For a conference. V. likely, I will be dining alone. Porbably staying somewhere near Copley Square (still searching priceline for the right combination). I'm looking for recommendations re:
--best breakfast place (diner, cafe, or otherwise)
--any interesting grocery or food specialty stores
--2-3 great places to eat (love any cuisine, open to new ideas/concepts--would like one good French or Italian bistro-esque spot; new American/Latin, a steak place, etc.--places w/ exceptional salads/sides are particularly welcome.)
--good walkable shopping areas/neighborhoods that aren't touristy.
I'm from Bethesda/Washington DC---don't mind walking or taking the train/a cab in the least, to get to interesting spots.
Many thanks for your help!