Our 4 Days/3 Nights of Enjoyment in Boston
We have recently returned from a wonderful visit to Boston. What an amazing City. We walked and walked and walked. The architecture, history, neighbourhoods, food, people, all fantastic.
I gained a wealth of information from this forum, so thought it was only fair to give back, in the hopes someone can gain knowledge from our experiences.
I guess you could say we are “foodies” and we do extensive research regarding places to eat, drink and experience. Our goal was to enjoy as much seafood as possible.
Jasper White’s Summer Shack (lunch): Lobster roll and the the “mostly crab” crab cake - both delicious. Don’t miss the fantastic crispy vidalia onion strings. Good selection of local beer which are served ice cold! Our only (small) gripe about Summer Shack is that it doesn’t have a patio. The food and service were very good.
The Coffee Trike (coffee): We found this cart in Dewey Square. Fantastic latte and iced coffee.
Dillon’s (drink): Nice patio for a late afternoon cocktail. Service was fine. Not sure I would have anything more than a drink here.
Atlantic Fish Co. (dinner): Oysters Rockefeller and Atlantic Fish Co. martini to start - the oysters were fantastic. Seafood Fra Diavalo and seared scallops with sauteed spinach and gnocchi for mains - both were absolutely delicious - accompanied by a lovely Pinot Noir as recommended by our wonderful server. Sour cherry cobbler for dessert was wonderful. A buzy spot with delicious seafood and great service.
Pavement Coffeehouse (breakfast): Huge breakfast bagel with bacon, egg and cheese - delicious. Latte and coffee to go with was good - Coffee Culture. Very nice people, both staff and customers.
The Gallows (lunch): Very refreshing sangria. OMG scotch egg - who would have thought?! We shared a soft shell crab sandwich which came with crispy fries accompanied by home made ketchup (delish). We also had the salad which had amazing grilled peaches, pickled red onion, blue cheese and candied pecans in a wonderful balsamic dressing. Very nice staff. Would definitely return for dinner or brunch.
Flour Bakery & Cafe (mid-afternoon coffee): A great latte and an iced coffee, and a very peanut buttery cookie. I was still full from lunch or I would have like to try the Boston cream pie which looked amazing. Really nice spot with lots of fantastic looking pastries.
Back Bay Social Club (late afternoon drink): We learned about the odd law that requires you to order food if you’re having a drink on a street side patio! We had a couple of very nice house cocktails (French 77 and a Tender Negroni) and tried the Rhode Island fried calamari. Definitely greasy. Definitely spicy. Definitely yummy!
Coppa (dinner): This was a fantastic meal. We shared: marinated button mushrooms; beef heart pastrami crostini with harissa; wood oven roast meatballs with tomato gravy; insalata estiva (lettuces, grape-caper dressing, sunchokes, cucumbers, seared sugar snap peas, bianco sardo); rigatoni con sugo (with port sugo, cabbage, sage and parmesan); and a white pizza with peekytoe crab, shishito peppers, corn and basil crema. For dessert we had the warm olive oil cake with strawberries, Chantilly cream
and urfa pepper. We each started with a Sardinian Iced Tea (amaro, lemon, prosecco & salt) and then shared a carafe of the house wine. The entire meal was an absolute taste sensation. Service was excellent. Reservations are a must as both the restaurant and patio were jam packed.
Thinking Cup (breakfast): Wonderful latte and coffee - Stumptown. Huge bagel with smoked salmon, tomato and red onion and a lovely toasted English muffin with egg, cheese and ham. The pastries looked amazing. Very pleasant service.
Caffee Paradiso (drink): We shared a pitcher of sangria which had some very potent fruit! Lovely and refreshing. A little pricey. Nice spot to watch the world go by. Very nice service.
The Daily Catch (North End) (lunch): We waited approximately 45 minutes. We shared the calamari meatballs (the sauce was delicious, but the meat balls were somewhat disappointing), the littlenecks Siciliano steamed with garlic white wine, lemon & herbs (the broth was to die for - we needed more bread to sop it up) and a half portion of the black pasta putanesca cooked with pureed olives, anchovie butter, sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers (the standout dish of the meal). We complimented our meal with a lovely bottle of Italian red wine. They do not take credit cards, cash only. Very good service with a great smile.
Rowes Warf Sea Grille Terrace (Boston Harbor Hotel) (drink): Sat right on the warf watching the yachts and sailboats enjoying a glass of prosecco and a Samuel Adams beer. Service was a little slow, but the setting made up for it!
Row34 (dinner): Wow! We walked in at 6:30pm expecting a wait, but were seated right away on the patio. We had a half dozen (3 different kinds) of the freshest oysters we’ve ever had and then shared the deviled crab toast. For our main, we shared a whole lobster which came with some lovely potatoes and a cob of corn and we added sides of Old Bay onion rings, corn bread with maple butter (OMG) and pole beans with creamy garlic and oregano (fantastic). The meal was complemented with a delightful Chablis. An absolutely wonderful meal. Quite surprised we got in as we had called a few weeks before for reservations and none were available. So glad we took the chance.
Maria’s Pastry Shop (dessert): We had picked up a few pastries while in the North End and saved them for dessert. A cannoli (filled to order with traditional sweetened ricotta - absolutely wonderful) and a lobster tale (huge - delicious) were consumed for dessert. The clam shell and tota (a chocolate spice cookie) were eaten with coffee the next morning. Such a quiet, untouristy bake shop with fantastic pastries.
The Bacon Truck and The Dining Car (brunch) Sowa Open Market: We had a hard time choosing which food trucks to patronize. From The Bacon Truck we got the Turkey Avo (truck roasted all-white meat turkey breast on Iggy’s sourdough bread with avocado, tomatoe, romaine lettuce and signature chimichurri aioli), bacon scallion hash and a spicy pickle. The sandwich was enough to share and completely delicious, the toasted bread was to die for. And the hash was fantastic. From The Dining Car we got their signature crispy cauliflower (fresh cauliflower florets tossed in a special corn flour coating, lightly fried until crisp and nutty and served with curry aioli). The best cauliflower ever!
Thinking Cup (mid-afternoon coffee): This was our favourite coffee, so we made one last stop for another latte and an iced coffee. Again, fantastic.
Atlantic Fish Co. (late afternoon drink and a snack): Our last stop before heading home. We enjoyed drinks at the bar and an order of grilled calamari and we couldn’t resist another order of the amazing oysters Rockefeller. A perfectly delicious ending.
We will have to return to Boston as there were a number of places on our list that we just couldn't fit in this visit. Completely enjoyed everything.
Great to heart your report! Glad you had a good time, and I believe I'll have to seek out that beef heart pastrami crostini, which strikes me as a brilliant idea.
This is such a fun and full report, and really helpful for future visitors as well. So often we get questions about where to go for terrific seafood and don't have a lot to offer. This thread should serve as a great visitor's guide. Thanks, and so glad you had a great visit. Boy, did you choose well!
Thanks so much for the detailed report, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and had some great food. I love Coppa, even though I don't get there as often as I should, but that beef heart pastrami is to die for!