Hi all - I've been in Boston for a couple of months and my parents are coming in to visit next weekend. I've heard a lot about the great food in this city but haven't been able to try much since I'm on a really tight budget. But not next weekend! I'm looking for some recommendations for some fantastic food and wine now that money isn't (too) much of an issue.
My dad is a wonderful cook and a huge wine snob so we're looking for places that fit the bill - amazing food, extensive wine list, but not too pretentious or stuffy. We're not into anything that is very touristy, more along the lines of smaller places that feel welcoming and like they could be real neighbourhood favourites. We love European food - French and Italian - and anything with a bit of an experiemental edge. I've heard the buzz about places like L'Espalier, Clio, No.9 Park, but I'm worried they sound a bit too...much?
I haven't spent much time in the North End so I'd be happy to check that out, and I love the feel of the South End - but we're happy to go pretty much anywhere.
I know this is very open-ended but I'd love your help! I don't want to waste this great opportunity for some wonderful meals after a few too many bowls of Annie's Mac-n-Cheese. Thank you!