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Posted by Devra First  March 27, 2009 04:44 PM

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Baseball season arrives with a noticeable gap in the Fenway food scene, left by the Peterborough Street restaurants destroyed in a January fire. Ball fans will miss their pre- and post-game stops at Thornton's Fenway Grille, Rod Dee Thai Cuisine, El Pelon Taqueria, Greek Isles, Sorento's Italian Gourmet, and Umi Japanese Restaurant.

What to eat until they're rebuilt? (It might be a while.)

Audubon Circle, Eastern Standard, and La Verdad are always good bets.

Cambridge 1 recently expanded beyond pizza. They're now also offering antipasto plates, sausage and white bean soup, and a few pasta dishes. (According to the Wall Street Journal, pizza's popularity is waning.)

Also, if a bit out of the way, M Bar & Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental hotel is offering opening day bento boxes on April 6. These include items such as Kobe sliders, lobster wontons, and, of course, hot dogs and chowder. You choose up to six, with each item $5-$7.

What do you eat when you go to Fenway? For me, it's all about the franks.

I believe those are mine. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Devra First is the Globe's food reporter and restaurant critic. Her reviews appear weekly in the Food section.

Ellen Bhang reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe and writes about wine.

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