Dining Out

Where To Eat Around Boston Calling This Weekend

Heading to the Boston Calling Music Festival this weekend? Check out some of these neighborhood restaurants outside of Harvard Square while you're in the area.

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Set-up for Boston Calling was in full swing when I arrived at Harvard Stadium for the November Project workout at 6:30am on Wednesday morning. While food vendors are a big part of the set-up, and there will be a ton of awesome food on the festival grounds, there may be a time when you want to get food in the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • May 25, 2017

5 Super Healthy — But Also Super Tasty — Salads You Can Find Around Boston

It can be hard to find a meal-worthy salad that balances nutrition and flavor. Our resident dietitian has chosen his favorites being served in the area. 

If we’re going to identify some super healthy salads, we’re going to need to have some criteria. First of all, we’re not talking about appetizers or side salads here; this is a list of meal-worthy salads. As in all healthy meals, we’re looking for balance. We want a nice balance between veggies, protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrates.

  • May 23, 2017

Looking For Great Chinese Food? Don't Sleep On Quincy

The South Shore city is quickly becoming the go-to place for East Asian cuisine.

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Boston’s Chinatown isn’t as Chinese at it used to be. With rising rents and all the trappings of Boston’s development boom Chinese populations have shifted to surrounding cities like Malden, Newton and Cambridge. The largest of these diasporas live in Quincy so it’s no surprise that the South Shore’s become a dining destination for East Asian fare.

  • May 1, 2017

Yoshi’s Co-Owner Says Dumplings And Mochi Are The Way To Sweet Togetherness

To Ping Chen, dumplings are the universal East Asian food that symbolizes togetherness – "something with happiness inside".

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Ping Chen, a transplant from China, first made her way to the States with her family several years ago. She was one of the 10 restaurateurs whose food was featured at the YUM fundraiser on April 6, which supported the work of The Welcome Project. The seventh annual fundraiser coincided with the 30th anniversary of Somerville’s sanctuary city status, and The Welcome Project’s existence.

  • April 20, 2017

Here Are 6 Of The Most "Egg-celent" Easter Brunches We Found Around Boston

From casual BBQ to a soulful jazz brunch, you can find something a little out of the ordinary this holiday weekend, and if you plan ahead, you just might avoid the crazy weekend crowds. 

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When Easter weekend and Marathon weekend happen to overlap in Boston it can make finding a spot for Easter brunch a bit more challenging. Here are a few spots you may not typically think of, but provide a fun range of holiday dining options. 

  • April 13, 2017

Charlestown's Restaurants Tell The Story Of The Neighborhood

Checking out the Charlestown food scene to see how it's changing with the times.

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I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about Charlestown. Though it’s steps from the TD Garden, I always feel like it exists in its own pocket universe, removed from the rest of the city. But like the rest of Boston, it hasn’t been immune to the changing times. It’s a town in transition, struggling to maintain its character in the face of gentrification.

  • April 3, 2017

Hold the Cannoli: Looking Beyond the North End's Main Attractions

Elisha Siegel finds bits of old school Boston on the corners of the North End.

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I usually avoid the North End. It might make me a coastal elitist, but I never go there without an out of towner in tow. I think of the neighborhood as just another stop along the Freedom Trail - a tourist trap populated by map toting travelers, bloating restaurant wait lists and cannoli lines. So now that it’s time to research this piece, I’m not really sure what to look for. I don’t have much of a plan except to avoid Hanover Street’s urban theme park vibe and walk the neighborhood until I find something with a more grounded aesthetic.

  • March 5, 2017

It's Still Hot Chocolate Season. Here are Six of the Best Around Town.

Before all the snow melts and the weather turns warm, take advantage of the chocolatey treat-in-a-mug at one of these six stand-out spots. 

L.A. Burdick Hot Chocolate

L.A. Burdick

This is the closest to European-style hot chocolate you'll find in the area. Thicker than your standard hot cocoa, a little of this rich, decadent treat goes a long way, which is a good thing since you’ll pay a premium for their top-quality chocolates. But it’s worth it. The single origin chocolates at L.A. Burdick make some of the finest drinking chocolates available.

220 Clarendon St., Boston, 617.303.0113, and 52 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.491.4340, burdickchocolate.com


  • February 21, 2017

Braving Chinatown In A Nor'easter

Even heavy snow won't keep Elisha Siegel away from some of his Chinatown favorites.

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Nobody ever said food writing was easy (or hard) but when you’ve procrastinated down to your last day and a deadline looms you do what you must to get the story. Even if that means going out and eating in two – no three – Chinatown restaurants when your hometown is threatened by an historic Nor’easter. The local news is predicting a snow storm the likes of which we’ve seen a whole bunch of times and panicked citizens are hoarding bread and milk. (Why is it always bread and milk?) But I have a job to do - one that literally nobody depends on, but makes my mom a little proud.

  • February 10, 2017

Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out To Refugees, One Dinner At A Time

A night with the Syria Supper Club. (Photo Credit: Matt Katz/WNYC)

The fireplace is on. A couple of westies are running around excitedly. And two tables are set in the dining room.

The dinner party on this brisk winter night in Maplewood, N.J., has a distinctly foreign flare: chicken shawarma and falafel are on the menu. And while the conversation includes typical talk about work — it also deals with war.

"Every day is becoming terrible," explains Hayder Alqaysi, who fled Baghdad with his mother and sister. "You understand what I mean? I cannot live there."

  • January 30, 2017

Mamaleh's, I'm Coming Home

The Yiddish word "haimish" means"home-like, friendly, folksy" and that's just what you'll get at this modern take on all things deli-kitsch. That, and the most delicious pastrami this side of NY. 

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It’s January in Boston and the potential for harsh winter storms still looms large in front of us. If you ask me, it’s time for some comfort food – and I found some of the best. Matzah ball soup so rich you can taste the schmaltz, potato latkes so crisp your tablemates may fight over them, and pastrami so flavorful you’ll keep coming back for more. 

  • January 23, 2017

Get On Island Time With Dorchester's Caribbean Fare

With a bad case of Winter Blues, Elisha Siegel travels to Dorchester to sample from the neighborhood's best West Indian spots.

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I’ve been out of the chew and scribble game for a while now. Last time you heard from me it was July and I was hanging out by the beach working on a tan to go with my body-by-pork-belly. Now we’re deep into wintertime darkness and I’m desperate for a little sunshine. Since a Caribbean vacation isn’t in the budget this year, I’ll do what I do best and eat my way through Dorchester’s vibrant Caribbean food scene.

  • January 9, 2017

Forget the Christmas Goose – Try One of These 6 Boston Restaurants

Make reservations, not ham. From a comfortable beer bar to a classic castle, your choices for eating out on Christmas go far beyond the obvious.


Almost every single Chinese restaurant and hotel restaurant in the Boston area will be open on Christmas, so there’s certainly no shortage of places to dine. However, if you’re looking for an experience that feels unique for the holiday, whatever that means to you, here are a few other options. 

Not your average beer bar

  • December 21, 2016

Here Are 6 Of The Best Bagels We Found Around Boston

We're not just talking about Bagelsaurus. (Although - spoiler alert - it certainly tops the list.) Check out all of these local shops making fresh bagels every day. 

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Before I fill you in on where to get your next bagel fix, let's get a couple of things straight: 

1. Don't expect one single comparison to New York City bagels here. Why beat a dead horse? If you want an NYC bagel, the island isn't really all that far away and buses leave regularly. However, if you're not looking to go that far, you'll actually find some pretty outstanding bagels made right here at home. 

  • November 10, 2016