LA Chowhounds coming to Boston
Hi everyone. My husband and I will be traveling to Boston mid-September. Where should we go for dinner? We are from Los Angeles and eat everything. Our only requirements are that they be in the moderate price range--entrees between $15 and $26 if possible (I was recently laid off and while not desititue, we don't want super high-end dinners on the trip.) We also would like restaurants that are relatively close to our hotels so that we can either walk, take a short taxi ride, or public transportation as long as it is safe in the evening. (Is it?)
We are staying at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on a Friday night and at the Fairmont Battery Wharf from Thursday to Sunday night. (Is it difficult fo find a restaurant open on a Sunday night?)
I've been having a difficult time choosing restaurants because I don't have a good idea of distances between neighborhoods.
We are currently thinking of Hungry Mother and Elephant Walk. Is the distance to those restaurants about the same from either Copely Plaza or Battery Wharf?
We clearly need some Italian. Any suggestions? What else?
Thanks in advance.
Hungry Mother isn't within walking distance of either hotel. Fairmont is fairly close to the Elephant Walk on Beacon Street, but still is a bit of a hike. Both could easily be done by cab or the subway, and yes, the subway is pretty safe at night.
Lots of Italian restaurants within walking distance of the Fairmont Battery Wharf, as it is located in the North End (or version of Little Italy). Some of my favorites there include Pagliuca, L'Osteria, Antico Forno, Monica, Al Dente, Ricardo's, and Euno. And Pizzeria Regina, which is one of the best pizza joints in New England, is maybe 4 or 5 blocks from the hotel--definitely don't miss that one.
As far as Copley Plaza, I'd say you should probably walk south to the South End (only a few blocks from the hotel), as there are a lot of excellent restaurants in that neighborhood. Some of my faves there are Addis Red Sea, Orinoco, House of Siam, Picco, Myers and Chang, and Giacomo's.
You know, I was about to type that Hungry Mother is not at all close, but actually pretty much everything is close to you by LA standards. Boston is on a totally different scale. Even stretching to the suburbs that are included in the Boston chowhound, it's really only 10 miles from point to point, and most everything that will get recommended here will be within 5 miles of each other, and taxi rides will be 10-15 minutes.
That said, Hungry Mother is a 10-15 minute walk from a T station. The T is perfectly safe to ride at night.
Are you interested in Portuguese food? That's something that you wouldn't get out there and it's delicious.
There was a recent thread on this:
I like Casa Portugal, but see what's convenient and in the right price range for you.
I think you'll really enjoy the North End, too, and you might end up eating there a few times. You can search here and find a lot of passionate discussion about restaurants, pizza, cannoli, Neptune Oyster.
I haven't lived in LA for ten years, so maybe they're all over there now, but one other thing Boston does well is bars with atmosphere and good food that isn't expensive, or restaurants with good bars. In Cambridge/Someville (across the river, but again not far), I can recommend Green Street, Highland Kitchen, Craigie on Main, Central Kitchen, Garden at the Cellar. Of these, Green Street & Central Kitchen are closest to the T, and the only one you'd need a cab for is Highland Kitchen.
My favorite moderately-priced, T-accessible restaurants are Grotto (Beacon Hill), Eastern Standard (Fenway), Marliave (Downtown/Financial Dist.), The Helmand (East Cambridge), and the bar at Chez Henri (Cambridge, between Harvard and Porter Sq.) And I agree that if you like pizza, the original Regina's in the North End is a must (don't order more than one topping or it ruins the crust), followed by cannoli at Mike's Pastry.