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Sep 10, 2010 02:18 PM

Boston/Providence trips

I have a three-day trip to the greater Boston area coming up next week, and I don't want to spend it eating fast food! I'm on a budget and I won't have a car, so I need good stuff that's accessible via train. In Boston, I'll be in the following neighborhoods:

-- Hotel near JFK/UMass station
-- Brookline/BU
-- Somerville/Tufts

I should have at least two evenings relatively free, though, so anything I can get to (and get back to my hotel from) via the T is a must. I have a princely $50 per diem, although I'm very willing to skimp on lunch to have a nicer dinner, or vice versa.

I'm also going to have an afternoon free in Providence, near Brown. Any blowout lunch suggestions would be much appreciated!

I really do like fish and am not from New England, so bonus points for good places to get local stuff! I know this request is a bit all over the place, but I would appreciate input from fellow chowhounders.

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  1. Seafood: Neptune Seafood and the fish-in-the-tanks restaurants in chinatown such as East Ocean Seafood or Peach Farm. You could also get a lobster sandwich at Alive and Kicking in Cambridge. For Brookline, my favorite restaurant is Sichuan Gourmet. Except for Neptune, all of these will fit unto your per diem with ease.

    For Somerville,

    Peach Farm
    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

    Sichuan Gourmet
    1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

    1. In Providence near Brown, I'd go to East Side Pockets on Thayer Street for amazing felafel, but that's not a blowout lunch. I haven't been, but would love to check out Farmstead in Wayland Square -- unfortunately, the associated restaurant, La Laiterie, doesn't open until 5, but their website does say they have a casual lunch. http://www.farmsteadinc.com/farmstead/

      La Laiterie
      184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

      East Side Pocket
      278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

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      1. re: Pia

        I had dinner at La Laiterie, and it was AMAZING. Thanks for the rec!

        La Laiterie
        184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

          1. re: VivreManger

            I've been to Farmstead Downcity. I'm not that familiar with Providence, but I don't think that's the Wayland Square one; however, I suspect the products/menu are similar or the same. I only went there once and I only ordered one sandwich, but I thought it was one of the best sandwiches I'd had in a while. I got the housemade fava hummus, shaved cucumber, sliced radish, braised spring onion & feta sandwich. The combination was excellent and I loved the braised onions. Good bread, good size (as in not too big, which I prefer, but big enough). I poked around while they were making it and there was a good selection of cheeses and other goods considering it's a pretty small shop. They were fast and super-friendly; I'll be back the next time I have to work in Providence. I'd recommend it, definitely -- not a "blowout" certainly but a tasty lunch if you're in the area.

        1. It's not near Brown, but just in case you're interested...

          I had a fantastic (and long) lunch at Madeira, a Portuguese place in East Providence: http://www.madeirarestaurant.com/inde...

          Then again, I love Portuguese food.

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          1. re: Mister Meatball

            How does it compare to O'Dini's on Route 6 also Portuguese (to be precise Azorean) in East Providence?

            1. re: VivreManger

              Never been to O'Dini's, so can't compare, sorry.

          2. Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
            163 Benefit Street
            Providence, Rhode Island
            *Nothing fancy--I remember spinach, grated carrots, cheese and a yummy spread all on whole wheat bread. I was visiting my brother many years ago at Brown and am probably remembering it to be much more grand, but I have yet to have another sandwich that quite lives up to my memory.

            1. Bartley's Burger Cottage
              (Harvard Square)
              1246 Massachusetts Ave
              Cambridge, MA 02138

              Emack and Bolios (ice cream)

              Legal Seafood

              Bartley's Burger Cottage
              1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138