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PsychOut Jul 4, 2011 03:32 PM

So I have a pretty specific question. My girlfriend and I are 20 years old, and will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this September. We generally do pretty awesome things for our anniversary (last year we went to L'Espalier, the year before we went to the Capital Grille and a great show).

This year, we're looking for something equally fun (and delicious) to do. Unfortunately, we're a lot poorer than we have been in the past. I was looking for some recommendations on what we could do with a relatively limited budget. We are looking to spend between $125 and $150 each. We would prefer not to go back to a super uppity place like L'Espalier again. We are fairly adventurous eaters, but I typically dislike seafood. We love sushi, though, and our favorite restaurants around Boston are Stephanie's on Newbury and Sel de la Terre.

If you've read this far, you're a real trooper, and we'd love your input! We're willing to try anything once...

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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    awkwardpause Jul 5, 2011 12:36 PM

    I'd consider Oleana. Fun and romantic (especially if you can get a table outside) and a very reasonably priced tasting menu (don't be put off but it being vegetarian -- if you ask, they'll make you a carnivore's tasting menu). One of the best meals I've ever had in Boston, priced, quality, and ambiance taken into account.

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    Oleana
    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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      cmd Jul 5, 2011 07:51 AM

      If you haven't tried Hamersley's, you might consider that. It could be a bit light on the "fun" factor (though the patio may still be open in September--and people watching is fun to me!), but definitely not formal. Since you enjoy Sel de la Terre, this would sort of similar but a good step up foodwise. It's also a bit higher in price, but comfortably within your budget.

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      Sel de la Terre
      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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        powerfulpierre Jul 5, 2011 07:29 AM

        I would second Salts as delicious and fairly priced, it is one of our personal anniversary favorites, but maybe a bit low in the "fun" factor though the atmosphere is low-key elegant and very relaxing.

        For something a bit different, while being fun and unique with suberb food, consider Gilson's Herb Lyceum in Groton. It can be a nice drive out of the city, maybe 45 minutes or so.

        They only serve Friday and Saturday evenings, fixed menu, BYOB, and currently $55 pp. It's one of the most enjoyable places that we have visited.
        http://www.gilsonslyceum.com/gilsonhe...

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        Gilson's Herb Lyceum
        368 Main St, Groton, MA

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          mkfisher Jul 5, 2011 06:28 AM

          I always think Salts is a great place for an anniversary dinner

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            meeps2002 Jul 5, 2011 05:38 AM

            I think Myers & Chang would be a great option with a 2nd reservation for dessert at the South End Buttery.

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            South End Buttery
            314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

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              teezeetoo Jul 4, 2011 04:27 PM

              maybe omakase at oishii or basho?

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                PsychOut Jul 4, 2011 05:55 PM

                not a bad idea. we have had tastings at a few sushi places, but we've never tried oishi or basho before

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