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Help with favorite quick eats near Symphony Hall?

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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  1. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: y2000k

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

        1. re: Berheenia

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

            might help you

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

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              1. re: poho

                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.

                1. re: femmevox

                  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/