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making a break from the heartland

saacnmama | Feb 22, 200809:34 PM

Bostonians must be sick of people from the hinterlands asking for dining advice, but I hope you'll give me a few tips or places to look. We live in what a cartographer friend has termed "the pole of inaccessibility in North America", where the phone book lists the Olive Garden under ethnic restaurants and no one thinks anything of it.
My 5-yr-old still loves pad see ewe and saag paneer, which he knew when we moved here 2 yrs ago, but I'm afraid he's loosing his desire to try new things. We'll be in Boston for a week in April. My goals are to eat enough "real" food to satisfy me until my next conference in the fall and to entice my son to expand his palate (or at least slow the shrinkage).
We're looking for places that are
not too expensive
fairly casual, bistros or even delis for yummy picnics
close to Copley Place or easy to get to on the T
We like: curry, (Caribbean, Indian, or SE Asian), Mediterranean (any coast, paella to spanikopita, pasta to falaffel), Ethiopian wat (I've seen 3 East African restaurants mentioned on this board--none of them sounds close or worth the trip), Ghanain kuntumbre, savory tastes
I'd love to find the peanut sauce that a friend used to serve at his Senegalese restaurant (in Berlin), but that's really a more specific request than I need to make. We have 7 days, and I just don't want to waste them on limp vegetables.
I'd love to taste something new.
Live music &/or an interesting sidewalk scene would be a plus.
Thanks for your help. I'd be happy to report back if you'd like.

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