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uhockey Apr 20, 2011 04:54 PM

Hello all,

Will be visiting Boston in June for a conference and, of course, to experience the dining scene. In general it looks as though I'll have time for 2 lunches and 4 dinners.

O'Ya and L'Espalier are both on the list and I have plenty of research to do beforehand, but I do have one somewhat specific question - someplace within a a short distance of Fenway serving excellent / unique food where I can get an early reservation (5:30 or earlier) on a Saturday and be in/out on time to see the Opening Pitch at 7:10.

Open to any/all suggestions.

Thanks.

http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

  1. uhockey May 12, 2011 01:02 PM

    Revised Agenda:

    Friday (no conference) - Probably wandering the area around the aquarium - Pizzeria Regina/Galleria Umberto/Pastries etc for Lunch. Already may have one co-diner, if any CHers would like to meet up could be game for that. Dinner at Craigie on Main.

    Saturday - Sportello for brunch/lunch since close to Convention Center, O-ya late seating after the Sox game.

    Sunday - Mistral for Brunch, L'Espalier Chefs table for dinner.

    Monday - Uncertain Lunch - possibly Coppa, No. 9 Park dinner

    Tuesday - Early Breakfast at Parker House, Early dinner at Neptune before flying out at 8pm.

    http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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    L'Espalier
    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Sportello
    348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1 Reply
    1. re: uhockey
      l
      lc02139 May 12, 2011 02:17 PM

      Well unlike most of the visitors to boston on this board, it looks like you have done some great homework, I hope you will be greatly rewarded at your meals here and have a great visit here.

    2. uhockey May 7, 2011 06:08 AM

      Alright - I think the itenerary will be this:

      Friday (no conference) - Rino's if my buddy shows up or Pizzeria Regina/Galleria Umberto for Lunch, O-Ya for diinner.
      Saturday - Sportello for brunch/lunch since close to Convention Center, Clio for dinner.
      Sunday - Mistral for Brunch, L'Espalier for dinner.
      Monday - Uncertain Lunch (needs be near conference center,) No. 9 Park Dinner
      Tuesday - Early Breakfast at Parker House, Early dinner at Neptune before flying out at 8pm.

      Breakfasts will be grab n' go sort of places or bakeries.

      Glarring omissions?

      http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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      L'Espalier
      774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

      Sportello
      348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

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      1. re: uhockey
        opinionatedchef May 7, 2011 10:33 AM

        oh boy, hockey, i want to hear your report! from what i've read, i think mistral brunch, #9 Park and l'Esp are the weak links, but they have fans too. Craigie brunch not possible? I'd sub Erbaluce in there for a dinner;I don't think i have ever read one 'mediocre' comment about craigie brunch or erbaluce dinner, and that's saying something. But I always say, if the menu wows you, go for it.

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        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        #9 Park
        Boston, Boston, MA

        1. re: opinionatedchef
          uhockey May 7, 2011 11:50 AM

          Interestingly it was Craigie's brunch that didn't wow me at all - then again, I tend towards sweets for breakfast/brunch. Additionally, Craigie is quite far from the conference center.

          Erbaluce, unfortunately, is closed Mondays - I'd actually looked at both it and Craigie as dinners on Monday only to find both closed.

          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      2. k
        karen gold May 2, 2011 08:08 AM

        Oleana in Cambridge is outstanding.
        Salts , alos in Cambridge, is excellent.
        I've been to Oya twice and going again in July. Can't wait.!!

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        Oleana
        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: karen gold
          uhockey May 2, 2011 08:20 AM

          Good to know - only thing I have left to decide is if I want to go to Parker House for their 3 famous dishes (chowder, scrod, pie) or do a brunch somewhere instead.

          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

          1. re: uhockey
            yumyum May 2, 2011 08:52 AM

            Elsewhere. Maaaaybe go to Parker house if you have to have the pie, but there are much better things to eat in town. Personally I would do "brunch" at Winsor in Chinatown. The dim sum is great.

