Dining Out

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

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".

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

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. 

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

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