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Apr 16, 2009 08:08 AM

2 resturant that are a must visit on marathon weekend

Hello all, my family and I will be in town for the marathon this weekend, my awesome Dad is running on the Habitat for Humanity team! He would like to go somewhere Saturday for some great seafood and possibly somewhere Sunday for a nice brunch before the race Monday. Where are some good places we would be comfortable in our casual clothes and have some great Boston fare? We are staying in Burlington but have a car and plan on spending most of the time in the city.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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  1. Because of the horrendous parking situation Marathon weekend in Boston, I suggest The Blue Room in Cambridge for their Sunday jazz brunch, which has an eclectic buffet of savory and sweet items to choose from. Looks like the 1st available reservation is at 1PM, but you should call them directly, as this is a popular place and they may have their outdoor patio set up, weather permiting.


    1. I am in NO way an expert, seeing as how I've only been to Boston 1 time, but I can tell you a couple of great restaurants we ate at that seem to fit your bill. Additionally, all of my selections were based on the great posters to this site! For the seafood, Neptune Oyster! You don't have to be an oyster conniseur to appreciate this place but you do HAVE to have the lobster roll. Wow, that's all I can say.

      For brunch on Sunday, Masa in Back Bay. This place is an absolute steal at $7.95 for a pre-fixe menu. It has sort of a southwestern flair and every bite was delicious. You may want to consider making reservations here, as the place was packed 10 minutes after opening their doors (10:30am). There appeared to be some decent parking in the area but since I'm not a local, so take that with a grain of salt.


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      1. re: de5181

        And should they not want to go into Masa/Back Bay for brunch, the new Masa in Woburn also has a brunch.



      2. For Seafood: Neptune Oyster in the North End
        Brunch: Craigie on Main in Central Square

        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. Neptune Oyster is THE place for Saturday - go off peak if you can to minimize waiting as it is very small and doesn't take reservations, but so worth the trouble!

          East Coast Grill and The Blue Room in Cambridge are both great, original interesting brunch options for Sunday:

          Sound Bites and the Neighborhood in Somerville are favorites for a gut-busting traditional breakfast that doesn't require driving into and parking in Boston as well.

          In Burlington, just in case you don't feel like driving, some decent options include the Burlington Fish House (VERY casual but fresh and good), Legal Seafood (the reliable chain location in the Mall - stay out of that food court, however - ugh! - except maybe for Chick Fil-A, but not on Sunday...), and Border Cafe (solid, mass-produced Tex-Mex and Cajun in a fun place).

          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Sound Bites
          704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

          Blue Room
          1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

          Neighborhood Restaurant
          25 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

          Fish House & Grille
          184 Cambridge St # 184, Burlington, MA

          Border Cafe
          128 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington, MA 01803

          Legal Sea Foods - Burlington
          75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

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          1. re: rlh

            I have to say that the Burlington location is probably the WORST Legal Seafood's I've ever been in. I live in Woburn, and I'd rather drive up to Peabody and go to to that location. The food has never been up to par in Burlington, and the service is beyond bad.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              It's always been OK for me (but not worth waiting for when I can drive to the Fish House faster, by the way) - that said, it is the only Legal where I've sent back an entree (dodgy swordfish that was also way overcooked) - but they nicely redid it, apologized profusely and comped the entire meal for four, so I overlook it and stand by the recommendation of the place anyway.

            2. re: rlh

              Avoid Legal at all locations (I am unable to understand why this restaurant persists to be popular). The seafood is bland (how do they do that?!) and unevenly cooked.

              As an alternative to Neptunes (very good), try B&G in the South End. They serve a wide selection of excellent seafood in a very quaint, small restaurant.

              In addition to Masa in the South End, Union Grill has great deals and food.