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bobssmith Apr 17, 2009 07:46 PM

I frequent downtown Boston often and am interested in some suggestions for a quick lunch as a departure from my usual business lunches?

  1. Bob Dobalina Apr 22, 2009 04:48 AM

    Generally agree with comments - however, there are a couple of places that bear mentioning, that are high on the value end. From the point of view of walking in from the Faneuil Hall side...

    There is a Chinese place about halfway down the first hall, on the right - Jen Lai I think? They have standard buffet items, but you can totally get a TON of food for ~$6. First you pick a starch - I always get the noodles, they look way better than the fried rice. Then they move to the entrees - get the spicy chicken - it's chunks of chicken with some green peppers in a thin sauce, but I swear it is some of the most addictive stuff. A little bit of a cheat, if you move slowly and act like you're considering only the one entree, sometimes they will keep shoveling more of the first entree into the box...then ask for some of the second entree - usually go with the gloopy barbeque. It's greasy Chinese take-out at its best.

    The other place that's pretty interesting is the Prime Rib shop at the end of the second hall on the left. You can get an enormous beef rib - they slice the meat off the bone, briefly grill it with onions and peppers and bbq sauce - again, talking value here - I think it's something ridiculous like $5-6 and it's a TON of meat.

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      nsenada Apr 22, 2009 06:35 AM

      I think I need to have that beef rib thing immediately. Maybe I'll see if they can hold the bbq sauce, and possibly the onions and peppers.

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        9lives Apr 22, 2009 07:25 AM

        The Prime Rib Shop is definitely a step above the rest of FH. They used to have a full butcher operation..selling prime aged steaks; retail or mail order.

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        9lives Apr 21, 2009 01:49 PM

        My feeling about Fanieul Hall is that while it offers a lot of variety,; most of the foods can be found nearby..and generally a better version.

        I occassionally hit the Bombay Club if I have a craving for Indian food..not much of that downtown. Not the best Indian in the Bostonarea; but the only Indian x mantra near my office. I usually order something that needs to be cooked to order as opposed to what's on the steam table.

        I have heard good comments about the oyster place..Walrus& Carpenter but don't frequent it..also the Monkey Bar.

        Love Haymarket Pizza (did the 1/2 dozen cherrystones/Haymkt slice this weekend)or Regina's on Thatcher..so no need to go to the FH stand.

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          Pegmeister Apr 20, 2009 04:38 AM

          I love the oyster bar (Walrus & Carpenter). Oysters are delicious and reasonably priced. Clam chowder in a bread bowl is tasty and filling. The lobster salad sandwich goes well with a nice glass of wine.

          1. finlero Apr 19, 2009 08:49 AM

            I'll echo the sentiments of a lot of the other posters that you'd do well to steer clear of Faneuil Hall itself; the food there is generally both overpriced (which I'll sometimes tolerate) and of poor quality (which I definitely won't).

            Love the suggestions for Haymarket Pizza, Sultan's Kitchen, Al's.

            Depending on where your jumping-off point is, a few other quick chowish suggestions in the area:

            Chacarero - delicious, filling Chilean sandwiches, two locations in the Downtown Crossing area.

            Anna's or Viva Burrito - on the other side of Government Center from Quincy Market, neither is my absolute favorite, but you could do a lot worse for Mission-style burritos.

            Flour - in the Fort Point area (15ish minute walk from the Financial District, great as the weather warms up), really good upscale sandwiches on homemade bread.

            Mei Sum - in Chinatown (10 minute walk from Financial District), my favorite Vietnamese sandwich in the area. And still $2.75.

            Sakurabana - table service Japanese in the Financial District, I get takeout from here pretty often.

            Italian Cafe - more or less interchangeable with Al's, very good Italian-style subs on terrific homemade sub bread.

            Cosi - multiple locations, overpriced but reasonably good salads and flatbread sandwiches.

            Various stuff in the North End - agree on Galleria Umberto. Will add: slices at the original Pizzeria Regina (way, way better than the one in Faneuil Hall), shaved lamb and eggplant sandwich at Artu.

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              nsenada Apr 21, 2009 01:26 PM

              Agree with all those rec's - Oceanaire has some decent lunch items for a lot less money than they charge at night (I like the crab cake sandwich).

              Re: Anna's in Beacon Hill, I've noticed a really nasty aroma lately, typical of places that use a filthy sponge to "wash" down the tables.

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                hotoynoodle Apr 21, 2009 02:53 PM

                oceanaire also has a cheap bar menu for very late lunch/early dinner.

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              catsmeow Apr 18, 2009 01:32 PM

              I walked through there foir the first time in several years. There's a mac 'n cheese place that has great mac 'n cheese. i tried the plain but they have all sorts of add ins. My old fav that is still there is the monkey bar for fruit smoothies.

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                jgg13 Apr 21, 2009 01:33 PM

                They were featured on the phantom gourmet this weekend, "MMmac & Cheese" (I think that's the right number of M's). The guy that ran the place seemed really annoying.

