Thanks for all the recs on this board. We went to India Quality Kitchen in Kenmore for dinner pre-race and it was great - just what I wanted. I went with my "safe" usual order because of the marathon, but really wanted to try the goat coconut curry. The samosas were wonderful, as was the bread, saag paneer, and Tandoori mixed grill. I would love to come back on a non-running trip and try the more exotic dishes! Beer list was great, too, although only my husband got to indulge.
Made up for the lack of indulgence after the race at Grotto. The place was small and cozy with great service and reasonable prices. We shared the Fontina cheese fondue with balsamic mushrooms and beef tenderloin for dipping, had delicious salads, and I had the gnocci with short ribs and Gorgonzola and a red wine sauce. DH had the veal osso bucco. They were both very rich, but that was what I was looking for! The short ribs melted in my mouth and the Gorgonzola was the perfect compliment. We shared the banana bread pudding with caramel ice cream for dessert. We rolled out of there very full and happy! Thanks again for the great recommendations. It made the trip that much better, as did the weather clearing up for the race! I had a great first Boston and I'm sure I'll be back.