Dining Out

Here's Your Guide To Boston's Most Worthy Caloric Treats

Whether you ran the Boston Marathon or ran around spectating, you will have burned a lot of calories on Patriot's Day. Here's a roundup of 7 of the most decadent dishes in town. Treat yo’self!

Here's Your Official Guide to Boston's Most Caloric Treats | WGBH | Craving Boston

We don't subscribe to the belief that you need a special occasion to enjoy delicious eats. But if there was ever a reason to indulge, running 26.2 miles is it. Whether you pounded the pavement up Heartbreak Hill — or stood on the sidelines screaming your heart out to keep the runners moving — you are going to be hungry at the finish. Which is exactly why we've rounded up some of the most wonderfully decadent dishes around town for your post-race pleasure. Dig in guys, you've earned it.


  • April 13, 2016

Marathon Runners: How To Make The Most Of The Food At The Athlete's Village

On race day, the first thing you want is to feel your best and the last thing you want is to wonder how to make that happen. Use these strategies to get the most out of the pre-race food offerings with the least amount of effort.

Marathon Runners: How to Make the Most of the Food at the Athlete's Village | WGBH | Craving Boston

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that's never more the case than when that day consists of running 26.2 miles straight. Here's a quick roundup of the food and drink offerings available for runners at the Athlete's Village in Hopkinton before the race, and three suggestions for what to pack to make your pre-race fuel wicked tasty:


1. Creamy coconut coffee

Bring this:

  • April 12, 2016

These Boston Restaurants Bring the Outdoors In

Yeah, we got some snow in the spring. But things are already growing in these local restaurants with living walls. Get psyched for greener days ahead. 

These Boston Area Restaurants Bring The Outdoors In | WGBH | Craving Boston

It feels like all of New England is just holding its breath, waiting for spring to arrive. Sure, we were treated to a mild winter, but that doesn't make us any less anxious to throw open the windows, dust off patio umbrellas, and get our hands in the garden dirt.  

While you wait for the farmer's markets — selling their tomato starts, and little lettuces — and that first chilled glass of rosé in the afternoon sun, we've got 7 area restaurants that are already in full bloom. Step inside, and get your chlorophyll fix. Warmer day will be here before you know it. 

  • April 6, 2016

Here's Why You Should Hop On The Sour Beer Bandwagon

Tart tasting brews are taking Boston beer lists by storm! Some of our favorite local bartenders and brewers tell us why.  

Here's Why You Should Hop on the Sour Beer Bandwagon | WGBH | Craving Boston

“I was a beer buyer 15 years ago, and I could not sell a sour beer to save my life,” Jenna Figuerido, general manager at The Independent in Somerville explains. She would stubbornly keep trying to put Duchesse de Bourgogne, a Flanders red ale style beer, on lists and it wouldn’t sell. She was the only one drinking it. 

Now it’s flying off shelves. 

  • April 3, 2016

Where to Get Lunch in Boston Without Wrecking Your Diet

Eating healthy doesn't mean you always have to brown-bag it. We've found 5 tasty, dietician-approved local lunches to help keep you on track.

Where to Get Lunch in Boston Without Wrecking Your Diet | WGBH | Craving Boston

Do your spring cleaning urges extend to your diet? Restaurants are dusting off satellite bars and patio chairs, ready to serve you a cold cocktail in the sunshine. Seasonal ice cream shops are once again scooping sundaes and spinning thick shakes. The siren songs of the Rocky Maine Coast and Cape Cod call with promises of fried clams and lobsters just drowning in drawn butter. 

  • April 1, 2016

Dreamy Northern Indian Food at Shanti, Dorchester's Not-So-Well-Kept Secret

Classics, like tikka and saag — and the $9.95 price tag on the lunchtime buffet — will keep you coming back to Savin Hill.

Dreamy Northern Indian Food at Shanti, Dorchester's Not-So-Well-Kept Secret | WGBH | Craving Boston

In addition to my job for Craving Boston in which I get to eat awesome food and then tell you fine folks about it, I also cover breaking news for the Boston Globe on the weekends. (There is not nearly enough breaking news about breakfast food, but I’ll save that rant for a different article.) In between sifting through Twitter, answering the phones and trying to find parking nearby crime scenes, I place delivery orders for food because our cafeteria is closed on the weekends and I am always hungry.

  • March 29, 2016

7 Spots to Eat Easter Brunch Around Boston

Because one cannot live off Cadbury Creme Eggs alone. 

7 Spots to Eat Easter Brunch Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

Easter is a holiday best celebrated with brunch. But after a morning egg hunt, or a trip to the pews with the cheasters (i.e., the masses who turn up for Christmas and Easter), you just might be too tuckered out to enjoy whipping up food for the family. Not to worry, you can have your colored-oeufs and eat them too at these Boston-area Easter brunches:

  • March 22, 2016

A Worldly Pasta Party, Right Here in Boston

Taste and learn about stuffed pastas from around the globe at WGBH's "Passport to Pasta" event, hosted by our own Dan Whalen — who literally wrote the book on stuffing foods with other foods. 

