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Apr 18, 2010 10:02 AM

First time visitor - recs please :-)

Hi everyone

Visiting Boston from the UK for the first time in October. Regular NYC visitor but really excited to visit Boston.

I'm travelling with my husband and mother in law. Hubby and I are mid thirties, mother in law late sixties. Hubby & I more adventurous with food but have to play it safe on this trip.

We're staying in the Sheraton (I think its in Back Bay?) and are limited to public transport. We are in search of the following:

Good breakfast spots- eggs, pancakes, bacon, bagels etc

Food on the go - good carts, soups, salads, sandwiches

Places for dinner - preferably Italian, American, Mexican, Good bar type food. We love burgers, ribs, wings, pasta, steak etc. We also really enjoy Wagamama here and I believe you have one - so similar food to Wags would also be great.

Nothing fancy schmancy as we like to travel casual and light. Nothing expensive - max $20 per entree (plus tax, tip etc).

Thanks in advance!

1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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  1. Yes, there is a Wagamama in Fanueil Hall but why not try something different. You're not far from chinatown, go for shabu shabu (hot pot) at Shabu Zen. Food is terrific, and it's fun. For burgers and pub grub, Intermission Tavern in the theater district is a good choice. I love their homemade potato chips. Chili Duck for Thai in the Back Bay is quite good, as is Montien in the theater district. The North End is probably your best bet for pasta. Just do a search and you will find many suggestions. I'm partial to Artu on Prince St for their shrimp scampi pizza and the sausage and broccoli rabe pizza. Reginas is a favorite on the board as well. If you don't mind traveling on the T, take the redline to Davis Square and try Redbones for the BBQ. It's also a fun place to just poke around. If you would like the diner experience, the Rosebud diner is here.

    55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

    Shabu Zen
    16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

    Intermission Tavern
    228 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    1. For Mexican, go to Angela's Cafe in East Boston (easily accessibly by subway); recent discussion here:

      Good Italian for under $20: Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway area is in that range. A bit pricier (but not by much if you stick to the pasta, and very much worthwhile) is erbaluce. Further away, but quite good if you are in looking for a pizza-heavy Italian option is Posto in Davis Square. If you want something more in the traditional Italian-American red sauce style, a great option in Pescatore in Somerville, although it is a bit of a schlep from Back Bay (although it is on public transit) -- other folks might have suggestions for somewhere in the North End in that style, although be warned that many of the red-sauce places in the North End are dreadful tourist traps. For pizza in the North End, I second Regina's.

      For interesting American cuisine: I'd second Redbones for BBQ, although it does sometimes suffer from consistency problems, it is a fun place to go. Tupelo in Inman Square is a great, and cheap, Southern restaurant. Try the fried oysters.

      I haven't been to Chili Duck, but Montien is quite good for Thai. Ask for the traditional Thai menu if you want authentic Thai food. Chinatown is also great, try a board search to get suggestions.

      Trattoria Toscana
      130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

      158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

      1. Steve's on Hereford and Newbury has basic breakfast and Charlie's on Columbus Ave. is an institution. Great fancy burgers at lunch time at Abe & Louie's a block from your hotel and they also serve a good brunch (about $15). Petit Robert Bistro on Columbus Ave. and Kenmore Sq. has entrees <$20 and very good lunch deals. Anchovies on Columbus is a fun neighborhood place w/ cheap basic red sauce Italian.

        Petit Robert Bistro
        468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

        Abe & Louie's
        793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116