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Aug 19, 2010 11:38 AM

Weekend in Boston

My wife and I will be visiting your fine city from Philadelphia to celebrate an anniversary in September. We are staying at the Nine Zero. We own a restaurant in Philly and appreciate all cuisines with no restrictions. We are just as comcortable in a dive as we are at Le Table de Joel Robuchon as long as the food merits. Philly has a very strong gastropub scene and Jose Garces has the tapas scene covered, so we would probably seek to avoid these categories. We have 3 lunch/brunch and 3 dinners to fill. I do have a Saturday dinner reservation at Craigie for the tasting. My other dinner thoughts in order of interest are Prezza, Pomodoro, No 9 Park, Giacomos, and Hammersleys Bistro.

My lunch/brunch choices are Neptune, marliave, and Muqueca. I am also considering Ariannas and B&G.

We would also like to fit in Drink and Deep Ellum for beers/ cocktails.

Any input/suggestions on these choices would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

No 9 Park
9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

319 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Deep Ellum Bar
477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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  1. We love Tinto (pre-iron chef - we don't know what's come with fame) and would recommend a lunch (brunch) at Coppa. Lovely way to wander through an afternoon. We like to sit at the bar, watch what they are making for other folks, ask what Salumi is on on the slicer, sip wine, and relax.

    We really enjoyed the Coppa (Italian head cheese) on our last visit and the farro salad that has been on the menu lately is really a nice side. We usually accent our small plates with a panni or pizza to share.

    Photos here:

    Across the street you'll find South End Formaggio - a really great cheese shop.


    South End Formaggio
    268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. I would go to Menton over No. 9. I don't know who is actually cooking at No. 9 right now, whereas the chef at Menton used to be at No. 9 and was excellent there. I'm sure No. 9 is fine, but the price is about the same, so go with Menton. You can hit Drink for one cocktail beforehand, and if you want two, the bartender at Menton is up to the task and would probably welcome a unique request (though there is no separate bar at Menton, you can order drinks).

      Pomodoro, I like, but, eh, no need. Go to Taranta instead. Prezza also excellent.

      From the Nine Zero hotel, instead of Deep Ellum, I would go to Green Street in Central Square for cocktails. Central Square is just a couple quick stops up the Red Line (subway line). Deep Ellum's kind of out of the way. Maybe you could combine Green Street with Craigie as they are near each other. Although, the cocktails are good at Craigie as well, so maybe I'll shut up about that.

      A bit of a detour, but I would substitute Angela's for Marliave for lunch. I don't think you can get Mexican like that in Philly.

      210 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

      Green Street
      280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Angela's Cafe
      131 Lexington St, Boston, MA 02128

      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

      1. You have some good choices listed.

        For cocktails Drink is definitely the place to go. Fairly close to Muqueca and Craigie are two great places for beer: Cambridge Brewing Company and Lord Hobo. Those 3 places should meet your needs without having to make the trip out to Allston for Deep Ellum.

        Cambridge Brewing Company
        1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Deep Ellum Bar
        477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

        Lord Hobo
        92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

        1. there are lots of interesting and inexpensive restaurants. among my favorites are Little Q Hotpot in Arlington, Helmand in Cambridge, and the multiple fish in the tank restaurants in Chinatown such as East Ocean, and Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square. here is a list that was compiled about the issue of inexpensive but good restaurants in the boston area.

          1. We are also fellow Phiily residents and just came back from a weekend in Boston. We had an amazing visit despite the rain. We had Saturday reservations at Prezza and everything was wonderful from start to finish, including the wine recommendation. The standout dish that night, though. was the tuna tartare. It's a favorite of mine and this was one of the best if not the best I've ever had. The second night we went to Neptune. We had eaten a filling brunch at a local spot so we skipped lunch, had a fabulous cannoli from Mike's Pastry and went for an early dinner. We stopped by around 5:30 to ask about reservations, to learn that there was an hour wait for a table of 3. Fortunately you can give them your cell number and they call you when a table is free. One of our group is an oyster fiend and declared the oysters much fresher than what she gets in Philly. I had the raw scallop appetizer, which was every bit as incredible as the tuna the night before. The other appetizer that night was the fried oysters on pulled pork. Also incredible. The fish tacos were a chosen entree as well as some fried clams. All in all, wonderful. We just wish we could find food as good as those two restaurants when we are in Philly.

            BTW, don't miss stopping in some of the little wine shops. It is so refreshing to go into a store where the shopkeepers know what they are selling (compared to the PA system of clerks who have no idea what they have). We had such fun buying some SuperTuscans at 4 of the different stores. Can't wait to try them.

            Enjoy your weekend.

            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            Mike's Pastry
            300 Hanover St, Boston, MA