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Hi all

I'll be in Boston for 4 nights in early November, along with my parents. I've done some research and hope you can give me some advice and help on my very preliminary restaurant schedule:

Dinner:

Hamersley's Bistro. I never order chicken at a restaurant, but I had it the last time I was in town (probably close to 5 years ago) and I still dream about that dish. This is a must-do for me; all I can think about is those chunks of yummy garlic and that ridiculously good sauce the chicken came in.

Toro: My parents and I love tapas and make a point to try a tapas place when we go away. I'd like to try a Ken Oringer spot, but it sounds like the waits are interminable. If we go on a weeknight and show up at, say 7 or 8pm, are we talking a 20 minute wait? Closer to an hour? If it's really that bad, we'll just have to pass.....I'm hoping it's not too bad.

Taranta: I just love the North End, but I'm trying to avoide a southern Italian type of restaurant as I can get that in NY. I love the idea that it stands out a bit due to the Peruvian dishes and the pork chop sounds phenomenal.

Hungry Mother: I love southern-style food; my parents loved the food in Charleston, so I think they'd like this too. The menu sounds yummy to me - only question is if it's too limited for them.

**I'd like to try Craige on Main, but that might be too expensive if we are also going to Hamersley's.

Sportello - the pastas sound delicious and I love pasta;

I know, it's too many for 4 nights, but I want to keep my options open should one or more fall through.

Lunch:

Has to be Neptune Oyster ............

Thank you in advance!

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

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Hamersley's Bistro
553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Sportello
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

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  1. Lotsa winners in that list. I think Toro does weekday lunch, which might be a good way to evade the wait. Doing Neptune at lunch is a good idea.

    If Toro doesn't work out, Taberna de Haro in Brookline is good for tapas.

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    1. re: robwat36

      Hi Robwat

      Thank you! Oh, lunch at Toro is a great idea..............I'll take a look at Taberna de Haro as well.

      Another restaurant I'd love to try is Muqueca......it's different (can't get that in NY - at least, I don't know of any restaurants that serve this kind of food) and it sounds just delicious. Looks like figuring out my restaurant plans is how I'll be spending my time between now and November.

      Thank you!

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      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    2. I can verify that the pork chop at Taranta is phenomenal. Hamersley's Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in town. Gordon is in the kitchen almost every night and his presence shows through in the quality of the food. Toro is pretty crowded. If you go early you can snag a spot. Or just eat at the bar which is what I usually do. I guess the only place on your list that I'd skip is Sportello. When I went there I just wasn't wowed. The pastas were good, but they didn't amaze me. Cragie on Main is fantastic, but may I suggest T.W. Food? The concept is similar to Cragie, but I like it a whole lot more. Have a great time in Boston!

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      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Hamersley's Bistro
      553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

      Sportello
      348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

      4 Replies
      1. re: chefematician

        Hi Chef

        Glad to hear that the pork chop lives up to its description.

        It's always nice when a name chef actually is in the kitchen - kind of rare actually.

        T.W. Food? Thanks for the tip - I'll look into it.

        I love your city, so I will have a great time. Thank you!

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

        1. re: Betsypaige

          I ended up with Hamersley's Bistro, Taranta, Oleana and Hungry Mother. My parents and I love the kind of Mediterranean food that Oleana serves and the menu was mouthwatering (plus, I love Baked Alaska)

          I would have loved Toro for dinner, but since it's an option for lunch, we decided to do that.

          Thanks for everyone's help!

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          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Hamersley's Bistro
          553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Hungry Mother
          Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. re: Betsypaige

            Great list. Well, I haven't been to Taranta, but the rest are great. So happy you are making it to Hungry Mother. I think they will love it. I had a great meal with *my* parents there. It has a good vibe. Also, don't feel bad about missing Craigie---I honestly feel that for the same price point, Hamersley's is superior. T.W. is definitely one to keep in mind for next time. It is pretty out of the way compared to the others on your list, though.

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            Hungry Mother
            Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

            1. re: ginafly

              Hi Gina

              I really love southern food; my parents loved the food we had in Charleston, so I know they will love Hungry Mother. I told them to trust me - I almost never steer them wrong when it comes to restaurants (though they did not like Frontera Grill at all in Chicago -oops!).

              I read about Cragie and to be honest, I don't think I'd feel comfortable there. I didn't like what I read about the chef being fairly unaccomodating. He has every right to run his restaurant the way he sees fit, but when time is limited, I wouldn't choose a place as uptight as that restaurant seems to be - particularly for the price. T.W. sounds like a wonderful restaurant, but there just wasn't enough time. I will make a point of heading there the next time in town - I enjoy splurging occasionally.

              We got 8:30 pm for Hamersley's on Saturday - and that's calling over a week in advance - so I got lucky, I think. I made the reservations there for our first night because I had such good memories of my last visit .........and that unbelievable chicken dish.

              Thank you for your comments; I'm counting the days, lol

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              Hungry Mother
              Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA