Hi, Los Angeles hound here. I've being doing some research and appreciate any feedback and criticisms to improve my plan.
*First time in Boston
*Arriving on a red eye Friday morning later this month, leaving mid day Sunday
*Staying in the downtown area near subway stations
*No car, but used to walking several miles a day and very comfortable taking subways
*Would prefer meals to be under $100 for two before alcohol, tax and tip but flexible and can go to $150 if food is worth it.
*Will be in walking casual clothes most of the time such as dark shoes, slacks/jeans and button down shirt. I've found that seems to work in 90% of places for most cities.
*Fine dining to dive bars, neither end fazes us, I know which fork to use but can also throw back a shot. Generally prefer casual mom and pop owner operated places though.
*Looking to try Italian and NE seafood dishes. From LA and just got back from a Pacific Northwest Trip, so no mexican, asian or nationally available seafood items. I'm told, I've never had a good fried clam belly.
*Will be heading to New York on back end of trip, nothing that can be found there.
*Adventurous diners, the only thing we don't like is cilantro. Anything else, we're up for it. I'm Asian, if it moves, I eat it. If it doesn't move, it makes it easier to grab and eat it.
*I've done some research with the base thread being this one from OpinionatedChef http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155 and branching out from that on areas and names.
*Usual m.o. Is to wander a general area and have a list of places in that area, then eat as the mood hits and work around peak times. We're used to noshing and eating at off hours to avoid crowds.
Current plan is to drop off bags at our hotel and spend Friday daytime wandering the North End. Wander back to the hotel to check in and possibly go back to North End for dinner and further wandering.
Saturday, we're planning on taking the self guided tour here http://www.walktothesea.com/about-the... Just wander down Cambridge street from downtown towards the waterfront.
With that in mind, here's the list of places I have for each day and recommended items and notes on when to avoid possible crowds.
Neptune's Oyster (lobster roll/any seafood) get there at 11:30 open?
Pizzeria Regina (mid day snack during slow time?)
Salumeria Italiana (Any Italian food item)
Monica's Mercato/Salumeria (Italian Sub, possible take out for hotel room picnic)
Yankee Lobster (lobster roll/seafood)
Waterfront Cafe (any Italian, pizza)
Daily Catch (squid ink pasta)
Snacking list for either day:
Bova's (Pastry, bread, pizza)
Modern Pastry (Cannoli)
Maria's Pastry Shop
Tosciani ice cream
Cafe Vittoria (pastries)
Wife loves cannolis so we are planning to hit at least Modern and Maria's to compare.
We're being picked up mid morning to drive down to Martha's Vineyard. I'm still looking for a place to easily pick up some snacks for the road. Pastries, sliced meats, that kind of stuff.
I'm not sure if we have enough dinner options if we get shut out by crowds or wander too far away. This visit ended up being shorter than we expected and we plan to return in the future. For now, we thought we'd just focus on exploring the North End and vicinity around the walking tour. We'd rather explore slowly than trying to rush all over the city barely looking at stuff. Any other suggestions to work with those plans will be highly appreciated.
I'd appreciate any logistical suggestions for crowds and specific dishes. We are very flexible on eating times and usually order a fair amount too. We're also used to just taking snacks to munch on as we walk along exploring. I hope I covered all the basic information to help out on the feedback.
Thanks in advance.
Maria's Pastry Shop
46 Cross St, Boston, MA 02129
151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109
300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
257 Hanover St, Boston, MA
323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
134 Salem St, Boston, MA