Eating is one of the biggest, and most important, parts of my holidaying experience. I can never get my head around those who go on their hols and live on English breakfasts and Irish pub grub (unless you’re in Ireland obviously…), when there’s so many fantastic dishes and foodie traditions to try.
In the lead up to any of my holidays, I start compiling a list of the restaurants I need to try by saving websites, calling out for help on Twitter, and arming myself with culinary knowledge that Time Out’s restaurant guide would be jealous of. However, there’s only so much I can eat (trust me, I tried to consume the entirety of Boston’s food scene), and I whittled it down to these…
My favourite 8 dishes that every foodie should try in Boston…
1. East Springfield Omelette from Mike’s City Diner – $8.95
I’m a fan of the little neighbourhood this diner is set in, and it couldn’t get more stereotypical, like the set of an American sitcom with its unlimited coffee refills, black and white tiled floors and cops breakfasting alongside you at the countertop.I also tried ‘grits’ for the first time here too – a porridge/cream corn sort of concoction supposed to be eaten with brown sugar. I wasn’t so sure on that….
A PR friend urged me to try this particular pastry, and it seemed most of Boston’s residences make the pilgrimage to this family-run shop for some sweet, homemade goodness. Mike’s Pastry has that homely Italian vibe about it – and everything is made fresh on the premises!The lobstertail éclair hails from a convent on the Amalfi Coast and is filled with delicious cream and yellow custard filling.
If this doesn’t sound like your thing, I recommend the fresh fig fruit square or the Boston crème pie (no I wasn’t being greedy or anything…)
5. The Shellfish Tower from Row 34 – $82.00
383 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
6. Tuna Crudo at Bostonia Public House – $16
131 State Street, Boston, MA 02110
Like the Italian version of Sashimi, this Tuna Crudo is raw tuna at its peak freshness served with avocado, cucumber, cilantro and sesame seeds. It was refreshing to have a light, healthy dish alongside a menu of incredibly big burger that my stomach most certainly couldn’t handle!
7. Frozen Yoghurt from The Berry Twist – $7.00
200 Faneuil Hall Market Place, 4 S Market Street, Boston, MA 02190
Americans don’t do their portions small – or normal sized either – but my helping of chocolate froyo from The Berry Twist was humungous. None the less it was absolutely delicious, and I’d highly recommend you check this place out.
If frozen yoghurt isn’t your thing, still head over to the market places around this area anyway as there is plenty to do, and they have some fantastic food stalls to try. Ueno Sushi was delish, and they made it fresh to order in front of your very eyes.
8. Green Chilli Braised Pork Enchiladas from W Lounge Boston – $17
I loved the vibe of W Boston’s lounge bar and the sharing ‘bites’ dishes were superb. Eating is such a great way to bond and socialise, and culturally and historically, it has always bought people together. The enchiladas here were a chef favourite, and I can see why. Meaty, compact and came with a kick that was neutralised by a touch of cream. You can definitely see that the menu was curated with love and attention, and packed with flavoursome dishes.