Not at all comprehensive list of good chow in Boston
Think I have posted this before. Focus is on mostly funky, ethnic, harder to find. The fancy stuff is much easier to hunt down, and for that noone really needs assistance. So here it is, my July 2007 not at all comprehensive list of good food in greater Boston.
Please chime in with things I forgot, overlooked, or just don't know about.
I also left out obvious things like grocery stores in Chinatown, cause if you can't find those on your own you are just not trying ;-).
Café Angela – Brooks and Lexington E. Boston
Fab Mexican Takes Beantown Mexican to a new level
Vinny’s at Night 76 Broadway Somerville (617) 628-1921
Best “Red Sauce Italian” in Boston!
Carlo's Cucina Italiana, 131 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA (617) 254-9759
Better then north end. Love this place. Good prices
Xinh Xinh Chinatown Great Vietnamese in Boston other then Dorchester Intersection of Beach and Washington on Beach
El Pelon Taquieria Not everything is great, but best fish taco this side of San Diego just moved out near BC
Super 88 – Great Food Court, Brighton
Brighton Ave just where it splits from Comm. Ave Great Vietnamese food and sandwiches at Pho Viet, Good Taiwanese at Wisteria, the Hong Kong Style roast meat place is good
Panificio Charles Street Beacon Hill not far from Red Line
My favorite coffee place. Good pizza, sandwiches, and pastries
Oleana, 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge (617) 497-1239
One of the best restaurants in Boston, not cheap
Best outdoor dining in Boston. Chef Ana Sortun just one James Beard Award for Best Chef in Northeast.
(same building as Super88 Brighton but on the side)
By far best Japanese noodles in Boston
Sakurabana, Broad Street, Financial District
not far from intersection of State and Broad
OId school sushi Been around for 20 years and still one of the best in Boston. Does most of it’s business lunch hour so a nice quiet place for dinner during the week or on weekend. Tuesday they have crazy cheap, crazy good sushi special. Noodles are also excellent.
Porter Exchange Mall
Porter Square Cambridge
Lots of mostly Japanese food stalls, general good stuff
Yi Soon Bakery Brighton Ave Brighton
Taiwanese Bakery with a really nice little sit-down tea shop next door. Yi soon has all sorts of interesting stuff. The Sweet potato pastry and the egg custard.
Clear Flour Bread Bakery
178 Thorndike St, Brookline (617) 739-0060
Near split of Comm and Brighton
Best croissant in town great bread.
Grotto (617) 227-3434 (617) 227-4616
37 Bowdoin St Beacon Hill
Reasonable $ great food romantic italian
Hong Kong Eatery Chinatown
Good roast meats, side street off Beach
Franklin Café 278 Shawmut Ave (617) 350-0010
South End, One of the best places in Boston and prices are not bad for how fancy the food is. Also good bar scene
Buff's Pub 317 Washington St, Newton, MA (617) 332-9134
Top of Galen Street and right on Washington
Just a bar, possible best wings in Boston
Specials are good and cheap. Crazy on Friday/Saturday
Blue Ribbon BBQ locations in Arlington and Newtown
Best BBQ North of the South. Arlington a little more reliable
Taiwan Café (617) 426-8181
34 Oxford St Chinatown Excellent food a perennial favorite
Winsor Dim Sum Café Best - Excellent Dim sum
10 Tyler Street Boston, chinatown (617) 338-1688
Hei La Moon (617) 338-8813
88 Beach St, Chinatown good cart style dim sum
Kam-Man Foods, 221 Quincy Ave
Great food court and Chinese groceries
JNJ Turo Turo (Filipino Cuisine)
143 Water St, Quincy, MA Ph: (617) 471-8876
Sichuan Gourmet 978-670-7339
502 Boston Rd. (aka Rte 3A) Billerica
Fuloon Restaurant www.fuloon-restaurant.com
375 Main Street, Malden (781) 388-3338
Superb Chinese great Sichuan
Blue Asia – Allston MA 113 Brighton Avenue
(617) 202-3867 nice homey Taiwanese
Yi Soon Bakery across the street is also excellent
Café Polonia (617) 269-0110 611 Dorchester Ave
Polish, excellent, reasonable, lots of food
Fresh Farms Rotisserie - Greek
Needham/Newton Line nr. china fair
Thanh Thanh - 475 Chelmsford St.
