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mrwrite Jan 31, 2012 03:00 PM

Catching a play at the Huntington, we know about Betty's and the Vietnamese place, but other options people like around there?

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    emannths RE: mrwrite Jan 31, 2012 03:05 PM

    My pre-symphony routine is to stop for a bite at Pad Thai Cafe.

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    Pad Thai Cafe
    1116 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

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      y2000k RE: mrwrite Jan 31, 2012 08:31 PM

      Not sure which Vietnamese place you're referring to, but I much prefer Pho Basil on Mass Ave over Pho and I.

      Moby Dick is very fast too; I had their lamb stew over rice tonight. A bit salty but otherwise quick and filling.

      Panera is reliable and quick.

      BTW, has anyone tried the new Sebastians, where Au Bon Pain used to be?

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      Moby Dick
      269 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

      Pho Basil Restaurant
      177A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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        Berheenia RE: y2000k Feb 1, 2012 04:11 AM

        Did Sebastians finally open? We used to go to Au Bon Pain pre afternoon concerts.

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          y2000k RE: Berheenia Feb 1, 2012 05:42 PM

          Sebastian's has been open for at least a month or two. It always looks empty when I walk pass it, tho I don't always pass by during peak meal times.

      2. MC Slim JB RE: mrwrite Feb 1, 2012 04:17 AM

        Agree that Pho Basil is a good nearby option: respectable Thai and Vietnamese. If you get there early enough, Orinoco and El Centro are both reasonably quick for more upscale options. I'm also a fan of Woody's for its wood-fired pizza and draft pitchers.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

        1. BostonZest RE: mrwrite Feb 1, 2012 05:04 AM

          One place that I always forget about near Symphony is Woody's Grill & Tap for pizza. It's right around the corner on Hemenway Street. I haven't been there in ages. Just added it to the list of places to check out!

          Any one been lately? Is it still a good idea to stick to the pizzas as the best of their menu?

          Penny
          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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          Woody's Grill & Tap
          58 Hemenway St, Boston, MA 02115

          1. L2k RE: mrwrite Feb 1, 2012 07:06 AM

            This thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818031

            might help you

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              poho RE: mrwrite Feb 2, 2012 12:40 AM

              Maybe Moby Dick? Oddly named but delicious Persian home cooking. 269 Huntingdon St.

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                femmevox RE: poho Feb 3, 2012 11:36 AM

                Thanks for the lead to this place. Last night, after a rehearsal, I had the lentil chili over rice on the cook's recommendation. A misnomer--nothing chil-ish about it, but delicious, subtle spice blend with a hint of lemon.

                It's all formica, and counter service, but there are lots of appealing choices and the food felt cooked with attention and love.

                Nice surprise.

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                  BostonZest RE: femmevox Feb 4, 2012 07:17 AM

                  If you see, Albaloo Polo– basmati rice with saffron, sautéed sour cherries and chicken, on the special menu, get it. So far it is my favorite dish there. Lovely combo.

                  I thank the friend who told me about this every time I see her.

                  Penny
                  http://www.bostonzest.com/

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