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Folks Traveling through Boston for one Lunch- want Something "Really Good"

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I used to live in Boston, but haven't been there for many years and my parents have a request for a "really tasty and elegant lunch" for this coming Friday the 14th.

I would interpret this as well prepared food but not ultra-high end. Anywhere in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline would be fine. Fusion, ethnic or contemporary would work. My dad says that this is a test for Chowhound. I told him you wouldn't let him down!

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  1. Neptune Oyster

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    1. re: Luther

      Can;'t top that. Neptune is where I would go, and then around the corner to Maria's for a pastry.

      1. re: Pegmeister

        yes

        1. re: Luther

          4th- the first thought I had just reading the title...

          1. re: fmcoxe6188

            Thanks, guys, really appreciate it. Any place a little more eclectic? Just so I can present with a few options?

            1. re: P. Punko

              Eclectic meaning they serve more than one style of food?

              1. re: Luther

                I was thinking an alternative to a very Boston-seafood place. I know my dad would love it, but it is not a very diverse menu at Neptune. Just looking for an interesting option- I know it will be tough because it is restaurant week.

            2. re: fmcoxe6188

              Neptune is great for lunch, but just know that it is not "elegant". It is a very small space and you will sit either at the bar or at tables literally "elbow-to-elbow" with others.

      2. Another thought: Locke-Ober's, which no longer does lunch except for Restaurant Week (this week and next). There have been several highly positive reviews of its RW lunch offering and it certainly fits the bill for elegant. Not sure if you can still get reservations though. Me, I'm headed there next week....