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Aug 11, 2008 02:44 PM

Visiting from Toronto, Looking for Good Eats!

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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  1. 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. 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

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                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.