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Aug 30, 2013 07:38 AM

Fun Boston restaurant for teenager?

I need help finding a fun, somewhat casual restaurant that a teenage girl would enjoy.

We'll be at Mass General Hospital for some potentially serious & life-changing doctors appointments and I am trying to help my friends that day by being supportive & encouraging. I'd like to plan lunch/dinner somewhere where they can relax and enjoy themselves afterwards; we're all trying to put a positive spin on the mood of the day and I thought having a "fun" place to eat afterwards would give the teenager something to look forward to.

I'd like to be served, no cafeteria or food court-style, so that my friends can relax and be taken care of. Any suggestions for us? Thank you so much, in advance!

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  1. "served" killed my idea of taking her to Castle Island, to Sullivan's, where you can enjoy the fresh air and the water and the planes and all the people.

    1. Fire and Ice pleases a lot of teens I know, but there is diner participation.

      I wish you nothing but the best possible outcome of your appts.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        I was going to recommend F&I too. All the teens I know love it and I would think the "create your own" atmosphere could be pleasantly distracting.

        However for a real "taken care of" feeling Scampo fits the bill.

      2. it's this teen and presumably some adults too, yes?

        you are easy walking distance to scampo, which has a great variety of foods and lovely secluded patio.

        best of luck.

        1. My 15 year old was hospitalized a few times this summer. When he was able to go out, he really, REALLY enjoyed Max Brenner on Boylston street. Their "everything chocolate" theme is a bit much for me since I don't really like chocolate but my teenagers loved it. My salad and the kids' and husband's food was perfectly acceptable. Service was particularly friendly on the 2 nights we went- there were 2 problems with our meal one night that were not really anyone's fault (e.g. a patron knocked into a server, knocking a dessert on the floor) but they leapt in and comped us a whole bunch of things to make up for it.

          The best thing about the place, imho, is that the chocolate theme gives a very stressed family something else to talk about other than medical issues. Those dinners out when there is a hospitalization can be very awkward because the whole family is just. thinking. about. the. scary. medical. stuff. Being able to change the subject by talking about the theme of the restaurant is a huge relief.

          1. The last time my daughter had an appointment at MGH, I had my ex-wife take her to Friendly Toast, just across the Longfellow Bridge in Kendall Square. Not my first choice for adults, but it's fine for adults and kids tend to love it and the kitschy atmosphere.

            (Note that the Longfellow Bridge is closed to westbound traffic due to construction, so driving to Friendly toast from MGH now requires going over the Harvard (Mass Ave.) Bridge or up to the Science Museum.)

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            1. re: Blumie

              very easy t-ride too. charles mgh stop is right there and then just 1 stop to kendall.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                and the view going over the river could be helpful!

                1. re: Madrid

                  yup. was just on that ride yesterday. sailboats and all -- one of our city's prettiest views.

                  it's a lovely walk too, depending upon everybody's mobility.

              2. re: Blumie

                My teen really loves Friendly Toast and the kitsch is a great topic of conversation. Highly recommended. Good luck!