This week, I was working in Boston, learning about some super cool tax accounting software. Wild times!
(Pic from here. Camera died once again.)
I ended up having part of Thursday open for exploration. I took full advantage and conducted a self-guided mini walking tour from my base – The Hilton – Financial District.
I saw bits and pieces of Boston Common, Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, Quincy Market, and the North End. Here are some places I nibbled.
Mr. Dooley’s – (77 Broad) – Irish pub close to the hotel. Food was so so but the place was cozy and pretty crowded considering the area pretty much shuts down after dark.
Houston’s – (60 State) – Upscale chain. They don’t have a Houston’s in Pittsburgh and I was actually pleasantly surprised by my dinner here. The restaurant space (near Quincy market) has a trendy and warm feel. I had the Thai Beef Salad which was pretty darn good. Filet, mango, peanuts, noodles, spicy Thai dressing. In fact it was so tasty that I just might seek out a Houston’s in another city to to get this salad again. Great combination of flavors. Houston’s menu included everything from sushi to steak.
Finagle a Bagel – (Various locations) – Reasonably close to the hotel and a Boston chain. Thought I would check it out. My bagel wasn’t bad (veggie with light cream cheese – certainly better than the Dunkin Donuts cardboard bagel I had the day before) but the decor of the spot left a bit to be desired. I was at the Franklin Street location. It looked like a subway station, in a bad way.
Neptune Oyster– (63 Salem) – When I found out I had some free time yesterday afternoon, I contemplated my lunch options. I was leaning toward something quick near the hotel but decided at the last minute to take full advantage of my location. I hiked a mile or so to the North End and landed at Neptune Oyster. A glass of prosecco and a buttery lobster roll later, I was stuffed to the gills. I felt like I wouldn’t have to eat for another 3 days – that’s how much lobster was involved.
To be totally honest though, I thought the lobster was a touch chewy. I altogether enjoyed my meal and will likely remember it for quite some time. But the $25 price tag on the lobster roll (as well as my proximity to Boston) may have made this a once in a lifetime treat. If I ever find myself back in Boston, not sure I would return here, but it was cozy, tasty, and good for solo dining.
Bell in Hand – (44-55 Union) – Near Quincy Market. I had a drink here with some coworkers. Cheery little place, all decorated for Christmas. Heck, the bartender even made a Christmas tree outline in the foam of a coworkers Guinness. Can’t beat that. Apparently, this place is also the oldest continually operating tavern in the US or something like that. Nice little pub.
Other places I considered going but did not make it to:
Now it is back to the grind in P-burgh. It is colder here than it was in Bean-town!