Thank you for all the great lunch suggestions! I could spend much more time eating in Boston. Here's a brief rundown of our 8 day visit to Boston:
Blue Ginger: Went on a weeknight with for dinner, service was great. Saw Ming's mother! The spring roll appetizers were excellent and the calamari was perfectly fried. Would have like a thicker dipping sauce. My husband was very pleased with his vegetarian napolean. I sampled our friend's Teriyaki-Glazed Crispy Skin Salmon with Yuzu-Chile Sauce with
Vegetable Stir-Fry and Somen Noodle Cake. It was amazing. Our other friend expressed dissappointment in the Hanger Steak sauce (overpowering). I had the Asian Lacquered Poussin with Tamarind-Hoisin Sauce with Mandarin Chicken Orzo ‘Fried Rice’ and Three Pea Salad. It was quite good. The poussin was perfectly moist.
Brasserie Jo: We had a quick, affordable and delicious lunch. Perfectly crisp frites and paninis were exellent (I had the traditional ham and my husband had the vegetable croque monsieur).
Myers + Chang: Another great quick lunch. I had the Nirvana Chicken and my husband had the vegetarian Udon noodle dish. I much preferred his to mine. I also had the pork dumplings and while they were perfectly cooked, I was disappointed at how large they were and how flavorless the filling was.
The Helmand: The Kaddo!!! Heavenly. And the wood-fired bread. I had the Aushak
as an entree and I should have got the Mourgh Kabab, but I second guessed myself. The Aushak would have been OK for 1 or 2 raviolis, but a whole plate was a bit much for me. The service was excellent. Everyone I was with devoured their meals.
Antico Forno (North End): Another amazing meal, affordable and highly recommended. North End was our favorite neighborhood by far. I had homemade rigatoni pasta with Italian sausage and ricotta cheese.
Village Kitchen: A great lunch - homemade meatballs & linguine. Pizza looked amazing.
Other great meals:
Armando's in Cambridge for pizza
Publick House in Brookline for beer and a great burger
Cambridge Commons for beer
Sadly, I didn't get around to any baked beans or lobster rolls.