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Revs for good 'Boston character' restaurant?

Old Jan 9, 15, 1:02 am
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Revs for good 'Boston character' restaurant?

Wife and I are headed to Boston this month. Her first visit there and I'm looking for recommendations on a good restaurant. Not looking for super pricey, just some good food representative of Boston.

Also, any recs for pastries and baked goods shops would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Jan 9, 15, 5:12 am
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"Good food representative of Boston" could honestly get you several different things. The italian food in the north end is terrific, there are great seafood places, and there are great places that do a little bit of everything. There are several links in the New England Master Thread that could help you narrow down your choices.

For pastries/baked goods, you really can't go wrong with Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street in the north end. They have a cannoli that's to die for and several other yummy things. Another big advantage is that if you decide to go with an italian meal, you could walk to Mike's immediately after.
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Old Jan 9, 15, 6:53 am
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Mike's is good, but it's full of tourists.

Modern Bakery gets the real Bostonians.


Bova gets the folks from the North End.
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Old Jan 9, 15, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by Out of my Element View Post
Mike's is good, but it's full of tourists.

Modern Bakery gets the real Bostonians.


Bova gets the folks from the North End.
I go to all three for different things -- Modern for cannolis, Mike's for biscotti/pignoli and Bova for bread.
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Old Jan 10, 15, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by mikelat View Post
Not looking for super pricey, just some good food representative of Boston.
Durgin Park has been going forever and predates the whole circa-1970s redevelopment of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

http://arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park/

Union Oyster House is just a short block from there and hasn't changed much since the 19th century.

http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/

Neither particularly elegant nor very pricey, but both are "real Boston."
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Old Jan 10, 15, 12:43 pm
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I'm glad to see Durgin Park mentioned. I like its Indian pudding.
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Old Jan 10, 15, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
I'm glad to see Durgin Park mentioned. I like its Indian pudding.
Aw yiss... with a little vanilla ice cream.
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Old Jan 10, 15, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
Durgin Park has been going forever and predates the whole circa-1970s redevelopment of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

http://arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park/

Union Oyster House is just a short block from there and hasn't changed much since the 19th century.

http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/

Neither particularly elegant nor very pricey, but both are "real Boston."
Both are very popular, but you can count the number of locals in each of these on one hand.
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Old Jan 10, 15, 10:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Out of my Element View Post
Both are very popular, but you can count the number of locals in each of these on one hand.
New Yorkers don't go visit the Statue of Liberty much, most Londoners don't shop at Harrods that much, and perhaps most Bostonians don't keep going back to Durgin Park that much. But they know the place, a lot of us grew up going there, and it's authentically part of Boston.
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Old Jan 11, 15, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
New Yorkers don't go visit the Statue of Liberty much, most Londoners don't shop at Harrods that much, and perhaps most Bostonians don't keep going back to Durgin Park that much. But they know the place, a lot of us grew up going there, and it's authentically part of Boston.
All true, but the reason most of us don't go there more than during the school field trip is that they are easily surpassed in quality by dozens of other restaurants. But they are the right choice for someone who wants to go where the tourists go.
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Old Jan 11, 15, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Out of my Element View Post
...they are easily surpassed in quality by dozens of other restaurants.
I don't suppose you'd care to name some, instead of just sneering at other peoples' suggestions?

Originally Posted by Out of my Element
...they are the right choice for someone who wants to go where the tourists go.
I take it that's intended as a sort of sidelong insult from someone who fancies him/herself smarter and more discerning.
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Old Jan 11, 15, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
Durgin Park has been going forever and predates the whole circa-1970s redevelopment of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

http://arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park/

Union Oyster House is just a short block from there and hasn't changed much since the 19th century.

http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/

Neither particularly elegant nor very pricey, but both are "real Boston."
I guess you good say that these places have "Boston character" because they are two of the oldest restaurants in Boston. Unfortunately neither has good food.

If you want both, Neptune Oyster is a good place to start.
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Old Jan 12, 15, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
I don't suppose you'd care to name some, instead of just sneering at other peoples' suggestions?
Blumie's got a great one listed, the New England Master thread, mentioned earlier, has many more. I hesitate to list my favorites as that's just one man's opinion, but the 2nd floor dining room at Legal's Harborside (at the old Jimmy's location) is my current favorite.

Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
I take it that's intended as a sort of sidelong insult from someone who fancies him/herself smarter and more discerning.
Take it how it best suits you, I'm just letting folks know that you're not going to experience memorable food at either of those places
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Old Jan 12, 15, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by Out of my Element View Post
...the 2nd floor dining room at Legal's Harborside (at the old Jimmy's location) is my current favorite.
Yeah, the Legal Sea Foods empire, with 30+ restaurants in seven states, is real authentic Boston. That's like telling people seeking an authentic Cajun food experience to go find a Pappadeaux.
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Old Jan 12, 15, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by Out of my Element View Post
Blumie's got a great one listed, the New England Master thread, mentioned earlier, has many more. I hesitate to list my favorites as that's just one man's opinion, but the 2nd floor dining room at Legal's Harborside (at the old Jimmy's location) is my current favorite.
We're supposed to give our opinions. They may be "one man's opinion," but that's the way these sites work. My opinion is that I find this list to be a much better place to start than the one in the New England master thread.
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