SE Asian - Behind Dutton & Market
Thao's - 80 Gorham St.
Pho 88 - 1270 Westford St Chelmsford
Szechuan Village Brookline
Excellent genuine Szechuan food
Allie's Donuts in N. Kingstown RI
Dakshin 672 Waverly St, Framingham, MA
(508) 424-1030 Indian Good
Tacos Lupita - (617) 666-0677
13 Elm St. Somerville
Athan's Cakes Biscuits & Chocolates
1621 Beacon Street, Brookline 1-617-734-7028
New location in Brighton center their “Jamaica” is an awesome chocolate mousse cake. Some of their other stuff is iffy.
Dok Bua – Thai Cambodian awesome!!!
411 Harvard St., Brookline best in boston!
Thwaites Market, (978) 683-2429,
36 Railroad St, Methuen, Railroad & Oakland Ave
pork pies & tasty french-canadian treats
Udipi Bhavan 417 Waverly St 135/126 Framingham 508-820-0230
Rincon Limeno - Peruvian
409 Chelsea St., East Boston. 617-569-4942
PEPPER POT, 381 Blue Hill Ave 445-4409 about 2-3 blocks down from Grove Hall heading towards Boston fish soup barbequed beef Jamaican
FLAMES 663 Morton St. Mattapan 296-4972 Jamaican food. Drive down Blue Hill Ave towards Mattapan at police station at the corner of Morton (I think) you go right. It's just up around the corner on the left.
Trinidadian Ali's Roti Blue Hill Ave, too, at the same intersection by the police station/Mobil (Morton Street.
Irie at 310 Bowdoin in Dorchester 617-929-3866 --- Jerk and stewed chicken, goat stew, meat patties and turnovers
La Fe Restaurant - Dominican
189 Union St.
Bright and brisk, this takeout place specializes in food fried, baked, and stewed. Whether red snapper or fishcakes, the offerings are fresh and light. Plantains, two pieces for $1, are not to be missed!
228 Union St.
An Old World Dominican buffet, with over a dozen island specialties. The prices are equally appetizing, with a lunch plate $5, and dinner, $8.
Mi Guatemala Bakery
201 Union St.
Pastries in this quaint little hole-in-the-wall cost 60 cents.
350 Washington St.
Stop in to commune with the Dominican baseball gods, swing to the bachata, and feast on island favorites from $2 (salad) to $25 (lobster soup)
Jims Bagel & Bake Shoppe
24 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Bá Lè Bakery Bahn Mi
1449 Dorchester Ave
Sichuan Garden II 2 Alfred St.
Woburn 781-935-8488; 781-935-1652
Singh's Roti Shop 617 282 7977
692 Columbia Rd. Dorchester
(near intersection of Mass Av and Columbia Rd.)
271 Worcester RD. (Rte.9), Framingham
Brookline Family Rest. Turkish 617-277-4466
305 Washington Street, Daily, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Kane's Doughnuts 120 Lincoln Ave (near Ballard St)
Chung Ki Wa, in Medford Sq. Decent Korean
27-29 Riverside Ave. 781-391-5606
Little Q Hotpot, 196 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington
(781) 488-3755 Amazing Mongolian hot pot
Cantonese: (all Chinatown)
Peach Farm Seafood – Best Chinese seafood
Hong Kong Eatery Roast Meats
Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
63 Beach Street Boston, MA (617) 426-8899
Nice homey rice plates, good steamed buns
Wangs Fast Food, 509 Broadway Somerville 617-623-298 2
Excellent dumplings and other Chinese
Beijing Star, homemade noodles, dimsum, ask for Chinese menu www.beijing-star.com
835 Main St., Waltham, 781-642-8888
Mulan - 228 Broadway Cambridge(617) 441-8813
The bacony pork in a pancake is amazing. Lots of other good dishes.
