I spent a lot of time in Boston and I love the city. It is walkable, historic and has a great nightlife and sports. It also has a fantastic culinary scene and there are many bad good places to eat.
Boston is one of the oldest major cities in the United States and from the very beginning the people who lived there declared it “one of the most important cities in the world.” At the time it didn’t mean much, but over time the city actually became known as home to many of the country’s elites before the 20th century. Boston was a catalyst for the independence movement and several revolutionary battles were fought in and around the Boston area, and as these ideas of freedom grew and the city emerged as a major center of economic life, Boston also began to be a big city for people looking to make money. for life in the new world.
Gradually, the city’s working class grew with the population from Germany, Italy, and especially Ireland, who came to the city for work. This has led to the creation of diverse and immigrant enclaves of the city that have brought their culture and food, and now in the 21st century Boston stands as a fresh historic city and a city adapted to food. Check out some of the best places to eat in Boston.
Union Oyster House
Walking the Freedom Trail is the most important tourist activity in Boston, and one of the stops on the trail is the cult Faneuil Hall. Located practically in the neighborhood, Union Oyster House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest restaurant operating non-stop in the United States. The building was founded in 1742 and was mostly just a shop window and an importer taking over goods coming in and out of Europe. Private conversations about the revolution began on the upper floors of the establishment, and during the American Revolution, many women from Boston went to the building to sew and mend clothes. By 1826, the building had ceased to import and trade in fabrics and had become an oyster. The semicircular bar was set up along with the kitchen and since then Union Oyster House has been a destination for fresh seafood from New England, even a favorite place of JFK that has a booth dedicated to it. While Union Oyster House serves a variety of seafood, the main source is, of course, oysters.
Located on Beacon Hill, The Paramount represents a return to the world of snack bars with greasy spoons that seemed ubiquitous on every street corner before Starbucks and artisan sushi took over. Paramount began its life in 1937, so the vibrations of the old school return here are not only part of the charm, but also authentic. What makes this place such a permanent icon is simplicity. Nothing is too classy and basically everything is cooked in a pan. Start the day with omelets or pancakes with pieces of chocolate, and finish with steak and potatoes. Either have breakfast for dinner or have dinner for lunch or any other combination that comes to mind.
Small plates of great taste is the name of the game in Oleana. The food here is influenced by the Mediterranean, but it’s not your standard kebab and calamari. The dishes are fragrant, full of spices, but at the same time very tender. The ingredients are always fresh and from local sources, and even if you’re not in the mood for something heavy, simply snacking on a meatless mezze will be a great (vegan-friendly) date idea. A large selection of available wines will complement any dish, and for those who have candy, their baked Alaska is an intricate creation that could even match some of the main dishes.
Despite Boston’s age, the city is a modern and cosmopolitan place. Delicious vegetarian options and hipster cafes are not uncommon, but when you want to spend too much money on huge chunks of meat, Grill 23 is here. The restaurant was started by two brothers from Chicago who came to Boston looking for that essential steakhouse experience. Considering that nothing like that existed at the time, they opened their own, and now for more than 30 years Grill 23 is one of the best steaks in town. Beef, seafood and other ingredients are superb cuts and completely natural. Menus like the 100-day-old ribbed eye and steaks from Kobe caps fill the menu, and if you want to show off even more, a fresh 72-pound lobster worth 72 pounds is a great addition to a bit of surfing and lawning. Finally, supplement your meal with a presentation of a humidor next to the table and enjoy a cigar from their finely prepared selection.
Historically, the North End in Boston was home to Little Italy, but in nearby Cambridge Giulia thrives in the world of Italian food in the city. Giulia serves some amazing sublime dishes that lean on classic Italian specialties, such as thick and warming pappardella served with slow-cooked pork or a choice of fresh fish with grilled vegetables. Finish everything with a dessert like caramel panna cotta with almonds, fresh figs and currants. Giulia’s is fast becoming a popular place, so book a table in advance.
New England and seafood are synonymous. Back in the 19th century, the city was enchanted by oysters, seafood and whatever the fresh catch of the day was. Seafood is largely part of the city’s fabric, but people’s tastes change over time, and what you’ll get in The Daily Catch is a touch of old school with a little new.
