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Help with favorite quick eats near Symphony Hall?

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.

    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?

      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.


        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?


          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.


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