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I'm back in my hometown of Lexington looking at colleges all over the East Coast. My relatives are reluctant to let me go, but I (luckily!) have a "free day" on Wednesday - sadly, this will only probably be breakfast, lunch, no dinner. (But please feel free to include bakeries/sweet/ice cream places! I am allowing myself to totally pig out here!)

My plan is to bike into the city and take the T to two Chowhound favorites. What are your recs?

(P.S. Being back where I grew up, I've already covered the nostalgia bases. Pizza at Bertuccis, honey cake at Alouette, Wilson Farms, Rancatores ice cream...some better than others, but all childhood staples. I want to try the new Boston, what the up-and-coming food scene is like on the East Coast. Another minor concern - I don't eat mammals (no pork, beef, lamb, horse, human, etc.), but all other creatures are fine (birds, fish, crustaceans, bugs, reptiles...).

Thank you all!!!!

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Wilson Farm
10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

Bertuccis Restaurant
6 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA 02360

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      You're my hero!!!!

    2. Not sure about up and coming, but Neptune Oyster in the North End would be a fine choice for lunch.

      For breakfast, I would recommend Sofra on the Belmont/Watertown line - in fact, you can take the Minuteman Path to Alewife, bike through Fresh Pond and find your way there - followed by a ride into the city along the river. Another option - but more traditional Middle Eastern / Turkish - is Istanbul'lu in Teele Square, Somerville. Yummy cheaper Turkish breakfast chow.

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

      Sofra
      1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. If you're thinking of staying close to Lexington, Arlington is a short bike ride and I've enjoyed exploring it recently for excellent chow. Toraya (sushi), Katmandu Spice (Indian and Nepalese), and Blue Ribbon (BBQ (chicken for you, but the ribs and brisket are excellent).

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        Toraya Restaurant
        890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          Heck, Little Q Mongolian Hotpot is also in Arlington. Gotta agree with Gourmaniac, those places alone are in the top tier in Boston.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I can get a lot of good ethnic asian in LA, so that's not my priority. My plan is to hit Deluxe Town Diner for pancakes, then probably Toro or Coppa for lunch.

            1. re: ApprenticeGourmet

              Yah, hard to beat LA Asian food. Though Blue Ribbon is something special as well. Toro and Coppa ain't bad either. Have a blast.

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              Toro
              1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

              Coppa
              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Blue Ribbon would be tough for someone who doesn't eat "mammals" -- most of the sides have ham hock or bacon or something in them too.

                Similarly my favorite things at Toro and Coppa have been meat oriented. Maybe the OP should hit up Neptune (I know, this is a repeat rec to the nth but only because it's good) for lunch?

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                Toro
                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                Coppa
                253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                1. re: yumyum

                  Yeah, I'm thinking of changing my plans to Neptune; what are the best things to get there (or a board where this topic has already been covered)?

                  By the way, thank you very much everyone! You've been so supportive and awesome!

                  1. re: ApprenticeGourmet

                    Good choices. Its definitely hard to choose between Toro and Neptune in my book. The fact that you can't a lobster roll back in LA like the one at Neptune should seal the deal.

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                    Toro
                    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118