            1. re: uhockey
              opinionatedchef May 2, 2011 10:04 AM

              I always thought they were most famous for Parker House rolls. our montreal high-end visitor, onethird, LOVED Durgin Park if you're looking for famous old Boston. indian pudding, boston baked beans..............//do a search if i didn't alrdy link it; she wrote a long report.

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              Durgin Park
              1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

              1. re: opinionatedchef
                uhockey May 2, 2011 11:26 AM

                The rolls are free - I was talking about stuff you had to order.

                Durgin Park definitely has appeal for its "old school" style, as well.

                http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                Durgin Park
                1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

                1. re: uhockey
                  opinionatedchef May 2, 2011 11:40 AM

                  plse report back after your trip! I'm looking forward to it!

                  1. re: opinionatedchef
                    uhockey May 2, 2011 11:52 AM

                    I always do. Still deciding on one last dinner - Thinking No 9 Park vs. Menton (has to be open on a Monday) and one last Lunch - Perhaps Radius, perhaps Durgin, perhaps Parker House.

                    Likely meeting a friend I've not seen for some time to check out Rino's right after I get off the plane, but if not will need to slot in another lunch.

                    http://uhcockey.blogspot.com

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                    No 9 Park
                    9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

                    Menton
                    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                    1. re: uhockey
                      k
                      karen gold May 2, 2011 12:48 PM

                      I've eaten at Salts (twice) and at No.9 Park. Salts was far better, although a totally different atmosphere. It is a small dining room, run by the utterally charming wife of the chef..

                      1. re: uhockey
                        opinionatedchef May 2, 2011 01:13 PM

                        RADius????? Oh NOOOOOO mr. bill. That woud be a biiig mistake.that coming from someone who had a long personal history of admiring the chef de cuisine at a former spot, but nonetheless having been so blase/disappointed that return is not gonna happen.

                        1. re: opinionatedchef
                          uhockey May 3, 2011 04:21 PM

                          ...wow, that is a pretty strong "no." Shall reconsider.

                          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

            2. b
              Bellachefa Apr 29, 2011 09:42 PM

              Although I would not normally recommend The No Name. . . it is close to BCEC and their fish chowder hits it out of the park. That with an iced tea and an after stroll on the water is a wonderful reprieve. I have not tried anything else there in years, as the fried food was dismal. Stick with the fish chowder.

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              No Name Restaurant
              151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210

              1. hcbk0702 Apr 22, 2011 02:56 PM

                In its particular genre, I think Neptune Oyster is the best in the country. I'd advise going for a sleepy weekday lunch, as the wait times can be ridiculous for peak dining hours. Don't miss the fried Ipswich clams (I haven't found a single place that does them better), and keep an eye on the specials board: once in a while, that yields roughly chopped razor clams, simply dressed with shallots, parsley, and lemon juice. Of course, the lobster roll, hot with butter, is the most popular item, but I think you can find more interesting options.

                Toro in the South End has similarly ridiculous wait times. For tapas, it is completely unrivaled in Boston. Lots of good offal dishes.

                Regina is completely skippable, especially after your NYC pizza crawl. After the first bite, you'll wonder why you bothered.

                I think you'll be bored by L'Espalier. If you insist on high-end French, Menton is probably better. On the other hand, O Ya is quite interesting, if pricey for what it is. It's still worth trying once.

                If you want ice cream, as mentioned above, head to Christina's and Toscanini's in Cambridge.

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                L'Espalier
                774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                O Ya
                9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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

                Toro
                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                Menton
                354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                1. re: hcbk0702
                  opinionatedchef Apr 22, 2011 07:07 PM

                  excellent advice, that.

                2. chefematician Apr 22, 2011 02:22 PM

                  I've been watching this thread develop and was resisting the urge to jump in for a while, but alas I have succumbed. You've gotten a lot of great advice already. Island Creek is a lovely choice in the Fenway area. I've been there twice and have enjoyed both meals. The menu changes quite often so it's hard to recommend specific dishes but the servers/bartenders will steer you in the right direction.

