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L.A family who love to eat, looking for some CH guidance some with down to earth, hole in the wall rib sticking kind of food. We will be in staying in back bay, but are always up for an adventure.

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  1. What do you like to eat?

    Price point?

    And if you are only here for a day, are you sure you want a hole-in-the-wall place instead of a good restaurant? And does it have to be rib stickkin?

    Just asking cause I'd suggest something like Union Creek/Neptune kind of thing.

    1. gordita, take a look at this thread and maybe you can get more specific in your search as to area or place of cuisine or price range. Personally, if you're from L.A., w/ your tons of ethnic communities, I'd direct you to New Eng seafood in both innovative presentations and trad.>>Neptune Seafood in the North End.Tiny packed place, ample portions, terrific foods, in a quintessentially Boston neighborhood not found anywhere near LA.In same area, Reggina Pizzeria for authentic Roman pizza also not found in LA.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Thanks....C. Hamster, I am traveling with ravenous teenage boys and haute is wasted on the young. If it was my husband and I I would take you up on some more refined cuisine. Opinionated chef, thank you for taking in account our ethnic communities, I really do want to eat some regional Boston food. One more question, pizza. Just got back from Italy,on the burn out from Roman pizza, any good neighborhood joints with grease dripping down your chin....thanks for the help!!

        1. re: gordita

          what day of the week?sun brunch?

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Unrelated question, but do you have an opinion on the fastest way to get up to mid coast Maine from Boston? Just to complicate matters any favorite pit stops en route?

            1. re: gordita

              95 North is your only option if you want speed. Whatever you do, don't take Route 1. It's a lovely scenic route, but especially during the summer months, it's pretty much literally a parking lot, especially through York and Ogunquit.

              1. re: gordita

                g,95 is the way to go. tell me in what town you are ending up and what day of the week you're driving from boston(the brunch factor). if you can stop in portland (2 hrs from boston) there are the most options (and it's 5 min off the highway); but i can advise on lots of spots up there beyond portland too!
                And how long will you be up there?

                1. re: gordita

                  Some pit stops: Kane's Donuts in Saugus (best glazed donut i've ever had). Richardson's ice cream in Middleton.

              2. re: gordita

                Gordita: if you're looking for local New Englandy food that's not 'haute', I'd either head to the Clam Shack in Ipswitch or Captain Carlo's in Gloucester. You can't get much more local than that. Both are on the way up to Maine. There's also Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery ME.

                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  Gloucester is definitely not on the way to Maine.

                  1. re: Fly

                    Sure it is. Head up 95 N and zip up 128 to Gloucester. Then amble up 133N to Ipswich, which takes you back to 95N. It's maybe 20 mins out of the way.

              3. re: opinionatedchef

                +1 Neptune and Regina's sound just like the type of places you're looking for. The other pizza place is Santarpio's in East Boston.

                1. re: pasuga

                  Thanks pasuga,I will put those on my radar.