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May 12, 2011 02:11 PM

restaurants/food stores near boston sheraton/hynes convention center

hi hounds,

toronto hound here. i'm coming to boston for four nights in june for a conference. i'll be staying at the sheraton boston and the conference is at the hynes convention center.

i was wondering if folks could provide me with some restaurants/food stores in that area.

here are my constraints:

1. i have a $65 daily meal budget - breakfast = $10, lunch = $20, dinner = $35 (including gratiuties). i could blow all $65 on dinner ... but then i'd be really hungry! that said, i'd be willing to shell out some of my own $$ for a truly awesome meal.

2. i'll be four months pregnant at the time of this trip ... so i'd like to keep the options close by, if possible. normally, i'd be willing to venture far and wide for great food, but for this trip, i think i'd better keep my options closer to home.

3. i'll eat pretty much anything ... except, being preggers, i've got some limitations. for example, as much as i'd love to gorge myself on lobster for four nights in a row, i think my OB might disapprove! so, while seafood places would be much appreciated, i'd also like other options. for some reason, huge chunks of steak/chicken are not appealing to me right now ... but i'm hoping this will pass by the time i'm in boston!

4. in addition to restaurants, i'm wondering if folks can provide some nearby grocery stores/convenience stores? i'll need to stock up on water, snacks, fruit, etc. i've requested a fridge in my room at the hotel.

5. i checked with the conference and it doesn't seem that breakfast/lunch/dinner are included in the conference price ... so i'd appreciate recos for all three meals. i'm not a coffee-and-a-muffin-type of breakfast eater ... i'd prefer a more substantial breakfast (yogurt, fruit, cereal, eggs, etc.). for lunch, i'm not averse to soup/sandwich places. and for dinner, anything goes.

6. i'll be dining solo for most (if not all) of these meals ... i don't care if i eat in a restaurant alone, but i would also not be averse to any restaurant where i could get take out and head back to the hotel either.

i think that's it ... thanks very much! i really appreciate the help!


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  1. There's a large Star Market (one of the two main supermarket chains) in the Prudential Center, which is connected to the Hynes Convention Center.

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      There is a Whole Foods market near Symphony Hal lwithin an easy walk of the Sheraton. You go out the door, cross the Christian Science Center and you're there. They have a good salad bar, excellent produce and lots of take out.

      Beginning on the 18th, there will be a farmers market in front of the Prudential on Thursdays.

      Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester will offer big warm middle eastern sandwiches at great prices. And, Trident Booksellers Cafe on Newbury serves breakfast all day.

      On the other end of Newbury Street is L'Aroma Cafe. They make very good pressed sandwiches, Quiches and other goodies.

      Since you will be dining along, consider grabbing a bag of lunch and walking over to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall where you can grab a bench and become part of the neighborhood while you dine.

      You can also picnic in the South Garden inside the Prudential Center, In the Boston Public Garden or in the Courtyard of the Boston Public Library. The courtyard is one of those secret places that you'll always remember.

      Wonderful Pho Ga (Vietmanese chicken and noodle soup) is to be had on Mass Ave at Pho Basil.


      Cafe Jaffa
      48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

      Pho Basil Restaurant
      177A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

      Trident Booksellers & Cafe
      338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

    2. there is a 24-hour shaw's in the prudential center.

      brasserie jo is right there and serves great alsatian/french bistro type food. chili duck is nearby for serviceable thai food.

      cafe jaffa for middle-eastern.

      a little bit of a walk, or a quick t-trip are both island creek oyster bar (plenty of cooked options, don't worry) and eastern standard. both reasonable with excellent menus.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        forget the Shaws unless you are looking for produce. There is a Trader Joe's market directly across the street from the Hynes. Much better than Shaws if you are looking for something cheap and quick.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I'm going to second brasserie jo! The food is very good and I positively loved the service when we were there last summer. There was nothing they would not have done for us!

        2. Hi lilaki,

          There's a food court inside the Pru; there are some healthy options (such as sandwiches, wraps, soups etc). I think you can easily have lunch for $10 and save the $ for nicer dinner.

          Apart from Shaw's and Trader Joe's, the Copley Sq Farmers Market will be held every Tues & Fri from 11a-6pm. The Prudential Farmers Market is every Thursday 11a-6p. You should be able to find some decent fruits there, and there are usually plenty of baked goods.

