I am a foodie visiting Boston for a couple days. Expecting 2 dinners, 2 lunches and snacks in between. I've spent some time this morning compiling a list of places that seem to be great based on various internet sources. I'd appreciate your comments.
Craigie On Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge MA
Ten Tables, 597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain MA
L’espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston MA
Oleana, 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA
No. 9 Park, 9 Park St., Boston, MA
O Ya, 9 East St, Boston MA
Mike and Patty’s, 12 Church St., Boston MA
Flour Bakery and Café, 1595 Washington St., Boston MA
Blunch, 59 E Springfield St., Boston MA
The Butcher Shop, 552 Tremont St., Boston Ma
Thanks for all of your feedback.
Agree with other comments. I'd probably drop Butcher Shop and Sportello..maybe have a glass of wine at BS..add Neptune Seafood and/or Peach Farm or East Ocean City for your seafood lunch..latter 2 are Hong Kong style "live tank" places. Great food and a great experience; particularly if you're visiting from someplace that doesn't offer this cuisine.
For a little "off the beaten track" idea, take the water taxi to Scups in E Boston for lunch. Great food and a short harbor cruise.
Your lunch spots seem very South End centric..x Sportello
It would be helpful to know where you're visiting from, so we don't recommend something that you can get better of at home.
4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110
East Ocean City Restaurant
27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Thank you for all the details. I really dont know anything about the food scene in Boston. The reason for all the South End places on the list is because thats where Im staying. As for the lack of seafood centric places thats kinda because im going up to the coast of Maine for a few days directly from Boston and I expect to eat a lot of seafood up there.
All the choices on you dinner list look excellent to me. (I can't speak to the lunch places.) Of those, based on what seems to be the trend on this board, I'd recommend O Ya and Craigie. It seems you can't go wrong at either place, whereas the others get some mixed reviews, maybe with the exception of Ten Tables, but it doesn't aim as high as the others.
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138
Three of us had the tasting menu at Craigie on Main on Saturday night. We threw the a couple of curves - one who eats mo meat but does eat fish, one gluten intolerant and one who will eat anything. Tim still came up with Interesting, inventive and well executed food. You will not be disappointed.
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Im really glad the thread went this way. I actually made a reservation at craigie on main earlier today, prior to seeing these new posts. I know that the menu is probably very market driven changes often but are there Any "must have's" at craigie or things the chef does better than others? The other dinner seems like its gonna be in cambridge as we are meeting up with friends in that neighborhood. Whats a great dinner in that location?
Oleana would be a great choice for your second dinner if you are sticking to Cambridge both nights, especially if it is a nice night and you can get a table on their patio (although be warned they don't take reservations for the patio AFAIK, so it helps to go early or to be prepared to wait a while).
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
My favorite dish there is their hiramasa salad (sashimi) and I've had it twice as part of tasting menus. It's on their regular menu in a larger portion as well. They really revel in service snout to tail, and I'm particularly fond of their version of pork belly that I've tried (I even got a taste of lamb belly on the last tasting).
They have bone marrow on their menu right now as a "special" and it was delicious. I'd definitely recommend the marrow, if you're a marrow fan or are interested in giving it a try. I still have not tried their fried pig tails (bar menu), but my sister gave them a try when she got there early and confirmed what this board has said "absolutely incredible."