MARAC/NEA Spring 2015: Eating Out in Boston

We all need to eat while we are in Boston! Thanks to Paul Caserta, food writer and archivist, for pulling together a list of some great places to gather for a meal.
Known as a center of history, food trucks and farmer’s markets, Boston is a melting pot of good New England traditions, including great food. To experience the best of the best though, I recommend these culinary hot spots nearby and around the city.

Near Park Plaza Hotel:

1) Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar ($$-$$$)  www.tapeo.com
266 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
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Ready for a real treat? Try this Spanish Tapas style cuisine with flavors and ingredients so fresh it will make you feel like you were actually in Seville. Get a glass of the Grand Marnier Sangria and enjoy these dishes on your own or to share with your friends.

2) Sweetgreen ($-$$)   www.sweetgreen.com
659 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

The core values for this food spot are to keep it real by providing delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food options while thinking about sustainability. That means local food from New England farms brought to your bowl. Simply put: it’s pure, it’s tasty, it’s Sweetgreen.

3) Petit Robert Bistro ($$-$$$)   www.petitrobertbistro.com
480 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02118
In France, a bistro is where blue collar workers go to eat home-style fare at very modest prices; often served on bare wood or with draught beer and vin ordinaire. Petit Robert Bistro keeps to this tradition while bringing to the city a menu of principal plates you won’t want to miss.

4) Boloco – Boston Local ($-$$)   www.boloco.com
Multiple locations in Boston, MA
Globally inspired burritos is the game and Boloco is the name. Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, or other, this chain of burritos, bowls, shakes, smoothies, and more has nutritional and fun eats everybody will love; and what’s better than local?.
Historic and One-of-a-Kind Places:

5) The Union Oyster House ($$-$$$)  www.unionoysterhouse.com
41 Union Street Boston, MA 02108
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Located on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall, enjoy this unique destination being America’s oldest restaurant. This Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to Pre-Revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with some of the best seafood in the city of Boston.
6) Jacob Wirth Co. German Restaurant ($-$$)  www.jacobwirth.com
31 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116
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Opening in 1868, this traditional Bavarian-styled German food site is less fancy, but not less flavorful. Grab a pint in the old-fashion beer hall, one of their specialty meals (the Sauerbraten or Weiner Schnitzel looked good to me), some apple strudel, and you’ll be good to go.

7) Trattoria Il Panino ($$-$$$)  www.trattoriailpanino.com
11 Parmenter Street Boston, MA 02113
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Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast, Trattoria Il Panino is considered in some circles to be the North End of Boston’s original trattoria. Sit down in the surroundings of brick walls and the open kitchen with the scent of real balsamic vinegar in the air and you’d swear you weren’t in the U.S.A.

8) Cheers ($-$$)  www.cheersboston.com
84 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108
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From the iconic 1982 television series where everybody knows your name, Cheers is a local tradition of good spirits and good times. Grab a pub burger while viewing the memorabilia and perhaps you will leave with a piece of the bar with you.

9) Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge ($$$)  www.topofthehub.net
The Shops at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199
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Soaring 52 floors above the Boston skyline, Top of the Hub gives a one-of-a-kind view unlike any other. Reserve a table next to a window and view the lit up cityscape while enjoying incredible made-to-order entrees with options many diners will love.
For Your Sweet Tooth:

10) L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates   www.burdickchocolate.com
220 Clarendon Street Boston, MA
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Specialty chocolates, cacao, desserts and more from around the world, L.A. Burdick is the perfect spot to give in to your secret dessert desires. Try a penguin truffle with a coffee or a Zuger Kirsch with a Single Source Drinking Chocolate.

11) Georgetown Cupcakes   www.georgetowncupcake.com
83 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
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Home of DC Cupcakes on TLC, Georgetown Cupcakes has been spreading nationwide in a crazy way to the dessert world due to their fine ingredients, not too sickey-sweet taste and delicious products. Personally, I’d say go for the red velvet or key lime cupcakes.
12) Modern Pastry / Mike’s Pastry    www.modernpastry.com / www.mikespastry.com
257 & 300 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113
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Two Italian bakeries, (both being the best depending on which local Bostonian you ask), that will give you the experience of eating pastries many people have never even seen before. Try a pasticiotto, canoli, rum cake, or a sfogliatella. Make sure to bring cash for these specialty shops though.

13) Finale   www.finaledesserts.com
Park Plaza | One Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116
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Sit down at a table or take out dessert from this elegant patisserie. Known to have lines where individuals will wait over an hour, Finale creates decadent treats so good most of those people don’t even mind.

TIP:
For reservations I recommend using the Open Table Reservation system (www.opentable.com/boston) for any of these food sites. It’s easy to sign up, free of charge, one can pick the restaurant, and the time they want to sit for dinner with no hassle waiting on the phone.
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