Boston is a vibrant city that is full of foodie delights. The city has much to offer diners including awesome New England seafood, fine dining, and ethnic cuisine. Read on to plan your next foodie adventure with this foodies’ guide to Boston.
A Foodies’ Guide to Visiting Boston
The Iconic Boston Food
Clam Chowder is a New England staple that is a thick mix of cream, shellfish, and salt pork or bacon. Island Creek Oyster Bar serves its chowder with house-cured bacon and buttermilk biscuits. The chef at Puritan and Company adds mussels and herbs to give his chowder a special flavor.
The Yankee Pot Roast is a popular meal in New England homes. The dish contains cuts of beef roasted and tenderized along with many root vegetables. Durgin-Park has the pot roast made from scratch with mashed potatoes and butternut squash. Merchants Row serves its Yankee Pot Roast along with historic tales from the Revolutionary War.
The melted goodness of Lobster Mac n Cheese is a newer tradition in New England. At Outlook Kitchen, the dish is stepped up with aged cheddar, smoked gouda, and cognac for a great flavor. At JM Curley, the Lobstah Mac contains lobster, cheese medley, scallions, tomatoes, and a panko crust that is scrumptious.
More Wonderful Food in Boston
Boston Baked Beans are the reason the city is nicknamed ‘Beantown’. The beans are slow baked in molasses and served in a small crock with bread on the side. State Street Provisions has their own spin on the traditional dish with chunks of braised pork belly added to the mix. Beantown Pub serves the classic Beantown Baked Beans along with beer and great cocktails.
A Roast Beef Sandwich in Boston is packed with heaps of tasty roast beef. Cutty’s serves the meat-packed Roast Beef 1000, and Kelly’s Roast Beef serves the beef in thin slices on sesame seed rolls.
The Lobster Roll is another favorite among locals in Boston, where there is a debate on whether the lobster is mixed with mayonnaise or melted butter. Eventide has a sweet lobster roll served on a steamed bun, while Row 34 has Ethel’s creamy lobster roll made with cold mayo.
Top Foodie Neighborhoods in Boston
If you are craving fine Italian food, take a trip to the North End, the Little Italy of Boston. This neighborhood is jam packed with wonderful Italian eateries. Bricco serves pillowy gnocchi baked with mozzarella, and fresh pastas and bread. You can dine on Sicilian- inspired cuisine at Carmelina’s for fresh fettuccine, or baked rollati.
Roxbury is the heart of American-American culture in Boston. Suya Joint is West African cuisine at its best, serving egusi, a stew made from African melon seeds, chicken, fish, and spinach. If you are in the mood for delicious fried chicken, try Slade’s Bar & Grill, which has been a Boston institution since 1935.
The Seaport District and Waterfront has many fine dining and seafood options. At James Hook & Co., you get fresh lobster by the pound and eat outdoors with a view of the Boston skyline. For an upscale dining experience, try Smith & Wollensky for a great steak, or Ocean Prime for butter poached lobster tails.
Other Foodie Spots in Boston
North Brookline is the location of many New York-style delis. Kupel’s has many Jewish deli classics including Corned Beef Reuben. Try one of the best pastrami sandwiches you will ever eat at Michael’s Deli or have a great gastropub experience at Washington Square Tavern.
East Boston has the best Latin-American cuisine in the city. The food at Angela’s Café is inspired by Puebla, Mexico with its delicious fried tilapia tacos, sopa de pozole, guacamole and great margaritas. For Mexican, Salvadorian, and Guatemalan fare, try Mi Pueblito for fried sweet plantains or Salvadorian flatbread.
Great Foodie Tours in Boston
Guests can discover the food delights of the city one bite at a time with a tour from Bites of Boston. Tour highlights include Allston Arts & Eats, Chinatown’s Culture & Cuisine, and the classic Bites of Boston.
Mobsters & Lobsters is a trolley tour that serves traditional New England lobster along with a history lesson about Boston’s organized crime history.
Get ready to sink your teeth into the best Italian food on the North End Boston Food Tour. Explore and sample Boston’s ‘Little Italy” with a lifelong neighborhood resident who will take guests around and offer some historic facts about the neighborhood along the way.
Yummy Walks specializes in walking tours that are off the beaten path. Tours offered include Seafood and Chowda Tour, and The Original Foods of the Freedom Trail, plus many more.
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