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Hi there Boston Hounds! I've been doing some research and come up with a loose food-schedule for an upcoming weekend trip to Boston from Toronto. Could you please check my homework and suggest any changes?

First Day:
Lunch - Neptunes - Thinking about lobster rolls and the raw bar
Diner - No. 9 Park - We like the idea of eating in Beacon Hill because it sounds like a nice area to stagger around after diner. Can anybody back-up this theory?

Second Day:
Lunch - Kingfish Hall - For chowder.
Diner - Either L'Espalier or Menton or Cragie on Main, I haven't actually made a decision here.

Other places we might try to jam in somewhere are Clam Box, Drink, and Speed's.

We only have two full days so we don't want to waste time with anything mediocre. Cost isn't an issue. We are looking for distinctly Bostonian places. No need for ethnic food, as Toronto is great for ethnic. We are staying at a place downtown called Nine Zero but are willing to travel as necessary.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Kingfish Hall
188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

Clam Box
789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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  1. Hmmm.... just a couple things to think about..... Menton and No. 9 Park are the same chef and although different concepts, I'm not sure I'd do both in the same weekend. I'd maybe do Craigie on Main or one of Ken Oringer's places (more casual than No. 9 or Menton). If you are looking for something upscale he has Clio or you could do Toro for tapas or Coppa for Italian. Erbaluce may also work for you. I haven't been to King Fish Hall in probably 5 years and I'm not a chowder expert, but given it's touristy location I'd be skeptical... maybe some others could confirm/deny my skeptism?

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    Toro
    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Erbaluce
    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    Menton
    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

    1. Sounds like you have a fun trip planned (food wise at least). If you are looking for some places that are "distinctively Bostonian" I reccomend substituting Union Oyster House for clam chowder (make sure you sit at the downstairs Oyster bar) as the King Fish chowder is not so great IMO, or distinctly Bostonian. I would also reccomend choosing Cragie on the second night as you will have been to a Barbara Lynch restaurant on night one for dinner already. I also would advise against making the trek to Speeds unless you are a real Hot Dog aficianado. The dogs are delicious, but it's not really an experience that I would seek out if you are limited to only 2 days of dining experiences.

      Any reason you left breakfast out of your daily schedule?

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      Union Oyster House
      41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108

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      1. re: charlestown_matt

        sorry, but the chowder at union oyster house is gawd awful.

      2. number 9 park is well situated for a walk afterwards.

        craigie is near MIT and not far from harvard about 15 blocks from Mass Ave, the main thorough fare of Cambridge and Boston.

        Craigie is louder and less elegant than L'Espalier though I eat at Craigie far more frequently in part because i live in Cambridge.

        You probably won't make it to Market; I have not as i eat in NYC frequently. I like J-G Vongerichten's food a lot though I have not tried this outpost since I eat at Jean George about once per month

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        L'Espalier
        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        1. Not sure of the chowder at Kingfish, but I had a lovely planked piece of striped bass the other day at lunch. It was good, although nothing terribly special. So I might suggest you go with the chowder at Neptune, along with the rest, and sub in something different for lunch on the second day.

          Beacon Hill is within staggering distance of your hotel and No. 9 Park, but it is really very residential, except for Charles Street, which is a bit more of a stagger, and even that is relatively quiet in the evening. You'd do better to stagger down to the Public Garden after dinner and work your way back to the hotel through the Common. You could also stumble down to Charles St. and Bin 26 Enoteca for some fancy-schmancy after-dinner wine.

          In terms of distinctly Boston, folks love their steak places and there is a good one right in your hotel - KO Prime (which is one of the Ken Oringer places mentioned above) - which you might also consider, if nothing else because you are right there. Midway between No. 9 and KO is another fine steakhouse - Mooo... - also for your consideration.

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          Bin 26 Enoteca
          26 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

          KO Prime
          90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

          Mooo
          15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

          1. For a nice walk after Number 9 Park I would head out of the restaurant and go down Beacon st along the common, then take a right down Charles street for a few blocks. Then take a right onto Mt Vernon street and head to Louisburg Square, which is lovely(John Kerry lives there). Nearby is Acorn street, also known as the most photographed street in America.

            Drink is definitely worth a visit if you are into cocktails, but I wouldn't go during peak hours because it gets really busy.