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Jun 25, 2010 06:24 PM

Lunch near SOWA Open Market?

I'm trying to make plans with some friends for a casual lunch and a visit to the South End Open Market on Sunday. We're going to be 4 adults and an 11-month-old baby, so I need someplace that's kid-appropriate but a kids' menu isn't a requirement. One of my friends is on a pretty strict diet (gluten-free, dairy-free, not sure what else) and needs to be able to get something basic like a salad or plain grilled chicken.

The market is at 460 Harrison Ave. I don't remember there being much by way of restaurants right around there. A 10-15 minute walk for lunch is probably cool. Any ideas for good places to go that will be open on Sunday? Table service isn't a requirement, but someplace to sit down would be good.

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  1. Myers + Chang might be a good bet. Their menus (including gluten-free) are all online, and they were great when I went with a party of 4 kids (ranging in age from 1 to 6) and 4 adults. It would be within the 15-minute walk mark.

    1. Myers + Chang is probably the only nearby option with a good range of gluten-free options; doesn't hurt that their weekend dim sum is really good (love that bacon and egg bahn mi).

      Not very GF-friendly, but close and worthwhile:

      J.J. Foley's Cafe (sit on the restaurant side, where they do brunch and lunch items -- it's a 100-year-old, family-run tavern with solid American and Irish-leaning pub food);

      Gaslight (a pricey but tasty French brasserie kind of brunch in a lively room, good eye-openers);

      Union (an excellent upscale American brunch at pretty good prices, handsome room is lovely on sunny days);

      Ginger Park (a place I like but have yet to try brunch at);

      South End Buttery (always jammed on weekends with folks getting coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, mostly to go; if you're lucky, you can get a patio seat).

      Avoid the Red Fez: a shame the food's so awful; that patio was made for weekends.

      South End Buttery
      314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

      J.J. Foley's
      117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Thanks for the tips! Our friends bailed at the last minute, so we grabbed a table for 2 at the Buttery for lunch. Very quick walk from the market. Totally jammed, but they kept the line moving. My wife said they had the World Cup game on in the back room.

        Lunch was pretty good. All the pastries looked great, I was a little bummed that I wasn't at all in the mood for coffee and cupcakes. We're going to plan for that the next time we head down that way.