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late lunch saturday 2/25

doing the tourist thing with out of town parents tomorrow. aquarium, faneuil hall etc... looking for a good, sit down lunch spot to take break from walking around.

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    1. re: Taralli

      wanted to go to Sam LaGrassa's but they are closed on the weekend. i go to aquataine pretty often for brunch but it'd be nice to try something new. doesn't have to be fancy, just a good place to sit, eat and not feel rushed. i live in cambridge and am much less familiar with the options across the river... doesn't need to be seafood, could be within walking distance of the aquarium or t accessible.

      1. re: cheffyslacks

        Marliave maybe? It's on the same street at Sam's. I imagine it wouldn't be packed on a Saturday for a late lunch. Never felt rushed there, but then I may have gone at slightly off-hours.

    2. The two places that come to mind (on the high end):
      Neptune Oyster in the North End- I haven't gone there, but (the food) gets rave reviews on Chowhound.
      Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore- love it for a quiet late lunch/early diner on the weekend.

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      1. I assume you want to stay close to Faneuil Hall/Aquarium, and a lot of these suggestions are quite a walk from there (Eastern Standard, Parish) or you'll be rushed (Neptune). Marliave is a good option. Closer to the aquarium there's Sel de la Terre. It's nothing special, but solid food where you will be able to linger. You could also go a little further down Atlantic and get pasta/pizza at Pasta Beach.

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        1. re: mkfisher

          Eastern Standard is a quick T ride away from Faneuil Hall and depending on where in Cambridge the OP lives in it's an easy walk or quick bus ride away.

          For future reference, does Neptune rush people during late lunch/early dinner hours? Do they even have a good /no wait time to go on weekends? Or are they constantly packed?

          1. re: viperlush

            I guess we have different definitions of quick. Govt Center to Kenmore is 6 stops on the Green Line. I admittedly loathe the Green Line, but it seems silly to travel that far when someone is looking to just take a break from walking around.

            1. re: viperlush

              Please, eastern standard is not a quick ride. The ride would include the green line and nothing is quick on the green line. I am not a legal fan but there is one right across from the aquarium. Trade is the hot buzz and located at atlantic wharf which isn't far.
              Neptune is small and you can easily have to wait.

              1. re: viperlush

                See my neptune thread from yestday for some timing info. As to wkends, it is pretty much 'always crammed on wkends' though the best bet might be right when they open. We have never seen them hustle anyone out nor have they ever hustled us out.

            2. You could go to Pizzeria Regina, and if you need more time off your feet, get a coffee and a pastry on Hanover St.

              1. Mare in the No End had a little Globe feature- they are going to a concept that sounds alot like Neptune's. You might want to call and see if they are doing lunch. Sel de la Terre,popular with a number of CHs, 2 minutes from the aquarium, is a comfy quiet relaxed spot for a good simple french infuenced lunch. I don't think it would be more expensive than other non-sandwich spot options and the comfort is worth it. You might want to reserve.

                just fyi, a friend had a disastrous and expensive lunch experience last wk. at Strega on the waterfront.

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                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  thanks, all good suggestions. Marliave is a good option, been there a couple times. i'm going to wait to see what the weather has in store for the day and then take it from there. i'm so curious to check out trade though! @ libertywharf chef there just got james beard nomination.

                  1. re: cheffyslacks

                    I like Mare and I believe they are open on Saturdays for lunch. Also, I recently tried The Living Room and liked it a lot..but Mare will put you more in the North End and closer to bakeries for dessert.
                    I like Eastern Standard..but it is way out of your way for simple lunch to rest your feet.

                2. go to Sportello for some carbonara-- they can often make it even though it might not be listed on the current menu. Stop at Flour afterwards for some pastries.

                  1. we ended up at sal de la terre. it's a great spot. i'd def go back there

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                    1. re: cheffyslacks

                      great! do tell us what you got etc. so we can advise others(that's a very popular area for visitors.)

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        the johnny cake was a generous portion. it looked like a giant pancake folded on it's side, the presentation was really nice. i didn't try it myself, but there were no complaints from mother. the french omelette (ham and gruyere)was pretty straight forward, as was the burger. i enjoyed the duck hash and sunny side eggs. the duck it's self was nearly inedibly salty, but worked with the under seasoned eggs. there were quite a few families with small children as to be expected so close to the aquarium, and the space lent well to that. never felt crowded or rushed and we sat well after we were finished sipping coffee. the staff was quite pleasant and efficient despite being out numbered by toddlers. all in all a really solid restaurant.

                        1. re: cheffyslacks

                          Great pick. I'm glad you resisted some of these wacky suggestions to travel miles just to rest your feet.

                          When I'm in that immediate vicinity I'll pick in order of preference SdlT, Legal's at the bar esp. when they have $1 oyster specials, Blue Inc, Joe's American, Chart House.