It’s that time of the year again. What time is that? The time to start thinking about that vacation you’ve been dreaming of. That is only if your bank account has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the trip and you have some vacation days left. And then you’ll still have to do the actual planning like booking the flight and checking out the Airbnb situation. It’s a lot of work.
Alternatively, you can stay in town and dine at restaurants that offer international cuisines and pretend as if you’ve travelled somewhere.
Here are six eateries that offer a short and quick getaway without leaving town or breaking the bank.
A charming noodle shop with an adorable name (and sign) nestled downtown amongst tall buildings, Beaver Sailor Diner is the perfect place to slurp away in a window seat and people watch. Handmade noodles and other Asian dishes authentically prepared by the Chinese owners, who take care of food and service.
High-end, classic Italian fare in a fine dining atmosphere, Da Maurizio continues to set itself apart by consistently delivering impeccable service and beautifully prepared dishes in a sophisticated setting. This super classy restaurant is perfect for celebratory family meals, or ask for a quieter table for a romantic night out.
Putting a spotlight on authentic Turkish food, Efendy is a delightfully pleasant bistro just off Spring Garden Road. The lunch specials like lamb kebabs and falafel wraps all include Turkish salad, pita and rice—and coming in at just $11.99, it’s no wonder this place has become a busy downtown lunch spot.
When Robie St. Station closes for the day, its saucy little sister, El Chino, starts getting ready for night. Cocktails are the draw here, but the snack menu holds its own with selections of Chinese and Mexican street food, like curry fish balls, tacos and pork belly bao, perfect for sharing. We suggest starting things off with a margarita.
This light, airy trattoria serves authentic Italian fare, including generous servings of fresh pasta. It’s also perfect for large groups, where dishes can be served on a platter, family-style and shared around the table. A Mano is known not only for its food but for its attention to service.
A top-shelf ramen noodle bar in the city’s North End, it often seems like Water & Bone is highly recommended by every noodle-loving Haligonian you talk to. Snacks like karaage, pork gyoza as well as five kinds of bao buns also draw in regulars, and there’s even a kids’ ramen.
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