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Apr 15, 2010 09:17 AM

Tuna/Salmon and Salad before the Marathon

We are coming to Boston for the Marathon weekend and I think from the board I pretty much have where we are eating set most of the time. However the runner (my wife) doesn't like the italian/carb loading thing that most runners do, which will be nice because I'm sure those places will be swamped. What she wants is a decent place where she can get a nice tuna or salmon and salad, any suggestions? We are staying at the Boston Park Plaza, but it doesn't have to be right around there.

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  1. There is a Legal Seafoods around the corner from your hotel. Legal isn't exciting but it is reliable and does straight forward seafood well.

    Right in your hotel is McCormick and Schmick. It's a chain but so is Legal. Similar quality.

    The best seafood place in that area is Atlantic Fish a few blocks down Boylston. It does a better preparation than the competition and the ambience is good.

    Also, most Boston restaurants offer decent fish selections. We don't have that many fish houses because every place has fish on the menu. For example, Grill 23, a steak house one block from your hotel, has a number of good fish options.

    Good luck on Monday.

    Legal Sea Foods - Park Square
    26 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116

    Atlantic Fish Co
    761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
    34 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    1. Also nearby is Skipjacks, which is similar to Legal Seafood.. I don't know if your wife prefers her tuna cooked or raw but Skipjacks makes an excellent tuna sashimi.

      Skipjack's Seafood Emporium
      199 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116

      1. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not sure if she wants something more casual and laid back or something really nice yet, so I'm trying to get options for both. I think if on the nicer end we'll do Atlantic Fish Co or maybe no9park? I'd actually prefer if we could find something casual that had a nice salmon and tuna choice (she prefers her tuna seared and rare) but also wasn't focused on seafood as we are doing Legal Sea Foods with some family the night before and I'll probably not want more seafood. Any casual new american places that would fit? M&S would be a good choice but we have one in Minneapolis that we hit for happy hour a lot so want something we can't get here. Skipjacks might be good on the more casual side, but might be too close to Legal for me for 2 nights in a row.

        Atlantic Fish Co
        761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. And just for an FYI I think we're probably doing antico forno, mammamaria, prezza or taranta on Monday night, depending on which she would prefer...I'm letting her choose since she's doing the running and I'm just doing the watching :-).

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          1. re: tublecane

            For a somewhat more formal place, the Cafe at the Taj Hotel, about a block away, has both seared tuna and salmon on the menu and does everything well. The Taj was the original Ritz-Carlton.

            1. re: tublecane

              Those are all good choices but of those, I really like Taranta - which by the way has a delicious and creative tuna dish on the menu.

            2. Not that I'm a big fitness expert or anything, but I'd be careful with rare tuna before a marathon. I've occasionally gotten a piece that would be inconvenient to process during a marathon.