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Three VERY different eaters just did Coppa (yum!), Istanbu'lu's next, then what?

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I'm the adventurous foodie, my husband is the meat guy, my stepson is the sweet, hesitant-but-curious 17 year old vegetarian.

We have a newish tradition of going out for a good meal for birthdays/milestone events - restaurants are good politically neutral territory, neither mom, dad or stepmom's house.

I kept a close eye on board discussions of ethnic/excellent/veggie friendly/meat oriented places in the Boston area, and headed to Coppa last week as a result. Score! Everybody happy!
(thanks, hounds!)

Istanbu'lu sounds like the place to try next, as does Toro. Anybody else in a similar situation have favorite spots you want to share? Doesn't have to be uber fancy/pricy, just good.

Extra points if it's on the quiet side; it's hard to work on your family dynamics in the midst of the loud/hip crowd.

PS the kid's a vegetarian, but not savvy enough to ask if the arancini risotto was cooked in chicken broth... and we don't always tell him. (bad parents, I know)

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    1. I think Helmand in Cambridge would fit your needs nicely.

      1. I am really curious as to how you got veggie friendly at Coppa. Please describe.

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        Coppa
        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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        1. re: Alcachofa

          The arancini, peppers and feta, and burrata make a good veggie meal at Coppa.

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          Coppa
          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: Alcachofa

            I am a vegetarian and I think Coppa is very veggie friendly. It's extremely easy to have a delicious veggie meal. I think Vegan would probably be a lot harder. When I went for dinner, I shared white bean bruschetta. roasted peppers, trophie con pesto, arancini, and a few other veggie dishes that I'm forgetting at the moment. Just went back for lunch and shared the cauliflower, farro salad, and a squash and spinach pizza. Both times I went, I was stuffed when we left. Biggest problem both times was that there were too many things that I wanted to order.

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            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          2. You said it did not have to be pricey, but didn't say whether you minded if it was on the pricer side. You might want to try T.W. Food. They have one of the best (and best value) tasting menus around. They have a regular one with plenty of meat and interesting things for an adventurous eater and the veggie tasting menu has always been amazing when I've had it.

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            T.W. Food
            377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138