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Boston Recommendations:
Restaurants

I do not rate these restaurants; I consider them all to be very good.

Instead, I simply list the name of, the relative expense of (where each $ equals about $7.50 per person), the nearest subway stop to, and a comment about each restaurant.

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Asian

Vietnamese
Pho Pasteur$$Chinatown (Orange Line)
Boylston (Green Line)
Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
A visible success, with many other locations in Boston, Pho Pasteur is a popular favorite.
Hu Tieu Nam Vang$Chinatown (Orange Line)
Boylston (Green Line)
Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
While its service and cleanliness could be improved, this restaurant just around the corner from Pho Pasteur has comparable food and usually no line in which to wait.
Thai
Rod Dee 2$Fenway (Green D-Line) One of a chain, this Fenway location is better than the other two, Rod Dee near Coolidge Corner and Rod Thai in Chinatown.
Brown Sugar Café$$Fenway (Green D-Line) A sterling example of the high quality of Thai food in Boston; its second location on Commonwealth Avenue is almost just as good.
Malaysian
Penang$$Chinatown (Orange Line)
Boylston (Green Line)
Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
A successful national chain, the location in Chinatown is far better than the one in Harvard Square.
Japanese
Minado$$$Natick, MA (no subway stop nearby) A Japanese seafood buffet restaurant--pricey, but worth it.
Fugakyu$$$Coolidge Corner (Green C-Line) Easily the best Japanese restaurant in Boston in ambience and authenticity
Indian
Rangoli$$ Harvard St. (Allston) (Green B-Line) For well-prepared Indian food, leave Central Square and the Back Bay and go to Allston to Rangoli, which serves both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine.
Diva Indian Bistro$Porter Square (Red Line) Distinguishes itself by having the best Indian lunch buffet.
Chinese
Grand Chau Chow$$Chinatown (Orange Line)
Boylston (Green Line)
Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
The Chinese restaurants in Chinatown are almost interchangeable when compared on presentation and service; this one is the best of a surprisingly mediocre lot.
Chung Shin Yuan$$Newton (no subway stop) This restaurant’s weekend brunch is a local, Asian insider secret that I may regret revealing.
Chinatown Seafood$$Coolidge Corner (Green C-Line) Possibly the best Cantonese-style Chinese restaurant in Boston
China Pearl$$Chinatown (Orange Line)
Boylston (Green Line)
Downtown Crossing (Red Line)
This well-known 'all dim sum all the time' factory is especially crowded on weekends.
Cambodian/French
Elephant Walk$$$St. Mary's St. (Green C-Line)
Fenway (Green D-Line)
A well-reviewed fusion restaurant
Non-Asian
Roman
Campo de Fiori$Harvard Square (Red Line) Where to go when you don't want just everyday pizza
Mexican
El Pelón$Fenway (Green D-Line) The only Mexican place worth going to in Boston-- ignore the Americanized restaurants of The Border Cafe and The Cactus Club, the terrible ingredients of Burrito Max, and the schlock of Anna's.
Greek
Mezé$$$Community College (Orange Line) Mezé, according to the restaurant, for Greeks is the equivalent of tapas for Spaniards. While somewhat pricey, the restaurant will not break your wallet and serves very tasty food.
Chilean
Chacarero$Downtown Crossing (Red & Orange Lines)
Park Street (Green Line)
Only serves one particular sandwich, but one that you may never find anywhere else
American
Hi-Rise Bread Company$$Harvard Square (Red Line) Huge sandwiches on freshly-baked bread


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