Dining Out

I Would Walk 5 (Hundred?) Miles... for This Roti

A nostalgic craving for the West Indian specialty takes one writer on a tasty trek through Roxbury.

I Would Walk 5 (Hundred?) Miles... for This Roti | WGBH | Craving Boston

We all have those indelible first-time food memories, when you eat a dish so unlike anything you’ve had before it becomes a core memory. Eating roti was a game changer for me, a white kid living in sub-shop dominated West Roxbury. Roti is a West Indian street food consisting of flatbread overstuffed with curried meat, potatoes and vegetables, best eaten with your hands. It’s sort of like a burrito. Except that roti laughs at your burrito because it looks like a burrito that ate a burrito.

  • January 22, 2016

Where To Find Authentic Japanese Food Around Boston

Longing for the light but comforting cuisine she ate while living in Japan, one writer takes us on a tour of local places to find her favorite foods. 

4 Spots to Find Authentic Japanese Food Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

When I was living in the rural town of Wakasa, Japan, I'd say 99 percent of my memorable experiences revolved around trying new food. Since returning, I've searched for authentic dishes in the Boston area worth sharing. From a shopping court in Cambridge to a suburban supermarket, I've been surprised at where the nostalgic quest has taken me. This time of year, I especially crave the foods I enjoyed in Japan, many of which are intrinsically light and restorative.

  • January 15, 2016

Roslindale Is Preserving Its Culture Through Food

I revisited my old haunt to eat — a lot — and admire how Classic Rozzie restaurants are preserving the town's culture in the middle of a revival.

Classic Rozzie is Keeping Up with the New | WGBH | Craving Boston

Long before I started writing about food, Roslindale (also known as Rozzie) was my beat. It was the late 90's and I was a high school senior. With my legal pad and silver Sony voice recorder in hand, I pounded the pavement as a plucky reporter for the local newspaper, eagerly chasing down whatever came across the newsdesk. I lived in neighboring West Roxbury at the time, but always found Rozzie more interesting. The area had seen hard times, but new shops and restaurants were moving in and you could see the seeds of a revival.

  • January 8, 2016

6 Spots for Après-Ski in New England

Sure, we'd all love a powder day.  But no matter the conditions on the hill, we're here to help you eat well at the bottom.

6 Spots for Après-Ski in New England | WGBH | Craving Boston

Ski bunnies take heart, Greater Boston has seen its first flurries of snow.  

Food lovers take heart too; whether you like to rip moguls or sip cocoa in the lodge, New England winter resorts are catering to those who take après ski seriously. 

Here's our list of 6 spots worth racing down the mountain for:

  • January 6, 2016

You Can Get Breakfast All Day at the Rox Diner

From juicy corned beef hash to Tahitian French toast, this place has the sweet-to-savory scale covered for breakfast whenever you want it.

You Can Get Breakfast All Day at the Rox Diner | WGBH | Craving Boston

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I firmly believe that it should be available all the time, even to us night owls who tend to stay up and sleep in later than society deems acceptable. Indeed, the Rox Diner serves a top-notch breakfast the way breakfast was meant to be served: all. the. time.

  • January 6, 2016

Here Are Our Favorite Soups Around Boston

Winter is here. Here's where to get chicken pot pie, ramen, pho and chowder to keep it cozy.

Best soups around Boston

It was balmy and mild last year too — until suddenly, angrily, with a vengeance —  it wasn’t.  We may have banned "polar vortex" from our collective vocabularly, but it's going to get a little frosty up in here.

The silver lining is that it feels extra-nice to warm up with a hot, slurpable meal. Here are four of the best soups in the Boston area to keep you cozy when the inevitable chill arrives:

  • January 4, 2016

Belly Up Dining: Bondir Concord

The best seat in the house is often at the bar.

Belly Up Dining: Bondir Concord | WGBH | Craving Boston

Without a bar, there’s no place to belly up, which kept us from the original, barless, beer-and-wine-only Bondir in Cambridge. Bondir Concord, with its wooden tables and well-considered design blending comfortably into the town Center, has a wonderful bar, but it took a Thanksgiving weekend and a desire to escape shopping and leftovers to inspire a visit to the suburban outpost chef Jason Bond created nearly two years ago. Better late than never.

  • December 21, 2015

Steep Your Holiday Stress Away in Wellesley

When adulting gets too hard, take a break with traditional English tea (and dainty, delicious treats) at Dorset.

Steep Your Holiday Stress Away in Wellesley | WGBH | Craving Boston

In the midst of checking lists twice, I sometimes forget what I enjoy about this time: family and friends, festivities, resolutions and good food.

That’s what brought me and a family member to Dorset European Bakery and Café one Saturday afternoon. If you need a sophisticated little break, I suggest you stop by, too.

The café, located in Wellesley, has an afternoon tea that is steeped in English tradition. (Yes, I just made that pun).

  • December 17, 2015