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      10-09-2012 01:01 PM #1
      I'm doing a roadtrip to Boston with the wife in the end of October from Toronto, and was wondering what are some good places to see/visit. Or any other interesting things to do. Or if anyone has driven from Boston to Toronto any good routes or places to stop along the way?

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      10-09-2012 01:11 PM #2
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      10-09-2012 02:22 PM #3
      ^^^ Second Eagles Deli, Theres also a pizza place in cambridge with the best calzones call Skampa. If you get the chance. Take a 50 min drive to Providence and head to Banchwerks and visit Jesse. But yes. Boston has too many awesome things to list.

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      10-09-2012 04:08 PM #4
      Centerfolds in Boston, your wife will love it

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      10-09-2012 06:11 PM #5
      I don't think the wife would go for that last one unfortunately. But the others sound good. Thanks.
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      10-09-2012 07:19 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Unbelievable2 View Post
      Centerfolds in Boston, your wife will love it
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      10-09-2012 09:58 PM #7
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      Eagles deli

      you would point someone to that greasy pit on their first visit to Boston? You will not be on Phantom Gourmet..... ever
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      10-09-2012 09:59 PM #8
      so you want places in Boston or places en route to Boston?
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      10-09-2012 10:23 PM #9
      1. Samuel Adams brewery tour
      2. "The Barking Crab" for rustic waterfront dinning and excellent fresh seafood at decent prices
      3. New England Aquarium
      4. "Bukowski Tavern" for a great selection of craft beer and excellent, quiet, dark, small atmosphere.
      5. "The Toad" for similar to above with some cool local musicians, live music every night of the week.
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      10-09-2012 10:28 PM #10
      If you are going to do a brewery tour go to harpoon. The Sam Adams tour sucks.

      Some more information on your interests would make suggestions a lot more useful.

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      10-09-2012 10:36 PM #11
      You get to taste/drink more at Harpoon, but at Sam Adams you get at least four beers and a tour of Sam Adams, which I would take any day over going to Harpoon. I'd rather have four Sam Adam's offerings than ten of Harpoon's. And Sam's tours are usually not run by annoying 21 year-olds trying to make sure everyone knows how extra cool they are...

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      10-09-2012 10:46 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by 16v View Post
      so you want places in Boston or places en route to Boston?
      Places in Boston mainly, But if anyone has done the trip I'm doing before some places to make little pit stops along the way would be cool too.
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      10-10-2012 07:56 AM #13
      If you want Italian food go to the North End. Stay away from Mikes Pastry on Hanover St. It is a tourist nightmare and people think their pastry is the best ever....it's not. Go to Modern Pastry down the street. Take it from some one who used to own an Italian bakery.

      If you want touristy stuff go to Fanuiel Hall, do the Freedom Trail. I don't remember what to do know. I used to when I was younger. I HATE the city now. Give me a small town and some dirt roads now.

      You can go check out 495 Summer St. But you need a reservation to get in
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      10-10-2012 10:01 AM #14
      All good options for a tourist not knowing much about the city.

      Aquarium is kinda eh, if you have ever been to a real one.
      North End is a must for just walking around.
      Fenway will be starting tours again, i bet tickets will be cheap
      Sam Adams is a great little tour if your in the area, plenty of free beer to drink and it only lasts an hour or two tops. Harpoon is also just as good.
      Take some time and walk around Quincy market/Faneuil hall if your into that sorta shopping thing.
      Check local advertising for free shows in the commons, or promenade.
      I did the freedom trail when I was a kid and it was pretty interesting if you like history. Alot of walking if your up to it.
      Not enough time in the day.

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      10-10-2012 10:06 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Unbelievable2 View Post
      Centerfolds in Boston, your wife will love it
      lol.

      Boston's really not that big.

      If i was trying to get a lot in, I'd go from Newbury/Boylston St (Nice shopping etc) to the Boston Commons/Garden/Beacon Hill then on to Faneuil Hall (more shopping+history) then along the waterfront to the North End where I'd find dinner, lotsa good Italian joints... Giacomo's is prob the most famous but no reservations and massive line, Panza is across the st, owned by the same ppl and takes reservations. If you dont mind dropping $$$ Bricco is rated top ten in the USA, also Taranta is banging. Antico Forno is decent and cheap.

      From there, I'd try to line it up with a local sports game and march on up to Canal St and go to Boston Beer Works for a beer and some sports, or Fours, the Grand Canal...there are a bunch there.

      That covers a lot of Boston, you miss the seaport and some of the South End (Prudential Center) etc, but its a pretty good path
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      10-10-2012 11:21 PM #16
      Thanks for the insight. Looking forward to the trip down. Also how are the roads there because my car is pretty low and I'm waiting on my skid plate. Hopefully be in before the trip.
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      10-11-2012 10:25 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by alexj87 View Post
      lol.

