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Conlon

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First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/2/10 8:21 AM (permalink)
Heading to Boston on December 2nd staying at the Double Tree Inn Washington Street near Tufts Medical Centre.  I've read that North End is a good place to explore.  Do you know if the hotel is near there? 
 
Open to any suggestions, Italian, Steak, Seafood.
 
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    billyboy

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    Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/2/10 11:47 AM (permalink)
    Hi Conlon, glad you posted!  I know it's been a while since you joined but Welcome to Roadfood!  The hotel isn't really near the North End but it's easy enough to get to.  If you like to walk it is a bit of a hike but you can go through Downtown Crossing, Faneiul Hall and see lots of great sites.  There is a T station (subway) very close to the hotel.  The New England Medical center stop on the Orange line.  You can take that 4 stops to Haymarket and the North End is just a short walk away.  It's been a few years since I was there but some of my favorites have been:
    1.)  Pizzeria Regina - whole pies only, cash only (I think).
    2.)  Mike's Pastry - must have the Florentine Cannoli!  An oversized Florentine cookie rolled to form a cannoli shell and filled with mascarpone (I think) cream. A must stop for me when I visit.
    3.)  Modern Pastry - great Torrone and less crowded than Mike's but both great places for Italain pastries.
    4.) Giacomo's - nice little Italian place with very good butternut squash ravioli
    5.)  Trattoria Il Panino - my friends and I always enjoyed the food here though it has been about 10 years since I have been there
    6.) Ristorante Limoncello - had a really good wild mushroom risotto there years ago that I still dream about!
    7.)  Durgin Park - Touristy?  Sure.  But solid Yankee cooking.  Pot roast, baked beans, Indian pudding, etc...
    Hope this helps!  Enjoy Boston, I sure did when I lived there!  Happy Eating!
     
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      Play27

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      Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/2/10 12:16 PM (permalink)
      30 years ago I ate some of the best subs of my life at a shop in Boston called White Sport Subs. Giant subs with whatever, cheap and good (I thought). I wonder if it is still around?
       
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        irisarbor

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        Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/9/10 3:56 PM (permalink)
        Boston!
        one of the best eating cities in the country IMHO
        These are the places I dream of going back to
        Union Oyster House for the chowder
        Anthonys Pier 4 for the Clambake
        Durgin Park and Mikes Pastry have already been mentioned but I second the rec's
        and just about anywhere for Lobster rolls and fresh oysters on the half shell
        Oh those are the things I miss living in the midwest!
        you can get them, but they are expensive and they just are NOT the same at any price....
        mmmmmm Boston.....
         
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          leethebard

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          Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/9/10 7:46 PM (permalink)
          Union House is an historic,ancient restaurant, been there for centuries....great just to say you were there...but the food is just Ok...We Love the Asgard Irish Pub, in nearby Cambridge..just a few blocks from MIT...or its sister pub near Government center in Boston. Here's a link.
          http://www.classicirish.com/
           
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            Conlon

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            Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 12:16 PM (permalink)
            Thanks everyone.  On my way on Friday with my list of recommendations in hand.
             
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              i95

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              Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 1:31 PM (permalink)
              billyboy


              1.)  Pizzeria Regina - whole pies only, cash only (I think).
              2.)  Mike's Pastry - must have the Florentine Cannoli!  An oversized Florentine cookie rolled to form a cannoli shell and filled with mascarpone (I think) cream. A must stop for me when I visit.
              3.)  Modern Pastry - great Torrone and less crowded than Mike's but both great places for Italain pastries.
              4.) Giacomo's - nice little Italian place with very good butternut squash ravioli
              5.)  Trattoria Il Panino - my friends and I always enjoyed the food here though it has been about 10 years since I have been there
              6.) Ristorante Limoncello - had a really good wild mushroom risotto there years ago that I still dream about!
              7.)  Durgin Park - Touristy?  Sure.  But solid Yankee cooking.  Pot roast, baked beans, Indian pudding, etc...

               
              billyboy's list is, as usual, spot-on (and I sure the heck wouldn't have listed Union House, either) but would also tip-in both Jasper White's Summer Shack (already discussed on this site) as well as -- and in the North End, specifically (Salem Street)...
               

               

              It ain't cheap (a cheeseburger albeit adorned with, what else, oysters will run $ 15) but the place gets great reviews and is a Boston Magazine favorite. (I've been to both the Cambridge and Prudential Center locations of the Summer Shack numerous times and can personally vouch for either. I hope to hit Neptune Oyster next time I'm in Beantown. Go Sox!)

