During the five days I spent in Boston one thing was clear, it was effortless to find delicious food anywhere in the city. No matter what neighborhood you were in from Alston to the North End there was a local favorite not too far away. If you’re looking for a foodie destination Boston is a must visit.
In Boston, you’ll find everything from dining worth a splurge to hole in the wall budget spots you’ll love. You’ll find flavorful and fresh seafood to pub food classics. The city has countless places to explore but there are a few things you should be sure not to miss on your next trip.
Kick Off Boston With Breakfast
Whether you want a sit-down brunch or a quick breakfast Boston has plenty of stops worth exploring. If a quick bite, you’ll want to stop by Wheelhouse for the perfect breakfast sandwich. This is a great spot to swing by on your way to catching a ferry over the Salem. They have fun twists on the sandwiches from including a NOLA inspired combination that I loved. Their breakfast fried rice is another favorite.
A quirky diner is the perfect places to have a lazy Sunday morning. And that’s just what my brother and I did at the Allston Diner. While I tend to eat breakfast on the healthier side, I was too tempted here and indulged in their breakfast Montecristo, and it was worth every calorie! You can also find classic diner breakfast options and a wide range of vegan breakfast choices.
Dig Into Lobster Rolls
You can’t go to Boston and not enjoy a little bit of lobster. And one of the best ways to do that is with a lobster roll. There are so many different ones to choose from that it’s worth trying a few if you’re in town long enough. With that, they are a bit of a splurge meal so you’ll want to do your research. Thrillist offers a great comparison of the top lobster rolls in town.
I ended up going with Saltie Girl as I was in the Back Bay at the time and it was even better than I could of imagines. Now, let’s start with the fact that my wait ended up being an hour and forty-five minutes (people just would not get up and leave!) But even with that, it was worth the wait. Their lobster rolls on the brioche bun was a perfect combination and yes, I did get it warm with melted butter, since who doesn’t want melted butter on everything?
I will say, no matter which top spot you go for a lobster roll expect a wait and trying hitting the spot at an odd hour to cut it down. Also, the good ones run from $20 -35 but you won’t want to miss out on this being one of your (or your only) splurge meal in Boston.
Refresh Your Palette with Oysters
Sticking with the seafood theme, if you enjoy Oysters at all you’ll want to try some of the local ones while you’re in town. The classic spot is Neptune Oyster. Here you can try a variety of oysters, but you’ll likely have a solid wait ahead of you and a crowded space.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience and just as good oysters, walk a few blocks over to North Square Oyster. It’s on the beautiful North Square in the North End and you can people watch those on the freedom trail while you’re enjoying your meal. On top of a variety of oysters, they also have some delicious specialty options to enjoy. So sit down, order yourself some oysters and bubbly and relax.
Don’t Forget Some Italian in the North End
When I made my way to Boston I was sticking to a diet with almost no carbs, but I knew one of my cheat meals was going to be some delicious pasta in the North End. (Although you can tell from this whole article that I didn’t stick to the diet much at all.) The only meal where I sat down with my brother and enjoyed a lazy meal over multiple courses was at Panza in the North End.
It came on recommendation from my waiter earlier in the (one of my best tips for finding local favorites), and it was everything we were looking for. Low-key, delicious, homey Italian food. I enjoyed a mindblowing lobster ravioli and my brother went with a spinach and ricotta ravioli that was just as good. We also enjoyed their burrata plate, one of my favorite things in the world, to start and a lovely bottle of Italian wine. We didn’t even have to wait for a table. It was a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing and delicious night out in Boston.
Another can’t miss Italian treat in Boston are the cannolis! You have to get one. They are the best I’ve had back in the United States and my willpower barely kept me from going back for more. While there are a few places people love I don’t know how it could get better than Mike’s Pastry. They have so many flavors but I still went with a simple chocolate chip and it brought me back to feeling like I was walking around in Italy all over again. I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I didn’t even get a photo of it.
Classic Pub Food Throughout Boston
Many of the meals I enjoyed in Boston were on the classy side. But at the same time, the meals I ate in good old pubs were some of my favorites. I knew I had to get a delicious dish of fish and chips so we made our way over the Druid, an Irish Pub in Cambridge. We enjoyed some classic pub food along with an Irish waiter, good beer, and a live Irish folk band.
For a good burger, I made my way over to JM Curley right near Boston Common. It was a simple burger that you could add a variety of topping it. But like the best burgers, they are simple but with each piece done just right. That’s exactly what I got at JM Curley.
While not in a pub, a good grilled cheese still counts as pub food. If you’re in the mood you’ll want to find one of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese‘s locations or stop by when you see their food truck. You can get a simple one with tomato soup. A delicious ham and cheese combo (my order). Or try one of the twists on the sandwich.
A Foodie’s Paradise
For me, the best places for foodies is where you can get a variety of delicious food, trying new takes on things you already love, find things you can only get in that city, and do it all without breaking the bank. Boston checks off all these boxes and more.
I’m already looking forward to a trip back later this year. So if you’ve been to Boston before let me know what your favorite spots so I can add to this list in the comments below.