I recently attended a conference at Hynes which had me staying at the Back Bay Sheraton for a week. Due to limited time and budget, I didn’t do a lot of exploring, but instead found a few reliable places and (mostly) ate there repeatedly.
Summer Shack: Right across from the hotel, so most convenient. I’m not a fan of bivalves or lobsters, but the menu had a good variety of other things. I’m a big meatloaf fan, and they do an excellent one – in fact possibly the best restaurant meatloaf I’ve ever had. The fish tacos are pretty good for an East coast version. Haddock isn’t my favorite, but their frying technique was outstanding – almost greaseless. I wish I could say the same for their onion rings. Although tasty, they were greasy enough to make me wonder if they came out of the same kitchen as the fish tacos. Service was inconsistent – I sometimes seemed invisible to the help. Maybe it was because I wasn’t ordering lobster and expensive drinks.
Chili Duck: Down Boylston, downstairs next to Walgreens. Very good Thai food. This became my regular lunch place, as it was reasonably priced, close enough to Hynes, and far better than any of the food court options at Prudential. I especially liked the curries.
Brasserie Jo: This has been a regular stop in the past when staying at the Marriott, and it rarely disappoints. Reliable breakfasts and lunches. Their Hansi Onion Tart is one of my favorite dishes anywhere.
India Quality: At Kenmore station, this was very good Indian at fair prices. I wished I had tried this earlier in the trip, as I would have returned.
Next time in town, I plan to try Atlantic Fish Co. (they were too busy when I went), and would like to work my way down the menus at both Chili Duck and India Quality. I’d like to try some other things at Summer Shack as well, but it’s hard to top that meatloaf. BTW, on a very busy weekend night when I couldn’t get seating, it was a perfect dish to order to go, and take back across the street to my room.
Summer Shack Boston
50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115
Atlantic Fish Co
761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
India Quality Restaurant
484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116