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mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 06:28 AM

Hi Guys!!

We are coming to Boston this weekend and are SO excited! This is going to be a very important weekend for us, so I want it to be perfect!! Help please!

We selected 3 restaurants for our evening meals.... These couldnt seem better, but at the same time we want some 2nd tier options for budgeting reasons! Austin is definitely less expensive than Boston!
If you all could please give us suggestions for the closest best alternative which would be considered LESS expensive. Also, if we had to knix one, which one would you suggest: I dont think that this fact is ultra important, but both of us are vegetarian who eat fish...

Night 1: Trattoria Toscana
** What is a "close" second that might be cheaper? Doesnt have to be the same neighborhood....

Night 2: Neptune Oyster (for oysters and steamed lobster (vs. lobster roll)
** What is a "close" second that might be cheaper? Doesnt have to be the same neighborhood....

Night 3: The Helmand (this one does have to be in/around Cambridge)
** There might not be a close 2nd to Afghan food, but something really yummy

Additionally, if you rank these best to one that you would eliminate, what would it be?

Thanks for helping to make our trip great!!

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Trattoria Toscana
130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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

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    gourmaniac RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 06:38 AM

    I'll play but it is based on places that other hounds have recommended.
    Gran Gusto in North Cambridge, Carlos Cusina in Allston
    Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square
    There is a new Afghan restaurant whose name I forget in Allston that is getting some buzz. Also in that neighborhood (S&I Thai (duh Thai), Blue Asia Cafe or Jo Jo Taipei (Taiwanese), Garlic and Lemons (Lebanese).

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    Gran Gusto
    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

    JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
    103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    Island Creek Oysters
    296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

    Blue Asia Cafe
    113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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      ilovedessert RE: gourmaniac Dec 7, 2010 07:02 AM

      I agree that Carlos Cucina is a pretty good, less expensive alternative. Based on my recollection, Gran Gusto's price point is about the same as Trattoria Toscana.

      Neptune doesn't offer steamed lobster on their menu, but their lobster rolls (both hot and cold) are amazing. For inexpensive oysters, there are a couple of places around town that offer $1 oysters. A few come to mind: Sel de la Terre (Long Wharf), Lineage, Marliave. Check their websites for days/times. That said, I think Neptune is a must for any visit to Boston. Just be prepared for the wait!

      I think Helmand is actually the easiest to find a close second for. Gourmaniac was referring to Ariana, which is priced a couple dollars below Helmand but with an almost identical menu. I haven't visited yet, but a number of local reviewers compared it favorably to Helmand. I've really enjoyed the few experiences I've had with Afghan food, but I didn't love it as much as what I've had at Trattoria Toscana, Carlos, or Gran Gusto. Apples and oranges, I know, but Boston has some great Italian food!

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      Trattoria Toscana
      130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

      Gran Gusto
      90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

      Marliave
      10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

      Sel de la Terre
      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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      cambridgedoctpr RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 07:00 AM

      Neptune on a weekend with their no reservation policy; be prepared to wait.

      what about Chinese; I like sichuan gourmet in Brookline or one of the fish in the tank restaurants such as East Ocean in Chinatown.

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      East Ocean Restaurant
      3704 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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        mes1353 RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 7, 2010 07:19 AM

        I am so appreciating these suggestions! Any other general winners to suggest in Cambridge? We have tickets to something one night and have to eat there.... Kind of wishing that we had some more flexibility that night! :) fish tank restaurants sounds fun!

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          BBHound RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 07:28 AM

          Where in Cambruidge are your tickets? Helmand is at the eastern end of the city and not near public transit.

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            mes1353 RE: BBHound Dec 7, 2010 07:32 AM

            Oh no! :) Bad spot then, I guess!! Thanks for letting me know! We are going to be on Harvard Square....

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              BBHound RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 07:43 AM

              In that case, what you probably need is someplace close to a stop on the Red Line (www.mbta.com) There are interesting places at several stops such as Central, Charles and even downtown (transit time from downtown to Harvard is about 10 minutes). Try board searches on those areas.

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                barleywino RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 09:50 AM

                for something near Harvard square and cheaper than Helmand, you might consider Kebab Factory...they even have their own parking lot on Hampshire st a few doors down (try the chicken crushed pepper kebabs). they also do a lunch buffet. if you want even cheaper, not far from Harvard square (with parking in the Porter square shopping area) is Cafe Mami, informal Japanese food (go early if possible as seating is limited, or take out; try the curry). if you have time to kill, stop in at Formaggio on Huron st to sample cheeses and baked stuff.

