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The 2018 Restaurant Thread

imnotalawyerimnotalawyer Registered User regular
Older threads...
2014 Restaurant/Food Thread
2015 Restaurant/Food Thread
2016 Restaurant/Food Thread
2017 Restaurant/Food Thread

It’s that time of year again! Food is one of my favorite parts of traveling and PAX is no different. The Seaport area has experienced a lot of growth in the past few years and new restaurants have been cropping up - I figured another one of these threads couldn’t hurt.

So far as my recommendations are concerned...

BonMe Fort Point - Less than $10/person - http://www.bonmetruck.com/menu/
My top recommendation. This place is about a half a mile from BCEC and they have awesome Vietnamese sandwiches. Seriously, my fiancée and I wish we had one of these shops back home. Food is great and it’s usually pretty quiet in there (compared to PAX)

Tikkaway - Less than $10/person - http://www.tikkaway.com
The Indian version of chipotle. They offer rice bowls with your choice of protein and tons of veggies. This franchise actually started up in my hometown in Connecticut and I was so excited to see that they opened one up in the Seaport district last year!

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  • craiolacraiola MARegistered User regular
    Here is my spreadsheet based upon yelp reviews and past recommendations. I still need to update some items and will try to update as time allows but hope it helps! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GZUpPdHisyhDPMJoN0wgwkXHUqzB-7FPoA4KlhRZQ-g/edit?usp=sharing

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  • yutani sanyutani san MaineRegistered User regular
    Fire + Ice is a must go to place for me. Worth the subway trip :)

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  • Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    Not too far from Fire + Ice and not on the spreadsheet is Parish Cafe, located on Boylston St near the southeast corner of the Gardens. Fantastic sandwiches and an okay beer selection. It's a long walk for a sandwich, but if you're roaming around the area anyways, it's a great spot. If weather permits, they have a front patio that is rather popular. Their double-decker meatloaf sandwich is my favorite there.

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
  • brokenvegetablebrokenvegetable Registered User regular
    fanuel hall is always a great stop... not near the convention center but has a mass of Boston food in it.

    Fire and Ice is a very well wroth place for food. I would say its at the bottom of expensive but well worth it. $25/person

    Friendly Toast which is also a little subway trip away. a bit on the high side but worth it. $20/person

    Near the convention center you dont have much.

    The north End is the best place for pastry or oysters/italian food. $30/person Aside from pizza

    24 hour pastry shop in the north end is Bova's BEST pastry hands down. and its open all day and night every day and night. It's located on salam st. just before the hill. its average for price. Its very easy to spend $15 on three items

    All depends on how much your willing to pay for food. The best places are also the most expensive.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    It leans towards expensive, but I really liked Sweet Cheeks Q. It's a bbq place pretty close to Fenway. It has easily the best biscuits I've ever tasted, and when my son ordered a large side of mac n cheese for his dinner, it was served in an old fashioned blue pot. Good fried chicken too.

    Also Fire and Ice is delightful.

  • starNOstarstarNOstar Buffalo, NYRegistered User regular
    The Friendly Toast in Back Bay area, best breakfast you'll get in Boston

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  • Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    starNOstar wrote: »
    The Friendly Toast in Back Bay area, best breakfast you'll get in Boston
    Be warned that there are crazy long lines during peak. Once I was told it was a 2-hour wait... for breakfast. Not ragging on the place, just noting the insane lines I've seen on my way to work.

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
  • starNOstarstarNOstar Buffalo, NYRegistered User regular
    Le_Goat wrote: »
    starNOstar wrote: »
    The Friendly Toast in Back Bay area, best breakfast you'll get in Boston
    Be warned that there are crazy long lines during peak. Once I was told it was a 2-hour wait... for breakfast. Not ragging on the place, just noting the insane lines I've seen on my way to work.

    Yea, that's no joke. Longest waits I've ever seen. But the good thing is they are on the NoWait app, so you can technically get in a virtual line there

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  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    edited January 6
    Yo if you head straight down summer street, past south station (So take a left out of the front of convention center and just keep going on that road), all the way to the Macy's there is a roche brothers across the street from there. It's a decent grocery store where I get my lunch like every day for work. They have a ton of reasonably priced prepared foods, including sushi that definitely gets the job done.

    Sleep on
  • ironysparklesironysparkles Lowell, MARegistered User regular
    Yes, Tikkaway!!!! I stumbled upon them last year: Indian food, Chipotle-style! Lots of vegetarian options, and the iced coffee and limeade were great. They had just opened, and the owner was amazingly friendly and very appreciative that I told him about the con, set them up a facebook location, and mentioned them on last year's food thread. A bit of a walk from the BCEC, but it shouldn't be as cold as last year so I'll definitely be making it at least of the days!

    If you're going to Chinatown and have a big appetite: The Hot Pot Buffet is very worth the price if you go hungry.

