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Restaurant Suggestion for Friday -- Oysters or Italian small plates

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Visiting family from out of town and will picking up husband at South Station on Friday evening. He's looking for a spot for either a) raw oysters and a nice beer or b) Italian small plates (cheese, charcuterie, antipasti) and wine. Do you have any suggestions? We have a car and can drive to any surrounding areas like Cambridge if need be. thanks in advance.

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  1. What time are you picking him up? In which direction are you headed?

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    1. re: Blumie

      Picking up at 6:15pm and eventually heading N on 93 to Winchester

    2. We ate both at Neptune Oyster (North End) and at Coppa (South End) and loved both. Neither takes reservations. When we go back to Boston, we plan to visit both again.

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

      Coppa
      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

      1. you can drive to Scampo (just off 93, they validate parking at the Liberty hotel) for some great beef carpaccio, prosciutto, various mozzarella-centric dishes etc. or if you drive deep into Cambridge to Gran Gusto, you might luck out with some stracciatella cheese. or stop in at Drink for some chicken liver pate, buttermilk fried wings and cocktails.

        1. Is it terribly cruel of me to ask my SO to choose from this list?

          La Casale
          http://ilcasalebelmont.com/

          Neptune Oyster (will be long wait
          )http://www.neptuneoyster.com/menu.html
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/neptune-oyste...

          Toro (tapas
          )http://www.yelp.com/biz/toro-boston#q...
          http://www.toro-restaurant.com/

          Rialto (Jody Adams’ restaurant in Harvard Square
          )http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/menu...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/rialto-cambridge

          Oleana (Cambridge turkish/veggie
          )http://www.yelp.com/biz/oleana-restau...
          http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/eat-a...

          Coppa (South End Boston italian
          )http://www.yelp.com/biz/coppa-boston-2

          Gaslight Brasserie (Bistro
          )http://www.gaslight560.com/media/menu...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/gaslight-bras...

          Bistro du Midi (Bistro
          )http://www.bistrodumidi.com/#/menus/
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-du-mid...

          Erbaluce (Italian small plates
          )http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/erbaluce-boston

          Les Zygomates (wine bar/French
          )http://www.winebar.com/downloads/dinn...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/les-zygomates...

          Scampo (Lydia Shire
          )http://www.scampoboston.com/dinner.pdf
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/scampo-boston...

          Gran Gusto (Cambridge
          )http://www.grangustocambridge.com/gra...
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/gran-gusto-ca...

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

          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Gran Gusto
          90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

          Scampo
          215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Coppa
          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          Bistro du Midi
          272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: lollypop

            Lolipop, I'd be happy to join you at any of the above.

          2. Les Zygomates is an easy 1.5 block walk from South Station if you're not already aware. We're doing the south end tonight and were considering Coppa as well. What about Estragon for tapas and wine?

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            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

            1. go to Dante's in Cambridge, by the Sonesta. Oysters are 1.00 a piece from 4 PM on, lots of small plates, good food, outdoor patio, easy to get on 93 and they take reservations.