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morandi Feb 17, 2011 10:22 AM

This Sunday night I'll be doing an overnighter to Boston with the husband and kids. Staying at Jurys/Back Bay Hotel on Stuart St., and tickets to a 6:30 show. I'm looking for dining suggestions for lunch on Sunday, early dinner on Sunday, and breakfast on Monday. My kids are 6 & 8, and are definitely more adventurous eaters than the average kid (no chicken finger dinners necessary). We need family friendly, but not necessarily super casual. We're open to anything from casual to pricier suggestions, preferably in our hotel area (walking distance or short T ride).
Thanks!

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    bear Feb 20, 2011 06:01 AM

    Picco on Tremont St.isn't too far from your hotel. Really good thin-crust pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven, nice salads, a few pasta dishes, and house-made ice cream. Casual, fun and great for families.

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    Tremont Cafe
    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    1. Beachowolfe Feb 19, 2011 06:35 PM

      6 & 8 yo in Back Bay... I see a trip to Fire & Ice in your future. I'm sorry.

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        CookieLee Feb 20, 2011 04:39 AM

        Why would F + I have to be an option? They're only 6 & 8. They probably don't even know about the place. Adventurous child diners can be taught to appreciate the food w/o needing the gimmicks to be entertained by it. If they get restless, bring a book, crayons.

        If C. Hamster is referring to Melting Pot, stay far away. $$$ and gets poor reviews.

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          southie_chick Feb 20, 2011 08:20 AM

          I would pick Maggiano's over F & I. It's close by & casual, & does a "family style" meal deal which isn't bad. Second the Picco rec that bear gave too.

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            thebumbles Feb 20, 2011 08:37 AM

            I second Maggiano's - have been there with friends when they visited from out of town with their kids who were the same age range as the poster mentions here. Everyone had a great meal in a friendly Italian restaurant.

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        pemma Feb 17, 2011 11:56 AM

        Post 390 is very close to your hotel (next door?) and would be suitable for lunch, dinner or brunch.

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        Post 390
        406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          C. Hamster Feb 18, 2011 08:46 AM

          With all due respect, I'd not recommend Post 390, as the food is mediocre and the table service is horrid. The bar service and cocktails are great, though. It's a very busy and loud cocktail scene starting at 4 on weekdays.

          I'd alternatively recommend

          Parish Cafe on Boylston for sandwiches and salads and some heavier stuff

          Chinatown, as already suggested. It the Q has reopened (water leak in their bldg) it's a fun hot pot restaurant (with sushi and chinese)

          For more upscale, Davios, Avila, Coda are all nearby, so is B and G oysters (maybe too adventurous)

          The Delux is a small, fun quirky place on the corner of Clarendon and (I think) Appleton

          If you need to entertain the kids and don't care about the food, there is a location of the fondue chain which name is escaping me right now in the Park Plaza hotel.

          Have FUn!

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          Davio's
          75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Delux Cafe
          100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

          Post 390
          406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          jylze Feb 17, 2011 10:36 AM

          you're walking distance to Chinatown, so maybe dim sum Monday morning at Hei La Moon?

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          Hei La Moon
          88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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