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                ilovedessert RE: BBHound Dec 7, 2010 07:40 AM

                Actually, Helmand is close to Lechmere Station. From there you can pick up the E train of the Green Line and also take the 69 bus straight to Harvard Square. The 69 leaves the station every 20-30 minutes during the weekend.

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                  tallullah RE: BBHound Dec 7, 2010 08:07 AM

                  Helmand is a 5-6 block walk from the Lechemere stop on the Green line or 1/2 a mile to the Kendall stop on the redline. Neither of which are bad walks at all.

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                    Ralphie_in_Boston RE: tallullah Dec 7, 2010 10:10 AM

                    Agree, I was going to post similarly. As long as you're up for a walk (and if weather holds up) it's really not too bad of a walk from either stop.

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                  PinchOfSalt RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 08:13 AM

                  Since you are from Texas, I can't help but try to think about food that you will not find so easily there. Some thoughts that pop into my head for Cambridge include East Coast Grill (in Inman Square, a local institution with a strong bent towards seafood and the Carribean) and Little Q Hotpot (a wonderful Chinese restaurant in North Cambridge,featuring hot pot dishes and very very light on the wallet). Along these lines, I urge you to give Helmand a try. It never fails to delight. Finally, since you ask about people-watching, it is hard to beat a walk in the Harvard Square area on a weekend in good weather! It is a completely different scene from, say, Newbury Street in Boston proper and part of what makes the Boston area Boston.

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

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                    mes1353 RE: PinchOfSalt Dec 7, 2010 08:31 AM

                    Thanks for your suggestion, Pinch of Salt..... Question.... Everyone says to go to East Coast Grill! But...On Yelp I read so-so things?? I saw New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant as something that seemed similar, but better reviews.... I think that the idea of the fish tank restaurant is very unique for us!! Definitely East Coast Grill and not this New Jumbo place??

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

                    Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
                    7 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

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                      PinchOfSalt RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 09:02 AM

                      East Coast Grill is a completely different experience from a Chinese fish-tank restaurant. You could do both and enjoy some great Boston eating. ECG is American with Carribean influences. A fish-tank restaurant is seriously good Chinese eats. As for Yelp, the question about ECG is what do you enjoy? It is crowded, can be noisy, and the food can get spicy. I enjoy it for the food, which I find tasty, creative, and diverse, but certainly some people may want a place that is less crowded, more quiet, and more New-England-traditional where their seafood is concerned.

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                        GretchenS RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 09:58 AM

                        I find East Coast Grill very so-so myself but there are many on this board who love it. You'd be much better off at the Helmand in my opinion, for about the same or less $$-wise. Maybe New Jumbo could substitute for Neptune Oyster as a less expensive seafood option, although obviously not the same thing at all, just yummy seafood. (Not sure if they are one of the Chinatown restaurants that does lobster, though.) And get your oysters at one of the places with $1 oysters, as someone mentioned above.

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

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

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                          barleywino RE: GretchenS Dec 7, 2010 10:03 AM

                          new Jumbo does do lobster. if you want even cheaper, stop in at Quick-Pik BBQ on Beach st for some crispy pig over rice.

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                          tallullah RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 12:45 PM

                          New Jumbo is one of our favorites and I can't resist the Salty Spicy lobster. So good.

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                          tallullah RE: PinchOfSalt Dec 7, 2010 12:44 PM

                          Little Q Hotpot is in East Arlington, not North Cambridge.

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                            cambridgedoctpr RE: tallullah Dec 7, 2010 12:51 PM

                            Is there not a new little Q in Chinatown? The one in East Arlington is a bit out of the way.

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                              tallullah RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 7, 2010 01:14 PM

                              Yes, there is the Q Restaurant in Chinatown.

                              I was just correcting PinchOfSalt's comment that Little Q Hotpot is in North Cambridge when it is actually in East Arlington.

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                                PinchOfSalt RE: tallullah Dec 7, 2010 05:49 PM

                                You may well be right. I probably was confusing the locations of Qingdao Garden and Little Q Hotpot. On the bright side, the difference is between adjacent neighborhoods/communities.

