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Lunch near Faneuil Hall

Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 06:48 AM

In about a month, I'll be attending a photography seminar in Boston. Tentative plans are to be at Fanuell Hall/Quincy Market around lunch time on a Saturday early afternoon.

Any suggestions for non-tourist trap places? I'm not sure how much time I have, but I presume I'll be able to walk at least a short distance (45 mins to an hour total time, though I could be wrong; I walk quickly).

I'm relatively open but some preferences are:
-- I don't like Italian food
-- bakery items (doughnuts, muffins, pastries, etc.) don't count as a meal to me. In line with this, I don't have a sweet tooth.
-- not a fan of deep-fried.
-- no chain restaurants
-- nothing really heavy (I have an afternoon of walking around afterwards)

Good (interesting) food trucks are always welcome. I recognize that, considering the location, I'll probably have to settle, but guidance is welcome.

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    Pegmeister RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 08:06 AM

    You might want to take a look at North 26 at the Millenium Hotel, it's directly across from Fanueil Hall and away from the tourist crowds. Menu is creative and I've had good service. Too bad you don't have a sweet tooth though cause I love their version of a Boston Cream Whoopie pie.

    North 26 Restaurant & Bar
    26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

    1. BostonZest RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 09:32 AM

      Head across the street to City Hall and enjoy lunch from one of the food trucks. I'm going to recommend Clover Food Lab.


      City Hall Cafe
      695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

      Clover Food Lab
      7 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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        Scott_R RE: BostonZest Apr 24, 2011 11:15 AM

        The Clover Food Lab looked interesting; unfortunately, according to their web site, the City Hall location isn't open on weekends:

        Do the food trucks in general stay away from City Hall on weekends?

        I'm not sure I'll have the time for a place like North 26; it seems like a sit-down-and-dine sort of place.

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          Pegmeister RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 02:09 PM

          Not positive, but I don't believe the food trucks are at City Hall Plaza on the weekends. This is a relatively new concept for Boston and I believe it's a trend we'll see more of. For North 26, if you don't mind sitting at the bar service can be quick. If you can overlook the tourist crowds and grab a bite in the food court, Walrus and Carpenter has fresh oysters, steamed shrimp and even boiled lobsters and service is fast.

          North 26 Restaurant & Bar
          26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

      2. Beachowolfe RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 02:07 PM

        There are also food trucks coming to the Greenway, not sure if they'll be around when you come but there was a recent thread with details. I don't believe City Hall has anything on the weekends. You'll be a short walk from Neptune in the North End or Sel de le Terre by the aquarium. Also very close to Woodward Tavern which would be my pick for outdoor dining at the end of May.

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          Madrid RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 02:10 PM


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            Beachowolfe RE: Madrid Apr 24, 2011 02:22 PM

            Forgot about Anthem. That's definitely the best bet without leaving Faneuil.

          2. opinionatedchef RE: Scott_R Apr 24, 2011 10:01 PM

            Sultan's Kitchen, a 5 minute walk from Faneuil Hall, is a big CH fav for Middle Eastern food. A search will include suggested dishes. there is also Turkish guy on Blackstone St. in Haymarket who supposedly does great schwarma:

            "There is also Garden Halal Restaurant on Blackstone Street, Boston. Total hole in the wall, but really tasty shwarma and other prepared dishes ".

            Sultan's Kitchen
            116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

            Blackstone St, Boston, MA

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              Delhiwala RE: opinionatedchef Apr 25, 2011 10:20 AM

              I also recommend Sultan's Kitchen - really good Turkish food at a fair price.

              Sultan's Kitchen
              116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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                cpingenot RE: Delhiwala Apr 25, 2011 02:39 PM

                Plus one on Sultan's Kitchen- it's so close and I know it's open on Saturday.
                Sel De la Terre is just across the greenway, They're probably not fast enough to sit down, but they have a takeout case with nice sandwiches and home-made potato chips.

                Sultan's Kitchen
                116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

            2. Bob Dobalina RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 08:21 AM

              What do you mean by you don't like Italian food? It's a big country, and there are some excellent lunch options in the North End (Italian section) that do not involve tomato sauce on pasta if that's what you mean.

              For example, let me suggest Artu in the North End - they make several antipasti fresh daily so you can get a container of grilled veggies, etc. with a hunk of bread - makes for a great picnic lunch. But technically, I guess, it is Italian food.

              The food trucks are only M-F.

              1. ebone RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 02:08 PM

                Marliave is a short walk from Faneuil Hall and is generally not crowded on a Saturday afternoon. For a quick-ish lunch they have some good sandwiches on the menu on homemade bread that I like, including, but not limited to, a rueben, a steak and cheese with crispy onions and horseradish sauce, pastrami, and the Mrs. Marliave (a croque madam). They come with choice of greens, rosemary frites or boston baked beans I believe.

                There are a lot of great lunch options in this area, but infortunately many of them are closed on the weekends.

                Good luck.

                10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                  treb RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 02:20 PM

                  There's always Durgin Park.

