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Back Bay for a month

Lilibrindacier Mar 3, 2013 12:07 PM

My fiance and I are moving from Montreal to Boston for a month and will be looking for good eats -- Italian, Lebanese, Greek, American... Since we will be with our 3 month old daughter, delivery/take out is a plus. The only place I've tried so far in the Boston area is Hungry Mother and I liked it a lot.

(In Montreal, we like Milos and Da Emma, Daou, Rumi, Lawrence, Lemeac...)

Thanks for your suggestions!

  1. opinionatedchef Mar 5, 2013 02:33 PM

    lili, welcome in advance! This info might look overwhelming at first, but since you'll be here awhile, i hope it will be helpful:

    Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

    Adjacent to Central Boston:

    (If the Revolutionary War holds a particular draw for you, you may want to take the ferry over to Charlestown to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the Constitution, but otherwise, the architecture and streetscapes of Charlestown are trumped by Boston.

    Cambridge is to Boston as Berkeley is to San Francisco. And for some of Boston's best food gems you have to go to Cambridge; particularly Oleana and Craigie on Main., bergamot, journeyman, evoo, rendezvous,tosc,

    *Cambridge ,Harvard Square*-

    Chocolates- Burdick's

    Indian- Tamarind Bay, Tanjore

    International Casual- Russell House Tavern, Park
    Upscale Northern Italian- Rialto

    Lunch: Sabra, Russell House Tavern

    Pizza- Cambridge One and Otto's

    Just outside Harvard Sq.:

    Bergamot - elegant ,inventive

    Strip T's- former Momofuku chef's exciting bold Asian inspired foods
    and unique takes on homestyle American comfort dishes. Very casual.
    (Limited)reservations a must or show up when the doors open.

    Formaggio Kitchen(Huron Ave.) (see description under 'South End'


    Iggy's Breads (Fresh Pond)- Boston's best artisinal baker of European style breads
    (The sourdough based Francese is a killer!)


    *East Cambridge, Inman Square*

    Portuguese- Casa Portugal

    Afghani- Helmand

    Seafood, Mexican/Latin,BBQ- East Coast Grill (especially for their amazing Sunday Brunch)

    Artisanal Farm to Table- Bondir, Oleana

    Innovative Asian Small Plates- East by Northeast

    Creative Turkish/Moroccan/Mediterranean- Oleana

    Ice Cream- Christina's


    *Cambridge, Kendall Sq.*

    Contemporary International(many Farm to Table)- EVOO, Catalyst, West Bridge

    Taiwanese- Mulan

    Afghani- Helmand

    American Southern- Hungry Mother


    *Cambridge Central Sq.*

    Craigie on Main- always listed in Boston's top tier; broad unusual menu specializing in meat and offal, but including seafood and vegetarian.

    International Flamboyant/Fun Girls Night Out- Cuchi Cuchi

    Ice Cream- most innovative in the Boston area- Toscanini

    Dim Sum- Mary Chung
    East Coast Grill, Cambridge.- fun, loud, crazy; Latin, seafood, BBQ, oysters, Bloody Mary bar.........

    Mistral- french high end, beautiful room, somewhat close to your hotel--

    Aquitaine - french bistro-- """""" South End

    Neptune Oyster-- North End



    Boston Magazine 11/11 issue: 50 Best Boston Restnts. This list is a very comprehensive and convenient reference list for brief restnt. descriptions, phone numbers, website links of the 50:


    4 Replies
    1. re: opinionatedchef
      Beachowolfe Mar 6, 2013 05:08 PM

      Oh man, not this again.

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        CapeCodGuy Mar 6, 2013 07:14 PM

        Dead link from Boston Mag.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy
          opinionatedchef Mar 6, 2013 10:24 PM

          thx much for that,cape. i was needing to check that. they must have done a 2012 update..............

        2. re: opinionatedchef
          navigator4 Mar 7, 2013 07:40 AM

          You mean Boston Magazine's list of advertisers, categorized by the amount of ad revenue received?

          Many years ago BM used to do its Best & Worst issue, after they dropped the Worst, you knew it was the end of any value in the issue.

        3. KeyConcierge Mar 5, 2013 01:13 PM

          Utilizing food delivery service like DashMan [associated with Foodler] and GrubHub are viable options if you wanted something sent to where you'll be staying.

          Back Bay choices for some of the cuisines listed, I would suggest:
          - Vlora and Avila [Greek/Mediterranean]
          - La Volie, Mistral, Bistro du Midi, Deuxave [French]
          - Sorellina, Stella [South End] and Lucca [Italian]
          - Sonsie, Abe and Louie's, Boston Chops [South End] and Post 390 [American]

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          1. re: KeyConcierge
            Gabatta Mar 5, 2013 01:39 PM

            Is Boston Chops open yet? Did you get to go to a soft opening preview or something?

            Post 390 is a bum steer IMO.

            1. re: Gabatta
              KeyConcierge Mar 5, 2013 01:52 PM

              I was at the soft opening this weekend and they really transformed the space. Service was friendly and still working out the kinks [expected]. Food was very good as well, ordered the Steak Frites [followed the buzz behind the extra frites, that was very true!], pork belly mac and cheese as well as ceviche. All dishes were prepared well but the ceviche was over salted.

              There are a few different areas to dine, but I liked the area up against the glass facing Washington Street. Their bar has alot of seating as well for the quick informal dining option.

              1. re: KeyConcierge
                Gabatta Mar 5, 2013 02:38 PM

                I can't wait to try it and see the new space. We had some wedding pictures taken there when it was Banq (we were just in the neighborhood and knocked on the window and they obliged).

          2. croutonweb Mar 5, 2013 10:05 AM

            Cafe Jaffa is very good for Middle Eastern takeout. Their lamb/beef shawarma and falafel are quite good.

            I think Steve's Greek is not particularly good. Almost everything is too greasy without contributing to flavor.

            Two of my area favs are Chili Duck and India Saamrat.

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