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pollystyrene May 18, 2014 12:29 PM

I thought for sure there was already a thread on this, but I couldn't find it. I've got a couple of friends who will only venture into the city for food if the parking is free and easy. Aside from Gaslight and Cinqucento, are there other restaurants in Boston or Camberville where parking isn't an issue?

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    pollystyrene RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 12:38 PM

    Replying to my own post: Green Street (practically free) and Gran Gusto, for starters.

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      Small Plates RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 08:57 AM

      And Jose's Mexican...

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        Alcachofa RE: Small Plates May 19, 2014 01:28 PM

        Blech.

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      bear RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 12:45 PM

      Park in Harvard validates Sundays through Thursdays at the garage that their building is in. The patty melt has become much more appealing since we learned this.

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        pollystyrene RE: bear May 19, 2014 02:09 PM

        I'll bet! This is particularly valuable info since I was already planning to attempt dragging one of said friends to Park soon. I think he'll really like it once he's in. I'll tell him it's called ParkFree.

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          bear RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 02:15 PM

          Just remember not on Fridays or Saturdays. I think he'll like it too, especially with those comfortable arm chairs in the middle section.

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            pollystyrene RE: bear May 19, 2014 02:48 PM

            Exactly!

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              caitahern RE: pollystyrene May 22, 2014 03:00 PM

              They actually have free parking Sunday all day, and Monday-Wednesday nights! Thursday-Saturday isn't free, but it is still $2 off.

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                bear RE: caitahern May 22, 2014 04:57 PM

                Oops, sorry. I misreported and should have double-checked. The free parking is Sunday through Wednesday.

      2. philbog RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 01:12 PM

        Grafton Street Pub and Grill in Harvard Square has free parking after 6 with reservations. Given the price of parking in Harvard Square, it's almost like getting a free meal.

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          bear RE: philbog May 18, 2014 01:47 PM

          Hey, phil, do you know where the parking for Grafton is?

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            philbog RE: bear May 18, 2014 07:04 PM

            It's across the street in a church parking lot. They send you the details when you make a reservation

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              hyde RE: philbog May 19, 2014 02:55 AM

              I seem to remember that Ten Tables, in Cambridge, doing the same kind of thing a few years ago

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                bear RE: philbog May 19, 2014 08:49 AM

                Thanks, Phil. Good to know.

          2. Infomaniac RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 01:26 PM

            Oleana in Cambridge has free parking across the street.

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              johndory RE: Infomaniac May 18, 2014 01:37 PM

              Bergamot.

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                hungrytommy RE: johndory May 18, 2014 02:30 PM

                Really I had no idea Bergamot had free parking! Valet or lot?

                www.hungrytommy.com

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                  Madrid RE: hungrytommy May 18, 2014 03:36 PM

                  parking info here
                  http://www.bergamotrestaurant.com/hou...

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                    cjd260 RE: Madrid May 19, 2014 08:49 AM

                    In my experience, odds of finding a space in Bergamot's lot is about 50-50, but even if it's full, street parking is a cinch.

            2. C. Hamster RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 02:19 PM

              Tavalo

              1. hungrytommy RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 02:31 PM

                Highland Kitchen has free parking in the back but I don't know if I would call it not an issue. Can get filled up.

                www.hungrytommy.com

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                  C. Hamster RE: hungrytommy May 18, 2014 04:35 PM

                  But it can only hold like 10 cars...

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                    hungrytommy RE: C. Hamster May 18, 2014 04:44 PM

                    Yup that was kinda my point. It has parking, but it's only going to help if you get there early.

                    www.hungrytommy.com

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                  fantundo RE: pollystyrene May 18, 2014 04:48 PM

                  Temple Bar has parking in the back in the evenings.

                  1. BostonZest RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 03:00 AM

                    Not in your prime area but consider Brookline too.

                    You will have to check but I think La Morra has valet parking. Non-city driving friends always like this choice because route 9 doesn't scare them and we can take the Greenline to Brookline Village and meet them.

                    Penny
                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                      Madrid RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 05:38 AM

                      East Coast Grill has parking across the street that is validated for $5

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                        addiez RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 08:18 AM

                        This isn't specific enough to be helpful, but others may be able to chime in - a lot of the restaurants in the One Kendall area validate for the garage by the Kendall Square Cinema. I'm pretty sure West Bridge and Belly both do?

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                          mkfisher RE: addiez May 19, 2014 10:19 AM

                          All the 1 Kendall places validate. As do Catalyst and Area Four in Tech Square and Legal & Meadhall in Cambridge Center

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                          pemma RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 08:36 AM

                          Many North End restaurants validate for the Parcel 7 garage, so parking is something like a few bucks for a few hours.

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                            bear RE: pemma May 19, 2014 08:51 AM

                            The Parcel 7 validation is great. The first two hours are $1, and up to three hours is $3, I'm pretty sure. Just make sure you don't stay more than three hours, though, or you'll pay full price!

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                              bear RE: bear May 19, 2014 02:16 PM

                              Oh, and many Haymarket vendors validate as well.

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                                Bugsey34 RE: bear May 20, 2014 01:11 PM

                                This really is a great deal - you could even go somewhere that doesn't validate and then have an espresso at Caffe' Paradiso and have them validate it for you.

