Montrealers with 2 young children - need recommendations
Hi, we will be coming to Boston on Dec.26 for 3 days and we have 2 children - 3 yrs and 2 yrs old. We are staying in a hotel in the Financial District and are looking for kid-friendly restaurant recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will have a car but prefer to walk around as much as possible.
Thank you for your help!
The weather forecast is for cold and rainy weather, so you may not want to do too much walking. You will find most moderate restaurants are just as kid friendly as the inexpensive ones. Do a search of downtown Boston, and the North End to find places near yr hotel. Driving to Cambridge, which is close by, also has lots of choices. There is a restaurant in Cambridge, Full Moon, that actually caters to families with young children, by having a play area.
344 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Aura has a kid friendly reputation: www.aurarestaurant.com
Summer Shack would also be good for kids that age: www.summershackrestaurant.com
Sel de la Terre by the Aquarium always welcomes children: http://www.seldelaterre.com/
Any of the dim sum places in Chinatown are very kid-friendly. I like China Pearl best: www.chinapearlrestaurant.com
And actually, I've found that the Bristol Lounge at the Four Season is very welcoming to kids: http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/
Second the recommendation for Summer Shack. Not only is it very family-friendly, it
- is easily and quickly reached by public transportation (across the street from the Cambridge end of the Red Line).
- features food that is "regional"
- has a summer-time theme that is a great antidote to dark damp wet end-of-December weather
Second the recommendation of Sel de la Terre at the Aquarium. It's one of my 8 year old's favorite spots. The kid menu is non-scary (mac and cheese, burgers, frites, chicken breast sandwich) and yet executed at the same level as the rest of the excellent menu.
There is also a Legal Seafoods near the Aquarium. Not some 'hounds' first choice, but it's a very good local chain and is kid-friendly without feeling like you're settling.
As far as touristy places go, it's really not awful for old-school Boston food. And besides, you ARE tourists! I say, embrace it. And it's not as overpriced as some other places in Fanuiel Hall. Just stay away from Union Oyster House. That's touristy atmosphere with truly bad food.
Hi Yum Food--there have been a lot of discussions about places that are kid friendly, so definitely do a search.
For breakfast/brunch, Tremont 647 (South End) has a pajama brunch on Sundays, The Friendly Toast (Kendall Square, Cambridge) is really fun and super kid friendly, City Girl Caffe (Inman Square Cambridge) are places I like.
If you go to the Children's Museum (I totally recommend it for kids your age), then I suggest either going to Flour Bakery just a block or two away for lunch, or to the Barking Crab, which people will argue is too expensive for what it is, which is a crab shack on the water in the wharf district, but it's a very New England thing to do and kids and out of towners always like it.
If you go to the Aquarium (I also recommend this), I second (third?) Sel de La Terre, or going to the North End (search for family friendly in North End).
Walk over to the Paramount on Charles St. for breakfast. Regina's pizza in the North End for great pizza and a real experience for the kids. I brought my neice and nephews there about 25 years ago. Now they are coming with their kids. Also my Montreal friend makes Regina's a must stop whenever he is visiting. You are also close to Quincy Markets which your kids should like and they would find plenty to choose from. Dim Sum in Chinatown though you probably get it at home. I like Chau Chow City but others would say Hei Lei Moon or China Pearl. The Winsor Dim Sum Cafe is also good but lacks the carts.
If you do make it to Cambridge, Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard Square is a must. Not open Sundays. The Toscanini's near MIT for the best ice cream.
Then take your kids skating at the Frog Pond on Boston Common.