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                                Qingdao Garden Restaurant
                                2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                          cambridgedoctpr RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 08:50 AM

                          I like the fish in the tank Chinese restaurants; East Ocean usually has fresh shrimp, too.

                          Since I live in Cambridge, i know the place pretty well. I like Craigie on Main though some posters feel that the service is a bit haughty; I do not feel that way. For Italian, i like Rialto in Harvard Square and for Indian, I like Tamarind Bay also in the Square. The first two are pricey; Tamarind Bay is my favorite Indian restaurant in Boston and the equal of my favorites in NYC.

                          by the way, craigie is near the central square stop of the red line, while the other two are located near the harvard square red line stop.

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                          Tamarind Bay
                          75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                          Craigie on Main
                          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                        mes1353 RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 07:35 AM

                        And since Im getting such great responses, let me deepen the question....
                        We are going on only sit down dine for dinner..... Where are some cool pop in spots - for light coffee or something light and fun, people watching - around town? We'll be doing typical touristy things like the Freedom Trail, etc. We are also staying on Beacon Street. THANKS!! This is fun.... :)

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                          Karl S RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 10:20 AM

                          The North End has pastry-coffee shops that will be mobbed. While suburbanites don't come into Boston to shop downtown the way they once did (especially since the cornerstone of our retail district at Downtown Crossing has been an open hole for a few years....), they still do come in for theatre (the district for which abuts Chinatown) and events at the TD (Boston) Garden (which is near the North End).

                          The advent of consistently cold weather this week for the first time this season means people will be walking fast (Bostonians are generally reckoned the fastest walkers of the major US urban areas, and Boston is the windiest major metro area - the two kinda go hand in hand).

                          Have you considered Portuguese food as an option? It's one of the strengths of our area (in Cambridge, in particular). I suspect it's not something you get a lot of in Austin. Pork with clams, mmm.

                          And Boston's urban culture is still that of an early-to-bed, early-to-rise city (Ben Franklin was born on Milk Street, what can I say). Even with all those late-to-bed, late-to-rise university students who don't understand why there aren't as many options as they'd like. Just in case you're not aware of that.

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                            djd RE: Karl S Dec 7, 2010 10:49 AM

                            Ha, lord, early-to-bed, yes. Good move to remind an Austinite. Every time I visit Austin I absolutely have to eat something at the Magnolia's off Mopac at 3:30 a.m.

                            If you're staying on Beacon St. you will probably take a stroll (er, rapid walk) down Newbury St., and both the Trident and Espresso Royale coffeeshops (towards the Mass. Ave. end of Newbury) are fun places to stop in and warm up. ER has better coffee, bike-messenger–watching, and IMO the best bagels in town* but Trident has books. Note, though, that Trident's food is surprisingly not-cheap—restaurant prices, not café prices. Also in that neck of the woods is Café Jaffa for inexpensive and delicious Middle Eastern.

                            * Short of Katz's, which is in Chelsea and thus requires a separate trek.

                        2. GretchenS RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 07:42 AM

                          Here is the website for Carlo's Cucino, if that helps. Their stuffed eggplant apps lingers in my (eggplant-related) dreams. http://www.carloscucinaitaliana.com/

                          If you need to be in the general area of The Helmand, I can't really think of an equally yummy but cheaper alternative, although that doesn't mean none exists. I will say that sharing 3 (or 4 if you are very hungry) apps should keep you very happy and minimmize the damage to your wallet. Or my veggie friend adores the veg special and it's big and not too dear. You do need to make reservations there asap.

                          Also don't overlook that we are known for our ice cream around these parts.

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                            tallullah RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 08:04 AM

                            You won't find steamed lobster at Neptune

                            1. yumyum RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 09:55 AM

                              In Harvard Square, Russell House Tavern is ringing my bell lately and there's plenty of great people watching there, especially at the large downstairs bar. You can snack on small plates of pates and charcouterie or steak tartare, or go whole hog and get a proper dinner. I enjoy the steak frites there in particular.

                              Another nice place to pop into in H. Square is Crema Cafe. Don't miss the house-made english muffin with good butter and raspberry jam.

