Favorite Places to Eat in Boston

I've lived in Boston, MA since June 2011, and over the past 5 years, I have done a lot of eating! If you're going to be in town or are looking for a new great restaurant, take a look at some of my favorites.

This list includes only places where I have actually eaten. The list will always be growing and changing, so check back often! Leave a comment if there's a place you think I absolutely need to try!

Grab and Go // Take-Out

Anna's Taqueria - Yummy, fresh, generous burritos. Multiple locations for a fast, convenient and tasty lunch or dinner to go.

Flour Bakery - Known for their famous sticky buns, Flour has some of the freshest and most delicious baked goods in Boston. If you're around for lunch, make sure to try one of their amazing sandwiches, salads or soups! My favorite is the lamb, goat cheese, and tomato chutney sandwich!

JP Kitchen - Look, sometimes - we just need Chinese food! In my opinion, this place has the best. They are located in Jamaica Plain.

JP Licks - Two words: ICE CREAM! They have it all here, including special monthly flavors. I actually love their coffee as well.

New York Pizza - As a native New Yorker living in Boston, there are two things I miss desperately: New York bagels and New York pizza! This place on Mass Ave is about as close as I'm getting to the good stuff!

Thai Basil - Located on Newbury Street, this is a great spot for take-out or dine-in Thai food. I especially love their pad thai and the servings are more than generous!

Food Trucks

The Bacon Truck - The answer is in the name. Bacon sandwiches, sides of bacon, even Nutella covered bacon! Heeelloooo....

Bon Me - Vietnamese inspired food truck. Pick your protein, pick your vessel, consume immediately. I absolutely love the Bon Me sandwich with miso-braised pulled pork.

Chicken and Rice Guys - Inspired by the Halal Guys in New York City, this food truck never has a short line. It's because of the secret white garlic sauce. It changes lives.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen - Asian American fusion, all from the insides of a food truck. This place is genius! Their specialty? A scallion pancake egg sandwich. Run, don't walk when you see this food truck lined up outside your office.

Moyzilla - Their tagline is "Make Way for Dumplings!"...a clever spin on a classic Boston children's book. I make way for these dumplings whenever I can - and don't forget the Japanese chicken meal box. So crispy, slathered in an amazing sriracha aioli, it's what dreams are made of.

Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

Anthem Restaurant and Bar - Located in busy Faneuil hall, I love Anthem because the food is tasty and unique, and the restaurant isn't a tourist trap. Try their Meat + Potato flatbread and watch all your pizza dreams come true!

Beehive - A trendy hot-spot in Boston's bustling South End. Their drinks and food are worth stopping in for. Plus, if you're lucky, catch some live music or a caberet show! Might I recommend the Short Rib Fontina Grilled Cheese?

Birch Street Bistro - Just slightly off the beaten path, this is our favorite spot in Roslindale Village. We take all our out of town guests here for a nice dinner! Their patio is one of the best in the summer months, one of my favorite things about this place second only to the salmon entree with perfectly crisp fried shrimp and cilantro coconut sauce.

Cafeteria Boston - A great place for brunch, right on Newbury Street! I haven't been here in a while, but their sangria is worth a visit!

City Table - Located in the historic Lenox hotel, City Table is a great local eatery near Boston's bustling Prudential Center and Copley Square Malls. From big protein dishes, to composed sandwiches and fun cocktails, there is something for everyone here.

Coda - Stop in for a great burger and some of the best french fries ever! This isn't a huge space but it's wonderful for a quiet lunch or dinner.

Committee Boston - An awesome, new hot spot in Boston's Seaport District, the menu is made up of delicious hot and cold small plates. This makes it easier to try more of these irresistible dishes! You'll want multiple servings of the zucchini crisps and spiced lamb pita, and don't forget a unique, craft cocktail to wash it all down.

Delfino - Another Roslindale Village favorite, Delfino's offers better-than-North End Italian food! Huge servings at a fraction of the price. You'll leave here happy (and full!)

Hojoko - From the brilliant minds behind O ya, Hojoko is a rocking Japanese Tavern located in the cool Verb Hotel in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. The menu is fun and filled with unique bites that will keep you coming back for more. The plates are small and made to share, which is perfect because then you can try a bit of everything. I could eat the Tuna Poke every day and would slurp up a whole vat of the Funky Chicken Ramen!

Giacomo's - If you want that ultimate North End experience, Giacomo's is the place to be. Don't forget a reservation, or you'll be in for quite the wait.

Met Back Bay - A great, trendy spot for a weekend brunch or romantic dinner right on Newbury Street. Oh, I nearly forgot, they have a whole menu of hot chocolates - perfect for beating the Boston winters!

Myers + Chang - Another Boston gem from the mind of Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, Myers+Chang is totally unreal. The space has a hip, diner setting but the food is gourmet. They also specialize in smaller plates for sharing, but might I recommend keeping the fried chicken and ginger waffle all to yourself? Great!

Nebo - This Italian Eatery is almost always abuzz with diners. Located right on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, you are guaranteed to leave this place with a happy stomach and a slight wine buzz. I had their ("Bobby Flay Throwdown" WINNER) Zucchini Lasagna and, wow. I can't even explain how wonderful it is, from the sweet zuccini to the perfect homemade marinara sauce to the gooey golden brown cheese on top - you won't for a second miss the pasta!

Oleana - Another wonderful restaurant offering flavorful, unique Mediterranean fare. You can find this favorite in Cambridge. I could eat the whipped feta mezze with a spoon!

Parish Cafe - The menu items here include original choices, as well as best sellers from some of the most respected Boston chefs. Good luck trying to get a table at lunch time, as this is a young professional hot spot! The Zuni Rolls and Hot and Cold Chicken Salad are my regulars, but I also LOVE their macaroni and cheese when I need a bit of comfort food in my belly.

Post 390 - This "urban tavern" (per their website) boasts a BLT + A sandwich, which is actually crispy pork belly, arugula, tomato jam and avocado on sourdough. YEAH. And their burger is a beast! I mean that in a very, very good way.

The Salty Pig - An eccletic space that is the ideal spot to share a charcuterie board, pizza, and beers with friends or coworkers. The Salty Pig Part Pizza is my personal go-to, featuring 3 pig parts on top of a mustard sauce and drizzled with pale ale caramel!!(!!!!!)

Stephi's on Tremont - Any place that fries goat cheese to perfection and puts it on a salad has my heart. This restaurant is in the popular South End neighborhood and is especially popular for it's sweet outdoor seating situation in the warm summer months.

Sweet Cheeks BBQ - If you love barbecue but can't head down south for the authentic type, go immediately to Sweet Cheeks in Fenway. By the way, don't leave without an order of their honey biscuits. They are truly life-changing

Tiger Mama - Brand spanking new in the Fenway neighborhood, and from the same mastermind chef behind Sweet Cheeks (a Master Chef contestant and runner up!), this place features Asian fusion small plates that are packed with unique flavors. Don't leave without trying the fried potatoes and the pork lettuce wraps!

Treat Yo-self!

No. 9 Park - An upscale restaurant in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, this is the place you go to for a special occasion. The dishes are French and Italian inspired, and they are just as elegant as they are delicious.

O ya Restaurant - Known for the Grand Omakase tasting menu, this amazing restaurant is tucked away in Chinatown and offers some of the most exquisite small plates and sushi dishes that I have ever laid mouth on. Definitely call well ahead for a reservation - the space is small but the food is in very high demand.

Sorellina - A great modern Italian restaurant located across the street from Boston's Public Library. Another great spot for a special occasion. Don't skip the gnocchi with lobster in cream sauce from the primi menu!

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