Whatever you’re craving, there’s a restaurant in Boston that can please your palate. These 11 eateries will shake up your dining routine with their original offerings. Tuck into dishes from unexpected destinations and tasty creations that are so over-the-top that they have to be seen to be believed!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Boston Burger Company (Boston, Cambridge, Somerville)
You’ll never forget chowing down on one of the massive, juicy burgers here that ooze with flavor – and toppings. Pictured is the Pigferno, which is packed with habanero pulled pork and a mountain of the restaurant’s beloved onion rings. The only thing heftier than the burgers are the frappes, which challenge both gravity and your stomach capacity!
Address: 37 Davis Square, Somerville (original location)
Address: 1100 Boylston Street, Boston
Address: 1105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
2. Liquid Art House (Boston)
Art meets cuisine in this one-of-a-kind spot that is a fusion of gallery and restaurant. Service is stellar and the menu is as creative as you’d hope from a place this funky. Isn’t this dessert presentation lovely?
Address: 100 Arlington Street, Boston
3. Moldova (Newton)
It’s rare that you have the opportunity to try Moldovan food. The country’s cuisine is shaped by influences from Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Russia. Try the chicken and mushroom crepes – the flavors are unexpected but delightful.
Address: 344 Watertown Street, Newton
4. Teranga (Boston)
This South End restaurant is the first eatery in Boston to dish up Senegalese food – the homey atmosphere is a bonus! Both the lamb and beef dishes are particularly tasty and showcase flavors from Africa, France, Asia, and beyond.
Address: 1746 Washington Street, Boston
5. The Salty Pig (Boston)
Want to wow the carnivore in your life? Then treat them to a meal at the Salty Pig, which is devoted almost entirely to charcuterie boards - and also pizza... because this is Boston. If you’re in the mood for an especially unique menu item, order the roasted bone marrow, which is one of the starters on the dinner menu.
Address: 130 Dartmouth Street, Boston
6. The Beehive (Boston)
For a satisfying pairing of food and music, look no further than this boho restaurant. At the Beehive, you can listen to live musical offerings ranging from reggae to jazz, all while indulging in addictive dishes such as egg shukshuka. Save room for the bread pudding!
Address: 541 Tremont Street, Boston
7. Whole Heart Provisions (Allston)
Regardless of whether of not you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll want to check out this tiny restaurant that’ll make you crave greens. Street food snacks like the street corn and seared avocado are always hits, but the sauces and dressings that pump up the flavor of the bowls are what makes Whole Heart Provisions so memorable. Warning: the orange miso sauce is addictive!
Address: 487 Cambridge Street, Allston
8. RUKA Restobar (Boston)
The concept of fusion is nothing new, but blending Peruvian and Japanese cuisines is definitely innovative! The result is unique flavors, appealing plating, and dramatic decor. Split the "Big Fish" for dessert! (Yes, that is a fish-shaped waffle)
Address: 505 Washington Street, Boston
9. Loyal Nine (Cambridge)
Whether you aced history or tuned out your teacher as soon as class started, most of us are still interested in what people ate throughout the centuries. Loyal Nine specializes in dishes inspired by Colonial times, transporting you to the past with its one-of-a-kind brunch and supper menus.
Address: 660 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
10. Sarma (Somerville)
Grab a group of friends and linger at Sarma, catching up over meze (Mediterranean tapas). Work your way through perfectly-seasoned dishes like lamb sliders, seven-layer hummus, feta gnocchi, and cauliflower fatteh.
Address: 249 Pearl Street, Somerville
11. Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café (Boston, Woburn, Westford)
You might think that "authentic Western Chinese" is a contradiction in terms. Not so at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café. The chef was born in Xi’an then trained as a chef in Boston. The cumin lamb hand-pulled noodles are popular and the flatbreads are as tasty as they are affordable.
Address: 86 Bedford Street, Boston
Address: 466 Main Street, Woburn (pictured)
Address: 175 Littleton Road, Westford
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