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                  alwayscooking Apr 21, 2009 02:13 PM

                  Pasta is overcooked and watery. The cheese sauce tastes chalky with no hint of chedder or any other cheese. They put the two together when ordered and add bits of other things if you really want to risk it. I tried a sample and had to throw it away.

                  A phantom gourmet visit alreadys makes me wonder. . .

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                    jgg13 Apr 21, 2009 02:17 PM

                    I have to say that from the clip on the show, it didn't look all that good although I know enough to not always judge food just by sight.

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                      catsmeow Apr 21, 2009 06:22 PM

                      Hmmm...when I got it, it was gooey and delicious. It wasn't a bit watery and I didn't detect a chalky taste. One of my pet peeves is why pasta is often watery at many Italian restaurants, I always get it seperate from the entree and usually have to ask for extra napkins to soak it up(yes, I will use their "linen" napkins).

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                    lergnom Apr 18, 2009 10:23 AM

                    I go around the corner to Haymarket Pizza. Been going there for over 20 years. Ask for the slice to be heated. If there's more time - and I mean more time - I head to Galleria Umberto for an arancini. If it's nice out, I may grab a sub at Al's on State St or something Turkish and sit and watch the tourists walk around.

                    It's not that the food in the market hall is always bad but much of it has been sitting out for a while and it's all over-priced.

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                      hotoynoodle Apr 18, 2009 10:57 AM

                      haymarket pizza rocks.

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                        twentyoystahs Apr 18, 2009 12:07 PM

                        Second Haymarket Pizza for a quick slice outside of the market. However, there are a few gems inside:

                        1) The Chipyard is awesome. Tiny little homebaked chocolate chip cookies.
                        2) The Prime Shoppe actually has pretty good turkey sandwiches --sliced right off the turkey on tasty rolls or bread. They've got monster "turkey" wings too. All good food, fresh.
                        3) I love the Columbo Yogurt stand. Really tasty soft serve yogurt and as far as I know, it's the only place you can find Columbo soft serve.

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                          lergnom Apr 18, 2009 01:40 PM

                          BTW, Haymarket Pizza sells their dough for $1.

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                            cpingenot Apr 21, 2009 02:24 PM

                            Thanks for the tip- I stopped by on my way home from work last night (just a couple of blocks away) and made Clean the Fridge Pizza.
                            Very tasty, and there was enough dough for me to make 2 crusts and parbake the other for later.

                    2. hotoynoodle Apr 18, 2009 10:06 AM

                      you'll do far better at al's or sultan's kitchen both on state st., sakurbana on broad, and i don't get the hate for the boloco on congress.

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                        Delhiwala Apr 20, 2009 10:33 AM

                        I second the suggestion to walk (for about one minute) to Al's or Sultans Kitchen on State Street. Both of these places are ten times better than anything at Qunicy Market.
                        If only the Speed's hot dog wagon set up some days near Qunicy Market.....

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                          Fenway_Frank Apr 21, 2009 02:45 PM

                          oh, right on, Sultan's Kitchen. I went a couple Saturdays ago (I'm always so grateful they're open on Saturdays - seems like not much around there is ) and I got a chicken kebab sandwich in a pita with that great cucumber, pepper salad. I'm drooling a little.

                        2. Snoop37 Apr 18, 2009 06:58 AM

                          Steve's Greek cuisine. I find the meat moussaka to be quite tasty. That's the only thing ive ordered there

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                            Matt H Apr 18, 2009 09:39 AM

                            I agree about Steve's being probably the best in there. If not Steve's I usually just get a cup of chowder from Boston Chowda Co and a roll.

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                              marilees Apr 18, 2009 12:52 PM

                              corn chowder!

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                              alwayscooking Apr 18, 2009 09:40 AM

                              Had a veg moussaka there last week that was rancid.

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                              Gabatta Apr 18, 2009 06:38 AM

                              The only thing I really like there is Boston Chipyard, but that doesn't qualify as lunch for most people. In a pinch at Quincy Market, I suppose I would settle for Wagamama (though not technically a stand).

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                                macadamianut Apr 18, 2009 04:58 AM

                                Regina Pizza. A lot of the other stuff scares me.

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                                  hotoynoodle Apr 18, 2009 07:12 AM

                                  i had a slice there last week and it utterly sucked.

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                                    macadamianut Apr 18, 2009 04:58 PM

                                    See that is why I am scared to eat there. The place always looks dirty to me. When I say the place I mean that whole food hall.

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                                      cscott4313 Apr 19, 2009 04:26 PM

                                      false. Regina is awesome. You must not have went to the original location

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                                        bobssmith Apr 19, 2009 04:37 PM

                                        I agree, why would anyone go to any location but the original!

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                                          hotoynoodle Apr 20, 2009 07:47 AM

                                          the op asked about food at quincy market. i gave THAT regina's a shot., not having time to walk to the other. it sucked, just like nearly everything else in the place.

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                                            cscott4313 Apr 20, 2009 09:59 AM

                                            Fair enough ha and I absolutely agree that the Regina's other than the original are sub-par

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