One night in Boston...looking for fun, interesting, casual (+solo dining)
Spending a night in Boston next week and I'm looking to go to a friendly spot (i.e. I can wear jeans) to eat alone and have some really good food. I'm not looking to spend a whole lot, but not looking for cheap eats either.
I like seafood appetizers and meat entrees. Good beer is a plus too! I'm not looking for "ethnic" necessarily, although if there's an izakaya you can recommend I'd be all over that. Modern American food is probably the buzzword that best describes what I'm after.
I'll be staying at a hotel on Boylston Street. Looks like it's close to the Hynes convention center and the Boston Public Library...sorry, I really don't know Boston. Willing to cab it to a reasonable distance.
if you walk maybe 5 or 6 window-shopping blocks east on Boylston just past Charles st, you can try Troquet. Downstairs bar is jeans-friendly. Start with cold lobster salad, then the duck (or duck confit if you want a bit cheaper), all excellent (and yes, they have Chimay Blue). or cab it to Bergamot in Cambridge. Excellent beef short rib. if they're out of the short rib, go next door for kebabs and curry (and the Wine & Cheese Cask across the street has a good selection of beer to take out.)
140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
if you want to stay in your hotel area, I'd recommend Bistro du Midi, Eastern Standard Kitchen, Lucca on Huntington, or Sel de la Terre. Many of the above recommendations take you to Cambridge which, while it has great restaurants, seems farther afield than you need to go for the one evening you're in Boston. The walk to any of these places is fine or a short cab ride if you're not into walking and all are bar and food friendly. ESK is probably my first choice for eating solo.
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
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