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Help me find lunch near my new office on Canal Street!

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Hey hounds,

After 3 years here in East Cambridge, my office is moving to Canal Street in June, so I have a whole new set of lunch options to explore. Any recommendations?

My knowledge of the immediate area is limited to the places I've been before or after games, so checking out places like the Fours or Boston Beer Works will be a whole different experience for a weekday lunch than it has historically been for me. I'd love to learn that there are good values to be had at any of those places, but I'm skeptical that they'll be good for much more than a beer and some wings after work or something like that.

Outside of the immediate area, I'm certain I'll be walking over to the North End often enough, and am quite familiar with both Regina's and Ernesto's. I'm looking forward to giving Galleria Umberto another shot after having been there only once before. I'm also looking forward to some of the sandwiches to be found in that neighborhood, and could use some guidance on that front.

Lastly, I'm sure I'll find myself over at Faneuil Hall from time to time, particularly when the weather is nice. I haven't eaten anywhere over there in years, so for all I know it's ripe with lunchtime treasures for me to explore. My fear is that it is an oversized, overpriced, glorified food court, though would love to be wrong about that. Anything worth eating over there?

Thanks all!

BK

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  1. Four's for sure, great steak tip sandwich (Bobby Orr), buff. chix nachos, and surprisingly good turkey tips. I also enjoy Osteria Rustico and the Grand Canal. If you go to the North End, try Neptune Oyster- it's fantastic. For sandwiches, you will be wise to try Artu takeout (lamb and pork subs are amazing) while others will surely recommend Volle Nolle and Dino's (enormous subs.) I suspect you will enjoy many different lunches in the days to come!

    Oops - almost forgot Mangia Mangia on Endicott Street. They have a delicious and inexpensive burger and a great chicken parm sammy.

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    Volle Nolle
    351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    Osteria Rustico
    85 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114

    Grand Canal
    57 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114

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    1. re: Bob MacAdoo

      Ah yes, Artu, that's the name I've heard so many times. Looking forward to trying it. I know Neptune Oyster well, though that's a lunch I reserve for occasions on which I can take a client and expense it.

      :)
      BK

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      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    2. Until recently, I worked on Causeway St. for years and had a regular cycle of lunch places in the neighborhood. Mulligan's is unavoidable, but its a very good solid and dependable sandwich place. Anything with their roasted turkey or grilled chicken is especially good and the staff are the greatest. You'll be a regular there whether you want to be or not ;-) Another favorite was Viva Burrito on Staniford, but there's also Anna's and Villa Mexico (counter in a gas station) just a bit further afield on Cambridge St across from MA General. Also on Cambridge St. is a full service Whole Foods, where you can find just about anything, and, across from the Lindeman Center, a good sub shop inside a combo D-Donuts and Sushi place. I has a very generic sounding name I can't remember. Places you wouldn't see or know to check out are Zo for amazing gyros on the interior facing courtyard of Center Plaza (across from City Hall) and a great Middle Eastern market along the line of shops in the Haymarket. The falafels are really good, but small, so go to Haymarket Pizza for a decent and very cheap slice first. There's tons of guidance about the North End here, but places there I liked for lunch were Paci (good chicken parm), Tutto Italiano (eggplant parm), and Volle Nolle (non-Italian sandwiches, a great Cuban). I always found Mangia Mangia inconsistent, but its worth checking out for the scene, a total time warp. As an alternative to DD's, there's an Equal Exchange coffee place on Causeway that has great coffee and pastries. Despite all this seeming variety, its not a great lunching neighborhood and the last couple years I worked there I found myself venturing further and further for lunch, back to old haunts around Downtown Crossing and Chinatown.

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      Volle Nolle
      351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

      Viva Burrito
      66 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114

      Villa Mexico
      296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

      Haymarket Pizza
      106 Blackstone St, Boston, MA 02109

      Mangia Mangia
      147 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

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      1. re: jpsox

        I used to work at the EPA in that part of town and most days I would get pizza from either Haymarket Pizza or Garden Halal. Both have slices of cheese for $1.25 and are right next to each other.

        If you want great Mezze and don't mind a bit of a walk, check out Kebab House. I could eat there every day.

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        Haymarket Pizza
        106 Blackstone St, Boston, MA 02109

      2. Volle Nolle is phenomenal - don't miss out. Neptune Oysters great for a sit down meal or an expensive to go lobster roll. Also if you are in N. End don't hesitate to go to Salumeria or one of the other grocers and get the makings of an antipasto - fresh bread, cold cuts, cheese, and olives. Yum! And while others will probably flame me for this, I do like to satisfy my Asian noodle craving at Wagamama in F. Hall - it's not gourmet but it satisfies. Bombay Club also does good Indian food to go and I've been pleasantly surprised by the cheap, decent pub grub at Ned Devigne's. For a good roast beef sandwich try Brown Derby in F. Hall as well. I like it with just plain mayo but the hubby loves it with the horseradish sauce.

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        Volle Nolle
        351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

        Wagamama
        1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

        Bombay Club
        1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

        1. Ditto Mulligan's (call ahead) Osteria Rustico, Viva Burrito. Hidden behind MGH is J. Pace with subs, pasta dishes, salads and an Italian deli/market.

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          Viva Burrito
          66 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114

          Osteria Rustico
          85 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114

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          1. re: mtm7654

            Thanks for jogging my memory. I forgot about Osteria Rustico, which has good subs and pasta. And my typo, "Paci" was meant to refer to the J. Pace on North Washington St. I also forgot about the quasi-Korean deli/salad bar along the same rebuilding block as Osteria Rustica and Mulligans. I didn't go there often, but it seemed to be getting more interesting during my latter months in the neighborhood.

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            Osteria Rustico
            85 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114

            1. re: mtm7654

              J Pace on Cross St. is much closer to Canal St. them the one behind MGH.

              1. re: phatchris

                and it can only be better than the blossom ct pace, which sucks

            2. Whole Foods near MGH is a good option, lots of choices and a short walk. I used to go to Mulligans and J Pace when I worked in the area too.