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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: http://www.hillstone.com/pdf_menus/ho...

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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.

                    1. If you head into the North End (can be a bit of a walk with small kids on a cold day....not to mention if we get some snow), I'd recommend Tratoria Il Panino. Modern Pastry beats Mike's anyday.

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                      1. re: stradacouple

                        Modern beats Mike's for adults. Kids like Mike's.

                        1. re: Blumie

                          Cafe Vittoria beats them both for atmoshpere.

                          1. re: pemma

                            Uh-oh. We might have a runaway cannoli thread here. Gotta say, I love Modern and Mike's. I like the pastry shell a bit more at Modern and like the filling a bit more at Mike's (actually, I may have that backwards, I forget now), but I like the somewhat tamer atmosphere at Modern and that's where I'd go if it were just me, but with kids or people new to the area I might prefer Mike's since it's sort of a landmark... Sigh... You really can't go wrong. I haven't been to Vittoria, but now I'm intrigued.

                            1. re: TPistrix

                              Thanks all. If ileft up to me, we will be off to the North End. We will see what the group decides. Happy Holidays !

                      2. I like Osteria Rustica on Canal, just about two blocks from the Garden. They may only have wine and beer but the Italian food is good. Make a reservation if you choose it, because it is small.

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                        1. re: teezeetoo

                          The last few times I went by Osteria Rustica, it was closed. Are they still in operation?

                          I guess I find the places right around the Garden a bit rough for families (harmless stuff - mostly a bit of drunkeness). Johnnie's on the Side, mentioned above, is slightly nicer than its neighbors and decidedly quieter. Or how about walking up to Charles Street, depending on the kids' stamina? Panificio at the top of Charles has wine and beer and a calm casual atmosphere. There's also the dining room at the Hill Tavern or Harvard Gardens. I think even Viva Burrito has beer.

                          1. re: digga

                            Rustica is definitely open. It gets steady lunch business from yours truly since they are so convenient in that North Station area. But, they do have odd hours. I don't think they are open after 5 and I suspect they aren't open on weekends. To me, they have a lunch niche.

                            1. re: beetlebug

                              Also, the place is tiny. I'm also not sure if they have any alcohol.