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AnjLM May 30, 2009 08:17 PM

My friends and I are taking our Step 1 medical board exam (really really important test for us) June 17th and are looking for a place to celebrate afterwards. We have been studying non-stop for the past month so we're really excited to finally get dressed up, go out and enjoy good food and drinks! We're looking for options in the back bay/south end area or possibly the north end. Given that we are medical students in debt, we'd like to keep the entrees in the $20ish range...which rules out Mistral unfortunately. We're hoping to try somewhere new and fun. Restaurants that we have been to and liked include: Teatro, Franklin Cafe, Stella, South End Buttery, Pop's, Antico Forno, and Kingston station. Thanks in advance!

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    chicken pot pie May 30, 2009 08:39 PM

    Have you tried Gaslight in the South End? It's in your price range. Food is really good and it's a great atmosphere...simple Frech bistro food; nothing fancy but good quality and a good time.

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    1. re: chicken pot pie
      lipoff May 31, 2009 08:36 AM

      This might get a little expensive, depending on how much tapas you order, but Toro in the South End has terrific food and a fun, celebratory atmosphere. And a Wednesday night is a good time to go, without the very long waits of a weekend night.

      Another option could be Banq in the South End, which has interestng food and a very beautiful, exciting room.

      1. re: lipoff
        AnjLM May 31, 2009 09:53 AM

        I thought about Toro but I have a feeling we're gonna be pretty hungry (it's an 8 hour exam) so Toro might get pretty expensive.

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      chicken pot pie May 31, 2009 06:44 PM

      I was also thinking you might like Highland Kitchen in Somerville. Crazy inexpensive, good service, good food. Fish and chips is good; burger is great; steak was great. Cool casual atmosphere. Excellent service all the times I've been there. Spelling bee on Tuesday nights if you're into that kind of thing!

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      1. re: chicken pot pie
        AnjLM May 31, 2009 07:02 PM

        I've been meaning to try Highland Kitchen for a while but we're hoping to stay in Boston that night. I'll definitely keep it in mind for another night though!

      2. AnjLM Jun 3, 2009 04:23 AM

        How's the atmosphere at sel de la terre on Boylston St.? I see they have a $35 prix fixe meal during the week. Would this be a good place for us to celebrate?

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        1. re: AnjLM
          fmcoxe6188 Jun 3, 2009 06:13 AM

          I enjoyed the atmosphere at SDLT Boylston! It was rather modern, so not what I pictured given the feel of the State Street location, but it worked in the space. The service was attentive, and I felt very "taken care of" all evening.

          I haven't tried their prix fixe meal, but the meal that I had when I did go was really delicious. I think it would be a great place for a celebratory dinner

        2. CreativeFoodie42 Jun 3, 2009 01:59 PM

          Kingston Station is a great place for group events. The drinks are a little pricey but the entrees are reasonable. Plus, they usually put big groups in the private area of their restaurant.

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