          One nearby place I really like for sit-down meal, is Lucy's Ethiopian Cafe on Mass Ave, diagonally across from Symphony Hall. It's under a 10-min walk from your hotel.

          There are 2 Legal Seafoods within walking distance. The one inside the Pru is crowded, if you don't mind walking a little, go to the one inside Copley Place. Another place for seafood would be Turner Fisheries in Copley Place.

          Hope this helps.

          Turner Fisheries Bar
          10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

          Lucy Ethiopian Cafe
          334 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: y2000k

            I *love* the Copley Square Farmers Market, but there is not likely to be any local fruit there next month. We are just barely away from frost. There will be lots of excellent baked goods (don't miss Iggy's breads) and prepared foods, goat cheese, yogurt, etc., and it is a beautiful experience. Very near the Boston Public Library and the inner courtyard Penny/Bostonzest mentioned. Look for the cider doughnuts..a local speciality..

              1. re: y2000k

                It depends on which end of June - especially with the long, cool spring we're having, I don't think we can expect local strawberries before the middle of the month.

                (On the other hand, this weather is being fantastic for lettuce - I've had two big salads from my front-walk planter already, and the plants are growing so fast that the radishes can't get any sun!)

                1. re: y2000k

                  no strawberries or asparagus at today's opening market, but maybe by June if we are lucky. Both are so worth the extra cost for local, though might cut into the OP's budget and unlike me, she probably doesn't munch on raw asparagus!

                  1. re: Madrid

                    They had it? I work at Boylston and Clarendon and it looked to us like it was cancelled, so we didn't venture over... Grrrr

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      yep,it was dismal weather but there were a lot of tents. I thanked every vendor I bought from for being there and each one said, wouldn't miss the first market for anything! remember that Tuesday or Friday last summer when we were supposed to get the hurricane? That never came...anyway, most everybody was there that day except Siena Farm and some had "hurricane" sales...

                2. re: Madrid

                  cider donuts? at this time of year?

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    can't remember the name of the stand, but they had them at Copley every time I went throughout the season ( my son loves them). They were also at every Winter Market in Somerville, along with cider. They make them with last year's pressed cider until the apple harvest comes in.

                    1. re: Madrid

                      I don't recall those folks(across from Copley Plaza Hotel) having cider doughnuts until much later in the year.

                      But I'm pretty excited about all the cool early produce.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        It's Hamilton Orchards. I think Barbara Hamilton may make them all year but I'll check on Tuesday and confirm.


                        1. re: BostonZest

                          I was at the first Copley Market today....Hamilton Orchards was there and they have the cider donuts all season long, got some for my son today. They are on the Copley Plaza Hotel side. Good turnout by vendors on opening day despite the cold rain, so worth going even if the weather is terrible.

                          1. re: Madrid

                            Thanks Madrid, I just popped in here to say the same thing.

              2. For lunch or a cheap dinner, head to Pad Thai Cafe. Really good. Takeout is easy here too.

                If you've got time for a quick ride on the T, take the B-branch of the Green line to the Packard's Corner stop and go to the Super88 market and food court.

                You can take the 1 bus across the river to Cambridge (10-20 min?) and get Sichuan Chinese at Thailand Cafe and ice cream at Toscanini's. Also up that way is Floating Rock (Cambodian). You could do takeout from either place.

                Toscanini's Ice Cream
                899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Thailand Cafe
                302 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Pad Thai Cafe
                1116 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

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                1. re: emannths

                  she's 2 t-stops from chinatown as well, instead of standing around and waiting for a bus, or crawling through traffic on the above-ground b-line.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    True, though if you've got a smartphone you get can realtime bus updates, which levels the playing field a bit.

                    There are plenty of threads on Chinatown. My short list is New Shanghai (for Sichuan--all the Sichuan places in Boston go incognito) and Xinh Xinh (for Vietnamese). You can of course also get banh mi, Taiwan Chinese, etc in Chinatown too.

                    New Shanghai Restaurant
                    21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                    Xinh Xinh
                    7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                2. Lilali is within walking distance to Newbury St. There are a ton of dining options ( and not all "fancy") there.