Dining Out

Week One of the Great Cider Adventure: The Boston Cider Party

The secret is out: ciders are the new craft beer. Everywhere you look, a new cider house is popping up with a delightful (and delicious) range of flavors. So, to celebrate fall in New England, we'll be releasing a new regional round-up of ciders each week for the early fall!

Artifact Cider – Perception Shift

The Massachusetts cider scene is big, and growing more every day – and Boston is a perfect microcosm of that scene, from the statesman cider houses that have been around for decades, to the young punks shooting for the stars, just grown out of their basement fermentation kits.

I was lucky enough to talk my way into both, and nearly every production line in between as I crisscrossed my city to find the best places to grab a bottle (or can) of John Adam’s favorite drink. So let’s hit the road – and I’ll show you a few of my favorite places for a pint.

  • September 3, 2017

It’s About Time Man V. Food Picked A Fight With The Durgin Cut

The Travel Channel’s popular series will be taking on the sassy waitresses and the legendary 32 oz prime rib at Boston’s iconic Durgin-Park.          

Faneuil Hall has changed a lot since founding 200+ years ago. Durgin-Park, located in its marketplace, has not. The restaurant is (almost) 100 years young, remains one of the oldest running establishments in the area, and continues to be a high-volume watering hole for locals and tourists.

  • August 17, 2017

The Best College Eats Around Amherst

We may be dealing with a small college town here, but it sure has big stomach. Here's your crash course on the local favorites for breakfast, lunch, coffee stops, dessert and of course... the late night munchies. Get ready... school's (almost) in session!

College Eats All Around Amherst | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Small town vibe; big college campuses, Amherst — where the ‘h’ is (always) silent — is truly one of the great college towns in the east. But it's not just about college; this place is about so much more. There's culture farms, thriving small-business commerce, outdoors activities, and a devoted community making sure the wheels keep turning.

  • August 4, 2017

Out Of This World Sushi Rollin' Into Boston

It's magical! It's heavenly! It's... sushi! Not visionary or fictitious, these sushi rolls will give you an experience that is extraterrestrial. And the only saucers you'll need are plates of sushi and soy sauce. 

Out Of This World Sushi Rollin' Into Boston | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Hey, you can count on us being the first ones piling into the car for a trip to one of the various all-you-can eat sushi buffets in the area. It's one of our favorite impromptu dining activities!

But we also like to indulge and treat ourselves to a very different sushi experience every once in a while. One that focuses on super fresh ingredients and is out to surprise our taste buds with new flavor combinations and cooking techniques.

The type of dining experience that reminds us that sushi is all about quality over quantity.

  • July 28, 2017

Worcester's Classic Food Scene Is No Joke

We explored old school Worcester with #localcelebrity, Shaun Connolly, and it turns out Wormtown has had a healthy restaurant scene for a long, long time. 

Worcester's Classic Food Scene Is No Joke I WGBH I Craving Boston

Worcester’s usually the butt of a joke but comedian Shaun Connolly knows the city’s more than a punchline. Born and raised in the “Heart of the Commonwealth,” Connolly’s roots run deep here. His mother ran halfway houses, his father was a journalist for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and Shaun was a school teacher here for seven years while helming Worcester’s DIY comedy scene. He’s so ingrained in the community that when he moved to the North Shore in November, the city held a roast in his honor.

  • July 27, 2017

Boston Is Steaming With Hot Pots

Hot pot is a DIY eating experience that will be sure to warm your heart and soul. Here are ten spots where you can enjoy a simmering pot of soup... and cook it yourself.

Boston Is Steaming With Hot Pots | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Like fondue, hot pot, or shabu shabu, is a great communal experience that you can share with friends and family, or even to break the ice on a first date. With a large simmering pot of broth in the center of the table, you get involved with your food as you pick and choose the ingredients to add and make it yours.

  • July 20, 2017

The ABC's Of Falafel In Boston

We've compiled her list of criteria and a scoring system – and set out to find the best falafel in the Boston area.

Despite our longstanding and widespread falafel fever, I often find people don’t know what it actually is. Let’s start at the beginning.

Falafel is a fried street food from Arab countries of the Levant (including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria), typically eaten on its own or in a pita bread pocket sandwich. It is made by blending garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), garlic, parsley, onion, sesame seeds and a hand full of spices into a coarse paste, which is then shaped into a ball with a special tool – similar in concept to an ice cream scooper – and then fried.

  • July 19, 2017

Thai Rolled Ice Cream At A Cafe Near You

Warmer weather calls for colder dessert. From Thailand to Boston, rolled ice cream is a must try dessert that gives a new texture to an old favorite. Here are three great local cafes where you can treat yourself. 

