New england road trip- need food recs please!
My husband and I will be in Boston, Nantucket and Tamworth this fall and I am looking for some recommendations for restaurants. We love to eat and don't get much New England fare living in LA. That being said, we are open to any type of food, from dive shacks to white linens. Our only requirement is that it have great food, places you eat at again and again. (Obviously, we'd like to stay away from tourist traps.) Breakfast spots, lunch and dinner and the best places to grab good coffee. Fire away!
If possible, it'd help to be more specific. How long will you be Boston? Where will you be staying? Will you have a car? What specific price points are you looking for. This is a pretty active board, so the more info you give us the better.
I'd also suggest posting Tamworth on the Northern New England board and Nantucket on the Southern New England board.
Breakfast: Mike and Patty's (Back Bay) $$
Clear Flour Bakery (Allston) $$
Flour Waterfront $$
Lunch - Galleria Umberto on Hanover ST in the North End. Uber cheap pizza/arancini/calzones. No frills counter service, but good and cheap, cheap, cheap! $
Pizzeria Regina. (North End) $$ Do NOT eat at any other Pizzeria Regina. It's a local chain, but the North End one is the only excellent outpost.
Dinners: I'll touch on the places most recommended, hopefully others will chime in.
Neptune Oyster (North End) $$$
Island Creek Oyster Bar (Kenmore Square) $$$
Eastern Standard (Kenmore) $$$
The Hawthorne (Kenmore - mostly a bar with small bites, but a great craft cocktail bar) $$$
O Ya (Leather District) High end inventive sushi $$$$$
L'Espalier (Back Bay) French $$$$
Craigie On Main (Cambridge) $$$$
Rendezvous (Cambridge) $$$
Oleana (Cambridge) - a board favorite, not a huge favorite of mine, your mileage may vary $$$
Also check out this excellent thread put together by one of our frequent posters.
When it comes to the car, my suggestion is to leave it at the hotel and take public transportation (the T, we call it), or cabs. Boston is a small city geographically (Cambridge is right across the Charles River), and traffic and parking can both be onerous. Enjoy your stay in our fair city, and please report back after your trip to let us know what you thought of our suggestions, it's helpful for letting other folks know where to go!
I would amend this fantastic list to say don't bother with the Clear Flour unless you're in the neighborhood. It is not a sit down restaurant, purely take-out. They do sell coffee, and there is a park nearby to sit in. Also, I'd price it at $. It's delicious, but way out of your way.