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mr quarters Sep 16, 2009 05:26 PM

Going to be back in Boston for the Head of the Charles and the coach is looking for a place to go with the girls for dinner Saturday night. Everyone is going to Little Italy Friday night. Somewhere close to a T station would be helpful. Of course a locally owned restaurant would be great.

Thanks for all your help

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  1. trufflehound RE: mr quarters Sep 16, 2009 07:38 PM

    Chowhounders shoot me now. They will love Fire and Ice in Boston or Cambridge. They choose their proteins, veg and sauces and the grill masters cook it all into one tasteless mass. The kids will enjoy.

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      bostongal RE: mr quarters Sep 16, 2009 09:15 PM

      Just FYI, if you ask for directions for "Little Italy" you might not get there...in Boston that neighborhood is referred to as the North End.
      Now, as far as dinner recommendations go, you could get great seafood at "The Summer Shack"...very casual (paper on the table) but get a lobster and some chowder and you will be happy. It is near a T station and very centrally located to everything if you visit the Back Bay location.

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        PinchOfSalt RE: bostongal Sep 16, 2009 10:38 PM

        Yeah, Summer Shack might be a great choice - it is definitely food you would associate a lot more with Boston than Toledo, and the atmosphere is informal. The Alewife location might be another good choice. It is in Cambridge, and right across the street from a T station. So, if the group is starting from the Cambridge side of the river, they may be able to walk to the nearest Red Line stop and be at Summer Shack within a very few minutes!

        As much as I hate to make the suggestion, what about someplace like Durgin Park? It is very Boston and certainly has plenty of choices on its menu to please the less adventurous as well as those who want to try something new. The prices are reasonable. Plus, I bet the girls would really enjoy walking around Quincy Market afterwards. If you are unfamiliar with Quincy Market, it is sort of an indoor-outdoor pedestrian mall with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars - definitely lots of people there on a Saturday evening - plus there are some historic buildings, such as Faneuil Hall, right there (complete with a statue of Sam Adams, brother of John, right outside.)

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          02139 RE: PinchOfSalt Sep 17, 2009 08:33 PM

          Dolphin Seafood near Harvard sq. is a better choice than Alewife Summer Shack, imo. They can walk around Harvard Sq. before or after dinner. And, there is Berryline right across the street from it.

      2. Chrispy75 RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 04:58 AM

        You asked this same question two years ago and received many responses. Most of the restaurants that meet your criteria are still around. Just wondering what more you are looking for?

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          Parsnipity RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 06:03 AM

          Yeah, how did it turn out in 2007? And shouldn't those girls be in college by now?

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            cantcookbutluv2eat RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 06:11 AM

            I also find that out-of-towners enjoy the Barking Crab, if you like seafood. The younger people especially enjoy smashing crabs with rocks and eating fried seafood. (Personally not my favorite, but always a hit with guests).

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              mr quarters RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 07:44 AM

              Yes, back again, but this time with youngest daughter. First time they went to Fire and Ice and last year Jacob Wirth. Both worked out well, just thought that there might be something new or different.

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                Snowflake RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 10:27 AM

                Brave man!
                Depending on their tastes, it may be fun to take the red line subway to Porter Square and go to the Porter Exchange Building. It has something like an Asian food court (each stall has its own seating) and let them go around and pick where they want to go. there is a sushi bar and a Korean place to name a couple. If it sounds like a good idea, maybe other can chime in with the other spots in the building. None of them may be large enough to house the whole group, but at that age, they may like the independence to pick their own spot. For those not too into ethnic, an average American menu place is adjacent called Tavern on the Square which has a large space and a large menu.

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                  rknrll RE: Snowflake Sep 17, 2009 11:08 AM

                  The issues with this are:
                  -Limited seating (especially on a Saturday night) if they all try to eat at the same place.
                  -The part you mentioned about each stall has its own seating area.

                  It sounds like more of a total group thing would be what they are after.

                  A good idea otherwise though!

              2. Chris VR RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 11:44 AM

                Shabu Zen in Allston has a ton of seating and is a fun experience the girls might enjoy. It's Asian Hot Pot cooking- you get a pot of hot broth and the raw ingredients you request. It's right off the Green B line.

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                  hsquare2southend RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 04:41 PM

                  The Friendly Toast - Kendall Square T stop.

                  1. Prav RE: mr quarters Sep 17, 2009 06:33 PM

                    Super 88 Food Court in Allston!

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