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Apr 24, 2011 06:48 AM

Lunch near Faneuil Hall

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: BostonZest

        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.

        1. re: Scott_R

          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. 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.

          1. re: Madrid

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

          2. 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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            1. re: opinionatedchef

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

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

              1. re: Delhiwala

                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