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Advice needed for Seaport daytime and evenings on town

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bdachow Apr 23, 2012 03:11 PM

Hi Boston hounds,

I need some advice/thoughts on dining. I'm going to be in town from a Thursday afternoon to Monday morning but at a course all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The course is being held at the Convention Centre in the Seaport Area and I'll only have an hour for lunches. From trolling old threads, I've found: Sportello and Flour Bakery which seem near and are open weekends. Any other suggestions for lunches in the area?

As for dinners, I've already made reservations for Island Creek Oyster Bar (have been to Neptune and don't relish the wait) and also O Ya for Saturday night. 2 more dinners to go. I've been kicking around the following:

Myer and Chang
Clio/Uni
Pho Basil
Pho Pasteur

I'm an all budget point eater but I don't really want to travel too far from the Seaport area where I'm staying as I have really full/long days and I'll probably be brain dead by the end of each day. I'm probably aiming more for Asian leaning (as I don't get a lot of good Asian here at home in Bermuda) but am open to anything, maybe some place with amazing sweet breads would be nice too.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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    Kitamonster Apr 25, 2012 12:15 PM

    If you want to stay ON the beaten path, have a drink and a sushi app at the bar atop Legal's Waterfront then sample a few different types of tacos at Temezcal. These places are PACKED on a nice night but if you get there early it's a fun and really scenic thing to do. For lunch, definitely Channel Cafe (5 min walk from the Conv Center) if you're tight on time; if you have a bit more, get a lobster roll to go from Yankee Lobster and walk up to the picnic tables between the Institute of Contemporary Art and Moakley Courthouse - great views of the city/harbor and all the boats coming in and out (though perhaps if yoou live in Bermuda you get your fill of boats...)

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      hotoynoodle Apr 25, 2012 12:37 PM

      depending on when your trip is, rosa mexicano will supposedly be open by cinco de mayo and thereafter, so the seaport will have two mexican places.

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        Kitamonster Apr 25, 2012 12:44 PM

        three - don't forget Papagayo on Summer St, across from Channel Cafe

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          bdachow Apr 26, 2012 07:33 AM

          Thanks for the tips about Mexican. There's a food I definitely don't get any of but having read some of the Chow reviews of Papagayo and Temezcal, it doesn't sound very promising. I'll keep an eye peeled for Rosa Mexicano's opening and see if any Chowhounds will TOFTT or perhaps I can although I have minimal experience with Mexican. :o)

          I would love to get off the beaten path but I suspect this trip will have me at zero brain power. I generally try and avoid Legal Seafoods, mediocre experience for what I paid although a waterfront location might be enticing to wind down from the day.

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            hotoynoodle Apr 26, 2012 08:03 AM

            except papagayo's food is barely mediocre.

            rosa mexicana is part of a chain and hounds have praised other locations. we shall see.

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              Kitamonster Apr 26, 2012 10:52 AM

              had not tried Papagayo yet... good to know!

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                bdachow Apr 26, 2012 05:24 PM

                Rats, last news I found seems to indicate an opening right after I leave, perhaps a soft opening?!?!

                The more I think about it, I think my last night I'd like a great blow out meal. I've been looking at L'Espalier or Menton. Any thoughts? I've read reviews on both and they both seem really great.

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          Bellachefa Apr 25, 2012 11:21 AM

          One day I would go to The NoName for a fish chowder and an iced tea. I would not order anything else there.

          I love the BLT and the weekend egg sandwich at flour, and their carrot cake is indulgent.

          1. hotoynoodle Apr 23, 2012 04:13 PM

            channel cafe in the seaport does a very nice job, especially at lunch. there is also sal's pizza for a big slab o'pie. yankee lobster for bare-bones, but super-fresh, seafood.

            i love meyers and chang and it gets plenty of love on this board.

            no need to do uni if you are doing o ya, although clio has a serious cocktail program, which o ya really does not.

            you are about equidistant to chinatown and the north end.

            coppa in the south end does a bang-up job with all kinds of offal. tiny and crowded, but not bad if you get there early.

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              bdachow Apr 25, 2012 09:59 AM

              Thanks very much for the tips! I suspect it'll be a tight lunch hour so having all these places nearby is great.

              Is there any place in Chinatown you'd recommend that does good Chinese bbq for a simple bowl of noodles with bbq on top?

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                gourmaniac Apr 25, 2012 10:12 AM

                Hong Kong Eatery, Great Taste and Vinh Sun all do a good job and are fast.

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                  bdachow Apr 25, 2012 11:54 AM

                  Is Chinatown walkable from the Seaport Boston Convention Centre for an hour lunchtime?

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                    gourmaniac Apr 25, 2012 11:55 AM

                    no but Silverline will get you there in about 10 min.

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