Italian: The North End, Boston’s own “Little Italy,” is home to a number of fantastic Italian restaurants, gelato shops, and bakeries, and is a favorite go-to for Bostonians looking for a good meal. Walk down Hanover Street and you’re sure to find a pizzeria or ristorante with a tempting menu; a couple of favorites are Mamma Maria, Pizzeria Regina, and Neptune Oyster. Be sure to grab a cannoli at Mike’s Pastry before heading home!
Seafood: Good seafood can be found all over Boston, and your experience in the city wouldn’t be complete without trying some New England clam chowder and lobster. Head down to the waterfront to get the full experience. A few recommendations include the Barking Crab and No Name, both in South Boston, and the Summer Shack in Cambridge.
Ethnic: Looking for some authentic Afghani food? How about Mediterranean? Korean BBQ? Then head across the river to Cambridge, where specialty and ethnic restaurants can be found in Harvard, Inman, and Central Squares. A few local favorites include the Helmand (Afghani), Oleana, and Punjabi Dhaba (Indian).
Food Trucks: Both Boston and Cambridge have booming food truck movements, and a wide selection can be found each day on the MIT and Harvard campuses and at Government Center downtown Boston. While all of the food trucks serve up great eats, a few of the best are Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Bon Me Vietnamese.
Locally Grown: From May or June through October, Boston hosts a huge number of farmers’ markets across the city, where residents can go pick up fresh produce, baked goods, jams, and cheese from local companies. On Sundays, the South End MarketSouth EndWa Open Market combines food trucks, a farmers’ market, and open air shopping and is an experience not to be missed. Community-supported agriculture exchanges are another popular option during the summer; check out this full listing to get connected with a local farm. For those not so excited about cooking that locally grown produce, there are a number of restaurants around the Boston area that specialize in serving up local foods. Try Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, and make sure to stick around for dessert!
Looking for more ideas? Check out Boston Magazine’s listings of the Best Restaurants in the Boston Area. Of course, you can always tap into the greatest resource around: the locals!
Websites like Yelp, Zomato, and Zagat are extremely popular and very frequently used, which means that the ratings and reviews are likely going to be up to date for any restaurant or neighborhood you’re hoping to check out. Especially for those new to the city, downloading an app for your smartphone will make finding a dinner location a whole lot easier.
If you’re looking for something a bit quicker and easier than a full sit-down meal, the many takeout options in Boston are a great choice. Most casual restaurants offer takeout. Grubhub offers a full list of available takeout and delivery options and can help you sort through the city’s offerings.