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Nov 1, 2010 09:18 AM

Chowish lunch near Brigham & Womens?

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?

Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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  1. 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.

    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

    7 Replies
    1. re: redelephant

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

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Dok bua is pretty amazing in my book.

      2. re: redelephant

        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).

        1. re: drb

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

          Regal Beagle
          308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

          1. re: drb

            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.

            1. re: redelephant

              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.

            2. re: drb

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

          2. 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.

            Elephant Walk
            900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

            1. 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

              Trattoria Toscana
              130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

              3 Replies
                1. re: justbeingpolite

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


                  Trattoria Toscana
                  130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    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.

              1. 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.


                1. Flames II at Brigham Circle serves Carribean fare.

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                  1. re: nasilemak

                    Yes, pretty decent Jamaican and right near the hospital.