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Sep 13, 2009 06:31 AM

Hound from Los Angeles in Boston 1 day 9/22

Hi there,

Im in town for one day 9/22 Arrive Logan 7:00 a.m and depart the next morning 9/23 (staying at Logan Hyatt ) and want to do a chow tour of Boston ( will be using public transportation guess the T ). I like low key ethnic and simple places with lots of flavor ( like older places that have been around for some time too with some color and history ). From reading the board I find the following interesting:

Regina for Pizza in the North End
Modern Pastry or Marias Bakery for Cannoli
Neptune Oysters for Cherrystones ( perfer clams over oysters )

Whats a good seafood shack if one exists in the city? Boiled Lobster, Fried Bellly Clams etc..

Whats a good place for 1 in Chinatown ( lunch specials where you get a few items )

Hope this interests you to take the time and share with a Foodie from Los Angeles ( grew up in NYC ) and if anyone is up for a food crawl and wanna meet I am up for that as well.. Thanks in advance!

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  1. The lunch menu at Gourmet Dumpling House offers a 3 entrees with rice for like 20 bucks. It's a nice selection too.

    1. Neptune has all the seafood items you are looking for. Their lobster roll is particularly good (get the warm version). I would go there for lunch when it is less crowded and the waits are shorter. The menu is the same all day.

      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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      1. re: BBHound

        fried clams at neptune are killah good.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Second Neptune's fried clams -- always light and crispy, perfect.

      2. For a seafood shack your best bet is to rent a car and go to the North Shore (e.g. Essex, Ipswich, etc.). Since you are open to a food crawl, perhaps a local Hound (or Hounds!) might meet you with a vehicle and head north. That could work for lunch or dinner.

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        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          I am up for meeting with some local hounds. If anyone is interested just let me know. A food crawl sounds good to me

          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            For one day, there's a ton of stuff to do in Boston without renting a car. For low key and decent fried seafood, there's Morse Seafood in the south end. It's a fish store that cooks food and is reasonably priced if you don't want to do this all at Neptune. And some people like Summer Shack which is easy to get to in the Back Bay. Not really a shack. I agree with the Taiwan cafe suggestion for Chinatown. I'd get sfogliatelle or a lobster tail for pastry at Maria's. You could also get cherrystones at the bar of Union Oyster House, oldest restaurant in the country.

            1. re: Joanie

              I agree with this -- no need to head out of the city. I would suggest getting your seafood fix at Neptune, with maybe a stop at Union Oyster House for cherrystones and the history -- although be sure to eat at the bar, not in the restaurant area. Between that, a stop in Chinatown, pastries from the North End, and possibly a stop at Regina's, you'll easily fill you day and then some.

              If you are limiting yourself to the downtown area, you don't really need to take public transit unless the weather is bad. The walk from Chinatown to the North End, via the Public Gardens, Boston Common, and the Freedom Trail, is nice and not that far. (And if the weather is bad, a short hop on the orange line from Chinatown to Haymarket will get you to the North End).

              1. re: greenzebra

                thanks greenzebra on the walking tips.. hopefully I will find nice weather. And thanks to all whom have replied. If there are any other tips kindly advise.. Thanks.

          2. taiwan cafe on oxford street in chinatown. you can choose 3 lunch specials from a list of 30 choices for a total of $18.95 and it includes soup of the day and steamed white rice

            1. Heard that Quincy is a short T ride away. Would you venture to the Clam Box or others in that area or stay put in Downtown Boston for the Seafood Fix. Looks like nice views and a cool trip. But heck if I would know..

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              1. re: Foodandwine

                Quincy is south, at the end of a T (subway train) line. It is not a long ride to Quincy from downtown. However, it is nowhere near The Clam Box. That is a significant car ride north of Boston.

                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                  There is a Clam Box in Quincy (on Wollaston Blvd). I've never been, so I can't really say if it is worth the trip, but see these two threads for some recent discussion of South Shore clam shacks:

                  It isn't particularly close to the T -- according to Google Maps, about 1.2 miles from the Wollaston stop (although it is probably only a ~20 minute ride on the red line from Park St (downtown Boston) to Wollaston).

                  1. re: greenzebra

                    Cool! I must have missed those threads. Thanks for pointing them out. I certainly did not want to confuse or misdirect FoodandWine!

                  2. re: PinchOfSalt

                    On a travel website I received this:
                    South Station take Red Line Direction Braintree Arrive North Quincy Station ( 15 min ). Take the 212 Bus to Billings Rd @ W Elm Ave ( 4 min ) walk to 789 Quincy Shore Drive ( 5 min ) this is for the Clam Box, I guess Tonys is a few doors down. If its a nice day. I just may head ot that way.

                    Figure my short list so far is the North End: Reginas for some Pizza and Marias for Cannoli or pastry
                    Quincy area: Clam Box or Tonys
                    Chinatown: to check it out and find something ( few posts here )
                    Just need to find the route and meals to eat at each place. I think that this will give me a day to tour, eat, walk and get some food that I would not find in Los Angeles.

                    1. re: Foodandwine

                      You should probably check the schedule of the 212 bus on the MBTA website ( It may not run very frequently. That said, if it is a nice day the walk from Wollaston won't be that bad, so don't let that stop you from heading to the Quincy area.

                      Your list sounds pretty good to me. If the weather doesn't cooperate for a trip to Quincy I'd recommend Neptune Oyster for seafood. It isn't the "clam shack" ambiance, but the seafood there is really spectacular.

                      1. re: greenzebra

                        Quick Update:

                        Started off with the 10:00 a.m. Samuel Adams tour and Tasting ( very cool staff and a fun tour and tasting ) off to Reginas for a Small Cheese Pizza at the bar, washed down with another Sam Adams.. Then off to Marias for a cannoli. Met up with some travel friends ( different board ) at Houstons Goverment Plaza for an afternoon drink.. Then off to North Quincy ( greenzebra was right the 212 does not run so often ) headed to the Clam Box, passed infavor of Tonys ( a much better choice imo ) had a small fried belly clams sat on the patio enjoyed the view and relaxed. Still more to go. Off to Chinatown for a Twin Lobster Special Black Bean Sauce looked much better than the Cantonese for like $15.99 killer food and great place ( just need to remember the name ) Back to my hotel at Logan after a nice walk to the silver line. All transportation with my day charlie ticket for $9.00. All in all, a fun day, great weather, and excellent food. Side note.. all my interactions when asking for directions were met in a warm fashion you have a wonderful city with equally wonderful people. Oh yes, a glass of wine( well 2 ) on the patio of the Hyatt Logan looking at the cityview Priceless..

                        1. re: Foodandwine

                          Sounds fabulous! Glad to you made it to Quincy, you were at Wollaston Beach. (Quincy girl here, ;) ) And yum for Tony's! If you don't recall the name of the place in Chinatown for the twin lobsters, I hope someone else can tell us! Glad you enjoyed yr time here.

                            1. re: Foodandwine

                              Foodandwine, this is pretty funny. The "old" Golden Gate was the best hole in the wall in Chinatown! TY for the info!

                          1. re: Foodandwine

                            Wow, that's a lot crammed into a day. The travel board wasn't mytravelbuddy was it?