During my 5 days in Boston I managed to snack my way around the city, which is a good way to avoid restaurants if you’re a solo traveller. Despite this I only managed to make a tiny dint in the selection of incredible eateries that Boston has to offer, but here are my must visits if you’re on a trip to Beantown:
Tatte Bakery & Cafe
With locations all over the Boston area, the most aesthetically pleasing interiors and (most importantly) knock-your-socks-off baked goods along with brunch and lunch options, Tatte Bakery is an absolute must visit on your trip to Boston. Their handy Charles Street location in Beacon Hill is a perfect stop for an iced coffee and cake or sandwich whilst you’re exploring this beautiful city.
What I had: B.L.A.T (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) sandwich and iced coffee, chocolate rose and iced latte.
I’m not going to lie, I decided that I was going to have to visit this place after seeing how delicious it looked on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Not the lowest-calorie lunch but everything is made fresh to order with quality ingredients so you know exactly what you’re getting. They have an extensive selection of homemade sauces to go with your order – I had the warm bacon parm saus which was out of this world. It also won’t divert you too far from the Freedom Trail, so you could make it an extra stop in the middle of your itinerary!
What I had: Crispy chicken sandwich, fries and bacon parm dipping saus.
This is the first of two iced-treat recommendations in this post. Amorino sells artisanal gelato, granitas and macarons. The variety of flavours is strong and you can taste the careful selection of great products that has gone into each one. Not only does each cone taste incredible, but each one is shaped into a pretty little flower – could it get any better?This recommendation is a bit of a cheat one as their ’boutiques’ are actually located around the world and are not exclusive to Boston, but either way you should pay them a visit.
What I had: Cone with dulce de leche and cioccolato amorino.
I hadn’t eaten much all day and just walked back to the North End after completing the entire freedom trail (including climbing the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill monument) and I saw the Regina Pizzeria sign in the distance. I knew I had to go for a slice of their incredible brick oven cheese pizza which was a mere $3, and I managed to beat the crowds too! I wish I had enough time to go back and eat a full one, but that can be saved for my next trip. As well as the original restaurant in the North End, they have locations all over the Boston area too.
What I had: Cheese pizza slice (I confess that I had a bite out of it before I took the picture, oops!).
The second instalment of my iced-treat recommendations is J.P. Licks, a Boston institution which churns out fresh, homemade ice-cream every day that is then delivered to their locations all over the Boston area. I can honestly say it is one of the best ice-creams I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve eaten a LOT) – I heard that their most famous flavour is their cookies ‘n cake batter, so I knew that I had to try it. Oh. My. God. It was so so good.
What I had: Cup with cookies ‘n cake batter.
CONFESSION: I had never eaten a cannoli before this trip (I know, its a crime to the food world). When I heard about Mike’s Pastry, I knew it was time for this to change. Walking into their North End bakery is like stepping to a sugary dream. The cannolis were huge and in every different flavour you could think of, joined by their signature cakes and other baked goods in the display cases that fill two whole walls of the store. I think the fact that people are usually found to be queuing out of the door at peak times shows how well loved it is by Bostonians and visitors alike.
What I had: Chocolate chip cannoli.
Also another one that isn’t exclusive to Boston, but when you walk past a Shake Shack you can’t ignore it. The burger and shake chain that originates from New York certainly does live up to the hype. I still stand by what I said in my post from New York – that their ‘shroom burger’ is the best veggie burger I’ve ever had. They have a location on Newbury Street, as well as in Harvard Square and Chestnut Hill if you’re a bit further afield.
What I had: ‘Shroom burger, crinkle-cut fries and shack-made lemonade.
Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
I tried snacks from a few different vendors in Quincy Market which has every type of cuisine that you could possibly think of. I realised that it’s not uncommon to walk up and down the market hall for a good half an hour before actually making a decision about what to eat. It is a must visit for the food and also the history!
What I had: Mac and cheese, fresh lemonade (after taking half an hour to decide).
What are your recommendations for snacking in Boston?