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On a Nostalgia Trip

jayjaymom Dec 18, 2013 06:43 AM

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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    hazelhurst Jan 7, 2014 10:14 AM

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

    1. C. Hamster Dec 19, 2013 05:24 AM

      T Anthony's is still there,no?

      I met Martina Navratilova there in 1979.

      Beijing House, IHOP, Steve's

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        kimfair1 Dec 18, 2013 09:24 AM

        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
          jayjaymom Dec 18, 2013 10:23 AM

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

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            Blumie Dec 18, 2013 11:08 AM

            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.

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              smtucker Dec 18, 2013 08:16 PM

              and no vomit at the RAT!

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                Uncle Yabai Dec 18, 2013 10:00 PM

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

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                  chompie Dec 18, 2013 10:27 PM

                  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
                    jayjaymom Dec 19, 2013 04:43 AM

                    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!

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                      Allstonian Dec 19, 2013 06:44 AM

                      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!


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                        C. Hamster Dec 19, 2013 07:23 AM

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

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                          jayjaymom Dec 19, 2013 07:53 AM

                          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
                            marais Jan 7, 2014 04:07 PM

                            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
                            9lives Dec 20, 2013 06:45 AM

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

                      2. re: chompie
                        Uncle Yabai Dec 20, 2013 06:40 AM

                        Nope, wrong school.

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                        Kat Dec 19, 2013 07:34 AM

                        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?

                      4. re: smtucker
                        kimfair1 Dec 19, 2013 04:54 AM

                        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
                          jjbourgeois Jan 8, 2014 12:31 PM

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

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