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Jun 25, 2009 12:02 PM

Coming from Montreal


I'm coming to vist Boston from Montreal for 2 days next Monday. Any suggestion of any must go restaurants or clam chowder place?


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    1. The Boston Chowda Company in Quincy Market has a very good, traditional clam chowder. Legal Sea Food's clam chowder is also excellent.

      As for other restaurant suggestions, it would help to have some guidelines, like budget, cuisine, location, atmosphere, etc.

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      1. re: mwk

        I don't have a budget, from cheap street food and gourmet restaurants, I'm in. It's my first time to go to Boston with my girl friend and I like to fo to some local hotspot. thanks!

        1. re: f1champ


          I'll stick with some of the "cheap" food, since that's what I like to go for when I'm in Montreal.

          Sultan's Kitchen on State St. for excellent Turkish food

          Chacarero on Province St. near Downtown Crossing has excellent Chilean-style sandwiches called a Chacarero. It has grilled beef or chicken, green beans, muenster cheese, a spicy avacado spread and it's on this very delicious homemade round bread.

          I don't get the impression that the Montreal Chinatown is one of the city's culinary strengths, so you might want to try two favorites here in Chinatown. Peach Farm on Tyler St., or the Gourmet Dumpling House on Beach St. Both are excellent.

          Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester St. has excellent Israeli/Middle Eastern cuisine.

          A bit more upscale, but not terribly pricey, is Vlora. It's a Mediterranean restaurant in Back Bay on Boylston St. As someone commented about Boston cuisine, it's the type of place where the preparations are fairly simple, but allow the freshness of the ingredients to shine through.

          Another place I think you'd like is Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge. It's a very funky "small plate" place, with international influences. They make some great cocktails too, and it's got a very fun vibe to it.

          I don't know if those qualify as local "hot spots", but maybe you will enjoy one.

      2. Montreal is such a good city for food, so I shrink a little bit from recommending restaurants to you. However, just to get this going I'll mention a couple. I like "Bin 26 Enoteca" which is a wine bar on Charles Street (Beacon Hill, but very close to Back Bay). This could be good for taking a break if you are in that area; it tends to be pretty expensive but good. In Cambridge, Oleana is a special and different restaurant with beautiful decor, an outdoor garden and a sophisticated take on Middle East cuisine. That's in a weird location not too far from MIT, you might need to take a cab there. But in Harvard Square (Cambridge) I really like these 2 restaurants: Harvest and Upstairs onthe Square. The latter is a quirky looking place with good cocktails and very good food. The main floor is a little cheaper and the upstairs restaurant is a little pricier and more formal. Harvest is an all-around restaurant but I have always had really solid meals there and great service. It has a beautiful little courtyard. Might be worth stopping in even if just for a drink, as the bar area is very comfortable and pretty. This restaurant is the type that offers game in the fall and often has foie gras on the menu (again, I hesitate to say this to YOU . . . .). Have a good visit.

        1. Montreal certainly is an awesome food city. One major difference I find between the great chow in Boston vs. Montreal is that Montreal's chow tends to be a little more heavily produced, whereas Boston's is a little more simply prepared, letting the ingredients speak a bit more for themselves.

          I find the Cambridge side of the river to have the edge with this light-handed style of cooking. A few particularly ingredient-focused places you might try: Oleana, Chez Henri (bar menu is best, but seating is limited), EVOO, Craigie on Main, T.W. Food, Ten Tables.

          In Boston, for clam chowder, and seafood in general, I'd hit Neptune Oyster in the North End.

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