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Returning to Boston - need recommendation

wjoIII Jul 26, 2012 07:14 AM

After living in Boston for a dozen years - my wife & I left about 6 years ago. We're returning for a wedding this weekend and will have Sunday free for lunch and dinner. Was hoping for some recommendations for fun/interesting places for lunch & dinner. What's the best of the new places in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville?

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: wjoIII Jul 26, 2012 07:23 AM

    Not meaning to be unresponsive, but the Boston chowhounds are very active, such that a little investment of your time reading recent posts will likely help you far better than any off-the-cuff recommendations. The food scene is also fairly far-ranging, so that without a more refined inquiry (style, cost, etc.), it's difficult to dispense really accurate advice.

    To start your research, check the July Openings and Closings thread - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856699

    Also, check user OpinionatedChef's profile as this person has posted a "welcome" message on several other similar threads, which you may find useful.

    1. Matt H RE: wjoIII Jul 26, 2012 07:31 AM

      On a Sunday? Maybe Brunch at Craigie on Main. Then Dinner at either Coppa, Island Creek Oyster Bar or Bondir.

      1. opinionatedchef RE: wjoIII Jul 28, 2012 03:04 AM

        I think most of these were here 6 yrs ago but still my strongest recs:

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

        Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood; inventive

        OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive

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

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

        Myers+ Chang bru, lu and dinner

        East by Northeast bru and dinn


        Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:


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          barleywino RE: opinionatedchef Jul 28, 2012 03:13 AM

          O ya is closed sundays. Skip myers & chang and east by northeast, go to Craigie for brunch, Bergamot for dinner.

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            ScotchandSirloin RE: opinionatedchef Jul 28, 2012 04:35 PM

            Have had some terrible service at ICOB when they are very busy (which seems like always). Love the place, but don't agree that they have the BEST service (and certainly not when you add in the more expensive super-lux places).

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