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I am meeting an old friend in Boston for dinner tomorrow night and looking for recommendations. She is coming from NH and I from the South Shore.

-We will both be driving so parking should be fairly easy.
-Casual setting, possibly outside or on the water since it's supposed to be nice.
-Any type of food.
-Would like to keep the price somewhat moderate (less than $25/meal).
-Avoid Back Bay/Fenway since there is a game.
-I'm thinking North Station/Waterfront/Seaport District/Quincy Market area.

What do you think?

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  1. Maybe the Boston Sail Loft on Commercial St ?- there is street parking around there as well as the pricey parking lots very nearby. Nearby Joe's would be a second choice.

    1. Perhaps the Daily Catch on the Waterfront at Fort Point Channel? Plenty of street parking nearby (and lots), and I noticed last night that they have their outdoor area set up for the season.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Unless things have improved radically, I strong advise against eating at Daily Catch at Fan Pier (see prior posts - personally I won't go back until several trusted sources swear it's better) - if you go that area, go to the Barking Crab across the street, but expect crowds, noise, and mediocre food at best (which will be far, far better than DC FP - really.)

        1. re: rlh

          I was at a catered event last summer at the Waterfront DC and the food was awful. Great view. I actually spoke with 1 of the owners or mgrs and they recognized that the food was not up to the NE original; and were "working on it" I won't go back til I hear some good reviews and I love the original; went there last week.

          If you're not looking for fancy, I'd recommend Joe's on the waterfront. Nice outdoor tables. Reasonable prices, decent quality if not high end. Think burgers, steak tips, salads, few seafood entrees. They've improved their wine list and by the glass program..and make a great bloody mary. Nearby parking at Lewis Wharf.

          Barking Crab is also on the water. I've had good steamers there but most of the food isn't all that good.

          Lively bar scenes at both places..particularly on a Thurs before Memorial Day Weekend.

          1. re: 9lives

            I second Joe's. They've got an excellent burger there, and if you stick to the basics, food is pretty good...i.e. salads, chicken club sandwich, etc. A friend of mine always raves about their prime rib....Love their hot bread and butter too. I agree with rlh, if you can't find a meter, just park at one of the lots. You can try Joe's, the Sail Loft (though I haven't been in years and in the old days the food there was just ok), or....head into the North End --you obviously won't get the water view there though.

            1. re: 9lives

              was at that daily catch not long ago. waitress was extremely nice but the food was lame-o.

            2. re: rlh

              I agree. Some of the worst food and service I have ever experience when dining out. After waiting forever for our meals they came out cold. No drink refills so we sat with empty glasses for a half an hour and then I had to personally go out back to find the waitress to get my check. So I had to go out of my way to pay for an absolutely horrible experience. I will not be going back to that location any time soon.

              That being said, I have had great experiences at the North End location.

          2. Daily Catch at Fan Pier?

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            1. re: pemma

              Yes, in the courthouse building. They set up outdoor seating in the enclosed area where the old Northern Avenue Bridge begins. Nice views from there.

            2. If you don't need to be on the water, check out the Channel Cafe in Fort Point. Great food, cool place with a couple galleries and not too pricey. Its on Summer Street, below grade. On the water, Barking Crab is fun, nothing to speak of food wise though, but its ok.