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                              Crema Cafe
                              27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                              Russell House Tavern
                              14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                Madrid RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 10:12 AM

                                You don' t mention lunch but keep in mind that Neptune Oyster opens at 11:30 and stays open all afternoon and evening. It is the same menu/same prices except that once in a while one of the dishes isn't ready yet early on. I've found it really crowded by 1 pm on a Saturday, but going earlier would probably be much safer. Also, I don't know how you feel about sharing, and I am a light eater, but the lobster roll (which is steamed lobster picked out severed hot with butter or cold with a bit of mayo) is huge, and comes with a mountain of excellent fries. It is enough for two people when I am one of them and Neptune doesn't frown on sharing.

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

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                                  hckybg RE: Madrid Dec 7, 2010 05:20 PM

                                  On this point, I was going to say that you could probably stick with all three restaurants that you initially picked and make them affordable. Sharing the lobster roll and something else, especially at the bar, seems to be very popular among Neptune diners...Helmand would not be as expensive as East Coast Grill, which I am a big fan of but which can be quite pricey.

                                  If you do want other options in Cambridge, I would suggest Inman Square (the location of East Coast Grill), where you can have affordable meals at East by Northeast or Muqueca, both pretty unique, and be a 20-25 minute walk from Harvard Square (or a tenish minute walk to the Central Square T stop). Cambridge One is a good pizza place in Harvard Square and has a nice atmosphere, but there is often a wait (and I wouldn't say it is terribly one-of-a-kind). Another option is the wonderful Baraka Cafe in Central Square, one stop from Harvard or a twenty minute walk, with excellent North African cuisine and a cozy atmosphere.

                                  As others mentioned, Boston is a great ice cream town. Toscanini's (near Central) and Christina's (in Inman) are two of the best. In Harvard Square there are three or four options. Boston is growing to be a very interesting place for coffee too, with two renowned roasters (George Howell and Barismo) and a number of great new coffee places--including Crema and Simon's near Harvard Square and Voltage near Kendall Square.

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                                  Baraka Cafe
                                  80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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

                                  Muqueca
                                  1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                  Crema Cafe
                                  27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                  East by Northeast
                                  1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                  Barismo
                                  169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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                                    Kinopio RE: hckybg Dec 8, 2010 05:46 AM

                                    I would agree on sticking with the 3 original restaurants. The Helmand is cheap. You can easily get by with spending only $15 per person on food. Tratorria Toscano is a bit more expensive but if you do something like split 1 app, 1 pasta dish and 1 entree it shouldn't be bad. I would also add that both of these restaurants have food/atmosphere that are perfectly suited for this time of year.

                                    Just give yourself atleast a half hour to get from Helmand to Harvard. Kendall on the red line is about a 8 minute walk to Helmand. The 69 bus goes from that area to Harvard but it can take awhile.

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                                  qianning RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 11:19 AM

                                  island creek oyster bar does take reservations...the oysters are definetely fantastic, personally i prefer the selection & shucking skills to neptune. however i can't comment on the lobster dishes as i haven't had any. it is as pricey as neptune.

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                                    mrgeocool RE: mes1353 Dec 7, 2010 01:41 PM

                                    Nobody has mentioned Chez Henri for a good place near Harvard Square?

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                                    Chez Henri
                                    1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                      Madrid RE: mrgeocool Dec 7, 2010 01:47 PM

                                      especially the bar, with a small but excellent menu available only in the bar, including an excellent cuban sandwich.

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                                        GretchenS RE: Madrid Dec 8, 2010 02:06 PM

                                        I did think of that but the OP doesn't eat meat and I wasn't sure what the non-meat options were.

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                                          Madrid RE: GretchenS Dec 8, 2010 03:24 PM

                                          good point. I had forgotten about the vegetarian issue...sorry! Most of the bar menu is meat.

