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Breakfast near Copley Square and pizza/italian?

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I'll be in Boston next weekend with the kids and staying at the Marriot Copley Square.

My first question involves recs for a relatively quick breakfast in the neighborhood for 3 or 4 mornings. We don't need waitress service and would love a light/healthy option (fruit, yogurt, pastries).

Second, we'll be doing the usual touristy stuff: Freedom Trail, Science Museum, Fanueil Hall, fireworks on the 4th. I'm looking for any recommendations for meals that are not too expensive and locales that are relatively kid friendly. I'm not talking burgers and fries every day (although I'll go out of my way for a great burger) b/c the kids are pretty adventurous eaters. Of course, we have to do italian and/or pizza and I'd appreciate other suggestions for local cuisine. Fyi, we're from NO so pretty particular about seafood.

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  1. For breakfast I'd say Au Bon Pain which is in the same building as the Marriot (copley place). Although a chain, it offers no frills, decent quality fruit, yogurt & pastries. It also has a nice patio. My other suggestion would be Shaws supermarket. It's across the street from where you're staying and is open 24 hours. Breakfast options in the area are pretty meek. Save your money and put it toward a quality lunch + dinner.

    Mid-priced Italian = Trattoria Di Monica in the North End, Da Vinci in Back Bay (walkable from Marriot) or Grotto in Government Center.

    Pizza = Regina in the North End, Viga in Back Bay (only open m-f till 3pm)

    Seafood = Neptune Oyster in North End (which has a great burger btw), Atlantic Fish and Peach Farm in Chinatown.

    Recs nearby = Coppa in South End, Parish Cafe in Back Bay (sit in Patio & order the white Sangria), Dessert @ Troquet, Mike & Patty's for a sandwich, lunch or brunch @ Aquitaine. Finally if you get the opportunity, try the brunch at Mistral.

    Have a nice trip!

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    Peach Farm
    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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

    Troquet
    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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    1. re: mgcmonkey

      Mike & Patty's also serves breakfast all day: http://www.mikeandpattys.com/
      There's also Charlie's Sandwich Shop nearby serving breakfast, etc.: http://www.zagat.com/Verticals/Menu.a...

      1. re: mgcmonkey

        Thanks for the suggestions. They look like they will work well. We usually grab something quick and like to get on with the day.
        Mgcmonkey, we arrive Friday and will be looking for a dinner spot within 4-6 blocks of the hotel. Do you think either Coppa or Parish Cafe would work? Should I try for a reservation?

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        Coppa
        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        1. re: GTCmom

          brasserie jo down about 4 blocks - reasonable prices, solid french bistro food, kid friendly.

      2. There is also Trident Bookstore.at 338 Newbury St for breakfast which is not a horrible walk from there. Now I have not eaten there but have seen some decent reviews.

        http://www.tridentbookscafe.com/Menu....

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        1. re: xcptnl

          I went to Trident twice last year. One time the cafe area was infested with flys all over the wall. There were literally 8 flys on the wall behind me and many more all around. No one else seemed to care. No flys the 2nd time. Only went back a 2nd time to meet up with friends. Food was mediocre and service non-existent. Students seem to like to hang out there. Just my experience though. Have heard better luck from others.

          Charlies is your typical greasy spoon type place. If you're looking for fruit, yogurt and pastries this is not the place.

          Unfortunately neither Parish Cafe or Coppa accepts reservations. Both will most likely be full, but you'd have better luck at Parish. Its also closer to Marriot. If you don't want to risk it, I would suggest reservations @ Summer Shack which is close by. You can walk outside or through the Mall. Its a no frills seafood spot that's kid friendly. Depending on budget you could move up to a fancier joint, Atlantic Fish. Another option is Sel de la Terre(walk in or outdoors). I would suggest one of the tables in the bar area. Steak frites & burger are both good. Fries are a must try. They also have a dedicated kids menu.

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          Summer Shack
          310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

          Coppa
          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118