Hi there everyone. My long term boyfriend and I are coming to the Boston area for a wedding in June. I've been doing a little searching (both on and off Chowhound) and I haven't found a lot that fits our constraints. We'll be spending time in Boston and Cambridge.
We live in Montreal, so we have a lot of amazing things right at our fingertips. We'd love to find a great neighbourhood or two in either city to explore and eat in that would be outside of anything touristy or overpriced. I don't like to use words like "hip", but I think that's kind of what we're after. For anyone who is familiar with Montreal, we live in Mile End and we'd be looking for a similar kind of place.
We would consider ourselves foodies, but we're definitely not above great street eats or quality pub fare. I'm a vegetarian (no fish, but I do eat dairy) and he's a big meat fan, although he's quite open to eating at one or two vegetarian/vegan restaurants if it's not just a plate of lettuce. We're also very open to other cultures and would love to try some veggie friendly dim sum, which seems to be impossible to find in Montreal.
The main constraint is that our budget is quite low. We're students (well, he's graduating, but now comes the debt!) and we're looking for lunches in the 5-12 dollar range and dinners in the 10-25 dollar range, including tax. We love things like late night table d'hôtes, hole in the wall restos and any little gem that tastes great and doesn't break the bank.
My boyfriend definitely wants to go to a great place with lobster rolls/clam chowder (okay, maybe a little touristy) and we will definitely want to go to at least one iconic pub (not Cheers) for a few beers, pub grub and relishing the delightful accents... Sorry! I love a Boston accent like none other.
I know this is super long, but any ideas would be very much appreciated!