Things I noticed right away: lobster everything, $1 oyster specials, “Mexican” food.
It took about 20 min. by bus to get from Logan Airport to South Station, and a 15 min. walk to our first hotel in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. At the station, however, I noticed these awesome rental bikes and saw that they had these located in tons of convenient spots around Boston and Cambridge.
There was one brief stint with renting a Zipcar and driving out to Harris Cyclery, but ultimately, driving within the immediate city is somewhat pointless. Especially since the 90 doesn’t really have as many exits within Boston proper as one might think to be particularly useful.
Our restaurant explorations were highly successful. After a round of $1 oysters at Avila Restaurant right across the street from our hotel, we had a late night dinner at the bar of No. 9 Park, a somewhat fancy restaurant right on the edge of the Boston Common. I was afraid it would be a bit stuffy, but it turned out to be perfect. The bar menu had good prices on great food, the bartenders were extremely friendly, and we sat next to a regular who, in quite a drunken state, invited us to dinner, her treat, the next night at Erbaluce, another well known Boston restaurant. It was pretty hilarious, but we did not take her up on the offer.
I mostly wanted to go to No. 9 Park because they had seared foie gras on their bar menu. It was quite excellent, and upon hearing that we were from California, where the state legislature banned foie gras earlier this year, the chef sent out a complimentary sample plate of the menu’s foie gras offerings (not pictured). Incredible hospitality!
Following this late night excursion was one last stop, to Max & Dylan’s around the corner. It is pretty much a typical bar, but they had a variety of macaroni and cheeses on their menu, including the ubiquitously-Boston lobster mac & cheese. Lobster mac is notoriously hit or miss, but this one was actually a hit.
Well, that’s all for now. I’m adapting to a new laptop, so it takes a bit longer to go through these photos and think up clever/coherent things to say.