Sure, you could head down to the local chain seafood place or go to that same familiar burger dive. Order the same entree, eat, go home. OR you could have an incredible food experience at one of these spots. If you’re looking to make some memories as well as fill your belly, look no further.
1. Union Oyster House, Boston
This is the nation's OLDEST restaurant. They started serving tasty seafood in 1826, but the building has been there for at least 250 years. The wives of the founding fathers used to do their sewing here and King Louis Philippe once lived on the second floor. Think about that. This place has had over 186 years to perfect their chowder.
2. Common Ground Cafe, Hyannis
Words cannot do this place justice. Common Ground Cafe is staffed by members of The Twelve Tribes, a spiritual group advocating love and harmony. The interior falls somewhere between a medieval tavern and the Keebler elves' tree home. Booths and tables appear to be growing out of the walls and colored light streams in through the stained glass windows. Some seating areas are even sunk into the floor or tucked away in their own little wooden nooks. There's a full smoothie bar upstairs and the food is absolutely incredible. Like what your fairytale grandmother would make if your fairytale grandmother was into making delicious reubens and hummus wraps.
3. Dick's Last Resort, Boston
You know the saying, "The customer is always right"? This place doesn't. Come here if being verbally abused and ignored by servers (all in good fun) and being made to wear large paper hats with embarrassing phrases on them sounds like your idea of fine dining. The service here may be surly and scathing, but the experience is worth it. The food will definitely not make your belly ache but all the laughing might.
4. The Clam Box, Ipswich
This place has been serving up fried clams and scallops since 1935. This oddly shaped restaurant has been featured in numerous magazines and shows. It was even spotlighted by the Food Network. If you can bear the line, you'll be in for an amazing seafood experience.
5. Yasu, Brookline
Normally when you go out to eat, you expect someone else to do the cooking. That's not how it works here. At Yasu, you get to cook your own delicious Korean food right at your table. Yum.
6. Flatbread, Somerville
In the mood for a wood-fired pizza? Do you prefer your pizza with a side of bowling? This is the place for you. Flatbread serves up incredible artisan pizzas and has full-service bowling lanes right there in the restaurant.
7. Fire + Ice, Boston Back Bay
Another amazing place where the cooking is part of the experience. Craft your own tasty food on their giant round grill upstairs and then head to the underFire bar downstairs.
8. Toro, Boston
Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston’s South End. They serve authentic and fresh Spanish-style small plates, and only use the finest locally grown and sustainable ingredients. Go here for a fun, authentic, and unforgettable Spanish dining experience.
9. Gibbet Hill Grill, Groton
You know the food is fresh when you can see it growing from your table. Gibbet Hill is one of the only restaurants in New England that has a produce farm on site, and Chef Tom Fosnot shapes his menu around what is seasonally available. Needless to say, every dish is a star and the gorgeous rural atmosphere will make you feel like you're way out West.
10. Blue Karma, Danvers
Blue Karma serves up a visual feast as well as one for your taste buds. Go here for some of the best sushi in town with the best looking plates you'll see anywhere.
11. Herrell's Ice Cream, Northampton
So this is probably not the place to sit down to a full meal, but with over 200 ice cream flavors (like Burnt Sugar 'n' Butter, Damn Yankees Devilment Stripe, White Rum, and Earl Grey) this is one stop you definitely want to make after dinner. Or, you know...for breakfast.
12. The Barnacle, Marblehead
This restaurant is right on the tip of Old Town in Marblehead with a perfect view of the Neck and Harbor. The food is cheap but the view is five-stars. A great place to grab some incredible seafood and take in the sunset. Try the Bloody Mary now and thank me later.
Sometimes, the same-old is just not enough. Sometimes you want a restaurant to serve up amazing memories as well as a great meal. These incredible Massachusetts restaurants will make you call a friend from the table just to brag about the great experience. What’s your favorite Massachusetts spot to grab a unique meal?