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T.bone May 22, 2010 04:10 PM

My wife and I will be in Boston next week for a long weekend. We really enjoy taking our time ordering lots of small plates and taking in the scene. We particularly love sitting at bars in front of open kitchens.

As of now, the plan is O Ya on Thursday night and Toro on Friday night. I'm looking for a recommendation for Saturday as well as any criticism of my current choices.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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    T.bone May 23, 2010 09:51 AM

    Coppa looks great though I'm not sure if we will be up for another no reservation restaurant after Toro. It's menu reminds me of our current San Francisco favorite, A16.

    After Toro on Friday, we will probably not want to do more Spanish food on Saturday- Estragon or Taberna de Haro.

    Bistor du Midi's menu looks very good. After big meals Thursday and Saturday night, not to mention lunches, bistro food might make sense.

    Eating at the bar at Craigie on Main could also present a long wait. The bar menu is a bit limited. Can you get dining room food in the bar?

    Any have opinions about Meritage? The food looks very interesting. I cook a lot so I'm always interested in eating food that I either can't cook or don't cook because of the work involved. O Ya fits this perfectly, as did Clio during our last visit in 2006.

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    O Ya
    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

    Toro
    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    Meritage Restaurant
    70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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    1. re: T.bone
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      avokate May 23, 2010 04:14 PM

      You can order off either menu in the bar at Craigie. Just beware that the bar is small and fills up immediately - best if you can get there early or late, I've found.

      As for Meritage, I've never been but various friends who have were underwhelmed. By the food, at least - I've heard service and views are great.

      Another place to consider is Scampo in Beacon Hill. Food's not as interesting as O Ya or Toro but still very good, definitely a vibrant scene, a cuisine that doesn't overlap with what you've got, and they take reservations. Or if you would consider another no-reservations place you might hit Neptune Oyster, which is small but spectacular. Though I guess neither of these really fulfill your food you can't/don't cook requirement. Maybe the tasting menu at Menton?

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      O Ya
      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Scampo
      215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

      Meritage Restaurant
      70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

      Menton
      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

      1. re: T.bone
        greenzebra May 23, 2010 06:03 PM

        If you don't feel like waiting for a spot at the bar itself, you can make reservations for the tables in the bar area at Craigie, where you can order off either the bar menu or the regular menu.

      2. Eatin in Woostah May 23, 2010 06:28 AM

        O Ya is a great choice.

        How about the bar at Craigie on Main?

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        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          Spike May 22, 2010 09:19 PM

          Toro for everything except kitchen bar...

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          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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            drewames03 May 22, 2010 05:04 PM

            Coppa
            Taberna de Haro

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            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            1. re: drewames03
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              teezeetoo May 22, 2010 05:58 PM

              i'd add estragon and bistro du midi

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