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Mini-Guide: Where to Eat During the Holiday Season

The holidays, for better or for worse, means lots of situations worthy of going out to eat. Dish Gal has been getting lots of questions for where to go for this situation and that, so I decided to boil it down to one mini-guide to eating out around the holidays! Let me know if there is a category missing!

Dinner with your boo
Whether or not you are spending the holidays with your SO, it's nice to head out to one special dinner just the two of you... But where? These spots are romantic yet festive, and fairly wallet-friendly-- which helps when you've maxed out your credit card buying presents.

Metropolis Café (South End)
Grotto (Beacon Hill)
Franklin Café (South End)
Taranta (North End)

Gift exchange with the girls
Before you are surrounded by your family for the holidays, surround yourself with your second family-your girlfriends-at one of these fun and jovial places.

Masa (South End) ** doing 50 cent tapas and $5 sangria pitchers (!!) Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 5 - 8 p.m. **
Gaslight (South End)
Dali (Cambridge/Somerville)
Toro (South End)-- tight quarters here...leave the presents at home!

Family in town visiting
Show your extended family the Boston you know and love. These restaurants are family-friendly, and can be enjoyed by everyone from your screaming nephew to your Uncle who frequents fast food joints.

Rocca (South End)
Antico Forno (North End)
Redbones (Davis Square)
Grafton St (Harvard Square)

For the guys: Grabbing a drink and a bite while your girl shops

When she's power walking up and down Newbury St: Charley's on Newbury St. (cheapest draft beer on Newbury, plus try the Spinach & Artichoke dip to warm up from the cold).
When she's discount shopping in Downtown Crossing: Kingston Station (large portions, lots of cocktails)
When she's prepping it up in Beacon Hill: Figs
When she's staying warm in the Pru and Copley: Ditch the mall scene and walk down about a block from the Boylston St. entrance to the Pru to Bukowski Tavern. Has about a million different beers and a peanut butter burger. Never tried that one, but I can vouch for their juicy, more normal burgers. UPDATE: Tried the PB burger... so good actually! And they have yummy fries. love it.

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