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Lunch near South Station?

tuesniteout Apr 13, 2009 09:51 AM

I am meeting a friend on Wednesday for lunch. They are coming into the city on the commuter rail and I thought it would be easiest to meet near South Station for something as I live along the Red line myself. We haven't seen each other in a while so I'd like a place where we wouldn't be rushed at all, but also where we'd be able to have a good solid meal. Thanks for any suggestions what so ever, neither of us are picky we just like good food!

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    PorkTerrine Apr 14, 2009 10:19 AM

    How about Shabu Zen in Chinatown? You wouldn't be rushed at lunch and food is very good.

    1. nsenada Apr 14, 2009 09:17 AM

      Les Zygomates is right there, and further out Congress Street is Sportello (it is lunch-counter styled, but I've never felt rushed there).

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        C. Hamster Apr 14, 2009 10:34 AM

        The Italian place LZ folks owns next door is pretty good, actually

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          TomH Apr 14, 2009 01:58 PM

          I agree. Sorriso, next door to Les Zyg, is pretty good and it has never been busy enough there where I have felt rushed at all.

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            alwayscooking Apr 14, 2009 02:02 PM

            Sorriso is very good - a nice atmosphere, good prices, and competently prepared tasty new Italian.

      2. MrsCheese Apr 13, 2009 11:52 AM

        I think the Good Life is a good option around there for a sit down lunch.

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          Lucymax Apr 13, 2009 03:14 PM

          The Good Life is pretty good but it is VERY NOISY and I think the food is better at Kingston Station.

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            Blumie Apr 14, 2009 11:58 AM

            The Good Life is not at all noisy at lunch time.

        2. rlh Apr 13, 2009 11:50 AM

          Kingston Station - good food, solid service, no rush, and nice atmosphere - 5-10 minute walk from South Station. Radius is even closer and generally excellent, but very upscale (and expensive).

          8 High St, Boston, MA 02129

          Kingston Station
          25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111

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            Lucymax Apr 13, 2009 11:54 AM

            I agree with the above. Here's another good choice, affordable, but going into Fort Point Channel. The Channel Cafe, on Summer Street. You won't be rushed, it's a fun but approachable menu, and a beautiful space (including an art gallery). They always have a grilled cheese special, for example. The Cobb Salad is very good.

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              rlh Apr 13, 2009 11:57 AM

              I almost included this as well but haven't been recently - glad to hear it's still solid. I think the Good Life (across from Kingston, by the way) is also a good call.

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                travelames Apr 29, 2009 01:45 PM

                I ordered lunch take-out from the Channel Cafe today... the a.b.l.t. sandwich - avocado bacon lettuce tomato in a wrap. The wrap had the right balance of ingredients and the bacon was perfectly crunchy. It came with a small side of mixed greens, a small pickle and some house chips... $8.35 Attached is a photo from my Blackberry.

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