The new variety of cuisine and an upswing in contemporary options make dining out in Malden a lot more interesting.
To be honest, Malden’s never been on my radar. I grew up south of the Charles River and didn’t go north of Harvard Square. Until a couple years ago, the only thing I knew about the city was that its first mayor was Elisha S. Converse, which is the coolest name ever. (I may be biased.) But as Greater Boston booms and restaurants proliferate, there is a growing number of reasons to check out Malden. The food scene is in flux.