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

funky_bunny Jan 25, 2011 04:19 AM

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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    teezeetoo Jan 26, 2011 04:52 AM

    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

    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

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      scotty27 Jan 25, 2011 03:34 PM

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


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

      Brown Sugar Cafe
      1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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      1. re: scotty27
        funky_bunny Jan 25, 2011 03:58 PM

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

      2. Niblet Jan 25, 2011 08:20 AM

        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. Matt H Jan 25, 2011 07:56 AM

          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)

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            tamerlanenj Jan 25, 2011 07:46 AM

            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. g
              ginafly Jan 25, 2011 07:13 AM

              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. lipoff Jan 25, 2011 06:06 AM

                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
                  hckybg Jan 25, 2011 07:28 AM

                  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
                    lipoff Jan 25, 2011 12:16 PM

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

                    1. re: lipoff
                      samsoon Jan 26, 2011 04:34 AM

                      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

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