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Aug 21, 2008 09:29 AM

Visiting for 3 days after Labor Day

Hello Bostonians,

Looking for recommendations for:

1) Great casual dining.

2) A fancier place for a romantic dinner for 2.

3) A few restaurants/bistros/etc. we MUST VISIT while in Boston.

Thanks for all your help!

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  1. 1. Where are you staying?

    2. Will you be cabbing it/taking the T or will you have a car?

    3. What foods do you like and dislike?

    4. Have you done any research yet on this board? You might find what you want by doing a quick search for certain keywords: Casual. Romantic. Fancy. Bistro.

    People are REALLY willing to help, but you gotta help yourself as well. Lots of great information on this board found by digging a little.

    3 Replies
    1. re: LindaWhit

      1. Staying at Boston Park Plaza.
      2. Using the T.

      I did some digging up while I posted. I guess my biggest concern is finding that one place that only locals know about. You know what I mean?

      1. re: antin

        We can help with that but we'd do better if you let us know what you like and where you are from. For example, if you have no Mexican food at all where you are, we'd wax poetic about Angela's in East Boston for amazing Mama-made Mexican but if you're coming from the Southwest we wouldn't bother but would steer you toward Neptune for a lobster roll or Uni for one-of-a-kind sushi instead. There are WAY more than "that one place" that only locals know about!

        1. re: GretchenS

          Also - a price point. What is "fancy" and "expensive" to one person might be a middle price point for others. The Mod's "New to the Boston Board" post that's pinned to the top of the Boston board gives a lot of good ideas on how and what to search on and how to help those on the Boston board help you.

          Boston hounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them:
          - Whether you have a car or will be relying on transit.
          - How far or how long you're willing to travel
          - What neighborhoods you'll be visiting
          - What your budget is. Descriptions such as 'expensive', 'moderate' and 'cheap' mean different things to different people, so use dollar values. Boston's restaurants can be expensive, but it also offers a wide variety of great places with lower prices.
          - What types of cuisines you're interested in.
          - Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help

          If you've done some of your own research, mention what you found so hounds can help fill in the gaps, rather than rehashing what you already know. "

    2. oleana in cambridge... romantic patio great food/wine

      for less fancy but not necessarily less expensive
      all have great wine offerings not full bar:
      taberna de haro in brookline
      b&g oysters in south end
      the butcher shop across from b&g

      fun casual not far from the hotel on boylston st
      the parish cafe - a compilation of some local chef's sandwich creations under one roof with a great beer selection.

      just a few without asking all the questions