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WIT Graduation Dinner and Lunch

My parents are coming from NY to host a dinner (Sat night) and lunch/brunch (Sun) for my sister's graduation from WIT in August. There will be about 18-20 people (plus one highchair). They are hoping to stay close to the Wentworth/Northeastern area and are willing to walk up to 15 minutes. They say they would be willing to take the T but as the one who will be transporting them, I'd rather stay within walking distance as a group of this size can be unwieldy.

This crowd tends to like Italian or American food and are not super foodies. I live in the North End and have only been to bars and take out places in the Fenway/Northeastern/WIT area. Was thinking maybe the Mission for the lunch? Have no ideas about the dinner.

The requirements are that 1) the location can handle a crowd of this size (separate room would be ideal), 2) it be good food, 3) it be a nice but inexpensive to moderately priced range, i.e. entrees no more than $15-$20 (since the 'rents will be footing the bill and it would be nice for them to retire at some point!).

Many thanks in advance for the help!

Apr 14, 2008
akma in Greater Boston Area

Wells for the weekend. Any tips?

Thanks for all the tips. We ended up stopping in Portsmouth on the way and had a nice late breakfast at Friendship Place (I think that is what it was called) on Congress St. Friday evening we had a fantastic dinner at Barnacle Billy's Etc. We had a quiet, semi-private table with a beautiful view of the cove. The food was really wonderful. We split the swordfish and fried clams and we each had some clam chowder. My bf said it was the best chowder he has every had. We tried to have breakfast at Amore's. We knew there would probably be a wait, but we waited a little more than an hour (in the rain) and our server was terrible. I may have been more understanding (you know because the place was busy...) except that she spent most of her time putting together silverware bundles and our food sat on the counter for a good five minutes. I almost went up myself to get it. The food was ok. Definitely not worth the wait and we both left hungry and unsatisfied. I was expecting good things and was terribly disappointed. We went up to Kennebunkport and had dinner at Federal Jack's. It was really good. The game was on so we watched that for a while and then later on (after taking some time to wander around the square) we had dinner with a really nice view of the harbor. The food again was wonderful. I got the paella and had lots of tasty seafood, the broth and rice were so tasty. My bf got the crab stuffed haddock and I was jealous of his meal. It was super tasty. Perhaps the best meal we had was the lobster roll at Fancy That in Ogunquit on Sunday morning. It was tender and had just a hint of mayo. Stuffed full of lobster on a warm toasted ciabatta roll, it was incredibly satisfying. We stopped in Portsmouth on the way back to have a late lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery and were both very pleased with the service and the food (burgers for both).

Thanks for the suggestions...

Sep 17, 2007
akma in All New England Archive

MC2,Anthony's Pier 4, or Excelsior for Thanksgving?

I went to Harvest two years ago for T-day and was extremely please. They offered a choice of three or four courses to be paired with wine or not (extra cost for pairings). The food was wonderful and included some traditional turkey day fare. We all chose something different at each course so were able to try almost all options. We left satisfied and relaxed.

Sep 13, 2007
akma in Greater Boston Area

Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston?

Three of us had Thanksgiving dinner at Harvest in Harvard Square two years ago. It was wonderful. What I remember is that you had a choice of three or four courses and could add wine pairings for an additional cost. We each got something different (except for the entree...turkey for two out of three) and were extremely please with the quality and potions. We left full but not gorged and the service was great as well. The only thing we didn't like was how crowded it was (we were tucked into a tiny table in the corner). Overall though it was a great meal...and no dishes!

Sep 12, 2007
akma in Greater Boston Area

Wells for the weekend. Any tips?

My boyfriend and I are staying at The Grey Gull Inn this weekend and were hoping to explore the Wells/Ogunquit area. I have some ideas of places we'd like to check out, but was hoping for an updated list of suggestions. Our price range tends to be in the moderate to the inexpensive range (so no Arrows recs) but are looking for good quality food. Also, if there are any ice cream shops that might still be open and are worth visiting we'd love to do that. Finally...the marginal way and perkins cove are on our list of activites as well as checking out some of the galleries, but is there something else we should try to take advantage of? He hates traveling so I am trying to get as much out of this trip as possible!! We are traveling from Boston Friday morning and returning Sunday midday. Thanks so much!

Sep 12, 2007
akma in All New England Archive

Mom and Pop Seafood Shack Tour

I was thinking about the Clam Box in Ipswich but the one in Quincy might worth checking out. Thanks for the great ideas. Our next food tour is shaping up to be a fun day!

Jul 26, 2007
akma in Greater Boston Area

Mom and Pop Seafood Shack Tour

My boyfriend and I recently did a tour of area mom and pop ice cream stands and enjoyed the day so much that we are hoping to do the same with seafood (typical New England stuff - fried clams, lobster rolls etc.). We already have The Clam Box on our list but are stuck looking for another two or three. Any suggestions? We are willing to drive out of Boston as far as Ipswich to the North and Quincy to the South (we are starting from my place in the North End) but any place that is locally owned, is more of a stand than a restaurant, and is worth going would make our list.

Jul 23, 2007
akma in Greater Boston Area