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Going out tonight. Looking near Back Bay around Newbury St. Help!

zh123 Apr 3, 2012 06:00 AM

I am taking someone out tonight in the Back Bay area near Newbury Street and I am looking to spend $10-$20 per dish. As of right now I am deciding between Max Brenner, 5 Napkin Burger, or Cafeteria. Which would you choose? And I am 100% open to new ideas if you think there is some place better!

All the help is appreciated!

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    Foodie_BBQ Apr 3, 2012 01:45 PM

    Please don't go to Max Brenners. The real food was terrible and the desserts were too sweet for my 6 year old. Also, their hot chocolate didn't taste like chocolate. Overdone, underskilled food. There simply must be better than this.

    Parish is a great suggestion for this request. I would also add Sonsie - all of the pasta, salads, and pizzas are in the $10-20 range with fish/meat in the $20-30 range (above OPs range, granted).

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    1. re: Foodie_BBQ
      nightsky Apr 3, 2012 04:01 PM

      What was the union dispute going on with Max Brenner's? There were picketers all while it was being set up.

    2. tammyh Apr 3, 2012 10:58 AM

      Parish Cafe? I haven't looked at CH threads for this place, but I like going to see how creative the sandwich concoctions can get.

      1. C. Hamster Apr 3, 2012 10:50 AM

        I'd also nix those choices,zh123.

        Chili Duck
        Brasserie Jo
        Salty Pig

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          hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 11:04 AM

          add cafe jaffa to this.

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            C. Hamster Apr 3, 2012 12:05 PM

            Yes, do. It's great.

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          mkfisher Apr 3, 2012 09:41 AM

          That's a pretty rough list.

          Some places you could look at that are a little better: Back Bay Social Club, Sel de la Terre, The Rattlesnake and Tapeo. That list is all over the map in terms of price and atmosphere, but check out the menus and pick one that sounds good.

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            hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 11:03 AM

            getting out of any of these places is tough for under $20. just the burgers are all about $15, and that's without a drink.

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              mkfisher Apr 3, 2012 11:24 AM

              OP said $10-20 per dish. Also made no mention of drinks. SDLT burger is $14 I believe. Rattlesnake has tons of stuff around $10. You could do 2 tapas each at Tapeo for $15 or so. BBSC has a couple of $14 entrees. Even with a 5 dollar beer at any of these places you're out at $20 before the tip. The one thing that wouldn't work is the BBSC burger, which is priced at a laughable $22

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                hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 11:28 AM

                the last few times i had to eat at the snake and tapeo, i felt like they owed me money, lol.

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                  mkfisher Apr 3, 2012 12:05 PM

                  The Rattlesnake does a decent job at serving solid bar food. It's obviously nothing more than that, but there are worse places (see Max Brenner and Cafeteria) to grab a meal.

                  Tapeo again isn't perfect, but the menu is awfully similar to their new outpost Kika in Kendall Square that has gotten some decent reviews lately.

                2. re: mkfisher
                  LeoLioness Apr 3, 2012 11:30 AM

                  I've never been and just took a look at BBSC's menu....so the burger is one of the priciest entrees? Weird. Anyone have it?

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                    hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 11:35 AM

                    they opened during that frenzied time of $20+ burgers all over everybody's "comfort food menus" -- a la post 390, stoddard's, etc. burgers at the most expensive steakhouses are cheaper and made with prime beef.

                    i refuse to order a burger at that price unless it is cooked by carnivorous pixies and then mama-bird fed to me, bit, by bit.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle
                      tammyh Apr 3, 2012 12:18 PM

                      how about the "Kenny Mother Effin' Powers" burger at The Gallows??

                      poutine, burger and pulled pork ... http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowd...

                      feeds two!

                      1. re: tammyh
                        hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 12:27 PM

                        the sight of that made me faint. good gawd. no thanks! lol.

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                          Beachowolfe Apr 3, 2012 04:43 PM

                          The BBSC burger is delicious.

                          LOL @ hotoy for talking down on something w/o having ever eaten it. Your opinion is useless.

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                            hotoynoodle Apr 3, 2012 07:11 PM

                            i made no comment on the quality of the burger, merely that it crosses my line in the sand. <shrugs>. ymmv. more for you then, lol.

            2. opinionatedchef Apr 3, 2012 08:34 AM

              i don't know these places but if no CHs jump in here, you might want to do a CH'search' using the 3 diff restnt names. 5 Napkins has had positives but alot of negs, so beware.

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