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Georgetown & DC w/toddler and infant

Did a search and saw only old threads - any updated recs for places where I could bring a toddler and infant in these two areas? Looking for places that have good food (eating with couples with no kids) but that aren't too uncomfortable if we have a crying infant or an exploratory toddler. Bonus for places within walking distance of Westin Georgetown or Embassy Suites Convention Ctr (900 10 St NW). In Georgetown I am looking am specifically for lunch and will be in a car unfortunately and so also looking for any places easier for parking there. Thx for any leads.

Dinner near Franklin, MA

I agree not much in the area. I'd check out Restaurant 45 in Medway which is a decent non-chain choice.

Jul 29, 2015
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Northern Italian early dinner with toddler/baby

Thank you all for your recs. I ended up going last night and initially we were going to check out Gran Gusto. Because we finished up our activiites early, we ended up going to Coppa after all. It was a really enjoyable meal and excellent service (we arrived around 4pm and so bummer they were serving an in-between menu). However, now I have some new options to try out in the future! Il Capriccio and Il Casale in Lexington are also now on my radar!

Jul 06, 2015
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Northern Italian early dinner with toddler/baby

Thank you for the recs so far! I'll look into all mentioned and will report back.

Jul 04, 2015
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Northern Italian early dinner with toddler/baby

And not to simply answer my own question , but is Coppa the best choice or are there other options? (Haven't been)

Jul 03, 2015
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Northern Italian early dinner with toddler/baby

Any advice for a place to have a great (or at least decent) Italian meal in Boston or Cambridge where I can get away with bringing along a well behaved toddler and a sleeping infant for a 5pm dinner? Preferably a place with northern Italian options. Common sense tells me a place like Erbaluce would be a no in this situation with little kids, so I'd be grateful for any recs from this insightful board. Trying to celebrate my husband's birthday with a nod to the memories of our Italian honeymoon from what seems like forever ago. ;)Will do our dinner after a trip to the Museum of Science but usually drive through Cambridge and/or Rt 2 on our way home to the NW burbs.

Jul 03, 2015
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Canton Area lunch options (where I-95 and I-93 meet)

Thanks so much Dinsdale and Bellachefa for the Westwood recs. Saw Lambert's when I picked up a cake recently at Dessert Works (delicious!)

Aug 06, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Kid friendly restaurants

Saw this related thread and wanted to post for reference

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984455

Aug 05, 2014
spectra21 in Manhattan

Kid friendly restaurants

Wanted to resurrect this thread. What are the latest recs for "kid-friendly" restaurants? The age group for me is toddler (under 5). We don't need a kids' menu option neccessarily, but a place that welcomes kids (not a snooty, adults-only vibe) and offers more comfortable, roomy seating (not too cramped). Looking specifically for UWS, Midtown (near Grand Hyatt), or Central Park vicinity. Maybe Koreatown. Thanks in advance hounds!

Aug 05, 2014
spectra21 in Manhattan

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Thank you MC Slim JB for this idea which could go over well. Hot pot is not as ideal for me during hot weather, but I'm sure we'll definitely hit this spot in Chinatown some day soon. Big fan of your blog and reviews btw.

Jul 24, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Thank you chompie for trying to help me. I appreciate the buffet alternatives and hadn't considered that. Very helpful.

Jul 24, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Thanks everyone for such a generous amount of suggestions in such a narrow category as "good dinner buffets" in Greater Boston. It sounds it is a stretch to find and the better options are lunch/brunch buffets.

Jul 22, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Thanks LeoLioness - I appreciate the rec for handy personal info. Looking for buffet recs outside the churrascaria realm for this particular occasion.

Jul 22, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Wanted to resurrect this thread. I have out-of-town relatives that go crazy over dinner buffets, and as cringe-worthy as it is, I usually have to make a stop at Old Country Buffet in Walpole when they visit because we just don't know any other options. Occasionally we hit Imperial Buffet in Milford (not a fan) and Minado in Natick (okay but a bit pricy, esp since not everyone in our party eats sushi).

As nader asked a few years ago, any other buffet options that are better?

Chinese options are preferred or a Western option like OCB. Can't do Indian. Heard of Maki Maki in Allston but sounds like it is sushi-centric. I'm familiar with the Bamboo chain (not bad). Willing to go anywhere in a 1 hour radius around Boston (*sigh*)

Jul 22, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Canton Area lunch options (where I-95 and I-93 meet)

Wanted to get an update on this area - does anyone have recommendations for weekday lunches in this area? I am familiar with Dedham Legacy Place options, are there any other choices? Would love to know 'hound feedback - thanks!

Jun 22, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Kosher treats in suburbs?

Thank you for all the leads! The websites are helpful. Looks like it'll be a trek though. I may check out the Cheryl Ann goods at other locations outside Chestnut Hill. Had no idea that some BJs locations have some of these items so I'm going to check that out first.

Jun 15, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Kosher treats in suburbs?

Is there any place to buy freshly made Kosher sweets or baked goods outside of the city? I heard of the places in Brookline but wanted to know if there are any other places in the suburbs. Esp interested in Metrowest region or North/Northwest of Boston, accessible from Rt 2 or 495.

