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Apr 26, 2012 11:17 AM

seattle fam coming for 4 days may 10-15 for first time! need help

never been to the east coast like this. i am from seattle and love so good bites, only have 4 days and would love to have some of the taste of the city and places i must go. no restrictions for diet. love oyesters, seafood, pizza, chowder, steak, to have a good lobster roll? will be in the downtown area with no car. would love to have a top 10 must hit list. will be 6 of us no kids. maybe a good place for bruch for mothers day or a nice fun experience for mothers day.

thanks again!

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    1. re: Taralli

      all over, tell me if they are cheap or expensive, looking for a variety.

    2. I was just reading Upstairs on the Square's (Harvard Square in Cambridge, very easily accessible via MBTA red line/subway) Mother's Day menu - see here: - I think it looks great! Just my two cents on a well-loved restaurant (and restaurateurs) - there are some other Hounds (thinking Opinionated Chef and others) who have comprehensive threads dedicated to Out-of-Towners - and they cover all the requests you have. I will try to find it - but I bet OC will chime in before I can locate it! Welcome to Boston - it is a very nice time of year to visit!! And a tip if you are so inclined - the Arnold Arboretum Lilac Sunday is May 13 and is a MUST CATCH - the Arboretum is on the Green and Orange lines and you can take advantage of the cool dining scene in Jamaica Plain while you are at it. (Ten Tables, Vee Vee, Tonic, Canary Square - to name a few).

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      1. re: Small Plates

        Found Opinionated Chef's excellent thread on visiting and eating Boston:

        1. re: Small Plates

          As a JP local, the lilacs have already peaked so Lilac Sunday will be a bit of a dud this year. Still, the Arboretum is 350 acres of beautiful trees accessible on the Orange line (Forest Hills) and lots of activities (and crowds) that day. RE downtown food, OC's list is excellent. Given you are from Seattle, I wouldn't stress Asian places. Pizza at the original Regina's and for a yankee experience, Durgin Park offers large servings of yankee fare (pot roast, schrod, indian pudding) in a very old restaurant and isn't as big a tourist ripoff as other historical places downtown. For inexpensive downtown, try Cafe Latino for Puerto Rican fare (Government Center)

          1. re: Small Plates

            Just a note that the Arboretum is not on the Green line. It's on the orange line and 39 bus.

          2. having spent a few years chowing in Seattle, I would recommend moving oysters and steak lower down on your hit list (personally I find the oysters in Seattle, such as the huge creamy Tottens they have out there, much more satisfying than the ones around here, really no comparison imo, and the steaks at places like Canlis or Waterfront Seafood Grill in Seattle as just as good as one can find around here) and moving Italian (pasta and pizza), Japanese (both low- and high-end) and ice cream up in the list. For sandwiches, hard to top Matt's in the Market cornmeal catfish sandwich, but try the pastrami at Sam La Grassa's.

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            1. re: barleywino

              Ok, trip is booked! We are staying at the hyatt on lafayette. So far I have a reservation for the hungry mother sat night. Looking for a good place for mothers day maybe a brunch or breakfast? Or anything worth doing. There will be 6 of us no kids. Would love to find good Italian, lobster roll. Anything that is a must that I might not have in Seattle

              1. re: jlom907

                brunch (and cocktails) at Craigie (best call ahead to reserve) or Island Creek Oyster bar. Walking distance from your hotel would be brunch at Sportello (ask for the carbonara) or pastries from Flour bakery. lots of threads on Italian, lobster rolls.

            2. I loved my visit to Seattle and had really wonderful seafood food there, but the one thing I wanted and never found of course were good fried clams (whole) New England style. A must try here, if you don't mind fried food. You can try a few places in the city like Neptune or Courthouse, but if you prefer the actual clam shack experience you will have to leave the city proper.

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              1. re: kobuta

                Ok here is my list so far I do have reservations at a few. Please any feed back would be great.

                Craigies on main
                Hungry mother
                Neptune oyster
                Legal test kitchen
                Moo for steak
                A few others for lobster rolls along the docs.
                Do I go to coppa?

                1. re: jlom907

                  Since you have places like Steelhead diner and Matts in Seattle, I would skip Hungry Mother and Legal Test Kitchen, substitute Scampo and/or Bergamot, or a place in the North End like Prezza. Yes to Coppa (sort of an Italian version of Harvest Vine in Seattle)

                  1. re: jlom907

                    jlom, welcome in advance! Seattle is one of our fav places.So far, we're having an uncommmonly early Spring and loving it. This info might look overwhelming at first, but since you'll be here a few days, i hope it will be helpful:

                    Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:



                    Dinner Spots that I would recommend to you as Seattlites:

                    Oleana- Cambridge really unusual Turkish/Mediterranean menu; farm-to-table;charming patio; Ana Sortun(chef/owner) is a Seattle girl, famous for a long time here.

                    Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian

                    Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood

                    OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive

                    Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny always a line, top quality inventive seafood along w/ trad.

                    Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room but intimate, more trad but some inventive

                    Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from harvard square) for serious foodies; Momofuku chef; great inventive Asian inspired but also best fried chicken and burger in Boston (ymmv



                    For your Mother's Day brunch, you cannot have more fun than at East Coast Grill in Cambridge. A real locals' fav for all ages; latin, mexican,bbq and and seafood; Bloody Mary bar; great vibe.

                    For more refined high end brunch, Aquitaine (French bistro) and Mistral (French elegant) are popular.


                    I would steer you away from Legal, Moo and Hungry Mother . A lot of people love the latter but i found the food unremarkable. I think the best steak you'll find here is at Grill 23.

                    If you're a charcuterie lover, Coppa you'd likely love. For my taste, I'd send you to Toro (same owner) which is Spanish and Spanish influenced tapas and the best paella around.

                    Both in/on the edge of the South End.


                    Boston Magazine 11/11 issue: 50 Best Boston Restnts. This list is a very comprehensive and convenient reference list for brief restnt. descriptions, essential info, website links of the 50:



                    Also, some extra Boston food profile info for you:


                    shopping for Boston food souvenirs:



                    Don't forget, reservations are a must. If Open Table doesn't show a time to your liking, call the restnt; they usually have tables they keep for their own reservations.

                2. Welcome to Boston.

                  For a good lobster roll at a typical New England style fried seafood place try Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop which is adjacent to East Boston near Logan Airport. If you have a rental car it is easy to get over there. I'll caution you that Belle Isle is NOT a fancy place. In fact it is a small mostly takeout place but they serve excellent fried New England style seafood like Fried Clams, Fried Haddock as well as a great lobster roll. Their lobster roll is a bargain at $18.00 because it contains the meat from a 1 1/2 lb lobster in a light mayo type dressing on a toasted hot dog roll and because of the volume they sell it is always very fresh. There is only minimal seating inside the place but a lot of people park out back and eat in their cars while watching airplanes arrive and depart from Logan. There are other excellent Lobster Rolls at Island Creek Oyster Bar (ICOB) and Neptune Oyster but for the price and quality Belle Isle is damn good. I hope you enjoy your visit and return to Seattle with many positive food experiences in our fair city.