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solo diner - 2 breakfast/lunch one dinner in Boston...help!

gwh912 Oct 26, 2009 03:26 PM

I'm going to be in Boston this week by myself on business and as a foodie, I'm most concerned about where I'm going to be eating.

I'm staying at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, have only been to Boston once years ago when looking at colleges and have the following criteria:

* Welcoming to solo diners
* Innovative food, maybe something I can't find as easily back in NJ/NYC
* Would prefer a tasting menu (if there is one worth splurging on)
* Should also preface that while I'm not sold on only having Japanese, I am a sushi/sashimi/traditional Japanese fare fanatic and would appreciate if there are any top notch in this category

Basically, if you had one night left in Boston, where would you eat

In addition, I'm hoping to find a couple local breakfast and lunch spots for the three days I have open (unfortunately I only have one dinner slot open)

Any help from locals would be great!

  1. y
    yaleguy Oct 28, 2009 12:22 PM

    franklin cafe is pretty food for dinner

    Franklin Cafe
    278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. n
      Northender Oct 27, 2009 07:33 AM

      For breakdfast, try sitting at the counter at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenu e- Chris and his brother Arthur will make you a great breakfast and the place is fascinating, both for its old wood ice boxes and for people watching.

      1. rlh Oct 27, 2009 07:21 AM

        Definitely the bar at Toro - a long walk or short taxi ride away - tapas style, but not exactly tapas - and very solid cocktails made by generally nice bartenders (one exception a couple of times, not every time) - and lively/fun for solo diners or small groups

        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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          BBHound Oct 26, 2009 07:27 PM

          For breakfast (and maybe lunch) try Mike & Patty's on Church St, about two blocks south of your hotel. Tiny but good.

          For a solo lunch, what tends to work best for me is lunch at the bar. Davios across from the hotel is good. Further down Boylston, Abe & Louie's does a good lunch. Neither would be a light lunch and neither would be cheap, however.

          75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Abe & Louie's
          793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

          Mike and Pattys LLC Dba Mike and Pattys
          12 Church St, Boston, MA

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          1. re: BBHound
            VintageMolly Oct 26, 2009 08:52 PM

            Also, Davio's has a to go lunch counter inside the lobby of that office building. It's much cheaper than the restaurant, and many of the items, particularly many of those among the rotating daily pasta, panini and soup specials are quite good.

            I don't recommend the pizza though. Overly doughy and kind of gross.

          2. capeanne Oct 26, 2009 05:14 PM

            You didnt specify price so if I had only one dinner , a decent expense account and was partial to innovative sushi I would be at O Ya in a heartbeat.

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            1. re: capeanne
              StriperGuy Oct 26, 2009 06:03 PM

              been there, done that, don't fine O Ya that exciting. Pricey yes, the chow end all and be all, no way.

              1. re: StriperGuy
                gini Oct 29, 2009 07:19 AM

                If O Ya isn't gwh912's cup of tea, a wonderful place to get sashimi is Uni in the Elliot Hotel. Look, a recommendation and not just a snarky response!

                O Ya
                9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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