If you’re planning a trip to Boston, make sure you plan out where you’re going to eat as well! Boston has numerous amazing restaurants that you shouldn’t miss. I’ve listed some of my favorites below.
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Boloco – The name means “Boston Local Company,” but Boloco has become so popular over the past few years that they’ve expanded to other states. My fingers are crossed that they’ll bring their delicious burritos and smoothies to NYC soon! I love their creative burrito and wrap combinations, and that you can get a “mini” size instead of a massive heart attack-inducing burrito like you’ll find at other similar chains. The perfect satisfying snack.
Flour – Another very popular local spot that has expanded to several locations, Flour is the bakery from Joanne Chang, a famed pastry chef whom you may have read about in the New York Times or Gourmet magazine. There are so many incredible things here, but my favorite lunch is the roasted chicken sandwich with avocado and jicama. For dessert, indulge in a flourless vegan chocolate cake or homemade oreos.
Papagayo – Papagayo is consistently busy, even if you’re dining later in the evening. You may have to wait for a table, but hang out by the large bar and kill time trying one of their delish margaritas. The guacamole, which is made at the table, is not to be missed. The menu at Papagayo is reasonably priced and the vibe is always fun – perfect for dinner and drinks before a low key night out with friends in the nearby Seaport District.
Red Lantern – If you’re more the club-going type, Red Lantern is a chic dinner spot that also doesn’t slow down late at night. The Asian fusion eatery has played host to numerous celebs and Red Sox players, and is located conveniently close to downtown Boston and the South End so you won’t have to wobble too far in your heels to the next destination. Family-sized servings, strong scorpion bowls meant to share and bumping music make Red Lantern ideal for a group outing. Make a reservation or you’ll end up dining at midnight!
Myers+Chang – Another Asian fusion place, but with a completely different vibe than Red Lantern (think M+C is more Williamsburg while Red Lantern would totally belong in the Meatpacking District). Myers+Chang is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Boston, and it might have something to do with the fact that it’s owned by the same people as Flour, above! The menu is filled with creative and totally unique dishes – you’ll want to order a bunch of things to share. Start off with the hot & sour soup – it’s seriously amazing for just $5.
Aquitaine, Metropolis, Union Bar & Grille, or Gaslight – Insider tip alert! Dine at one of these stylish, upscale restaurants for brunch on a Saturday and you can get a prix fixe meal that includes coffee, orange juice and an entree for just $10.
South End Buttery – The melt-in-your-mouth pancakes at the Buttery are seriously worth traveling to Boston for. I’m not kidding. The inside of this restaurant is also so cozy – grab a table downstairs by the fire place.
Canary Square – A bit outside the touristy area, in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, you’ll find this hipster-friendly restaurant that’s another one of my faves. The service is friendly, there are plenty of tables so you rarely have to wait, and you can burn off one too many mimosas with a walk around nearby Jamaica Pond afterwards. The menu features yummy classics like eggs benedict and french toast along with surprisingly delicious more adventurous options. Just this weekend I tried the brunch special of crispy lamb tostada with mint, yogurt, tomatoes radish and feta (pictured below). If it’s on the menu next time I’m there, I’m definitely having this one again!
What are your favorite places to eat in Boston? Let me know if I missed a good one!