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Hi Boston Chowhounders,
I am coming to Boston with my partner for a week starting Friday next week. We're staying in an apartment so will not be going out for all meals. What are some good dining places? We like original creative dishes (my birthday dinner out). Is restaurant week a good deal? In the city we're from we do something similar, however, most restaurants begrudge doing it and service is often surely!
Thanks in advance for your tips :)

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  1. what neighborhood are you staying in?

    1. welcome in advance!

      here are some links that may be of interest- that address the bigger boston picture, in case they might be helpful:
      Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155

      Also, some extra Boston food profile info for you:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781156

      shopping for Boston food souvenirs:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781171

      1. what does "original creative" mean to you? what are your favorite cuisines and those you don't want to eat? what is your price range? restaurant week depends on the individual restaurant, and if the posted menus appeal to you. Where are you coming from and do you want food you can't get at home? It's hard to help without more specific information.

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        1. re: Madrid

          We're staying in the Cambridge neighbourhood, but that doesn't really matter as we're willing to travel. Not a huge fan of Italian... We've been to and loved Avec, Black Bird, Moto (Chicago), WD50 & Momofuku (NYC) sort of thing... not huge fan of prix fixe "sit down stuffy"... perhaps a tasting menu? What are people's thoughts on "restaurant week"?

          1. re: newbiefoodie27

            Sounds like you might enjoy Craigie on Main.

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            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: newbiefoodie27

              I would also recommend Clio

              1. re: newbiefoodie27

                from what i have seen reported on the boards here, Restnt Week menus are most often not a good way to experience most restnts.It doesn't seem to show off restnts at their best, as complaints about RW food, food portions and service- are plentiful. I hope you will spend the extra dollars and experience our best in their best light.

            2. A few places come to mind, a couple already mentioned:

              Craigie on Main (Central Square)
              Clio (Back Bay)
              Coppa (South End)
              Toro (South End)
              O Ya (Leather District) - Very pricey though.

              You may also want to try one of our best Seafood places:

              Island Creek Oyster Bar (Kenmore)
              Neptune Oyster (North End)

              Also if you enjoy cocktails, a visit to Drink (Fort Point) would be worth your while.

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              O Ya
              9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

              Neptune Oyster
              63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

              Toro
              1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

              Craigie on Main
              853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

              Coppa
              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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

              1. FYI Cambridge isn't a neighborhood of Boston, it's a seperate city across the river from Boston.

                Don't know exactly where in Cambridge you are staying, but here are a few suggestions, most a short walk from either Central Square or Kendall Square (both stops on the Red Line)

                Low key inexpensive suggestions (both do take out as well if you prefer to eat at home).

                Central Square: Baraka Cafe for North African cuisine. http://www.barakacafe.com/

                Inman Square: Muqueca for Brazilian seafood. http://www.muquecarestaurant.com/

                More upscale:

                Between Inman and Central: Oleana for Arabic/Mediterranean/Turkish influenced food. http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/

                For cocktails (Central Square):

                Green Street (Wed is taco night): http://www.greenstreetgrill.com/

                Rendezvous (Also great for dinner): http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/

                For Beer (Kendall Square)

                Cambridge Brewing Company: http://www.cambrew.com/

                Lord Hobo. http://lordhobo.com/

                For breakfast/ sandwiches

                Central/Kendall: Flour. http://flourbakery.com/
                Harvard Square: Clover Food Lab restaurant (also have a food truck by Kendall T stop) for vegetarian options. http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/

                For Ice cream

                Central: Toscanini's. http://www.tosci.com/

                Inman:Christinas. http://christinasicecream.com/

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                Baraka Cafe
                80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Cambridge Brewing Company
                1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Muqueca
                1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Oleana
                134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                Lord Hobo
                92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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                1. re: viperlush

                  in cambridge try brunch at East Coast Grill, stop into Petsi's Pies for scones, etc., have dinner at Bondir or Hungry Mother, and wonderful inexpensive Indian lunch at Kebab Factory on cambridge/somerville border.

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

                  The Kebab Factory
                  414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                  Hungry Mother
                  Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

                  Bondir
                  279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    Thanks for the tips... I think the birthday dinner will be "Coppa" and we'll sit down and figure out the other places :)
                    Thanks again!

                    1. re: newbiefoodie27

                      Coppa doesn't take reservations.
                      #JustSaying

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                      Coppa
                      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                      1. re: bgavin

                        I don't know if they have a party size requirement, but they have
                        started taking reservations for dinner.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          No party size requirement at Coppa. They started taking reservations a couple months ago.

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                          Coppa
                          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118