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Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

Hey everyone!
I'm a Boston resident running the marathon in April. My parents are flying in and planning to take me + boyfriend and his family out for a nice dinner after the race (probably 6 or 7 o'clock). We'll be a party of 7. If it were up to me, I'd go for steak and head to my favorite Capital Grille. However, my dad is unnecessarily a little bit of a tight wad, and is balking at the idea of paying for a steakhouse dinner for 7 (guess I can't blame him, I can't afford it!). So, any suggestions where I can get a good cut of meat and still impress for not too expensive? My parents are staying at the Taj, I live in Fenway, and the bf's family will be coming in from Cohasset (although earlier in the day, they should all be around Copley Square for my finish and then drinks).
Price range of $20-$30 a person, plus wine (some flexibility). Mom has suggested Atlantic Fish but that place seems to have no appeal to me, plus it's practically ON the finish line so I'd think logistically it would be a difficult pick.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions! I'm normally really good at picking restaurants but this situation has left me befuddled!

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  1. Let's see if I have this straight. Your parents are staying at the Taj (mimium $400.00 a night if you stay in the basement). I hope Dad doesn't order a cup of coffee from room service during his stay, it's at least $10.00. Boyfriends parents are swooping in from Cohasset (top 10 highest real estate values in the state, maybe the East Coast). and Dad doesn't want to spring for a steak. I'd insist on the Capitol Grille. I'd make a decision real soon, as restaurants in this area book up real early for Marathon day. Good luck with the $20-$30 range. Let us know what you end up with.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

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    1. re: CocoDan

      To try to help with the original question (snarky swipe at you, coco ;-)), you might be able to swing it at BIstro du Midi. They're close to the Taj, and though not quite there, close to the price range, though if you need your beef, the filet will put you over.
      It's gotten some nice reviews here, though I haven't been yet.

      1. re: CocoDan

        CocoDan, although I appreciate your snark—marathon runners get discount hotel rooms, so my parents night at the Taj was less than $200. Also, I have never known my father to order room service, or allow anyone around him to do the same. And finally, my boyfriends parents do live in Cohasset and frequently treat me to dinner at the Capital Grille, not to mention L'Espalier and Locke-Ober. The whole point of the post is that my parents would like to treat them.
        Just sayin...

      2. I would suggest Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq. Their prices are in the range you mentioned and although it is not a "streak house" they do have a very good steak & frites on the menu. They also have a a wide selection of other choices for those who are not carnivores.

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        1. re: RoyRon

          Thanks RoyRon. I live just down the street from Eastern Standard so it's always a go-to place for cocktails and raw bar. I feel like their entrees can swing from delish to over-hyped depending on the night. My mom suggested it as well, it could be the winner if I can't think of anything else.

        2. I would point out that after running 26.2 miles, your "system" may not be quite in good shape to handle a juicy steak. Taking that into consideration may open up to more dining possibilities.

          That said, you might want to get out of the city center since everyone and their boyfriend's parents are going to be in town looking for a place to eat. But what about a place like Erbaluce? Or any of a number of places in the South End?

          And let's face it - treating you to Capital Grille, L'Espalier AND Locke-Ober is just showing off. ;)

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Bob,
            Thanks for the rec! I'm suprised I've never heard of Erbaluce—it looks like it's worth a try. However, like many restaurants, it's closed on Monday. BAH!
            The only places I've frequented in the South End for dinner are Toro and B&G, and I didn't think either would work for this situation. I'd love to hear any other suggestions! I wish Franklin Cafe would take a darn reservation!

            1. re: ktbops

              The area near the Taj is not filled with reasonable places. But there are some possibilities. 75 Chestnut is reasonable and has a varied menu, including a couple of steaks. Davios also does steaks. Flemings is near by as well. All might make your father happier.

              In the south end, Aquitaine or Union might work well. Just about every south end restaurant serves a steak frites so that issue should be covered. All are within walking distance of the Taj.

              1. re: BBHound

                75 Chestnut is actually a really good suggestion.

            2. re: Bob Dobalina

              by sheer coincidence, I was at L'Espalier two years ago for a wine dinner on marathon day...I can tell you it was REALLY funny to see all the runners limping around...this clumsy, shuffling crowd contrasted so wonderfully with the prim waitstaff and surroundings. Bordering on comical..

              But they really looked so, so tired. I think it would be hard to enjoy a top notch meal when your body is just wanting fuel and rest. Definitely seems like you might enjoy a place that's more cozy and comforting. Maybe the south end location of Petit Robert? I also really like Estragon, but it can get loud.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                Having just run another marathon a month ago, I can agree on the possibility that you might be too exhausted or not otherwise able to handle a steak or a long, drawn-out meal. But if this is not your first marathon, you'll know what you can handle.

                I'll have my usual date with a grilled cheese sandwich, french fries, and a chocolate shake immediately after the Boston marathon and will barely be able to eat scrambled eggs later. 26.2 miles is FAR!

                Good luck, and enjoy the race!

              2. Pierrot in Beacon HIll could be a nice option, too.

                1. Upon finishing my first marathon I went directly home and ate about 5 pieces of pizza while sitting on the couch. It was perfect. I would have been an unhappy diner elsewhere!