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Visiting from Toronto, Looking for Good Eats!

callitasicit Aug 11, 2008 02:44 PM

I am going to be in Boston for a few days next week and I am looking forward to eating in your fine city. Any must tries?? I love fried clams and seafood in general. I heard that Neptune Oyster has a great lobster roll! Any other suggestions, looking for a good place for bbq too. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    bear RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 05:33 AM

    Here are a couple of links that may help get you started:



    If you let people know a few details, like the area that you'll be staying and whether or not you have a car, you'll probably get more responses.

    Have a great trip!

    1. kobuta RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 08:53 AM

      You don't mention wanting to hit it, but since the referenced threads invariably include a pitch for some sort of Chinese food, I will say skip those. I find Toronto's selection in that cuisine better.

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        callitasicit RE: kobuta Aug 12, 2008 09:01 AM

        I haven't booked the trip yet, is there a hotel situated really close to a lot of good places to eat? I was thinking of finding a hotel near the Back Bay or somewhere in Quincy.

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          Spike RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 09:08 AM

          quincy isn't that hot for food...back bay/south end is.
          If you want fried clams, you'll have to drive about 50min north to Ipswich.

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            Pegmeister RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 09:36 AM

            Quincy hotels are not the most convenient to Boston, although considerably less expensive. Most offer a shuttle to the T (Red line) which brings you in town.

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              callitasicit RE: Pegmeister Aug 12, 2008 10:27 AM

              Thanks guys. I heard Chacarero is a must try as well, is this true? Do I really have to go to Ipswich to get good fried clams? I am from Toronto where we don't even get fried clams, I went to Legal Seafoods and enjoyed some a few years ago.

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                erwocky RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 11:21 AM

                You don't have to go to Ipswich for good clams, but the clam shack ambience does add to the experience. Here are some clam recs in Boston (Legals among them):


                I like Royal Roast Beef (East Boston) and Belle Isle Seafood (Eastie/Winthrop line) for my clams, but there are options in Boston proper.

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                  Joanie RE: callitasicit Aug 12, 2008 11:22 AM

                  It won't be quite the same experience as having them at a clam shack on the north shore, but you can find good ones in town. I just had a great app of them a Gargoyle's in Davis Sq. (on the red line) last week. Even Atlantic Seafood on Boylston St. in the back bay has a good plate of clams.

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                kobuta RE: callitasicit Aug 13, 2008 12:28 PM

                Do you mean the city of Quincy or near Quincy Market? I find a lot of tourists get confused by the two. I once met a pair of tourists looking mighty confused sitting on a bus heading into the suburbs, only to find out their guide meant for them to head to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. (The city of ) Quincy is usually not one of the places most tourists think of - especially when deciding between the Back Bay, which is right in the city.

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