Founder Paul Freddura was born and raised in the northern part of Boston, and learned to cook and source seafood from old town fishermen on the dock in the 1970s. Fredduro opened his first place soon after and while it was a small place it was good. Traveling up and down the East Coast, Fredduro learned something more about the seafood game and retired, leaving a small restaurant to his sons. That small restaurant then grew into The Daily Catch. Traditions like fresh seafood bought from Boston’s fish port are still a tradition that remains as the flavors of the family’s Sicilian roots give the plates a breath of fresh air like lobster pasta, crispy squid and grilled seafood.
The tasting desk is not just a place for dinner, it is a show and an experience. If there’s one restaurant that informs you that Boston is a modern cosmopolitan city, it’s this one. The tasting counter is expensive, so going here is a special kind of arrangement. Lunch costs about $ 100 and dinner about $ 275. Tickets are sold in advance and of course, once the meal is over, you don’t have to worry about paying or giving tips.
So why is it an experience and why is it so expensive? The tasting counter breaks down the barrier between the kitchen and the dining room. The experience can satisfy a small number of people at once and offers a menu with 9 tastings that will take place over two hours. Food and plates are cooked and prepared literally in front of you, along with carefully selected pairs of drinks that go with each dish. The U-shaped counter allows guests to watch as meals are prepared, served and served, guiding guests every step of the way. Guests are also invited to chat, ask questions and sip a cocktail that offers a level of interaction you won’t find anywhere else.
Before Brewer’s Fork appeared, this part of Charlestown was quite quiet and without a restaurant, which is why a large and modern pizza restaurant could have opened earlier. Now Brewer’s Fork has the hearts of pizza lovers in Boston. They opened in early 2015 and although it didn’t take that long, Brewer’s Fork quickly gained a name. Small plates, sweets and yes, even oysters are available here, but you really come here for pizzas. Wood stoves offer crispy crusts and delicious combinations, such as “killer b” served with genoa salami and hot local honey or “bacon jam” served with bacon jam, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Brewer’s Fork has an outdoor courtyard restaurant and a long beer list, so book an outdoor table and drop by with a few friends after work.
Puritan & Company
His name pays homage to the first people to found New England, but rest assured that Puritan & Company are anything but Puritans. Located in Cambridge, the restaurant is casual and aims to elevate classic and New England dishes to a modern level. The menu changes quite often depending on availability, but its impact on local food means you can expect dishes like cod donuts, lobster stews and waxed scallops. But despite a Massachusetts-focused menu, guests can often find some other delicious items like kimchi hot dogs, wagyu beef carpaccio, and roasted duck breast.
Located in Back Bay, not far from the iconic Boylston Street, Krasi is a Greek-themed restaurant that not only offers a bit of flavor on the islands, but will also feel like Dionysus because of their large selection of Greek and international wines. The cool and modernly decorated dining room makes hanging out with friends after work a fun option while enjoying wine or checking out their snack menus with options like fried egg saganaki and pairing it with coffee with a spike, mimosa or uz. soaked apricots. The staff here has a great knowledge of the wines on offer, so don’t be afraid to ask which dish will go best with which wine.
Tawakal Halal Cafe
After opening a fairly successful restaurant at the beginning of the decade, the owners had to close the store in 2011. But they came back and offered better than ever some of the best Somali cuisines in Boston. The ambiance here is casual and relaxed, and at a fairly fair price you’ll get a bunch of delicious food with flavors and dishes that not only highlight Somali meals, but also flavors from all over North Africa and the Middle East. Homemade spicy sauces, beef biryani and beef tawakal are the leading people here.
A great place for pizza has already been mentioned, but you can never drink too much pizza, right? Pizzeria Regina has been operating since the late 1920s and there are no signs that it is even slowing down. Located in the North End, Regina Pizzeria has been good for so many reasons. First, their oven has been their cooking surface since 1888. True, the oven is older than the restaurant itself and has never changed. Second, the people at Pizzeria Regina let their dough stand for six days. This results in a crispier, chewier dough that is still light and soft. There may be a lineup, but if you walk in, take a seat next to the bar, order a slice and a cold beer and enjoy one of the most authentic North End experiences you can get.
Our last word
Big walkable cities are becoming a thing of the past, but Boston remains so. There is even a National Park where you walk to various buildings that were important during the War of Independence. So much can be done in Boston, whether you’re going to a Red Sox game over the summer, watching whales along the coast or just exploring, don’t forget to check out some phenomenal restaurants along the way. What is your favorite place to eat in Boston?