vendors. I specifically remember one who was selling Soul food that looked and smelled great! Not sure if this is still the case.

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                    1. re: hargau

                      They do still have food stands inside the entrance, and a beer stand, of course. One is a Pizzeria Regina. Last year a friend of mine did a piggy-back taste test of Salvatore's pizza (across the street) and the Regina's. He preferred the Regina's, despite its not being as good as at the original NE locale.

                    2. Well, amazing concert. Decided to try Eastern Pier before the show, liking the idea of decent chinese and cool cocktails on the patio with a view of the harbor. Finally got there and found that they were closed to the public until 6pm, private party. (On a Pavilion concert day!!!!). We were sad and quickly went next door to the seaport bar in an attempt to get 'something' before the show. They were also apparently unaware of the hungry crowd before the concert (do these restaurants bother to check concert schedules at all???) and were horribly understaffed. We forced our way into a table at the bar and had, well, some Sysco products properly heated. Beer in plastic cups. Oh well.

                      Phil was amazing, a single slice of Regina's pizza inside was a better food adventure than what we found outside. But the concert blew away the disappointment from dinner. Yay Grateful Dead!!

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                      1. re: ChrisConcord

                        Dont you know the proper food is either a dirty grilled cheese or falafel sandwich cooked on a coleman stove in the parking lot by a patchouli wearin bearded guy who hasnt showered in weeks? I skipped the Phil show but have my Bobby tix in hand for aug.

                        1. re: hargau

                          Hee hee. Well, folks I heard from related stories of being quickly hurried out of the parking lot before even opening a beverage, so tailgating was not an option. Tip for the Bobby show: pay the extra $30 for the pay lot, the security is sane, not vicious, and you save at least an hour getting out. And if you have an extra ticket please please let me know!!

                        2. re: ChrisConcord

                          Oh thats so unfortunate!! Seaport is notoriously understaffed (I work in the area and we frequent that spot during the summer for after work cocktails) and to be honest its not a place that I would venture to eat at for just the reasons you stated. Grabbing a drink on their deck when the weather is nice is great, but I wait to get food somewhere else.

                          Glad the show was awesome though!!

                          1. re: fmcoxe6188

                            Yeah, my hope of having cantonese lobster while sipping some insane tropical rum drink and looking out at the harbor instead became snagging a dirty table in an unairconditioned bar room decorated with lite beer mirrors and desperately trying to find a waitress to bring me a cheeseburger and a plastic cup of beer.

                            But Phil way more than made up for all of it. And Hargau, while I usually like to tailgate with martinis in frozen glasses and a cigar, the security forbid even lingering outside of cars. We took the T, which worked fine.

                            1. re: ChrisConcord

                              I am going to Eastern Pier tonight before the Steely Dan show. What should I eat?

                              1. re: drbangha

                                So we went last night. Had the salted pork, clams in black sauce, and duck lo mein. The food was good, not great. The location is wonderful if you are going to the Pavilion and the drinks were good.

                                1. re: drbangha

                                  Just went to Eastern Pier yesterday -- had the scallion pancake and duck lo mein, both CH-recommended. Food was just OK, nice patio.

                                  I also went to Yankee Lobster recently and probably mis-ordered -- I got the salmon burger, which tasted really fishy and I ended up just eating the fries. $10 for a basket of fries.

                                  I would rather have a sandwich from Flour (or possibly Pressed Sandwiches) or pizza from Salvatore's, but the immediate BOA Pavilion area is pretty mediocre.