                  Durgin Park
                  1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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                    opinionatedchef RE: treb Apr 26, 2011 12:23 PM

                    treb, i can't tell if you're coming from facetious, but this is from a recent visitor's report who, other than durgin park, went to all upscale high end spots.Just fyi. I was surprised but pleased to hear it myself.

                    " Durgin Park: Wonderful. I loved the ambiance and the service. The cornbread was probably the best I have ever had (although, I have not eaten too many cornbreads). Since I am from Montreal and we eat baked beans cooked in maple syrup, I didn't think that I would like the tomato based Boston-style baked beans.....but I LOVED them. They were delicious. (Just don't tell the Montreal folks ... they might kick me off the island!) Hubby and I had fried oysters and fried clams and shared both dishes. I prefered the fried clams, but the oysters were pretty good too. All in all, GREAT place. "
                    (from this thread):

                    Durgin Park
                    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

                  2. junescook RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 02:52 PM

                    My Boston Zagat Guide just arrived today. Top food scores for Faneuil Hall:

                    Hillstone, Amer., food score 25

                    Pizzeria Regina, pizza, 24

                    Kingfish Hall, Seafood, 22

                    Union Oyster House, NEng, seafood, 21

                    McCormick/Schmick, Seafood, 21

                    Durgin Park, NEngl 20

                    Anthem, Amer, 19

                    also, most popular in boston, Legal Sea Foods, seafood, 22, has a place within a short walk on the waterfront.

                    Kingfish Hall
                    188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

                    60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

                    Durgin Park
                    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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                      BostonZest RE: junescook Apr 25, 2011 05:24 PM

                      Pizzeria Regina is the only one on that list I would ever consider going to again the rest are bad to awful.

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                        Gabatta RE: BostonZest Apr 25, 2011 05:40 PM

                        Agree on Regina. Hillstone (formerly Houstons) is generally quite good despite being overpriced. Durgin Park can be good if one orders selectively, though I have never been there for lunch.

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                        junescook RE: junescook Apr 26, 2011 02:12 PM

                        Personally, while I've never been crazy about the frenetic atmosphere at Legal Sea Foods, there's no denying that the fish is very fresh, the prices reasonable, and the service quick. On the page below look on the right to click on "all day menu" to see lunch specials, chowders, etc. 1 1/2 lbs of mussels sauteed with white wine for $10 would work for me. Lots of other things too.


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                        RaulDuke RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 02:53 PM

                        Surprised no one has mentioned Al's State Street Cafe, which makes a fantastic sandwitch (in my opinion at least). It's a zoo in there on the weekdays, but it's relatively quiet on the weekends.

                        Not an especially comfortable place to eat--it may as well be take out only as the counters are really cramped--but it's a good value option and great for a take-out picnic option. I'm partial to the Cafe Special and the turkey and roast beef subs. For me, it's all about their bread, which is freshly baked, and I love as far as sub bread goes, but I know others are less excited about it.


                        Al's State Street Cafe
                        110 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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                          ParisLady RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 05:50 PM

                          Just "play it by ear"...have fun and walk around and peek in!

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                            Scott_R RE: Scott_R Apr 25, 2011 08:23 PM

                            I'll have to glance around at the distances involved and see what's possible. I'll be in a group going there (Faneuil Hall area), so jogging off myself to somewhere a mile away round trip (by foot) might not be workable.

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                              ebone RE: Scott_R Apr 26, 2011 11:45 AM

                              One thing to keep in mind is that your restriction against Italian food limits you a bit in this area, because the North End (think Little Italy in other cities) is probably the closest area for more interesting food than you will find in Quincy Market.

                              One great, non-italian spot in the North End is Neptune Oyster, but I think your time restraints are working against you as it can get very crowded.

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

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                                opinionatedchef RE: ebone Apr 26, 2011 12:27 PM

                                ebone, your reply seems narrow, given all the non-north end places this thread has generated. Take a look above!

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                                  ebone RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2011 12:19 PM

                                  I did, and one of the recommendations above is even mine ;). I suppose I just mean that, in general, on the weekend, the faneuil hall/downtown area is limited enough on the weekend (no Chacerero, no Zo, , no Cafe Latino, no Sam LaGrassa, etc) and if you take out Italian food too, you aren't left with a whole lot.

                                  That said, Al's is a good option for quick and tasty, if not particularly exciting. Sultan's Kitchen is also a place I am a fan of. I would also recommend the short walk to Marliave or in the other direction to Neptune. Not saying there are no options, they just are limited on a weekend and without Italian.

                                  Sultan's Kitchen
                                  116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

                                  10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

                                  Cafe Latino
                                  2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108

                            2. jgg13 RE: Scott_R Apr 26, 2011 12:15 PM

                              You could do a heck of a lot worse than Zo. Not sure if they're open on weekends, but I believe they are.

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                                opinionatedchef RE: jgg13 Apr 26, 2011 12:28 PM

                                zo is closed weekends.

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