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phelana Jun 17, 2010 03:36 AM

My teen moves into her college dorm Labour Day Weekend and I am renting a hotel room at the Collonade. Am bringing my 87 year young Mom. Any great dinner recs in that area or a close cab ride? Mom prefers traditional fare. I taken her to Jamaican, Thai, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern and she is pretty open but something like Eastern Standard would be great. Moderate price range. Last time she was in town we did L'Espalier and that's too pricey for this time. Thanks!! Also any great breakfast spots nearby?

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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    teezeetoo RE: phelana Jun 17, 2010 04:42 AM

    brasserie jo is right at the hotel and is quite pleasant if not of the caliber or price of l'espalier. lucca is down the block and is excellent northern italian, but not cheap. a little distance over to boylston street La Voile is good French Bistro. outside of pricey breakfasts at the hotel, Steve's is decent but a bit far (Hereford and Newbury) and Mike and Patty's is very good but also a bit of a shlep (bay village).

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    La Voile
    261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      BBHound RE: phelana Jun 17, 2010 04:48 AM

      Actually, Brasserie Jo in the hotel is quite good - probably as good as anything in the area. Nearby, City Table in the Lenox hotel might work but it can get noisy. Sit away from the bar.

      For breakfast, lots of spots in that area and the nearby South End serve brunch on Sat/Sun (and maybe a Mon holiday). A short cab ride would take you to Aquitaine or Union, which have good deals on Sat.

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      Brasserie Jo
      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

      1. BostonZest RE: phelana Jun 17, 2010 06:32 AM

        Since you did L'Espalier and suggest Eastern Standard, how about Sel de la Terre on Boylston Street. It's owned by the same folks and shares a kitchen with L'Espalier. You can walk there through the Prudential Center.

        http://seldelaterre.com/back-bay/menu...

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        L'Espalier
        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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

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          Blumie RE: BostonZest Jun 17, 2010 07:46 AM

          Brasserie Jo is a great option if you don't want to travel. In addition to the other suggestions in this thread, Sorellina, for upscale (and pricy, although not nearly as pricy as L'Espalier) Italian, is a block away. Also, a 5-minute cab ride opens up the entire South End: Hamersley's Bistro, Mistral, Union, Coda .... So many options!

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          L'Espalier
          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          Hamersley's Bistro
          553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Sorellina
          1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

          Brasserie Jo
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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            BostonZest RE: Blumie Jun 17, 2010 09:54 AM

            Hamersley's is a great suggestion- easy to love for all ages and tastes.

            Penny
            http://www.bostonzest.com/

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            marais RE: BostonZest Jun 17, 2010 12:50 PM

            Also, Petit Bistro Robert is a short walk from the hotel in the South End, at the corner of Columbus and West Newton. The Colonnade is at the corner of West Newton and Huntington.

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              phelana RE: marais Jun 17, 2010 02:35 PM

              Oh I loved Aquitaine. Also Sel de la Terre near the Aquarium ..all great tips..will report back...

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

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