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Apr 27, 2014 02:38 PM

Will be visiting the Boston area over the 4th of July weekend.

Love local hole in the walls and Diners
suggestions will be very nice

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  1. For suggestions you'll be able to use, you probably want to specify exactly where in the Boston area you plan to be.

    1. Let us know what type of food you are looking for in the hole in the walls, and diners you are looking for.

      Galleria Umberto in Boston's north end, Sicilian slices, aranchini, calzones,panzarotti, Panini and wine in dixie cups, cash only. I forgot depending on the year they might start their month of vacation including the 4th.

      You can search this board for other places in china town,

      Paramount dinner beacon hill,

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      1. re: lc02139

        Gallaria Umberto is closed the entire month of July.

      2. We will be staying at Hyatt Boston Harbor but we are very comfortable with public transportation. We are foodies (not food snobs) and like just about everything

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        1. re: nmtemp

          are you looking for seafood or ethnic dishes you can't get at home? historic neighborhoods, water views, craft beers, craft cocktails? It's hard to even start making suggestions without a bit more guidance.

          1. re: nmtemp

            So, that's at the airport. There isn't really anything right there. The water taxi will take you right smack to the heart of tourist land, so everything will be tourist-oriented...maybe pretending to be a diner or a hole in the wall but not really cutting it. Umberto is not a bad call though, and most tourists never venture into Chinatown, so there are plenty of good places there. I like Hong Kong Eatery on Harrison Avenue and the dumpling place on Washington Street near Beach, but there are many just as good.

            1. re: LilBrownBat

              In Eastie, I'd hit KO Pies for Australian meat pies on the waterfront, walking distance along the water from the Hyatt. Santarpio's is locally popular for pizza and lamb skewers. Lots of Mexican and Latin American places.

          2. nm, wecome in advance! we certainly have plenty of holeinthewalls, but sometimes tricky to synch them with the locales you pick for activities. In case Boston is new to you, below link is full of info but not so much the holesinwalls. How many lunch/dinners will you be having here; any sundays?
            As your plans gel, let us know so we can suggest spots near your activities.

            Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:
            Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend :
            If Creative, unique one-of-a-kind food experiences are a priority for you, I would hop to Oleana and Ribelle in a heartbeat. And Asta and OYa for much higher tickets.

            Oleana- predominantly Turkish, w/ a lot of creative riffs. One of the 3 or 4 Boston restnts where you will have truly unique food that you will not have elsewhere. Spices and grains. beans and greens, a world to discover and savor. Many feel the mezze are the strong point, but entrees can be unforgetable as well. As the menu is always changing, the only way to do it right-- is to go back often. If I were a visiting foodie who had 'been there, eaten that', I would happily alot 2 nights to Oleana during my Boston stay Blazing winter hearth , and charming patio in season. Kendall/Inman Sq. Cambridge ,

            Sarma- Exciting busy small plates spot from Oleana's former sous chef. Turkish/Mediterranean; inventive full bar; a large menu with nightly kitchen specials
            circulating on trays. Somerville (no good T access


            Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. Edge of South End close to Public Garden.

            Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

            OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

            Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns-NR)

            Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.Unforgettable Lobster Roe pasta w/ chanterelles,lobster, oxtail. Kenmore Sq.

            Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous. South End .NR

            Aquitaine- THE spot in the So. End when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End.
            Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef; great inventive Asian- inspired, but also comfort food. Grilled romaine w/ spicy oxtail and egg, and burger w/ lemon aioli and smoked miso. Watertown.

            Ribelle- new outpost for Strip T's owner/chef. A very broad menu of small and large plates w/ two or three times more components than you would likely see on other menus. With dishes this inventive and full of surprises, the food is the focus for the night, and the starches, veggies and condiments are as exciting as the meats and seafood. Brookline

            Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran run spot with many unique twists on Mediterranean ideas.(see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys !)
            For Brunch, you cannot have more fun than at East Coast Grill . 25 yrs as a real locals' fav for all ages; latin, mexican,bbq and and seafood; Bloody Mary bar; great vibe. Cambridge

            Myers and Chang- all the pluses of East Coast Grill for brunch, but it is Asian. This place is always hoppin' and the food,service and very creative bar are super. The air is full of happy campers having fun. Edge of So. End

            Ribelle- as with all things Ribelle, don't let the minimal menu descriptions fool you. Cerebral, unexpected, luscious. WOW's abound. Brookline

            1. Gene's flat bread on the outskirts of chinatown


              Tenoch mexican in the northend