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fogfog Sep 10, 2009 03:15 AM

Back dear friends in Boston...
Last spring dear son and I stayed at the Hyatt at Corsstown and LOVED Boston--looked at alot of schools and ate well...

We will be back during the Head of the Charles--

So knowing a ton of people decend on your fine town-please tell me
as far as hotel
I have 2 reservations
1 at Le Meridein on I think its Sidney? in Cambridge and
1 at the Courtyard Marriott near the end of Magazine Beach, Cambridge on Memorial Drive

Opinions of which to choose?

Knowing that..
advice for dinners, Fri and Sat...
we loved the T and wondered if there are parts of town far less crowded during the 3 days of visitors

We eat everything--our last visit included Ethipian (ok but not as good as my favs in Wash DC), some amazing sushi, some hot pot, some Itl/seafood in the northend, a couple of good steak nights...

I think in the end my son is gong to pick Boston for college ;o)

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    momoftwo RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 03:47 AM

    Hello, for hotels, its depends on what the focus is, Le Meridian on Sydney will be closer to night life, lots of food options and the T. It is right next to MIT Campus so lots going on. It is a farther shlep to the river for the Regatta. Courtyard on the other hand is "on the River" but farther from other things to do and a pretty far walk from the T . Your T stop will be on the Red Line which will take you into Harvard Sq which you are right will be packed! Past Harvard will be both Davis and Porter both with great dining options. In the other direction on the Red line you can go into Beacon Hill, Downtown, Park Street station where you can walk to almost anywhere in the city. Lots of options.

    1. Joanie RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 05:05 AM

      Definitely stay at the Meridien. In that area for food is Green St., Central kitchen, Rendezvous, Baraka Cafe, 1369 Coffee, Four Burgers, etc. Salts for a fancy dinner. Close to the T whereas the other one's a pain.

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        Taralli RE: Joanie Sep 10, 2009 05:52 AM

        Also Craigie on Main across from Salts, Toscannini's Ice Cream.

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          MissCheese RE: Taralli Sep 10, 2009 10:25 AM

          Definitely Le Meridian. You'll be more in Central Square right off Mass Ave-- it's easy to head up to Harvard Square if you want the full-on crowds and easy to get away from if you don't. You can walk to the part of the river where the races take place in about 20 mins, or you can walk over the river to Boston also in about 20 mins... and be in Back Bay before you know it.

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        fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 11:34 AM

        YOU GUYS ROCK!!
        I soo appreciate the boards here--as we had done our homework and so our spirng break of 8 days and a bunch of schools--and ALL the restaurants worked great (we happened to be there restaurant week--but only had lunch at one in the Market area..)

        So being a foodie with a foodie 16 yr old young man in tow..I said we'd eat anywhere except that hotpot place because I didn't like coming out with a broth facial and smelling ike food (no washer dryer in our hotel room ;o))

        anyway--Le Meridien it is
        --we fly in Thursday--so any ideas for breakfast..or should we eat at the hotel?
        He practices Fri mid day
        ..then we have Fri and Sat eve...He rows Sunday am..and sniff....we leave...

        so gotta pick 1 breakfast, 2 dinners ..I hear that the food carts/trucks outside of MIT are good? (at least thats what the students post on-line)
        Where is that because it sounds like an option for after his pratice row on Friday...or is that "too college" --

        also--is lobster still "in-season" in mid Oct--
        certainly there are shellfish options--I forget the name of the palce thats tiny but supposed to be good (northern end)--we tried to get in last time but it was CRAMMED before a game--might try again Fri...

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          galleygirl RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 11:41 AM

          Most of the food trucks have left by 2pm or so from MIT, they're a lunch thing...

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            mcupcake RE: fogfog Sep 14, 2009 09:48 AM

            Try Friendly Toast in Kendall Square (Cambridge) for breakfast -- fun and funky with good food (and lots of it). We had a good family breakfast there yesterday, with ages ranging from 5 years old to 65.

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              greenzebra RE: mcupcake Sep 14, 2009 10:39 AM

              I second the Friendly Toast, with the caveat that the wait can be very, very long, and on top of that the kitchen can be very slow (took 45 minutes to get our food after ordering on a recent Saturday around noon). Get there early, or be prepared to wait.

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              dulce de leche RE: fogfog Sep 15, 2009 07:46 AM

              I'd take your son to Brookline Lunch for breakfast. Very cheap, a diner with nice touches like homemade hot sauce & jam, big portions, great hummus & falafel. Just around the corner from your hotel.

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              fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 12:16 PM

              OK
              Digging through my notes (I printed them--from my spring trip and your reccs..)
              Are these still open and still recommended...
              We will stay at Le Meridien--behind MIT and not far from Central Sq T

              Ginza for sushi -Chinatown

              Neptune Oyster
              Antico Forno

              Anna Taqueria
              Miracle of Science
              Darwins

              Atsca

              Asmara

              Silvertone
              Marliave

              Are any of these better picks and less likely to be crowded by HOCR?

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                Joanie RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 12:29 PM

                Those are all still open. Neptune is usually always crowded. Silvertone too but not as bad. Marliave isn't so crowded. Atasca usually isn't but isn't too far from the river so it may change that weekend. Miracle of Science is very close to your hotel and serves breakfast and brunch, might be good for that meal you want on Thurs. The above restaurants I mentioned are very convenient to the hotel and many take reservations.

