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Solo Diner Visiting Boston - ideas?

littlelam | | Feb 14, 2011 12:44 PM

Hello Boston Chowhounds:

I'm visiting Boston from Canada for a weekend in mid-March and am looking for your input on my food itinerary. It's my first time here and I'm looking for food experiences which are specific to Boston and not available in Toronto or Montreal (or not done well in these two cities). I'm very much looking forward to the seafood options you have! My budget is fairly flexible as well: I will embrace restaurants on both ends of the spectrum, even if my initial list below does not demonstrate that.

Moreover, I'll be dining solo and would like to find places where a) I can read a book during lunch and b) I can enjoy a bustling atmosphere during dinner. I find that it’s typically too dark to read during dinner so it would be a bonus if there were friendly staff to chat with or communal tables / comfortable bars at which I can dine, but it’s not a high priority – the high priority, of course, would be quality of the food.

Lastly, I'll be staying on / around the MIT campus.

Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
Dinner: Craigie on Main. Reservations already made. I’m excited for my seat at the chef’s table for the tasting menu.

Lunch: Toro Tapas (I love Spanish food and tapas allows me to sample a number of dishes as a solo diner)
Dinner: Island Creek Oyster Bar (lobster roe noodles, raw oysters)
Any ideas on where to go for drinks & live music after Friday’s dinner?

Lunch: Neptune Oyster (lobster roll, fried clams)
Flight leaves at 5:15pm so I don’t think I’ll have time to squeeze in a sit down dinner but recommendations for take-out / portable snack to bring on the plane would be welcome. Should I consider picking something up from Rincon Limeno?

A few more questions for you: Any ideas for a quick & healthy breakfast? Anything note worthy at Quincy Market (couldn't find much praise on the board)? I'm planning on going to take some photos anyway so it would be great to pick up some things while I'm there. Any places to pick up food souvenirs? Any bakeries I should check out (again, no one seems overjoyed about Boston bakeries)? Overall, what do you think about my game plan?

I appreciate any input you can provide!

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Rincon Limeno
409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215