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three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)


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three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

afong56 | | Jul 19, 2014 03:43 PM

the two of us will be travelling to the boston area in a few weeks. we plan to arrive mid-afternoon, and will be staying in the cambridgeport area. we hope the weather will hold out, as we want to walk or bike to most of the spots we want to visit. we are not here over the weekend, and we somehow missed any sox home games (sadness).

food-wise, we will eat anything from street meat to michelin 3 stars. spice, seafood, and offal are definitely welcome. we plan to eat affordably, but with one splurge (see below!)

after some research, here's what our provisional itinerary looks like:

day 1: arrive mid-afternoon. hit ohlin's on the way into town from toronto, sample the apple fritters. grab a pint at cambridge brewing co., pre-dinner. we have a reservation for no. 9 park. there was some debate between that and craigie, as we plan to have one high end meal this visit. not sure we made the right choice.

day 2: debating having caffeine and pastries, versus full breakfast options for the 3 mornings we're in boston. if we go the full breakfast route, we will probably hit up trident and/or paramount. if we go with the former route, we'll start day 2 at crema, as we plan to tour harvard. lunch could be at alive and kicking or muqueca--we might want to compare lobster rolls/sammie, between a&k, icob, james hook, and belle isle. did we go wrong with that list?
muqueca because they offer feijoada. if we go, which particular muqueca do people recommend? has anyone tried the feijoada--can the recommend it?

after lunch, a possible tasting between maria's/modern/mike's, for dessert.

dinner on day 2--we have a reservation at ribelle, with pints either before or after at sunset grill and/or publick house. sunset grill has the edge here, because they offer flights.

after dinner, thinking about chilling out at state park--is the food there in any way influenced by the hungry mother connection? we couldn't fit hungry mother into our visit this time.

day 3, we'll start at tatte for baked goods, and hit up voltage nearby for our caffeine. for lunch, we are considering james hook, or icob. one other possibility is gene's flatbread, but not sure if the bedford st. location is connected to the one everyone's writing about in woburn, and if they offer the same menu. we are fans of xian's famous in nyc, so would be nice to see how it compares. dessert at union square donuts in dewey square.
for dinner we have a reservation at oleana.
pints at either lord hobo or mead hall, either before or after dinner.

day 4, leaving town, headed to salem museum. start at betty ann food shop, and hit kane's and belle isle possibly for early lunch, on the way to salem.

so, critique of choices? for the choices i've listed, what are the must-order items/dishes?
will also try to fit in visits to flour bakery, clover food lab, drink.
other places that are still being considered as substitutions: alden+harlow, gourmet dumpling house, strip-t's, sarma, myers + chang, toro.

random questions: if one wanted to find a bottle of 10yr handmade pappy, where would one find it? charles street liquor, federal? somewhere else?
if we wanted to go to a solid sports bar and watch a sox away game, where in the cambridgeport area would people suggest?

for touristy stuff, we hope to hit some of the usual suspects, and weather permitting, hope to bike the length of the greenway.

any comments or suggestions would be appreciated, thanks in advance. . .

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