Saturday, November 10, 2007

Calling east coast bloggers...

Here's the thing: I need to adopt a favorite restaurant for the main character in my next novel and it must be within walking distance of the Boston Common.

This guy's old, though, so I'm not saying ten blocks away, more like two to three at most. I'm not looking for a coffee shop. I'd prefer a quaint little restaurant (it doesn't have to be high end). I'd love if it were a real restaurant that's been around 10-20 years (or more, if possible).

I'll be visiting Boston in mid-April and plan to spend a few days wandering around the Common, but it'd be great if someone could recommend a restaurant for my character as I don't know Boston well enough to choose one on my own.

21 comments:

Janet said...

Google Sippican Cottage. Fantastic little blog and if anybody would be able to help you out, it's Greg.

Not me, unfortunately.

Larramie said...

Sorry, Holly, I'm not from Boston but love the east coast...maybe that's why you placed me there? Otoh, Amy or Lynne should know the perfect restaurant.

Victoria said...

Wish I could help, but I'm from L.A. If you find a great little place I'd like to add to my list of places to see though. I'll be there on business in February.

Holly Kennedy said...

Thanks Janet!

Larramie - Darn, I was thinking you WERE from the Boston area. I guess I must've picked that up on some comment trail. I think I mentioned going to Boston once and I thought you sounded keen about it, but maybe it was another blogger??? I dunno. The past few months are somewhat of a blur with all the long hours and writing.

I'll leave this post up for a few days and see if anyone bites. If not, no worries. I'll figure something out.

Zany Mom said...

It's been too many years since I've walked around the Boston Common area. I think we ate at Bertucci's (a pizza place, if it's still there), but that's not quite what you have in mind.

Gee, if you're coming to Boston, any chance of a detour into CT? ;)

wordman17 said...

I've never been to Boston
but my cousin lives there.
I'll ask her for you!

Ramona said...

Wish I could help but I'm not familiar with downtown Boston. Sounds curiouser and curiouser (is that a word??) your story about this old guy! Is it a love story or a mystery or what??!

kyla-dale said...

Sorry! I don't know Boston.
Over and out to bloggers
from the east coast.
Good luck!

John Elder Robison said...

Legal Seafoods

Holly Kennedy said...

Thanks, John!

This is so funny.
My husband is in San Jose on business and he phoned tonight to tell me that Legal Sea Foods is his favorite restaurant in Boston, that when we go in April, we'll be staying at the Park Plaza right off the Common, and that he thought there was a Legal Sea Foods either in the hotel or near by! Looks like you both like the same restaurant. My job here's done. Restaurant chosen!

Holly Kennedy said...

John -- If you and Martha are able to make it for dinner, we should go to Legal Sea Foods. My treat!
Thanks for your help.

ORION said...

Order lobster for me and send it priority mail...

Zany Mom said...

So, this begs the question: What are Illegal Seafoods? Hmmm?

areeda n said...

What he said.
Legal Seafoods is a fail safe
restaurant and the food is delicious!

Larramie said...

John to the rescue again, along with your husband! And your memory is just fine, Holly, because -- when you first mentioned that your husband qualified for the Boston Marathon -- I commented that you come east too. So you likely just assumed...

Travis Erwin said...

Who says blogging is a waste of time and counter-productive to writing a novel?

L.C.McCabe said...

Holly,

Here's an anecdote from a friend of mine who went to M.I.T. for his master's degree in mechanical engineering:

One day he and a friend decided to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. They had no real interest in the historical aspects of the landmarks they were passing. Nope, they just thought it would be fun to visit every bar and tavern on the Freedom Trail.

Of course if you visit a bar - the only polite thing is to order a drink. So they had a shot in every bar.

Well, that's not true. They didn't get very far in the walk.

I think after about six bars they stopped their trek and just hung out. Possibly there were some good looking Boston babes involved in helping their decision to forgo the original plan. Or maybe the Boston babes were looking better after six shots of liquor.

Should you follow the Freedom Trail during your upcoming trip to Boston, see if you can count the number of watering holes there are and report back. I've always wondered how much damage my friend had originally intended on doing to his liver.

Have fun with your new writing project!

Linda

Holly Kennedy said...

Travis -- I couldn't agree more.
Blogging DOES have its benefits!

Linda -- interesting anecdote, but I'm not sure I need to build the freedom trail into this upcoming novel. We'll see! Thanks for the comments though :)

Anonymous said...

Holly, although John is right when it comes to great seafood, I believe an older gentleman would be more inclined to go The Union Oyster House or Durgin Park, both historic Boston restaurants where a fellow could have a bowl of chowdah for lunch and maybe a piece of scrod for dinner. Legal's is great. It's original store in Inman Sq. I can remember going to as a child, so it has been around a while, too, but I think it's menu on the whole might appeal to an urban professional more than an elderly gent.
Myszka

Holly Kennedy said...

Thank you, Anonymous.
I greatly appreciate your input and will look into all of these when I'm there. You may just be dead on, though, and he is an older gent.

Penny said...

You want the Paramont on Charles Street.Lot's of regulars, quirky, and very local.

http://www.paramountboston.com/pages/home.html

I'm a Boston blogger, photographer and freelance writer for the neighborhood newspapers.

I'll be happy to help if you have other questions like this.