Back from Boston and don't want to be! Long..sorry
Oh well, of course I would love to have stayed forever...but that's another story...I had some wonderful meals as follows...A tiny little place in Beacon Hill gets my vote for the best spaghetti and meatballs that I have ever had, and that would be the charming "Grotto"...just watch out for that last step into the restaurant..thought I was going to go flying in there, instead of walking....Another place in Beacon Hill that I grabbed a quick lunch, where the folks that work there were not particularly welcoming, is the "Paramount". It seemed to be popular with locals,but let me say that I have NEVER had a better tuna melt anywhere else, and I would return in a heartbeat....Fried oysters that come lying in their shells on top of the best tartar sauce known to man, and a lobster roll that had plenty of lobster, very little mayo, and were accompanied by wonderful fries and thin sliced homemade bread and butter pickles, were happily devoured at "B&G Oysters"...So good.....I loved the tartar sauce so much, that I had to get extra to dip my fries in....How come everyone's tartar sauce can't be this good? Had a couple of quick lunches at "Stephanie's on Newbury" while shopping/browsing on Newbury street...Gotta love any place that adds goat cheese to their grilled cheese sandwich...The "Bristol Grill" at the Four Seasons did not disappoint, concerning their famous hamburger...it was quite delicious, but the best hamburger that I had was actually at my hotel at the "Oak Bar"...Kobe Beef and killer...Wonderful....Okay, so I have left my two favorites for last...The first one I just could not get enough of, so I had to have two dinners there..."Hamersley's Bistro"...The Roast Chicken is amazing, as are the other dishes, and the service is top notch...I like the ambience of the room also, as there always seemed to be some very interesting people there...Whether they were or not is neither here nor there, as that is just the way that I perceived them! Okay, drum roll please...my very favorite meal...get ready...probably of ALL TIME ANYWHERE...is "Oleana"...I had the 4 or 5 course vegetable selection that also included dessert...I am not a vegetarian...I am sure that it was a combination of the fact that all of the veggies come from her farm, and she is absolutely, IMO, a culinary genius...Creativity and taste does not get better than this...Each succesive dish was better and better...AMAZING is the only word that comes to mind, and if I lived in the Boston area, I would find a way to visit on a frequent basis....Yes, it is a bit expensive, especially if you are like me, and like a couple of glasses of good wine...but well worth it if you love great food...Everything that was ordered around me looked quite delicious as well...So....I did not make it to the North End for Italian, but I did do a foodie type of tour of the North End, which was a great fun, and there was just a bit of sampling....I suppose that will have to wait until next time...There are other places that I wanted to try...but again...will make it next time...In the meantime, I had a wonderful time, and I seriously appreciate all of the advice that I got from the Chows before I took my vacation...Boston is truly a great foodie town!