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Sep 15, 2012 12:57 PM

My first time in Boston

My wife and I will be in Boston this month. We are staying at the Liberty in Beacon Hill. We will not have a car. I would love some recommendations for breakfast lunch and dinner for 2 days. Something unique to Boston would be great. Thanks in advance

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    1. Breakfast Paramount and Flour. Lunch be sure to hit one of the oyster bars (Neptune, B&G, Island Creek). Dinner Toro, Hamersleys, good red sauce in the North End (hey...first time in Boston!), or No. 9 Park.

      Fortheloveofgod do not go to Cheers.

      Would help to know what kind of food you like, budget, etc.

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      1. re: GyroBall

        Thanks for the suggestions! To be honest I forgot all about Cheers. Thats funny though. We are going to the sox game friday. We were thinking a late dinner at Island Creek would be fun after the game. Is that possible. 7:00 game. Are there things walking distance from the Liberty Hotel? I love craft beer. Any recs for a great pub?

        1. re: leftyp

          The Liberty is nice, but it's not in the greatest spot for walkable destinations. Charles Street is close, and has a few places I like: the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro (small, classy bar, very good breakfast and weekend brunch, French-leaning), The Sevens for a decent little local pub (though the food is appalling). Pierrot is a fine, very traditional French bistrot nearby on Cambridge Street. If you love serious craft cocktails, the bar at No. 9 Park is a bit further away, but really exceptional. The North End is a short taxi ride away, a fun experience for tourists, though you should research this board rather than just wandering around without specific destinations in mind: a big chunk of the restaurants are less than special.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            pretty good beer list at Tip Tap room which is an easy walk, little further is the Kinsale which also has a good selection. I wouldn't recommend eating at either one if you're looking for something special.

          2. re: leftyp

            All of the good Kendall Square-ish beer spots are walking distance from the Liberty. Mead Hall is definitely the shortest walk, just right over the Longfellow bridge. Cambridge Brewing Company and Lord Hobo are a little further down Broadway/Hampshire Streets.

            1. re: mkfisher

              Would never thought of heading that direction. Meadhall exactly a mile, LH still only 1.5... Good suggestions!

              1. re: Beachowolfe

                And the North End is only 1.2 miles, certainly no need for a cab ride as directed above.

        2. Hard to beat the lobster pizza at Scampo right there at your hotel.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Yes, Scampo is quite good and wonderfully convenient for you.

          2. hi there lefty, welcome in advance.
            in case this might be helpful:

            VISITING BOSTON? One Hound’s Guide to Historic Areas and Restaurants (Revised 8/2012):

            Also, here is a very recent thread excellent for your inquiry. It's a report from a recent visitor whose restaurant choices were terrific:


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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Awesome guide, opinionatedchef! I am formerly from Boston (haven't lived there in 3years) and was perusing the boards for this exact type of guide when I bring my out-of-town friends to visit (and staying at the Liberty Hotel, coincidentally like the original post-er). It is really different when you live there versus visiting.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                North end dinner tomorrow. What's the best? Just my wife and I. Great food is all we are looking for. Thanks

                1. re: leftyp

                  Knowing nothing other than that, Mama Maria

                  1. re: ScotchandSirloin

                    Antico forno for good red sauce Italian, good pizza too.

              2. The paramount is great for breakfast but can be very busy on weekends. Get there when it opens and have plan b ready.
                You can walk across the Longfellow to Kendall and check out the friendly toast. The red line is at your door step which will easily get you to Harvard.

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                1. re: libertywharf

                  Just a note that the Friendly Toast also gets really busy on weekends. I love the place (although some other posters have been less enthusiastic) but I've never waited less than an hour. Might be easier to get a table with just a party of two, but it's something to consider if you have a full day of activities planned.

                  1. re: libertywharf

                    I love Area Four for Kendall-area breakfast. I think the food is much better than Friendly Toast. And I've never had a wait there (though I might just be going at odd times).