Recs for Natick and Boston, please?
I'll be heading to the Boston area in late September and early October, would like to pick brains to get some recommendations. Will be there Sep 29 (Thursday) through Oct 4 (Wednesday). I'll be alone with no other real tour itinerary except food and studying for an exam.
I'm coming from Las Vegas and will be in Natick for a conference for 3 days, then staying near the Public Gardens on Arlington for 2 nights. I won't have a car, but am willing to take a cab or public transportation for a reasonable distance.
I'm a fan of green/sustainable, local food restaurants. I'd like to do a food "experience" or 2, but would also like great, local fare regardless of atmosphere or setting. Just good food. I've seen quite a few posts and comments involving Craigie on Main, ICOB, O Ya, and Gallows and would like to try each of them, pending additional input. While money isn't limitiless, I'm willing to do a $300 tasting menu if worth it.
I'm most interested in French and American regional cuisines, would like to avoid steak houses (we have tons in Vegas), Mexican, Thai, Chinese and Italian, either because it's readily available in Vegas or I'm just not a fan.... I'm a particular fan of molecular gastronomy (please don't let this become a thread debating the merits of MG)... We have seafood flown in to Las Vegas, amazingly fresh for how far it needs to be transported, but would like to take advantage of Boston's proximity to the water. I guess this could be a request for a quintessential Boston clam bake. We used to live in Virginia Beach, and I really miss the seafood and the farmer's markets.
Thanks for your help!
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Hope these are helpful for you:
Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:
Also, some extra Boston food profile info for you:
shopping for Boston food souvenirs:
2 specific suggestions:
- i doubt you have a creative/unusual/uniqueTurkish/mediterranean/ moroccan restnt like Oleana (likely the most unusual non-Asian menu in town) and I highly recommend it, as do many CHs.
-and, while you are in natick, deftly try Maxwell 148. here's link to recent review. Welcome to boston; you picked a really nice time of year to visit!
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
p.s. this is a quote from another current thread from someone who eats in the natick region:
For restaurants, we don't currently have much near us (our favorites are Cafe Mangal and Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Oga in Natick, Uncle Cheung's and Sichuan Gourmet in F'ham, Zebra's in Medfield, etc.) What's good in Lexington and Concord (already know and love 80 Thoreau)?
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By Isolda on Sep 05, 2011 05:24PM
(one caveat- i would not recommend Blue Ginger in Wellesley; you prob already have a ming tsai place in vegas anyway.)
583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482
Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
Great, Oleana looks awesome, was actually wondering about The Helmand and Dali as 2 others... Tapas is a fave of mine as well. The links to other threads are much appreciated as well. I think Gastropub would be a desired destination as well, will search that term as well, if anyone has specific gastropub recs near where I'll be, I'd love to hear...
Appreciate the Natick info, that was one of the few posts to come up when I searched "Natick"....
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Dali is absolutely DREADful.Please don't go there! The CH fav tapas place is Toro in the South End, owner and chef are 2 of our most famous guys. Helmand is boring imo, compared to all the other options in town. For similar but much more interesting food, i'd suggest Lala Rokh (Persian) on Beacon Hill.
As to gastro pubs, if you scroll down in the ' boston by areas and restaurants' thread, beyond my very long post, 2 or 3 people address the best gastro pubs.
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108
I hope you will have a car for the Natick part of your trip. Otherwise, cabs are expensive and probably slow to get...you know how suburban cabs are! Plus, I'm assuming your conference is somewhere in the vicinity of Route 9, which is not conducive to walking around.
I was just going to list my favorite restaurants in the Natick area, when I re-read your requests, and realized I was going to suggest Chinese, Thai and a steak house....okay thinking again :)
Oga for sushi is a great idea. Its really very good. More interesting than any of the other standard sushi bars available in the area (and there are a lot of them).
There is a Legal Seafoods on route 9 in Natick, and you can get a good lobster, or some oysters there and it will be perfectly fine. (Island Creek Oyster Bar will have better food, but I still think Legal does a fine job with the simpler things)
There is an outpost of Sel De La Terre in the Natick mall. It was better when it first opened, so I hesitate to recommend it...but its not bad, and it is French.
One more suburban restaurant you might try, if you have a car in Natick (or a companion at the conference does) is Lumiere in West Newton. Its just a straight shot down the Mass Pike, maybe a 15 minute drive. They do a lot of local foods, and while the menu is small, it always pleases..
1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465
Sel De La Terre
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760