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Limited-Time Left Living in Boston! Where to Eat Before I Move?

Hello fellow food lovers!

There's a chance I'm moving to the West Coast next year, so I've decided to compile a list of all the places I must try in the city before I go. I'm looking for local restaurants in Boston (non-chain) that are really something special (can be well-known spots, but want them to be unique). Suggestions for cocktails lounges/bars are also welcome.

So, the question is where would you go if you knew you only had a little time left in Boston?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Ooooh. Good one! Thanks, carolinadawg!

    2. Would help to know some of the places you've been first.

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      1. re: Taralli

        Hi Taralli, I'm happy to go back to places I've been. Open to any suggestions.

        1. re: Snomad

          But what have you liked? I'm assuming that's why Taralli asked

          Also, what do you mean by west coast? If going to a place like San Francisco, I'd be less focused on something like Chinatown. If it's a small town, then I'd definitely want to hit Peach Farm, New Shanghai, Q, GDH etc.

          1. re: mkfisher

            Small town setting without a lot of dining options, so I'm hoping to eat everything from amazing local hole-in-the-wall to exciting new chef restaurants before I move. And i eat everything.

            1. re: Snomad

              Well, then all those places in Chinatown I mentioned.

              A trip up to the north shore for some roast beef and fried clams.

              Lobster roll at Belle Isle.

              L'Osteria for some red sauce Italian.

              Sapporo for a bowl of soy sauce ramen

      2. Dinner at Row 34 followed by cocktails at Tavern Road.

            1. re: hyde

              That chicken dish with the claw foot at Strip T's could be Tim Burton rather than Tim Maslow.

              If he incorporates Zagnuts into a dish, I'd get worried.

              1. re: hyde

                It's getting there... I've been there 4 times in the past 6 weeks and headed there for brunch for my birthday coming up soon!

                1. re: Bugsey34

                  are you going to get the banana pancakes i posted about? remember to ask for extra cocoa nib butter!
                  (and Happy Bday)
                  p.s. i hope you've been/will be posting to a ribelle thread so we can follow your successes when we order!

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    The brunch is tomorrow, will post about it. I'm going with a big group so hope to try lots of dishes.

            2. Atlantic Fish Co in Copley Sq for lobster bisque, fried clam appetizer and lobster fra diavolo. Not in the city but I would try to get up to the clam box in Ipswich and eat lobster roll at Sullivan's, Castle Island while taking one last walk around it.

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              1. re: catsmeow

                Big Belly clams at Clam Box for sure. That's definitely something you don't generally see outside of this area.

                1. re: Chris VR

                  Clam Box was going to be my major suggestion too, chris. snomad, when you drive up there, you might enjoy making a day of it- Salem , Beverly Farms, Marblehead // or Ipswich, Essex, Newburyport- because they are such memorable New England port towns.(Particularly if you're going to be inland.)

                2. re: catsmeow

                  atlantic fish is part of a company that owns hundreds of restaurants now. even before the sale to tavistock, it was part of the bbrg chain and the food is meh at best.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    I as well as several dining companions that like to go there definitely find the food better than "meh."

                    1. re: catsmeow

                      fwiw, the bisque comes out of a bag. :(