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Epic level Boston Noms

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  • DirewolfDirewolf Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Classy but good priced: Eastern Standard in Kenmore, Russel House Tavern in Harvard Square.
    Greasy Spoon: Grendel's Den in Harvard Square.
    Seafood: Either No Name (A bit of a tourist trap), Turner Fisheries (Copley Square), or Union Oyster House.
    Bar: If nearby, Whiskey Priest if you're a whiskey nerd. Shouldn't be as packed as Drink. Otherwise I'd say Eastern Standard.
    Best Breakfast: Find a bakery. The North End is packed with them (i.e. the famous Mike's Pastry), but there are good ones in Faneuil Hall if you're willing to wait for it to open.
    Vegetarian: Clover (numerous locations in Cambridge), Peace O' Pie (Amazing Vegan Pizza in Allston. Don't think they'll deliver all the way downtown though).

    If you want well priced asian cuisine but don't want to deal with walking all over China Town or possibly confusing menus, Wagamama is great. 3 locations, including Faneuil, mixed of vegetarian and not, and amazing with food allergies if you let them know.

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  • TennbergTennberg Boston, MARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Koreana, 154 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA

    Closest T stop: Central Square, Red Line

    Incredible Korean barbecue that you cook right at your table. It's a bit expensive, but worth it.

  • Cailler CountryCailler Country Registered User
    edited February 2011
    You go to Mike's or Modern if you don't know about Bovas. Or if you just like grocery store quality baked goods ;)

    You go to Bova's (which is 24/7) when Mike's closes ;-)

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  • emf715emf715 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I kinda love cheeseburgers. Where's the best one near PAX East?

    EDIT: Thanks for the move. I was in school mode, so I missed the whole "Noms" thread when scanning the forums...

  • bustin98bustin98 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    This thread says Uburger. This post probably would be better served there.

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    UBurger is pretty popular, and they just put a new one in near Park St. If you don't mind travelling up to Harvard Square you'll find Mr. Bartley's, which is in a lot of "Top Burger Joints in America" lists.

  • Sentient6Sentient6 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I would heartily recommend UBurger. I was not aware that there was one near Park St. Good to know I guess.

  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Their website says it's still under construction, but I could've sworn I saw it open the last time I walked by. Might want to verify before you make a special trip.

  • bustin98bustin98 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I didn't mention it, but I love a good burger too and was thinking off treking to Uburger. Maybe a burger meetup could be organized? But not too large. I don't want to think of drowning a place with 100 or more hungry geeks during lunch hour.

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  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    bustin98 wrote: »
    I didn't mention it, but I love a good burger too and was thinking off treking to Uburger. Maybe a burger meetup could be organized? But not too large. I don't want to think of drowning a place with 100 or more hungry geeks during lunch hour.

    the aforementioned bartley's in harvard has a big communal table situation, so that might be ideal for a group meetup. i would also consider it more of a boston landmark (cambridge technically, but whatever) than someplace like uburger. and yeah, good burgers.

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  • trinistandtrinistand Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Ah yes burgers....mmmm...

    UBurger is a decent joint in town as is Bartley's.

    I also like the following places:
    Flat Patties
    Miracle of Science
    Russell House Tavern
    Beehive

    And if you really want to splurge and go crazy (note you'll need a reservation for the bar-side of the restaurant), and you can call me absolutely nuts-crazy if you want...but the burger at Craigie on Main ($21) is a culinary masterpiece. It's been written up in multiple publications and according to said publications, many boston chefs list Craigie as their favorite burger.

  • bustin98bustin98 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I am a simple man with simple tastes. And a delicate digestive tract. Juicey burger, cheese, bacon, lettuce, ketchup, and a soft bun is all I need to be happy. Add some warm firm fries and a cold drink and I'm good. Start making things complicated and bustin98 is not so happy with a burger.

    Lunch burger run to any place that isn't fast food and I'm down for it, as long as I can keep it simple :)

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  • emf715emf715 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I'm liking this lunch-burger-meetup idea. Someone take charge. Shotnot.

  • crackgoblincrackgoblin Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    My flight gets into boston at 10pm on thursday. What is still delicious and open around the PAX area (within about 5 blocks) that i can eat?

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It might be cutting things close (I think the kitchen closes at 11pm), but if you can get there in time head to Lucky's Lounge for the Kobe Sliders, a beer, and some live music.