Shangri-La 149 Belmont St -Belmont
(617) 489-1488 www.shangrilachinese.com
Great food, great dim sum, tea smoked duck!
The Best Little Restaurant (Chinatown) Superb a favorite
13 Hudson St Boston, MA 617-338-4988 Long bean and pork with lettuce wrap, garlic fried spare rib, squab
Padaria Brazil - 125 Harvard Ave. Allston
(617) 202-6783 – Good savories, don’t bother with sweets
Panificadora Modelo 508 Medford Street, Somerville
Pastelaria Broadway, 192 Broadway, Somerville
(617) 776-4303 savory stuff and sandwiches
Shanghai Gate in Allston serves very good Shanghainese.
New Shanghai Allston is excellent for Shanghainese, especially the appetizers and small plates
Katmandu Spic Mass. Ave Arlington
Excellent Nepali food
Martsa on Elm Davis Sq Somerville – Homey Tibetan food
Mittaheap - 877 Western Avenue Lynn(781) 477-6045
-Taqueria Jalisco in Day Sq (Mexican) - One of the only Mexican owned and operated taquerias in Eastie. Their adobada and lengua tacos are superb. Torta de adobada is one of my wife's favorites. Nice owners.
S&I Thai - 68A Brighton Ave. Allston 617-254-8488
Nice homy authentic – great baked goods near register
Yoma 5 N Beacon St Allston superb Burmese!
(617) 783-1372 www.yomaboston.com
Malden MA Ethiopian – very good
www.fasikarestaurant.com (617) 628-9300
Wonder Café Watertown Sq
Nice homey Taiwanese
Demos Watertown Square – No ambience
Very good kebabs and black eyed pea soup
Tabrizi Bakery Watertown Sq
Superb Persian sweets – Walnut Macaroons are insane
Arax Armenian Grocery 585 Mount Auburn Street Watertown (617) 924-3399 My favorite Green grocer, prepared food, baked goods
Sevan – Right nearby, also worth a stop
Red Lentil – Grat vegetarian resto right across street
Diner right nearby does great pancakes, CROWDED for brunch
Verna's Donut Shop www.vernaspastry.com
2344 Mass. Ave Cambridge (617) 354-4110
Linda’s Donuts - 247 Belmont St
Belmont (617) 484-9844 also good
Ohlin's Bakery 456 Common St Belmont, MA
(617) 484-0274 Good donuts, apple fritter, skip the cakes and pastries
Iggy's Bread of the World
130 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1112
(617) 491-7600 Awesome!
The pastries are lame, but the German style, insanely dense like a brick breads are worth the trip.
330 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
205 Arlington Street, Unit 4
Watertown, MA 02472
Hi-Rise Bread Co
208 Concord Avenue, Cambridge - (617) 876-8766
Good sandwiches, baked goods and pastries
244 Huron Ave Cambridge, MA (617) 354-4750
Might be best cheese shop in N. America
New Deal Seafood
622 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA (617) 876-8227
Mon 3pm-7pm; Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-6:30pm
Easily best fish store in Boston area
Courthouse seafood nearby is not bad either
Malden and North End Locations
Great Florentines, turrone, pastries, cassata, ricotta pie
Maria’s in the North End is also good
Sulmona Meat Market – Boston’s BEST!
32 Parmenter Street, Boston - (617) 742-2791
For good meat for small $ try Mcinnon’s in Somerville
A Russo & Sons Inc www.russos.com
560 Pleasant Street Watertown (617) 923-1500
Amazing, hug green grocer with bakery, pasta, flowers cheese, dairy. A Boston institution.