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  • TriiipledotTriiipledot Registered User regular
    Sleep wrote: »
    Yo if you head straight down summer street, past south station (So take a left out of the front of convention center and just keep going on that road), all the way to the Macy's there is a roche brothers across the street from there. It's a decent grocery store where I get my lunch like every day for work. They have a ton of reasonably priced prepared foods, including sushi that definitely gets the job done.

    This is awesome to know, usually stay at the hotel right above the Macys.

  • Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    edited January 10
    Sleep wrote: »
    Yo if you head straight down summer street, past south station (So take a left out of the front of convention center and just keep going on that road), all the way to the Macy's there is a roche brothers across the street from there. It's a decent grocery store where I get my lunch like every day for work. They have a ton of reasonably priced prepared foods, including sushi that definitely gets the job done.

    This is awesome to know, usually stay at the hotel right above the Macys.
    Then you'll want to know that just down Washington Street, there is a Walgreens that also sells alcohol. You'll have everything you need.

    Le_Goat on
    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
    Sleep
  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    edited January 11
    Sleep wrote: »
    Yo if you head straight down summer street, past south station (So take a left out of the front of convention center and just keep going on that road), all the way to the Macy's there is a roche brothers across the street from there. It's a decent grocery store where I get my lunch like every day for work. They have a ton of reasonably priced prepared foods, including sushi that definitely gets the job done.

    This is awesome to know, usually stay at the hotel right above the Macys.

    Ooh also when you go to this place don't miss the stairs down on the left from the entrance... that's where the real grocery store (that also is a liquor store) is.

    Sleep on
  • smorggiesmorggie Registered User regular
    I would love to hear more suggestions about restaurants in South Boston, since it's about a 20 minute walk south of the convention center and you don't have to cross the evil bridge towards South Station which is unbearable if it's cold out, especially in cosplay. I know there are a ton of restaurants on West Broadway but I've only been to Loco Taqueria which is an amazing spot for dinner. I have heard awesome things about Certified Meatball Company and Moonshine 152, but have never been.

  • BinaryPieBinaryPie Registered User regular
    smorggie wrote: »
    I would love to hear more suggestions about restaurants in South Boston, since it's about a 20 minute walk south of the convention center and you don't have to cross the evil bridge towards South Station which is unbearable if it's cold out, especially in cosplay. I know there are a ton of restaurants on West Broadway but I've only been to Loco Taqueria which is an amazing spot for dinner. I have heard awesome things about Certified Meatball Company and Moonshine 152, but have never been.

    With East being in April this year and a bit of luck it shouldn't be as brutally cold as it has been for the early March Easts we've had in the past. Hopefully the weather isn't a problem this time.

  • youreawolfyoureawolf Registered User new member
    Anyone know where to get good vegan food? :)

  • TriiipledotTriiipledot Registered User regular
    Is Harpoon Brewery any good? I tell myself im going to check it out every year and end up passing, I think one year it was there St Paddys Day celebration and it was nuts.

    Id also like to add that last year my group went to A4CADE (bar/arcade with food) in Cambridge and it had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

  • craiolacraiola MARegistered User regular
    Is Harpoon Brewery any good? I tell myself im going to check it out every year and end up passing, I think one year it was there St Paddys Day celebration and it was nuts.

    Id also like to add that last year my group went to A4CADE (bar/arcade with food) in Cambridge and it had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

    Personally I really enjoy harpoon. They have a great beer hall with a wide selection of beers and the pretzels are always yummy.

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User regular
    Food? I'm in. Also Harpoon is dope.

  • imnotalawyerimnotalawyer Registered User regular
    Is Harpoon Brewery any good? I tell myself im going to check it out every year and end up passing, I think one year it was there St Paddys Day celebration and it was nuts.

    Id also like to add that last year my group went to A4CADE (bar/arcade with food) in Cambridge and it had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

    Yes! The year PAX lines up with St. Patrick’s day was disappointing because it was (understandably) overrun. I am not usually one for breweries. If I want a beer I will just go to a bar, but this is a great space. Beer is fantastic and as the other user mentioned, the soft pretzels are phenomenal. They come with a variety of dipping sauces.

    Worth noting that it will be 3/4 PAX people in there and usually at night there’s a PAX related party. Last year blizzard ran a fireside gathering and some of the devs showed up. Very cool.

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  • sfford2008sfford2008 Registered User regular
    Is Harpoon Brewery any good? I tell myself im going to check it out every year and end up passing, I think one year it was there St Paddys Day celebration and it was nuts.

    Id also like to add that last year my group went to A4CADE (bar/arcade with food) in Cambridge and it had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

    Yes! The year PAX lines up with St. Patrick’s day was disappointing because it was (understandably) overrun. I am not usually one for breweries. If I want a beer I will just go to a bar, but this is a great space. Beer is fantastic and as the other user mentioned, the soft pretzels are phenomenal. They come with a variety of dipping sauces.

