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Sep 25, 2009 05:52 AM

Need recommendation on iconic place for lunch in Boston this Saturday

I'd welcome suggestions from chowhounds for lunch. I'm meeting a friend, new to Boston, who wants to go somewhere iconic and memorable for lunch tomorrow, Saturday. If Locke-Ober were still open for lunch, I'd head straight there, but alas, they do dinner only these days.

Foodies, what would you suggest? Thanks so much for your suggestions! Really appreciate it!

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  1. I was going to recommend No. 9 Park but I don't believe they are open for lunch on the weekends.

    What about L'Espalier? If price is no object, the food and dining experience would be really wonderful - even at the new location.

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    1. re: CreativeFoodie42

      i thought 9 Park discontinued their lunch? Scampo is good for lunch (much quieter than dinner there), Toro would be another option

      1. re: barleywino

        I'm racking my brain and surprisingly am having trouble coming up with something I would consider iconic Boston for lunch on a Saturday. If L'Espalier were in the old brownstone I would say that would fit the bill. Locke-Ober would have been the perfect choice. I thought of the Parker House, but the main dining room is not open for lunch on Saturday. Maybe Top Of The Hub? I know it is not a foodie destination but I have had some perfectly fine meals there.

        1. re: barleywino

          I thought they didn't have lunch on the weekends but maybe they don't do it on the weekdays as well?

          And Scampo might be interesting with the historical aspect of the Liberty Hotel.

      2. Damn..I wish Locke-Ober was open for that place!
        Café Fleuri at the Langham hotel..they have that chocolate bar on Saturday..
        Neptune Oyster would make me very happy.

          1. No. 9 Park doesn't do lunch at all anymore.

            Saturday lunch (as opposed to brunch) is tough. And the icons are fading away, or have become hideous tourist traps (e.g., Union Oyster House).

            I think you could do worse than a couple of slices at the bar at the original Pizzeria Regina in the North End, followed by coffee and and Fernet at Caffe Vittoria. A bit kitschy, but certainly iconic. Neptune Oyster is in that neighborhood, and while too new to be an icon, is a truly outstanding place for New England raw bar and cooked seafood, so I would recommend that, too. A walking tour of the North End on a nice Saturday afternoon is hard to beat. You could hit Salumeria Italiana (great cheese, cold cuts and imported Italian specialty foods like oils, vinegars and pastas), Cirace's (great wine and spirits shop), the bakeries (I like the Modern and Maria's), and caffes.


            1. Beacon Hill Bistro is open for lunch, and is in a great location. Might fit for what you're looking for.

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              1. re: SuperFineSugar

                Iconic -- well, how about the raw bar at Union Oyster House? Admittedly it is tiny and you might have to wait to get a seat. But I think getting a clam chowder, with cornbread, and a beer, while watching them shuck the clams and oysters is great. Many on this board don't think much of the overall food at Union Oyster House, but I think the clam chowder is fine, and this will probably fill you up for lunch. Oldest restaurant in Boston, I believe.

                1. re: Lucymax

                  I had the clam chowder at Union Oyster House and would not recommend it to anyone.
                  The clams were like rubber.