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Jul 4, 2012 12:59 AM

Good college restaurants near BU and NEU next weekend

my son and I are coming to check out colleges this Friday night through Tuesday morning.. Would love recommendations of where kids eat near BU and Northeastern that have good food. We're staying at the Colonnade but will walk or take the T wherever. We are also going to the Sox game Sunday night. Need breakfast/lunch/dinner suggestions. We will eat most anything and definitely want a lobster roll. We are on a budget more to show him what it would be like if he went to school there.

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  1. College budget: ramen, bulk packs of chicken, knockoff Kraft mac and cheese, Dinty Moore

    1. I would ask the tour guide, typically a seasoned student at the school, where they go out. Would he be eating in the dining hall of the school? Certainly a better way to get a balanced meal, unless he's in an apartment style dorm, and is planning to cook.

      1. Welcome to you and your son! This question has come up a few times in the past couple of years. Here are a few threads that you might find helpful.

        Lobster rolls have been a hot topic lately, so maybe this will help:

        For a real bargain roll at student prices, you could head to Harvard Square in Cambridge to Charlie's Kitchen for the $12 double roll. It won't be the sparsely-dressed, perfectly balanced roll you'll likely get at Island Creek Oyster Bar or Neptune Oyster, both in Boston, but it's a classic student joint at student prices. Also check out Castle Isle, Belle Isle and Sullivan for worthy rolls that are reasonably priced. You can search the board for more info on the many options in the area.

        Have fun, and please report back!

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        1. re: bear

          Head over to the Super 88 on Commonwealth near BU - Try One of the Kind, Kantin, and the vietnamese place - not a pretty spot but great cheap food. Explore Brighton/Allston - neighborhood is packed with inexpensive ethnic places - try S & I Thai, Yoma, Garlic 'n Lemons, Jo Jo Tapei, Shanghai Gate - have breakfast at the Allston Dine on Cambridge Street r (you can usually get a Groupon for a discount there) and stop in at Bazaar, the Russian grocery across the street, for fabulous shopping for all kinds of deli, jams, cookies, etc. I don't know the NorthEastern area as well but near BU its easy to eat well and inexpensively. Heading up Cambridge Street into Brighton past St. Elizabeth's you'll hit Mandy and (I always forget the second name!) for breakfast and lunch and Esperia (may be closed for vacation this week) for excellent Greek food.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Thanks. There are too many to choose from! This may make a run on our hometown of San Francisco.

            1. re: lindabyb

              lobster roll - most affordable and funky would be Alive 'n Kickin in Cambridge - kind of a lobster shack in the middle of the city - i think they charge around 14.00 for them (served on scali bread not in a bun so not completely traditional)

        2. There are a ton of places on Huntington Ave and Mass Ave near Northeastern - none particularly remarkable but most are cheap. The Squealing Pig is a pub with good food but your son will have to wait a few years for that. El Pelon Taqueria in the Fenway is pretty good by local standards but Boston Mexican food is a bit of an oxymoron. At least he'll see what real pizza is like.

          He won't starve.

          1. Before the Sox game go to Tasty Burger next to Fenway Park. On budget and excellent burgers/dogs. Off budget there is Island Creek Oyster bar - $21.00 lobster roll and you will need a reservation.

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            1. re: Berheenia

              Don't bother with the ICOB lobster roll......awful. Many better suggestions above.

              1. re: Science Chick

                Awful? That's a strong word to describe their lobster roll. I will say that icob doesn't make the best lobster roll in New England, but if you're in the area it is pretty damn good. What made your's awful? I am curious to know if you addressed this with your waitperson?

                As for other suggestions, I would add El Pelon and Rho Dee to te list. Smack in the middle of BU and NEU's campus in the Fenway neighborhood if you are looking for casual Mexican or Thai food at college student prices.

                  1. re: CookieLee

                    Yes, sorry, thanks for the correction!

                    1. re: chrisdapos

                      And just for clarification, the El Pelon/Rod Dee block of restaurants is not that close to either campus but between them. Not that far but definitely a bit of a hike from either.

                      Still, both good recs... And the Italian place right there (spacing the name) is really good too.

                  2. re: chrisdapos

                    Agree that a burrito should be on every prospective student's list. That is what the kid would subsist on here. Plus pizza. El Pelon is a good option in that regard. Check out Otto by the slice for pizza options. (the parents will enjoy both of these too!)

                    Have fun! Boston is a great place to be a student!

                    1. re: yumyum

                      That's what he lives on now. It will be fun to compare CA burritos to yours. Pizza is no great shakes where we are, so yours will have a leg up, in my opinion. Glad we have 4 days to try a few of the recs.

                      1. re: lindabyb

                        Ours are nominally mission styleee but I fear will pale in comparison to what he gets at home. Do some digging into pizza and our ice cream culture. That's where the college age strength is I think.

                        1. re: lindabyb

                          Fish tacos at El Pelon are pretty good.