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My friend and I are a couple of Grad Students headed to a conference in Boston this week. The conference is at the Weston Boston Waterfront on Summer Street (near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center) and we’re staying in Medford. Any suggestions for good, interesting, reasonably inexpensive places to eat and/or drink? We’re both pretty adventurous when it comes to food, so all suggestions are welcome. Also, anything local we have to try in Boston and any recommendations for a place to get a good bowl of chowdah? Thanks guys.

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  1. You're in luck; the best seafood for the price can be found in Medford, at Moulton's....Here's one thread to start; search for more...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/528379

    1. Its the third time I've thought of it today and the second I've posted, but I continue to think that the Dry Dock Cafe has some of the best seafood or clam chowder around, and it's less than 10 minutes walk from the BCEC - most days only lunch, but some days breakfast and dinner, too.

      I second the Moulton's recommendation - great family place with very, very reasonable prices - if they have the lobster scampi, splurge and split it - it is some of the freshest, tastiest lobster ever and its HUGE. They really know their way around the fryer as well. Everything there is great (except dessert).

      Chilli Garden in Medford has really good Szechuan food.

      There is also a much less crowded outpost of the ever-popular Italian Bakery Modern Pastry from the North End in Medford, but I don't know if it's the same operation .

      If you have a car, it's pretty quick trip to Za in Arlington as well - reasonable, friendly, creative salads and small pizzas based on seasonal ingredients (with beer and wine).

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      ZA
      138 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

      Chilli Garden
      41 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155

      Moulton's Seafood Restaurant
      178 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

      Modern Pastry
      20 Salem St, Medford, MA

      Dry Dock Cafe
      7 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02210