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Old 05-15-2008, 06:39 PM   #21
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Nice! I already had JP Licks on my list I just couldn't remember the name when I was posting. Also on my list (now that it's in front of me) were Chau Chow City for Dim Sum, Union Oyster House for raw bar (and history), and The Formaggio Kitchen, because I love cheese and charcuterie!

Is it tough to get a spot for Ten Tables Tuesday night coursing?
You should call ahead and make reservations for yourself and whoever is going to be attending. But for a four course meal with 4 glasses of wine for $40, how can you go wrong.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:52 AM   #22
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Boston Beer Works and the Salem Beer Works are excellent and have many of their own micros on Tap. I was fortunate to try a Dunkelweizen the first day it went on tap and it was superb.

Also within reach of the city is the Cambridge Brewing Company which has 5 or 6 of their own brews on tap at any given time. When I was there about 3 or 4 weeks ago, they had a Gruit on tap. I was floored to see that.

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Old 05-17-2008, 03:36 PM   #23
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After looking at the google map, I can say that they hit the nail on the head with most of the places. I haven't had the chance to get to the sunset grill yet as I'm down in CT for school, but I've been told time and time again that I have to go there.

As for Top of the hub, meh. mediocre food and way too expensive. If you're looking for a classic taste of boston, try Anthony's Pier 4. Classic styling on the water, great seafood and a great location. I like Legal, however I only go to them when I am out of state (in NY, for example) because there are so many better places.

If you're looking for steakhouses, skip the capital grill, skip the stockyard, skip abe and louis, and try and head towards the coach grill. It's a bit out of town, but it has one hell of a steak. The Capital Grill/Abe and Louis have unreal wine menus, but I'm never wowed by my food there. Both have great porterhouses, but the menu hasn't really changed besides the specials since the beginning of time.

If you're in town on a night when the sox are playing, either go about 2 hours early and get a seat somewhere, or wait until the game is almost over. I'd try and get a seat outside of game on or cask and flagon and just relax.

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:41 PM   #24
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Starting to pack, look like we're going to have some nice weather for at least the end of the trip. I'm bringing the laptop, so I'll update you guys, maybe post some pics of SA or Harpoon. Thanks everyone for all of your help, you've all been great!

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All right...I've been nowhere on my list so far except James' Gate. Had a good experience, our hosts are friends with the chef. We're staying at the end of the Orange Line...but here's two places that no one mentioned...
Santarpios Pizza was out of this world.
Charlie's Deli was also a great nostalgic sandwich place.
Hit Mike's pastry for a cannoli, it was good.
Went to Cheers (on request of SWMBO's dad) and it was exactly what you would expect, overpriced and not very cool.
JP's Seafood is now on my list of places to go as soon as possible, I saw their menu the other night and it looked awsome.

Also, Blanchards liquor/beer store was very cool...not as great for beer but an excellent wine store. Abe was very helpful in picking out some bottles for our hosts.

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Old 05-23-2008, 03:31 PM   #26
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Yea, JP seafood is actually pretty good, they have some nice sushi, believe it or not. Sounds like you are in my neck of the woods, I hope you are enjoying the neighborhood man, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the trip to boston. Keep us updated and let us know how it goes.

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If you stay out of Dorchester, you'll miss some of the best pubs in the city.

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Santarpios is amazing. Did you ask for a menu? Hahahaha Lefty (the big guy working the grill) would hit ya if you did.

Combo plate + Peperoni pizza + wine from the spigot = heaven.

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if u want to take an hour trip north, you can hit up the redhook brewery in portsmouth nh

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Here's my final itinerary, now that I'm home. Pics and more info to come...

Santarpio's pizza
JP Seafood
Real Deal Sandwich
JP Licks
Union Oyster house
James' Gate
Mike's Pastry
Charlie's Deli
Sam Adams
Harpoon
Smuttynose Brew Pub (Portsmith, NH)
Kelly's Roast Beef (HOLY CRAP WAS THAT GOOD!)
No Name Fish Place
Christ, Scientist Mapparium
USS Constitution
Fort Constitution & adjoining Lighthouse
Old North Church
Copp Hill Burying Ground
Blanchards Liquor Shop
and countless others.
Thanks to everyone that helped, I had a great trip and love Boston.
More details to come...

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