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Quick eats around Royale

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lossless May 9, 2013 10:28 AM

I'm going to a concert at the Royale (279 Tremont). Might be in a rush. Can you suggest a place for a quick bite before the show? Chinatown is nearby, but I don't think I'll have time for a sit-down meal so something like Peach Farm is out. I'll be coming on the Red Line / Park Street. Thanks. (Edit: It'll be around 8:30-9PM.)

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  1. pinehurst RE: lossless May 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    Cocktails and a bite at the W Hotel lounge?

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      lossless RE: pinehurst May 9, 2013 01:08 PM

      Thanks, never been there but it sounds dressy, I'll be rather sloppily dressed. (Where did I put that faded Pixies t-shirt...)

    2. MC Slim JB RE: lossless May 9, 2013 11:12 AM

      A few decent, nearby quick-service or brisk sit-down dining options:

      Four Burgers -- a quality $8 fast-food burger, good salmon-, turkey-, and veggie-burger alternatives, too

      Bento Express -- respectable fast-food Asian, including ramen & udon soups, bento-boxes, rice plates, and sushi

      Maria's Taqueria -- decent if not mind-blowing tacos and burritos

      Pho Pasteur or Pho Hoa -- sit-down, but pretty easy to get in and out if you order quickly, and they do quality pho

      Irashai -- modest sushi and teryaki joint

      Jacob Wirth -- good for a quick burger and beer at the bar, doable if it's slow (avoid the German food).

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        lossless RE: MC Slim JB May 9, 2013 01:09 PM

        Cool one of these should do it. The quick pho sounds appealing.

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          cambridgedoctpr RE: MC Slim JB May 9, 2013 03:40 PM

          china town is a few blocks away with a myriad of offerings.

        2. Small Plates RE: lossless May 9, 2013 12:18 PM

          Have fun at the Breeders - see you there!

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            lossless RE: Small Plates May 9, 2013 01:10 PM

            Enjoy! I'll be the tall Asian guy in the back who looks like he just gorged on a bowl of pho too fast.

          2. C. Hamster RE: lossless May 9, 2013 04:24 PM

            Grab a couple of bahn mi from the place near the McDonalds on Washington St (Saigon Sandwuch?)

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              MC Slim JB RE: C. Hamster May 9, 2013 06:00 PM

              I might have suggested that, but most Chinatown banh mi joints close by 7:30pm, if they don't run out of bread first.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB May 9, 2013 06:02 PM

                Good to know. I've only been in daylight

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              AaronInBoston RE: lossless May 10, 2013 07:55 AM

              Definitely 2nd McSlim's Pho Hoa recommendation. The owners are friendly, the pho is good (and cheap) and they can easily get you out in 30-40mins tops. Decide what you want to eat ahead of time and you can probably get out even quicker. If pho isn't your thing they do a good grilled pork/rice plate with fish sauce.

              This is my go to before a show in the theater district area mainly because it's cheap and the food doesn't make me feel bad.

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                lossless RE: AaronInBoston May 10, 2013 10:19 AM

                Pho Hoa is the option I went with last night. I had the pho tai nam with crispy egg rolls. Efficient service as described.

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                femmevox RE: lossless May 10, 2013 10:52 AM

                Check out Quik Pic (Chinese barbecue restaurant)

                It's quick duck, pork, etc. with white rice (you can get noodles instead) and a side of greens doused in dripping.

                A veggie option is rice rolls in peanut sauce--cheap and savory.

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