We spent quite a lovely couple of days in Boston on our recent East Coast trip, and I thought I’d recap some of the food highlights in a conglomerate post here. I’ve already written about Legal Sea Foods, one of my favorite meals of the trip, which you can read here.
I had spent a week in Rhode Island for work and arrived in Boston several hours before S and A, so I thought to give them a little gift for when they arrive – cannolis from Mike’s Pastry!
Mike’s Pastry is an icon in North End, an Italian neighborhood. Their specialty is the cannolo (singular form of “cannoli”) – and there are about 20 different flavors to choose from! I picked three: original (plain ricotta cheese), pistachio, and hazelnut – it wasn’t until later that I realized I should have gotten the signature, chocolate chip. Alas. These were super delicious – the ricotta cream was rich and velvety, and the shell was perfectly crispy. Amazingly, they stayed pretty crisp even after spending a night in the fridge. Also, for the flavored ones, the cream itself is actually the same – they just add chopped pistachios or hazelnuts to the ends. Also delicious.
300 Hanover St, Boston, MA
Our first late-night meal in Boston would be at Bukowski Tavern – I guess hot dogs sounded pretty good to us that night, and it was quite close to our hotel. The place was tiny, but somehow we found some seats and ordered a few hot dogs and drinks.
It was so dark inside that this was the only picture that turned out nicely… The chili cheese dog was quite good – makes me wish that there were more hot dog joints in San Diego. For my side, I chose coleslaw – for some reason, I really don’t like the coleslaw that I’ve had on the west coast. S thinks it’s the cabbage here – but anyway, the coleslaw here was tangy and had just the right amount of mayo.
We had a few beers here – I had the Grey Sail Flagship, which is a delicious and smooth cream ale. I wish there were more cream ales here, too.
50 Dalton St, Boston, MA
We went to the famous Quincy Market/Fanueil Hall Markeplace the next day – seafood was on my mind here:
The lobster roll was hot and buttered and super yummy. I also insisted on trying as many different “chowda”s as we could fit in our tummies – so here we have lobster bisque, clam chowder, and corn chowder. The corn chowder was on the sweet side – too sweet for S’s liking. My favorite was probably the clam chowder, which was rich and hearty and had a generous amount of clams.
Boston Chowda Co.
Quincy Market Building, Boston, MA
Another great lunch that we had was at The Salty Pig, a hipster-ish “charcuterie-focused” restaurant located in Back Bay. They cure all their meats in-house, as well as make their own pizzas and pastas.
We chose the Salty Pig pizza, which had the “pig parts of the day”, arugula, and pale ale caramel, and added a farm egg on top. The pig parts were prosciutto and mortadella, both of which were fatty and delicious. We also had a charcuterie board, the Offal Board, which included a house-made chicken liver and pork pâté, pig head mortadella, smoked beef tongue, pickled mushrooms, house-made pickles, and seasonal vegetables. I loved everything on the board – even the pickles – but the highlight was probably the pig head mortadella. If you visit for dinner, you’d have the option to craft your own board from a selection of meats, cheeses, and extras.
The Salty Pig
130 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA
Finally, another dessert shop that we hit up was Flour Bakery – I had read a lot of great reviews for it and was quite excited to check out this famous bakery.
The most famous item here is the sticky bun, but unfortunately they had run out by the time we arrived that day! Sad face. Instead, I opted to try the lemon meringue pie, one of my favorite desserts. I loved the huge pile of meringue on top, but the lemon curd itself was too tart for my liking. The chef Joanne Chang had recently written a cookbook on baking with less sugar, so I knew that the desserts here wouldn’t be too sweet, but this lemon curd definitely needed some more sugar. We were also too full from our other meal ventures that day and didn’t get anything else, so I was a bit disappointed for this visit. I would still want to come back and try the sticky bun and give this place another chance, though!
131 Clarendon St, Boston, MA
Overall, we had a great couple of days in Boston, filled with great eats! I’m still quite behind on the rest of my travel posts from Durham and New York. But I promise that there will be San Diego food posts, too!