Jun 13, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

Starting a new thread, as this topic seems outdated. Got takeout at Garden House, a Korean restaurant in Lawrence last week, and it was fantastic Korean food with lots of panchan included. We tried the samsun gan ja-jang noodles (seafood version), Jap Chae, and BiBim Bap. All were excellent. I liked it better than what've I had at Woo Jung in Ayer.
Have also tried Sultan's Mediterranean Café in North Andover which was fine, but I am more enthusiastic about Garden House.

What are the chowhound favorites in this region nowadays?

May 27, 2014
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Green Tea in Newton - Dim Sum any good?

I just heard about this place - is it any good for dim sum? I seldom find suburban dim sum places I like, with the exception of Lowell's China Star and Quincy's China Pearl. Thanks for any recent feedback (there are much older threads that mention Green Tea).

Oct 29, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Fun place to watch game NW of Boston

Meeting a friend who is driving from Swampscott; I am off Rt 2. Any ideas on a fun place to watch the game, not in Boston, with easy parking?

Oct 25, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

I've done Filho's already for takeout a few times in the past-not bad.

Oct 07, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Great to see some recent reviews. Thanks StriperGuy for your recent reviews; I won't rush to try AKA Bistro. Looking for a nice restaurant to try in the neighborhood later this week ; too bad Red Raven is not open yet. Thinking about going to Cobblestones in Lowell for the first time. Any other ideas? Have done 80 Thoreau, Moonstones, and Gibbet Hill this past year; may repeat, but would love to try something new.

Oct 06, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried the Chinese menu at Yangtze River in Littleton?

I've had this dish before at Yangtze River, yes it's the gluten dish that is the traditional Buddhist vegetarian dish often served in Chinese restaurants. Presentation is not as nice as the link!

Jul 21, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried the Chinese menu at Yangtze River in Littleton?

I just came across this thread. I had takeout from Yangtze River in Littleton this past week - I personally only choose to order from the Chinese menu above during the rare times I order from here, and I reiterate that the food is indeed acceptable and fine. I personally prefer the Chinese dishes I've had here during the past year over McDonald's, but that's just me. The food is not outstanding and not horrible, in my opinion. Next time I order food, I'll take some photos to share so anyone interested can get some visuals. I've tried a variety of dishes from the menu above, and the ones I like best from above are: Chicken cooked with wine, Seafood and tofu clay pot, and Seasonal vegetables (there are a few variety of greens offered if you ask). These are milder dishes to suit my own personal Cantonese preferences. If you like Szechuan or Xi'an or spicier regional cusine, then those dishes I like the best probably will not suit you. I've also tried the pork with dry (pickled) vegetables, and kyoto ribs (both English translations are interesting, but these are classic dishes for anyone who can read the Chinese characters - the kyoto rib dish is a pork rib dish with a sweet and sour sauce, and the pork is a fatty pork dish).

If I really want the best Cantonese food in Massachusetts, I'll drive into Boston Chinatown or go to Quincy to South Garden. But otherwise, I encourage any of you to try the dishes above yourself and share your opinion if Yangtze River is in your suburban neck of the woods. Yeah, definitely don't drive out of the way, but I don't think there's any need to bash the place. The staff speaks both Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Jul 21, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown Parking Options (Non-Street Meter)

Tonight, we're going to eat dinner in Boston Chinatown with my parents, who usually refuse to go with us because they hate parking there. Where do you Chowhounders park? My parents always want to park in the Hei La Moon big parking garage so that if we eat at Hei La Moon we can get validated parking for $6. Tonight I want to try another restaurant. Any suggestions on other good parking garages that are reasonable and/or provide validated parking? Also not sure how much the Hei La Moon parking garage is without the validation. We are a little out of date and got kids in tow tonight as well. A big thank you for any tips.

Jun 01, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Marlboro or Hudson?

Went to Bolton Street Grill this week (the old Piccadilly Pub). Service for an early lunch was dreadfully slow. Food was okay, nothing to rush over for. Nice view by the windows overlooking water.

Apr 20, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

China Star Dim Sum and Seafood

Hey guys - I just went there today for early morning dim sum. Wasn't crowded yet, but even at 10am there were plenty of people. I found it to be better than China Pearl in Woburn (which was my standing suburban dim sum option..until now) Great variety as stated in earlier posts here - also were offering sweet tofu pudding today. I had no problems with service - I'm sure those of here who have been to Chinatown dim sum know what to expect - staff was friendly and nice. Told me they have already done wedding banquet and special function bookings already among the local Chinese community.

Apr 13, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Marlboro or Hudson?

Thanks everyone for the quick feedback. No, I haven't tried Rail Trail Flatbread - sounds like it's worth a stop! Kat - Feng is a pretty decent Japanese choice. The location is odd, and right next to a Honeydew Donuts, but the sushi rolls are decent and I've also had their yaki udons. Good dine-in and takeout choice, and it has nice decor inside too.

Apr 11, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Marlboro or Hudson?

Where do you guy go for a casual, decent bite to eat for lunch or even dinner (Without going to the other Boroughs)? My favorite places so far are Labareda's Brazilian BBQ, La Tapatia, Feng Japanese - anything else along those lines?

Am aware of places listed in the below thread and am looking for a spot more casual than a Fish or an Allora. Have also done Pruller, Brad's Deli, Nick's Roast Beef. Haven't tried Chloe, are there any other suggestions?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/863985

Apr 10, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy Easter ham?

Thanks!! I like the links. Looking for a spiral.

Mar 08, 2013
spectra21 in Greater Boston Area