Hello, Bostonians! I'm coming to a conference in July at the Hynes Convention Center and staying three nights at the Marriott Copley Place. I'm from Orlando (and a regular poster on Chowhound's Florida forum), and I'm looking for a few good recommendations. I won't have a car and I'll probably be dining alone for the majority of my meals. I love to walk and I wouldn't mind staying in that general Back Bay area, but I'd be willing to take a cab for a "can't miss" Chowhound experience, of course.
I'm on a budget so I'd prefer to visit much-loved institutions -- small, cheap, even divey -- that represent some of the best local food, especially stuff I can't get back home (where we have world-class barbecue and Vietnamese food). I'm just not into anything fancy or expensive, at least not on this trip. And I don't really drink, but have no problem eating at good pubs (especially gastropubs).
I am perfectly happy eating great sandwiches and I love delis (both NY/Jewish and Italian-style), diners, and burger joints. Cured meats and fish are some of my favorite things to eat; I don't suppose there's an awesome local salumeria or appetizing store? I like Greek, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern food, the more casual the better. And anywhere around there I can get local seafood, especially without breaking the bank, would be fantastic. I don't suppose there are any expansive market/food courts, like Philly's Reading Terminal Market or San Francisco's Ferry Building? Any great food trucks in the area?
Thanks for any tips! I realize there have been a few other threads soliciting recommendations in the same general area, but I thought I'd put my own spin on it, with my own likes and dislikes.