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Rolling Stones @ TD Garden- Pre Concert Dining Options?

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It's been way too long since I have been out to dinner in Boston and this Friday I am headed in to see the Stones at the TD Garden. I know the North End and Back Bay are within walking distance, but I can't seem to think of a place I would like to try or revisit in that area. My dining companion is gluten free and we would like to find an inexpensive (under $25 per main dish) place but still have an enjoyable meal since it isn't too often I am venturing out these days. Not looking for anything too adventurous, just a decent Italian, American, Steakhouse, no Asian (again dining companion is gluten free- no soy for her). We will be dressed fairly casually for the concert as well. For all I know, there could be some worthy eats just across the street from the Garden, but I have been so out of the Boston dining scene loop I don't even know they exist! Extra points for a nice outdoor dining option, it appears the weather will be just fine for that. Many thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. Edit: Scratch the outdoor dining option- looks like the weather took a turn for Friday and it will be too cool and drizzly, bummer.

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    1. re: food_lubber

      Amici's on North Washington might do - they also have gluten free pasta.

      1. re: teezeetoo

        We'll be going to the same concert. What's the wine list like at Amici's?

        1. re: Mike C. Miller

          I don't remember much about the wine so I think it was standard Italian and not memorable but I do remember that it was quiet, we could get reservations, and it was a pleasure to be somewhere close to the Garden that wasn't a zoo! The food was good quality typical Italian, pretty and well-presented but not likely to rock the world.

    2. Two places out of the North End are Grotto and the Tip Tap Room. Both are just up the hill from the Garden and reasonably priced with solid food.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        Tip Tap Room is exactly the type of place I have read about but forgot about and has a menu to match each of our tastes with prices to match- huge score! Thanks mkfisher!

        1. Who cares about the food.....I am jealous about you seeing the rolling stones!!!!

          1. Anyone dined at Bricco?

            http://www.bricco.com/restaurant/

            If so, I'd be interested in opinions on that restaurant vs. say Amici's. Certainly the latter looks a good bit more traditional, but I was interested in quality of wine lists and quality of food as much as anything. We'll be dining very early on account of the concert, so I wouldn't think the noise level at Bricco would be too high at that hour.