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Recommend any "casual" places south of City Hall?

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I'm visiting Boston for a few days this August, and am at a hotel south of City Hall (just off the NE corner of Boston Common). Anybody have any recommendations for somewhere not particularly formal/gourmet to have lunch/dinner in that area?

Anywhere near a T station is acceptable as well, but let's not turn this into a Battle of the Burger Places - I already have a list of those.

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City Hall Cafe
695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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  1. Silvertone or Marliave would be good choices.

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    Silvertone
    69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

    Marliave
    10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: BBHound

      Definitely Marliave--classic old Boston feel, good food, decent prices.

      Also, walking down Beacon Street along Boston Common and then taking a right, you'll find several places on or near Charles Street, including 75 Chestnut, Artu, Paramount, King and I, and just around the corner in a gas station on Cambridge Street, Villa Mexico, which has some of the best burritos in Boston.

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      75 Chestnut
      75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

      Villa Mexico
      296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

    2. Lots of good recos so far. You're also very close to Cafe Latino..Puerto Rican and Zo..gyros, and Sam La Grassa's Deli..great corned beef and pastrami.Govt Ctr for the first 2 and Province St...best for lunch.

      For a little more of a sit down service, Pierrot Bistro or Grotto on Beacon Hill.

      Keep in mind that our city is pretty small, compared to say an LAand no need to limit youself to the City Hall area, at least for dinner.

      Short walk to the North End for 1 of our best, Neptune Oyster..or Park St T can quickly put you near dozens of worthwhile places..

      Where are you coming from? It can be helpful toknow so I don't reco a place that is strong in your home town..price/any ethnic prefs.

      More info you give,better the recs you'll get

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      City Hall Cafe
      695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420