Thanks for asking. I was planning (debating) about posting. …
First the concert (Adele) was amazing. Wow can she sing. Ticket time was 730, she started around 820.
We ended up going to the public Market - with time constraints et al (I know there were a lot of restrictions on my post) we decided that would be the least stressful option.
It was nice to walk around the market (630ish) without it being a complete zoo, and we were able to get food and eat at a table - something that never seemed remotely possible on the weekends.
That said - I still have mixed feelings about the market. I love the idea and concept and wish them all the best. But I still think they have an identity crisis with who their customer is. Are they for tourists or locals? Having produce and raw meats makes you think locals - $12 lb lobster ($17/lb steamed) makes me think tourists.
I ate at Noodle Lab - they had chicken curry for that day’s meal. It was good - not great but good. But then I hate that their touchscreen payment system defaults to tip amounts of 18%, 20%, 25%. That is rediculous (IMHO) and a slap in the face. Granted you can bypass that but from a customer experience standpoint I won’t eat there again on principle - 25% tip as a default suggestion on take away counter service - screams “fleece the tourists” to me.
My husband at from the pasta place in the center area by the tables (can’t remember the name). The market had had an event the night before apparently, so they had a special of bolognese, which used a blue cheese in it. It was a little different but actually quite tasty. We’d both eat from them again. They apparently do a more limited menu for dinner than they do at lunch.
The walk to the garden was simple from there, even with all the construction around the garden.
If we go back we may try something on canal st - looked like basic bar food type places - they weren’t that crowded as we walked by - though I’m sure they are insane when a game is at the garden. There was a Boston Beer Works - which I think is opening a branch in Waltham soon, so was curious to see what they were like.
Thanks again for the reply and checking back. There are a lot of posts on here recently that just result in “crickets” for people. Makes me miss the old CH days even more.