                  Cambridge does have some great places to eat, though I can appreciate you wanting to stick close to to your conference location. However, if you have any interest in ice cream you'll need to go to either Christina's or Toscanini's, both are in Cambridge. Of the two, I prefer the ice cream at Toscanini's.

                  I'll also suggest Mike and Patty's, which is a nice walk from Boston Medical. They have great sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. It would take you about 20 minutes to walk there.

                  From the Conference Center, Neptune would be a great choice for lunch, as a few people already mentioned.

                  Enjoy!

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                  1. re: chefematician
                    uhockey Apr 22, 2011 02:50 PM

                    Excellent suggestion on Mike and Patty's - will work perfect.

                    http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                    1. re: uhockey
                      chefematician Apr 22, 2011 03:06 PM

                      Happy to help. :)

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                    5thAndNowhere Apr 22, 2011 12:22 PM

                    Don't discount Cambridge. It's a very quick shot on the red line or #1 bus down Mass Ave. Youll find that Boston is very walkable - 3 miles in any direction (except east!) gets you pretty far.

                    That said, I recommend Craigie on Main, Ten Tables or Rendezvous in Central Sq Cambridge. Craigie is one of the best in town -- ranks with "the chef mafia".
                    For dessert in Central Sq, get ice cream at Toscanini's. Fun flavors like Burnt Caramel, Khulfi and Bourbon Black Pepper. A NY Times favorite.
                    Then a drink at the Green Street Grill, River Gods, the Plough and Stars or the Middle East. Or take the train one more stop to Harvard Sq for a beer at Charlie's Kitchen's patio or a cocktail on Noir's.

                    Drinks near you in the south end: Franklin Café, Mistral, the Gallows or Wally's (classic jazz dive). I like Estragon's bar too, tho I never go in there "just for drinks".

                    On paper (and in plastic) Menton far superior to Gargoyle's but youll see mixed reviews of Menton here. I enjoy Gargoyle's but if I only had 4 dinners in town that would not be one of them. And if you're going for Jason Santos, he will be gone by June (this Sunday in fact). Their Sunday disco brunch, on the other hand, is worth traveling for. Tremont 647 near you in south end also has good brunch. Mike's Diner on Washington for greasy spoon bfast.

                    If you go to Neptune or Regina (and you should), dessert and coffee can be had at the Modern, Mike's Pastry or Café Vittoria. If you're into cigars, the stench of past lives or drunken "Nort Endahs guy!", head to the joint below Vittoria -- Stanza di Cigari.

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                    Craigie on Main
                    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    1. re: 5thAndNowhere
                      uhockey Apr 22, 2011 12:30 PM

                      I don't really drink and I don't dig cigars at all, but good points on the rest. :-)

                      Brunch will be problematic unless very close to the convention center as the conference is one of thos 8a-5p affairs for all 4 days.

                      http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                    2. digga Apr 21, 2011 05:02 PM

                      Try Citizen Oyster, a 5 min walk from Fenway. My husband and I went pre-game a couple of weeks ago for the first time. No reservations, but we were there early (before 6pm) and got two seats at the bar easily. We were treated to the show of watching the bartender create ice spheres for drinks, Tokyo bar-esque. Food was good - I had grilled clams and gnocchi, B had a burger, which he ordered medium-well (?!) - avoid that temperature! Nice atmosphere and sweet service, good beer and drink selection. We will back for more pre-game meals.
                      Another place we like pre-game is the Lower Depths in Kenmore Sq...food is less fancy than Citizen Oyster, but it's a step up from the usual pub fare and usually really good. Nice but pricey beer offerings.

                      Other logical places are Tasty Burger (we haven't tried it yet) or Audubon Circle.

                      We never make reservations. BTW, B is a Buckeye, so you can trust his tastebuds, I guess! (We're talking BW3!)

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                      Lower Depths
                      476 Commonwealth Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02215

                      Tasty Burger
                      1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                      Audubon Circle Restaurant Bar
                      838 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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                      1. re: digga
                        Berheenia Apr 22, 2011 06:50 AM

                        B must be for Blest if you never make reservations and always get seats at the bar on game days at Citizen or Audubon.

