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Thanks to all who had responded to our original posting of recommendations.

Here is the results of our trip to Boston from LA:

Saturday

We were at Faneuil Hall & Quincey Market when all the families that were in town for graduations or people watching NHL or NBA games were there. He had lunch at a restaurant that we can remember the name, but was across from Salty Dog. Good service & food. Had good lobster roll.

Dinner was not bad, but not great. Went with Chowhound recommendation of Kingfish Hall. Sorry this place is overrated . Wife had the Crispy Lobster which was underwhelming. I had the lobster ravioli,which was OK. The service was great. Our waitress was very fun.

Sunday

We had the Pajama Brunch at 647 Treamont. The food was great. Everything seemed to work. Wife had the Papas Pravas & I had the Crispy prosciutto Benedict.. It was VERY busy, but the service was great.

After a tour of Fenway Park we had dinner at Eastern Standard. OK we had to wait 45 minutes, but you had all the graduates of several universities & the Boston Sox fans. The food was great. Had bone morrow was great. Service, which was overwhelmed was very good & still spot on.

Monday

Had dinner in Quincey (where we were staying). Had dinner at the Fat Cat in Quincey. Sorry, but was worst meal of our trip. My mac &cheese with lobster was a huge bowl of Kraft mac & cheese with a couple pieces of badly cooked lobster. Wife had a so-so bunch of wings.

Tuesday

After visit to JFK Library we went to Cambridge. We had a tapas type meal at the Charles Hotel restaurant, Rialto. We did the bar menu. We did 2 3 plates for $10. Roasted peppers, Chicken liver pate, fried olives, Burrata… olive tapenade, and a two other I can't remember. It all worked. Service was great.

Hope to come back to Boston some day.

Tom & Roberta

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Kingfish Hall
188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

Fat Cat
24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

Fenway Park
82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Just one note, the Fat Cat is in Quincy (without the e). I don't know why we all get sensitive over something so silly, and it's pronounced Quinzee. Anyhow, sorry you didn't have a good meal at the Fat Cat. I'm someone who frequently recommends it, and the lobster mac & cheese is one of my favorites, but I agree I'm not crazy about the wings. I have to wonder if they have someone new in the kitchen. I've always found it to be consistently good I think you would have been happier with the Port 305 recommendation.

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    Fat Cat
    24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      The way the Mac and Cheese is described is *never* like it has ever been the many times I've had it. Not always perfect but the opposite of Kraft and always a lot of lobster. I suspect a kitchen issue, like Peg does.

      But FC is certainly not in the same league as Rialto or Eastern Standard.

      I've always thought Kingfish Hall was a bizzarro tourist trap.

      The PJ brick can be inconsistent, but is always a good time. I can't bring myself to actually wear pj's though.

      Hope you'll visit again soon!

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      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      Kingfish Hall
      188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

      1. re: C. Hamster

        I'm with you on the whole pj's thing.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          PJ brunch. Not brick. Damnyouautocorrect.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            I like brick. Thought it was kind of new slang to describe brunch. ;)

      2. Someone suggested Kingfish Hall on Chowhound? As Hamster says, that place is a total tourist trap.

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        Kingfish Hall
        188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

        1. And, I'm assuming the place across from the Salty Dog was Anthem

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          1. re: mkfisher

            Anthem sounds right. As far as Kingfish, maybe they recommended it because of the chef? The wife & I didn't to PJs either. The only ones in PJs were the wait staff.

            1. re: tesh11

              The so called Celebrity Chef/owner of Kingfish is Todd English and none of us who love good food would recommend you go to one of is places.

          2. Kingfish hall is the opposite of a Chowhound recommendation. Please link to the where someone recommended it.

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            1. re: tysonmcneely

              I've seen it recommended on several threads. Like Legal, it has its fans and detractors on this board. I'm among the fans for certain items, like raw bar, a bloody Mary, or some fish dishes.

              1. re: justbeingpolite

                I've also had some decent food there....I would not go for a big ticket item, but some of the dishes in my experience were better than just OK and I too am not a fan of Todd. I have not been for the last 2 years, which I understand may have been "challenging" for Todd in terms of paying his rent, etc. It's a tourist trap neighborhood but I'd put it ahead of many if not most of the other opportunities in the immediate area.

                1. re: Madrid

                  Couldn't find the old thread, but when we couldn't get into Neptune(last minute spec'l request of Midwest visitors on a Friday night), went to KH. Seafood tower to start was excellent, one DC loved his clambake and other DC & I really enjoyed the "Dancing Fish" from the vertical grill - do they still have the DF on the menu? We, specifically, asked to be seated upstairs, where it is less hectic & noisy than the bar area. We only waited at the bar about 15" on a busy Friday for our table. Service was fine.

              2. re: tysonmcneely

                that was a rather aggressive request tyson. I haven't been in a couple of years, but really enjoyed some of the dishes. tell me what Fan Hall rest isn't a tourist trap? and please post a link.

                I am not a fan of Todd. I loved when his very expensive fish sign was denied. But I cannot deny that I enjoyed some preperations from King Fish Hall. That you presume that the OP could not possibly been steered there is what I find unthinkable.

                Great report tesh. Thank you for sharing.

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  I'm actually a fan of Kingfish Hall myself. I like to sit at the bar and have oysters and it's a nice atmosphere. They have a pretty decent lobster roll as well.

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                  Kingfish Hall
                  188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

              3. Hey, Prav, have you taken over the Papas Bravas preparation at 647? ;-)