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Mar 07, 2012
ktbops in Food Media & News

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

Hey thanks beetlebug! It's great to hear that someone else was in the mood for celebrating post-marathon, all these posts about going home to hit the hay were starting to make me think twice. While I'm sure I'll be tired, I go out after my Saturday long runs of up to 20 miles, and I'm betting the excitement of the day will only add to my energy.
Anyway, for anyone who's curious, I made an original reservation at Pops in the South End—had never been there but was getting desperate—but just got word from good ole mom that she talked my dad into springing for Capital Grille. Hopefully after the roads open at 4:45 things will clear up a little, and we can always walk from the Taj if we're desperate.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!

Feb 11, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area

Brookline Spa/Real Deal Menu

Hey Chowers:
Just a random query. I’m moving jobs and stumbled upon the Brookline Spa as a lunch option. Looking at the menu, I realize it’s almost exactly the same as the Real Deal Deli’s in JP and West Roxbury (most noticeably the entire “gansta wraps” section). The websites for the two are totally different, and they don’t seem to have an affiliation with each other. Can anyone uncover the mystery of why they are sharing their (very creative!) menu?
Thanks!

Feb 11, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

Bob,
Thanks for the rec! I'm suprised I've never heard of Erbaluce—it looks like it's worth a try. However, like many restaurants, it's closed on Monday. BAH!
The only places I've frequented in the South End for dinner are Toro and B&G, and I didn't think either would work for this situation. I'd love to hear any other suggestions! I wish Franklin Cafe would take a darn reservation!

Feb 03, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

Thanks RoyRon. I live just down the street from Eastern Standard so it's always a go-to place for cocktails and raw bar. I feel like their entrees can swing from delish to over-hyped depending on the night. My mom suggested it as well, it could be the winner if I can't think of anything else.

Feb 03, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

CocoDan, although I appreciate your snark—marathon runners get discount hotel rooms, so my parents night at the Taj was less than $200. Also, I have never known my father to order room service, or allow anyone around him to do the same. And finally, my boyfriends parents do live in Cohasset and frequently treat me to dinner at the Capital Grille, not to mention L'Espalier and Locke-Ober. The whole point of the post is that my parents would like to treat them.
Just sayin...

Feb 03, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

Hey everyone!
I'm a Boston resident running the marathon in April. My parents are flying in and planning to take me + boyfriend and his family out for a nice dinner after the race (probably 6 or 7 o'clock). We'll be a party of 7. If it were up to me, I'd go for steak and head to my favorite Capital Grille. However, my dad is unnecessarily a little bit of a tight wad, and is balking at the idea of paying for a steakhouse dinner for 7 (guess I can't blame him, I can't afford it!). So, any suggestions where I can get a good cut of meat and still impress for not too expensive? My parents are staying at the Taj, I live in Fenway, and the bf's family will be coming in from Cohasset (although earlier in the day, they should all be around Copley Square for my finish and then drinks).
Price range of $20-$30 a person, plus wine (some flexibility). Mom has suggested Atlantic Fish but that place seems to have no appeal to me, plus it's practically ON the finish line so I'd think logistically it would be a difficult pick.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions! I'm normally really good at picking restaurants but this situation has left me befuddled!

Feb 03, 2010
ktbops in Greater Boston Area