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Old 02-01-2008, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I personally didn't care for Legal seafood, its a chain. I feel the authentic Boston Seafood can be had at much better locations.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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I personally didn't care for Legal seafood, its a chain. I feel the authentic Boston Seafood can be had at much better locations.
Ok.. Legal Seafood is not good.... Your previous suggestion of Anthony Pier4 is much better? any other seafood suggestions?
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:12 AM
 
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Default Cambridge in the '70s

Don't forget the Inn Square Men's Bar, Willdufauve. That was a great spot and a haunt of Spider John. And the Orson Welles theater--always liked the sunken restaurant there and movie stills projected on the wall. And Legal was just a checkered tablecloth place on Beacon St in Inman Square then, wasn't it? And parking your car (if you had one) in the pothole-filled streetcar yard where the Kennedy School and Charles hotel have been built since.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Ok.. Legal Seafood is not good.... Your previous suggestion of Anthony Pier4 is much better? any other seafood suggestions?
If memory serves Jimmy's on the Peir was also good, I believe it was just down from Peir 4.

Peir 4 is a Boston institution, the success story of the family that started is an amazing and heart warming story. When I was a child, Anthony stood at the door to greet his guests, then when I returned to the area in the early 90s I found Anthony, a little greyer but still greeting people at the door. I read an article about him in Forbes that pointed out he continued to personally greet his guests until he passed away in 2005, now his son has taken his place.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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Don't forget the Inn Square Men's Bar, Willdufauve. That was a great spot and a haunt of Spider John. And the Orson Welles theater--a .
We must sound like old fogies...but those really were the good old days!

Not to forget the Club 47 (later Passim's) in Cambridge for great music and the Black Rose Irish pub in Boston for great times with friends.

There was a feminist vegetarian restaurant on Broadway in Cambridge that I liked the home-cooked style food and homey atmosphere....can't remember the name, maybe Good Times?
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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The Orson Welles burned down years ago.
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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If you're walking the Freedom Trail or just hanging out in the Faneuil Hall area, I recommend Purple Shamrock for some clam chowdah and a pint of Murphy's stout. That's one place I usually take out-of-town visitors. Service can be slow, but the chowder really is great.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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Not to forget the Club 47 (later Passim's) in Cambridge for great music and the Black Rose Irish pub in Boston for great times with friends.
Not at all-- Passim was famous. Black Rose may still be there but a place that had a few good years and then gave up the ghost was Matt Talbot's on Berkeley St in the South End. Opened New Years Eve 1975, terrific Irish music there while it lasted.

Apologies to all you people living in the present--this isn't helping much with finding a true Boston restaurant. I was thinking Durgin-Park along with City Girl 52 and was surprised to read people's responses that it's no good any more. Anthony's Pier 4 is certainly an institution but if the OP's mate doesn't care for fish then seems not so good. What about the Hilltop? Now that's a classic. More seriously, Amrhein's on West Broadway has classic atmosphere, not so sure of the food. But the real thing for true Boston flavor and atmosphere is the Locke-Ober cafe on Winter Place. That is where you should go. Costly but the real thing.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:12 PM
 
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YES Locke-Ober's, I was there a few years ago for our Christmas dinner with friends! Get there JFK Lobster Stew if you go there!

Up on the North Shore these days in Saugus, instead of the Hilltop every one goes to Jimmy's Steer House on the other side of Rte 1, it's quite good there and always packed with people, not like the Hilltop but close, there steaktips and crabmeat pie is to die for! There's the original one in Arlington too of course. This one in Saugus is pretty good and it's instead of the Hilltop which went downhill quite a bit.

Amrhein's in Southie has new owners, it's not the same as before, but it's still pretty good, just more expensive.

