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Chef's Tour: Boston Eats from Alden & Harlow's Michael Scelfo

Where to find the best food in Boston? The smaller, less-explored neighborhoods, where delicious local haunts are waiting to be uncovered, according to chef Michael Scelfo, whose buzzy new Cambridge restaurant, Alden & Harlow, opened in February. Read on for his perfect day of eating in and around Beantown.


“For me, the perfect breakfast is at Arthur & Pats in Marshfield. It’s a timeless little beach shack on the water. The warm, old school service makes everyone feel like a regular. The Italian antipasti salad is a favorite, along with the crab cake benedict.


“Stop by Chinatown’s Hei La Moon for the best dim sum, and be sure to order the turnip cakes and pan-fried dumplings filled with shrimp and chives.

Afternoon Pick Me Up

“Cambridge’s Sofra café serves Middle Eastern baked treats and snacks like savory, herb-filled za’atar cake, warm buttered hummus, and basturma, an air-dried, cured beef. Try the earthquake cookie, made with dark cocoa—it’s super gooey and eye-roll good.


“Head into the town of Brookline and hit Fairsted Kitchen for some delicious comfort food, fantastic wine, and some of best hospitality you can get in the area. I like to order the roasted beets with chickpeas and feta, or the cauliflower anchovy and olive oil.

Food/Culinary Souvenir

Formaggio Kitchen is a shop in Huron Village with inspiring ingredients from all over the world—Xertoli olive oil, Italian garum, local maple sugar. I’m obsessed with a small glass case on one end of the cheese counter that’s filled with knives—I almost have to buy a new one on each visit.

Jennifer Flowers is the Food and Hotels Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

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