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

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.

Breakfast

“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.

Lunch

“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.

Dinner

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

Photo by Kristin Teig Photography

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