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On a Nostalgia Trip

We'll be visiting Boston for the first time in years and I'm afraid it will be too painful to go back to Durgin Park, now that I've see the word Bordelaise on the menu.

So, there's Legal on the waterfront, maybe the Oak Room for a drink. Any other ideas for new Boston character and good food?

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  1. Unless you need to visit an older place, I'd skip Legal's and try out Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square. Great New England style seafood, awesome raw bar, great cocktails and service. The Oak Room (now called the Oak Long Bar) is fine, but after a meal at Island Creek, I'd venture right next door for drinks at The Hawthorne. My favorite bar in the city, it's adult without being stuffy, and has phenomenal service and drinks. Welcome back, and let us know where you end up!

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    1. re: kimfair1

      These look like great recommendations, thanks! Clearly, Kenmore Square has changed since I was at BU in the late 70s.

      1. re: jayjaymom

        Just a bit. No more 2am slices from the Kenmore Pizza Pad followed by a 6-mile walk home because the T stopped running at 1am.

          1. re: smtucker

            Narcissus is where the "action" used to be. What a rathole!

            1. re: Uncle Yabai

              how bout Fathers Too for a 25 cent drink on Ladies night , or rasberrry jelly buns at Russian Tea Room...bet we were eating at the Sherman Union or getting a slice at T Anthohys at the same time at some point!

              1. re: chompie

                Yes the jelly rolls and sweet salad at the Arlington Tea Room, with its single-spaced mimeographed menu! And T. Anthony's. And since we're doing this, how about the 3 bottle for 5 dollars at the liquor store on the corner in Brookline--student sophistication!

                1. re: jayjaymom

                  Neither the Russian Tea Room (that's in NYC) not the Arlington Tea Room, but the English Tea Room, on Newbury Street. They're long gone, but T Anthony's is still here!

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/142532

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    What was that cafeteria place on Newbury? That wasn't the English Tea Room was it?

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Yes, that's the name--on Newbury up near Arlington Street. I can see the neon sideqwalk sign now.

                      Thanks for pulling that one up from the deep recesses!

                      1. re: jayjaymom

                        Finally, someone remembers what we used to call The English Room back in the day! I remember several cheap, not-so-cheery and rather pedestrian dinners there from the very late 70s. And oh yes, those mimeographed menus...
                        BTW coffee jello was a featured dessert there, I remember that much about the joint.

                      2. re: C. Hamster

                        I think the ETR was at 29 Newbury and the cafeteria was next door, Cafe Romano?

                  2. re: Uncle Yabai

                    My spouse used to call Narcissus "Narsyphilis" back in the day, LOL. I think I went there maybe once before it closed in the early 90s?

                  3. re: smtucker

                    Ahh, the Rat. The only nightclub where the carpet was sticky. Saw some great shows there, though! I stick by my ICOB recommendation for the OP, even though it now won't come with a punk show.

                    1. re: kimfair1

                      And no doors on the stalls, warm beer. Saw Metallica there in 1983. Memories.

            2. T Anthony's is still there,no?

              I met Martina Navratilova there in 1979.

              Beijing House, IHOP, Steve's

              1. I had no idea D-P had been sold to Ark Restaurant Group. How depressing.