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Jul 28, 2009 05:25 AM

Where to eat after visiting Boston University?

My son and I will be visiting Boston University, and I am looking for a good place to have dinner before we head to the airport.

We are willing to walk or take public transportation, so I guess we can venture away from the University area. We're not at all familiar with Boston.

We are finished at BU at 3 pm, and our flight home is at 9:00 pm.

We love good food, and aren' t picky eaters, so we are open to suggestions!


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  1. bu has a ginormous campus, but is on the green line, so you have easy access to many areas of the city.

    might want to help us help you with a price point, preferred cuisines, day of week you'll be here, etc. there is a huge diversity of ethnic restaurants in allston that are inexpensive. you can easily get to the north end for italian, or explore east boston (where the airport is) which has a wide variety of latin american places. both eastie and the north end are very walkable.

    1. You should do a search to find one of the many threads about Allston, which is pretty much entirely accessible on the B line from BU.

      1. if you want to venture to the "pretty" part of Boston and aren't concerned about price point, I'd suggest you have dinner at L'Espalier in the Back Bay, accessible by Green line train from BU to Copley Square. You can explore the Back Bay and the Commons Garden which is lovely this time of year. Closer to the Commons and on Green Line at Arlington Station, less formal and expensive, try the Parish Cafe (you can eat outside too and watch Boston pass. If you are baseball fans and want to take a peek at Fenway, take the green line to Kenmore and eat at Eastern Standard Kitchen: lots to choose from both formal and less so. If you want a sense of the great if gritty Brighton environment that is BU, full of good small ethnic restaurants, try Jo Jo Taipei for Chinese (on Brighton Avenue) or Soulfire for Barbecue (on Harvard Street) or Carlos Cucina for italian (on Brighton Street). Enjoy Boston.

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        1. re: teezeetoo

          L'Espalier, though delicious, is about as high-end as Boston dining gets, and while it does not have a formal dress code you'd likely feel a bit out of place in casual college-visiting outfits (it's also VERY pricey).

          I do go along with the recommendation for Eastern Standard, which is walking distance from BU, just a few blocks down Comm Ave in Kenmore Square. The food is very good and moderately adventurous (check out their Offal of the Day special) and the atmosphere is lively with a pretty eclectic crowd. From your schedule it sounds like you'll need to hit the very beginning of the dinner hour, at which time you should be able to walk into just about anywhere and get seated immediately.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Yes, if there is a Sox game Eastern Standard and everything else in the area is likely to be quite crowded. You have so many options. You could head down to Long Wharf with a leisurely walk down beautiful Commonwealth Ave. through the Public Garden and Common, then up Tremont to Govt. Center, across Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace to Sel de le Terre at Long Wharf. There is a Blue line subway stop right across from the restaurant. Blue Line will take you to airport. Or, if you prefer, there is a Legal's there as well.This way you get to see some really pretty "touristy" parts of Boston along your way.

              1. re: pemma

                Or you could walk up Beacon St a few blocks to Taberna de Haro for tapas. A nice option for a BU student to know about.

        2. Thanks so much for the great suggestions. I plan to research them, and I'll be sure to report back!

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          1. re: goldenmama

            Also in Kenmore Square: Petit Robert Bistro. Very good bistro menu, and excellent value.

            1. re: drb

              Petit Robert is especially wonderful for lunch as the value gets even better on the lunch specials.

          2. You would get a much more involved answer if you gave more info: high end, comfort food, ethic or not, etc. etc.