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Sep 10, 2013 02:46 AM

Lunch, brookline area, sit and chat?

I'm coming up soon for a Sox game on a Saturday, staying in Arlington. Game is at 7:10. Would like to have lunch and meander around before the game. Thinking of driving to Brookline area for lunch then driving closer, perhaps to St. Mary's and hoofing it in.

I was initially thinking of Citizen Public House, which is near Fenway. We've eaten there before, good food. But it doesn't open till 5, and I think we want an earlier lunch. If we get going later though, we may end up there.

Ideally would like a casual spot, GOOD food, where we can sit around and chat for awhile.

Came up with some possibilities online, what do you think? Do you have others? Perhaps a spot with great thin crust pizza and Italian? (Non sushi/seafood)

The Publick House
Pizzeria Dante
Bottega Fiorentina/Bottega Capri (Did these two places once have the same name?)
Barcelona Wine Bar


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  1. What about The Abbey in Washington Square? Not usually too busy around lunchtime with tasty food and drinks. Not Italian, though they do have a daily changing flatbread special which is generally yummy and their delicious bison bolognese is on their lunch menu. Definitely prefer their food to the food at Publick House across the street.

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      1. re: Berheenia

        O'Leary's seems like it would have a fun vibe.

        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          As a former regular I'm a wee bit prejudiced but it really is an Irish pub where you can linger for hours over an inch of Guinness or a soft drink with a book or friends, and you might make some new ones there. The standard fare is well prepared. I don't know who is cooking these days but have never had a bad meal there.

          1. re: Berheenia

            Admittedly, I haven been in a few years

            Sounds like Ill have to stop by again.

            1. re: Berheenia

              I've been a regular at O'Leary's for 7 or 8 years. The food used to be very good for a pub, but I've found that it's gone downhill a bit the past few years. Very sad. I still go, but have dinner there far less often. The fish and chips is still excellent, though, as is the service.

        2. Otto!! Amazing pizza. The one in Coolidge Corner is great to sit.

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          1. In addition to the Abbey, I've always found Matt Murphy's a perfect place to pass a few hours.

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            1. re: Klunco

              Matt Murphy's looks good too. I see they don't take credit cards and I'm footing the bill for several of us, so if we go there I better bring a lot of $$$.

            2. Bottega Fiorentina is tiny and not really conducive for chatting.

              O'Leary's is pretty run of the mill

              If you are considering Matt Murphy's you might also like a few other spots in that neighborhood: Orinoco; Sichuan Garden and Family Restaurant.

              Cognac Bistro on Harvard near CC is a nice place, too

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              1. re: C. Hamster

                Based on the hours posted on their website, Cognac Bistro is closed between 3 and 5.

                ETA: It looks like the restaurant is closed during that 2-hour block but the bar is open.

                1. re: Allstonian


                  Thats a great place to chat and chew ....