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May 15, 2013 02:46 PM

The best of Boston?

I'm planning a three day food driven visit to Boston. We are staying in the financial district but willing to travel within Boston proper.
What are the chowhound best recommendations? Price is irrelevant; I just want deliciousness. No cuisine preferences.

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  1. You will want to start by reading opinionatedchef's post and the responses. The entire thread is fabulous.

      1. Oleana for dinner. It's not technically Boston proper - in Cambridge - but worth the trip.

        Cutty's for lunch.

        Just my two cents.

        1. It would be a pity to leave out Cambridge; most of the best restaurants are located on the red line.

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          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            If you have a must restaurant in Cambridge please let me know especially if its ethnic? I'll extend my boundary if you know a place that is worth it.

            1. re: shoeman

              The thing is, all cuisines are ethnic. Did you mean "not white people?"

              1. re: shoeman

                there are several good choices in order of interest (to me).

                Oleana for middle eastern cuisine
                Craigie on Main for New American
                Yuma Wo Katare for Ramen - be prepared to wait.
                Rialto for Italian food
                East Coast Grille - for food with some zing
                Tamarind Bay for Indian food.
                Rod Dee for Thai street food

                Except for Oleana and East Coast Grille all of them are near a red line T stop.

                There are also interesting restaurants in Area 4 near MIT though I have not tried them. I eat high end French/Italian in Manhattan.

                1. re: shoeman

                  Oleana for eastern med/turkish. Just opened Brownyn (excellent german/central european) in Union square, somerville.....a bus ride from the Cambrige red line stops.

              2. I am professional food writer for a major magazine in Boston. This is my list.

                1) Myers and Chang
                Hit this South End gem early. A $5.00 cab ride or 15 min walk from the Back Bay. I can not say enough about the quality of food here.

                2) Clio
                Clio and L'Espalier are always in this constant battle but at Clio you get the most inventive food AND a pastry chef who just got voted one of the country's best for $150 a person and at L'Espalier you get really amazing basic French/Am fusion and dessert that is either cheese or a total afterthought for $150 a person. Clio wins.

                3) Tremont 647
                This place is amazing for brunch (HOMEMADE POP TARTS!) and dinner. They have a new pastry chef and he is like a god.

                4) Uni (Midnight Ramen)
                Served every Thurs, Fri, and Sat night after 11 p.m. Go with the pork buns and the basic savory ramen.

                5) Uni
                Yeah, the normal restaurant is also probably the best sushi in town other than O Ya (which is no longer as good as it used to be.)

                6) Coppa
                Look, people get all kinds of weird stuff like ears and brain here but all the foodies in town know that you can get the best pasta dishes in Boston right here. Jamie Bissonette is a master and his pork ragu is WILDLY good.

                7) Toro
                Speaking of lauded restaurants, just go here. It is arguably the best food in the city and if you do not want to spend a ton of dough just get the house special corn and some great drinks. Also, get the Catalan Seafood Stew, holy moly.

                8) La Verdad
                When it comes to Mexican food you can not beat this Fenway institution which is not pricy and was hailed as some of the world's best Mexican by the NYTimes.

                9) Tasty Burger
                This is the best burger AND the best milkshake in the city. Do not be deterred by the line, it moves fast and it is worth it. Great cheap eats.

                10) Sweet Cheeks Q
                This place does serve absurdly amazing BBQ but is indeed overpriced as Yelp will tell you. However, if you like BBQ and are not on a budget you MUST get the buttermilk biscuits and pulled pork. Forbes said the biscuits are the best in the world. They probably are.

                11) Neptune's Oyster
                Look, you are going to wait and it is a bit overrated. But the lobster roll served hot with butter can only be challenged by like 1 or 2 places in the country. So wait.

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                1. re: HungryNihilist

                  You are clearly a Ken Oringer fan. If you could only recommend one of his restaurants, and price was no concern, which would it be?

                  1. re: rp1760

                    i am not hungry nihlist, but while i like KO places, Uni is my favorite in part because i try to keep my consumption of red meat down.

                    1. re: rp1760

                      Honestly, most people would say Toro. And y'know what, if you want to have a great, wild time with fabulous looking people at sleek communal tables eating world-class, amazingly good tapas this really is the #1 Oringer spot.

                      But for me, and for those who have straight up come to eat Oringer at his very best, Clio. Hands down. I go alone sometimes and order the cassolette, the buttermilk braised chicken, and Monica Glass's absurd chocolate cremeaux Les Bois. I dream of this meal. (If they have a soup, though, order that) By the way, I have been to both restaurants dozens of times and I have seen Oringer himself on premises only once at Toro but he has been there nearly each time I've gone to Clio.

                      A final note: Uni is the star right now in Oringer's empire. It is pretty commonly thrown around as the best restaurant in Boston, period. So, if you or your date are especially into the sweet lures of sushi then this is obviously the place you should go. Uni is literally tucked inside Clio, so Oringer himself will likely be overseeing the food. Do not plan to leave Uni with a full stomach.

                      (one last thing: Oringer has a new restaurant in Kennebunkport Maine called EARTH that is making major, major waves all of a sudden. If you want to hit the beach and eat some apparently amazing lobster I suppose this is for you. I have never eaten there myself.)

                    2. re: HungryNihilist

                      Boston has major magazines?

                      It's Neptune Oyster. And you'll get a lot of competing ideas on the best burger in town.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Hah I have to admit you are right on both counts.