               
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                sailawayklm

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                Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 1:45 PM (permalink)
                I know this probably isn't considered road food, but I saw Rino's Place in East Boston on D, D, & D.  That lobster ravioli looked amazing.  Heck, all the pics on their website are making me hungry.  Has anyone checked that place out?
                 
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                  wanderingjew

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                  Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 2:11 PM (permalink)
                  sailawayklm


                  I know this probably isn't considered road food, but I saw Rino's Place in East Boston on D, D, & D.  That lobster ravioli looked amazing.  Heck, all the pics on their website are making me hungry.  Has anyone checked that place out?


                  I took a look at their menu on their website- it looks good. Looks like straight unadulterated "roadfood" to me I'm somewhat (ok, actually very) perplexed as to why you think it isn't?
                   
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                    sailawayklm

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                    Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 3:10 PM (permalink)
                    You're right!  It's roadfood and I'll stick to that.  If you saw that episode, you'll see that the owner does everything by hand.  Lot's and lot's of love goes into that food.
                     
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                      i95

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                      Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 3:16 PM (permalink)
                      sailawayklm


                      Lot's and lot's of love goes into that food.



                       
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                        joerogo

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                        Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 6:47 PM (permalink)
                        I tried to get into Rino's on Monday.  They open at 4PM.  I called just before four looking for a table for one.  No can do, booked for the evening.  They gave me the option of coming in and going on a wait list, but my hotel was 20 miles away and I didn't want to take the chance of coming up empty.
                         
                        I saw the Triple D show.  This is a one of a kind, true Roadfood place.
                         
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                          mollydingle

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                          Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 8:41 PM (permalink)
                          You're right next door to Chinatown- there's good eating there. There are several good Viet places- Montien ( a bit pricy) and Pho Pasteur are standouts. King Fung Garden, however, is not as good as it used to be.
                          Jacob Wirth is literally  down the street for a German experience. If you can go Friday night, the sing-a-long is classic.
                           
                           
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                            mollydingle

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                            Re:First Trip to Boston Tue, 11/30/10 8:44 PM (permalink)
                            PS  We usually try to avoid the North End, but have always had good meals at Antico Forno and Giorgio's across the street.
                             
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                              Heartbreaksoup

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                              Re:First Trip to Boston Wed, 12/1/10 11:47 AM (permalink)
                              I really have no idea where the heck in Boston it is - friends were driving - but we went to Friendly Toast last year and had a blast.  Good food in a very eclectic and wonderfully-designed setting.
                               
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                                Scorereader

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                                Re:First Trip to Boston Wed, 12/1/10 1:13 PM (permalink)
                                Been to Union Oyster House. Live in another major city - we have oysters here too. Lived in NC, had fresh oysters there. Been to many Chesapeake dives and touristy places. I'm not sure what food is just "ok" at Union Oyster House, but I had fantastic fresh oysters, and a killer chowder.
                                 
                                I think because it's so touristy people want to poo-poo it. It's worth more than just the tale of being there. There's some great menu options. Probably some not so great options as well to cater to the masses (as it has to at that location). I mean, they have a buffalo chicken sandwich - I wouldn't expect that to bee so good - it obviously falls outside of their strengths, but the oysters and steamers don't, by any stretch, fail the palate.
                                 
                                There are A LOT of touristy places that measure up - Faidley's at Lexington Market (Baltimore), Market Lunch at Eastern Market (Washington), Pat's (Philadelphia), etc. etc.  
                                 
                                IMO, there was nothing I could complain about when we had dinner at Union Oyster House in Boston. Heck, I even liked my ceasar salad. We stuck to the strengths, and avoided the obvious menu fillers.
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
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                                  Conlon

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                                  Re:First Trip to Boston Mon, 12/6/10 8:31 AM (permalink)
                                  Just back from an amazing weekend in Boston - it's definately on the return list.
                                  Had an amazing burger at Flat Patties in Harvard Square

                                  since we were in Chinatown we had Malaysian at Penang on Washington Street excellent
                                  and we had drinks and dessert at Jacob Wirth great atmosphere
                                  Thanks to everyone for the suggestions - very much appreciated.
                                   
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                                    joerogo

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                                    Re:First Trip to Boston Wed, 12/15/10 6:45 PM (permalink)
                                    Hands down, bar none.....The Best Restaurant in Massachusetts!!!
                                     
