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ChristianW Jul 30, 2012 06:41 AM

Arriving dinner time this evening in the city, Beacon Hill area-Liberty Hotel. Any suggestions with regard to a small friendly place where people will feed a hungry man well?

  1. mtm7654 Jul 30, 2012 09:11 AM

    Try Antonio's-across from MGH on Cambridge St. It's small but the food isn't bad and I believe it's family run.

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      ebaba Jul 30, 2012 11:26 AM

      I'd opt for any of the many restaurants on Charles Street before heading to Antonio's, which is abysmal -- I remember a chicken Marsala featuring a colossal pile of lukewarm, barely cooked mushrooms in a watery sauce with overbooked pasta. Having eaten there a number of times with a "is it really as terrible as we remember?" attitude -- it is -- I'd avoid it.
      Dining solo my suggestion would be the bar (or a table) at the Beacon Hill Hotel. It is small but lively, family-run and all in all a really nice place to have a drink and bite to eat.

      1. C. Hamster Jul 30, 2012 11:54 AM

        I have never had bad food at Antonio's. It's an old school red sauce place that puts out decent Italian dishes in an unremarkable setting.

        Its directly across the street.

        But I agree that the Beacon Hill Bistro is better and certainly quieter.

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          Jenny Ondioline Jul 30, 2012 12:51 PM

          I think Beacon Hill Bistro would be ideal for what the OP is looking for.

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          mvi Jul 30, 2012 11:57 AM

          I enjoy 75 Chestnut which is a few blocks away from the Liberty. Go down Charles Street and then take a right on Chestnut. Seems to satisfy all of your requirements. The Liberty is well situated for all kinds of places. You're also not too far from the North End. Have fun!

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            bear Jul 30, 2012 11:58 AM

            The bar at 75 Chestnut would be good for a solo diner. Friendly and low-key.

          2. hotoynoodle Jul 30, 2012 01:11 PM

            lala rokh, owned by a brother and sister, and serves persian food. low-key space, reasonable prices for that neighborhood.

            there is also pierrot bistro, which serves very traditional fare, and is owned by a fairly curmudgeonly frenchman.

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              ebaba Jul 30, 2012 04:43 PM

              Yes! I forgot Pierrot. Very different feel from Beacon Hill Bistro and maybe a bit heavy if it's hot but if you love traditional French this is a nice little spot.

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              ChristianW Jul 30, 2012 07:42 PM

              Ok, Chowhounds did it again. I chose 75 Chestnut and indeed the walk, the service, the table, the food became a Red's home run. My server was so helpful. The mussels and stew- all about Boston. Now, for another evening. Thanks to you people who love food and the people who bring it it the table.

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                mvi Jul 31, 2012 05:57 AM

                So glad you liked it and thanks for following up.

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                ChristianW Aug 6, 2012 03:24 PM

                The trip was Boston was delightful. Inasmuch as the time was spent working for the most part, there were two other opportunites to reach out. One took place Wednesday night at 100 year old Fenway Park. Only my 2nd major league game, for me the real fun was history, a sausage dog and two Monsta IPA's. It was a good time with lots of smiling faces.

                On the way out of town, I caught lunch at Toscano's on Charles. Simple, clean, friendly really frames a nice lunch. Adding to those good things a fresh salad and an unpretentious pizza with a very crisp crust summed up one more chance to thank Chowhound for helping make Boston a favorite city.

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                  libertywharf Aug 6, 2012 04:25 PM

                  Glad you enjoyed Tocano's. I've been going there since they opened which is I think 30 years.

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