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Visiting Boston in June, need food tips for meals near the convention center

I'll be in Boston for a conference in June, staying at the Sheraton next to the Hynes Convention Center (in Back Bay? Maybe?). I know little about Boston or the food options and was hoping to get some recs for places to in that area. I'm a student, so I mostly need cheap options, but I'd like to splurge a bit on one meal. I'm a pretty adventurous eater, love seafood, big fan of Chinese, Indian, and Thai (and sushi, but that's generally not in the cheap category). For the splurge meal, I'm thinking somewhere in the $25-$35/person range, pre-alcohol. Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you are willing to take public transportation and have the time you can head head up the greenline to Allston to the Super88 (though I think the name has changed) which is a foodcourt of Asian food. Or you could take the greenline to Chinatown. Right on boylston there is a good not too expensive sushi restaurant named samuari. Off of boylston near mass ave there is a bar named bukowskis. I don't know if they still do it but they have a dollar hamburger special. For your splurge you mijght be able to do eastern standard kitchen or island creek oyster bar. Both are a short greenline ride to kenmore. Both have great seafood. I would add links but I am not that proficient on the kindle. Hope this gives you a place to start.

    1. you'll want to use 'back bay' and 'copley' as your search terms. many threads.but in your price range, you'll likely need to take the T to Allston and Brighton(and/or Chinatown), our center for all ethnic cuisines.

      1. My personal (relatively) cheap eats list ...

        Downtown Crossing:
        Chacarero's on 101 Arch St - weekdays only, 10am-6pm. I suggest going at 5pm, and getting a small beef.
        Sam LaGrassa's - weekday lunch only.
        Thinking Cup - coffee

        North End:
        Galleria Umberto - get that fried mashed potato thing ... and maybe a slice.

        Chinatown:
        Dumpling Cafe - Siu Loong Bao dumplings (or whatever it's called in mandarin ... XLB?)

        Allston:
        Roast Beast - roast beef sandwiches, I like the "V"
        Blue Asia Cafe - simple hearty rice plates (and no, it's not the typical American-Cantonese fare). I like getting one with pork belly, kimchi, and an egg.
        YoMa - Burmese food, but it's quite a walk from the T.
        Myung Dong - it's really more of a cheap-korean-food-and-drinking-bar kind of place, but I'd go for the cheese labokghi, the cheese ramen, or the seafood cheese ddok bokghi.

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        1. re: tammyh

          Galleria Umberto - get that fried mashed potato thing

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          assuming you mean the arancini? which are rice balls?

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I think the rice balls are arancini and the potato thing is panzarotti. They're both great and inexpensive. You can order by calling it the rice thing or potato thing (mashed potato stuffed with mozzarella and deep fried) and you'll get what you want.. ..and no one will laugh at you if you order the potato thing..:)

            1. re: 9lives

              YES the panzarotti! I describe it as a loaded potato, mashed up, then reshaped into a potato and FRIED. A baked potato, mashed potato, and "fry" all in one. I personally prefer it over the arancini.

        2. right near you are chili dick for thai and cafe jaffa for middle eastern. bukowski's too for good beer selection, faux-divey atmosphere and cheapo food.

          1. Over on Massachusetts Avenue, across the Christian Science Plaza from the Sheraton you'll find Pho Basil with some of the best Thai and Vietnamese food. Their pho is a great way to enjoy a very inexpensive meal so you have a bit more for your splurge.

            I also second, hotoynoodle's Chili Duck and Cafe Jaffa.

            And, don't forget our food trucks. Some of them will amaze you with good prices for really great food. Here's the schedule and map for those.

            http://www.cityofboston.gov/business/...

            Penny
            http://www.bostonzest.com/

            1. I have two affordable recommendations for you just walking distance (half block) from the Hynes Convention Center, perfect for a student budget:

              1) Mentei (Japanese), at 66 Hereford Street, between Newbury and Boylston. You can get a nice dish of pork or chicken served with rice for under $10. Decent sized portions and good flavor, also very fast. You'll notice it's a favorite spot for students of local colleges and schools.

              2) Café Jaffa (Middle Eastern) at 48 Gloucester, between Newbury and Boylston (Gloucester is parallel to Hereford, this place is around the block from Mentei). Info at http://cafejaffa.net/ It's not as cheap as Mentei but offers affordable and filling menu options like the Falafel Plate or the Houmus Plate, both at $9.50. Both are nice sized portions and good options for lunch.

              Hope this helps, have a great visit in Boston!

              1. there are plenty of good and cheap places in chinatown; there are plenty of cheap options for seafood at east ocean seafood and peach farm in Chinatown. For thai food, i would take the red line to porter square or on Beacon Street in Brookline - on the green line. You might enjoy Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline, also, which is on the green line..

                You are right in thinking that good sushi is not going to be cheap.

                I like Tamarind Bay for Indian food in Harvard Square which is on the red line.

                If you are going to be zipping around on buses and the subway, i recommend getting a charlie pass.

                Have fun in Boston.

                1. Thank you guys so much for all the recs! I go to Boston on Friday and I've got plans to try several of the options listed here. I'll let you know how it goes!

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                  1. I'll give you a few more within a couple of blocks:

                    Brasserie Jo
                    The Delux
                    Salty Pig
                    Coda