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                                  bear RE: Bugsey34 May 20, 2014 01:28 PM

                                  Good to know about Caffe Paradiso, Bugsey. Thanks!

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                              Blumie RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 10:07 AM

                              "I've got a couple of friends who will only venture into the city for food if the parking is free and easy."

                              Sounds like the Cheesecake Factory at the Burlington Mall would be perfect for them!

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                                mkfisher RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 10:17 AM

                                For Bergamot, Kirkland and Dali there are a ton of never used metered spaces on Beacon across from Wine & Cheese Cask. Somerville meters stop at 6 I believe, so that amounts to free parking.

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                                  smtucker RE: mkfisher May 19, 2014 10:36 AM

                                  I believe that all of Somerville now meters until 8pm.

                                  http://www.parksomerville.com/parking...

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                                    mkfisher RE: smtucker May 19, 2014 10:48 AM

                                    Bummer. Regardless, those spots are always empty.

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                                      pemma RE: smtucker May 20, 2014 07:08 AM

                                      Yes, Somerville meters are definitely until 8 now.

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                                    pollystyrene RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 02:46 PM

                                    Great responses. I see dinners at Oleana, Bergamot, Park, Catalyst and Belly in my near future. I'll get these suburbanites fattened up in no time.

                                    When people are used to the ease of eating at Blumie's favorite, the Cheesecake Factory, where you pull into a free spot within sight of your target and walk a few steps to the door, I understand why it seems like a big hassle to deal with traffic, crazy streets and signage, driving around and around spot-hunting, finding something five blocks away, walking in usually-inclement weather, and finding a ticket on your window for dessert. A night out should be fun, not an ordeal, so thanks for all this great info!

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                                      cjd260 RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 02:59 PM

                                      For what it's worth, if they're in Chestnut Hill (a guess based on the Bloomie's reference), you'd do just as well to visit them in Newton Centre with a trip to Sycamore.

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                                        Allstonian RE: cjd260 May 19, 2014 06:33 PM

                                        Blumie (the CH poster) =/= Bloomingdale's.

                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9760...

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                                        fantundo RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 05:41 PM

                                        If you go to Chestnut Hill now, you will spend all your time dealing with the Wegmans traffic.

                                      3. C. Hamster RE: pollystyrene May 19, 2014 04:30 PM

                                        Q in Chinatown validates in their buildings parking lot

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                                          mkfisher RE: C. Hamster May 19, 2014 04:42 PM

                                          That garage is an absolute adventure if you're driving anything bigger than a Smart car.

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                                          pemma RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 07:09 AM

                                          Chang Sho on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge has a lot across the street.

                                          1. libertywharf RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 07:23 AM

                                            If you are going to eat in the North End during the day, it seems that parking on Hanover and Salem street is a snap. At least from what I see on the thread "I am a victim of their success".

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                                              devilham RE: libertywharf May 20, 2014 10:45 AM

                                              I sense sarcasm Libertywharf!!!

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                                              jpcat RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 09:05 AM

                                              Assuming your request includes all Boston neighborhoods, there is a large (free) municipal lot in Roslindale Village. Good when visiting Defino's and other neighborhood restaurants. Always available spaces. Same parking situation in JP, except that lot gets a lot more traffic.

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                                                Stride RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                Sabur in Somerville has a small lot right in front.

                                                1. drewinmrblhd RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                  Amrheins.

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                                                    fantundo RE: pollystyrene May 20, 2014 05:57 PM

                                                    While the food is plus-minus (tho my experience is that the fish specials rarely disappoint), Summer Shack in Cambridge has a big lot. I end up going there when meeting people who are coming in route 2, someone who is coming by T, etc - very convenient. Same reason I had many meals at The Pillar House thirty years ago!

                                                    1. Bob Dobalina RE: pollystyrene May 21, 2014 04:32 AM

                                                      There is a very nice Scottish restaurant on McGrath Hwy that also has free parking.

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                                                        Msample RE: Bob Dobalina May 21, 2014 05:57 AM

                                                        There is a decent sized public lot about a block NW of Craigie on Main off Bishop St that always has ample parking available when I've gone on Saturdays . And its only a 10 minute walk to the Kendall Sq area .

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                                                          Madrid RE: Bob Dobalina May 21, 2014 05:34 PM

                                                          Scottish restaurant on the McGrath Highway?

                                                          where? name?

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                                                            Jenny Ondioline RE: Madrid May 21, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                            I believe that's a McDonald's joke.

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                                                              Madrid RE: Jenny Ondioline May 21, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                              oh sorry. I thought it might be an autocorrection mistake.

                                                              There are many other "very nice" restaurants with parking lots, such as most DDs and lots of subways, among others. I assume the OP can find them in the burbs.

                                                              I grew up in NC where there were many people of Scottish descent. I said at one point to a friend, there are so many "Mcs", why hasn't their food culture shown up in NC?

                                                              He answered, oh it has. Ever hear of McDonald's?

                                                              On the other hand, there's lots of cultural influence in the mountains of western NC.

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                                                                Bob Dobalina RE: Jenny Ondioline May 22, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                It actually is one of the better Mickey Ds I've been to - everything tastes fresh, fries are nearly always hot, service is nearly always very polite.

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