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Where to have lunch near Collonade Hotel

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Would someone please point me toward a local landmark establishment within walking distance of Collonade Hotel (Copley Square). I will have a toddler with me so it must be kid friendly. I am looking for something unique and tasty! An established family owned kind of place with a particularly famous dish is what I am looking for. "dive" bar/restaurant perfectly fine with me. Any price ok with me. Something that screams BOSTON. I'll only be in town for 2 days.

Thanks- this will be my first visit to Boston. What about early dinner? (remember the kiddo)

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  1. Not what you asked for, but I want to recommend "Uncle Hansi's Tart" at Brasserie Jo, which is the Colonnade's restaurant. It's caramelized onions with just enough quiche batter to hold them together, on a buttery crust. I had it several years ago and still dream about it.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Uncle Hansi's Onion Tart is one of my all time favorite dishes. I'll be in Boston in a couple of weeks and that's first on my list.

    2. Two opposite ends of the dining spectrum:

      If you have a car, consider the 10-minute drive to get a hot dog from Speed's. You can read all about it on this board.

      If it's a nice day, you can have a lovely walk through the South End to B&G Oysters. Although not family owned, it is owned by local restaurant diva Barbara Lynch and offers excellent takes on New England seafood, including a wonderful lobster roll.

      1. Both good suggestions. The coq au vin at Brasserie Jo is also splendid. But the best classic Bostonian experience might be fish chowder at Legal Sea Foods on the second floor in Copley Place (not the Prudential Center mob scene). Right next door to the Colonnade and very kid friendly. Sure it's a chain...but it's a Boston chain.

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        1. re: terrycatch

          And not very good
          And a tad overpriced for the quality

        2. Charlie's sandwich shoppe is all of that, except for the tasty part. Good but not memorable.

          http://www.chow.com/places/22237

          I'd eat at Brasserie Jo in your hotel (it's great) , but then again I live here. :-)

          1. If I were staying at the Collonade for two days, that would be six meals at Brassererie Jo. Why leave the building?