  • redshoepaulredshoepaul Registered User
    edited February 2011
    If you guys want to follow me on Twitter, I'll have pictures and directions to what is around the area for food! I'd love to help out you guys who are indecisive on where to go and stuff.

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  • wanthonywanthony Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I work right down the street from the convention center. Here are a few recommendations (places I've gone to for lunch / after work for drinks):

    Lucky's: a decent little bar / restaurant on the corner of A st and Congress st (I believe).

    Sleeper St Cafe: A small deli with some good sandwiches. Probably a 10 minute walk from the convention center.

    Papagayo: A new tequila bar / mexican restaurant right down the street from the convention center. Had an office party here in December - the food was good, and the drinks were fine. They also did some tequila snow-cones for us, which were apparently made from frozen fruit mashed up with tequila - pretty good stuff.

    There're a few other places that others from the office go to, but I've never been. I'll

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  • NeatoNeato Registered User
    edited February 2011
    Annas Taqueria on cambridge street... They have the most amazing burritos ever and i think it is about a mile from the convention center.

  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    quick plug for the point-of-interest map; it may be of some assistance in finding places for food close to the convention center.

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  • TheMegTheMeg Registered User
    edited February 2011
    i'm excited to see all the veg friendly suggestions! i was a little worried i would have a hard time finding somewhere to eat. i guess the diet is off for the weekend lol.

  • kingjeffkingjeff Malden, MARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Just to throw in a few of my favorites:

    Fire and Ice: One in Back Bay, one in Harvard Square. It's a "mongolian BBQ" style place. You take a bunch of stuff, throw it in a bowl and they cook it on a giant round grill. They have Sunday brunch until 3pm.

    Friendly Toast: I'll second/third/fourth/whatever this place in Kendall Square. All sorts of things on the menu, people mention the breakfast stuff but it's not specifically a breakfast place. You can get King Cakes or Sklarmageddon any time of day!

    If you're adventurous and want a great brunch, go to the Exchange Street Bistro in Malden (you could get there by Orange Line). Possibly the best Sunday brunch in the area. You can also be cheap and get a Restaurant.com $25 gift certificate for $2 or $3 and bring some friends for a great meal (I do this once a month).

    Eating around the BCEC on a Friday or Saturday evening will be a chore. Expect a 90 minute wait for a table. That's how it is when there aren't thousands of hungry gamers there. Eat at off-hours.

  • kitties_on_acidkitties_on_acid Registered User
    edited February 2011
    kingjeff wrote: »
    Just to throw in a few of my favorites:

    Fire and Ice: One in Back Bay, one in Harvard Square. It's a "mongolian BBQ" style place. You take a bunch of stuff, throw it in a bowl and they cook it on a giant round grill. They have Sunday brunch until 3pm.

    Friendly Toast: I'll second/third/fourth/whatever this place in Kendall Square. All sorts of things on the menu, people mention the breakfast stuff but it's not specifically a breakfast place. You can get King Cakes or Sklarmageddon any time of day!

    If you're adventurous and want a great brunch, go to the Exchange Street Bistro in Malden (you could get there by Orange Line). Possibly the best Sunday brunch in the area. You can also be cheap and get a Restaurant.com $25 gift certificate for $2 or $3 and bring some friends for a great meal (I do this once a month).

    Eating around the BCEC on a Friday or Saturday evening will be a chore. Expect a 90 minute wait for a table. That's how it is when there aren't thousands of hungry gamers there. Eat at off-hours.

    Yes. Very, very yes to both Fire and Ice and Friendly Toast.

    Being a vegetarian, I love the fact that Fire/Ice has a dedicated "no meat" portion of the grill. Friendly Toast is not only delicious and very veggie friendly, but I am absolutely in love with the kitschy nostalgia decor.

    Other places I eat at in Boston are...

    Addis Red Sea (Ethiopian)
    Pho Pasteur (Vietnamese)
    Grasshopper (Vegan Chinese)

    I could give more info about any of them, if anyone other than me is interested in these places. ;-)

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    tvethiopia wrote: »
    bustin98 wrote: »
    I didn't mention it, but I love a good burger too and was thinking off treking to Uburger. Maybe a burger meetup could be organized? But not too large. I don't want to think of drowning a place with 100 or more hungry geeks during lunch hour.

    the aforementioned bartley's in harvard has a big communal table situation, so that might be ideal for a group meetup. i would also consider it more of a boston landmark (cambridge technically, but whatever) than someplace like uburger. and yeah, good burgers.

