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Jul 10, 2011 03:42 AM

Foodies with toddler looking for Boston advice


friends of mine will be in Boston for a couple of days and are looking for some advice on where to eat. They're staying on Commonwealth Ave near a subway stop. They are traveling with a 3 year old and are looking for casual places where they can bring their daughter (who is used to eating out btw).

They are from the Netherlands but lived in Rome for a couple of years, so I'd say no Italian... I think modern America, central American and seafood would probably interest them the most. Preferably not too much of a trek from where they're staying.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. If you do a search for Island Creek Oyster Bar, you'll find out a lot of info - it's a great restaurant, in Kenmore/Fenway so close to where they're staying, and it's very child-friendly. We were there for father's day with our 5 yo, and they made our daughter a grilled cheese "off the menu."

    Island Creek Oyster Bar
    500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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    1. re: sallyt

      thanks sallyt, yes that one already popped up in my research and actually made me wish I was the one going to Boston ;)

    2. Summer Shack gets a bad rap but I've generally had decent seafood there. It's not at all stuffy, and the lobster tank is entertaining for toddlers. Their menu is particularly kid friendly, with corn dogs and soft serve ice cream, but I've had some really excellent scallops and bass specials there.

      Summer Shack Boston
      50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115

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      1. re: Chris VR

        Eastern Standard Kitchen (make sure no ballgame if you go there or island creek) - orinoco for south american, tico or toro, basho for japanese take on seafood, and outside seating, and chinatown, probably peach farm, for chinese take on seafood. Upstairs at the Rattlesnake and the Parish Cafe for lunch (both have outside seating).

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        1. re: teezeetoo

          thanks all, passing the suggestions along!

      2. East Boston is accessible by T and has the best central American food (I'd suggest Rincon Limeno/Peruvian seafood and Buen Gusto/a bit upscale Salvadoran) and of course, Angela's wonderful Mexican. All VERY child friendly in atmosphere, RL and BG are closer to the T.

        Or, go to Rosticeria Cancun for Mexican/Salvadoran street food (next to Maverick Station) One grownup waits for the order, the other brings the kiddo to the gorgeous, harborside Piers Park a few blocks away to wait and eat! (BTW, Scups, close by, is closed, boohoo!) You can take a water taxi back to downtown!

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        1. re: fredid

          those are all fine suggestions fredid, and the Piers Park is a great plus. And yes, the sadness of no Scups!

        2. Brunch is a good idea with a toddler... easier than fancy dinners..

          1. Hi Klary - You helped me on my recent trip to Amsterdam so I hope to return the favor. If your friends are foodies they should really go to Toro in the South End. Spanish tapas with a great, lively atmosphere, with good drinks and the delicious food. It is kid friendly for brunch and early at dinner; we have gone there with my son since he was a toddler. The grilled corn is one of my favorites. No reservations and it gets very busy so early is better. They would need to take a taxi from their Comm Ave place. They will see lots of outdoor cafes along Newbury Street near Comm Ave., but food on that street can be hit or miss because it is very touristy. Still, because you can sit outside it is child friendly and there is great people watching so it is fun for a light meal just to pick somewhere if the weather is nice and enjoy. There is a Legal Seafood in the Prudential Mall near Comm Ave. This is a local chain and while it is not at all "foodie", it is child friendly with a reliable quality of seafood and not too expensive. If they visit Quincy Market, have them try not to eat there because although there are many food places, they are geared toward tourists and not that good. Also, I second the suggestion of Eastern Standard, it is child friendly, good food and they make great cocktails for Mom and Dad!

            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118