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restaurant suggestions around MFA/Gardner (or there abouts?)

northshoregrl Jan 2, 2012 03:56 PM

will be near the MFA/Gardner museum area in a few weeks! i've already been to Trattoria Toscana and LOVED IT but now looking to switch it up...i realize there is limited availability for food in that general area...would be willing to explore the Fenway/Boylston St as well, not too familiar with restaurants except Tasty Burger ...if need be i'd venture a few blocks within the museums, i'll be driving(or walking depending) so i'd need parking close by if relocating... ...any recommendations? i'm pretty adventurous with whats on a menu...

Open to suggestions...Chow on foodies!! Cheers!

  1. BostonZest Jan 2, 2012 05:24 PM

    Sweet Cheeks BBQ might give your tastebuds a twist.


    1. opinionatedchef Jan 2, 2012 07:54 PM

      If more expensive than Tratt Toscana is o.k., I won't hesitate- Island Creek Oyster Bar. 3 CHs ate there (separately) the other night and their thread is near this one. Many other threads on ICOB if you do a search.We love it. Also, search under 'MFA' and a number of recent threads will come up. We are loyal fans of the fish tacos and carne asada tacos at La Verdad but CHs have also had bad experiences there. Same w/ Betty's Wok and Noodle where I love the Shanghai noodles w/ chipotle orange sauce, and the Cool Cukes. Hope you have some great food!

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      1. re: opinionatedchef
        northshoregrl Jan 3, 2012 04:57 AM

        this maybe a late night dinner, sometime after 9ish on a Thur...
        going on the "raw" side of things...or with possible Asian vibe isn't there a sushi place along boylston...Basho? anyone have thoughts on that...

        Never heard of Sweet Cheeks? is it new?!? i do enjoy me some BBQ, here on the north shore i hit Tennessee BBQ often in Danvers along 114 heading toward Peabody/North Shore Mall...

        1. re: northshoregrl
          CookieLee Jan 3, 2012 05:17 AM

          It's new, and you can find the current thread on it. I recommend the short rib tray, mac'n'cheese and carrot and raisin salad. The biscuits are amazing. The butterscotch pudding has a lot of salt on the top, they don't tell you. I thought it was too salty.
          For sushi, Ginza is on Beacon St., cross street is St. Mary's. That's Brookline. I'm not sure of their hours.

          1. re: northshoregrl
            teezeetoo Jan 3, 2012 07:43 AM

            i've liked Basho but the board has varied opinions. It is on Boylston and I believe serves late.

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          MeeshZ Jan 3, 2012 07:58 AM

          Symphony Sushi is a couple blocks down Huntington, past Northeastern. I've been frequenting that spot for years, and have a hard time finding better sushi in Boston for the price!


          Symphony Sushi
          45 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115

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