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Jun 11, 2013 12:49 PM

Sunday late lunch for Dad on a business trip

Hello, Boston 'Hounds,
I haven't lived in Boston since grad school (over 25 years now) and don't spend nearly as much time as I'd like in Boston, since my husband commutes there from Cape Cod during the week, and the last thing he wants to do on a weekend is head back into town. DH has a business trip with a Sunday evening departure from Logan, and since he has to be traveling on Father's Day, we thought a late lunch before his trip would be good. I'm looking for some ideas, with the following constraints:

--We'd like a late lunch, not brunch;
--We are a party of four: DH and me plus two older teens;
--DH doesn't like seafood. I would not call the teens adventurous eaters, but not overly picky either;
--We like authentic Italian, having travelled extensively throughout Italy. No red sauce Italian-American, please. (I hate paying for a meal when the kids tell me that mine is much better.)
--We would be open to various Asian cuisines.

Years ago (before kids) DH and I used to like Hamersleys, No. 9 Park, and Lumiere . More recently, we have been to Sportello (o.k., not great) and Erbaluce (pretty good; would like to return when we aren't rushing out to a show).

Any ideas for a late Sunday lunch for Dad? Thanks.

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  1. the places you mention are dinner-only anyway.

    is airport proximity an issue? what's "late lunch"? 2:00? or 4:00? if not serving lunch/brunch, most places don't open for dinner til 5 or 5:30.

    my first thought is scampo, at the liberty hotel. easy access to 93 for logan.

    montien (thai) or penang (malaysian) in chinatown.

    meyers+chang in the south end.

    on beacon hill and open all day is carrie nation, but it just opened and i have yet to go.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      DH has a 7:30 flight, so leaning more toward 4-ish would be better. I guess that means something continuously open/serving throughout the afternoon.

      I've been wanting to try Myers + Chang; have tried (and liked) Penang; not familiar with Montien but will check it out. Not familiar with Scampo either.

      Thanks for the ideas. I am SO out of the Boston restaurant scene.

      1. re: lisaonthecape

        Myers + Chang was the first place that came to my mind. Highly recommend.

        Montien was awful the one time I tried, but we were given the non-authentic menu and given the side eye when we tried to order the most adventurous thing on that menu.

        1. re: VintageMolly

          I think Myers & Chang might be serving Dim Sum sunday at that time (very good and makes for nice flexibility given the range of eaters you're travelling with) - Coppa and The Salty Pig might also be fun. If you want to try Italian on the waterfront that may not be what you usually cook, try The Daily Catch which is in a lovely location on the water and has very good Sicilian food but I would check whether they are serving on Sunday at that time.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            dad is a no seafood guy. i thought of d/c too.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              oh gosh, right - DC is all about the seafood though I guess you might get chicken and pasta but why bother?

              1. re: teezeetoo

                lol, i know i thought of both d/c and neptune since it's off-hours, but it IS father's day, lol.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I immediately thought of Neptune until I read non seafood. They do offer a fine burger I've heard but probably an Italian place would fit the bill better. I think I'd look at scampo for some yummy pasta and the mozzarella bar.

                  1. re: yumyum

                    what makes the burger awesome is the fried oyster topper!

    2. Maybe Blue Dragon in the Seaport District? I know its part of the food megapolis developing down there...but hey, its probably a good meal..

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      1. If you can get a reservation Coppa in the South End would fit your needs. It does have a brunch menu on Sunday but being Coppa it still offers something for all the members of your group.

        Don't miss the Italian Grinder. Every time we recommend it, friends say it is the best they have ever had and worth a visit.

        Even the egg dishes they add for brunch are inviting to non-brunch fans.


          1. re: total13

            Thanks everyone--turns out that my husband's colleague was delayed in Europe, which pushed back his trip a day, but I appreciate all of your suggestions and look forward to jumping back into the Boston dining scene. You've given me several new (to me) places to explore.