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SF Hound Needs Dive Bars, Cheap-ish Eats, Best Cannoli, Regional Recs

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SF Hound Needs Dive Bars, Cheap-ish Eats, Best Cannoli, Regional Recs

Pssst | Jul 28, 2004 04:55 PM

I’m sure with the DNC you’re been getting lots of out-of-towner requests, it happens to us on the SF Board too, so I’ve tried to be specific.

I’ve 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 I’ll 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 – here’s 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-Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe(0.6m); Parish Café (0.1m); Stephanie’s on Newbury (0.5m); Zaftig’s Deli (2.7m–worth the trip?);
Breakfast/Brunch - Mike’s 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.

Additional Info
We’ll be in town next Tuesday to Sunday (8/3-8). Hubby is tagging along just for fun so if there’s someplace fabulous I should send him to do while I'm working, let me know.

Need 1 – Late-ish Night Eats near Hotel since we’re arriving in the evening & won’t 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 I’m 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), Lee’s, one of the Vietnamese places on Larkin, Red’s Java or the Ferry Building NOT Boulevard or the like). Any regional speciality recs would be great.

Need 4 – Where’s the Best Cannoli? Like foie gras, whenever my husband sees it, he orders it. And every time, he says “This isn’t as good as the one I had 5 years ago in Boston.” And I say “Where in Boston?” and he says “I don’t 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 don’t know how big the North End is but I’m 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 we’d like nicer (mid-price) meals then. SF has some pretty good Vietnamese but I hear Boston is a hotbed of fab Vietnamese so I’d love to check out your “Best”.
I’d prefer something I can’t 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.

More Questions:
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 can’t get in SF, as well as oysters & chowder.

Any tourist traps that I should avoid at all costs?

Here’s a list of the other Boston info sites I’ve been checking out, are there any other good general info sites out there?
http://www.theinsider.com/Boston/inde...
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/
http://boston.citysearch.com/

Was that specific enough? hahahahaha

Thanks so much for reading this far, I look forward to your recs!

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