Boston Journals

Stopping in Boston (The Amtrak Layover Guide)

Best of IgoUgo

An October 2005 trip to Boston by notso62

Sorriso Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: This journal entry is meant as a convienient guide to restaurants and attractions that are in close proximity to Boston's South Station-- the terminal where Amtrak and major bus lines have their layovers en route to other places.

Stopping in Boston (The Amtrak Layover Guide)

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

South Station Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
So you’re riding a train or bus to the destination of your choice. Maybe you’re going from Maine to New York City. Maybe you’re going to New Haven, CT, from somewhere in Massachusetts. Wherever you may be traveling to or from in New England, there is a very good chance that you will have to board a bus or a train at South Station in Boston. This station serves as hub not only for Amtrak and Acela service but Greyhound and other bus lines as well. The bus station is separated from the train station by a walkway, but it’s pretty easy to navigate between the two. So, what to do if you happen upon South Station and find that your train has been delayed or a layover suddenly seems longer than you...Read More

Sorriso

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Sorriso Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
Why settle for lackluster cuisine when you're in the vicinity of South Station? Thanks to several restaurants that are only a block away, travelers on a layover don't have to settle for less. Sorriso is an excellent example of one of these restaurants. Sorriso is an Italian bistro-style restaurant that caters mostly to the lunch work crowd from the financial district. Most people dine here in their power suits, however you will not be frowned upon if you walk in wearing more casual clothes. Busiest times are during the weekday lunch hours, but the service here is always on top of their game even when they are swamped. The decor of Sorriso is very warm and inviting. The dark woods and dim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2005

Sorriso
107 South Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617) 259-1560

Les Zygomates

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Les Zygomates Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
For travelers with discriminating tastes (or those just craving an excellent meal), rest assured that Les Zygomates, located 1 block over from South Station, fits the bill. This restaurant is heralded for having one of the best wine lists in town, and the food here gets fantastic marks as well. Wine Spectator awarded Les Zygomates honors for its wine list in 2003, and the restaurant has continued to maintain this high standard. It is apparent when you first enter the restaurant that the main focus is wine, as thousands of bottles sit on the racks behind the bar just waiting to be opened. The dining rooms are also decorated with walls made entirely from wine corks. It’s a nice touch. Wine...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

Les Zygomates
129 South St
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
+1 617 542 5108

Penang

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Penang Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
Penang is one of the best Asian-fusion restaurants in Boston's Chinatown. The Malaysian cuisine is heavily influenced by French rules of preparation. Every dish not only tastes delicious but is presented beautifully. Penang is about a half-mile walk from Boston's South Station; if you're craving Asian food, it's a far better bet than any of the places within the station's walls. Though there are many restaurants on Washington Street, Penang offers a standout experience. The dining room is decorated to look like a Malaysian hut with a thatched roof and bamboo platforms. The red-and-black walls make this a very chic yet non-pretentious environment to enjoy lunch or dinner. Penang serves a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

Penang
685 Washington St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02211
(617) 451-6373

Finagle A Bagel

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
Though Boston does not have a long history of bagel-making as does it's nearby cousin New York City, it does have the fabulous local chain called "Finagle A Bagel." It is here that Bostonians go for the closest thing in the area to a New York bagel. There are several convenient locations throughout the city: two nearby South Station, on both Tremont and Franklin Streets. Once you try a Finagle, you will not settle for anything less while in Boston. Finagle a Bagel's storefronts are like fast-food chain restaurants. Set up with under-inspired plastic booths and chairs, it is easy to dismiss this establishment before trying the food. Also not helping the matter is the gold and burgundy paint s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Finagle A Bagel
70 Franklin St.
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 261-1900

Peking Tom's

Restaurant | "Peking Toms"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
Peking Toms is located in the middle of Boston’s Downtown Crossing; within short walking distance from area shops, the financial district, and the South Station transportation hub. Its convenient location makes it an excellent spot to go out to lunch or drinks after work. Here they serve trendy Asian dishes with an American influence. The upscale environment makes it a perfect power-lunch destination. Peking Toms’ menu has many of the traditional items one would expect to find on an Asian-inspired menu, as well as many more-modern creations. For lunch they have excellent meals called "bento boxes" which come with your choice of prepared meat or tofu, tempura vegetables, salad, and rice...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

Peking Tom's
25 Kingston St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617)482-6282

