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CapeCodGuy Aug 24, 2012 12:14 PM

Hey Hounds. Planning a last minute trip with my elderly MIL and DW tomorrow, and need some advice that limits the amount of walking required but still lets her have a nice experience. The plan so far is to drive to Quincy in the morning and hop a commuter boat to Long Wharf. Hoping that gives us a nice view of the city from the outer and inner harbors. Once there, we could eat at The Chart House which is right on the pier. If it's like other Chart Houses I've been to, the food is high priced and none too special, although it won't kill you. Pasta Beach seems like a better idea and also seems walkable. Plus it gets some love on this board, but it's hard to tell if it has a decent view. If the patio is nice without a view I guess that would be acceptable, but not as desirable. (realizing that like anywhere else, waterfront dining and great food quality are usually mutually exclusive). Our last option would be to cab it to Aragosta on Battery Wharf, but it seems to get very mixed reviews, and they do a Brunch menu on Saturdays with a truncated lunch offering.

Open to other places I haven't mentioned or would love your feedback on those I've mentioned.

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    mkfisher Aug 24, 2012 12:31 PM

    Pasta Beach has a decent, not great view. The food is very solid. It should be walkable for an 80 YO

    The Chart House is pretty awful.

    Another idea is the 1st floor of Legal Harborside. Might be a little tough for the 80 YO to walk, but probably doable. Spectacular view, and solid food.

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      libertywharf Aug 26, 2012 03:08 PM

      Pasta beach has a decent view of what? Atlantic ave and the rotunda can be seen but I don't think there's a view of the water.

    2. opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 01:28 PM

      gee, a cab really wouldn't b very expensive over to the top floor of legals harborside.... Pamper her!

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        CapeCodGuy Aug 24, 2012 01:45 PM

        Have no problem with expense. Surprised at the love for Legal though. My experience at other locales have been underwhelming. I assume it's different at Harborside? And what's the difference between "top floor" and "1st floor" besides the view?

        Edit: I just scoped out the top floor menu, and although i wouldn't classify her as picky, sushi ain't happening. So if it's here, it's first floor.

        Any opinions on Aragosta?

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          teezeetoo Aug 24, 2012 02:06 PM

          the second floor dining room at Legal's has the much better menu - the first floor is so loud that even if your hearing is perfect you'll leave with your head buzzing and you'll be shouting at each other. Not fun.

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            CapeCodGuy Aug 24, 2012 02:14 PM

            Sat. lunch at Legal is only available on top (sushi only) floor or 1st floor. Can't imagine it's loud outdoors on the patio is it?

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            opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 06:48 PM

            I def would not say there is CH love for Legals. Not. The suggestions (at least mine, and most others I've seen) are more to do with your particular guest's age and taste, and the view.
            IIRC, aragosta (which initially interested me) got mediocre to bad CH and media reports and also iirc ,its claims to a 'harbor view' are misleading.

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              CapeCodGuy Aug 24, 2012 07:03 PM

              True enough. I'm tempted to try Aragosta though. At least I have a chance at some decent food where as I know what I'll get at Legal. She won't complain at either. Open Table reviews are actually rather positive.

              I dunno, maybe I should just scrap the waterfront idea and take a cab to Aquataine.

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          bear Aug 24, 2012 02:04 PM

          How about Sam's at Louis? My son has been a couple of times and enjoyed it.

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            hotoynoodle Aug 24, 2012 09:34 PM

            the view at sam's is fantastic and the food is very good. nothing too exotic, and reasonably priced. with esti parsons running the front of the house, the service is excellent.

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              opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 09:55 PM

              hotoy, what is sam's? i must have really missed the boat on this one. Is Esti not still part of the Schlow empire?and what is the fantastic view exactly? so many visitors seek one. thx.