    Worth noting that it will be 3/4 PAX people in there and usually at night there’s a PAX related party. Last year blizzard ran a fireside gathering and some of the devs showed up. Very cool.

    The benefit of harpoon is that if you are into craft beer, they have many types that you can only try at the brewery, and sometimes some of those never make it to market.

  • ironysparklesironysparkles Lowell, MARegistered User regular
    youreawolf wrote: »
    Anyone know where to get good vegan food? :)

    Tikkaway which was mentioned in OP's post, has vegan and veggie options! By Chloe is in the area too, though I haven't eaten there.

    https://eatbychloe.com

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    sfford2008 wrote: »
    Is Harpoon Brewery any good? I tell myself im going to check it out every year and end up passing, I think one year it was there St Paddys Day celebration and it was nuts.

    Id also like to add that last year my group went to A4CADE (bar/arcade with food) in Cambridge and it had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

    Yes! The year PAX lines up with St. Patrick’s day was disappointing because it was (understandably) overrun. I am not usually one for breweries. If I want a beer I will just go to a bar, but this is a great space. Beer is fantastic and as the other user mentioned, the soft pretzels are phenomenal. They come with a variety of dipping sauces.

    Worth noting that it will be 3/4 PAX people in there and usually at night there’s a PAX related party. Last year blizzard ran a fireside gathering and some of the devs showed up. Very cool.

    The benefit of harpoon is that if you are into craft beer, they have many types that you can only try at the brewery, and sometimes some of those never make it to market.

    Had a company event at Harpoon and the tap room is just awesome.

    Also, Trillium has a brew hall in Canton and the Boston beer co brewery (aka Sam Adams) is awesome as well.


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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    smorggie wrote: »
    I would love to hear more suggestions about restaurants in South Boston, since it's about a 20 minute walk south of the convention center and you don't have to cross the evil bridge towards South Station which is unbearable if it's cold out, especially in cosplay. I know there are a ton of restaurants on West Broadway but I've only been to Loco Taqueria which is an amazing spot for dinner. I have heard awesome things about Certified Meatball Company and Moonshine 152, but have never been.

    Worden Hall is cool place for upscale pub fare. When I worked downtown, I would often go here to grab a beer and maybe a snack while waiting for my ride.

    Stephi's is supposed to be ok.

    According to my wife Moonshine 152 is supposed to be pretty good.

    Also, if you aren't vegan and never had a proper minced meat pie (i.e. English) then try KO Pies (owner's Australian). I've been there a handful of times over the years and it's good.

    I've been to Shenannigan’s a few times and well I can't speak for the food the drinks are usually good. It's a traditional Boston bar.

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    edited February 20
    I would like to raise the Quincy Center (red line stop) restaurant scene is kinda killing it right now.

    I would recommend any of the following restaurants:

    The Townshend makes awesome drinks and the food is pretty good as well.
    Sher-a-Punjab pretty good Indian plus they make Dosa (think Indian Crepes)
    Zef Cicchetti ( multiple friends love this place)
    KKatie's Burger (pretty good burgers)
    Fuji @ WoC (really good sushi)
    Pho Pasteur (same as the one in chinatown)
    16C Awesome flatbread pizza and good overall drinks and food
    Shaking Crab - you'll need to check out their website to see what the hub bub is about

    Also, I would recommend the following quincy are restaurants

    Near north quincy station

    Pho linh - good pho
    Taipei - Taiwanese cuisine, it's pretty good according to my wife's Taiwanese aunt.

    Near Wollaston's T station, but wollaston's T station is temporary closed to add handicap functions; so these will be annoying to get to:

    Windsor Dim Sum - pretty good dim sum and definitely less intimidating than normal cart lady dim sum places
    Fuji - imho best sushi in quincy.


    Just a Milton mention:

    If you want to go to a NKoTB restaurant and Walhburger's isn't your thing, then try Novara which is co-owned by Jordan Knight. People have seen him here from time to time.

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    Near the convention Center with 5-15 min walk

    If you like steak and can swing the Seaport has about 3-4 steak houses

    between seaport blvd and Summer street
    Shake Shack - you know shake shack
    Chipotle
    Aceituna Grill - Mediterranean/shawarma
    Rosa Mexicano - I've been here multiple times and would recommend getting the table side guac
    La Casa de Pedro - Tapas and darn good
    Flour - good bakery and sandwich shop (been to other locations and those were good)
    Legal seafood has two restaurants (harbor-side and test-kitchen)
    Cafe Nero
    Lucky's Lounge
    sweetgreen
    Blue dragon - Ming Tsai's restaurant
    plenty of seafood options: No Name, Row 34, 75 on Liberty Wharf


    near broadway T stop (< than a mile/15 minute walk)
    Moonshine 152
    Stephi's
    Worden Hall
    Subway
    KO pies


    Not really a complete list but I've either been to or hear good things about these restaurants.







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