Given how long Bostonians must wait to enjoy weather good enough for dining outside, restaurants generally keep their porches open well into the fall. Here's our guide to a few favorite spots for dining outdoors in the Boston area.
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Boston visitors—and plenty of Bostonians themselves—gravitate toward their region's namesake chowder, but nobody wants to fall prey to pasty, underseasoned glop. Here are seven great New England clam chowders to seek out in Boston.
From mapo tofu to biang biang noodles to handmade dumplings, Boston's Chinese food scene is solid—and many dishes can go head-to-head with their counterparts in the mother country. Here's where to find the best of the best.
New Dong Khanh in Boston's Chinatown makes an admirable seafood cháo, with shrimp, imitation crabmeat, terrific sliced fishcakes, and a fistful of fresh scallions.
Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish shares her five favorite burgers in Boston, including a few picks that are great after work (or a few drinks), a burger topped with fried oysters, and an off-menu special.
When you can't get to Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe for biang biang noodles, you might want to consider Mei Mei.
Meet Bagelsaurus's glorious version of bagels and lox, which includes a crackly, chewy handmade bagel, cream cheese, piles of house-cured salmon, pickled onions, and crispy fried capers.
For the past decade, Extreme Beer Fest in Boston has been the spot to snag the strangest, rarest, and most innovative beers from around the world. Here are the 10 weirdest, awesomest beers we tried.
The Che'Che'Bsa at Lucy Ethiopian Cafe is easily one of the most satisfying, and most underrated, breakfast dishes in the city.
The Cambridge area boasts a plethora of viable options on the breakfast front, so we've taken the liberty of compiling a list of our favorite pastries. Ranging from flakey, buttery croissants to Middle Eastern-inspired brioche to slightly spicy scones, there are options for every palate.
The craggy crust, which is almost crisp, protects the moister (but still appropriately coarse and dense) interior. It's tailor-made for a good slather of the accompanying soft butter.
Luckily, Boston and its neighboring towns have a prodigious variety of inexpensive offerings for the intrepid food explorer, or those who simply appreciate a delicious meal that doesn't leave you destitute. Here are 10 great cheap eats in and around Boston, ranging from to-go joints to sit-down restaurants, where I've found you can eat well—and substantially—for $10 or less.
Row 34 might come to overshadow sibling Island Creek Oyster Bar for two good reasons: the craft beer program and the house-smoked and -cured shellfish and flatfish offerings.
When Tim Maslow opened Ribelle, his first solo concept last fall, it was a boon to Brookline's Washington Square neighborhood. Now he's started brunch, and the sweet offerings are right on point.
Though it's more commonly sought out for its decadent offering of hot chocolates, bonbons, and chocolate bars, I recently made a visit to L.A. Burdick in Boston in pursuit of one thing: the Mocha Cake ($4).
I can't speak for anyone else out there, but Boston's recent onslaught of blizzards and polar vortexes have left me pining for some citrusy, delicate, reminiscent-of-summertime sweets. Darwin's Ltd. came to the rescue this week with their Lemon Blueberry Tart ($5).
I never need an excuse to eat Asian noodle soups, but it being the dead of winter and the start of Chinese New Year, the timing seemed particularly good for rounding up a few of my favorites.
There aren't a ton of West Indian restaurants in Boston, so if you rolled into Singh's Roti Shop expecting chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and a mango lassi, well, you wouldn't be the first. "Some people don't know about the food, and think we're from India, but it's Caribbean flavors, and we start educating them." That education takes the form of hearty puffed-and-stuffed roti, fried doubles, and more Trinidadian classics you'd be remiss to pass up.
The Executive Pastry Chef at Harvest, (and nominee for Food & Wine's 2013 "The People's Best New Pastry Chef" award) fills us in on his favorite places to relax with a hot beverage and something sweet.
So much for those New Years diet resolutions, but who could turn this down? When Mei Mei, arguably Boston's most beloved food truck, decided to expand and open up a restaurant with walls and doors and tables and chairs, they also expanded their menu. Now the roster of offbeat Chinese-ish, farm-to-table-type eats includes Trotters and Waffles.