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Apr 2, 2011 05:32 PM

Boston Trip Advice

Going Tuesday to Friday

Tuesday - DInner at parsons table
wednesday (blowout meal) - chef's table at l'espalier
thursday - lunch at market by jean georges and dinner at hungry mother
friday - lunch at blue ginger and dinner at Coppa

What are your thoughts and what are some other food related things to do in Boston? Any great markets?

Thanks in advance!

253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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  1. It sounds like you're interested specifically in fine dining type stuff. If you are interested in "cheap ethnic eats" as they used to say there is a great deal of food related stuff in the area. Chinese, Brazilian and Southeast Asian are the main strengths of the area, with a variety of Latin American nationalities being well represented, and a perhaps surprisingly large volume of restaurants serving Nepalese and/or Tibetan food.

    As for fine dining I'm no expert but on a trip to Boston I wouldn't eat dinner in Cambridge and miss out on Craigie.

    1. teddy,

      where are you from, where are you staying and how are you getting around ? that helps us all in advising you. I read through your blog'sTop Bites list , and based on that, i would urge you to eat at (not in any particular order):

      --gargoyle's in davis sq, somerville

      --craigie on Main in central sq., cambridge

      --neptune oyster in the north end, boston

      --o-ya in south station, boston

      --clio on mass ave in between copley and kenmore squares in boston

      --market by john george, on the Boston Common in boston

      i would absolutely nix Blue Ginger;its food cannot begin to compare with the also asian-centric food of the latter three listed spots. All of the 6 spots listed above are consistently raved by local and visiting CHs ( except Gargoyles, which I happen to love. i think since you enjoyed the WD 40 shenanigans, you might also enjoy Jason's El Bulli inspired playfulness at Gargoyles. It is a more Bistro atmosphere than most of my other recs and is the least expensive of the list.)

      I would also nix Parson's Table. It's v.good if you happen to be in the northern suburb of Winchester(i live here) but otherwise, i'd rather see you sample the best of the best. While many CHs love it, I am not a fan of Hungry Mother; for me it's kind of 'been there; done that'; but then again you are young and you may love a first time(?) experience of Southern food. Given all the CH reviews I have seen in the last year, I would suggest you change your l'Espalier blow-out to one of the last three listed above.

      Coppa and Craigie share some similarities regarding charcuterie and organ meats, but Craigie seems to be always on the Top lists. It also is 30 steps from our very famous Toscanini's Ice Cream.

      Here are some recent links to recent threads advising foodie visitors coming here,so you can see the range of suggestions offered by and to others.

      Since i can see that you are a well-studied visitor -to-be, i would encourage you to print out menus from all of your potentials, and compare. Along w/ CHs' suggestions, those menus should be the clinchers! I think you already do this, but try to plan your asian and mediterranean experiences so that you don't do both of one for lunch and dinner on the same day.Your palate and stomach are going to appreciate the variety. Also, try to plan your restnt choices w/ your other activities so that you're not spending alot of time in transit. If one particular restnt's menu really blows your socks off, you might want to plan a first -day dinner there and return for a last- day lunch. Likewise, if you will have dining companions on certain nights, try to use those times for the restnts you are most psyched about- so you can taste more things!

      (here are a couple of menus that are harder to find on the web):

      Here are some other other foodie activities. I have followed them w/ restnts from the list that are relatively close to the activities).

      You might enoy walking around chinatown and into its bakeries and food stores. it used to be exclusively chinese but now there are many other asian cultures represented there.(O-Ya, Clio, Market, Neptune Oyster; also Coppa


      Watertown (near Harvard Sq, Cambridge) has a large well established Armenian/Lebanese/Turkish community and many many food shops on both Mt. Auburn and Belmont Streets>> Eastern lamejun, arax, sevan bakery; sofra restaurant. (Gargoyle's; Craigie)

      In Cambridge, 5 minutes from Watertown, is our dazzling Formaggio Kitchen , jam packed full of fascinating imported and regional artisinal items as well as the city's best cheese array(kabillions).

      There is another Formaggio Kitchen in the South End near Coppa.

      The North End is our famous Italian area (see my extended comments about it in the first 2 links above.) (Neptune,O-ya;also Regina's Pizzeria)

      11 Replies
      1. re: opinionatedchef

        The more i think about it, i would nix Market because you live near NYC and jean george's restnts there have larger and more exciting menus.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Wow! Thanks so much for all of the information! I really appreciate it.

          1. re: tldmatrix

            you bet; the least i can do for a shadow of my former self ! i well remember being 12 and starting to devour Gourmet magazine, and eating pompano on my 16th Bday. Nothing beats the thrill of a newfound passion!

            1. re: tldmatrix


              teddy, i just found this. if it doesn't make you change from blue ginger to neptune oyster, nothing will!!

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I love neptune oyster but it in no way is it a competitor with Blue Ginger. They have completely different ambitions. Best to review the menus on line and decide whether you want a reservation, an upscale space, and pan-Asian cuisine that is both gutsy and refined, or fabulous, noisy, no-reservation, cheek by jowl seating and great seafood.

                Blue Ginger
                583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  sorry teddy; i think this link will work rather than the other above:


                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    That link is so helpful, I am now going to Neptune Oyster, L'espalier, gargoyles, and coppa. I really appreciate all the helpful advice you gave me. I will be sure to check out Formaggio Kitchen as well.

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

                    Formaggio Kitchen
                    244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                      1. re: tldmatrix

                        teddy, just wanted to make sure that you saw on the blog of ruth tobias- that she did a recent long review of coppa(as well as neptune); good timing for you,eh?!

                        1. re: tldmatrix

                          In addition to formaggio kitchen (Cambridge location), don't forget Haymarket for the history and the food vibe (go on Friday), Russo's in Watertown for the quanity, variety and quality of the vegetables (vegetable heaven), and HMart in Burlington for a vast Asian supermaket - amazing food things to be seen.

                          Blackstone St, Boston, MA

              2. I'd consider a different location than L'Espalier for a blow-out meal. O Ya, Menton and Craigie are higher on MY list than L'Espalier. Of course, others may disagree.

                I like the idea of Neptune for lunch (Lobster Roll!).

                Blue Ginger is a little out of the way (Wellesley) and you may want to stay in town. I would consider Toro for lunch. Their lunch burger during the week is pretty awesome (order it messy).

                Enjoy! You have some great places on that list!

                774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                O Ya
                9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                Blue Ginger
                583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

                354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                1. teddy, don't forget to tell us about your trip. Hope you had some great food!

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                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    Don't worry I will.... I am working on the reviews right now.

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      here is the review of l'espalier

                      i ended up eating at l'espalier, toro, and neptune oyster