                        1. re: Berheenia
                          opinionatedchef Apr 22, 2011 11:12 AM

                          as in blessed?

                          1. re: opinionatedchef
                            Berheenia May 5, 2011 02:32 PM

                            No as in blest.

                      2. opinionatedchef Apr 21, 2011 12:10 PM

                        hi u, there is alot of info here in link below, put together for recent visitors. one of the posts includes a long overview of the city by neighborhood linked w/ dining suggestions.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/779454

                        Plse start by telling us:
                        --where are you visitng from (so we can reference what your homecity's strengths are and not
                        refer you to like places!
                        )--in what area/where are you staying?
                        --car or public transit?
                        --what days of the week and when?
                        --what atmosphere and price range (same as OYa and L'Espal?).
                        --Particular loves/hates/ 'want to try' cuisines?
                        --Lunch- prefer sandwiches or more?
                        - As in your mention of Fenway, any other particular areas you will be exploring, where you would also like to dine?

                        June is a particularly beautiful month here; welcome in advance!

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                        1. re: opinionatedchef
                          uhockey Apr 21, 2011 01:40 PM

                          I don't eat much in my home town - check the blog or my posts here on CH - I travel largely for food/art/hockey but if forced to travel for work I try to fit that stuff in as best as I can. I'm from Columbus, Ohio and we don't have "like places" save for Fast Food. ;-)

                          Staying rather close to Boston Medical Center and will be spending much of my days (Fri-Tue) in/at/around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Would love places between the two to grab a quick breakfast and places near the Center to break away for lunch of any sort (the concept of conference food terrifies me.)

                          No Car - likely foot vs. public transit.

                          Particular loves include whatever is best, locally, though I do admit a leaning toward the higher/more refined end.

                          I mention Fenway only because I'm going to a game one night - if there is someplace within 2 miles o where I'm staying I can/will make the trek.

                          cheers and thanks..

                          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                          1. re: uhockey
                            g
                            gourmaniac Apr 21, 2011 01:48 PM

                            Near Boston Medical Center, Estragon, Toro and Coppa are tasty, refined though not particularly local. You are walking distance to Speeds Hot Dog Wagon (Newmarket Sq) which is local, excellent but definitely not refined.

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                            Toro
                            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                            Coppa
                            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                            1. re: uhockey
                              uhockey Apr 21, 2011 02:09 PM

                              Regarding lunches - places near the conference center where I can get a great sandwich, chowder, lobster roll, or pizza would be ideal. Either that, or a place I can get in/out in 90 minutes.

                              http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                              1. re: uhockey
                                Alcachofa Apr 21, 2011 02:40 PM

                                places near the conference center where I can get
                                a great sandwich>Flour, on Farnsworth, about a solid 10 min walk away
                                chowder, lobster roll > I think Yankee Lobster has passable versions of these.
                                pizza > Salvatore's is close, but with 90 minutes, you could cab to Pizzeria Regina in the North End and back easily.

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                                Yankee Lobster
                                300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

                              2. re: uhockey
                                opinionatedchef Apr 21, 2011 10:35 PM

                                I've been reading your amazing Roberta's tome. whew! It seems it's a shame you couldn't have met a recent visitor with very much your leanings. He had his roberta's experience here at L'Espalier; maybe you saw his report? here it is:

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777997

                                so, for you fenway dinner, i would suggest Island Creek Oyster Bar and specifically their lobster roe pasta dish and their biscuit and their jonnycake (a la carte) and oysters. It's a 5 min walk from fenway.

