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Dinner and breakfast near the Eliot Hotel Boston

jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 08:20 AM

I will be visting Boston for three nights this week with my 18 year old son, staying at the Eliot Hotel. I'd like something that is walkable from the hotet. My son is a vegetarian but will eat fish. I found a post from 2010 but am sure things have changed in the past 4 years! I too am looking for something a bit fun and casual but with good, interesting food.at moderate prices (maybe $50-75 for the two of us for dinner) and some great ideas for breakfast.

Thanks so much!

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    BBHound RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 09:49 AM

    For Breakfast, Trident Booksellers is around the corner on Newbury St. They open at 8 AM. Not cheap but good. Also busy on weekends for brunch.


    For seafood, Island Creek Oyster Bar is two blocks away (other direction) in Kenmore Square. Oysters the specialty but all the seafood is good.


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      catsmeow RE: BBHound Apr 28, 2014 11:35 AM

      I agree. Good recs. if you don't want a restaurant that focuses on seafood, Eastern Standard Kitchen is in the same block as Island Creek and has a variety of good entrees.

      In your hotel is Clio...not cheap but excellent along with Uni, it's sushi bar
      http://cliorestaurant.com. Ken Oringer, it's founder, was nominated for a James Beard award.

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        hotoynoodle RE: catsmeow Apr 28, 2014 02:58 PM

        oringer is a james beard award winner.

    2. C. Hamster RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 12:12 PM

      The Sox are in town all week, so ICOB and ESK (good recs!) will be busy -- best get a reservation.

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        teezeetoo RE: C. Hamster Apr 28, 2014 12:43 PM

        Deuxave is across the street from your hotel but likely to be more pricey than you are going for. La Voile is about a 5 block walk and is a pleasant French bistro, should be in range. Crossroads is just off Mass Ave on Beacon and it serves a good hamburger and is funky/divebarish. I like Summer Shack for their pan-roasted lobster and generally good seafood and that's about a 4 block walk. I believe Sonsie is open for breakfast and Steve's, on the corner of Hereford and Newbury isn't bad for breakfast. I can't recall if Sonsie serves a full breakfast but that's right near you as well.

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          Madrid RE: teezeetoo Apr 28, 2014 12:52 PM

          Steve's Greek Kitchen closed a while back.

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            C. Hamster RE: teezeetoo Apr 28, 2014 01:04 PM

            Steve's closed its doors awhile back :-(

            Brasserie Jo is a short walk and serves both breakfast and dinner. Across from the Pru.

            Chili Duck is a Thai place that's pretty good. Across form the Pru on the other (Boylston) side

            A longer but doable walk or 2 stops on the T gets you to the Busy Bee for breakfast and Taberna deHaro for dinner @St. Mary's St

            A quick ride on the green line to the Boylston St stop and all of Chinatown is yours.

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          CportJ RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 12:44 PM

          Summer Shack may work for a fun, casual vibe and avoiding the Sox crowds, sort of like a nice clam shack. ICOB and ESK are a bit fancier. Haven't been recently though.

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            hotoynoodle RE: CportJ Apr 28, 2014 02:59 PM

            summer shack is mobbed for sox games too.

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            CportJ RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 02:51 PM

            While I'm generally wary of places trying to do several cuisines, Pho Basil on Mass. Ave. is not bad for Thai and pretty good for Vietnamese.

            Salty Pig near the Back Bay train station is good for pizza and charcuterie.

            1. opinionatedchef RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 04:27 PM

              jg, we have long enjoyed Sonsie, just 2 blocks from you, on Newbury St. It is chef/owned, has an excellent bytheglass wine list, and a diverse menu. Great for youngpeoplewatching as it has been a fav with the young euro set. We always order from the main entree section, not pizzas etc. I love the dining room, comfortable but bustling; very active bar.

              Don't know how adventurous an eater he is, but your son might enjoy the limited availability Ramen served at Uni (in your hotel) certain nights after 11pm. (I am unsure about their veg options.) Also, if he is interested in checking out Berklee school of music, there is a popular Thai place on Mass Ave between Berklee and Symphony Hall- Thai Basil.:
              And many more:

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                CportJ RE: opinionatedchef Apr 28, 2014 05:46 PM

                That's Pho Basil. There is also apparently a Thai Basil on Newbury, but I can't speak to it.

                Also, we should mention that if you find yourself in need of a cocktail without your son, Clio has one of the best cocktail programs in the city, headed by Todd Maul.

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                  chrisdapos RE: CportJ Apr 28, 2014 07:10 PM

                  Todd is no longer at Clio as he is opening Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge.

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                    CportJ RE: chrisdapos Apr 28, 2014 07:24 PM

                    Already? I had read that but thought it hadn't happened quite yet.

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                      mvi RE: chrisdapos Apr 29, 2014 03:11 PM

                      Supposedly he does not leave until the end of May.


                2. opinionatedchef RE: jgkershner Apr 28, 2014 11:13 PM

                  I was thinking about your looking for fun spots and I forgot to mention that it is a pretty short cab or bus ride up Mass Ave to Toro . This is co-owned by the chef of Clio and has been CH raved since they opened. Prob the loudest restnt I have ever been in, long tapas menu, trad and innovative both. My fav thing there is actually not a tapas- it's their paella. It is ALWAYS packed and there are no reservations, so ya gotta get there awhile before they open, to snag a place in line that will asure you a seat. Forget trying to have a conversation (but sometimes that might be a good thing, w/ teenagers.....)

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                    LilBrownBat RE: jgkershner Apr 29, 2014 12:57 PM

                    As a long-time Fenway resident, my advice to avoid the ballpark crowds is to stay away from Boylston Street (on either side of Mass Ave), where certain bar-restaurants attract the grown-up yahdoods, and also Kenmore Square, Landsdowne Street and Brookline Ave. On the other hand, the small restaurant row on Peterborough Street in the Fens doesn't seem to get slammed on game days, and Rod Dee is a great casual Thai restaurant with a huge menu of deliciousness. Over towards Symphony Hall, Lucy Ethiopian Cafe recently got a good writeup on Serious Eats. And, if the weather's nice, you can take a stroll across the Harvard Bridge (Mass Ave) and pick up a bunch more options on the Cambridge Side. All of these are "off the beaten path" as far as tourists and ballpark crowds are concerned.

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                      Liuthard RE: jgkershner Apr 29, 2014 03:17 PM

                      For breakfast, I'd recommend Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, a diner on Columbus Ave. in the South End (usually empty on weekdays; crowded Saturdays; closed Sundays). They're famous for their turkey hash, but I could eat the Cape Cod French Toast (French toast with cranberry compote) every day. Be warned: drip coffee and from-concentrate orange juice only.

                      1. opinionatedchef RE: jgkershner May 1, 2014 04:46 PM

                        jg, i'm hoping you'll report back so we can pass along the info to other visitors! you're so lucky to see boston/back bay with all the magnolias in bloom!

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