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sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 09:10 AM

I have two friends coming in from San Francisco stopping off in Boston for the day tomorrow on their way to Maine. Any suggestions on a cool or possibly New England "experience" type place to take them for lunch?

Not super pricey, and doesn't need to have bar though the option of a glass of wine or beer with lunch on a day off is nice.

I live in Charlestown and will be picking them up from another friends home in Somerville, so doesn't have to be in the city, could be Cambridge or other spot close by. Thanks!

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  1. heathermb RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 09:21 AM

    My first thought was Neptune Oyster in the N End... or a really fun spot that I happen to love is the Monday Club Bar at Upstairs on the Square.

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      birdy30 RE: heathermb Jul 24, 2008 09:31 AM

      I second Neptune!

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        sukisooo RE: heathermb Jul 24, 2008 09:53 AM

        Hmmm, Neptune sounds great have been wanting to go there for a long time. I was wanting a lobster roll and understand it is GREAT there. But for $25? Gulp.

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          y2000k RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 10:45 AM

          I was also put off by the $25 lobster roll; but finally went there last week when my parents were in town visiting. Definitely worth the price.

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        iamsam RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 09:34 AM

        I'd offer up the usual suggestion: Neptune! I think it would be perfect. B&G is another cool New England "experience" place to go. Personally I love Neptune, but B&G's patio is lovely for lunch.

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          mcb70 RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 09:55 AM

          If you want to come to the Back Bay, Vlora is a good deal for lunch, and Parish Cafe can be fun.

          1. pondrat RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 11:59 AM

            Summer Shack in Cambridge

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              wilbanks RE: pondrat Jul 24, 2008 01:37 PM

              Seriously? Shack I might send people who want "quality seafood meal and kid-friendly" but not "hipsters from SF" - a friend of mine who wandered into the one in back bay described as looking and feeling like Dick's Last Resort...

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                LStaff RE: wilbanks Jul 24, 2008 02:03 PM

                Summer Shack is too nice for hipsters. I would take them to the buffet at Kebob & Tandoor in Waltham just to watch them squirm while picking rib and neck bones out of their chicken. ;-)

            2. Joanie RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 01:25 PM

              If they want real east coast pizza, there's Regina. They'll be eating lobster rolls in Maine probably. Maybe Eastern Standard.

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                mrsx RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 02:24 PM

                Plough and Stars in Central Square, Cambridge serves a great lunch, along with beer and wine of course, with a nod towards old school east coast Irish-Americanness that's likely not as strong in Maine, let alone San Francisco?

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                  teezeetoo RE: sukisooo Jul 24, 2008 06:52 PM

                  Indian in somerville or cambridge (Diva or Tamarind Bay), Portuguese in Cambridge, Hungry Mother or Blue Room if they are serving lunch which I don't know if they do. For fun, roam the food court at the Super 88 on Brighton Avenue, tasting various asian delights. for excellent and unusual japanese, with elegance, Shiki in Coolidge Corner Brookline.

                  1. Rabbit RE: sukisooo Jul 25, 2008 04:13 AM

                    Eastern Standard... shouldn't be too crazy at lunch but there might still be a bit of pre-Sox-game buzz.

                    Good raw bar, great cocktails (although I recognize this isn't a huge priority for you). I think of this place as very Boston.

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                      gramercyfoodie RE: sukisooo Jul 25, 2008 05:02 AM

                      How about Pops in the South End? I really enjoy their lunch menu.

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