Appetizer Crawl! Who has the best starters?
Dining on appetizers at a series of locations is a great way to spend an evening out with friends. Where do you recommend to begin and end a tasty appetizer crawl in Beantown?
Any series of Boston restaurants that are located in the same sort of region (walking distance/short T/cab ride away.) Example: 3 restaurants from the North End or 4 restaurants from Cambridge. Thanks!
The South End could be fun - 28 Degrees, Sibling Rivalry, and Tremont 647 are all relatively close to one another and have good appetizer options as well as good cocktailing.
A few places that have some of my favorite apps are:
--Orinoco, South End: domino arepa (tortilla with beans and white cheese)
--Costello's, Jamaica Plain: chili cheese fries
--Cambridge Common, Cambridge: boneless buffalo wings
--Cafe Polonia, South Boston: wild mushroom soup with sour cream
--Cronin's, Quincy: cajun chicken soup
Within easy walking distance of each other on Washington St in the South End:
Union Bar and Grill
And, depending when you do it, the new Sage location may be open.
In the South End I would do oysters at B&G, steak tartare at Butcher Shop, mashed potato/tenderloin pizza at Mistral and end with the chocolate calzone at Picco (though it may not be on the current menu).
Lots of possibilities within walking distance in the South End. You could start with a glass of wine and split a few cheeses/charcuterie at The Butcher Shop, then go across the street and enjoy some oysters and some of the best clam chowder you've ever had at B&G Oyster(plenty of other salads and appetizers to split as well). From there you could walk to Oishi on Washington Street for some great sushi and then walk down Washington to Toro which is the perfect place to split small portions. I would recommend the corn and the raw tuna w/ kumquats and mushrooms as must-try dishes @ Toro. My tour isn't cheap and Obviously you'll have better luck walking in and getting real estate at the bar on Wed thru Sun at all of these places. Enjoy.
Within easy walking distance:
Silvertones - Goat Cheese Crostini
Neptune Oyster - Raw Bar
Eclano's - Rabbit Sausage
Antico Forno - Pizza with shrimp and smoked mozzarella
Cafe Paradiso - Expresso Martinis !!!
I'll take a stab at Allston:
La Mamma's: look in the case to see if any empanadas are in there already. If so, ask what kind they are and order a different type so that what you get is made freshly.
Reef Cafe: falafel, grape leaves, or get one of the meat or spinach pies if he has them. If he has coffee, then get that too.
Aneka Rasa: satay, and roti canai, or roti paratha. Wash it down with a tea tarek
Madina Market: cheppali kebabs
Yi Soon bakery for sweet and savory buns and go next door to Infusions for some tea.
Mezze plate ("Ultimate vegetarian platter") and merguez at Cafe Baraka
Fava Com Linguica, Polvo Guisado and Passteis E Rissois at O Cantinho
Salagdinhos at Muqueca
Chaat at Punjabi Dhaba
Kashk-o Bademjan or Mirza Ghasemi at Kolbeh of Kebab
Ice Cream at Toscannini's
Taza Chocolate bar at Mariposa Bakery (thurs only) -- alternative Oleana for dessert
Mishti Dol at Royal Bengal
Machaca taco at Maria Bonita
Yakitori at Bluefin
Enchiladas Poblanas at Forest Cafe
Ceviche at Chez Henri
Chilli Batata and Mysore Chilli Chicken at Tamarind Bay
Corner Sicilian slice at Pinocchio's
Sweet Crepes at La Creperie
Toscanini's Ice Cream and La Tene Chocolates at Serene Chocolates
Fried olives at Sagra
Momos at Martsa on Elm
Gujarati Thali at Namaskar
Pasta at Out of the Blue
Dumplings/shui jiao at Qingdao Garden (a slight detour but worth it)
Belgian waffles at Mr Crepe
Ice Cream at JP Licks
Tapas at Taberna de Haro
Lengua Tacos and horchata at Tacqueria Mexico
Vegetarian Combo Plate at Shawarma King II
Miang Kum and pork jerky at Khao Sarn
Crab rolls and larb followed by dessert at Dok Bua
Tempura by the piece and a roll or two at Douzo
Truffle parmesan fries at Sorellina
Falafel at Cafe Jaffa
Uni spoon, eel with foie gras, beef teriyaki, toro if in season at Uni
Chaat at Bhindi Bazaar
Souffle and macarons at Petit Robert
Clio for dessert
Ice cream at JP Lick's
Chinatown/Theatre District, Boston:
Antipasto plate at Teatro
Satay at Penang
Oyster pancakes and cuttlefish balls at rainbow Cafe
Dumpling tasting: potstickers at Taiwan Cafe and King Fung Garden, Shen jian bao at New Shanghai
Vegetarian chicken with bamboo shoots and soy beans at New Shanghai
Dessert at Aujourd'hui