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Aug 13, 2008 11:14 AM

Back Bay Recommendations

I am from Portland Oregon and will be staying on Arlington in the Back Bay from 14-17 Sept. I am looking for foodie and just plain good restaurant recommendations on the company dime which is not unlimited every night, but ya know!

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    1. Generally, Back Bay restaurants are not fabulous. You will probably have to walk or take the T to better places.

      So help us a bit. What kind of food do you like? What will your company think is reasonable? Will you have a car? Will you be dining alone? Where on Arlington St? The more info the better.

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      1. re: BBHound

        Being from the NW I like fresh and local for one. I like everything from Thai to Indian to Mexican to Italian to standard simple fair when done well. That being said my company doesn’t care, but I am dining mostly alone maybe one picky college friend night where she will pick something. I don’t want to have to travel far since I have long business days.

        1. re: Cognac

          a 10 minute t or cab ride will get you to a lot of great spots. taberna de haro (very auth spanish) in brookline. oleana in cambridge which is turkish/arabic med food locally grown focus and one of the most unique and excellent dining spots. also in cambridge is ole mexican. duk bua in brighton for thai. for fresh seafood either neptune oysters in the north end or b&g oysters in the south end. just a few thoughts. back bay is pretty vanilla for restaurants

          1. re: Cognac

            also... be aware that newbury street dining is pretty appauling. lots of praise on here but nothing of interest from a food standpoint

        2. La Voile (Mediterranean French).
          Vlora (Albanian).
          Tapeo (Spanish, though this place is mostly dissed on this board).
          Parish Cafe, if you're looking for an interesting sandwich and a good beer.

          And if you're willing to walk a few blocks, the corner of Berkeley and Tremont Streets in the South End is home to a number of fine eateries, including Butcher Shop/B&G Oysters (two places from the No 9 Park empire), Hammersley's Bistro, Sibling Rivalry. All extensively discussed and findable on simple seaching.

          Parish Cafe
          361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

          La Voile
          261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

          545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar
          266 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: Dr.Jimbob

            I'd add one more to Dr.Jimbob's great list: Sorellina.

          2. Casa Romero in the Back Bay is good for authentic Mexican food. It's on Gloucester St. Above that (literally upstairs) is L'Espalier for fine French cuisine. It's expensive, but it is worth it if you're looking for a more upscale night with guaranteed wonderful food. If you're looking one night just for apps and drinks, Cottonwood Cafe would fit the bill. It's Southwestern and they have a patio so you can sit outside if it's nice. Parish Cafe is good too for sandwiches and a drink. They too have outdoor seating available. They're open late too (I believe they serve until 1:30am). For an Irish pub type place, Solas at the Lenox Hotel is good. Nothing fancy, but decent pub grub and of course Guinness.

            1. Dr. Jimbob's list is indeed excellent. Also L'Espalier is closing its location on Gloucester the end of August and reopening at trhe new Mandarin Oriental Hotel in mid-September.

              When dining alone, I like to eat at the bar. Bar dining is good at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square (but not if the Red Sox are playing at home which they are on the 14th). In the South End, the bar at Union on Washington St. is good. Near your hotel, the bar at Davio's is good but most of the other places in that neighborhood are not memorable.

              75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

              Eastern Standard
              528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

              Union Bar and Grille
              1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118