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Chowish lunch near Brigham & Womens?

GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 09:18 AM

Help me, hounds, having a brain cramp. I need to pick up a client at the Brigham on Thursday and take him to lunch BUT this client is a real chowhound and also prefers to share everything so I'm not looking for the usual business entertaining sort of option. He LOVED the Brookline Family Restaurant when I took him there last time he was in town. How can I top (or at least equal) that?

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Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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    redelephant RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 09:32 AM

    Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village? Or maybe Penguin Pizza in Brigham Circle (it's close)? Or cab it/drive over to Eastern Standard or that Oyster place next door to ES in Kenmore? The roast beef sandwich at Cutty's in Brookline Village is awesome, but not a proper sit-down sort of place, but it's only a breakfast/lunch place and I love their sandwiches. I've heard decent reviews of the Savant Project on Tremont, but I have never been myself.

    For a quick and greasy meal in the Brigham, I love Pat's Place for their sandwiches (steak and cheese). And the pizza at the School for Public Health, but that is not a good way to impress a client.

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    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Penguin Pizza
    735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

    The Savant Project
    1625 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

    Sichuan Garden
    295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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      Bob Dobalina RE: redelephant Nov 1, 2010 09:34 AM

      I like Savant Project too, and would recommend it generally, but for the past experience at Brookline Family Restaurant. If your client digs that...how about Dok Bua? Along the same informal lines...

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        redelephant RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 1, 2010 09:40 AM

        Dok bua is pretty amazing in my book.

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        drb RE: redelephant Nov 1, 2010 10:24 AM

        Orinoco in Brookline Village? Not sure if its open for lunch.

        Never thought I'd see Pat's on Chowhound (although I have certainly have eaten my fair share of their subs).

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          justbeingpolite RE: drb Nov 1, 2010 10:32 AM

          Rami's in Brookline for Falafel? Or the nearby Regal Beagle?

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          Regal Beagle
          308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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            redelephant RE: drb Nov 1, 2010 11:04 AM

            I thought this would be the only chance to mention Pat's on chowhound in some sort of appropriate context so I seized the opportunity. I hope they don't take my chowhound privileges away. I no longer work in that area and I miss it.

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              Mike5966 RE: redelephant Nov 1, 2010 11:56 AM

              I started eating at Pat's Place once a week out of sheer necessity, and over time it has really grown on me, especially their tuna melt and steak and cheese. For a greasy spoon, it hits the spot (except for their burger which is extremely mediocre). Obviously not the place for the OP to take her client, but like redelephant, I couldn't resist the opportunity to chime in.

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              gramercyfoodie RE: drb Nov 2, 2010 12:04 PM

              Orinoco serves a really wonderful lunch. They are always so welcoming too.

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            Madrid RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 11:08 AM

            Elephant Walk on Beacon St in Brookline seems to be open for lunch. I *love* Rami's but you can really sit and eat and talk there.

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            Elephant Walk
            900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

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              gourmaniac RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 11:35 AM

              I think Trattoria Toscana would be a good choice and it's a short drive from the Brigham. I have a soft spot in my heart for the chicken cutlet sub from Pat's place no doubt from the cardiac damage caused by eating too many of them

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              Trattoria Toscana
              130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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                justbeingpolite RE: gourmaniac Nov 1, 2010 11:40 AM

                TT does lunch?!

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                  MC Slim JB RE: justbeingpolite Nov 1, 2010 01:23 PM

                  Trattoria Toscana hasn't done lunch in years. It's also closed on Sunday.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  Trattoria Toscana
                  130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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                    gourmaniac RE: MC Slim JB Nov 1, 2010 02:33 PM

                    oops. wishful thinking. I did a quick search and found an old website. If the dc is really a chowhound, I like the Flames idea.

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                trueblu RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 11:39 AM

                As much as I love Pat's it not the "place" for this occasion. I find the Savant Project pretentious, but otherwise slow service for OK food. Elephant walk is a decent, but doable walk, with OKish food, as is La Verdad, but I'm not a huge fan myself.

                Kenmore square has several options, but is a hike, and Brookline village is only a bit closer, but you obviously went there last year....Sichuan Garden, as someone suggested might be up their street if they stick to the sichuan options.

                Perhaps not 'chowish', whatever that is, but the Squeeling Pig is very close, and some of their food is pretty decent, as is MIssion Bar and Grill.

                I like penguin pizza a lot, but wouldn't take a client there.

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                  nasilemak RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 01:06 PM

                  Flames II at Brigham Circle serves Carribean fare.

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                    StriperGuy RE: nasilemak Nov 1, 2010 01:21 PM

                    Yes, pretty decent Jamaican and right near the hospital.

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                    Taralli RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 01:43 PM

                    Mission Bar & Grill is right in Brigham Circle & serves decent pub fare.
                    The Gardner Museum appears to still be serving lunch: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/informat...

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                    Mission Bar & Grill
                    724 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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                      AmbigEthnic RE: Taralli Nov 2, 2010 07:58 AM

                      I actually prefer the Squealing Pig (just off Huntington about 2 blocks from B&W) to the Mission - they do a good calamari and generally better food. But for chowish food, I would also recommend Flames - good goat, oxtail, and v. spicy jerk chicken.

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                      Squealing Pig
                      335 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                    2. Berheenia RE: GretchenS Nov 1, 2010 01:53 PM

                      There's bunch of new places down on Boylston near Fenway park that do lunch- one is Basho Japanese Brasserie. Also there is Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar next door that just opened and the casual Tasty Burger across the street. We went to Tasty Burger for lunch on Saturday and they have table service inside and a bar. Great burgers and onion rings.

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                      Tasty Burger
                      1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                      1. GretchenS RE: GretchenS Nov 4, 2010 08:45 AM

                        Thank you all so much for your excellent suggestions. I was very excited to take him to Orinoco, which is just his kind of place and which I've been wanting to try, but then he called last night and asked me to meet him and some other people in Coolidge Corner for dinner instead. So I took them to Shiki, which was a great success. Five of us ordered about 17 different small plates to share and loved every one of them. Standouts for me were the ankimo (monkfish liver) special, the halibut carpaccio and the agedashi tofu, but really, everything was wonderful. The space is attractive and the service was excellent. Will get to Orinoco another time....

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                        Shiki
                        9 Babcock St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                          gourmaniac RE: GretchenS Nov 4, 2010 10:44 AM

                          great choice for a chowhound. I really like the chirashi assortment and the hamachi kama here.

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