Your Thai Rolled Ice Cream Round Up | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Rolled ice cream is our sweetest new obsession. First popularized as a traditional street food in Thailand, the treat is exactly what it sounds like: ice cream is mixed with fruit or different ingredients then spread thin across a pan cooled to -30°. From there, it's curled in on itself to roughly the size of a roll of quarters. A fun and novel way to enjoy ice cream on a hot summer day, this ice cream trend is rolling into Boston at these three cafe's. 

  • July 11, 2017

Our Favorite Slurp-Worthy Ramen Spots

When you think of ramen, you probably remember flavorless cardboard-like bricks served with little silver salt bomb packets. These ramen shops are going to change that.

Ramen is everybody’s favorite nostalgic indulgence.

And at one point (or hundreds) in our lives, we’ve reached for the packet of instant noodles as a simple, quick-fix dinner. But ramen is so much more than that now; being served with exquisite, flavorful broths and toppings like roast pork, egg, seaweed, bamboo shoots. 

We think this was the food movement that everybody was waiting for.

  • July 7, 2017

Discover Massachusetts... One Scoop At A Time

Where’s the best ice cream in the Bay State? It’s a hotly debated topic, though one thing is for sure; you can't go far without finding a farm, a family business, or other favorite location churning out verifiably delicious ice cream. And there's always something new to do (or learn) nearby.

You Can See All Of Massachusetts... One Scoop At A Time | WGBH | Craving Boston

Is the climate here especially conducive to happy cows, producing that superbly creamy milk, or is it the abundance of dairy farms, often with tried and true ice cream recipes passed down through the generations? Perhaps it’s just the cold winters, that leave us craving a treat that shouts “summer!” 

Whatever the reason, Massachusetts does ice cream well! 

  • July 6, 2017

The Boba Bubble Is About To Explode In Boston

What a time to be alive! There are now several boba spots open and thriving around Boston. We've mapped out our favorites to encourage you to get out and try this global phenomenon. 

The Boba Bubble Is About To Explode In Boston | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Most of us don't even know what bubble tea is. So let's start there.

Bubble tea — or boba — is a sweet Taiwanese drink of flavored tea mixed with milk, fruit, and toppings. You can order yours without dairy, if you prefer, or sub in a range of flavored syrups like passion fruit, matcha (green tea) and taro. And your topping options are endless; pudding, herbal jelly, fruit. However, the chewy tapioca pearls that are sucked up through an extra large straw are the classic way to enjoy the tea-based drink. 

  • June 23, 2017

Your Weekend Shake Guide

Celebrate the arrival of summer with one (or more) of these delicious, ice-cold, locally made favorites.

Your Weekend Shake Guide | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Rich, thick, sweet, and cold; what’s not to love about shakes? The blended concoction made with ice cream and milk — or blended ice and milk — or ice cream and malt — is truly the quintessential summer treat.

What's the difference between a "frappe" and a "milkshake"? It's a regional thing, and it gets complicated. You can learn more about that here. No matter the name, we’ve found some of the tastiest around for you to enjoy this weekend. Check them out:

  • June 20, 2017

Allston-Brighton Is Having A Taco Moment

From Korean fusion tacos, to the classics on soft corn tortillas (and yes, we found grilled street corn), the area is now home to some of the most delicious tacos you're going to find around town.

This is not a neighborhood traditionally known for its tacos.

But the times have changed, and Allston–Brighton is quickly growing into one of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhoods to eat, work, and live. The area is also spearheading one tasty taco revolution. 

You know the saying: "You can't make everybody happy. You're not a taco." 

Maybe you can make everybody happy if you're a neighborhood filled with delicious tacos? We think so. Here are some of our favorites.

  • June 19, 2017

Here Are The Best Asian Bakeries In Chinatown

From the roast pork buns to egg tarts, Boston's Chinatown offers a variety of baos, cakes, and pastries. Check out all these local shops on Harrison Ave. making freshly baked deliciousness every day.

Here Are 4 Of The Best Asian Bakeries In Chinatown | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Growing up in the Greater Boston area, my family would make frequent stops to Boston's Chinatown for the Chinese grocery stores, the dim sum, and my favorite — the Asian bakeries.

Harrison Ave., specifically the area between Essex and Beach St., is home to many of the bakeries we'd frequent. Freshly baked egg tarts, sweet bao, roast pork buns; inexpensive and equally delicious. We'd eat them as a snack or a small meal, and I loved them all. And when I went away to college I would crave the pastries; each filled with a sweet cream, and wonderful memories. 

  • May 31, 2017

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.

Where To Eat Around Boston Calling This Weekend | CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH

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