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SF Bay Area Chowhound and Chowpups need to redeem Boston dining scene

jsaimd | May 13, 2010 11:09 PM

I haven't been to Boston in almost 10 years. Last time I was there the food was uninspired and meh, except that my husband loved some burger joint in Cambridge near Harvard Square.

Anyway, we are visiting again in late June and finally want to try the good chow but this time life is a bit more complicated. We have three kids (8, 6 and 1) and my son and i have Celiac disease (so no gluten). My kids are very used to eating at nice restaurants in San Francisco, but obviously a 3 hour tasting menu is out of the picture. They don't need a kids menu, and are well behaved.

We are staying near Hynes convention center, but will likely have a car.

We have a dinner at il Casale with friends in Belmont scheduled, but we have 1-3 dinners and a lunch for sure. I have my eye on Craigie on Main and Oleana - could they deal with kids? Also thinking of Casa Portugal.

I really want some great seafood, but my husband has a psychological allergy to seafood. I am aware of Neptune, but how is the non-seafood options there? Anywhere else that is great for non-fried seafood?

We also will be in Plymouth and either Cape Cod or Waldon Pond for one day with a large crew. For those we need kid friendly, inexpensive food - not only seafood, and have some gluten-free options (it isn't necessary to have a GF menu).

Finally, I have a huge sweet tooth. Most bakeries are not gluten-free friendly, and I am fairly picky about my baked goods, so unless there is an amazing gluten-free bakery I probably won't seek those out. But ice cream works and I hear Boston has the best ice cream in the nation. I was thinking of Toscanini's. Is that a good representation of Boston ice cream? I love Humphrey Slocombe in SF for those that are familiar with that. i prefer bold flavors, and less sweet. love unique flavors.

Casa Portugal
1200 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

il Casale
50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478

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