A Foodie Guide to Boston

Blessed with a location on the sea and close to local farms, Boston is New England’s biggest city and its most sophisticated when it comes to food. From the most precious high end white glove restaurants to humble food trucks, Boston can compete and win on all fronts.

Food Trucks

The food truck trend is alive and well in Boston with trucks serving up some of the finest gourmet cuisine in the city at rock bottom prices. Look for the Clover Food Truck around MIT and Cambridge. Amazing morning grits with a soft poached egg on top. Chickpea fritters with pickled onions and hummus. Great sandwiches. Artisan beer. Fresh basil lemonade. Even freshly made baby food.

Clover Food Truck MIT

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Welcome to cupcake city. Top contender for the lightest and most intriguing cupcakes is Isabelle’s Curly Cakes on Beacon Hill in Boston. Owned by celebrity chef Todd English, these cupcakes are decadent and, well, you can’t eat just one. Try the amazing Lemon or Lime Meringue cupcakes or the Boston Cream, stuffed with vanilla pastry cream and topped sky high with chocolate buttercream, then dipped in dark chocolate.

Other cupcake shops to stop at in Boston include award winning Sweet Cupcakes on Massachusetts Avenue, and the all natural Kick*ss Cupcakes on Highland Avenue, for their Raspberry Rose, Lotus, or Ginger Peach Bellini cupcakes.

Cupcakes, Boston

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The old Union Oyster House is still the best oyster bar in town by many accounts. The waiters know their oysters inside out and shuck them constantly for your pleasure. Try the cherry stone clams as well and dunk them in American cocktail sauce that is redolent of freshly grated horseradish.

Union Oyster House

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Island Creek Oyster Bar on Massachusetts Avenue is crowded with seafood lovers who come for their lobster short rib pasta, oysters, overstuffed lobster roll, seared striped bass, fish sandwiches, and everything and all seafood. This is hands down a great seafood restaurant.


The North End

Little Italy is called The North End in Boston. For dinner, try Nebo on North Washington Street for scrumptious rustic Neapolitan style food. They make delicious fresh hand-cut pasta, great pizza, cioppino, and vitello milanese. After your meal you can’t miss stopping at the legendary Modern Pastry Shop on Hanover Street. They have by far the best freshly made cannolis in the city. And they are not too sweet. There is usually a long line to get in, but it is well worth the wait!

Best Gourmet Food Store In Boston

A short walk away from Harvard Square, Formaggio Kitchen stocks a superb selection of cheeses, which they keep in their own cheese cave below the store, as well as wines, spices, small batch jams, fresh bakery goods, sandwiches, olives, coffee, chocolates and every gourmet snack and cookie you could dream of. If you visit during the warmer months, make sure to try their barbecue out front of the store. Amazing food is prepared there and the line is very long to wait for it!

Best Overall Take Away Experience In Boston

Faneuill Hall is a foodie destination that just gets better every year. Inside the historic long building near government center you will find dozens of restaurants and food shops lining each side of the long aisle you walk down. The famous Durgin Park restaurant is still located in this complex, with typical Yankee fare being served up by saucy waitresses. Kingfish Hall, a Todd English restaurant, is also there.

And to get the best all in one experience of the many types of food that are popular in Boston, you can work your way right down the aisle, from one food vendor to the next, to sample lobster rolls, Boston pizza, clam chowder, ice cream, raw bars, and pastries.

Best Chinese Dim Sum

Chinatown has hundreds of restaurants serving weekend dim sum, those tiny taste treats that are so loved in this city. The very best is found at Hei La Moon. Go for Saturday or Sunday lunch and plan to take at least an hour. As the ladies walk around pushing the dim sum carts, simply point and ask for one of their plates. Just about everything is delicious!

Food Unique To Boston

For a real frappe, visit Toscanini’s in Cambridge for their milkshake frappe so thick you can eat it with a spoon. For the best New England Clam Chowder, head to any of the Legal Seafood Restaurants in Boston. Theirs has a deep fish stock thickened with cream and jammed with fresh seafood and tender cubes of potatoes. Neptune Oyster on Salem Street makes the best lobster roll in town with generous chunks of lobster on a soft brioche roll. And for the best Lime Rickey, take a seat at the very crowded Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage in Harvard Square. It is a refreshing cold drink made from fresh limes, sugar and club soda that Bostonians have loved for decades.

Date posted: 13th September, 2011

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