Italian cannoli, juicy dumplings, crispy Brazilian steak and New England seafood…. When you visit Boston, you’re in for a vacation any foodie would be proud of. Because of its proximity to the ocean, being the college capital of the United States, and its entrepreneurial spirit (think biotech), the city has long been a destination for many around the world. We’ve rounded up five Boston neighborhoods known for their diverse cuisine. Start planning your culinary adventure now!
The Flavor of Italy in Boston’s North End
Head to the historic and delicious neighborhood that is Boston’s North End (Paul Revere lived there) to try dishes like squid ink pasta, pizza, and cioppino, a delicate seafood stew which Neptune Oyster’s located on Salem Street has mastered (see photo above). After indulging in an authnetic Italian meal, sip an espresso and enjoy one of the many cannoli’s offered in the area. An ongoing debate over who has the best cannoli’s in Boston still lives on. Most enjoy Mike’s Pastry, but we are team Modern Pastry. Of course you can decide for yourself as both are located directly across the street from each other on Hanover Street. Let us know what team you’re on.
Discovering Brazilian Specialties in Greater Boston
Brazilian steakhouses are famous for enormous skewers of perfectly tender beef, chicken, etc. It’s so amazing, but Brazilian food is truly an international cuisine, with influences from many other countries within South America and Portugal. This is truly a carnivores dream come true so get it while it’s hot. And while you’re at it enjoy some cheese bread with a sweet-tart Caipirinha which is a popular cocktail made with cachaca, Brazil’s most popular liquor. There are many cities in Massachusetts with a large Brazilian population such as Framingham and Everett, but our go to is in the city of Medford where Oasis is. They’ve mastered Brazilian food.
Taste tradition in Boston’s Chinatown
Don’t miss dining on dim sum, dumplings, and some of the most amazing soups in one of the United States oldest Chinatowns. Rumor has it the very first Chinese restaurant in the United States was in Boston’s Chinatown so you know the food’s gotta be good. Our go to is the Gourmet Dumpling House located smack in the middle of Chinatown on Beach Street. Their mini juicy dumplings are delicious and not expensive. The other go to is the humorously named Double Chin where the food is fun and good! If anything, try the Spam and Taro Fries.You won’t be disappointed. But seriously… that name #LOL
Seafood in Boston’s Seaport District
Now you can’t come to Boston and not have some seafood. That would just be wrong and trust us when we say we know good seafood. There’s no question about it, you gotta have some New England Clam Chowder when visiting and even though there are choices galore, our pick is Legal Seafood. Most would say it’s a shame to pick a chain, but when you see the restaurants history, you’ll understand that it doesn’t get anymore local than this. Another locally rooted and delicious option is No Name Restaurant. Now why the name “No Name”? Read about it here. If you ask us, anyone that claims that their as synonymous with Boston as the Red Sox must stand by their product. Let us know what you think
Fusion Fare in Allston
Fusion fare has finally hit the Boston scene and it’s so good! Our first try of Mexican-Korean fusion was on the West Coast and we couldn’t wait for it to hit the East. Pictured below are some of the items you’ll get at Oli Toki in Allston which is home to some amazing cuisine. They use fresh quality ingredients and the taste is finger licking good! Our favorite was the Kimchi bacon rice balls and the Loaded Taco-Taco. Super good and not expensive at all.
Deliciousness in one of Allston’s Mexican-Korean Fusion Restaurants
And not to mention, Poké, which is a Hawaiian bowl, Momo’s which are Nepalese dumplings, and Indonesian cuisine are now in the city. Can’t wait to try them all, but which should we go to next?