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one day and night in boston. what's the best without breaking the bank?

kdub Aug 7, 2009 07:59 AM

i will be in boston all day sunday and am looking for a great lunch and dinner spot. i would prefer a casual lunch spot that isn't touristy, but just great local food. location isn't really important, but i'm staying off boston commons.

for dinner, i am looking for something mid-ranged in price. something italian, bistro or seafood would be great. again, no tourist spots. just somewhere that has great food. i haven't been to boston in years, so i'm at a loss. please help! thank you!

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    kdub RE: kdub Aug 7, 2009 08:22 AM

    after searching the boards, i'm thinking maybe oysters at neptune and then dinner at mama maria or hammersley.
    still would love recs on casual local lunch spot.
    thank you!!

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      BoDubya RE: kdub Aug 7, 2009 08:38 AM

      you really want to eat like a local on a budget - here you go...

      breakfast at charlies on columbus
      lunch at galleria umberto's in the north end
      dinner at anchoives in the south end

      total: $50

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        JoJo5 RE: BoDubya Aug 7, 2009 04:07 PM

        All 3 suggestions are not open on Sundays.


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          hotoynoodle RE: JoJo5 Aug 9, 2009 09:13 AM

          anchovies is open, but not the other two.

      2. re: kdub
        Parsnipity RE: kdub Aug 7, 2009 10:38 AM

        I think those look like solid options that most on the board would agree with. If you're starting in the North End for oysters, you might also consider Taranta.

        Casual lunch- I always like Chaquerero, you can search for recent threads, but especially with the good weather predicted, a sandwich in the park might be nice.

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          julieapfel RE: Parsnipity Aug 7, 2009 10:59 AM

          Chac is closed on Sundays.

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            BBHound RE: julieapfel Aug 7, 2009 11:06 AM

            And so is Charlie's.

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          barleywino RE: kdub Aug 9, 2009 04:52 AM

          if you're considering mamma maria ($30-$40 entrees, $20-$30 pastas) then most restaurants will be within your budget e.g. Prezza, Scampo, Troquet (if it's open on Sundays) PS. Grotto is a good suggestion

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          kdub RE: kdub Aug 7, 2009 11:26 AM

          what about alive and kicking for lobster rolls?

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            lgss RE: kdub Aug 7, 2009 03:38 PM

            You might want to do a search on this board for "visiting Boston". Be sure to switch the search to relevance.

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              9lives RE: kdub Aug 8, 2009 07:23 PM

              As others have said,many of the places mentioned are closed Sundays.

              If you're near the Common, you're close to Chinatown..dim sum at China Pearl, Vietnamese at Xinh Xinh, Montien/Thai(ask for the Thai menu), Penang/Malysian, Peach Farm for Hong Kong seafood...ora short walk to the North End for oysters at Neptune and a pizza at the original Regina's.

              Dinner..Grotto on Beacon Hill for Italian or 1 of the Chinatown places.

              None of these will break the bank unless you go crazy (easy to do) at Neptune.

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