I've been gone for 37 years (Brandeis '65) but am visiting a son in Boston, and need help, since everything that I knew with the exception, I suspect, of Durgin Park, is gone. Does Elsie's, home of the 75 cent Turkey Deluxe exist anymore, and if so, is it anything like it was when I had a full head of hair? There was a place called Joe Tecchi's located in the wholesale market district in Boston, which had no sign out front, served palatable Italian food, and didn't care how old you were when you ordered the house red, which was served in quart-sized coke bottles. They occasionally got shut down, but always bobbed back up in business. I presume it has run its course.
But that was then. Now I need recommendations for good breakfast places in the Back Bay area (we're staying at the Radisson/200 Stuart for a couple of nights and then at the Boston Park Plaza/64 Arlington for another three after we come back from Truro; both through Priceline at $80 a night), and a first-rate Asian (prefer Vietnamese, Cambodian or Thai in that order) restaurant near the Brookline border (son lives on St. Alphonsus Street).
If there is any place that someone who likes good food but is suspicious of places that charge more for the nappery than for the eats shouldn't miss, let me hear about it.
Thanks for any help.
Steve in Moraga (behind the Berkeley hills)