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bleen68 Jul 2, 2010 07:52 PM

I have been wading through posts but really am not as yet familiar with the area, so thought I'd just post a new request.

We will be in Boston later this month Thursday-Sunday night without a car. We are staying in the Theater district. Would like recommendations that can be reached by walking or public transportation. Since we have four nights all sorts of cuisine recommendations are welcome except Mexican because we live in New Mexico and refuse to eat Mexican away from home. We'd be interested in Historic places, fish places, middle eastern, South American (Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil.), Italian, French, Spanish. you name it. Our evening entertainment tends to be dinner and a walk back. We aren't looking for really fancy but if there was something special that required a dress up we might do that one evening.

From Boston we will pick up a car on Monday and be heading south and west to visit the rest of New England. Looping back to Lowell for our last two nights before heading home. Will search for those recommendations separatel.

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    mgcmonkey Jul 2, 2010 08:29 PM

    Boston has great public transportation. Whats your food budget?

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    1. re: mgcmonkey
      scratchie Jul 2, 2010 09:33 PM

      Let's not get carried away. Boston has public transportation. Fortunately, there's plenty that's easily reachable from the theater district... Chinatown and some of the Back Bay/South End are in walking distance, and it's an easy subway ride to the North End and the rest of Back Bay and "Boston Proper". If you go through these boards for the restaurants that people recommend the most, you'll find a lot of them in those neighborhoods.

    2. Luther Jul 3, 2010 03:55 AM

      I will make a popular recommendation and suggest you take the T to Rincon Limeno in East Boston for Peruvian food. Take the green line from Boylston to Government Center, then the Blue Line to Wood Island. Make yourself a map of the short walk to 409 Chelsea Street, East Boston (it's a little complicated). That's pretty good entertainment.

      1. barleywino Jul 3, 2010 04:19 AM

        from the Theatre district it's a nice walk through the Boston Common/Charles st to Scampo in the Liberty hotel (not to be confused with the other restaurants in the same hotel, which should be avoided). Start with the cold corn soup w/ hot corn fritters and don't miss the suckling pig on Friday nights. http://www.scampoboston.com/dinner.pdf

        215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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          9lives Jul 3, 2010 05:56 AM

          You really don't need a car in that area. I live there, don't own a car and when parents visit, we put the car n a garage for 4 days.

          You're a short walk to the South End, T ride to Harvard or Davis Sq, Coolidge Corner or the North End.

          Grab a beer at Jacob Wirth's (skip the food) and have Thai at Montien next door. Montien has very good Thai..right in the theater district. Be sure to ask for he Thai menu. Chinatown is very close. I like New Shanghai for Sichuan, Peach Farm fo seafood and Winsor for dim sum.

          Troquet is a short walk.Very good food, great wine list.

          Ebaluce is close for Italian.

          Pub food with Boston history, Stoddards on Temple St. Pricey with a great historic dining room..Lock Ober..maybe fo the dress up night.

          I'd suggest Thmor Da for Cambodian (few stops beyond Rincon Limeno; which I like) but Lowell has some good Cambodian.

          If your travels South take you to Westport, check out the Back Eddy for seafood. Fall River..Sagre's for portuguese

          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

          New Shanghai Restaurant
          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          Rincon Limeno
          409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

          Jacob Wirth Restaurant
          31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Back Eddy
          1 Bridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790

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            bluesjack Jul 3, 2010 06:22 AM

            Take the T to the North End. If you like to walk, to my mind, that's the best neighborhood to walk through on a Summer;s night with Beacon Hill a close second.
            When in the North End 2 places you can't go wrong at are Prezza and Neptune Oysters

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

            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            1. gansu girl Jul 3, 2010 10:48 AM

              No one's mentioned Chinatown, which is a few blocks from the theater district - LOTS of great eats there - do a search on this board and/or let us know what your specific likes/dislikes are and we can offer suggestions.


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              1. re: gansu girl
                Luther Jul 3, 2010 01:03 PM

                scratchie mentioned chinatown over 12 hours ago.

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                  9lives Jul 3, 2010 01:41 PM

                  I mentioned it too..with 3 names; but who's counting? ..:)Penang is good for Malaysian..also in CTown.

              2. barleywino Jul 3, 2010 02:00 PM

                for middle eastern, there's also Helmand in Cambridge (near Cambridgeside Galleria mall), but it would entail about 6 blocks walking from the Lechmere (Green line) subway stop

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                1. re: barleywino
                  Eatin in Woostah Jul 5, 2010 06:42 PM

                  I think it's only about 4 blocks. I work across the street from Helmand and walk from Lechmere all the time. Super easy and totally worth it.

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                  bleen68 Aug 1, 2010 04:18 PM

                  I will report back on a new post. Thanks to all the suggesters.

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