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More than Chowder in Boston

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A November 2004 trip to Boston by ifor_gal

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Quote: Just a few of my favorite places to go in Boston and the metro area. Boston has everything from Pad Thai to Duck carpaccio. Take your pick!

Tasca

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Tasca is a lovely, dimly lit--almost too dark to even see what's in front of you--type of restaurant. The seats are closer together, which makes for an almost uncomfortably cozy atmosphere. But all in all, it’s a nice place for a romantic night out for two, or a fun family gathering of 10. The restaurant will make accommodations for almost anyone! I've been to Tasca often, and I always start with nothing other than a pitcher of sangria. They make theirs very light and loaded with fruit! Rather than getting the bigger dishes, usually I get several tapas dishes, and my dinner mates and I share. We always get the calamares fritos (fried calamari) and sizzling shrimp. Some other faves are the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Tasca
1612 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, Massachusetts 02135
+1 617 730 8002

Damoah Grill

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Damoah, which roughly translates into "everyone gather," is a wonderful little Korean/Japanese restaurant right off of Comm Ave. near Boston College. The owner is so nice and welcoming to everyone -- especially college students. The walls of the restaurant are filled with college banners from Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Northeastern, and even Wellesley College! And there are pictures of tables filled with young students of all colors, enjoying sapporos and sake with some sushi or a steaming Korean soup. I'd have to say that Damoah offers the best-tasting Korean cuisine for the best price in Boston -- not to rain on Kaya's parade, but no one should ever pay 15 bucks for some kimchee soup. My friends and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Damoah Grill
117 Chiswick Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02135
(617) 783-2116

Cafe Mami

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Located inside the Porter Exchange building, Cafe Mami puts you straight on the streets of Tokyo, where side street restaurants are plentiful. Always crowded, Mami has seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis -- but the customers here know how to eat and run. Basically, Cafe Mami offers meals that are quick to prepare and easy to digest. My favorite is the Tokyo Hamburg steak, which comes with a plate of rice, a bowl of miso soup, some iceburg salad with sesame oil dressing, and a tiny little new potato. The hamburger steak comes in different styles -- you could get Tokyo (which is a ketchup-flavored sauce) or teriyaki, optionally topped with a fried egg and cheese for $.50 or $1 more. Oth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Cafe Mami
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02140
(617) 547-9130

Vinny T's of Boston

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Restaurant | "Vinny T's"

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Talk about momma's kitchen! Vinny T's, formerly Vinny Testas, is a large restaurant, ideal for large groups of people. The dishes are made large to share with two (for the per-uno plates) and up to four or five (for the per-due plates). Vinny T's has an extensive wine list and a full bar, so those of age can sit at the bar when they need to get away from the noisy group they're with and have a calm, relaxing drink while chatting it up with the bartender or watching the latest game. Like many other Italian restaurants, Vinny T's gives complimentary baskets of bread, which is already seasoned, but to make the flavors come out, they bring out a little bowl with a head of baked garlic sittin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Vinny T's of Boston
867 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 262-6699

Stephanie's of Newbury

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Restaurant | "Stephanie's on Newbury"

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Stephanie's on Newbury offers down-home cooking for upscale prices. Located on the fashionable Newbury Street, it's hard to miss the green awning and the al fresco seating that awaits you on the outside of the restaurant. Inside, you immediately enter into a dark, warm, leather couch-filled room, lit by a warm fire, which feels like Grandpa's scotch and cigar room. Be sure to come on an empty stomach, because Stephanie has some heavy Southern offerings. The menu varies among lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, but my all-time favorite is the over-sized -- and should be illegal -- Stephi Burger. It's a huge sirloin hamburger topped with caramelized onions, juicy mushrooms, greasy bacon, and all the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Stephanie's of Newbury
190 Newbury St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 236-0990

Finale

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Finale Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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For decadent desserts and to satisfy your sweet tooth, come to Finale. There are two locations: one in the back bay area, and the other in Harvard Square on Dunster Street. This is a perfect place for a first date or for a small group of friends. I've never eaten any of its prelude offerings -- I've only gone for dessert -- but from what I've seen, the salads, gourmet pizzas, and other dishes look very delicious and are well presented. They have an extensive wine list, and for their desserts, they offer wine pairings that compliment the desserts. If wine is not your thing, they offer various coffees and espressos. The dessert menu varies from season to season, but you can be sure to f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2004

Finale
One Columbus Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 423 3184

Sunset Cantina

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Sunset Cantina Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Sunset Cantina is a great after-class/work hang out for college students and young professionals. It looks like a hole in the wall when you're at the front door, but once you're in, you'll see a very large seating area with plenty of booths, tables, and bar seating available. There are TVs all around, and it’s heavily decorated with road-trip memorabilia. It’s a fun place for larger groups—birthdays, celebrations, whatever. I really like the Tex-Mex type of selection they have. The food is fairly cheap and comes in quite large portions. Definitely go for the South of the Border Fiesta Nacho Platter. The half-plate serves two people and costs $8, while the full plate which serves four or more cost...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2005

Sunset Cantina
916 Commenwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
(617) 731-8646

Figs

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Figs Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Figs in Wellesley is located on the main street of the town in a cozy and maybe slightly too-snug building. The open kitchen allows you to see the wonderful oven that bakes your pizza to perfection. That's the only reason to visit Figs--don't bother with the appetizers, paninis, and pasta. Their salads come in wonderfuly large portions, enough to feed two or three. The mixed green salad is nice, and the dressing is very light. Then order one of their delightful pizzas with the most creative toppings. My personal favorites are calamari pizza, which comes loaded with crispy calamari and mixed greens, and the portobello mushroom pizza, which is a combination of freshly chopped portobello mushroo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Figs
42 Charles St
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
+1 617 742 3447

Sonsie

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I've been to Sonsie for Saturday brunch several times now, and one thing that keeps me coming back is the quality of the food. Although the service isn't the greatest, the food comes out the same each visit I take. During the nicer days of spring and summer on Newbury Street, Sonsie opens up their floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for customers who sit in the "cafe" part of the restaurant to feel like they're actually sitting outdoors. The tables are a bit small and maybe too cozy for some, but for a brunch for two, this place is intimate, yet casual enough for friends or lovers to brunch together. It may be a bit too heavy for some people to have appetizers, main course, and dessert...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Sonsie
327 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
+1 617 351 2500

Atlantic Fish Company

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Restaurant | "Atlantic Fish Co."

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Atlantic Fish Co. is one of the many restaurants owned by the Back Bay Group, which also owns Abe and Louie's, Paparazzi, Charleys, and Joe's American Grill, so you know the service will be up to par and the atmosphere will be woody, dark, and cozy. Before dinner, be sure to try their Back Bay sangria, which costs $8, or their pink sangria, which costs the same. They're served in very large glasses and are very satisfying. The Atlantic Fish Co. is a seafood restaurant that I prefer over Legal Sea Foods mostly because of their creative drink list and variety in flavors. Their appetizers are much more exciting, with their calamari Milano ($10) and the crab-spinach artichoke dip ($10). They prese...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Atlantic Fish Company
761 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
+1 617 267 4000