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GaryL24 Jul 21, 2012 07:14 AM

I'll be staying in the Back Bay next week for a 5 days. I would love some names of restaurants that have great food. All price ranges, Thanks in advance.

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  1. opinionatedchef RE: GaryL24 Jul 22, 2012 12:38 AM

    gary, welcome in advance! 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:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155

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    Dinner Spots that I would recommend to you :

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

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    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.

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

    For fun Asian inspired dim sum and small plates, I also really like Myers+Chang in Boston, and East by Northeast in Cambridge.

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      GaryL24 RE: opinionatedchef Jul 22, 2012 04:00 AM

      Thanks opinionatedchef that was very helpful!

    2. whs RE: GaryL24 Jul 22, 2012 04:14 PM

      Where are you coming from? That might narrow it down. If it's your first visit, a place like Durgin Park might appeal. If you are a world weary traveller with jaded taste buds, Menton might perk you up.

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        GaryL24 RE: whs Jul 22, 2012 04:50 PM

        Thank whs, I live in CT, I have been to Boston a number of times. I like new places with good food, I am there on business.

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          teezeetoo RE: GaryL24 Jul 23, 2012 04:10 AM

          I'm going to assume you would just as soon stay in the Back Bay or close by. You'd have plenty of range if you include the South End, Beacon Hill, and Kenmore most of which is walkable in this gorgeous weather or a short cab ride. In the BB, at the moment, I'm enjoying Salty Pig for very good charcuterie and small plates, Deuxave for upscale, La Voile for traditional French, L'Espalier particularly for Monday night wine dinner, Lucca for elegant Italian, Brasserie Jo for mid-range solid french bistro and I understand they serve breakfast though I haven't been for that, and Parish Cafe for nice sammies outside and good people watching. I'm not a fan of Bistro du Midi but others on the board like it and its a nice room. Nothing beats a drink with a view of the Commons at Bristol Lounge. And that's just scratching the surface of the BB. Have fun.

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            GaryL24 RE: teezeetoo Jul 23, 2012 04:54 AM

            Thanks teezeetoo!

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        GaryK RE: GaryL24 Jul 23, 2012 06:30 AM

        In the Back Bay, there's also Tico for pan-Latin small dishes.

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          GaryL24 RE: GaryK Jul 23, 2012 06:48 AM

          Thanks Gary

        2. whs RE: GaryL24 Jul 23, 2012 05:25 PM

          If the weather is nice, La Voile is a wonderful place to dine al fresco, enjoying the hustle and bustle of Newbury Street. I recommend the dover sole, not cheap, but boned at the table, and as good as La Grenouille in NYC.

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