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                  MissCheese RE: Joanie Sep 10, 2009 12:46 PM

                  Craigie on Main, Rendez-vous, and Central Kitchen are extremely close to your hotel also. All good dinner places. A lot of has been written about them on these boards, especially Craigie on Main which is the newest and foodie-est.

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                  marais RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 01:24 PM

                  I'd steer clear of Ginza for sushi. Instead you might consider Uni at the Eliot Hotel, it's a little pricey but so worth it, even worth facing possible Regatta crowds. Plus it's easy to get to via the #1 bus on Mass Ave across the river, at the corner of Mass Ave and Comm Ave.

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                    BBHound RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 01:40 PM

                    If you want to try Neptune, it is less crowded at lunch. Same menu (and prices) as at dinner. If you sit at the counter/bar, there probably won't be much of a wait.

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                    fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 01:53 PM

                    Thank you so much. Like my trip in March--I am going to get the names/addresses etc and be armed with those --dear son and I would rather have a great meal away from the crowds--especially since between Fri practice and watching the races Sat..we will probably end up eating at either the "food court" near reunion village on the Soldiers Field side or some vendor Cambridge side for lunch..so a decent meal at the end of each day is a reward. ;o)

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                      bear RE: fogfog Sep 10, 2009 06:09 PM

                      You're also pretty close to The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square, Cambridge. It's kind of funky and fun and might be a good choice for Friday morning.

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                        fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 11, 2009 07:05 PM

                        Is there a restaurant in Le Meriden thats worth anything?

                        Best sushi in reasonable distance from the hotel (le Meridien)? I rather not spend the kind of money I did in March--whicl those amazing tiny oysters were incredible and the sushi good--I cant do $100 in sushi after what the airfare and hotel is costing me during regatta weekend...and I ahve a growing 16 yr old son who EATS..tlal and thin but he EATS!

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                          digga RE: fogfog Sep 11, 2009 07:41 PM

                          No sushi in your immediate area.

                          Other good places that are not too spendy:

                          I love a little lunch joint very close to you called "Bytes @ University Park something or other." Lunch-take-away only joint with fantastic falafel. Owners are West African so they often have an African special on the board.

                          Also close by is Rangzen Tibet on Pearl Street - lunch buffet is tasty. I have never been by for dinner.

                          Baraka Cafe for North African.

                          Or this. http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

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                            pasuga RE: digga Sep 11, 2009 09:59 PM

                            I want to make it VERY clear I'm not saying anything against Rangzen Tibet - I live in the neighborhood and I like the place. I'm not saying never try it. But since your son is rowing I'd probably take a pass this visit, unless you're already familiar with Tibetan food. A lot of their food is very spicy/unfamiliar to most Americans and the last thing you want before an important race is the slightest chance of an upset stomach/digestive tract. It's also heavy on vegetables, and I imagine your son will either be concentrating on protein or carbo-loading. My nephew rowed at HoftC twice and I'd have given the same advice if it had come up. (I get where you're coming from with the "eats and eats" - last meet he was in town for we ate at one of the Italian places in the North End and he finished two baskets of bread before we placed the orders for our entrees.)

                            If you don't mind standing in line, Neptune Oyster in the North End has some of the best seafood in Boston. The earlier you get there the better if you're going for dinner - just be prepared, everywhere is insane regatta weekend.

                            Have a great time and good luck!

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                            Joanie RE: fogfog Sep 14, 2009 04:01 AM

                            I think Sydney's in the hotel is okay. Have only had a burger there the last couple times but there's some interesting entrees, football on TV, etc. It's huge so easy to go in and sit either in the bar area or dining room.

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                            fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 20, 2009 02:38 PM

                            Thanks so much for the replies...This past week I was informed my hotel was overbooked--Finally I have a second confirmed res at the hotel again---Imagine--I had a confirmed res several weeks ago--only to get a call of "sorry..overbooked' and they wanted me to go to the Sonesta...no way..its out of the way from everywhere we need to be...
                            Hoping when we show up with the sales desk's confirmation in hand--that its a none issue.....
                            Fri . am we will have breakfast nearby---and same Sat am... Lunch on the fly both Fri and Sat, Fri and Sat dinner...we'll pick from the suggestions, Sat pm we'll eat on the earlier side of the evening so my son gets a decent rest--as we have to be up early and at the launch site ...

                            Now to put these restaurant names into google earth to get the lay of the land...
                            and if we do spicey--Fri even is probably the better choice--I hadn't thought about that/nerves/ and so on--so its a good point. Thanks.

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                              fogfog RE: fogfog Sep 26, 2009 11:29 AM

                              I think we may opt for Neptune Oyster since local Chowhounds like it so much hoping for not to many crowds in the North End for Fri night ...and since in March it was packed and we went elsewhere...
                              However, if most visiors for the regatta are already in town--we may be lucky to get fed anywhere!

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                                fogfog RE: fogfog Oct 5, 2009 08:49 AM

                                Dear Son nixed Neptune Oyster in favor of a steak at Green Street--so thats on the initerary one night...
                                as is The Friendly Toast for breakfast---went to the website and he has looked at that amazing menu...
                                hoping its not a long walk

                                Love chowhounds and the web....
                                sooo helpful

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                                  Joanie RE: fogfog Oct 6, 2009 05:23 AM

                                  If Green St. has their clam chowder w/ bacon and some fried clams on top, make sure to get it. And if they don't, ask them where it is.

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                                    somervilleoldtimer RE: Joanie Jan 2, 2010 04:27 PM

                                    Curious -- where did you eat, and how did your son do at HOCR, and finally, where is he applying to college?

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