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May 30, 2013 02:16 PM

Boston with a 10 year old

My son and I are headed to Boston next week to catch a couple of Red Sox games. We are staying at the Embassy Suites-Logan Airport. Keeping in mind what 10 will likely eat; any recommendations? This is my first trip to Boston, so I do not have any past experiences. Thanks for the advice.

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  1. What does your 10 year old like to eat? I have an 11 year old, but he is pretty adventurous. If you give me an idea I am sure I can point you in the right direction.

    Also if you search the boards there are TONS of "first time to Boston" threads, best pizza in Boston, best lobster roll 2013 and an awesome "visitors guide to historic Boston".

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    1. re: foodieX2

      Since he not adventurous I would stick to places he would find fun. Might not be the "best" but he would enjoy.

      1) Fenway Franks- plan a meal around one of the Redsox games and get a hot dogs, a bag of peanuts and cold drink
      2) Santarpios pizza which is right near your hotel. Not sure If you can walk but it would be a cheap cab ride.
      2) Mr Bartleys Burger-my son loves this place, right in Harvard Square
      3) For a taste of old Boston go to Union Oyster House. Most kids like a good old fried seafood platter. Or you could try Durgin Park-complete tourist trap with mediocre food but my nephew from MD (now 12) loved it, especially the grumpy waitresses. Both are in Fanuil Hall which would be fun for him too-usually great street performers all around.
      4) Regina Pizza, but make sure to go to the North End Location, the others don't compare.
      5) if you like lobster rolls check out this thread

    2. are you driving into boston or taking T? we can direct you better if we know how flexible your transportation is. Do you want recommendations for near Fenway?

      1. And also where are you from ?

        That helps in giving recs....

        1. Here are specifics. My 10 year old isn't super adventurous. He likes seafood, a good burger, and most other kids stuff. I can't go too far with him.

          We are flying into Boston and will be taking public transportation most everywhere we go. We want recommendations near Fenway, but we also have Sunday in which we are not going to Fenway, but will explore Harvard and some other places. This is his birthday gift, so I am leaving it up to him as what he wants to do. We are from South Carolina.

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          1. re: CEMannSR

            If you want to go "upscale" a bit for his birthday, Sweet Cheeks Barbecue near Fenway might be a good choice. Burgers near Fenway: U-Burger is across the street, Five Guys about a 5 block walk, Audubon Tavern more upscale but with an excellent burger, Eastern Standard Kitchen yet more upscale but with great burgers, all near Fenway. Train will take you to the North End for Regina's Pizza which is good enough to make gourmet adults smile and pizza enough to keep kids happy. North End is fun with a 10 year old: stop at one of the Italian pastry shops and let him sample the goods. Harvard: my grandkids love Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage - it isn't so great but it's good enough and kids think its great so that counts. They also like Charlie's near Harvard (I prefer Charlie's but I think it's number two to Mr. Bartley's to them). They also love the Harvard museums particularly the one with the glass flowers. Seafood near Fenway: Summer Shack would be my choice with kids. While Island Creek Oyster Bar is better and closer, it is more expensive and while it's perfectly kid friendly, I think Summer Shack might work a little better. Have fun.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              By "train" to north end, teezee means (i think) subway, since we have commuter trains around here too.

              North End and Faneuil Hall are good destinations for 10 year olds.

              I like Tasty burger which is a block away from Fenway.

              1. re: teezeetoo

                your hotel is walking distance to santarpio's pizza, a venerable institution, and quite the throw-back in time.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  I would think the food hall at Fanueil Hall would be the way to go with a 10 year old. Many, many food stalls, loads of activity and kids seem to like it.

              2. Remember also to save room for a Fenway Frank or two inside the park.. part of the experience..