What would you recommend between the Museum of Science and Fenway?
Bringing a 9-year-old boy to Boston for the day and I'm looking for an interesting place for lunch. He's an adventurous eater and especially loves sushi. Is there good sushi you'd recommend for lunch somewhere around or between the Museum of Science, where we're spending the morning, and Fenway Park, where we're taking a tour in the afternoon?
If there's not good sushi between the two, is there some other standout we should know about? Italian's good, as is Asian, barbecue--really this kid will appreciate anything except oysters and very spicy food. He's also got a sweet tooth.
Thanks for any help with this.
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Hi AmyinRI. There is a lot of Boston in between the Science Museum and Fenway, you have a lot of options, I'd do searches on the specific cuisines you mention.
The Green Line runs from the Science Museum to Fenway, you could get off at the Boylston stop and you'll be one block from Chinatown.
I just wanted to note that public transportation to or from the MOS is probably not a good idea right now. The Green Line is running a shuttle bus between Lechmere and North Station through December and under some circumstances, they're skipping the Science Park station entirely.
I'm betting you'll want to eat quickly after the MOS, so I'd recommend eating somewhere on that side of Cambridge, and then heading over to Fenway.
One thought if you want to go Italian: Dante, inside the Royal Sonesta hotel, is right around the corner from the MOS, and offers good to very good Italian food. Plus, you can sit out on the patio and look across the Charles at the gorgeous views of Boston. That might be a nice, grown up feeling thing to do.
If you want to enter Chinatown - I personally like Ginza for sushi
Other options for a fun spot would be Piatini on Newbury Street, 94 Mass Ave, or Eastern Standard Kitchen
I would avoid Max Brenner's if it pops up in any recommendation (for the sweet tooth bit) very poor service and a tourist trap
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If you've got the time and the legs, Courthouse Seafood is about a 20 minute walk from MoS. You can visit the adjacent fish market, pick out your fish of choice, and for $2/lb they'll cook it up and serve it to you in the restaurant. For an adventurous eater interested in fish, it's a cool place--lots of whole fish layed out on ice, with a very "best-of-the-market" attitude towards selecting the stock. They open at 11am, but they're closed on Sunday.
Courthouse Fish Market
484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
FYI, Courthouse Seafood Restaurant is closed this week for vacation, but next week they reopen. The fish market is still open and may have some fried fish, but no guarantee and limited to what they have in the warming ovens plus no seating.
If driving Central can be on your way and parking is easy or Brookline also has several options for sushi (BU Bridge isn't awful at lunch time). East Cambridge is still a decent option but you have to watch for other seasonal closings. Royal Pastry can satisfy the sweet tooth (and there is a nice park on Gore by 5th/6th Street to eat) -- they definately take a vacation sometime so call ahead. Portugalia for Portuguese or East Side Bar & Grille for red sauce Italian (steak tips, pizza). Alternately go further down to Inman Square to Eat: Casa Portugal, All Star Sandwich Bar, or The Druid (a pub, but children should be fine for lunch). There are options for Indian too both in Cambridge/Somerville or near Fenway (India Quality).
All Star Sandwich Bar
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Douzo is a short walk from the Copley Place T-stop on the Green Line.- just a couple stops before Fenway.
I personally wouldn't recco walking to Inman or Central Square - they're both a bit of a hike from the Museum AND Fenway. Haven't been to Basho's but you couldn't do better for location.
I find Central Square to just be miserable - it's got some sketchy characters roaming around and it's far too spreadout.
If anything you could walk over the footbridge into Beacon Hill/Back Bay and hit Parrish Cafe on Boylston
That would put you on a nice $8 cab ride straight up Comm Ave to Fenway.
Recently ate sushi at Basho -- a stone's throw from back side of Fenway -- and it was amazing. Get the torched salmon app!
Also good for lunch:
Cambridge 1 (Fenway, upscale pizza)
Eastern Standard (Fenway, bistro, outdoor seating)
Tapeo (Newbury Street, tapas, outdoor seating, lunch only on weekends)
La Verdad (Fenway/Lansdowne Street, upscale Mexican, outdoor seating)
Audubon Circle (Fenway, gastropub, outdoor seating)
The Lower Depths (Fenway, pub grub)
Agree with other poster on Parish Cafe - great often unique sandwiches (all curated by Boston chefs). North End is a very easy walk from the MOS too, depending on your time between you could check out Neptune for seafood.
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Audubon Circle Restaurant Bar
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Wow, Chowhounds, you are amazing. Thanks for this list. We will refer to many times over. We trained it into South Station, and the boy chose to go to Chinatown/Ginza. Turns out the caterpillar, with its octopus face and back jeweled with masago, was a very big hit. We have an eel eater now. I got the lunch combo (udon noodles and a vegetarian maki roll--nice) and the staff was very attentive. FYI, for anyone headed up to the MOS, we found it easier to walk from North Station (maybe 10 minutes) than to mess with the shuttle service. Were cutting it close for our train on the way home, so we got a gelato inside South Station, which was fine but nothing extraordinary. At the same place we also bought a marizpan caterpillar for the younger sister, which she approved of entirely.
Thanks again, Chowhounds. I think sharing this kind of info counts as a kind of public service, and I really appreciate it.