Im sure with the DNC youre been getting lots of out-of-towner requests, it happens to us on the SF Board too, so Ive tried to be specific.
Ive begun combing through the board for info. The problem is that since I'll be at a convention, I'll will have very limited free time so most of the time Ill need to stick near my hotel (Boston Plaza Hotel at 64 Arlington).
So far Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square for Indian, Petsi Pie, Mix Bakery, Metropolis (grilled muffins? who knew?) have peaked my interest. I've used citysearch to pinpoint the distance from my hotel to various points of interest heres my current list, please let me know if any of these suck or are a must not miss or has a high quality to price ratio
Misc-Finale (0.2m-pastry/sandwich); Metroplis Café (0.6m-lunch/grilled muffins!); Boston Coffee Exchange (0.6m-pastry/sandwich);
Lunch-Charlies Sandwich Shoppe(0.6m); Parish Café (0.1m); Stephanies on Newbury (0.5m); Zaftigs Deli (2.7mworth the trip?);
Breakfast/Brunch - Mikes Pasty (1.3m-bk); Panifico (0.7m-bf);Tremont 647 (0.7m-br); Café Fleuri (0.9m-br); Fire&Ice (0.1m-br); Laurel Bar & Grill (0.2m-br);
CheapEats-Remingtons (0.3m-late); Delux Café (0.4m); Pour House Bar & Grill (0.8m);
Seafood/ClamChowder-Union Oyster House (1.0m); Legal Sea Foods (1.2m); Turner Fisheries & Bar (0.4m); Grill 23 & Bar (0.2m);
Margaritas-Fajitas & Ritas (0.5m); Cottonwood Café (0.2m); Cactus Club (0.8m) I know Boston's not known for its tequila bars but I'm an enthusiast and might feel the need for a quality beverage.
Well be in town next Tuesday to Sunday (8/3-8). Hubby is tagging along just for fun so if theres someplace fabulous I should send him to do while I'm working, let me know.
Need 1 Late-ish Night Eats near Hotel since were arriving in the evening & wont get to dinner until 10:30ish (In SF I might recommend Zuni for their yummy only after 10pm burger.)
Need 2 Dive, Working Class or Classic Bars that serve stiff drinks (In SF that would be Ginger Trois or Irish Bank NOT Top of the Mark or Mecca). Wednesday & Thursday I have business dinners and I suspect Im gonna need a stiff drink afterwards so walking, er stumbling distance from hotel would be preferred.
Need 3 Good but Cheap-ish Eats for Lunch for when I need to escape with the hubby. (In SF, that would be something like Shalimar (Indian), Wrap Delight (bahn mi), Lees, one of the Vietnamese places on Larkin, Reds Java or the Ferry Building NOT Boulevard or the like). Any regional speciality recs would be great.
Need 4 Wheres the Best Cannoli? Like foie gras, whenever my husband sees it, he orders it. And every time, he says This isnt as good as the one I had 5 years ago in Boston. And I say Where in Boston? and he says I dont know, I was just wandering around the North End one day during a business trip. So can you help him out with your favorite? I dont know how big the North End is but Im imagining him heading out every morning and doing the NE street by street eating every cannoli he comes across it could get scary.
Need 5 I will definitely have dinner Friday & Saturday and brunch on Sunday free so wed like nicer (mid-price) meals then. SF has some pretty good Vietnamese but I hear Boston is a hotbed of fab Vietnamese so Id love to check out your Best.
Id prefer something I cant easily get in SF so no Asian Fusion, no Small Plates, no Nuevo Latino but Indian, Thai, or Chinese recs are OK if they are stellar.
I read the A TASTE OF BOSTON; Even the Body Politic Has to Eat in the NYTimes, were those good recommendations? Cause it certainly made me crave Lobster Rolls, which you cant get in SF, as well as oysters & chowder.
Any tourist traps that I should avoid at all costs?
Heres a list of the other Boston info sites Ive been checking out, are there any other good general info sites out there?
Was that specific enough? hahahahaha
Thanks so much for reading this far, I look forward to your recs!