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swanfrench Oct 31, 2011 03:56 PM

Making a trip to boston wednesday through saturday and ill be staying at the Harborside inn.. I LOVE all types of food.. ALL..and i love trying new foods.. I was hoping to get some ideas on places to try... also if anyone could help me with bars close by with decent prices on brew.. i really dont like touristy places.. Im looking for places the locals go i guess.. thank you so much

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    emannths RE: swanfrench Oct 31, 2011 04:09 PM

    Good brews for good prices: walk up Court St to the Kinsale opposite Government Center. They serve 20oz pours of craft beer for $6.50 or less. For Boston, that's a good deal. If you've got time, head across the river to Cambridge Brewing Company for some excellent beers you can only get at their brewpub ($5/16oz and up). If you're in the Harvard Square area, Cambridge Common offers many New England beers for very good prices (still ~$5-6/pint, but many are beers that would be $5+/12oz elsewhere).

    As for the food side of things...there are just so many options. Take a look at some past threads and see what strikes your fancy. Depending on what you get at home, I'd maybe check out Pizzeria Regina, Galleria Umberto, Xinh Xinh .... Boston has a number of Portuguese and Brazilian places that might offer something new. And of course there's lobster rolls (James Hook) and oysters (Legal Seafoods is perfectly adequate, and there are $1/oyster specials at many restaurants around town).

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    Cambridge Common
    1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Xinh Xinh
    7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

    Cambridge Brewing Company
    1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

    James Hook & Co.
    15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

    Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
    2 Center Plz, Boston, MA

    Umberto Galleria
    289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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

    1. opinionatedchef RE: swanfrench Oct 31, 2011 09:14 PM

      swan, welcome. is this your first visit here? do you have certain things you want to see/do while you're here? this is long but helpful i hope:

      From this recent thread, and a good review from our Globe food critic, sounds like you might enjoy the new Legal Harborside, near you:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814807

      This is a compendium of threads, ending with some from recent visitors:

      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

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      recent foodie visitor threads:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810596 (if you scroll through this a bit, you will see this october visitor's dining plan, which i think was an excellent one:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792188

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      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776070

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776007

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775842

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      To cut to the chase, my strongest restnt. suggestions:

      Oleana (Cambridge,need taxi but so worth it, such a unique menu- Turkish/Mediterranean

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      O Ya - Japanese and fusion; VERY expensive

      Clio - Japanese and fusion, elegant, expensive.

      Craigie on Main- Cambr., famous for creative snout to tail, but seafood too. V expensive.

      Erbaluce - Piedmontese;

      Neptune Oyster incl lunch- No.End, trad and v creative food; almost always a line, and no reservations

      Island Creek Oyster Bar- open late; vibrant scene, a real CH fave if you do a search

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      Regina's North End location only- lunch too- still THE BEST pizza for many of us

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      Rendezvous
      EVOO incl lunch
      Regina's North End location only- lunch

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      O Ya
      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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

      Oleana
      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      EVOO Restaurant
      350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

      2 Replies
      1. re: opinionatedchef
        barleywino RE: opinionatedchef Nov 1, 2011 07:51 AM

        Clio is New American (or as they describe themselves, "contemporary French American"), not Japanese/ fusion. Maybe you're thinking of Uni, next to Clio.

        1. re: barleywino
          opinionatedchef RE: barleywino Nov 1, 2011 11:28 AM

          so many japanese and asian influences at clio that i think of it as rather french japanese fusion.

      2. opinionatedchef RE: swanfrench Nov 14, 2011 10:34 AM

        swan, how was your trip? hope to read your comments so we can help advise future visitors like yourself!

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