The Legal Seafoods are all different, the Kendall Square location will always be #1 in my book, for their cuisine and atmosphere, it's great there. Another one that we go to is downstairs at their Park Square location in Boston, it's quite good there too, if you dine upstairs it's too hectic and noisy, since they renovated it? The Pru has a Legal Seafood now and I had lunch there a few weeks ago, it was very very good. So that's on the list now too. Forget the rest of them, they're all so different because it's being run by different managers all over town. They ruin a good thing when they have too many of them. We usually stick with the Kendall Square one and downstairs at Park Square, but the Pru Shop's Legal's? Was very very good, some times when these restaurants are too crowded they foul things up, but not that afternoon.

Go to the Pizzeria Regina for a pizza, talk about authentic Boston? My mother went there over 70 years ago down in that North End or go to La Summa's on Fleet Street for dinner some night.
Limoncello's at North Square? The owner is from Somerville originally I think and he used to work in one of the restaurants in the North End for years and one day he won the lottery and opened Limoncello's! It's GREAT here! Check it out some night! Mamma Maria's is quite good too and so isn't the Daily Catch and Giacomo's, look for any of these if you're in the North End wondering where to have dinner! There's SO many gems, I'll never have a favorite one over there! They're all classic in their own special way actually, so for that "classic Boston" flavor & atmosphere? Go right to the North End! You'll never go wrong at any of their restaurants:

Your gateway to the North End in Boston

Good luck!

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Old 02-01-2008, 11:34 PM
 
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Default North End and Somerville Davis Square etc. Cambridge Harvard Square

Try the North End ! Its a great place or any of the Irish PUBS...as well as some local sports bars near the Boston Garden or down by Kenmore Square.


I would personally suggest
G'Vannis
near paul revere's house

G'vanni's
4.5 star rating
based on 25 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
2 Prince Street
(between Garden Ct St & Hanover St)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-3663
Welcome to G'Vanni's Ristorante


I also like LA Summa

La Summa
4 star rating
based on 19 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
30 Fleet St
(between Garden Ct St & Moon St)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-9503

I also like Massiminos some of the bruins eat here. its the closest one to the garden besides Fillipos

Massimino's
4 star rating
based on 19 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
207 Endicott St
(between Causeway St & Lafayette Ave)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-5959
Welcome to Massiminos Cucina Italiana!

Its off the beaten path in the north end but worth it

For more look on yelp.com
Italian Boston | Yelp


Modern Pastry Shop
4.5 star rating
based on 107 reviews
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Categories: Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Desserts [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
257 Hanover St
(between Board Aly & Parmenter St)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-3783
bakeries, italian specialties, nougats | Modern Pastry | Boston, MA

Galleria Umberto
4.5 star rating
based on 25 reviews
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Category: Pizza [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
289 Hanover St
(between Lathrop Pl & Parmenter St)
Boston, MA 02113




You want to check out the pastry shops in the north end

Try Mike's but also Modern Pastry on Hanover and


Maria's Pastry Shop
4.5 star rating
based on 19 reviews
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Category: Bakeries [Edit]
46 Cross St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 557-4925




here's some suggestions:

NORTH END (ITALIAN) :


Salumeria Italiana

5 star rating
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
151 Richmond St
(between Bakers Aly & Hanover St)
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523-8743

Salumeria Italiana - Charlestown - Boston, MA





Dolce Vita
4 star rating
based on 36 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
221 Hanover St
(between Board Aly & Cross St)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-0422
Dolce Vita Ristorante



Giacomo's
4.5 star rating
based on 79 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
355 Hanover St
(between Bennet St & Clark St)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-9026







Saraceno
4 star rating
based on 21 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
Neighborhoods: Charlestown, North End
286 Hanover St
(between Lathrop Pl & Parmenter St)
Boston, MA 02113













SOMERVILLE

LIL VINNYS ITALIAN

Lil Vinny's Ristorante
4.5 star rating
based on 33 reviews
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Category: Italian [Edit]
525 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 628-8466
Welcome to Lil' Vinnys Ristorante in Somerville, MA

Also try the Davis Square and Porter Square areas of Somerville as well as harvard Square area in Cambridge.. Also Kenmore square as I said in Boston and any irish pubs in the city
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