Wilson Farm - www.wilsonfarm.com
10 Pleasant Street Lexington, MA (781) 862-3900
Like Russo’s MORE $ not as big.
Amazing farm stand near Walden Pond
Bakery, produce, etc.
This web site has listings of farmer’s markets all over MA:
Toraya - 890 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA
(781) 641-7477 – Superb homey sushi and cooked Japanese food. Their Lunch bento’s are great.
Kabab & Tandoor - www.kababandtandoor.com
699 Main St Waltham (781) 899-0022
Some of Boston’s best Indian. Order the things you don’t recognize
Guru the Caterer
Somerville, MA 02144-1724
Also good Indian
Taqueria Mexico - www.taqueriamexico.com
24 Charles Street Waltham, MA (781) 893-2205
Decent homey taco place
H Mart 3 Old Concord Road
Burlington, MA (781) 221-4570
Huge Korean grocery store
O'Fado Restaurant - www.ofadorestaurant.com
72 Walnut Street Peabody (978) 531-7369
There is a great Portuguese Bakery also on Walnut.
Cakes for Occasions
Danvers, MA – Yum
Formosa Taipei - 315 Marrett Rd. Lexington (781) 862-6198
www.formosa-taipei.com Great Taiwanese
Karl's Sausage Kitchen Inc
Saugus, MA 01906-1027
A lot of my favorites on there already! A few more, not-at-all comprehensive, just what I can think of for budget-priced places from visits over the past couple of years:
Boston Speed's Famous Hot Dog Wagon, Newmarket Square. Favorite hot dog stand in Boston.
Zo, Government Center, Greek. Pork gyros.
Cafe Latino, Government Center, Puerto Rican. Pernil asado.
Griyo Lakay, Dorchester near Franklin Park, Haitian. Griyo.
Lee's Store & Bakery, Fields Corner. Bahn mi.
WAN Convenience, Mission Hill. Jamaican owner, mostly doing big, messy American sandwiches.
Clover Food Lab, Kendall Square. Extraordinary truck food: pastries, coffee, sandwiches, salads, fries. Meat eaters won't care that it's vegan and vegetarian.
Karo's BBQ, two Downtown Crossing stands. Excellent Armenian chicken kabobs.
Cutty's, Brookline Village, American. Small, beautifully-made sandwiches.
The Spot Cafe, outside Watertown Square. Breakfast fare.
Deluxe Town Diner, Watertown. My favorite all-around breakfast place, great pancakes, a rare exponent of jonnycakes in Greater Boston.
Fordee's Falafel, Watertown. My favorite falafel.
Indian Dhaba, Allston. Probably the best Desi Chinese menu in town.
Fiorella's, Newtonville. Fine neighborhood Italian with good medium-crust pizza.
Vinh-Sun, Chinatown. Very good Chinese BBQ.
The Snack Bar / O Senhor Ramos. East Cambridge. Great Azorean specialties.
Rino's Place, Eastie. Very fine Abruzzese specials, solid red-sauce Italian-American otherwise.
Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, JFK Crossing. Excellent cemitas.
Scup's in the Harbor, Eastie. Fine little bakery/cafe/restaurant in a working commercial shipyard.
Trini's, Arsenal Mall. Excellent little taqueria with Mexico City chef-owner in a mall food court.
Flat Patties, Harvard Square. A very good griddled budget burger.
Lee's Place, Newton Centre. Another good budget burger, this one grilled.
Hanmaru, Allston. Good little Korean place specializing in gamjatang.
Alex's Chimis, Jamaica Plain. Dominican. Fine rotisserie chicken and chimis.
El Paisa, Eastie. Excellent Colombian sit-down restaurant.
Pupuseria Mama Blanca, Eastie. Excellent Salvadorean/Mexican.
Auntie B's, W. Roxbury. Way above average diner fare.
Mike & Patty's, Bay Village. Tiny, superb breakfast/lunch place.
Mi Tierra, Waltham Center. Excellent Guatemalan fare.
Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham. My favorite little Mexican taqueria.
