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Coming from San Francisco and land in Boston Thurs --> Sunday week after next before heading to Vermont and Montreal (and Au Pied du Cochon, but that's another board!). Arrive late Thursday, depart Sunday after brunch. Looking for the best that Boston has to offer, with an emphasis on local cuisine and the kind of meal you can only get in Boston. Not Durgin Park, but the places the locals miss when they move away, and the ones they want to get back to when they come back to visit. Price is not an issue, but that doesn't mean the priceist = the best ... just that we're willing to pay where its worth it.

Poked around your board and the web a bit, and Craigie is high on our list, T.W. Food and L'Espalier look good as well. Friends recommend Redezvous and East Coast Seafood, and the Summer Shack looks possible.

Staying over near Faneuil Hall, so thinking Kingfish Hall or Anthem the night we arrive because they are close and serve relatively late, and then Craigie either Friday or Saturday, so looking for one more dinner and a killer Sunday brunch to round out our quick trip through the City. So let me have it ... critique our plan, and give me your reccs.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Summer Shack
310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

T.W. Food
377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Kingfish Hall
188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

East Coast Restaurant
1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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  1. Neptune Oyster

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

    1. Neptune Oyster in the North End, Oleana in Cambridge, which I'd choose over East Coast Grill.

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

      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Oleana
      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: Madrid

        If you want to go for it on price O Ya is highly recommended.

        Neptune Oyster is amazing but no reservations. Close to where you are staying though which may help.

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        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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

      2. You might consider going to Craigie for brunch instead of dinner, it is one of the best brunches in the city IMO.

        T. W. Food is great, although a bit of a pain to get to without a car -- you don't mention if you will have a car or be relying on public transit (although T. W. Food is certainly manageable w/o a car if you don't mind ~20 min walking or taking the bus). Rendezvous I have not been to, but gets lots of praise on the board.

        Not sure if you can squeeze Neptune Oyster in the night you arrive, but it is very close to Faneuil Hall as well (only serves until 9:30 though, so might not work). In any case, definitely try to make time for it, despite the no reservations policy.

        I'd also second Madrid's Oleana suggestion, extremely good and a different from the seafood places and French/French-inspired places on your list, so might make a good change of pace for one night.

          1. re: cbcpapa

            not sure what Coppy is, but perhaps you meant Coppa? Coppa is good, but again no reservations taken. I would check out pizzeria regina in the north end. its a close walk and a Boston institution.

            I second Craigie for brunch instead of dinner. A plus regarding brunch is that you could order the raved about burger (at least on ch) in the dining room. Burger is usually reserved for bar area.

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            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          2. I suspect your friend was recommending East Coast Grill (Chris Schlesinger's place in Inman Square, Cambridge), not East Coast Seafood (a wholesaler up in the town of Lynn).

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            East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. Gaaaahhhkk not Anthem. Silvertone is very close to Faneuil Hall and the kitchen is open until 11.

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              Silvertone
              69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

              1. Thanks all. Neptune Oyster looks fantastic, just the type of place we are looking for. Rocketing to the top of our list. I don't mind the no reservation policy ... lets us be flexible to go when we feel like it. Craigie for brunch is a good suggestion. And thanks for the warning on Anthem!

                We won't have a car, but have no problem cabbing if we need to. (and, yes, EC Grill not Seafood, was my friend's recc)

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

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                1. re: djh

                  A very nice ~20 minute walk from Faneuil Hall (right down Congress St. and over a bridge; or walking along the waterfront, enjoying the views, and then crossing a bridge) would be Menton, Barbara Lynch's new restaurant, which is amazing. Drink, the bar on the same block (and also owned by B. Lynch), is also lovely (and has a former bartender from the Alembic in SF and easily rivals the Alembic in its ability to serve amazing drinks).

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                  Menton
                  354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                  1. re: redelephant

                    places I'd miss if I left Boston that you might enjoy: breakfast at Mike and Patty's (not too far from where you are staying), Monday night wine dinners at L'Espalier, the bar at Erbaluce, the wine list (and dinner also) at Troquet. All these are near enough to you to check out.

