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Jun 19, 2012 03:03 PM

Not too miss restaurants in back bay for 4 days next week?


What restaurants should I make sure to eat at while in the back bay area? I'm interested in seafood (lobster), sushi, indian, steaks, breweries, great sandwich shop, irish pubs, italian, and anything new, never had peruvian. I'm interested in breakfast, lunch, and dinner :). So far I've found a few that I'm interested in eating at:

- clio
- tamarind bay
- sakanaya
- the druid
- james hook lobster

I'm willing to walk so it doesn't have to be "back bay" I suppose. I'm from Arizona, thanks.

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  1. hi phlite, welcome in advance! sounds like this might be your first visit, so i hope these links are helpful: (Back Bay is not our strongest suit,food-wise, but ours is a pretty small city so many of our excellent restaurants are fairly close to the Back Bay.)

    Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:


    Dinner Spots that I would recommend to you:

    Oleana- really unusual Turkish/Moroccan/Mediterranean menu; all farm-to-table;charming patio.Cambridge

    Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian, South End

    Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

    OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

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

    Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room but intimate, more trad but some inventive,Kenmore Sq./ Close to Back Bay.

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

    Toro -which is Spanish and Spanish influenced tapas and the best paella around.South End which is fairly close to the Back Bay.

    Myers+Chang- Chinese small plates, always lively and welcoming.Edge of the South End.

    I would steer you away from Clio. We found it sooo disappointing and all about the garnishes, not about delicious food. I think the best steak you'll find here is at Grill 23.
    James Hook lobster is unnecessary when you have the options of Neptune and Island Creek.

    For 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.
    (But , given that the SW is where you're coming from, it might not be the choice for you!
    )For more refined high end brunch, Aquitaine (French bistro) and Mistral (French elegant) are popular and closer to you.
    Sat and Sun you can get dim sum in Chinatown(best are Winsor for menu-ordering or China Pearl for cart ordering.)


    For lunches, it's likely that you would want them near your daily activities/sightseeing. But my suggestion for the "Must eat there" is Regina's Pizzeria in the North End, our most famous pizza spot and a real retro and local trip!

    Other lunch spots: Chinatown; Chacarero Peruvian sandwiches(Downtown), Myers+Chang.


    here's a recent thread of advice for where you are staying:

    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:

    You might want to rough out a plan of what you want to see here, so people can advise you on lunch spots in those areas.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Thank you! I'm excited for island creek and neptune! Also for soft shell crabs! Thank you for the info and links :)

    2. Of the places on your list, only Clio is in the Back Bay. None of the others are close to Back Bay and would be verrrry long walks. Think public transportation.

      Nearer to Back Bay

      Salty Pig -- charcuterie, cheese, pizzas other good stuff
      Parish Cafe -- long list of sandwiches inspired by other Boston chefs
      Brasserie Jo -- casual French
      Chili Duck -- Thai
      Douzo -- sushi
      Mike and Patty's -- cool breakfast spot
      Charlie's -- diner kind of popular breakfast and lunch spot
      Cafe Jaffa -- middle eastern

      Chinatown is within walking distance.

      Island Creek Oyster Bar is a very popular oyster/seafood place also an easy walk.

      There are food trucks in front of the library, at Trinity Place and on the corner of Clarendon and Boylston.

      There is a farmer's market in Copley Sq. on tues and Fridays;

      There are some great spots in the South End: Toro, Coppa, Estragon, Meyers and Chang.

      East Coast Grill's brunch (sun only) is good and fun, especially if you like Bloody Marys -- it's in Cambridge.

      1. Toro - spanish tapas interpretation (don't remember a really good tapas place when I visited Scottsdale a few years back)
        Island Creek Oyster Bar - seafood

        Depending on whether you want to damage your wallet:
        O Ya - interesting sushi interpretations
        Sorellina - fine dining italian
        Clio is a good choice too

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        1. re: Spike

          Toro is sounding like a place I need to check out!

          1. re: Spike

            I prefer the Uni Bar to the regular Clio.

          2. For Peruvian, Rincon Limeno in East Boston is just great w/wonderful & wide variety of offerings. We especially like the cerviche mixto and the Jalea. Sorry, you were asking for Back Bay environs. Rincon is close to the airport. There is Taranta in the Northend which is Jose Duarte's Peruvian/Italian place:

            1. For lobster and (bonus for this time of year) live (not frozen) soft shell crab, try them both at Peach Farm in Chinatown (the ginger scallion prep is a good bet, or salt and pepper) ($$). Sushi at O Ya ($$$$). Weekend Indian lunch buffet at Kebab Factory ($; not near Back Bay though). Although you can go to a steakhouse for steak, Island Creek Oyster bar also does a respectable ribeye if you find yourself there (I often find myself ordering steak there instead of their overcooked fish). Clio is a good bet if you get one of the tasting menus.