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Jan 25, 2011 04:19 AM

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

High tea
Vietnamese or Thai

...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

      Chung Shin Yuan
      183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      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.

            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

            348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

            1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

            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

              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)