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South Station Food Options

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South Station Food Options

Greetings, everyone!

I will be traveling from Portland, ME to DC next week, with a layover at Boston South Station. My layover will be from about 8p-9:30p depending on traffic. Trying to figure out my best food/coffee/baked goods options near the station. I will only have a backpack as luggage, and I don't mind walking a couple of blocks as long as 1. it's a relatively safe area, 2. the place will be open at that hour on a Wed, and 3. I can grab something to go and make it back to the station in time to catch my train. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much in advance!

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1. Re: South Station Food Options

If you end up pressed for time there are some places in south station though nothing great. McDonald's, Starbucks, dunkin donuts, auntie Anne's, cheeseboy, au bon pain, pizza place and a couple other places. Unsure exact hours but I think most were open when I was there a little after 8pm last Thursday.

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2. Re: South Station Food Options

The train from Prtland arrives at North Station so you need to get to South Station. Is that why you speak of traffic?

There are plenty of food options inside south station. They have varying hours but many are opened until 8 or 9 or beyond.

south-station.net/Retail-Food-Services.htm

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3. Re: South Station Food Options

You really don't have enough time to look for alternative places. Take a cab from North to South Station and have a bite there. There is Chinese, Cajun and Italian fast food in addition to what MccTripper said.

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4. Re: South Station Food Options

To clarify, I will be taking the bus from Portland, ME to South Staion. I have an hour and a half from the time I get to South Station until my train departs, depending on traffic from Portland. Should have been more clear on that point.

I was kind of hoping for something a little more beyond the standard fast food options, plus I kind of wanted to stretch my legs before sitting on a train for 9 hours.

Edited: 05 August 2014, 05:28
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5. Re: South Station Food Options

You are correct. The bus does arrive at South Station, while the train from Maine arrives in North Station.

Edited: 05 August 2014, 08:31
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6. Re: South Station Food Options

Les Zygomates is open late enough -- and is a nice upscale little restaurant just a couple blocks from the train and bus terminals. Another option would be Trade, about two blocks away.

And worst case, that pizza place is Pizzaria Regina, which sells a reasonable slice. Seating options at South Station stink after 8:00 PM when they close the quieter second level seating area.

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7. Re: South Station Food Options

There is a Tavern in the Square right in South Station. Not stellar food, but instead of rushing around, I think I would just eat there. Another, very close option is Trade.

Edited: 05 August 2014, 14:12
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8. Re: South Station Food Options

In addition to Trade http://trade-boston.com/ there is also Nebo (which I prefer) http://neborestaurant.com/ . Or you can walk across the river to Sportello http://sportelloboston.com/ or Tavern Road http://tavernroad.com/ .

Or you can head into Chinatown for a fast & delicious meal! Hei La Moon http://www.heilamoon.com/index.html or Beijing Kyoto http://www.beijingkyoto.com/ or Shabu Zen http://www.shabuzen.com/index.html

Unfortunately all the food trucks are closed in that area by that time or I'd suggest those!

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9. Re: South Station Food Options

I'd probably stay at South Station but you can also take a look at the South Street Diner.

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10. Re: South Station Food Options

South Station is pretty close to Chinatown, so you'd be able to find something if you walked up there. You could maybe even call in an order while you are on the bus and walk up to get it. Quickest option during the day would be 163 Vietnam Sandwich, but I think they're closed by then. Taiwan Cafe is open really late:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60745-d32…

New Shanghai is one of the closer spots to the Station:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60745-d32…

The timing is really unfortunate. You'd have many delicious options during the day. Just in case you decide to change your plans, or if someone comes across this question looking for good South Station options in general:

Just across the bridge, there's Flour Bakery

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60745-d11…

There are also a bunch of food trucks on Dewey Square, just across from the train station:

rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/…

Unless you are SUPER pressed for time, don't eat in the train station. I used to recommend Cosi, but they've gone so far downhill, I can't any more.