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Lunch near South Station?

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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  1. 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).

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    Radius
    8 High St, Boston, MA 02129

    Kingston Station
    25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: rlh

      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.

      1. re: Lucymax

        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.

        1. re: Lucymax

          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.

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

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        1. re: MrsCheese

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

          1. re: Lucymax

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

        2. 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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          1. re: nsenada

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

            1. re: C. Hamster

              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.

              1. re: TomH

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

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