Restaurants in Boston
Because it sits on coastline, Boston is a seafood city. New England clam chowder (with clams, potatoes, and onions), baked haddock, lobster rolls, and oyster stew are popular surf dishes. New England boiled dinner (corned beef with cabbage and root vegetables), bulkie rolls, and American chop suey are prevalent turf options. If you want traditionally-prepared Boston seafood, get a table at the Island Creek Oyster Bar on Commonwealth Ave. They have one of the best raw oyster bars in Boston and a menu filled with lobster rolls, oyster sliders, fish and chips, and seafood casserole.
Boston, also home to a big Latino population, is just as likely to serve seafood paella and mofongo as they are clams. Orinoco, with locations in South End, Brookline Village, and Harvard Square, has been voted Boston’s best Latin American restaurant for the past three years. Feast on arepas and empanadas over Sunday brunch. Try Formaggio Kitchen for the best selection of imported cheeses and cured meats in town, or the Hi-Rise Bread Company for baguettes and specialty breads. Some other notable foods to try are Boston baked beans (flavored with maple syrup and bacon) and delicious Boston crème pie.
With kitschy decor that includes lobsters painted on the walls and brown paper tablecoths, Jasper White's Summer Shack attempts to capture the feel of a rustic seaside clamshack in Boston’s gentrified Back Bay neighborhood.
Housed in a nondescript brick building in Central Square, Green Street first opened during the Great Depression and holds Cambridge’s longest-standing liquor license.
In the spirit of brotherly competition, chefs David and Bob Kinkead established this South End success in 2004. The restaurant is based on an unusual concept: a “dueling” menu featuring each brother’s take on the same main ingredients.
Salts, located in Cambridge along the edge of the MIT campus, offers French-inspired American cuisine under the supervision of co-owners Gabriel Bremer and Analia Verolo, who proudly note on their menu that much of the produce comes from their own farm in New Hampshire.
Trendy Euro crowd.
A short walk from Central Square, Craigie on Main serves French-American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking.
Known for his French cuisine at Pigalle, Boston chef Marc Orfaly now transports North End diners to Rome at Marco. Inside the second-story trattoria, a working fireplace welcomes guests into the dining room, which features exposed brick walls and antique wood beams across the ceiling.
A chic oasis in the heart of Boston, Blu has made a name for itself with its flavorful, deceptively simple dishes and sophisticated décor. Executive Chef Kathleen Smith, who joined the restaurant in 2005, has created a menu that artfully showcases fresh produce and ingredients.