      Boston's really not that big.

      If i was trying to get a lot in, I'd go from Newbury/Boylston St (Nice shopping etc) to the Boston Commons/Garden/Beacon Hill then on to Faneuil Hall (more shopping+history) then along the waterfront to the North End where I'd find dinner...:

      Pretty much exactly what I would suggest.

      If you are able to and like to walk I would park around the prudential center(do not park under it unless you want to 40+$ a day to park) If it is a clear day I would go to the top of the pru(14/person but you will get a good view of the city and a much better understanding of the area when you go to walk around it. Walk down newbury/boylston st and continue down through the public garden/boston common. From there I would aim for the Quincy Market area and into the north end. Grab some food in the north end and then walk along the harbor from the north end down past the aquarium. From the aquarium area you can catch the T (subway) blue line to the green or orange line back to the PRU. (2.50/pp) Or you can always take a taxi.

      If you have more than one day in the area, I would check out the harvard and kendall square areas on the second day. Maybe the seaport (and harpoon). Mead Hall near Kendall has a great beer selection.

      Castle Island is also really cool.

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      10-11-2012 10:30 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by 16VSerenity View Post
      You get to taste/drink more at Harpoon, but at Sam Adams you get at least four beers and a tour of Sam Adams, which I would take any day over going to Harpoon. I'd rather have four Sam Adam's offerings than ten of Harpoon's. And Sam's tours are usually not run by annoying 21 year-olds trying to make sure everyone knows how extra cool they are...
      Everyone's entitled to their opinion on beer (however wrong it obviously is here since Harpoon > Sam Adams a million times over ) but looking at the facts:

      - The Harpoon breweries are their real breweries. They brew in Boston and Vermont. Compare that to the Sam Adams brewery with is essentially just for show as they don't brew their beer there, or in MA really for that matter, as most of it is done in NY and PA IIRC. They only do some small-scale stuff here. Test batches, stuff for the tour, and the like. So what are you touring? You're touring a brewery, but you're really not touring the Sam Adams brewery. Your touring a PR/Marketing effort located in the old Haffenreffer brewery. What's the point of that? Although the pop-overs at Ula, the coffee shop there in the building, are awesome so visiting that facility means you get a good snack.

      - The Harpoon brewery in Boston is just outside of downtown in the Seaport. It's easy for an out of towner to find and it's quick to get to and to return from. The Sam Adams brewery is burried in the middle of JP and even for locals is a pain to get to, let alone someone who is looking around them going "where the HELL am I?", and unless your next stop is the Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, The Franklin Park Zoo, or that cool dodecahedron house once you finish the tour you're going to be out of the way from anything you want to do.

      Both because of the authenticity and the convenience I would send visitors to Harpoon. Plus the beer is, IMO, better.

      Putting a strong recommendation on hitting Harpoon while the OP is in town if there is time.

      Some other things that visitors generally like:
      - The Union Oyster House, oldest restaurant in Boston and as far as they claim they are also the oldest still-running restaurant in the USA
      - Visit Charlestown - check out the Bunker Hill monument, have a beer at The Warren Tavern (Paul Revere's favorite bar, frequented by George Washington, there's something nice about having a beer in a place that's been around for going on 250 years or whetever their age is), then pop over to the naval yard to check out The USS Constitution)
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      10-11-2012 07:42 PM #20
      I'm going to be down for 4 days so I should be able to get most if not all of the suggested things done.
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      10-13-2012 08:19 PM #21
      Following this thread I went to eagles deli. I am quiet happy about it
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      10-13-2012 09:09 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by alexj87 View Post
      Following this thread I went to eagles deli. I am quiet happy about it
      If you think eagles is anything to write home about you NEED to go to Jim's deli on Washington st in Brighton. Get the Texas burger. It will change your life.


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      10-15-2012 09:45 AM #23
      I can't think of a single thing on the Jim's menu I wouldn't recommend. The "Chicken Deluxe" is great of you're looking for a sandwich, and "The Next Day" is great for putting you into a food coma.
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      10-15-2012 09:47 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by robbyb413 View Post
      I can't think of a single thing on the Jim's menu I wouldn't recommend. The "Chicken Deluxe" is great of you're looking for a sandwich, and "The Next Day" is great for putting you into a food coma.
      I used to live down the street! god i miss that place so much. And if your worried about customer service, i have never met such a nice group of guys there. And man will Jims Mom do anything for you haha
      Not enough time in the day.

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      10-15-2012 09:59 PM #25
      Tavern on the water is also a cool spot to grab a drink and look at the boston skyline at the same time.

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