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help with choices-Sel de la terre, Vlora,Radius

Andy Feb 15, 2009 12:57 PM

we will be in boston next weekend and have friday and sat nite for some good food

Which 2 of the above would you recommend and if you have better suggestions, I am all ears,


  1. alwayscooking Feb 15, 2009 01:21 PM

    My new fav is Bino Osteria just off the Common on Washington/Avert Sts. Lovely cooking and an elegant, clean atmosphere with prices that aren't ureasonable. IMHO Sel de la Terre is very good but not great - try it for lunch. Can't speak to Radius or Vlora. Read the CH reviews for Bino.

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    1. re: alwayscooking
      9lives Feb 15, 2009 01:59 PM

      strong second for Bina..also my current fave. I think in the other thread you mentioned you're staying at the Ritz? Bina is directly across the street..

      I'd drop Radius. It's not what it was when they opened. Don't know anything about Vlora.

      1. re: 9lives
        hotoynoodle Feb 15, 2009 09:07 PM

        agree with the above. bina is a knock-out. i always thought radius was over-rated and the wine mark-ups are staggering. vlora is not remotely in league with bina and on a 2-night stay, (or even 2-week stay) not worth bothering.

        you are easy walking distance to troquet which has wonderful food and an excellent wine list.

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      stradacouple Feb 16, 2009 03:51 AM

      .......go to Bina. Fantastic food, hip ambiance.

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        jodes Feb 18, 2009 08:59 AM

        Toro in the South End is fabulous - if you like tapas...get there semi-early, or else you will have to wait, they don't take rezzies.. Our other fave place right now is Metropolis Cafe - small, but great ambiance and the food is clean and well prepared. You can't go wrong.

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          foxspirit Feb 18, 2009 09:20 AM

          I haven't been to Vlora but I can tell you this, I've always had nothing short of a good meal from Sel De La Terre and if you don't mind breaking the bank a little Radius' chef's menu is FANTASTIC. Seriously one of the best meals in my life.

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            DaveCan Feb 19, 2009 12:45 AM

            I've been to Radius and Sel de la terre.

            Go to Sel de la terre, excellent food and service.

            Radius was overrated and the service was mediocre.

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            1. re: DaveCan
              fmcoxe6188 Feb 20, 2009 05:03 AM

              Im actually headed to SDLT this weekend as well- any recommendations for their current menu?


              1. re: fmcoxe6188
                wrenhunter Feb 20, 2009 02:45 PM

                I had the hamburger at Sel for lunch the other week. Amazing!

            2. sfumato Feb 20, 2009 08:28 PM

              SDLT is overpiced, IMHO. We went there and it was fine, but not wonderful, and not really worth the trip.

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              1. re: sfumato
                BostonZest Feb 21, 2009 03:39 AM

                Which one did you try? I really like the Boylston Street SDLT. And, I've always at a good meal at the one on the waterfront. I'm not a shopper so I've never been to the Natick one.

                1. re: BostonZest
                  JennyL Feb 21, 2009 03:56 AM

                  I've been to the waterfront and the Natick ones. I'm not crazy about either. Once they ran out of bread, offered muffins from the morning (at 10pm) instead and offered to charge us $7.50 for them. yuck.

                  1. re: BostonZest
                    sfumato Feb 21, 2009 10:15 AM

                    It was the waterfront one. I had the most disappointing bouillabaisse there.

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