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My first time in Boston

leftyp Sep 15, 2012 12:57 PM

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. okra RE: leftyp Sep 15, 2012 02:58 PM

    Start here...


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      GyroBall RE: leftyp Sep 15, 2012 05:45 PM

      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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        leftyp RE: GyroBall Sep 15, 2012 06:37 PM

        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?

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          MC Slim JB RE: leftyp Sep 15, 2012 10:27 PM

          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.


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            Beachowolfe RE: MC Slim JB Sep 16, 2012 06:24 AM

            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.

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            mkfisher RE: leftyp Sep 17, 2012 06:13 AM

            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.

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              Beachowolfe RE: mkfisher Sep 18, 2012 06:20 PM

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

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                total13 RE: Beachowolfe Sep 19, 2012 05:05 AM

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

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          Pegmeister RE: leftyp Sep 15, 2012 06:25 PM

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

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            jajjguy RE: Pegmeister Sep 19, 2012 03:06 PM

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

          2. opinionatedchef RE: leftyp Sep 16, 2012 12:27 AM

            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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              lucywellington RE: opinionatedchef Sep 16, 2012 02:10 AM

              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.

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                leftyp RE: opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2012 10:31 AM

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

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                  ScotchandSirloin RE: leftyp Sep 21, 2012 11:42 AM

                  Knowing nothing other than that, Mama Maria

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                    jajjguy RE: ScotchandSirloin Sep 22, 2012 09:44 AM

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

              2. libertywharf RE: leftyp Sep 16, 2012 07:19 AM

                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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                  camberville RE: libertywharf Sep 16, 2012 08:54 AM

                  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.

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                    maillard RE: libertywharf Sep 23, 2012 05:57 AM

                    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).

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                    TeacherFoodie RE: leftyp Sep 16, 2012 07:41 AM

                    Oleana for dinner. Neptune Oyster and Pizzeria Regina for lunch. Paramount for breakfast. East Coast Grill for brunch. Maria's and Modern for pastries/baked goods.

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                      opinionatedchef RE: TeacherFoodie Sep 16, 2012 10:24 AM

                      concise and brilliant!

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                        TeacherFoodie RE: opinionatedchef Sep 16, 2012 12:09 PM

                        Thanks OC - looking forward to your Toronto posts soon!

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