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Rolling Stones @ TD Garden- Pre Concert Dining Options?

food_lubber Jun 10, 2013 01:32 PM

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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    food_lubber Jun 10, 2013 01:41 PM

    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
      teezeetoo Jun 10, 2013 01:49 PM

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

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        Mike C. Miller Jun 11, 2013 03:36 PM

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

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          teezeetoo Jun 11, 2013 03:43 PM

          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.

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      mkfisher Jun 10, 2013 01:52 PM

      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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        food_lubber Jun 10, 2013 06:28 PM

        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!

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          C. Hamster Jun 11, 2013 04:10 PM

          Grotto is good!

        2. LizGW Jun 10, 2013 06:31 PM

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

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            Mike C. Miller Jun 11, 2013 08:46 PM

            Anyone dined at Bricco?


            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.

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