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                    L'Espalier
                    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                    Troquet
                    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    Erbaluce
                    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  2. re: djh

                    Another vote for Neptune Oyster here. They do get crowded during peak meal times and the wait can be >1 hour. Try to plan to go earlier or later to beat the crowd. They will take your cell phone number and give you a call when your seats are almost ready. Meanwhile you can just roam around North End.

                    Be forewarned - you may be forced to sit at the bar or share a table with others.

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

                  3. Greetings from a former-SF'er!

                    Here's my list of places/things that Boston does better than SF:

                    1. Regina's Pizzeria in the North End. The real deal, almost 100 years old, great pizza, it's everything that Delfina wishes it was. You'll wait in line, it's cheap, but great atmosphere. Less is more when it comes to toppings (max 1), ask for the crust "well done". Follow it up with a freshly filled cannoli from Modern Pastry on Hanover St., you'll see the line out in front (don't go to Mike's, it's way too touristy).

                    2. Neptune Oyster is a very good rec. Try the Lobster Roll.

                    3. L'Espalier was fantastic in its former location. I haven't been since it moved, but the reviews are a bit less good. I still think it's the best place in Boston, if money is no object.

                    4. Ten Tables, in Jamacia Plain (a bit of a taxi ride from Faneuil Hall, alas), is my favorite place in Boston, with the chefs working in front of you in a very small room (hence the name, there really are only ten tables). The food is great, lovingly prepared, very reasonably priced. I've never had a bad meal there.

                    5. Toscanini's for ice cream, in Central Square in Cambridge. Bi-Rite Creamery is very, very good, but Toscanini's is the best ice cream in America, IMHO (and many others agree). Great hot fudge and freshly whipped cream as well.

                    6. Oleana is a good recommendation, serving high-end Turkish-influenced cuisine, which isn't well-represented in SF.

                    7. Helmand, also in Cambridge, serves delicious Afghani food. They used to have another outpost in SF, but I don't know if it's still there. Very good, and unusual.

                    That's it for me.

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                    L'Espalier
                    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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

                    Modern Pastry
                    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

                    Oleana
                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                    Ten Tables
                    5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                    1. re: winedude

                      We've moved a digression on what SF does better than Boston to the San Francisco board, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7367...

                    2. i also like the pan fried lobster at Summer Shack - though i have only eaten at the Cambridge location which by the way is on the T. I also recommend O Ya or some other sushi place. Having lived in SF (actually Palo Alto), i think that seafood is the thing to eat here in Boston.

                      I think that pizza is better in SF though I like Coppa quite and their Pepe's pizza.

                      You might want to try Tamarind Bay as it has good Indian food something that i do not remember from SF.

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                      O Ya
                      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                      Tamarind Bay
                      75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                      Summer Shack
                      310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                      Coppa
                      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                      1. One thing I would say Boston does better than SF, that's pizza, sandwiches, and pub food. I highly recommend Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge, and Mike and Patty's in Bay Village. Both emphasize local ingredients and represent two ends of the dining spectrum, Garden being a higher end restaurant (though they also have an affordable bar menu), and Mike and Patty's being a small hole-in-the-wall that serves simple yet delicious sandwiches. Upper Crust, Pinocchio's, Figs, and ZIng are pretty good pizza places (I think Zing would be good for a Californian who longs for the bizarre toppings on their pizza). The Druid, Grendel's Den, and Doyle's (in Jamaica Plain) are probably my favorite for pub food.

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                        1. re: cheezsandwich

                          I always thought SF had good pizza and so does Alan Richman;

                          http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

                          and i am not enamoured of any of these pizza places though as mentioned earlier, I liked the Pepe's pizza at Coppa.

                        2. Regina last night, well done one topping was great. Going to try neptune mid afternoon then see where we go from there. Winging it with no reservations to stay flexible.

                          Thx again for all the reccs!