Blunch, South End. A fine indie breakfast/lunch spot.
Pita Kabob, Downtown Crossing. Good Persian kebab place, excellent kubideh.
358 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130
Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
Taqueria El Amigo
196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453
59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118
81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
2 Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111
180 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Pupuseria Mama Blanca
389 Maverick St, Boston, MA 02128
258 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
Mi Tierra Restaurant
585 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453
598 Dexter St, Central Falls, RI 02863
168 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108
Dorado Tacos & Cemitas
401 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460
Whoops forgot the Russian Grocery stores, Google addresses for yourselves:
Baza in Newton. Truly Amazing, WOW. If you wan't Russian or Eastern European food run don't walk.
Berezka at Comm and Harvard in Alston ain't bad.
Bazaar off Brighton Ave in Allston is big and pretty good and has some nice prepared lunches. Somewhere between Berezka and Baza in terms of size, etc.
I'm sure I'm leaving out a few.
Heck while I'm at it Rosenfeld's in Newton for bagels and the most amazing Challah.
I have come around to the fact the Brugger's chain is not bad either.
Iggy's does some cool round bready things that technically are not bagels, but are good.
Many of the farmer's markets have really good bread sellers.
And if you can check out the When Pigs Fly bread outlet in Somerville, their breads are also superb:
When Pigs Fly Bread
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2508
30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464
A few things which haven't been mentioned....
Chelsea can tend to be overlooked because its not right on the T, but there is bus service from Haymarket, East Boston, and the commuter rail. It has some great gems. Las Carnitas de Monte Cristo is excellent Salvadoran, El Charrito isn't quite as good. El Chalan is my favorite peruvian rotisserie place and does decent with meat plates (overall not as good as Rincon Limeno). Katz and Arthur's are both excellent. I prefer sit-down Dominican to it in Lynn, but Latino Restaurant is pretty good greasy counter/take-out eating. Bella Isla can hit the spot and has a decent selection of mofongos (again you can do better in Lynn). John's Pizza is a good example of a place where the owners make the dough and pizzas which helps them provide a consistent decent pie. There are some better options for Guatemalan, and many restaurants have some basic Honduran offerings.
Vinny's gets a lot of attention, but there are plenty of suburban alternatives including Abbondanza, Nappi (for sandwiches), and Pastalina is worthy of note.
Under markets I think La Sultana Market (aka El Valle de la Sultana) gets overlooked, but the squeeze a lot into two small shops in Somerville and Everett. Fresh cheeses including some local, unusual produce and often green coconuts, they have pork bellies seasoned for chicarron and sometimes carry Brazilian "cupim" for grilling. For me El Paisa the restaurant has gone downhill (and I would prefer to go to El Kiosco nearby), but I am dying to know more about their butcher as enjoyed their morcilla a lot in the past.
Fernandes Fish market carries more fresh cheeses from the South Coast/RI than other Portuguese stores, plus usually several imported Azorean cheeses (from $19-$30) and also has torresmo or ribs Saturdays (not as good a fry job as dominican on the pork belly, but nice seasoning and the meat isn't over-fried a bit at the expense of the skin which they sometimes remove). Seabra does a decent job with smaller pieces of continental and azorean cheeses, plus has a much wider selection of Portuguese chouricos "caseiros" even though the butcher selection is mostly Brazilian. They also have true artesenal olive oil and piri piri, which smaller stores don't carry.
The Portuguese bakery in Peabody is Central Bakery, no relation to Central in Cambridge. My favorite in Boston/North is the Lowel Portuguese Bakery, Central/Peabody and Winter Hill in Somerville tie for me (Winter Hill is better for Portugese rolls, Central for Pasteis de Nata).
409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128
972 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
Bella Isla Cafe
220 2nd St, Chelsea, MA 02150
Other very good Thai spots
Thai Moon - Arlington
Rod Dee - Brookline
Penang for their Malaysian stir fried noodles and noodle soups.
663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476