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Must-do Boston eateries- July10-13

Help! Moving my son up for summer program- I want to take him to some nice places to eat! Where do we HAVE to go?

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            1. Welcome in advance, janie! Usually when we advise, we find it helpful to know what are your tastes (i.e. love seafood; don't get enough where we live/// No Chinese- we have plenty of that/// Vegan/// Cost not important/// or 'low budget'.
              but here are some things to peruse:
              Have a great visit!

              Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

              Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend : (Dress is casual at all.
              )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 allot 2 nights to Oleana during my Boston stay. Blazing winter hearth , and charming patio in season. Cambridge
              Dinn daily

              Ribelle- new outpost for Strip T's chef/owner. A very broad menu of small and large plates w/ two or three times more components than you would likely see on other menus. The preps of these dishes are more complex than anything I have seen.Vegetables . With dishes this inventive and full of surprises, the food is the focus for the night, and the starches, veggies and condiments can be extraordinary (easily as exciting as the meats and seafood.) *The menu descriptions are almost NEVER good, because so much more is going on than can be explained in a small space. Good bar program. Casual, vibrant. Brookline Dinn daily

              Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.
              I cannot eat there w/o ordering honey glazed biscuit and Lobster Roe pasta with lobster, chanterelles, short rib and madeira glaze. Kenmore Sq.Dinn daily

              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) Lu &Dinn daily

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

              Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. edge of South End

              Bistro du Midi- French , lovely, relaxing, on the Public Garden.

              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 !)

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

              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 and always a line. Lu &Dinn daily

              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. Lu& dinn daily.

              Myers and Chang- Modern takes on Asian. This friendly spot is always hoppin' and the food, service and very creative bar are super. A great place to people watch; the air is full of happy campers having fun. A counter seat gives you a wokside view and there is a sheltered patio that welcomes dogs. Edge of So. End. Lu and Bru also. Lu and Dinn daily

              L'Espalier- Consistently glowing CH visitor reviews for, specifically, the Chef's Table. Farm to table; French inspired. Copley Sq.

              Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef oversees both creative and comfort food, including an unusual terrific burger.Don't miss the Grilled Romaine with Oxtail, soft egg and sriracha! Watertown. Lu also. Cl Sun.

              Alden and Harlow- Harvard Sq.,Cambr. dinn daily
              Tavern Road- near the Children's Museum
              Row 34- seafood in the new Seaport area
              Sandwiches and Burgers:
              --Sam la Grassa's- perpetually on the best deli sandwiches list. Downtown. Lu
              --Chacarero- Peruvian grilled meats and sauces with green beans, Downtown,Lu
              --Parish Café - includes sandwiches named after the local chefs that created them. Near Public Garden. Lu
              --JM Curley's- a big CH fav for Boston's best burger. Downtown, near Boston Common. Lu,D /check hours
              --Craigie on Main- Boston's most expensive burger w/ legions of fans. Cambridge, Central Sq. D
              --Alden and Harlow- 'Secret Burger' changes weekly. Cambridge, Harvard Sq. D
              --also Beacon Hill Bistro, The Gallows, Toro, Eastern Standard, Harvest. Detailed burger reviews:

              Lovely quiet lunch spots:
              --Bistro du Midi on the Public Garden
              -- Courtyard Cafe and Map Room Cafe in the historic Boston Public Library, Copley Sq.
              --Beacon Hill Bistro , Charles St.

              For Brunch:
              --Myers and Chang- Dim sum and more.Some trad, some innovative. Great fun for food and people watching. patio

              --Ribelle- crazy menu full of surprises(hidden in the way- too- simple menu descriptions!). patio

              --For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

              ** Also, if a restnt shows no availability for a time you wanted to dine, best to call that restnt because they always have more seats than show on OpenTable

                1. how about guidance about price and type of food.

                  O Ya is fine if you are willing to pay 300 per person just for the food.

                  1. Oleana - get in line at 5p and try to score a patio table - completely awesome in every way.