Attention, Lovers of Stuffed Pasta  | WGBH | Craving Boston

The whole world loves pasta, and, accordingly, Craving Boston contributor Dan Whalen is set to take you on a multi-country tour of this beloved starchy staple.

“Passport to Pasta” will take place on Thursday, March 31st, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the WGBH studios at 1 Guest Street in Brighton. The event will explore stuffed pastas fom Germany, Poland, Italy, Afghanistan, India, and China.

  • March 18, 2016

Head to SRV for Other-Level Aperitifs

This South End wine bar brings inspired mixology to the Italian table.

Head to SRV For Other-Level Apertifs | WGBH | Craving Boston

The South End has long been home to some of the city’s best restaurants, and for neighborhood residents (must be nice), there’s no shortage of options for bars in walkable distance. However, one thing the South End hasn’t been known for is cocktailing. While The Franklin has been a stalwart, Toro upped the game for the competition, and Wink and Nod has led the charge in the last year, by and large, craft cocktails worth traveling for have been in short supply.

  • March 17, 2016

The 10 Meals You Need to Eat in Boston Right Now

It's easy to get stuck in a restaurant rut. To shake things up, we went on a city-wide sampling tour — stopping at institutions and new restaurants alike — to find the food you should be sinking your teeth into.

The mystic mountain salad at Life Alive makes plant-based eating appealing to the masses. (Photo: Lisa Robin Benson) | WGBH | Craving Boston

Whether you're craving Boston's best slice of pizza (let the debate begin) a classic cannoli, or a super-healthy salad, we've rounded up a list of 10 neighborhood dishes that satisfy. Each is a shining example of some of the best grub typical of that corner of town.

Is this an exhaustive list? In a food-city this grand? Of course not! But we think it's a pretty great place to start. Feel free to add your faves in the comments section.

  • March 16, 2016

The Very Best Crepes, S'il Vous Plait!

Whether you prefer sweet or savory, Paris Creperie in Brookline will satisfy the craving.

Sweet and Savory Crepes to Devour at Paris Creperie | WGBH | Craving Boston

Somewhere in the revolving door of opening and shuttering food trucks on the Boston culinary scene was Paris Creperie, serving the thin French pancakes stuffed with both sweet and savory fillings.

My love affair with the Paris Creperie truck was cut tragically cut short when the owners decided to shut down the truck and focus on their brick-and-mortar cafe on Coolidge Corner in Brookline. But the quality meals I had at the truck made an impression, and were certainly worth making special trips to the café.

  • March 16, 2016

5 Chicken Soups to Stop Spring Colds

It's been warm and sunny, then cold and rainy; Boston's not sure if it's March or May. It's the perfect storm for our immune systems.  But never fear! We've got a list of the tastiest remedies around town. 

5 Chicken Soups to Stop Spring Colds | WGBH | Craving Boston

The welcome plunge into early spring has one caveat: The sudden weather change, coupled with spring break, has caused a number of my friends to get sick… but not me.

In addition to a dedicated handwashing regime and regular consumption of preventative cough drops, I credit the old-fashioned chicken soup with keeping me healthy. It’s the first thing I recommend for a sore throat, but also a quick Monday lunch or comforting Saturday night dinner, because chicken soup is wonderfully versatile like that.

  • March 14, 2016

Gotta Get Down on Pi Day... With Cheesecake?

No matter how many digits of pie you know, this sweet treat will round out your day. 

Gotta Get Down on Pi Day... With Cheesecake? | WGBH | Craving Boston

For the sake of simplicity, let's just call it a cheese pie. The popular cheesecake bakers at 7ate9 Bakery went the extra mile to celebrate Pi Day with these hand-piped mathematically constant cakes, which they sold over the weekend out of their Somerville shop, and are delivering to customers all diameter-day-long.

  • March 14, 2016

It's A Flip! It's A Fizz! It's An Egg Cocktail

Exploring foamy, frothy drinks at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square.

It's a Flip! It's a Fizz! It's the Egg Cocktail! I WGBH I Craving Boston

My phone rings around 11am. It’s my friend, Raymond (real person, fake name) He’s feeling nervous, asking me if he needs to do anything in preparation for the evening's activities. “You don’t need to do anything,” I say. “Well…maybe have a bourbon before you leave.”

This is a big night as we’re going to sample egg cocktails at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square. And when I say we, I mean he. The thing is, I’ve given up drinking until Passover so my buddy will be doing the heavy lifting.

  • March 13, 2016

Do You Drink Like Your Neighbor?

We dove deep into the different neighborhoods in the Boston bar scene to find out what people are drinking right now and where you should go to join the fun. Cheers!

Do You Drink Like Your Neighbor? | WGBH | Craving Boston

Boston, as a city, likes to imbibe. MassArt types and Cambridge intellectuals gather at inventive restaurants to try science-backed creations. Hordes of college students stampede into Allston or Mission Hill for fishbowls and buckets of booze. Hardworking financiers and construction workers pop into a bar for a 5 o’clock pisco sour or pint. Even in an era of the dwindling dive bars, we still protect our Model Cafes and Corner Pubs.

  • March 13, 2016