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A couple enroute Thursday through Sunday this week from Ottawa. Looking for recommends for oysters and seafood (that take reservations which I understand Neptune's does not); Gastopubs, food trucks for lunches as well as sit down. Staying in Back Bay.

Considering the following from posts, comments or rank orders welcome (have not yet researched locations of these spots):

Seafood:
Clam Box
Barking Crab
Island Creek Oyster bar

One of for either Friday or Saturday if we can get a reservations, thoughts? Bondir, T.W. Food, Rendezvous, Bergamot or other suggestions?

Gastropub: Russell House Tavern, The Gallows

Food Truck recommendations and usual locations please.

Many of these come from either treb or MC slim JB, would welcome hearing from you. Thanks chows.

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The Barking Crab
88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

T.W. Food
377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Clam Box
789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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

Bondir
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. Except for The Barking Crab, I think all your choices are solid. Which Clam Box do you mean? The one in Ipswich is the one hounds rave about. The one in Quincy, I don't know. If I'm having fried clams in Quincy, I go to Tony's Clam Shop.

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    1. re: CookieLee

      Also, Tony's and the Clam Box in Quincy have already closed for the season.

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      Clam Box
      789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

    2. Bear in mind that The Clam Box (assuming you mean the Ipswich Clam Box and not the unrelated restaurant in Quincy, which is okay but not particularly worth a special trip) is at least an hour north of the city, and is a clam shack and therefore kind of by definition doesn't take reservations. Not trying to scare you off the place, which I love, just making sure.

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      Clam Box of Ipswich
      246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

      Clam Box
      789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

      1. Ditto Cookie on the Barking Crab - not even worth considering. It's pretty late in the season for a clam shack. Regardless of which Clam Box, I'd call ahead and make sure they're still open for the season. I think Tony's Clam Shop is already closed for the year.

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        The Barking Crab
        88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

        Tony's Clam Shop
        861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

        Clam Box
        789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

        1. i have read more negs about bark. crab than most any other boston restnt i can think of.

          have you been here before? if you are thinking of touring the North End, a very distinct neighborhood here, neptune oyster (for its creative fare) is certainly a great place. find out how long a wait; maybe you'd be walking around/hounding anyway..... and Pizzeria Regina there too.

          This may be not what you want, but in case it might be helpful:

          Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155

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          Also, some extra Boston food profile info for you:

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

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          shopping for Boston food souvenirs:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781171

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          as to fri/sat., your list is excellent. I always mention/suggest Oleana because it is so unique, and terrific.

          Pull up all the menus and see what wows you. remember that Open Table is helpful w/ reservation making process, but often restnts have more openings than show on Open Table, and are worth phoning.

          Also, don't know if you'll have a car and want to drive to the ocean, but my fav nearby daytrip for visitors

          who want to see the ocean- is Salem and Marblehead, about an hour north of boston, but 45 min away from the Clam Box (whose clams i love.) Ipswich, home of Clam Box, is a very historic river and ocean town, and teams well with Newburyport, another historic river and ocean town.Both have large and well maintained beaches.

          welcome, and hope you have a great visit.

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          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            The Clam Box in Ipswich is still open till just before Thanksgiving or later. I prefer Tony's over the Quincy Clam Box. They can be reached by the Red Line to Wolaston and a 1 mile walk from the subwau stop to the beach. I sugges the Daily Catch for lunch in the North End. Great calamari choices and try the fried haddock. Sam Lagrassa's has great pastrami sandwiches. Bondir, Rendevous are solid choices. Evoo, Hungrey Mother are two ,more Cambridge places I like.

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            Sam Lagrassa's
            44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

            Daily Catch
            323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

            Clam Box
            789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

            Bondir
            279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. rac, how was your trip? hope to hear from you so we can better advise other visitors like yourselves!