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Jun 13, 2011 11:14 AM

Durgin Park lately?

I'm going on a Red Sox road trip wth some folks who have never been to Boston before. They've heard about Durgin Park and want to go for lunch. I haven't been there in about 30 years, but why not?

The lunch menu onlne list items such as chicken pot pie, short ribs (with creole sauce what's that like?) yankee pot roast and something called potted beef (what's that?).

Appreciate your thoughts on what's good for lunch. Thanks!

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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  1. A food-sophisticated Montreal visitor recently went and loved the baked beans, lobster, and Indian Pudding (dessert and a Must-Have) .Stick w/ trad. Boston food.I would not likely recommend a non trad-Boston dish (i.e.creole sauce). Hers is the only mention I have seen of DP in many years, but you might want to do a CH search. Do tell us how you liked it so we can tell future yous.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Well, that "creole sauce" might be inspired by Boston's own Fanny Farmer: "Cook two tablespoons chopped onion, two tablespoons chopped green pepper, one tablespoon chopped red pepper, or canned pimentoes, and four tablespoons chopped fresh mushrooms, with three tablespoons butter, five minutes. Add two tablespoons flour, one cup tomatoes, one truffle thinly sliced, oneāˆ’fourth cup sherry wine, and salt to taste."

      In any event, the DP prime rib has traditionally been one of the best value-quality deals in Boston since, well, you know.... Fish stew, Indian pudding, et cet. It's not nouvelle anything. Generally, it does well and simply what it is. Something that many more adventurous foodies have had to go through many years of gourmandism to get back to.....

    2. Lunch is the way to go. Almost everything is available. Fish is a good bet. I do the chicken liver lunch or the franks and beans followed by indian pudding (a must).

      1. Thanks I'll report back. I googled images of potted beef.... not for me.

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          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            boy trish, i dunno now. i looked at the reviews on taralli's link to and many feedback comments said it was really dreadful. i don't think i'd venture it. But if you do, best of luck and do report back!

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              It turns out the day we are going (tomorrow) is Red Sox Nation Day at Fenway Park, and if we get swallowed up in activities there, this lunch might be tabled. Stay tuned.

              Fenway Park
              82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

          2. It's more reasonably priced for lunch. I sometimes go in the winter when the market is empty.

            1. My go-to lunch there is always Fish Chowder (NOT Clam -- those are tough) and Indian Pudding.