                                    Rino's Place
                                     
                                    A small restaurant nestled in an old neighborhood with only about twelve tables.  The atmosphere is pure Roadfood(Italian Style).  Good luck finding a parking spot, but this place is well worth the walk.
                                     
                                    I started with lobster fritters, $7/half order.  I couldn't believe the size of this order.  It was huge!  Tender chunks of lobster in a zeppole type batter with a balsamic glaze.  Delicous!  The batter reminded me of the bacala zeppoles my Mother would make for Christmas Eve.
                                     
                                    House salad was mostly head lettuce with an oil and red wine vinegar house dressing.  Just like I make at home, which is just how my Mother taught me.
                                     
                                    For my entree I went with the homemade cheese ravioli($11).  Three huge, and I mean huge homemade rav's.  Dare I say, except for the size, just like my Mothers.
                                     
                                    My seat also offered a view of the kitchen.  Everything is fresh(especially the seafood)and made to order.  I was like a kid in a candy store watching the huge plates of food coming out.
                                     
                                    Also, as you can see, this place is downright cheap.  Add a glass of vino and I was out of there for just under 26 bucks without tip.
                                     


                                     
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                                      joerogo

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                                      Re:First Trip to Boston Sat, 03/12/11 9:43 PM (permalink)
                                      Another Italian restaurant that made me say WOW!
                                       
                                      Euno(A-Ooh-No)Restaurant in the North End of Boston is a true Italian Style Restaurant.  Simple fresh ingredients, simply prepared(grilled)
                                       
                                      For an appetizer I went with the, Carciofo EunoGrilled artichoke stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped with prosciutto.  Words just can't describe how good this was.  Best artichoke I ever had outside of Roma.
                                       
                                      Entrees(specials of the day), I had a double cut veal chop.  Grilled and served with rabe and grilled fingerling potatoes.  My Daughter had grilled swordfish.  Both entrees were lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection.  Simple and deliziosa!
                                       
                                      Nice wine list and reasonably priced.  Extremely clean restrooms.
                                       
                                      Roadfood?  Che Diavolo!  I'll have to eat at two hot dog carts tomorrow  But, if you are looking for a great meal in Boston, give this one a try.
                                       
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                                        waltpiii

                                        Re:First Trip to Boston Sun, 03/13/11 8:44 AM (permalink)
                                        I agree on Rino's Place but it is some what difficult to get there.
                                        Walt
                                         
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                                          joerogo

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                                          Re:First Trip to Boston Sun, 03/13/11 5:49 PM (permalink)
                                          waltpiii

                                          I agree on Rino's Place but it is some what difficult to get there.
                                          Walt

                                           
                                          Walt, We tried three weeks in advance, and could not get a reservation.  They only take reservations for parties of six or more.  On Friday, some people from our group went at 2 PM and got right in, same method I used for my visit.
                                           
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                                            joerogo

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                                            Re:First Trip to Boston Sun, 03/13/11 6:12 PM (permalink)
                                            I had my first real Dim Sum today at Hei La Moon in the Chinatown section of Boston.  I have ordered Dim Sum from a menu before, but this was my first time with carts.  What great food and a great experience.  Best description is, organized chaos.  There had to be over one thousand people on the two floors of the restaurant, with Dim sum carts all over the place.  Fantastic food and a fun atmosphere.
                                             
                                            If you are wondering if this place is authentic, take a look at the Specials from the website.  English is not spoken here, but that's cool, with Dim Sum, you only have to point. Thank God we got right in, if you take a number, they call it out over a loud speaker, but in Chinese
                                             
                                            I could eat here everyday.....maybe then I would learn how to use chopsticks.  Yeah, out of a thousand people, I was the only person looking for a fork
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                            #22
                                              waltpiii

                                              Re:First Trip to Boston Mon, 03/14/11 7:07 AM (permalink)
                                              I know !  We have put our names and cell phone number in amd waited over cocktails a Kelly Square Pub.
                                               
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                                                joerogo

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                                                Re:First Trip to Boston Sat, 05/7/11 5:51 PM (permalink)
                                                Rino's lobster ravioli........INCREDIBLE!

                                                 
                                                Even the sauce is loaded with lobster meat.
                                                 
                                                Here is the Pointy Haired Guys take on the place..

                                                <message edited by joerogo on Sat, 05/7/11 5:54 PM>
                                                 
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