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Sep 23, 2010 03:57 PM

SF Hound Looking for Reccs

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.

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

    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.

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

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

      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.

        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.

            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).

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