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752900

                                given your leanings for innovative and extraordinary, it's not hard to direct you, for 3 of your 4 dinners, to:

                                OYa dinner http://www.boston.com/dining/globe_review/1509/

                                Clio dinner http://www.cliorestaurant.com/

                                http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/detail/clio

                                Menton dinner

                                http://articles.boston.com/2010-07-14/review/29298573_1_foie-gras-white-sturgeon-caviar-crab

                                (by the way, Menton and OYa are cab-close to your conv.center

                                )

                                with Island Creek Oyster Bar(being the forth because of fenway proximity)

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752900

                                back ups:

                                Erbaluce:

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775842

                                L'Espalier not impressive brunch, so dinner suggested

                                Craigie on Main dinner or brunch possible

                                Bondir http://www.bondircambridge.com/

                                Also check

                                2 lunches near Conv Center(10-15 min.cab .):

                                Neptune Oyster-- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775842

                                Myers +Chang-- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770441

                                Craigie sunday brunch (not close to conv. center

                                )

                                Suggestion: Check those menus; make reservations NOW through OpenTable.com; recheck menus as accurate ones become available, and shuffle reservations accordingly. (Remember: some restnts not open Monday; some not Sun.)

                                The visiting Montreal couple (that i linked you to, before) "onethird", is going to the above spots and hopefully she will report back after their visit this wkend-and you can follow her thread.

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776070

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                                L'Espalier
                                774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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

                                Craigie on Main
                                853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                Erbaluce
                                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                Menton
                                354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                                Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                                Bondir
                                279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                1. re: opinionatedchef
                                  uhockey Apr 22, 2011 03:54 AM

                                  I have lots of "tomes" like Roberta's. :-)

                                  L'Espalier Chef's Table and O'Ya are already booked - and I did see that report.

                                  I really like ICOB's menu, so I'll likely do that before the game which leaves me with one dinner, on a Monday.

                                  Lunches - was looking at Neptune and will probably grab a pizza at Regina one day.

                                  Is Gargoyles worth the trek, or is Menton vastly superior?

                                  Finally - any eclectic foodstuffs worth exploring: Ice Cream, pastry, cupcakes, donuts, etc?

                                  http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                                  L'Espalier
                                  774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                                  Menton
                                  354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                                  1. re: uhockey
                                    m
                                    Madrid Apr 22, 2011 06:42 AM

                                    If you are interested in a fantastic food store, go to Formaggio Kitchen in the south end...not that far from Boston Medical Center. One of the best cheese shops in the US, chock full of specialty foods of all kinds as well as locally made treats..sweets, crackers, etc. Literally chock full. Right next door is an old Middle Eastern food shop also chock full of all kinds of delices .... and by the way, a few items are in both shops, with FK being much more expensive for the same item. There is a Spanish food shop, Las Ventas, next to the Spanish restaurant L'Estragon really close to BMC...good sandwiches made with ingredients imported from Spain. There is a larger FK in Cambridge but sounds like you aren't looking to cross the river.

                                    Definitely try Neptune if you can.

                                    Gargoyles and Menton are very, very different places. I've only been to Gargoyles and I'm not a fan, but many here are so I'll let them talk. One consideration is location...Gargoyles is in Somerville, reachable by the Davis Square red line subway. Very different locations and atmospheres.

                                    Finally, if you like Middle Eastern/Turkish chow at all, look at the Oleana menu. Some here thinks it's meh, others think it's amazing...I'm in the latter group. She uses ingredients from her husband's farm and local products as much as possible (except for her custom spice blends)...of course, in June we won't be that far away from our last frost (one last night!). In Cambridge. also if you are in to art, don't miss the MFA.

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                                    Formaggio Kitchen
                                    244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                    Oleana
                                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                                    Menton
                                    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                                    1. re: uhockey
                                      beetlebug Apr 22, 2011 01:56 PM

                                      Re: ice cream, Boston has one of the highest consumption of ice cream in the country. Not a lot near where you are staying and working. But, on the lower end of Newbury/Mass Ave is JP Licks. They have unusual flavors at times.

                                      Right over the Mass Ave bridge, is Toscanini's, which does have the best ice cream (the combo of burnt caramel and mexican chocolate is something I still dream about). For personal reasons, I don't eat there anymore.

                                      Christina's is in Inman Sq. but they are harder to get to. But, I do love the burnt sugar ice cream and many of their seasonal herby flavors (lemon basil stands out in my mind).

