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Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

Thanks to all who responded to our inquiry. the Boston trip was a success and we did pretty well with food.

We ate at Bertucci's near/in Harvard Square. It was pretty good, but nothing to rave about.
We had dessert at a wonderful place nearby called Finale. YUM!!! We had a dessert sampler with a side of chocolate molten cake. It was all wonderful and the service was great.

We had to try Kelley's Roast Beef and it didn't disappoint.

We ended up at the Melting Pot one night, for their "happy hour" fondue specials. Made it much more affordable, but I found it uninspired.

We had breakfast at a place called The Gaslight. Very nice. Great waitstaff and the food was good, but it had a very limited selection.

For pizza, we tried Bianchi's Pizza. They delivered to our hotel and promised the best pizza we ever had. It was very good, but left me wishing I had tried Santarpio.

In Wellesley, we had lunch at The Linden Store. YUMMY! What a great place. It was even a nice day so we could eat outside at one of the tables.

Lastly, we had dinner at Courthouse Seafood. Very reasonable prices and the food was quite good.

All in all, the trip was a success, made more so by all your great suggestions. (We did, against my better judgment have lunch at a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant in Chinatown. Don't remember the name of it, but it had all these articles in the front window that extolled it's virtues. It was really bad. I'll repost at a later time if the name comes to me.)

Well, thanks again. And for those of you who are in Boston or were in Boston for the marathon, I hope you and your families and friends are okay. What a nightmare.

Apr 16, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Dining near Amherst College

Thanks to all for contributing to this discussion. We are back from our trip and wanted to let you know that we decided to take the suggestion to eat at Atkins Farm. The sandwiches were great, the people were friendly and helpful and the store is beautiful. Thanks again!

Restaurant suggestions for Evanston needed.

Thanks all for the suggestions. The highlight of the trip was dinner at Found. Awesome food, great service and generally terrific people. Wish theyu would move to L.A.! We also ate a St. Germaine Creperie, Lulu's Dim Sum and Thai Sookdee. And we had a shake at Edzo's. The crepe place was quite good, as was the shake from Edzo's. the vegetable spring rolls at Lulu's were yummy, but the rest of the food was forgettable, as was Thai Sookdee. I have to say the best part of visiting Evanston was the people. Everyone we met was super friendly. What a treat! Thanks again.

Mar 24, 2013
zydecomom in Chicago Area

Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

You are all wonderful for posting all these suggestions and I look forward to trying many of these suggestions. Aside from suggested eateries, I'm looking for things to do off the beaten/tourist path since we'll have a couple of free days between college tours. Let me know if you have any thoughts and thanks again for all the great restaurant suggestions. Keep 'em comin'!

Mar 18, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

Wow, these are all great suggestions! I'm getting hungry just reading all the replies. Thank you sooooo much. Keep 'em coming. Any suggestions for lobster? For the three days of our college adventure, we'll have a car so we can go a little further afield, although I don't want to stray too far and risk getting myself lost. We'll also have 2 full free days in Boston and would love some budget-minded suggestions for those days too, as well as any off-the-beaten path things to see or do with 2 16 year olds over the weekend. We've done the typical tourist stuff on a prior trip to Boston, so something a little less touristy would be great. Thanks again!!!

Mar 18, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Dining near Amherst College

You're right, mkfisher. it is Amherst College that we're visiting.

Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

Really interesting idea! Hadn't thought about that. Thanks, Pinehurst.

Mar 18, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

Hi Bob: thanks so much for the suggestions. Don't know Boston well enough to know if the hotel is in East Boston, but I do know it's in Revere.

Mar 18, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant suggestions needed for whirlwind college tour (on a budget!)

We'll be in the Boston area (from Los Angeles) at the end of the week and through the middle of next week to look at some schools. I've looked through a lot of the prior threads, but I'm concerned about the price of many of the suggestions. We'll be on a budget and although we don't need to go altogether cheap, we definitely can't go for the higher end eats. We need breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions -- mostly in Boston proper. We'll be in Boston over the weekend (staying relatively close to the airport) but we certainly can and will catch the T to explore and find good restaurants, but on Monday we'll be visiting Northeastern and Boston College, on Tuesday it's off to Amherst, and on Wednesday we'll check out Babson and Brandeis. So, restaurants, particularly for lunch in those areas would be really helpful. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer. We like just about anything, but are looking forward to eating some things special to Boston, like lobster rolls, or even better, lobster. We don't need Mexican, Thai or Chinese since we can get some of the best of them here in L.A.. And the kids aren't burger eaters. But everything else is game. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!

Mar 17, 2013
zydecomom in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant suggestions for Evanston needed.

Will be in Evanston later this week to check out Northwestern with my teen. Need some reasonably/moderately priced (or cheap) restaurant suggestions. We'll be there for 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 1 breakfast. We'll be on foot, so we'll need to stay in Evanston proper. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 17, 2013
zydecomom in Chicago Area