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Two Chowhounds from Canada - Boston April 16-22

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Hello Boston Chowhounds,

My hubby and I are coming down from Calgary (known best for it's beef) and will be staying near City Hall for a week. The hubby will be running the marathon while as I cheer as I'm 5 months pregnant. We'll be all around town going to see the Red Sox and other fun things throughout the week. I wanted to get some advice on a few different great places to eat - including memoriable no-price limit dinners, great bakeries, seafood restaurants, wine bars (for him), and burger/pub joints.

After crumbing this board I've come across the few suggestions but we haven't booked anything yet. Toro for burger or brunch food, Regina or Scampo for pizza, neptune oyster for seafood, and No.9 Park for the tasting menu.

Thanks for the help!

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Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Scampo
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

City Hall Cafe
695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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  1. good choices. Great bakeries are thin in Boston: Try the North End (Modern, Marias or Mikes). Flour Cafe. Come into Brookline on the C line, get off at St. Mary's and try Tattes or Japonnaise for coffee and... See if Sel de la Terre has its oyster nights (1 dollar per if you are a fan). Troquet for a great and expensive meal, Erbaluce, and maybe for your burger/pub thing Deluxe or Silvertone. Nice bistro up Cambridge Street (Pierrot I think?) for drop in dinner and wine. Have fun.

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    Troquet
    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Silvertone
    69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

    Sel de la Terre
    774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

    Erbaluce
    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    1. I second Troquet. If you go there save room for dessert. Although Erbaluce has its supporters on this board, I was not as big of fan of it. For Italian I prefer Mamma Maria (their Osso Buco is outstanding) or Bricco (I like the Zucchini Flowers stuffed with truffle ricotta cheese and tempura fried) in the North End, or Sorellina in Back Bay. Regina (North End location only) is my favorite Pizza. It can be touristy, but I think in this case the tourists are justified in going there. A lot of people like Santarpio's pizza best. I just have not had a chance to try it. Mistral is great for dinner. I have also just discovered their brunch, and it is now my favorite brunch in Boston. If you go to Toro get the grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese. The alioi on the corn is the same as the alioli on the “messy” burger, but I think the corn shows off the flavors of the alioi better than the burger does. For a more casual sandwich place I recommend the All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge. If you like spicy food I suggest their Atomic Meatloaf Meltdown. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays they have a sandwich called the Texas Ruben, which is also very good. They also have new specials every day that are interesting and innovative. For bakeries I would also add Clear Flour in Brookline. It is entirely a takeout place, but their morning buns with walnuts are great. For North End bakeries I am a fan of Modern over Mike’s.

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      All Star Sandwich Bar
      1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Troquet
      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Bricco
      241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

      Mamma Maria Restaurant
      3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

      Sorellina
      1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. If you are down in the North End area, check out Galleria Umberto's on Hanover Street, for Sicilian pizza. This is a great stop for a true North End Italian experience. Try Mike's Pastry for a wonderful lobster tail, which is filled with creamy ricotta and mascarpone cheese. At the Red Sox game, you may visit the Cask N Flagon on Brookline Avenue, for Red Sox nostalgia. For seafood, try any of the Legal Seafood restaurants. They're a sure bet. For history, walk the Freedom Trail or part of it in the North End, including visiting the Old North Church, on Salem Street. Have fun at the Marathon and, especially, Fenway Park. Go Sox!

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        Mike's Pastry
        300 Hanover St, Boston, MA

        Fenway Park
        82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

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        1. re: foodie1859

          Oleana might be a nice change, as I think Upscale Turkish/ Mediterranean food is not something I've ever had when I'm in Calgary. I know not everyone likes it, but Zaftig's in Coolidge Corner has fantastic blintzes and potato pancakes. Make sure to try some ice cream too; I have eaten so much wondeful ice cream since I moved to Massachusetts!

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          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

        2. Chinese-style seafood is something you won't get in Calgary!

          In Chinatown, Peach Farm, East Ocean City and Jumbo are among my favorites.

          For a different sort of beef dinner, also in Chinatown, go to Pho Hoa (Vietnamese) and order "Beef Seven Ways," (or seven courses or seven styles, I forget exactly which translation they use of Bo 7 Mon) a full-course dinner for two at about $35. This is a slow, relaxed meal, so make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy it.

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          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          East Ocean City Restaurant
          27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

          1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! We had some amazing dinners at Neptune and Regina (where we went a few times - yum) and had one of the best meals ever at No.9 Park where we did the 7+course tasting menu and they even made me 'mocktail' pairings. It definitely highlighted the courses very well and made the meal special.
            Have to say, we had one of the worst meals ever at legal seafood. Over cooked lobster and reservations mean nothing as we still had to wait an hour. Don't see how this can be one of the best seafood places - made 'fast seafood' - when compared to places like neptune.

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            1. re: katericht

              please provide relevant bill and tip information, very curious

              1. re: katericht

                Sorry to hear of your bad experience at Legal's. I have never had a bad meal there. Which one did you visit?