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Jul 4, 2009 02:00 PM

visiting boston for a weekend. What r good places to eat? I want Places as good as Flour bakery or Border Cafe'. Will go for any type of food. I just want it to be good.

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  1. Confused here, so you want it as good as great handmade baked goods, but simultaneously as bad as crappy pseudo Tex Mex?

    That being said - East Coast Grill, Peach Farm, Douzo, Canto 6 all come to mind...but none of them are as bad and cheesy as Broder...

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    1. re: roejimmy

      Flour is also pretty lame in my book. Not a lot of flava compared to say Clear Flour, Hi-Rise, or Iggy's. The border is just plain atrocious.

    2. Hey, you like what you like.

      There are many posts on mexican restaurants as well as just about any kind of food. Try doing a search on North End, Chinatown, breakfast, etc. Best bet is to just scroll through the Boston site as there have been a lot of recent questions from visitors asking where to eat.

      1. Unwittingly, you hit on one of the places boston foodies love to hate - the Border Cafe - which hurt your credibility. for those of us who live here, it is a dreadful place full of college students and visitors who see the line and think it must be good. Really, we can be friendly and helpful. But it's a big city, with lots of good food. Give us a sense of price, location, atmosphere, and type of food you are looking for, and we'll come thru for you.

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        1. re: LauraBear

          There are many of "those of us who live here" who actually like the place. I know I'm not the only one, despite how much it gets bashed here on the board. True, it's not authentic or even the best you can get in the area, but sometimes you just need a bottomless basket of hot and salty chips and a huge plate of food for cheap. Try the caesar salad with shrimp and crawfish - garlicky with just a little bit of spice.

          1. re: pamalamb

            Heck I eat at McDonald's on occasion too, but don't consider it chow.

            Everything at the Border comes out of a can.

        2. Bryan, I see from some of your other posts that you're 13. What places in New York do you like?

          I have some challenges with my 13-year-old relatives: they're not as adventurous as I'd like them to be. I wasn't very daring at that age, either, but the options were much more limited in those days, too. A few ideas:

          Banh mi, the Vietnamese sub sandwich. If you don't like cold cuts or liverwurst, get a chicken or beef version. They're all over Boston, but I like the ones at Pho Viet in Allston (in a supermarket food court), Mei Sum Bakery in Chinatown, and King Do Baguette in Dorchester.

          Shabu-shabu. Basically meat and veggies that you cook in delicious broth right at your table, really fun. Places all over Boston, but I've had good versions at Kaze in Chinatown and Shabu Shabu Toki in Allston.

          Tibetan food. I know you don't have a ton of this in New York. It's its own thing, but some of it will remind you of Chinese food, like the noodle dishes and mo-mos (dumplings). We have four really good places here: Rangzen in Central Square, Martsa's in Davis Square (which has a stronger Indian flavor than most), House of Tibet in Teele Square, and Tashi Delek in Brookline Village.

          Some places I don't really like but I know a lot of younger people do: Fire and Ice, a place where you pick out meat and veggies and sauce and watch them grill it for you to order; and the Hard Rock Cafe in Quincy Market, which has pretty dull, mall-restaurant food (wings, nachos, burgers, etc.) but a lot of cool rock memorabilia.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm not a big fan of Tibetan food, but the food that I've had in Boston that tastes most like the food that I've eaten in Tibet is at Annapurna in North Cambridge. Even if it's not their main focus, I actually prefer the Afghani food at Annapurna (particularly the pumpkin), which I find quite good.

            Also, oddly enough, the Kebab Factory has the best momo (Tibetan dumplings) that I've had, but I believe only on their weekend brunch buffet.

            1. re: lipoff

              I've been to Annapurna and it was good, but think Kathmandu Spice in Arlington is better, certainly for atmosphere. I preferred the dinner to the lunch buffet.

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              A good reminder for all of us why condecension is not chowish!

            3. Chinatown bakeries are great fun. I like Eldo bakery because there is a candy store in the next room. Others have posted their favorites over time. Search Chinatown bakeries for more ideas.