Hei La Moon

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Hei-La Moon"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
Hei-La Moon is a great place to go if you are in the mood for a truly authentic Chinese meal while in the downtown Boston area. This restaurant is located within a few blocks walking distance from South Station, and is great if you have a bit of time to kill on your journey. The specialty at Hei-La Moon is dim sum (small plates prepared with one or two different items that are pushed around on carts and delivered to the tables as the servers pass by). There is plenty of variety of dim sum here; up to 20 different choices on any given day ranging from beef to vegetarian to Chinese dessert dishes. There is a list of the items on the back of the menu describing what is in each dish, but ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

Hei La Moon
88 Beach St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617)338-8813

News

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "The News"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
Having worked near South Station for the last 3 years, I must say that one of my favorite lunch spots used to be The News, a cafe/diner/nightspot on Kneeland Street on the main drag by the entrance to the highway. In recent times however, The News has changed from a lunch spot to a night club—only opening for after-work hours to cater to the drinks-apres-work crowd. This is quite frankly seen as an inconvenience by the ex-regulars of this establishment and it is often wondered now how this restaurant remains in business since they got rid of an estimated three-quarters of their clientele. Despite the new less convenient hours, the News still serves good food and should not be overlooked if you are in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

News
150 Kneeland St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617) 426-6397

Know Fat Lifestyle Grill

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
A fast food restaurant with a menu geared towards healthy choices? Who would have ever thought that idea would have worked in Boston. Luckily the owners of Knowfat had the foresight to open a location in centrally located Downtown Crossing. They always have a line out the door for the lunch crowd of repeat customers coming back day after day. It is that good! Knowfat at first glance looks like a typical fast food restaurant, but it is really so much more. When you walk in, customers are blinded by the bright and busy color scheme and nutritional supplements that dot the walls for purchase. Boothes and tables are small and set up to resemble typical fast food places- not very comfortable. But...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2006

Know Fat Lifestyle Grill
530 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617) 451-0043

Buddha's Delight

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
There is a seedier, more rundown section of Chinatown near the theatre district on Washington Street. It is here you find adult-themed stores, Boston's only topless bar, decrepit buildings, graffiti everywhere—you get the picture—not the best Boston has to offer. Yet if you are feeling adventurous enough to travel to this side of the neighborhood, you will be pleasantly rewarded if you take the opportunity to try the food at the Buddha's Delight. Buddha's Delight is a hole-in-a-wall of a restaurant on the third floor of a rundown building. You may be frightened that you've gone into the wrong door once you see the dirty staircase that does not look like it could possibly lead to a business. But f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2006

Buddha's Delight
5 Beach St.
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 451-2395

Montien Thai Restaurant & Lounge

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Mon Tien"

Montien Thai Restaurant & Lounge Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
For several of our company outings from our office located near South Station in Boston, we have chosen Mon Tien as the restaurant to host lunch or dinner for our group reservations. It is always a popular choice amongst our group and in my opinion one of the better restaurants in Boston's Chinatown. Mon Tien's menu focus is on Thai cuisine. They have many dishes that are familiar to other Asian restaurants (fried rice, chicken and broccoli, etc. ) as well as dishes prepared with Thai curries and ingredients traditional to Thailand like lemongrass. Mon Tien also has an extensive sushi menu- highly recommended is the "Caterpillar roll" which does not actually contain caterpillars but is laid ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

Montien Thai Restaurant & Lounge
63 Stuart St
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
+1 617 338 5600

Chacacero

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
Anybody that has been to Downtown Crossing on a weekday has probably seen the line stretching around the block on the outside of the old Filene's. What is this line for, you ask? Why, it's for Chacacero-the lunchtime favorite of all workers (financial suits and janitors alike) in the downtown Boston area. This makeshift stand/storefront in the side of the historic Filene's building does a tremendous amount of business each and every day. When I first saw Chacacero, the line that stretched around the block to order or pick-up was too daunting. I couldn't believe that people would wait in any line that length, even on the days of inclement or cold Boston weather. But every day without fail...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Filene's Basement

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Filene's Basement Discount Shopping"

Filene's Basement Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
The grandaddy of all discount designer shopping is Filene’s Basement in Boston! In 1908, Edward Filene started the Basement as a way to sell off last season’s merchandise from the similar-named department store upstairs. Over the years, the merchandise has evolved to carry items which are found in higher-end stores like Saks and Barneys. Deep in the Basement alongside the subway tracks lies the best treasure trove of discount finds in all Boston. The bins on the upper level are filled with newly arrived merchandise that hasn’t even been sorted or put on a hanger. Here is where you find the best things before other fashion divas have had a chance to get their paws on them. Filene’s Baseme...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

Filene's Basement
426 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts 02101
+1 617 542 2011