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Mar 5, 2009 12:01 PM

Favorite Restaurants near Jury's Hotel

I'm surprising my husband with a trip to Boston for his birthday in April. He's been once but didn't really get to experience any of the Boston cuisine. He and I are both foodies and love a good meal, from dives to 5-star restaurants, we just appreciate good food. In starting my search for must-try restaurants in Boston, I've found the task to be a little daunting. It seems if you asked 5 people their top 3 restaurants, you'd get 15 different answers. While that's great, it's also makes it very difficult to narrow my search. We will be in the city for 2 1/2 days and will need to find 2 breakfast spots, 2 or 3 lunch spots, and 3 dinner spots. The one place I've found thus far that looks right up our alley is Ten Tables. I understand the Chef's Table is the place to sit and the Tasting Menu is the way to go. I don't mind to pay as long as the food merits the cost. I'd love to have seafood at least once, if not more. We're not big on oysters or clams but we do love all fish, shrimp, crab, and lobster. We don't do chains, although I've heard good things about Legal. For breakfast, I prefer pancakes/french toast and my husband prefers more eggs/bacon. As far as location, I'd love to find at least a few places within walking distance of our hotel, Jury's, but I realize we'll probably have to cab it to get to others. I know there have been other posts regarding your favorite spots but hopefully you can narrow in on your favorites based on my criteria. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing your responses.

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  1. A couple of thoughts:

    For seafood, absolutely skip Legal's. I highly recommend B&G Oysters, which notwithstanding its name has a excellent menu of other fish and seafood dishes, including some wonderful lobster dishes. It's expensive and elegant in a faux casual kinda way. It's a five-minute cab ride or, on a nice evening, an easy walk from Jury's. If there's a wait for a table (they take only very limited reservations), you can leave your cell number and grab a drink at one of the many nearby places.

    For breakfast, Jury's offers a tolerably good breakfast buffet, which includes made-to-order (and surprisingly good) omelets and waffles, and excellent coffee and fresh orange juice. It won't blow you away, but it's a good, easy, no-hassle (never a wait for a table) option. And at $18, it's a better value than most upscale hotel breakfast buffets.

    Another nearby breakfast and lunch option is Mike & Patty's ( ) in the adjacent Bay Village neighborhood (again, about a five-minute walk from Jury's). Note that this is a little closet of a place (if it's empty and the two of you walk in, it will be crowded). But they overachieve as far as the food. A great place that every neighborhood would love to have.

    1. One thing I forgot to ask. Is there anything close to the arena where the Celtics play (the name escapes me right now)? I'm debating treating him to a game and I wanted to know what food options might be nearby.
      Also, is Mr. Bartley's "the" place for burgers? Is this the best hole-in-the-wall place?

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      1. re: de5181

        Here is the most recent discussion of options near the TD Banknorth Garden (or whatever we happen to be calling it nowadays). If you search there are many others.

        Burgers are a VERY controversial subject on this board. Bartley's is one of my favorites, but many people will vehemently disagree. It's hard to disagree that it's a Boston-area institution and it certainly is a hole in the wall. I have not changed my order in 30 years: cheddar buger deluxe, which comes with both fries and their not-to-be-missed onion rings. (That said, I don't like a lot of "stuff" on my burger, so if you do, you might want to order something else or supplement this with toppings!)

        1. re: de5181

          Check for tix, as they are very hard to come by.

          1. re: de5181

            the C's are essentially sold out for the year. They release a very limited amount of tix the day of the game but if they're playing a worthwhile opponent, you have not shot at a ticket. This will change your dinning plans. But I'd stick around the area and head to Scampo in the Liberty hotel. It's worth seeing if you're from out of town and perhaps it will be on your radar to stay at the the next time you're in town.

            I'll also reccomend B&G Oyster for seafood and the Parish Cafe for lunch.

            1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

              While I recognize that we're supposed to be discussing chow and not sports tickets, there are plenty of Celtics tickets available through brokers for those willing to pay for them.

              1. re: Blumie

                anything can be had for a price. Goes without saying.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  I would have thought it goes without saying until the posts on this board that Celt's tics can't be had!!!

                  1. re: Blumie

                    you're very literal, then. I doubt someone from out of town is going to want to deal with Scalpers last mintue. Nonetheless, they should make their way over there to check out Scampo.

                    1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                      "... you have no shot at a ticket." Hmmm.

                      Why would someone from out of town not want to deal with scalpers? Stub Hub, Ace Tickets, Ebay. If you don't mind paying, there are plenty of options. Exactly what I do when I travel. YMMV.

                  2. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                    I was trying to get tix recently and the prices on Stub Hub were pretty outrageous.

            2. For fine dining: Grill 23 is right across the street. You can walk to Troquet, Sorrellina, Davio's, Via Matta, L'Espalier, La Voile, Sel de le Terre, Mistral, No. 9 Park, Hamersleys Bistro and probably more that I cant think of at the moment.

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              1. re: C. Hamster

                I second all these recs. Expensive but you'll be happy at any of them.

                If you don't want to plan everything in advance, I suggest strolling "Restaurant Row" which is Tremont St in the South End and very near you. B&G Oyster is here (as well as its sister restaurant across the street specializing in meats), Hamerslyey's Bistro, can stroll and check out menus.

                To clarify your "T" question: it is short for MBTA, Mass Bay Transport. Authority. Technically it refers to the public transportation system including trains, buses and boats, but when someone says "T" they generally mean the subway system which is comprised of red, orange, blue and green lines. The newer "silver line" is actually a bus route with stops in the south end, so you may encounter that too. It's very handy and worth getting a pass for a few days' travel.

              2. For dinner I would add Scampo in the Liberty Hotel as a great choice. Excellent food and the place has a very hip buzz right now. Try a lobster pizza for a starter or one of the offerings from their mozzarella bar. I aprticularly like the prosciutto with pear carpaccio. For seafood I really like Atlantic Fish Co. On Boylston St. Try the Swordfish Chop if you are a fan of this type of fish.

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                1. re: RoyRon

                  I strongly second Scampo for excellent food (especially the Lobster pizza) and also recomend that you spend a few minutes before dinner walking around the upstairs lobby of the Liberty Hotel (where Scampo is) since it is a former jail and very interesting.

                2. Another rec for fish is Neptune's in the North End and Jury's is very near to the Parrish Cafe on Boylston - a great lunch choice.