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Andrassebestyen89 Apr 10, 2012 11:09 AM

Looking for 3-4 restaurants for lunch and dinner for the weekend.

Game, fatty meats, anything unique would be appreciated. Maybe some gastropubs?

I'm only familiar with Boston's fine dining, some favorites being Bondir and L'espalier, but I'm now looking for more affordable options, but still high in quality and imagination.

Extensive beer menus are also appreciated, but not a necessity as food is the priority!

Thanks.

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    cambridgedoctpr Apr 10, 2012 11:15 AM

    oriental restaurants are always great for this category. How about chinatown? how about rod dee or other thai places? I think that these restaurants compare well with those in nyc.

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr
      tammyh Apr 10, 2012 12:21 PM

      "oriental"? haven't heard that term used for food in a while ... (except for Oriental de Cuba).

      anyway, if we're talking about Asian foods, I believe the CH favorites are Jojo Taipei, Blue Asia, Bon Chon, and Shanghai Gate. if you're eating with a few others, I'd suggest trying the gamja tang (a pork bone stew). there are a few dishes at MyungDong that I'd suggest trying: cheese lokbokghi, cheese ramen, or the seafood cheese ddok bokghi. (see a trend?)

      1. re: tammyh
        barleywino Apr 12, 2012 03:42 AM

        I think to say that "the CH favorites" are the ones you listed is a very incomplete list and doesn't do justice to all the other Asian restaurants which other hounds may think of as "their" favorites. Perhaps better to say that these are *a few* of the board favorites, or *your* favorites? (Not that I dislike any of the restaurants you mention, quite the contrary)

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          tammyh Apr 12, 2012 06:40 AM

          uhh, sure. substitute "the" for "a few of the." I know it's an incomplete list, and no, these are not necessarily my own favorites. just places that I hear repeated a lot in high praise here.

      2. re: cambridgedoctpr
        peregrine Apr 11, 2012 08:46 PM

        An excellent meal at a very reasonable price is Seven Courses/Styles of Beef at Pho Hoa in Chinatown. About $30 will get you a feast for two that can't be beat. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. They have a liquor license as well.

      3. barleywino Apr 10, 2012 11:22 AM

        Deep Ellum in the gastropub category...also since you ask for fatty meats, the pigs head at Craigie

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          emannths Apr 10, 2012 11:24 AM

          Russell House Tavern perhaps?

          IMHO there's not a lot of overlap between excellent food and excellent beer in this city.

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            mkfisher Apr 10, 2012 11:30 AM

            Lord Hobo definitely would be a good option in the gastropub category. Probably the best beer list in the city along with Deep Ellum.

            Some of our other favorite mid priced options that might fit what you're looking for are places like Bergamot, Toro, Coppa, Rendezvous, Area Four and the Salty Pig,

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              DoubleMan Apr 10, 2012 02:22 PM

              Imagination in Boston? Good luck. I'd recommend Strip T's for food. It's not in the locations you mentioned, but is quite close to Cambridge and Brighton. Their beer list is not extensive but it's ok and has a few local gems.

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                Patsgal Apr 11, 2012 04:42 PM

                Agree on Russell House and would also recommend The Gallows. Great cheese and chacuterie as well as a fun ever changing menu.

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