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Last dinner in Boston: what would you choose?

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Hi, everyone. I'm moving in 2 weeks from Boston to Baton Rouge for grad school. My friend's parents have offered to take us all out to dinner once more time before I go. I am having a devil of a time deciding, so I'm turning to the 'hounds: what would you pick for your last dinner out in Boston?

Notes:
-I've been told to pick somewhere nice, but I don't want to go crazy. Troquet has been one of my favorite special occasion places, but we'd probably need more than 1 appetizer for 4 people, and at $20+ each, that would make me feel like a bad person
-Places that are primarily seafood are not a great idea due to dietary restrictions and the fact that I will be sticking my face in crawfish to my heart's content for the next 3 years
-Related to the above, I feel like I should go for something that I am not going to be able to get in Louisiana, such as great Italian
-We will be driving

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  1. Oleana. Cambridge, Good eating in Louisiana!

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    1. re: Madrid

      Oleana is a great suggestion

      1. re: C. Hamster

        A third for Oleana! That or a charcuterie place like Belly or Salty Pig.

    2. Santarpio's - very authentic Eastie and cheap too, which will be nice for your friend's folks.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        FWIW,Santarpio's is not a place most folks would put in the "nice" category, even if they love the pizza. It's a pretty well worn local dive-y place.

        1. re: Karl S

          Completely agree - just think they should choose it over some boring "nice" place. :)

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Have no fear - I have eaten my weight and then some in Santarpio's over the years. :D

      2. I personally would go to Red Pepper in Framingham for Sichuan food, since it's extremely hard to find great Sichuan food elsewhere. (In fact I often stop there for carryout on the way out of Boston and on the way back.) Great modern American food is much easier to find.

        1. do you think there is really a dearth of good italian food in new orleans?

          i'd be going for something more along the lines of chef-driven nose-to-tail, like belly or coppa. plus it's easy to do small plates and share there.

          estragon or taberna del horo too.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            There is plenty of good Italian food in New Orleans. Lots of folks from New York/New Jersey who've brought the food with them.

            1. re: mkfisher

              yup. rhetorical question on my end.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                What's actually relevant is whether there is a dearth of good Italian food in Baton Rouge.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  woops, sorry, lol.

                  i dated an italian from baton rouge. mebbe his mom will cook for op? ;)

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    It's an hour drive, so not like they're that far away. And yes, there's good Italian food in Baton Rouge too. Again, lots of people from the tri state area.

                    1. re: mkfisher

                      Good to know about the good Italian food in Baton Rouge! I know the the quality of Italian isn't always reflected in the quality of pizza...but since the pizza place in my new neighborhood's claim to fame is that they put a can of Schlitz in every batch of dough, I decided not to hold out too much hope for other forms of Italian. (Though hey, maybe the Schiltz pizza will be good!)

              2. re: hotoynoodle

                She'll be 100 miles away from NO

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Is it that far? It never feels that far to me. Don't have to go all the way into NO, lots of good stuff in Metarie.

              3. I've spent a fair amount of time in Baton Rouge for work over the last couple of years, and if it was me, I'd focus on something vegetable driven and relatively light. Oleana, Bergamot, etc. Whenever I'm down there for a while, I start to go a little stir crazy for veggies. Partly it's because I don't have access to a kitchen, but the food can be very meat/carb driven.

                I'd also get my fill of chinese food. Lots and lots of good Vietnamese in that part of the world, but nothing much doing on the authentic chinese side of things.

                1. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'll definitely give Oleana a look.