I will be in Boston for a conference this april.
Any recommendations for cantonese food? (I want to taste boston chinese food and see if it is similar to SF cantonese food).
I will be staying in the south end near Hyne's Convention center.
i recommend a fish-in-the-tank seafood place such as East Ocean Seafood which is my favorite place. I also recommend going to Brookline - via the Green line - to get Sichuanese food at Sichuan Gourmet.
In general, i think that your Chinese food is better than ours but eating fresh seafood from the tank is about as good as it gets in Boston.
i went to school in the Bay Area.
When I dined on San Francisco's Chinese food there were more modern takes on Cantonese food (some ingredients, combinations, visual presentation, etc.) -- I don't mean fusion. Boston is rather old school in its Cantonese preparations.
Peach Farm is quite popular and does well all around for Cantonese food. Great Taste Bakery actually does a good job on their regular food menu too - it's just in a cafe/chaan teng setting. My family also likes New Jumbo on Hudson St - ok for me, but nothing really to write home about. Most of the places here do Cantonese, so you will easily find what you're looking for.
You will get a lot of recommendations for Peach Farm. It is highly praised here, and horribly overrated.
For a single Cantonese meal I would strongly recommend Best Little Restaurant "Yat Ding Ho". They don't have their own seafood tanks, but if you call ahead or request some particular seafood item they will call next door to the fish market there and get fresh items.
For more casual eats, grab dim sum, noodles, rice plates and pastries at Great Taste around the corner.
BTW Hynes Convention Center is not in the South End.
ohh ohh, where is Hynes located?
I was about to put a deposit this week on a " Historic South End B&B brownstone" located on Montgomery and Dartmouth that is supposed to be a 15 minute walk to Hynes . . .?
I am from Cali so I am not that familiar with Boston, (although I have been there before few years ago when my son toured North Eastern) . . .
I think Peach Farm is over-rated if you interpret much of the high praise to be that Peach Farm is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. It is not. But I do find them to be probably the most consistent in terms of good preparation of the dishes I've ordered. Every other well-recommended restaurant has a dish (or more) that I think is either flat or done much better elsewhere. I can honestly say I've never had a dish at Peach Farm that I would not order again.