Food in Boston: Where to Experience the True Taste of the City
Don't miss the most delectable delights on your trip to Boston. From the most famous to the most locally popular, here are seven must-try Boston dishes.
With a ton of activities available to do, as well as sights to see and history to observe, the remarkably delicious food in Boston is another attraction that you cannot miss out on. The average tourist only tries a couple of famous foods on this list. If you want the ultimate Boston experience, or you are a big foodie, try all of the food on this list and experience Boston cuisine at its finest. There is history in most of these dishes so don't forget to try a piece of history. Not only are the most famous Boston dishes included, but you will get a taste for what the locals are eating all the time. Your taste buds will thank you!
New England Clam Chowder
The Daily Catch
What says Boston more than New England Clam Chowder? As there are many places to get clam chowder everywhere in Boston, there are three restaurants that have the top best. The Daily Catch is located at 2 Northern Ave. Boston, MA. They offer a variety of seafood and pasta, but of course an exemplary clam chowder. With its creamy texture, numerous potato chunks, and generous amount of clam, this chowder will satisfy you with every spoonful. Instead of the usual oyster crackers on the side, The Daily Catch includes a fluffy biscuit for you. Whether you dip, break apart, or eat the biscuit on the side, you will taste the unique flavor it gives your dish of soup. Get some of their famous black pasta on the side, or even some broccoli. It won't matter what you choose because this chowder is just too good.
B & G Oyesters
With the array of places to get a tasty clam chowder, it's tough to stand out. B & G Oysters is the next restaurant worth talking about. It is located at 550 Tremont St. Boston, MA. The New England Clam Chowder they serve is to die for. With clam juice and white wine to offset the creaminess, it has the perfect balance. Flaky pastries sit at the top, sprinkled with paprika and cayenne pepper to add a bit of color and heat. Mixed in are thick and savory pieces of bacon that add a sort of smokiness to each bite. The chunks of meaty clam are large and plentiful and to top it all off, a bit of black pepper and chives to finish the flavor and decorate the plate beautifully. You can also order a plate on the side of oysters to top off your succulent meal.
B&G Oysters has received many accolades over the years for its cuisine and wine program from publications including Boston Magazine, Food & Wine, and The Boston Globe.
Legal Sea Foods
This last clam chowder is simply delicious. Legal Sea Foods is located at 26 Park Plaza
Boston, MA. With the usual potato and clam chunks, a bit of creaminess, herbs and onions, the New England Clam Chowder served at Legal Sea Foods is worth every penny. Although the plate is simple and pretty much made with the same ingredients as any other clam chowder, its flavor speaks for itself. Clam chowder is one of those dishes that are made to perfection when cooked in large quantities. No one in Boston makes a batch as big as Legal Seafood. What this does is blend all of the flavors and mix them so well that they are like a choir singing harmonious tunes to your taste buds. By adding the oyster crackers on the side, it gives a boost to the incredible flavor while adding a crunch.
If it isn't fresh, it isn't legal!
Boston Cream Pie
Although it was invented as a cake, Boston Cream Pies are found all over Boston in different shapes and sizes. A popular way to eat Boston Cream Pie is as a doughnut. Lyndell's Bakery may look old on the outside, but you will be surprised at the treats you find inside. At Lyndell's Bakery, they have a delicious Boston Cream Doughnut filled with the best cream around town. As you bite down into its soft belly, be careful not to let any part of the cream oozing from the sides go to waste. They also have a bunch of freshly baked sweets, such as cakes, pastries, pies, and breads, that are finger-licking so make sure to go on an empty stomach.
Lyndell's Bakery has served freshly baked cakes, pastries, pies, and breads daily since 1887.
