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Where to eat in Boston? July 30, 2015


Boston is no San Francisco, but we do have our share of amazing foods and beverages. I am not going to act like I know all of Boston, but I have tried my fair share…I will mostly focus on Cambridge, because that’s where most of my food dollar goes. Occasionally, I will venture into Somerville, Watertown and Boston… and maybe just maybe a couple of suburb joints.

Here are my favorites:

Seafood & Chowdah

  1. Alive & Kicking @ Cambridgeport (best lobster rolls ever)
  2. Bergamot @ Somerville (Lobster melt at the bar menu)
  3. Border Cafe @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (creole crawfish dishes and blackened catfish)
  4. Grendel’s Den @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (chowder)
  5. Legal @ Cambridge/ Boston/ multiple locations (chowder)
  6. Quincy Market @ Boston (chowder in breadbowl)
  7. Margaritas @ Natick (fish tacos)

Pizza:

  1. A4 @ Kendall MIT, Cambridge (best crust ever!)
  2. All-Star @ Cambridge Street, Cambridge (add a topping of soft eggs)
  3. Otto Pizza @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (vegetarian friendly)
  4. The Village Kitchen @ Huron Village, Cambridge (light on toppings but tasty!)

Chicken

  1. Ma Magoo’s @ Fresh Pond Cambridge
  2. Moyzilla (food truck serving Asian fusion-Japanese fried chicken)
  3. Formaggio @ Huron Village, Cambridge (Saturday BBQ chicken)

Burger & sandwiches

  1. Flat Patties @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (the European, the Santa Fe, the Southwest Chicken are the best)
  2. Petsi Pies @ Putnam Ave, Cambridge (breakfast chorizo and lunch sandwiches)
  3. Ma Magoo’s @ Fresh Pond Cambridge (honey mustard chicken tender sandwich)
  4. All-Star @ Cambridge Street, Cambridge (most specials, especially the meatloaf)
  5. Formaggio @ Huron Village, Cambridge (Saturday BBQ pulled pork sandwich)

Sushi/ Asian

  1. Thelonious Monkfish @ Central Square, Cambridge (sushi)
  2. Moksa  @ Central Square, Cambridge (small plates)
  3. House of Chang @ Huron Village, Cambridge (traditional Chinese specialties)
  4. Bon Me @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (food truck serving Vietnamese sandwiches)
  5. Moyzilla (food truck serving Asian fusion-Japanese fried chicken)

Mexican

  1. Border Cafe @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (seafood quesadillas)
  2. Felipe’s @ Harvard Square, Cambridge
  3. Boca grande @ Porter Square, Cambridge
  4. Margaritas @ Natick (fish tacos)

From the Indian subcontinent

  1. Masala @ Teele Square Somerville (terrific weekend buffet, momos, thukpas + other awesome Nepali food)
  2. Gourmet Indian @ Quincy (Chole Bhature)
  3. Dosa Temple @ Somerville (Super large paper dosas)
  4. Royal Bengal @ Somerville (for the love of the cuisine not the restaurant)

Middle Eastern

  1. Istanbul’lu @ Teele Sq Somerville (amazing Turkish fare)
  2. Greek Corner @ North Cambridge (good food, bad service)
  3. Sofra Bakery @ West Cambridge/Belmont (overpriced but great taste and cute decor)
  4. Oleana…still waiting to try this one.

My ex-#1 choice Armenian Market & ex- #2 Aegean @ Watertown (enormous portions)@ Watertown has unfortunately closed

Other ethnic restaurants

  1. Teranga @ Boston (for the Senegalese national dish)

Takeout

  1. Ma Magoo’s @ Fresh Pond Cambridge (Chicken finger honey mustard sub and pastas. Can you say ENORMOUS?)
  2. Insomnia Cookies @ Harvard Square, Cambridge
  3. Quincy Market @ Boston
  4. Formaggio @ Huron Village, Cambridge (Saturday BBQ- chicken, ribs)
  5. Mulligan’s near North End (old school lunch sandwiches and deli stuff)

Sit-down Restaurants

  1. Harvest @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (American)
  2. Dali @ Somerville (tapas)
  3. Cuchi Cuchi @ Kendall, Cambridge (small plates)
  4. Moksa  @ Central Square, Cambridge  (small plates)
  5. Thelonious Monkfish @ Central Square, Cambridge (sushi)
  6. Full-Moon @ Huron Village, Cambridge (VERY kid-friendly)
  7. Border Cafe @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (creole, cajun, tex-mex, seafood)
  8. Toscano’s @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (Italian)
  9. Top of the Hub @ Boston (steaks and views)
  10. Rosebud (dining car, patio and overall super cool vibe, family friendly, large-group friendly, but really go for their gravy and stay for their pies)

Icecream & Fro-yo

  1. Berryline @ Mass Ave, Cambridge (original fro yo with waffles, mochi and brownies)
  2. Toscanini’s @ Central Square, Cambridge (premium blends, might induce entrepreneurial aptitude)
  3. FoMu @ Allston (dairy free icecream and premium blends!)
  4. Flat Patties @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (chocolate frozen custard)

Cafes, bakeries, cakes & desserts

Warm homemade brownie with burnt caramel icecream from Toscanini's

Warm homemade brownie with burnt caramel icecream from Toscanini’s

  1. L.A. Burdick @ Cambridge or Backbay (macaroons and pastries)
  2. Georgetown Cupcakes @ Newbury St. Boston (for fudge cupcakes)
  3. Mike’s pastries @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (cannolis)
  4. Istanbul’lu @ Teele (cheese stuffed semolina…topped with pistachio icecream…the name is evading me now)
  5. Petsi Pies @ Putnam Ave, Cambridge (Chocolate-Pecan-Bourbon pie and other pies)
  6. Toscano’s @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (tiramisu)
  7. Danish Pastry House @ Watertown (cookies, kringles and amazing pastries)
  8. Yi Soon Bakery @ Brighton Ave, Boston (amazing amazing Chinese cakes and pastries)
  9. Legal Harborside @ Boston (Original Boston Cream Pie)
  10. Insomnia Cookies @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (s’more cookies)
  11. Iggy’s @ Fresh Pond, Cambridge (fresh bread, bread puddings)
  12. Simon’s @ Mass Ave, Cambridge (Cuban espressos)
  13. Rosebud @ Davis (pies!)

Drinks (sorry I have no beer advice, don’t drink it don’t get it)

  1. Tea Luxe @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (80+ iced and hot teas)
  2. L.A. Burdick @ Cambridge or Backbay (dark hot chocolate)
  3. Dali @ Somerville (Spanish dessert wines)
  4. Moksa  @ Central Square, Cambridge  (Bourbon based cocktails)
  5. Toscano’s @ Harvard Square (tiramisu martini and wines)
  6. Thelonious Monkfish @ Central Square, Cambridge (Ruby elixir, a refreshing non-alcoholic slightly fizzy red drink)
  7. Bon Me @ Harvard Square, Cambridge (food truck serving Vietnamese iced coffee)
  8. Simon’s @ Mass Ave, Cambridge (Cuban espressos)
  9. Rosebud @ Davis, Somerville (good cocktails and non-alcoholic lime-lavender fizz)
 

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