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Taking a friend on a Boston food crawl -- where and what should we eat????

pws234 May 27, 2010 06:18 PM

So I'm taking my friend on a decadent (which is NOT to say expensive) food crawl for his birthday. His wife is a health food freak and he never gets to indulge in anything anymore (poor guy). I want to take him to several places in/around Boston where we can walk in, order something, get it pretty quickly, eat it, and then move on to the next place. I'm thinking things like a great burger, great french fries, a beautiful piece of fried chicken, a good cannoli, a great milkshake, etc.

Two questions:

1. What should we eat?
2. Where should we get it?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    drumsullivan RE: pws234 May 27, 2010 06:28 PM

    The North End for cannoli (Modern Pastry or Mike's Pastry), pizza, gelato, pretty much anything Italian!

    Legal Seafoods for (duh!) seafood

    Sel de la Terre for the best gourmet fries in Boston - dusted with rosemary!!

    Petit Robert Bistro for the best bistro French food

    Stephanie's on Newbury for the best patio - drinks and comfort food

    Just a few ideas, have a great trip!!

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

    Mike's Pastry
    300 Hanover St, Boston, MA

    Sel de la Terre
    774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

    1. BostonZest RE: pws234 May 28, 2010 05:09 AM

      Skip Mikes for Modern, replace Legal with Neptune Oyster and forget Stephanies if you are on a food crawl.

      Go for the Sel se La Terre fries and you may want to get that burger while you're there.

      If you have a car, take him to Speed's and you can do the hot dog and the pastrami.

      Michael's in Brookline for a corned beef sandwich


      Speed's Hotdog Wagon
      54 Newmarket Square, Boston, MA 02118

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

      Michael's Deli
      256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

      Sel de la Terre - Long Wharf
      255 State Street @ Longwharf, Boston, MA 02109

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        lc02139 RE: BostonZest May 28, 2010 05:55 AM

        Skip both Mikes, and Modern and go to Maria's my family did a taste test of all 3 and Maria's were the best cannoli's. I support BostonZest change to Neptune for seafood. Try East Coast grill (cambridge) for grilled seafood/bbq and Soul fire (alston) for bbq/fried chicken.

        1. re: lc02139
          StriperGuy RE: lc02139 May 28, 2010 08:03 AM

          Maria's has killer house made torrone, almond macaroons, Florentine cookies, cassata. Mike is basically commerical stuff and not so good.

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            StriperGuy RE: StriperGuy Jun 22, 2010 01:11 PM

            Gosh, don't know what I was posting above, meant to say Modern, not Maria's.

        2. re: BostonZest
          s1mpson RE: BostonZest Jun 23, 2010 10:06 AM

          I second the Speed's if you got a car.. IT'S THE BEST, and definitely a big meal so bring your appetite. Get the Speed Dog with the works, you won't regret it.

        3. CreativeFoodie42 RE: pws234 May 28, 2010 06:22 AM

          I'd recommend Villa Mexico for their amazing burritos. They are located in a gas station so it is definitely a grab and go kind of place!

          Villa Mexico
          296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

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            The Food Buster RE: pws234 Jun 16, 2010 01:03 AM

            If you want a burger and fries, you must hit up Radius. It's very pricey for a burger, since it's located in what has been called one of the best restaurants in the city, but the burger is probably my favorite burger of all time (and I've tasted and reviewed a ton of burgers throughout the nation, though I'm no burger expert). It has a gigantic meat patty topped with literally a mountain of crunchy fried onions and an oozing layer of tangy horseradish mayo. It's not for everyone, but it's one of the most interesting burgers I've seen--and that's coming from someone who can't even stand horseradish.

            As for the cannoli, I'd give the nods to Mike's. I did a taste test of a lot of cannolis in the area--Mike's, Modern's, Cafe Graffiti, Bova's, and Maria's--but I ended up returning to Mike's because even though it's too sweet, it has the most flavorful ricotta and most well-made shell. Modern's and Cafe Graffiti's, though, come close.

            134 Salem St, Boston, MA

            1. Matt H RE: pws234 Jun 22, 2010 01:28 PM

              Craigie for Cocktails with Crispy Pig Tails and Bone Marrow
              Radius for the Buger and Fries
              Neptune for Oysters
              Marias or Modern for Cannoli

              Heck of alot of food, but sounds like a perfect day!

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