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Jul 21, 2011 07:52 AM

Best of Boston for the heat wave?

For those of us not blessed with central AC, 95+ degree days are a big bummer for cooking and eating. Merely venturing into a kitchen is a sweaty, unpleasant adventure in appetite destruction.

So where do you go when it gets REALLY hot? Which restaurants have the chilliest AC? The most refreshing drinks? Do you replace your meals with ice cream? What are your best tips for eating and drinking in Boston during a heat wave?

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  1. I like to go to Sullivan's at Castle Island in Southie, grab a burger, hot dog, chicken sandwich, etc., then head to the shaded seating area in the middle of the causeway. Always a nice breeze out there. Also, Getting a Santarpio's pizza to go in Eastie, then heading over to nearby Piers Park on the water also works. We were at Piers Park last night and it was almost chilly!

    1. I like to go to Cabots in Newton, sit in the AC, and have the Belgian waffle sundae with french vanilla ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream. I think that covers all three food groups.

      1. How about an icy cold Harpoon and a movie at Somerville Theater.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Why yes, thank you very kindly.

          There are those who think if you get some spicy food, it somehow takes the heat off. I think it just distracts you from the heat but either way you can get some nice cool oysters at East Coast Grill, and then whatever "Hell" appetizers they have on the menu. Or, hit Montien, and order from the Thai menu. They'll bring out the spice tray in case the items you order are already not spicy enough. Or whatever spice palace you prefer, but these both have air conditioning.

          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        2. I just returned from my daily dose of Mixx Yogurt....parking was easy, and no line....Taro is still there!

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          1. re: galleygirl

            and the fab. peach is on the menu the rest of this week! ( btw, i think taro and tart are always there because of their top popularity.) But most nights their AC is major chintzy. We retreated to our car last night.

            Mixx Frozen Yogurt
            66 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          2. I went to Le's in Allston for a cold 33 and a crispy spring roll Bun. AC was cranking and the food was perfect for a day like today!