Walking the Freedom Trail with Family - Need help finding Cheap Must Eats
Alright chowhounds, I need help. I only have 2 days in Boston. We will we walking the Freedom Trail and I only want to eat at places that are the best. We will be with kids and a senior so I need something that everyone will love. Nothing fancy shmancy, just great cheap eats. Thanks in advance for your help!
With children and a senior in your party, you may want to look into discounts for them, such as for National Parks, T fares, etc.
If you know someone with a local library card, you can ask them to get free/discounted passes to many museums.
Have both restaurant and budget tips for you.
Download this Google Map which shows restaurants and the FT sites - very good. http://goo.gl/maps/dte4
Budget tips (short form)
- Start at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Faneuil Hall. They do free tours that are as good or better than anything you will pay for.
- Get a free CharlieCard (re-loadable card for the MBTA, but you can just get a card). It gives you a lot of discounts - attractions, restaurants, even 2 for 1 admissions to the Old State House. Google CharlieCard discount booklet to get the entire list. BTW, don't drive. Park, walk and take the T.
- There is a combined entrance ticket for the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and Paul Revere House called the Freedom Trail Ticket. It will save a little $ if you plan to visit all three and you can buy it at any of those three stops. IMO, the only must is the Old State House, but they are all good.
- There is a Water Shuttle between the Charlestown Navy Yard and Long Wharf - fun, scenic, and cheap. Kids and adults will love it.
- Lobster lunch specials in the Blackstone Block (by the Holocaust Memorial between Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House in the North End. Pick one that feels right. Pass up the Union Oyster House as the food is mediocre and $$.
- Good, cheap old world Italian at La Summa on Fleet Street in the North End. They also support Restaurant.com coupons.
- Ditto the Galleria Umberto thoughts for lunch. Place is scenic, but kind of a pit. I love it as it is "real".
- If it's a nice day, pick up cannoli at Mikes or Modern bakeries on Hanover Street in the North End and walk to the Paul Revere Mall (between Hanover Street and the Old North Church - it's all on the Google Map) and enjoy it.
- In Charlestown, stop at the Warren Tavern for lunch - food is not great, but the place is fun and a part of the Trail.
Enjoy your trip.
BTW - Google "Freedom Trail Coupons and Budget Tips" you will come up with more ideas.
lc's reply is a very comprehensive one. Just in case you don't have time/patience to read through to find this, this might be a helpful post as it covers boston by area, w/ rec'd restnts.
ONE CHOWHOUND’S GUIDE to Boston areas and restnts:
it does help us advise you better if you give us more info, per lc's questions. Where are you coming from? (If you're coming from NYC, for instance, i won't bother telling you about our best pizza, unless i know you are a pizza freak.And if you're coming from chicago, i wouldn't recommend steak places).
Nothing to add...yet. But I want to follow this. I'm headed there next week. I've read the other posts, but want to see if anything new pops up on this one. For me, I'd even like to see great places to grab a piece of chocolate, or an amazing muffin, or some delicious ice cream....
Choco and ice cream are easy:
choco- Burdick's (artisinal) in Harv Sq. is a must; very famous/refined place. Also in Somville, Tazo chocolates, but not for pieces w/ fillings, rather for single sourced bars. Basically we have crummy bakeries, but that's just imo. There is a long thread on best bakeries; do a search.
Ice Cream- JPLicks (many locations) and Toscanini's (central sq) are justifiably successful. More unusual (and changing daily) flavors at Tosc. There are some good gelato spots in the North End, but i don't know which are best now. Cafe Sport used to be excellent.
Try searching this board this has been covered numerous times, you can try the new food trucks as well some are close to the freedom trail.
Tell us when you are coming and where you are from and the types of food you are looking for after you look at these links for this board to be even more helpful.
Please let us know what you consider cheap in $$ and great (ie give an example from where you are from) is <$20 per person cheap?
click the links from opinionatedchef for even more helpful information for out of towners
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