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Reasonable food at Copley Place or nearby?

Steve Green Sep 10, 2009 05:19 PM

Sorry for the last-minute post. Heading to Boston tomorrow for a conference, staying at Copley Place. I'll have time for a few dinners -- a couple at normal hours, and a couple that may be as late as 8:30 or 9. For the late ones I'd like to stay close in. I already know about Brasserie Jo and love it (I'm ready for that onion tart right now!), but would like some other options as well. Maybe fish (I know that can get pricey, but I'm intent on having at least one good piece of fish), thin-crust pizza, Northern Indian, non-fancy Italian, or Chinese. Open to other suggestions, as long as they're not high-end.

For the dinners where I have more time, I'm interested in the same kind of food, but am willing to take the T or walk a bit. How long a haul is it on the blue line to Santarpio's, and how far will I have to walk? And is it worth it? BTW, I've already been to the original Regina's and was less than impressed. How about the No Name -- any good, and is it accessible via T?

I posted this thread a couple of years ago asking about food near Copley Place: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/369633 , but I don't know what's changed since then. I think it's safe to assume that Skipjack's and Stephanie's have not improved. :o) Not that I ever ask concierges where to eat -- they're not exactly impartial.

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    BBHound RE: Steve Green Sep 10, 2009 06:54 PM

    Actually, the responses you got two years ago still look about right. Those were good suggestions.

    I don't think that either Santarpios or No Name are worth a trip. They are not far from the T but not worth the bother.

    Help us a bit - what is your definition of reasonable?

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      hotoynoodle RE: BBHound Sep 11, 2009 06:20 AM

      and santarpio's is not thin-crust anyway.

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        MParente RE: hotoynoodle Sep 11, 2009 06:52 AM

        Giacomos in the South End on Columbus Street is an easy walk from Copley and very reasonable and always a crowd pleaser. Try and make reservations or expect to wait a bit.

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        Steve Green RE: BBHound Sep 12, 2009 10:44 AM

        OP here.

        BBHound asked: "Help us a bit - what is your definition of reasonable?"

        Thanks for the responses -- sorry I missed the question. Say $20--25 +tip, max, without drinks. Is that realistic?

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          BBHound RE: Steve Green Sep 12, 2009 01:24 PM

          That's not going to be easy near your hotel. That area tends to be expensive. Most of the places mentioned here will cost more.

          Some moderately priced places nearby would be Coda on Columbus Ave, Anchovies on Columbus Ave., Pops on Tremont st., Laurel on Berkeley St, and Vlora on Boylston.

          Make sure to let us know where you went and how it was.

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        bostonbroad RE: Steve Green Sep 11, 2009 08:15 AM

        I would add Sel de la Terre, which now has an outpost at the Mandarin Oriental, La Voile, and Bouchee (both on Newbury) to your list for consideration

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          anais_in_waiting RE: bostonbroad Sep 11, 2009 01:22 PM

          I've been to the new Sel de la Terre twice now, and haven't had great experiences. I don't think it's as good as the one on the warterfront.

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          tamerlanenj RE: Steve Green Sep 11, 2009 12:20 PM

          Vlora: a Greek/Albanian place on Boylston Street, is a great value for the neighborhood. My favorite steak frites in all of Boston!

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            anais_in_waiting RE: tamerlanenj Sep 11, 2009 01:21 PM

            I second this. I don't think Vlora gets the credit it deserves!

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              bostonbroad RE: anais_in_waiting Sep 11, 2009 01:48 PM

              Third it, sorry I forgot in my other post.

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            nomadgirl RE: Steve Green Sep 12, 2009 07:27 PM

            For reasonable in that area, I'd recommend a few block walk up Boylston to the Parish Cafe (between Berkley and Arlington). Not "fine" dining, but great food. It's "thing" is sandwiches and dishes created by different chefs in the city.

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