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Dec 17, 2008 06:40 PM

Family Restaurant Near Fleet Center

Looking for suggestions for a casual family restaurant close by the Fleet Center for dinner after the Disney on Ice show (the day after Christmas). After watching various characters skate for 2 hours, a full liquor license is must ! Thanks in advance.

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  1. I almost never recommend chains but what about Houston's about a 5-10 minute walk away on Congress street at the edge of Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market (directly across the street from City Hall). I have enjoyed the food the few times I have been. It's casual, fine for families and has a full liquor license. here is a menu:

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    1. re: Gordough

      Houstons is a better than average chain. It will suit the OP's needs perfectly well.

      1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

        I agree, but the day after Christmas is a Friday, and Houston's will hardly be a casual FAMILY restaurant. Unless the family is into swinging.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          Houston's is a swingers club on Fridays???

          1. re: Blumie

            very few office types who frequent Houston's for happy hour after work will be in town working the day after Christmas especially since it is a Friday. Most offices I do business with are closing the 25th and 26th. I highly doubt Houston's will be a bustling bar scene that day.

            1. re: Blumie

              Yeah, somewhat. Although as Goredough correctrly points out, probably not the day after Christmas. .

            2. re: Bostonbob3

              That is a bit misleading They are obviously not planning sitting at the bar with children. Houston's is perfectly acceptable option for families in the dining area. I wouldn't call it completely casual though (no baseball hats allowed).

              The only other question is how many poeple are in the OP's party as there are a very limited number of larger tables at Houston's, however you can call ahead to reserve one of the tables which would accomodate 4+ people. Also, be forewarned, the food is good but definitely not cheap.

        2. You'd best venture into the North End.
          BTW, it's the BankNorth Garden now. ;-)
          (Wait a minute for the next change)

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Actually isn't it TD Garden now? I read something the other day about how they're waiting for the current seasons to end before changing the signage.

            1. re: jgg13

              As of 4:27 p.m., it's the TD BankNorth Garden.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                No matter, it'll always be the Shawmut Center to me!

                  1. re: srgoodman

                    Ah, this was the article I was referencing, I just managed to get hte details wrong ;)

                    1. re: jgg13

                      The Garden was wise to wait. By the end of the season, it will be re-christened again to "$700 Billion Dollar Bail-Out Arena."

              2. re: Bob Dobalina

                Many places in the North End do not have full liquor licenses which was a requirement of the OP.

              3. I would recommend scouting out Johnny's on the Side. It is a short walk from the Garden. Kid friendly as well.

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                1. re: stradacouple

                  How about the original Regina's in the North End? It's a short walk, they have a bar and it's definitely a family place.

                  1. re: lowbuckbob

                    Can't really go wrong with the old standard Regina --> MIke's Pastry combo.

                2. The Fours is one of the great sports bars but it is low key, has booths and is family friendly. The food is basic but can be quite good.

                  The Fours is a real sports bar, not a chain creation with dozens of tv screens. I've many times watched the front office of the Celtics and Bruins come in. I used to see Red Auerbach eat there with Larry, ML Carr.

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                  1. re: lergnom

                    I think the Fours is a pretty good choice. It's about as close to the Garden as you can get. It is a bar, but "pubbly". I wouldn't hesitate to bring kids there. If any of the kids are interested in sports, that would be a bonus.

                  2. The North End has many options. Reginas is good, but I think they only have beer and wine? Artu's is family friendly, has a full license and makes some really nice seasonal drinks. Best options are the pizzas, grilled meats, sandwiches. For pastas you can do better elsewhere.