    If people still show interest then I can always see about organizing a little something. Might be difficult since I'm not from the area but hey, why not.

    I'll come back to this after my work day, things are hectic here.

  • dragons claw69dragons claw69 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    Double whammy here folks but I'm a first time PAX attendee and it'll be my first trip to the States. I'll be meeting up with friends and was wondering what the best places were for;

    Dim Sum
    Seafood

    Thanks for any and all suggestions

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I wouldn't mind some oyster bar recommendations.

    Union Oyster House
    Salty Dog
    Island Creek

    Those are the 3 I know of. (I don't like oysters)
    Union Oyster House is near Quincy Market
    Salty Dog is at Quincy Market
    Island Creek is on Congress St (which puts it close to the BCEC)

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Freemann wrote: »

    The 3rd place on that list, Lucky's Lounge, has some great food. And, according to my friend, some excellent drinks as well.

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I agree with Addis Red Sea, they have this spongey bread that is amazing to sop up all that spice.

    There are also a few Afghani places to check out. Ariana in Allston (have been here and loved it) and Helmand in Cambridge (have not tried).

    The Middle East/Zuzu in Central Square Cambridge is a local landmark. They have all of the staple Middle Eastern food. Zuzu which is all owned by the same people is a little bit better than the Middle East itself. They also have concert venues and cheap drink prices. If you are looking for music, go here or the Paradise and not the overpriced House of Blues. $6 PBRs there. :v:

    Also, if you're loking for something a little different, Fire and Ice is always pretty fun. It's basically stir fry that you pick all the ingredients yourself and they cook the food on a huge round grill. They also have 2 HUGE cocktails. It's a chain, but there's only 6 of them total. But price wise, it's not the cheapest.
    http://www.fire-ice.com/

    You forgot one detail about Fire + Ice: It's all-you-can-eat.
    The one in Harvard Square would be the easier one to get to from the BCEC: Silver line to South Station, Red line to Harvard.
    Back Bay: Silver Line to South Station, Red line to Park St, Green line to Arlington.

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The Hub Pub http://www.thehubpub.com/
    Their appetizers are nom. Their burgers are nom. And the service is very friendly.

    (Sorry for all the back-to-back posts. But, as I go into Boston at least once a month and have friends that live in Boston, I have a lot to say)

    Oh, and if you're looking for good delivery pizza in Southie, call Olympic.
    http://www.menulizard.com/restaurant/258/

    Oh, and look at the other places in Boston on MenuLizard. Can help you plan for your food needs at PAX East.

  • Defleshed666Defleshed666 Registered User
    edited February 2011
    At the risk of spamming, im gonna also recommend Legal Seafoods, unbelievable chowder, clambakes, and lobster rolls. Also, the whiskey steak house across from the Hynes is pretty excellent and affordable.

    Anyone know of any buffet style seafood places?

  • daegandaegan Registered User
    edited February 2011
    kingjeff wrote: »
    Eating around the BCEC on a Friday or Saturday evening will be a chore. Expect a 90 minute wait for a table. That's how it is when there aren't thousands of hungry gamers there. Eat at off-hours.

    This worries me. Better bring a lot of snacks :o

  • arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    At the risk of spamming, im gonna also recommend Legal Seafoods, unbelievable chowder, clambakes, and lobster rolls. Also, the whiskey steak house across from the Hynes is pretty excellent and affordable.

    Anyone know of any buffet style seafood places?

    There aren't really buffets in Boston, beyond a few stray chinese ones.

    Legal Seafoods middle range seafood at best, but there are quite a few of them around and you could def. do worse :)

    Whiskeys has pretty solid bar food, but sadly BCEC is kind of far from Hynes.

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  • arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    daegan wrote: »
    kingjeff wrote: »
    Eating around the BCEC on a Friday or Saturday evening will be a chore. Expect a 90 minute wait for a table. That's how it is when there aren't thousands of hungry gamers there. Eat at off-hours.

    This worries me. Better bring a lot of snacks :o

    You can always walk ~15min to Chinatown/Downtown ;)

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    As much as I would like to organize some kind of get together at uBurger, my recent schedule says that I'm constantly out of time for even the silliest of personal things. I'm sorry but I can't do alot.

