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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!

  1. kobuta 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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    1. re: kobuta
      callitasicit 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.

      1. re: callitasicit
        Spike 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.

        1. re: callitasicit
          Pegmeister 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.

          1. re: Pegmeister
            callitasicit 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.

            1. re: callitasicit
              erwocky 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.

              1. re: callitasicit
                Joanie 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.

            2. re: callitasicit
              kobuta 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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            bear 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!

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