Cannoli - Sweet Filled Pastry
A cannoli is a treat you can enjoy morning, afternoon, and night, and Boston is the place you need to get it! Traditional cannolis are made with a flaky, fried dough shell that is rolled up like a taco to form a hollow center. It is then filled with traditional sweetened cottage cheese. Nowadays, bakeries also serve cannolis filled with sweet vanilla or chocolate cream. There are even breakfast cannolis with traditional cottage cheese filling that have bacon bits or small pieces of ham mixed in, but those are a lot less traditional. Maria's Pastry Shop is the place to go to get yourself a real one. They have been open since 1982 and actually won an award for the best cannoli in Boston by Boston Magazine. Maria's Pastry Shop has stayed true to the original cannoli and have not failed. Many people go there day to day to get the best of the best. They also sell a variety of yummy goods that are worth tasting, too. Make sure to pass by Maria's Pastry Shop and try the cannolis for yourself! They didn't win the Best of Boston award for no reason.
From award-winning “Boston’s Best Cannoli” to their cream-filled Aragosta (“lobster tail”)... Maria’s Pastry Shop keeps old-world traditions alive and thriving in Boston’s historic North End.
Boston Baked Beans
Although baked beans may be a bit harder to find than they were long ago, they are still one of Boston's most famous dishes. Many places do not serve them anymore because the city has modernized a lot but those who still serve it, serve it well. The best place to go and have yourself a cup is at Soulfire, located at 737 Huntington Ave Boston, MA. They are known for their amazing BBQ plates as well as their tasty baked beans. Even though they give the traditional recipe their own twist, it is known across town that they serve the most delicious baked beans! Be sure to pass by and have a cup. You will never forget those baked beans, and maybe you will be inspired to make some when you get back to your hometown!
We take a traditional Boston baked beans recipe and make it even better by adding apple wood smoked bacon ends and SoulFire sweet sauce.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Since the most touristy dishes are covered, here is a dish that the locals in town eat all the time. Buttermilk fried chicken is juicy and tender with a crispy outer breading. You can find this dish at many places, but the restaurant worth eating it at is Strip T's. With homemade batter, you already know for a fact this is the real deal. When you order the chicken, it comes with a side of potato salad. This duo will rock your world! You can also order your chicken and ask for it with honey on the side for a sweet surprising taste that you never expected from fried chicken. Pair it with a side of cheese fries and your meal is set! You won't regret trusting the locals.
Please stop over for a try…I promise you will leave saying “great food” but “what’s up with that name?”.
Sure, you can get hot chocolate at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. You can even find a cup at the local coffee shop. What you can't find at those places is the best hot chocolate in Boston! It is cold most of the year in Boston, and they have to do something to help themselves keep warm, especially in the winter. The local hot spot for hot chocolate is L.A. Burdick Chocolates, located on 220 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA. What better place to get hot chocolate than a chocolate shop! When you are around the area, make sure to stop by for some sweet chocolate and most importantly, some hot chocolate to warm you up. You can also get some of their famous handcrafted chocolate penguins or mice. They are very unique and delicious souvenirs.
In the past, I have visited some family in Boston and the place they first took me when I arrived was Burdick's. I had the hot chocolate, and it was remarkable! I am still waiting for another hot chocolate to taste better, but that must be impossible! I also had a chance to try some chocolate and it was absolutely scrumptious. I even brought some to my family back home. Although it may be out of your way, I recommend you stop by Burdick's, even if it is to smell the sweet air inside!
The retail store is stocked with a complete array of fine gourmet chocolates, including Burdick's signature wood box bonbon assortments, our popular chocolate mice and penguins, and other chocolate gifts.
Oyster sliders are pretty popular in Boston and are definitely something worth trying. They are like burger sliders but with oyster meat! Yes, oyster meat! That may not sound appealing to you, but the people of Boston go here all the time to get a quick bite. This dish is one of the favorites of the town. On a brioche roll, the oyster patty sits in the middle and looks like a thin fried chicken breast. It is spread with lime aioli sauce and goes perfect with a side of fries. Why have burger sliders when you can have oysters, cooked and ready to eat!
Located at 500 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
Be sure to take this list with you on your trip to Boston and try all of these tasty foods! With the old traditional foods that always make you think of Boston, there are also the newer trends that have been around for a while. Make your trip one to remember! There is a lot of history in the town but also in the food. Whether you are a foodie or a traveler, have a bite of Boston in each and every one of these foods. Don't forget to get some chocolate mice and penguins for your family back home (maybe even a couple for yourself).
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