Matt Karolian asks:
What is the first restaurant you are going to after getting vaccinated?
Safely this whole time, so I can ensure my favorite restaurants are open post pandemic. Order takeout, get a gift card, write a review if you don’t feel comfortable dining in. Your go to spots need you!
Just think of the amount of Books with photo’s that will be published about this year long pandemic .
I’ve been dining out.. Safely this whole time
If you have been dining exclusively outside, you may have been safe. Dining "safely" inside is a thing that does not exist unless the restaurant has a HVAC system that aggressively moves and filters air. And even then, it's not 100% safe.
Social distancing, limited number of diners, masks while not eating, limited number of diners per table, 90 minute time limit spent in the restaurant, and early closing, all have not made restaurants safe. Perhaps these limits have made restaurants more safe than no limits at all but still not "safe".
The virus travels in the air, hangs in the air in some cases for 3-4 hours, and is directed to certain points in the restaurant by HVAC systems.
So no, you are probably not dining safely. An advanced HVAC system with advanced filtration is better than a "regular " HVAC system, but still not 100% safe.
Don't believe me, some anonymous internet person. Read what epidemiologists online have to say.
Corner Tavern on Mass. Ave. for their chill neighborhood vibe, scotch and tater tots.
after getting vaccinated?
You need more info on the covid.
That's not how it works...
"It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often."
Salem Street, North End. My favorite Boston restaurant and close to my mother-in-law's building at North Square.
It's a perfect place for people who dont understand how vaccines work to sit on top of each other.
I’ve done lots of home cooking this year and enjoy it more.
But when I go, it’ll likely be Five Spices in Chinatown.
No indoor dining for me until June but my radar is on Venezia near Neponset circle in the Dot.
Agree about timing. I am thinking that, even if I received the vaccine "now" that I will still wait a while before throwing off the yoke of Corona and going back to whatever normal is !
My husband got vaccinated the first week it was in MA and this is the last thing on his mind with at least 12 Covid patients on his roster daily. This inquiry is premature and overly ambitious if you ask me. Still participating however, I miss wholesome and yummy grain/veggie/protein/sauce bowls like found at Life Alive.
Pretty sure that we need to keep being careful after vaccination until we hit herd immunity (the vaccination kind, not the dead kind).
We still don't know if the vaccine just suppresses lethal symptomology or prevents infection. My neice is an ICU nurse and one of the first vaccinated in Illinois, and she's waiting, so I'll wait, too. (I'm going to be in the second wave in MA due to age, occupation and risk factors). I don't want to be *that* idiot who was vaccinated yet carries COVID to others asymptomatically!
I'm going to wait until at least my birthday (mid-April) to celebrate in a restaurant. I suspect that I'll do the patio at Street in Portsmouth NH when I do, or Highland Kitchen.
I also suggest this song for this coming Thursday Night, even though "it" really isn't over yet:
... for January 20.
To support your favorite restaurant, it might not be there anymore.
Letting some restaurant close or roll the dice with not only my life but the lives of people I may come in contact with.
Restaurants come and go, get over it.
I've been getting take out and gift cards from my favorite spots. No way am I sitting in their dining room though. With the gift cards I know I am taking a chance but I am picking places I am pretty confident had a solid grip pre corona and just need money to get by. I am not really spending my money on places that were already a disaster before Corona. I feel bad saying that but I only have so much to go around and I got to focus on places I think I can actually help in some small way.
A lot of people are going to be stuck holding gift cards for restaurants that don't survive this. I know a lot of restaurants are making a big push for people to purchase gift cards, but this is short-sighted on their part. The problem with a gift card is that it's easy money now, but when tons of people start redeeming gift cards in the future the restaurant is then on the hook to pay their food/beverage costs with money that's no longer in the bank.
That reminds me - does Friore's still exist?
I was cleaning out my writing desk this weekend and found an envelope with a few miscellaneous GC's. I have a nagging sense that there was some news a year (or five) ago that they had closed up shop, but I'm holding onto a faint sense of hope.
I am not, however, holding out any hope whatsoever for redeeming the GC for Kingfish Hall that was in the same envelope!
That's the only safe way to support your local restaurant right now. Only safe way for them, too.
Every other place fights for second.
It would be Charlie’s Philly Cheese Steak. Why? Because getting a vaccination is no big deal, and the odds are that the family will want something from there the Friday after I get the shot.
Again, vaccinations, though very important, are not worthy of a special meal. On the other hand, planning for a meal is part of my mental prep for my colonoscopies. Those who have had the procedure know what I mean.
When I had my procedure done, the hardest part was not eating solid food for that day. The prep itself wasn't bad, but soon after the procedure was done, my first order of business was getting something to eat (and the hospital helped out by giving me juice and graham crackers).
I've been to Charlie's at The Corner and at Longwood - their steaks are actually pretty good.
The doctor was amazed that I followed her instructions. I recommend the Faulkner whole heartedly.
But back to the vaccines. I've changed my mind, and I will do this. I want a lollipop for each time I get jabbed, just like I got when I was a kid.
Mickey D’s steakhouse
This question is exactly the attitude healthcare experts are advising against. It hasn't yet been confirmed the vaccine prevents transmission so while you might not get ill, you could still be spreading the virus.......or you could be one of the 5-7% of patients doesn't work for and also get sick.
Reminds me of the people who think a negative covid test "clears" them for travel.
Saw a tweet yesterday of a doctor whose ICU patient thought he was good to go to fly because he'd tested negative.
Flying right now is nuts. Virus is exploding everywhere.
Flying in September, when travellers would have row to themselves, empty airports, and states that were not on the offical MA no go list wasn't so risky.
Testing doesn't clear you to fly in either case - it just means that you don't have an asymptomatic infection to share as of when you are tested. That's a courtesy during times of low transmission. When you could go home and get results in less than 24 hours, and there wasn't such massive community wide explosion, that meant something. Now all bets are off.
My great Aunt loves it and we've basically kept her in bubble wrap this whole time. Whenever we are all vaccinated and months down the road and eating inside is deemed safe, I'm taking her for a Friendly's Frank.
Used to go to Friendlys after every time I had a procedure/ visit at a hospital in NJ as a young person- almost became synonymous with a trip to the hospital
...which is not "when I get my vaccination", I'll be going to Kamiza in Brookline where my favorite sushi chef is. And then, a close second, Rod Dee just up Beacon Street (it has a new name which I always forget) for the amazing tom yum noodle soup.
...I think it will be the Galway, so my partner can deal with steak cravings, I can have my Guinness, and we can catch up with everyone we haven't seen in however long it will be.
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