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Need recommendation on iconic place for lunch in Boston this Saturday

wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 05:52 AM

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. CreativeFoodie42 RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 06:20 AM

    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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      barleywino RE: CreativeFoodie42 Sep 25, 2009 06:58 AM

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

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        pemma RE: barleywino Sep 25, 2009 08:11 AM

        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.

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          CreativeFoodie42 RE: barleywino Sep 25, 2009 08:12 AM

          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. Beach Chick RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 08:29 AM

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

        1. hotoynoodle RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 10:12 AM


          durgin park?

          1. MC Slim JB RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 10:50 AM

            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. SuperFineSugar RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 11:35 AM

              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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                Lucymax RE: SuperFineSugar Sep 25, 2009 11:37 AM

                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.

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                  eshatter RE: Lucymax Sep 26, 2009 07:49 PM

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

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                mvi RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 11:49 AM

                What about The Oak Room?

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                  bornagainitalian RE: mvi Sep 25, 2009 12:07 PM

                  good one.

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                  bornagainitalian RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 25, 2009 12:07 PM

                  Scollay Square?

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                    wingedmonkeys RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 26, 2009 05:17 AM

                    Thanks, folks! Appreciate the ideas!

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                      pemma RE: wingedmonkeys Sep 26, 2009 08:17 AM

                      Please let us know where you end up!

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