                                    2. digga RE: mes1353 Dec 8, 2010 03:18 PM

                                      My husband went to UT for grad school ("Hook 'Em Horns!"). When he first moved to Boston and saw an Austin Grill in his neighborhood, he nearly wept...and then wept again when it closed for good. We went on a brief eating tour of Austin last year during Homecoming weekend. Knowing most Austinites, you'll be on the look-out for good, real organic foods (not that fake s&^t that gets labeled as such) that is prepared unpretentiously and is good value for money. Decent cold beer is a must. A few places I might throw out are Friendly Toast in Cambridge (there is one good brewpub, Cambridge Brewing Company, in the same plaza if FT is not your scene, or it's too crowded). Neptune is really good, but rather snooty (and I'm a lifelong East Coaster). I would lean to East Coast Grill to fill this niche for you. (I don't mean to compile a list to recreate things you could get at home, but to suggest places that are a little more laid back). ECG visit could be followed by a night-cap at Bukowski's next door. Posto Pizzeria in Davis Sq might be fun for good Napolitano pizza, as would Out of the Blue (seafood) or Foundry on Elm (pan American), both also in Davis Sq. There's also Pomodoro in Brookline VIllage that I've heard good things about. A few other places I have to try now that I'm back in the States: CItizen Oyster, Island Creek Oyster. Along the lines of Brookline, there is Washington Square Tavern (lovely, dark eating place that is unique in Boston; the reserve wine list is something to look at!), Public House (if you like your ales to be Belgian), and American Craft. Ok, I've prattled on long enough...Happy a great visit! We sure love your town and B misses BBQ something fierce!

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

                                      Cambridge Brewing Company
                                      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                      Pomodoro
                                      24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

                                      Out of the Blue Restaurant
                                      215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                                      Bukowski's
                                      1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                      The Friendly Toast
                                      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

                                      Washington Square Tavern
                                      714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

                                      American Craft
                                      1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

                                      Foundry on Elm
                                      255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                                      Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                      500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                        mes1353 RE: digga Dec 9, 2010 04:19 AM

                                        Thanks so much to everyone who has weighed in!! I feel like we have so many amazing options, and it looks like we will need them!! We arrive Saturday evening, and that is when your beautiful sunshine stops for a while! It will be rainy pretty much all days so we will need lots of time inside. I would post our plan, but it needs to be a "we" plan.... As soon as he finds out where we are going, I will present him with all the options! Here is a framework Ive gotten from the discussion and knowing our interests, etc... And I know that ECG has gotten so much discussion, but I think that we will push that for another time....

                                        Sat: Trattoria Toscana or Carlos Cucina

                                        Sun: bkst at Mei Sum f(found that one my own and looks rockin'), lunch anywhere, try for HH oysters and then dinner at Neptune (lobster roll split) OR New Jumbo **this will be a tough one!!

                                        Mon: Espresso Royale coffee, lunch? Crema coffee in Cambridge, the Helmand for dinner

                                        Tues: we fly out so likely only have time for coffee.... Maybe we will try for this famous Mikes pastry that I keep reading about!

                                        Besides that.... will consider trying for oysters at Island Creek Oyster, and going to a brew pub like you mentioned, digga! I will search more options in Boston, too. Im pretty much a wine only gal, but he loves beer. We are probably going to try and lay $$low during the days and save it for the evenings (hence no lunch mentioned).

                                        Thanks again guys, and anything more to add Id love to hear! And come to Austin!! Austin is amazing, but Im assuming very different. And make that rain turn into snow for us!!
                                        Thanks again for all your hospitality!!

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                                        Trattoria Toscana
                                        130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                                        Crema Cafe
                                        27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                        Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                        500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                          kimfair1 RE: mes1353 Dec 9, 2010 04:45 AM

                                          Skip the "famous" Mike's (famous as a tourist trap), and go to either Modern Pastry or Maria's (both close by Mike's). Both are head and shoulders superior to Mike's in every way. Have a great time!

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                                          Modern Pastry
                                          257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

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                                            mes1353 RE: kimfair1 Dec 9, 2010 05:44 AM

                                            I kind of assumed that, to tell you the truth (just how it always goes).... But was amazed how frequently I read about this Mikes place! THANKS!!

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                                            hckybg RE: mes1353 Dec 9, 2010 06:31 AM

                                            Some cheap lunch ideas (you gotta eat it somewhere, and might as well get something you like):
                                            Galleria Umberto (North End): Sicilian-style pizza and other Sicilian delicacies (arancini, etc.), they open at 11:30 and sell until they run out; one of my favorite places in Boston
                                            Clover Food Lab (truck at Kendall Square, new storefront on Holyoke Street in Harvard Square): great pita sandwiches, all vegetarian (such as falafel, a great egg and eggplant sandwich) all around 6 dollars, also great soups and fries
                                            Oggi: very good pizza by the slice in Holyoke Center in Harvard Square

                                            You can also find very cheap lunches in Chinatown, perhaps some small plates at Winsor Dim Sum or Banh Mi at several places (search the board).

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                                            Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
                                            10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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