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Chinatown Recs Needed: I'm new andintimidated. Special circumstances. Help a sister out.

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Chinatown Recs Needed: I'm new andintimidated. Special circumstances. Help a sister out.

Melmybelle | Mar 19, 2010 11:14 AM

Hi,

So, I've lived in Boston for 5 years and never been to Chinatown. To be honest, I'm scared. It looks intimidating and as though if I don't know what I'm doing the whole thing will be a disaster. I know you 'hounders can help.

I am sure you get this question on the board a lot and I tried to search old posts to find the info myself, but that just made me more indimidated. Where do I go in Chinatown, when should I go, and what, specifically, do I order.

Anyway, here's the situation: My parents are in town for my mom's milestone birthday. She recently read that Boston's Chinatown is one of the best in the country and has asked to go here for her mileston birthday dinner (she'd kill me if I said how old she'll be).

I have no idea where to start. It doesn't need to be fancy, just good, fresh, and not scary (you know, like people yelling at me in a foreign language or a crazy crowd that's impossible to navigate through).

I'd like to maybe do dim sum. That seems fun. Another catch-- we don't eat pork. My mom is an adventurous eater and will probably want squid or something. My dad and I are a little more reserved in our tastes. In fact, he has very specific dietary restrictions about what oils he can eat. Should we just throw the hope of that being addressed out the window?

We can go for any meal between tonight (Friday)'s dinner through to sunday around 10am or 10:30 (they have an afternoon train). I'm looking for very specific recommendations... where to go, at what time, and what to order (no pork). If we do dim sum, what kind of crowd should I prepare myself for? I need a roadnmap here. I really really really really appreciate it.

Please help me not be totally anxious about the dinner. I'm sure it will be really good if I can go in confident.

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