There is a lot of great food in Boston. The classics would be anything seafood related, clam chowder and baked beans (not the regular kind, these ones are sweets). You’ll pass by a lot of places to get these treats and my recommendation would be Legal Sea Foods (although it is a chain). If you’re looking for some more unusual and unique read on!
I want to start with one of my favourite spots and that is Sweet Cheeks Q. It is located in Fenway (right by Fenway Park) and as you can probably guess by the name it is a BBQ joint. First off is the decor and they’ve really mastered the current ‘wood, we don’t care but we secretly do, vintage/pinterest’ feel aka it makes for an on-trend photo. Water comes in mason jars, your food comes on metal trays and all the crockery is ‘camping chic’. Now onto food and I think it’s delicious. Having eaten in the south and had authentic BBQ, I think this place matches some of the greats and offers a great spin. They have sandwiches and by the pound but I like going for the trays. You pick a meat, a hot side and a cold side (all offer great options). Pictured here on tray one is the brisket, BBQ beans, farm salad and on tray two is the pulled chicken, potato salad and broccoli casserole (trays come with onions and pickles). A great starter would be their bucket of biscuits with honey butter – just make sure you don’t fill yourself up as they can be irresistible. The three types of BBQ sauce vary in spiciness and maturity so that’s really down to taste for you. Naturally there are drinks and desserts but I’ve always been too full to attempt either (I’m sure they’re scrumptious though).
Next up is Harpoon and they’re located in the Seaport area (yes it’s a pain to get there but totally worth it). Harpoon is a local brewery to Boston and features many great beers and ciders. You can buy their different products around the city but this here is their actual brewery which is defintely worth a visit. They have a beer hall full of all their concoctions on tap as well as three types of yummy pretzels. I would recommend you go on the tour (it’s $5 and takes about forty minutes but the big seller is that you get an unlimited tasting section). I think we ended up drinking two or three pints in that tasting section haha. I had the privilege of working for Harpoon temporarily and can’t speak more highly about them. They’re just down to earth people who want to make great drinks that you’ll love – check them out!
Now for a Boston classic that I’m sure you’ll have heard of before even reading this post. Mike’s Pastry has become a legend and tradition in the North End (which is surrounded by various Italian restaurants just a heads up). Make sure you go at an off-peak time as otherwise there is often a queue out the door and down the street. They are known for their cannolis, which are tube shaped pastry shells filled with flavoured ricotta cheese. I like the pistachio one but really go for any flavour you want (there are tons and they are all made fresh).
If you still have desserts on your mind then head to J.P. Licks and get some creamy ice cream. They originated in Jamaica Plain and still have a shop there, the one I visited and photographed is in Coolidge Corner though. There are the usual token flavours, but then they also mix up a batch of weird concoctions once a month (some of the strangest I’ve had were sriracha based and olive oil). Pictured here is the pistachio which I love as it isn’t that weird green hue and you can actually taste the real nuts. They also have hot drinks, sundaes, smoothies and cakes.
If you try any of these out let me know what you think! I guess the best food options are out of downtown so don’t be scared to make a little trek to an outer borough. You’ll also get to see how different the areas are culture wise and really get a more extensive feel for being a true ‘Bostonian’!