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Cancan Apr 19, 2012 12:56 PM

We are here for one night and had hoped to be more geographically adventurous, but it looks like the family wants to stick close to the hotel tonight (we are wiped out from a day in the sun at the Fenway open house.) Would love a dinner suggestion in the area. We have a lobster lover, someone who prefers bland food, and someone who will eat anything. Our only request is a casual (jeans) dress code. Thanks in advance for your help!

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    mkfisher Apr 19, 2012 01:01 PM

    You can basically wear jeans anywhere in Boston. Can you be more specific on the price point?

    Bland probably knocks Chinatown off the list. At the lower end, places like Kingston Station and JM Curley might be fun. Other options that are little nicer are places like Marliave and Petit Robert Central.

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      mkfisher Apr 19, 2012 01:02 PM

      On second thought, I'd scratch JM Curley for a family if you have young-ish kids. Can be quite loud on a Thursday.

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        Cancan Apr 19, 2012 01:06 PM

        Thanks for the quick reply! Marliave looks great but is a little far - Is there anything similar, but closer? Looking for a five-minute walk, give or take. Thanks!

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          barleywino Apr 19, 2012 01:15 PM

          closer to where? Marliave is in the Financial district

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            Cancan Apr 19, 2012 01:26 PM

            Oops! Hilton on Broad Street. Thanks!

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              mkfisher Apr 19, 2012 02:07 PM

              Blue Inc. is close, but quite loud on a Thursday. I wouldn't bring kids there either. How about Pasta Beach. It's a terrible name, but actually pretty solid Italian food. Also, is Sel de la Terre Long Wharf still open and doing their normal menu? If so, that would work.

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                Guinness02122 Apr 19, 2012 02:21 PM

                Isn't Chuck E Cheese loud? What's wrong with bringing kids to a loud place. Slate on Broad Street is another option.

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                  kimfair1 Apr 19, 2012 02:43 PM

                  I think it was more that one of the OP's party likes only bland food, which you won't be getting at Blue Inc.

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              Science Chick Apr 19, 2012 01:29 PM

              I can see where someone would not think Marliave is in the Financial District, especially if they were staying closer to South Station. That being said, Google says its only a 10 minute walk to Marliave from South station. Can you let us know what hotel you are staying at?

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              Guinness02122 Apr 19, 2012 01:28 PM

              Blue, Inc.

              http://blueincboston.com/

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            CookieLee Apr 20, 2012 07:14 AM

            Where did you end up dining?

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              Cancan Apr 20, 2012 08:45 PM

              We went to Petit Robert Central Bistro and it was perfect! It was a quick walk from the hotel as well as something for everyone. (The bland food lover was delighted with the chicken in a honey & thyme sauce.) The charcuterie platter was a big hit too. The service was impeccable and I thought the prices were reasonable. We were very happy. Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

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