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Where should we eat with kids near TD Banknorth Garden?

We'll be taking our 8 year old boys to the Dew Tour at the end of June. This will be a special event for them as we'll be leaving their 3 year old brother at home and we can all enjoy a nice meal without our little screamer. I'd like it to feel a bit special for them so more than a pizza joint but not so special that we'd feel out of place in our tshirts and jeans. They are pretty good eaters but they're not crazy about anything too ethnic. No chinese or sushi. We'll be parked in near downtown crossing so anything between the Garden and there would work. Suggestions?

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  1. Houston's or Durgin Park at Quincy Market?

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    Durgin Park
    340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

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    1. re: rlh

      Thank you. I will check those out. Have you been to Houston's?

      1. re: StephVW

        I have been to Houston's and aside from it always seems to have a wait, it is good - the veggie burger is among the best I've had (and I am a carnivore) - it is lively and bustling but the service is good and family-friendly without being goofy.

    2. Hard Rock Cafe
      Fajitas and Ritas
      Durgin-Park
      Max & Dylan's
      Zuma's Tex-Mex Cafe
      Antico Forno

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Antico Forno
      93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

      Max & Dylan's
      15 West St, Boston, MA 02111

      Hard Rock Cafe
      131 Clarendon St Fl 2, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Max & Dylan's looks like a good choice. We'd be ok with kids? We'd probably be close to 6:30 -7.

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        Max & Dylan's
        15 West St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. re: StephVW

          You will get something of a Downtown after-work crowd at that time on weeknights, but you'll be fine in the upstairs dining room. They even have a kid's menu, though there's plenty on the regular menu that should appeal, too.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      2. Right near the Garden you might try The Fours on Canal Street. It's a real sports bar and thus has basic, but generally pretty good food.

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        1. re: lergnom

          Second the Fours. I would not recommend M&D's. Their vibe is decidedly upscale. Not too many ts and jeans in that place.

        2. If you and your kids like Italian, L'Osteria, Massimino's and Antico Forno in the North End are all pretty kid-friendly and not much of a walk from the Garden. Massimino's is the closest.

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          Antico Forno
          93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

          Massimino's
          207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

          L'Osteria
          104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

          1. Closer to the Garden there is West End Jonnie's, Nebo, and I'll second the Massimino's rec. I think WE Jonnie's is the coolest kid atmosphere and their food is decent.

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            Massimino's
            207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

            Nebo Restaurant and Bar
            90 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

            1. I agree with others about The Fours. By the way, Houston's is now called Hillstone.

              1. So many places to choose from. I think the boys might like The Fours. WE Jonnies looks great too. Thanks for the ideas.

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                1. re: StephVW

                  I used to eat lunch at The Fours all the time. Some days it seemed all the Celtics were there, from Red to Larry. I've also seen a number of hockey players there, including #4.