                                      Also, near Fenway is Berryline yogurt. They are kind of like Pinkberry (which just opened in the area) but I like them better. There website will list their daily flavors. Right now, the Fenway flavors are original, passion fruit and raspberry vanilla. Personally, I would go for a small passion fruit with a coconut topping. It could be a nice way to end your ICOB dinner on your roundabout walk to the park.

                                      There are a bunch of cupcake places but I think my homemade ones are better.
                                      http://www.berryline.com/

                                      1. re: beetlebug
                                        opinionatedchef Apr 22, 2011 02:03 PM

                                        yes. great synopsis.

                                        1. re: beetlebug
                                          j
                                          Jenny Ondioline Apr 22, 2011 02:17 PM

                                          Yes, Berryline is quite good. Another frozen-yogurt option--if you find yourself in Allston, where there are a number of interesting little hole-in-the-wall places--is Mixx, on the corner of Brighton Ave and Chester Street. I would say the yogurt is about as good as Berryline's, with the advantages of being completely self-serve (including the addition of toppings, which include some surprisingly good fresh fruit options along with the usual sugary treats) and the fact that they always have half a dozen flavor choices, including options like lychee, green tea, taro and other interesting flavors. I prefer the plain tart, myself.

                                          Hmm, we may walk over to Mixx after dinner tonight...

                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                            opinionatedchef Apr 22, 2011 02:21 PM

                                            ooh that sounds terrific. never heard of this place before.

                                          2. re: beetlebug
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                                            emannths May 2, 2011 07:46 AM

                                            Emack & Bolio's ice cream is good too. They've got a location in Porter Sq (Cambridge) and on one Newbury St., as well as some others in the Boston area (http://www.emackandbolios.com/locatio...). They tend to stick with more "plain" base ice creams (vanilla, chocolate, etc) with more "stuff" in them, as opposed to Christina's and Toscanini's, which both focus on flavoring the base ice cream with simple or no "stuff' in them. If I'm on Newbury St, I'd go for Emack's over JP Lick's every time (IMO, of course).

                                            For the record, Richardson's ice cream in Middleton MA is great if you're in the area (e.g., if you're driving up to Maine or NH on I-95). HUGE scoops, many flavors, and the wafting smell of cow pies for the adjacent farm. :-)

                                        2. re: opinionatedchef
                                          uhockey Apr 29, 2011 04:06 PM

                                          Have you been to Island Creek Oyster Bar for Brunch? If so, how does the menu compare to dinner?

                                          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                                          Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                          500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                                          1. re: uhockey
                                            opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 04:18 PM

                                            sorry, hockey, i have not. but i did perform an EXHAUSTIVE brunch search a few wks ago, pulling up endless menus.(I'm STILL exhausted .) That's how i ended up going to east coast grill and neptune oyster, and what led me to be the PROSLETIZING girl I am today in the church of ECG and N.O.!! Everyone wants diff things for brunch but 99.9% of the brunch menus out there do nothing for me.

                                            The ICOB brunch menu did'nt lure me (but maybe you could get oysters and that lobster pasta dish;if that's possible, i say go for it if you don't want to attend my 2 churches)

                                            ;- )

                                            1. re: opinionatedchef
                                              uhockey Apr 29, 2011 04:32 PM

                                              Neptune makes a better lunch than brunch when taking the conference schedule into account.

                                              At this point trying to decide if I could get In/Out of Clio or Coppa on time for the game on Saturday and do ICOB for brunch Sunday instead.

                                              http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                                              Coppa
                                              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                                              1. re: uhockey
                                                opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                hockey, remind us if you are getting to the game via cab? a cab ride from the south end will take maybe 8-15 min. depending on traffic etc. Toro is the closer of the 2.
                                                Something about east coast grill doesn't grab you for brunch? they have exc oysters too; best price as well(6 for $13).

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

                                                Toro
                                                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                                                1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                  uhockey Apr 29, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                  I can cab or walk. Either way.

                                                  ECG feels very Mexican influenced - something we have all too much of here in Ohio.

