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Visiting for the first time... where are the best places to hit up for...

Drinks
Brunch
High tea
Italian
Vietnamese or Thai
Coffee
Burgers

...and any other favorite spots you could suggest?

I'm planning on visiting Boston next month and would love to know some great eating and drinking spots. Please send along all your recommendations. I'm a planner, so having an idea of where I like to go is always helpful.

Thanks in advance, everyone!

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  1. Here are just a few personal favorites in these categories. I have more in each of these categories that I like, and so do other hounds, some of whom will disagree with me, I'm sure. | Taralli gives good advice to do a search of this board because each of these categories has been covered both recently and in great depth. You'll get a lot more information and a lot faster that way!

    Drinks: Drink or Eastern Standard in Boston, Craigie on Main or Green Street in Cambridge
    Brunch: Sound Bites in Somerville, Toro in Boston, Chung Shin Yuan in Newton
    High Tea: Swans Cafe, Park Plaza Hotel in Boston
    Italian: La Campania in Waltham
    Thai: Dok Bua in Brookline
    Vietnamese: Pho 2000 in Dorchester
    Coffee: Simon's Cafe in Cambridge
    Burgers: R.F. O'Sullivan's in Somerville

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    Chung Shin Yuan
    183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Toro
    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    Sound Bites
    704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

    Pho 2000 Restaurant
    198 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    La Campania
    504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

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    1. re: lipoff

      lipoff's suggestions are very good and widely ranging in price. I would add:
      Drinks: Trina's in Somerville; Silvertone in Boston
      Brunch: East Coast Grill in Cambridge; Brookline Lunch in Cambridge
      Italian: Galleria Umberto in the North End (lunch only); Erbaluce in Boston
      Thai: Rod Dee in Brookline and Cambridge; S&I in Allston
      Vietnamese: Xinh Xinh in Chinatown; Anh Hong in Dorchester
      Coffee: Voltage in Cambridge; Thinking Cup and Pavement in Boston
      Burgers: Druid in Cambridge

      Have a great visit!

      1. re: lipoff

        Whoops, let me add one more burger (and all around great) recommendation --- Highland Cafe in Somerville.

        1. re: lipoff

          Second craigie and also no 9 for drinks. Don't know if you would be interested, but craigie has drink whim, a flight of mini cocktails. It is adorable. Also, Sierra madre at no9 is quite amazing

        2. Drinks: I 2nd Craigie and Green St but also must give a mention to the basil lime gimlet at Via Matta.

          Brunch: East Coast Grill in Cambridge is my hands down favorite (bloody mary bar!), but I like Eastern Standard, too, and Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro. I love Soundbites, but think of it as breakfast more than brunch.

          Italian: Coppa or Via Matta, but have heard great things about Sorellina and Sportello.

          Coffee: I just love Cafe Vittorio in the North End. I don't think there's anything super special about the coffee, but I love the experience of having coffee and dessert there.

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

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          Via Matta
          79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

          Sportello
          348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

          Sorellina
          1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

          Coppa
          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          1. Drinks: Eastern Standard, Drink, No. 9 Park for classic cocktails. Publick House for beer.

            Brunch: Sel De La Terre

            High Tea: If price no object, L'Espalier can't be beat. Taj is great too.

            Vietnamese or Thai: Khao Sarn in Coolidge Corner for Thai.

            Coffee: ehhh, no standouts

            Burgers: uBurger and flat patties for AWESOME fast food style burgers. For bigger pub style burgers, I like Audobon Circle, Abe and Louie's (lunch only), and Craigie

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            L'Espalier
            774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

            Audobon Circle Restaurant Bar
            838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            Khao Sarn
            250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            Publick House
            1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

            Sel De La Terre
            776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

            1. I'll list my two favorites in each category, some may have been already mentioned.

              Drinks: Drink (Forth Point) and Eastern Standard (Kenmore)
              Brunch: Istanbul'lu (Teele Square) and Craigie on Main (Central Square)
              High Tea: L'Espalier (Back Bay) and Taj Hotel (Back Bay)
              Italian: Coppa (South End) and Prezza (North End)
              Viet: Xinh Xinh (Chinatown) and Pho 2000 (Dorchester)
              Thai: S&I (Allston) and Dok Boa (Brookline)
              Coffee: Voltage (Kendall Square) and Diesel (Davis Square)
              Burgers: Radius (Financial District) and Flat Patties (Harvard Square)

              1. These are great recommendations above. I'll just add 2, both in Harvard Square, Cambridge (right on the red line subway):

                High tea: Upstairs on the Square
                Coffee: Algiers Coffee House

                1. Drinks: Scampo
                  Brunch: Henrietta's Table
                  High tea: "Ritz"
                  Italian: Galleria Umberto
                  Vietnamese or Thai: Brown Sugar
                  Coffee: Hi-Rise
                  Burgers: Mr. Bartley's

                  www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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                  Henrietta's Table
                  One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

                  Brown Sugar Cafe
                  1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                  Scampo
                  215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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                  1. re: scotty27

                    Thanks to each and every one of you. I'll definitely scour the board, but these suggestions help a lot.

                  2. Eastern Standard for Drinks
                    East Coast Grill or Craigie for Brunch or Jo Jo Tapei or Windsor Cafe for chinese brunch
                    L'Espalier for High Tea
                    Trattoria Toscana or Vinnies for Italian
                    Pho Viet or go to Dorchester for the best vietnamese (Pho 2000, Sunrise Cafe, others)
                    S & I or Dok Bua for Thai
                    Cafe Fixe for coffee
                    Washington Square tavern for burgers

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                    L'Espalier
                    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                    Trattoria Toscana
                    130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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

                    Eastern Standard
                    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                    Pho Viet
                    1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                    Cafe Fixe
                    1642 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445