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Apr 17, 2010 10:34 AM

Visting Boston...

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

Sportello / Drink, 348 Congress St., Boston MA

The Butcher Shop, 552 Tremont St., Boston Ma

Thanks for all of your feedback.


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  1. too many Barbara Lynch places ;)...instead of 9 Park and Ten Tables, maybe substitute Scampo or Clio...instead of Butcher Shop, maybe Toro

    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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    1. re: barleywino

      Thanks for ur reply. I noticed that when i made the list. I just need to pick two places for dinner and two lunch ideas.

      1. re: barleywino

        I was thinking of trying Clio based on the recognition of Ken Oringer. The plating is beautiful.

        1. re: barleywino

          I just reviewed the Toro website. That looks delicious. My last trip with my girlfriend was to the Iberian peninsula. Toro might bring back those memories.

        2. Also nothing ethnic, Asian, or even good seafood. And I would lose Flour bakery.


          East Coast Grill
          Best Little Restaurant (no decor, but yummy)
          Winsor Dim Sum

          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
          10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            I chose not to list Asian places because I'm from NYC and I eat Asian several times each week. I guess I'm just curious what are overall the best meals to be had in Boston, preferably not at "Per Se" prices but more like $11-16 app $23-34 entree $7-12 dessert price point

          2. 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.

            Peach Farm
            4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

            348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

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

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            1. re: 9lives

              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.

            2. 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.

              O Ya
              9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

              Ten Tables
              5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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              1. re: pollystyrene

                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

                1. re: Norwalk

                  Tim? I assume you mean Tony. I also recently had another chance to dig into their tasting menu and had a fabulous meal. We also started things off with roasted bone marrow and that was delicious.

                  1. re: kobuta

                    The tasting menu at Craigie is how we usually roll, and it's always superb.

                    1. re: kimfair1

                      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?

                      1. re: prcentauri

                        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

                        1. re: prcentauri

                          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."

                          1. re: kobuta

                            at Craigie, the fried clams, crispy pigs head, potato galette, sashimi, and ask bartender Carrie to make you a Loose Translation! bone marrow is a "permanent" special there btw.

                          2. re: prcentauri

                            You have Ten Tables in JP on your original iist. There is another one in Cambridge.

                            Ten Tables
                            5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138