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Jun 5, 2009 12:15 PM

One night in Boston

I'm visiting from Toronto next Wednedsay. Staying overnight. Where should I go? I'm staying in the Quincy Market area.

Random stuff you should know:
-I'll be eating alone
-I'm open to pretty much anything, but Boston's got pretty good seafood scene (I love oysters)
-I like beer more than wine (although I drink a lot of both)
-$100 limit

I've also got a lot of time to kill leading up to dinner (i.e .after 3pm). so any food-related activities you could suggest would be highly appreciated.

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  1. Neptune Oyster is a good bet, and it's walkable from where you're staying. As for other food-related activities, unfortunately it's a little too early in the year for the good farmer's markets, but there are a number of interesting specialty and ethnic markets worth a look - I'm thinking of places like the two-block stretch in Watertown that has some great Armenian stores (Sevan and Arax in particular), the Russian stores like Bazaar in Brookline and Berezka in Allston with their selection of eastern European cured meats, smoked fish, and prepared salads, or Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge for amazing cheeses and other delicacies, to name just a few.

    The list could go on and on, but you only have one afternoon. You don't say whether you'll have a car, but the two Russian places I listed are accessible by subway (no need to go to both, they're pretty similar), and the others are all on bus lines.

    Formaggio Kitchen
    244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Bazaar International Gourmet
    1432 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

    Sevan Bakery
    599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

    Arax Market
    585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

    Berezka International Food Str
    1215 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

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    1. re: BobB

      Watertown definately rocks. While your are there, get your rental car washed and detailed, shop at Russos and get remodeling tips from Vinnie at Moniques. After that, you can get a square meal at the Deluxe Town Diner. But I'll set a far less ambitious course and recommend the crispy bass at Avila (One South Charles Street).
      (617) 267-4810

    2. I would start off at Drink (Fort Point) for the best cocktails in the city, then head over to Neptune Oyster for dinner afterwards. I have done this countless times, it is about a 20-25min walk or a 5 min Cab ride between both.

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

      348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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      1. re: Matt H

        Drink doesn't open until 5:30 though, just so you know.

        1. re: rieslingme

          If I'm not mistaken I believe Drink opens at 4:00pm.

          Another non food but beer related activity that you could do before Drink, is a tasting at the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport. There is a 4:00pm tasting time on Wednesday.

          Another option is walking through the North End (Little Italy) and exploring some of the markets and bakeries along the way.

          Harpoon Brewery
          306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

          1. re: Matt H

            Thanks these are excellent suggestions for the afternoon. The brewery or little italy? Good choices.

            Two Neptune recs....sounds like it's a winner. I just checked the menu, and it looks awesome. Looks like Wednesdays are blue crab night (although I think the online menu is just for illustration purposes).