Trip Report (four nights, three days)
Here's my take on my recent trip to Boston (I stayed at the Parker House - didn't try the rolls or Boston Cream Pie, however):
Monday night (August 9) - after about eight hours of train travel from Pennsylvania Dutch country, I get to my hotel about 6 PM, and pretty much the only places that are still open in the area are pubs, so I go to Silvertone B&G; the jerk chicken with rice and fried bananas was excellent, although that may have been because I had pretty much all fast food the previous week (when you attend a gaming convention for a week in the middle of Pennsylvania nowhere without a car, you don't get much choice).
Tuesday - despite having been warned, I end up at Quincy Market for lunch, as that's where pretty much all of the tour buses (except for the duck boats) start. I get a bread bowl of mac & cheese mixed with bacon at MMMac & Cheese. The M&C is pedestrian, and the bacon is a little underdone, but the real problem is with the bread, which seems to be from the last Boston title - Stanley Cup title, that is.
One of the things I am checking out in Boston is the burgers, so for dinner, I head off to Eagle's and get a Godzilla - a one-pound burger with one pound of fries. The fries are the kind you get in supermarket freezer sections, and the burger, while good, was a little overcooked (I had asked for a medium rare originally, but when told it would be "a bit on the bloody side", changed it to medium). Oh, and you would think that they would tell people that, on the green line, at the above-ground stops, you can only enter the cars from the front (presumably so the conductor can see your ticket).
Wednesday - round 2 of my burger quest takes me to Harvard and Bartley's. I get to Harvard Square at noon, and spend the next 20 minutes trying to find Massachusetts Avenue. I finally get to Bartley's at around 12:45 and am a little surprised that it is still crowded (you would think any "lunch rush" would have died down by then), but I do manage to get a stool at the counter. I order the George Bush (two 7-ounce patties with cheese and BBQ sauce) with regular fries in place of the sweet potato fries that normally come with it. Once again, the fries are not of the homemade variety, but these guys do know how to make a burger. What surprised me more was that there was a line well out the door at 1:15.
After a big lunch, I went for a small dinner, so I got a meatball sub at Pizzeria Rico in Downtown Crossing. The good news: the meatballs were incredible. The bad news: who makes a meatball sub without provolone? All it was was meatballs, a little sauce, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese in a bun.
Thursday - I was back in the Quincy Hall area for lunch (I was en route to the Constitution), so the less said the better, and for dinner, I had some nondescript cheese ravioli at the Beantown Pub. (I also noticed that they were still well under construction with the new UBurger in that area.)
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