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2 months in Boston-which eateries are a must?

Hi everyone,
I will be living in Braintree for 2 months for an internship and am excited to try some of the Boston area's best food while I am in town. I would like to hear opinions of what is not to miss during my time here. I am a student and would appreciate lower-cost recommendations as well as higher-end stuff. I will be looking for North end ideas, as well as where to get the best seafood, but love all kinds of food. Just let me know where your absolute favorite places are, where you return to again and again, what is not to be missed. Thanks!

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  1. Neptune and Island Creek seem to set the standard for seafood here in Boston, but on a budget, Courthouse Seafood and some of the Chinatown options (not sure what the current go-to place is) would be good.

    In the North End, go to Pizzeria Regina and Galleria Umberto, and get some pastries from Modern and/or Maria's. I find this thread to be a good source of information: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798145

    Not sure where you're coming from, but we have a few good Vietnamese, Thai, and Sichuan Chinese options. If your home town is lacking in these areas, these also offer excellent food at low prices.

    Poke around on this board and look at some past threads as well--as you can probably imagine, many others have asked about best-of-Boston type things, often with cuisine, price, or geographic constraints that might help you find something that works for you too.

    Oh, and you'll want to take a look at EATTV's tour of ethnic options around Boston: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787402

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

    Courthouse Fish Market
    484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

    Maria's Pastry Shop
    46 Cross St, Boston, MA 02129

    Modern Pastry
    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

    Umberto Galleria
    289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

    Pizzeria Regina
    11 1/2 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113

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

    1. Another thing Boston has that you won't find in most parts of the country are some really authentic Spanish restaurants. The two best are Taberna de Haro and Estragon. Both offer an array of tapas as well as larger dishes, and also have excellent reasonably-priced wine lists.

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      Taberna De Haro
      999 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

      Estragon
      700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        1. hope these 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

          You likely did not see this but it is a recent very interesting take on ethnic boston restnts by EATTV:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795306

          1. Hi Rise Bakery, Flour Bakery, Iggy's (pizza), Pizzeria Posto, Galleria Umberto, Tamarind Bay, the burger at Casablanca, Craigie on Main, Sichuan Garden, Mr. Bartley's, Charlie's (South End), the second floor of the new Legal Harborside, East Coast Grill, Market. Otherwise, why not buy groceries at Russo's, Tropical Foods, and Salumeria Italiana?

            www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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            Tamarind Bay
            75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Salumeria Italiana
            151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

            Sichuan Garden
            295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

            Flour Bakery + Cafe
            12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

            East Coast Restaurant
            1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

            Pizzeria Posto
            187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144