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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

PARKER'S
OMNI PARKER HOUSE HOTEL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS U.S.A.

Boston is a city that offers an incredible number of dining options and I usually don't include hotel restaurants.  But this one is special.

Parker's is rich in history.  Legend has it that JFK popped the question to Jackie while dining here (at table 4).  Ho Chi Minh once served as a bus boy in the kitchen before returning to his native Vietnam.     

Hundreds if not thousands of VIP guests have stayed at the Parker House and dined there including literary giant Charles Dickens and the man who gunned down Honest Abe Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth. But you come here for the food!  And for some famous food items created right here.

This is the restaurant that gave birth to the now famous Boston Cream Pie and the Parker House Roll.  And they also coined the name "Scrod" as in small cod.

You can't go wrong with the Boston Scrod.  Baked with bread crumbs and always perfect.  My wife absolutely goes nuts over the beef stew here when it's on the menu!  And if you want chicken or steak, you're well covered.

You'll find a lovely rich interior to this restaurant with cherry wood well represented.  Parker's is definitely an upscale, continental experience.  However if you would like to sample their food and you're not a millionaire, you can always have breakfast here or drop by for lunch.  Or sip a cocktail at the bar.

Parker's is located in the Omni Parker House Hotel at Tremont and School Street in downtown Boston.

One additional note.  If you're coming to Boston for the first time and you'll be driving, brace yourself.  Boston has the rudest and worst drivers--by far--in the U.S.  And there's a saying in the city that goes like this: "There are two kinds of pedestrians in Boston - fast and dead!"    So be careful!  They use their cahs (Boston pronunciation) like weapons here!  I know, I lived in Beantown for two years.