  • NeuralLinkNeuralLink Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm looking for some food advice. I love lamb. I love lamb more than any other cut of meat. Where can I find the best lamb in Boston?

  • TheRobotGuyTheRobotGuy Registered User
    edited February 2011
    The Barking Crab has some amazing fried sea food. Definatly a place to check out if you don't mind going a good distance from the expo.

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  • trinistandtrinistand Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    NeuralLink wrote: »
    I'm looking for some food advice. I love lamb. I love lamb more than any other cut of meat. Where can I find the best lamb in Boston?

    Though the event happened already (and I missed it! :?) check out the restaurants and chefs listed on Lamb Jam Boston:
    http://fansoflambboston.com/lambjamboston.aspx

  • roxxsolidgamesroxxsolidgames Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I did not read through the entire board, so I apologize if this was already asked. I am an irishman by nature. Anyone know of any GOOD irish puds near the BCEC?

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I did not read through the entire board, so I apologize if this was already asked. I am an irishman by nature. Anyone know of any GOOD irish puds near the BCEC?

    From the BCEC, go down D street to West Broadway. There are a few pubs along West Broadway. South Boston, less than a week before St Patrick's Day, ALL the pubs be Irish. ^_^

    http://www.bostonirishpub.com/

  • Fetch26291Fetch26291 MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    According to the PAX East map, and also the BCEC website, there is a food court at the BCEC. I did not know of this. Granted, I've never been IN the BCEC. But if they charge what the place in the Hynes does, you'd be better off walking to one of the many other places everyone has mentioned in this thread.

  • StrikerObiStrikerObi Tallahassee, FLRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The menus for Restaurant Week are up now at http://restaurantweekboston.com

    It was mentioned a few pages back, but this is basically a time of the year when a ton of restaurants group together to offer fixed-price menus ($15 for a 2-course lunch, $20 for 3-course lunch, $30 for 3-course dinner) which is typically a really fantastic discount compared to what that list of items would normally cost you. It's basically a way for them all to show off and attract new customers. It's also actually two weeks long (Mar 6-18), excluding Saturday, March 12th.

    We went to a couple places last year and I'd say most all of them were good. Of course they're all kind of in the Back Bay area since that's there PAX East was last year.

    Summer Shack - Great seafood. They did restaurant week last year too, and their $30 restaurant week menu was really good.

    Kashmir - This Indian place is on Newberry (check that area out if you have a chance, lots of cool stuff) and we all thought it was tasty as hell. Damn good.

    Little Steve's House of Pizza - It's right near Berklee on Boylston St. I have no idea how it compares to the rest of Boston's pizza. I used to live in northern NJ but now I live in Florida. This place was better than almost any Florida pizza (even the places run by transplants from the northeast). It was thin, big, and greasy. It made me feel like I was back in NJ, so there was definitely a bit of a nostalgia factor playing in my enjoyment of it.

    Pad Thai Cafe - Directly next to Little Steve's. I am by no means an expert on Thai food, but I do enjoy some good Pad Thai. This place was good and cheap, and I saw a good amount of people from SE Asian countries there which is always a good sign at an Asian restaurant.

    Boloco - A local chain (I think) of burrito places. The one I went to used to be right next to Little Steve's and the Thai place, but looking at Google Maps that location moved down the street. Anyway it looks like there are a good number across the Boston area. I ate breakfast here twice last year. Breakfast burritos are the fucking shit. We also got burritos there late one night at like 2AM while we were as the locals say "wicked drunk". It looks like the closest location to the BCEC is on Pearl Street.

    Espresso Royale Cafe - I had to go to the Apple Store before the first day of PAX to get my Macbook's shell replaced. I asked the guys there where I could get some good breakfast. The genius recommended this place. It was really good. They have a shit load of teas (I'm not a coffee drinker) and a bunch of tasty as hell baked goods. It's small so they didn't have any serious breakfast plates, but you could get eggs and bacon on a sandwich or bagel and stuff like that. I had my other two breakfasts at PAX here.

    I also agree with the above poster. Skip the food court if at all possible. I'm sure it will be fine. On the BCEC website one of them is marked as the "local" food court which sounds more promising than a regular food court. However, it'll be overpriced and it's so much more fun to explore and find awesome places to eat. You can get good, cheap eats in almost any major city.

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