                                                  http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                                                  1. re: uhockey
                                                    opinionatedchef Apr 29, 2011 07:15 PM

                                                    i didn't realize that was true outside of chicago;plse tell me about that.

                                                    Walking would take a long time and i thought you were pressed for time..........
                                                    if not, beautiful route for most of the way, historic architectur- ally speaking .
                                                    Google for walking time.

                                                    1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                      uhockey Apr 29, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                      To be honest I don't need to see the whole game - I mainly just want to catch a couple innings and wander the grounds of the stadium. Depending on the weather I may just walk it. :-)

                                                      Regarding Hispanic influences on food - Ohio is largely farm land (fly over country, if you will) - especially the areas between Northwest and Central. Our immigrant population is quite large and good "Mexican" food is quite easy to find. While I agree ECG seems much more Rick Bayless style (IE Chicago) there are similar places here in Ohio - most notably in my town a place called Banana Bean Cafe.

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                                      emannths Apr 21, 2011 09:22 AM

                                      No reservations involved, but you could do Sichuan in Brookline: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/712113.

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                                      Sichuan Garden
                                      295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

                                      Sichuan Gourmet
                                      1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                        Gabatta Apr 21, 2011 09:08 AM

                                        Agree with ICOB, much preferable to Eastern Standard IMO.

                                        Other options include Basho (sushi/japanese) and Trattoria Toscana (arguably the best Italian in Boston; they don't take reservations, however I have always had luck being there just before 5:30p when they open for the 1st seating). Both places are as close as you can get to Fenway.

                                        Craigie is not convenient to Fenway on game days. Traffic backs up across the Mass Ave bridge and it would take a good 30 min to walk from there. Bergamot is not even remotely in the vicinity.

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                                        Trattoria Toscana
                                        130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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                                          uhockey Apr 21, 2011 11:55 AM

                                          Probably have sushi covered with O'Ya, though Toscana looks interesting.

                                          In general I'm probably thinking something a bit more Northeast-Authentic like ICOB or Eastern Standard for that evening - both have nice looking menus, though ICOB certaibly looks to be more locally sourced fish and shellfish.

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                                          Eastern Standard
                                          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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                                            uhockey Apr 22, 2011 08:42 AM

                                            Booked ICOB for before the game. Cheers.

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                                              yumyum Apr 22, 2011 08:49 AM

                                              You're going to love it. Get the fried oyster sliders FOR SURE and a dozen or so oysters to start -- they are very good at describing the different oyster styles and matching their offerings to your tastes. I've been a handful of times recently and I've not had a bad morsel of food.

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                                                uhockey Apr 22, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                Is Neptune worth a try on another day to compare/contrast?

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                                                  Alcachofa Apr 22, 2011 10:14 AM

                                                  uhockey: Yes.

                                                  yumyum: "morsel"?

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                                                    yumyum Apr 22, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                    Morsel.

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                                            Swankalicious Apr 20, 2011 05:15 PM

                                            Island Creek Oyster Bar?

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                                            Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                            500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                              uhockey Apr 20, 2011 06:21 PM

                                              Cragie seems a bit far off. Island Creek Oyster Bar has a lot of promise - thanks!

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                                              500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                                                kimfair1 Apr 21, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                Island Creek or Eastern Standard would both be good for this, but make reservations at far in advance as possible.

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                                                Eastern Standard
                                                528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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                                                  Bob Dobalina Apr 21, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                  And as early as possible - At ES, my DW waited over an hour for a table for four yesterday, on a non-game night.

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                                                  Berheenia Apr 22, 2011 06:47 AM

                                                  You can request seats at the bar when you make your reservation and they will seat you in a reserved bar area with a great view of the action and terrific bar service.

                                              2. schoenfelderp Apr 20, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                I recently had a fantastic dinner at Bergamot in Cambridge, which is basically Boston. Also, I've heard amazing things about Craigie on Main, which I plan on getting to this summer.

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                                                Craigie on Main
                                                853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                                                  jinet12 Apr 20, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                  Not sure that you can get " in and out" at Craigie, as they like to take their time with courses...

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