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                hotoynoodle Aug 25, 2012 02:15 PM

                schlow and esti and christopher parted ways quite a few years back. now schlow is basically solo on his old and new projects.

                christopher is helping his wife, joanne chang, with meyers and chang and playing lots of golf.

                esti cooled her heels out in the country for a couple years, while looking for a good spot/project. she coupled up with the owners of louis' when they moved to the waterfront. sam's is up and behind the store. they had a slightly rocky start, but a chef change seemed to fix that. the inside is tiny, maybe 40 seats, but the deck seats 90, i think.

                with all the overpriced crap chain food in that area it's a great alternative.

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              katzzz Aug 25, 2012 06:09 AM

              Sam's view and setting is great and the food is above average. It's up a flight of stairs, but if I recall, there is an elevator; you could certainly call and check.

            3. GretchenS Aug 24, 2012 05:53 PM

              I know you specified water view, which this is NOT, but since you are taking the commuter boat you will have fantastic water views in both directions. Why don't you call Locke-Ober to see if they are doing lunch tomorrow and can book you a table? My 80-something parents LOVED their RW lunch there a few years back, thought food was great and loved the ambience. I realize different management now, but menu looks pretty good still. Just a thought.

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                CapeCodGuy Aug 24, 2012 07:02 PM

                Nice thought thank you, but they aren't doing lunch tomorrow.

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                  opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 10:10 PM

                  ccg, she might really appreciate the quiet elegance of Bistro du Midi across from the Public Garden....something about the Public Garden to make you feel the specialness of Boston.......

                  Wherever you do eat, ccg, if your mil hasn't been in boston in a long time, maybe before or after lunch, it might be a real treat to ask the cab to do a little loop around some place like Comm Ave and the Public Garden, or the Greenway with Commercial St, Atlantic Ave and the waterfront, and the new Seaport area......

                  So many changes in recent years!

              2. Beachowolfe Aug 25, 2012 07:32 AM

                Sam's seems like a great choice... However, the Red Bull Cliff Diving is starting at 4 on Saturday so that may bring some increased crowds of various energy drink swilling riff raff and saggy pants'd ruffians.

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                  hotoynoodle Aug 25, 2012 02:16 PM

                  jeebus, that's an abg crowd, not sam's, but point well taken the area will be busy.

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                    Beachowolfe Aug 26, 2012 02:35 PM

                    The area was an absolute shit show when I got there at 3 and appeared to have been so for quite some time. Even Sam's, completely packed and everyone drinking. Would not have been a spot to take an 80 yo.

                    Tongue firmly in cheek on the previous post. We watched the divers for an hour or so. It was amazing and definitely worth a youtube search.

                2. CapeCodGuy Aug 25, 2012 07:22 PM

                  Thanks to all who replied. We ended up at Aragosta and actually, it was a very pleasant choice and perfect for my particular situation. I was tempted by Sam's menu, but it seemed that the tables are in full sun with no umbrellas so that was a non-starter for my MIL. (I confirmed this by sight from our boat's waterfront vantage point. Looks like a spot worth checking out on a future trip with just my DW.

                  Agagosta is on the water, but it's a small slice of water overlooking the Coast Guard's slips and a couple of large cutters. The patio is very pleasant and comfortable, on the shady side of the building. The Sat. brunch menu is very simple, yet the food was perfectly cooked and reasonably priced. Service was friendly and efficient. The place wasn't particularly busy, even at peak hour on a busy Saturday in the city. That lent itself to a relaxing, unhurried meal where the conversation was easy. I had simple crepes with Gruyere cheese, egg, and smoked grilled ham. DW had their version of eggs benny, and MIL had the eggs and turkey hash. Some yummy warm mini-scones and preserves are presented before the meal and they were delicious. So, nothing inspired or Chowish, but fit perfectly for this particular day. I posted a few photos.

                   
                   
                   
                   
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                    teezeetoo Aug 25, 2012 08:56 PM

                    appreciate knowing how it ended and glad your ML had a good day. thanks for reporting back.

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                      GretchenS Aug 25, 2012 10:22 PM

                      Sounds like it worked out just right, really happy for you, thanks for posting back!

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