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Lunch in Boston on Friday afternoon...suggestions please.

browndog888 May 4, 2010 08:20 AM

I will be coming down on Friday with two friends to go to the Sox game. We plan on getting there around 1:30, checking into our hotel, and going out for lunch. We would like a casual spot where we can get a fantastic lunch (pizza, sandwiches, burgers, etc.). We are staying right near the Arlington t-stop so something either in that area or some place on the green line would be great. We will be driving down from the north (I-95 to Route 1) so if you think there is another place that's better in NH or MA north of Boston that would be great as well. Thanks so much!

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    teezeetoo RE: browndog888 May 4, 2010 08:22 AM

    try the parish cafe or the rattlesnake - both are close, have nice food and good atmosphere. both have outside seating.

    1. MC Slim JB RE: browndog888 May 4, 2010 08:35 AM

      Pretty easy walk on a nice day to the South End. Coppa is fantastic: great Italian food, lovely patio, and none of the evening crowds to fight. Best way to enjoy it, I think.


      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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        fmcoxe6188 RE: MC Slim JB May 4, 2010 10:36 AM

        Ill second Coppa- esp if you are looking for "fantastic". I always wish I worked closer to Coppa to take advantage of their lunch hours!

        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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          teezeetoo RE: fmcoxe6188 May 4, 2010 10:43 AM

          gee guys, has coppa suddenly started serving "pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers" or was it the "etc" part that got you to coppa? i know they serve a really expensive 15 dollar small pizza. maybe that was the item you thought fit the bill.

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            fmcoxe6188 RE: teezeetoo May 4, 2010 10:57 AM

            Their lunch menu has panini and their pizzas on it...but yes it was probably more the "etc" and the "fantastic" that made me think Coppa would be a good choice :-)

            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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              MC Slim JB RE: teezeetoo May 4, 2010 11:19 AM

              I overlooked that part of the OP's request, but I stand by my recommendation. Fantastic is fantastic.


        2. RGreenstein RE: browndog888 May 4, 2010 11:07 AM

          One of my favorite Red Sox games ever started with an afternoon of patio dining at Stephanie's on Newbury. It is sort of trendy but the location is perfect for game day. I had a great salad with like 6 giant fresh grilled shrimp and my friend had the burger and it was cooked perfectly. It was one of those beautiful spring days so the patio was packed and we enjoyed some pre-game adult beverages in style and sunshine before we went to the game. And the Sox won!

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            Dan Boston RE: browndog888 May 4, 2010 11:36 AM

            The Parish is good. I also like Fig’s. It’s a Todd English restaurant that has upscale pizzas. It’s located on Charles St., just across the Public Garden from the Arlington T stop.

            1. CreativeFoodie42 RE: browndog888 May 4, 2010 01:33 PM

              If you go further down on Boylston Street, you could try out Sel de la Terre. They have some great lunch options and their burger is one of my favorites in the city (although a little heavy on the salt).

              Sel de la Terre
              1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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