When we aren’t working on locallyus or our 9-5 jobs, we love to eat. We want to use our blog to give our followers the chance to get to know not only us but also the area in which our box is located. So here is a list of our Favorite Restaurants in and around Boston. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, these are some of the spots you’ve just gotta try!
Favorite Girls Night Spot:
This new spot in Ink block (The South End) is a great spot to grab some drinks and apps. It’s a little hard to find (hint: when you open the door, go down the stairs!), but once you’re inside it’s like a secret oasis. Between the decor (a cross between a tiki bar and a speakeasy) and the tropical music playing, you feel like you’ve been transported out of the city. The drinks are super fun and Instagram worthy! We wanted to try them all but settled for the Takes Two to Mango and The Shore Leave Cocktail (pictured below). They also have many fun options for apps like Basic Bitch Tartare, Karaage Chicken wings and Dan Dan Wontons.
When You Just Want Comfort Food:
Arguably one of my favorite restaurants, ask anyone and they will probably tell you I have recommended it to them. This restaurant is family style, which is great because you don’t have to choose just one dish, and you won’t want to have to choose between their mouth watering array of dishes. Some of my favorites are the fried chicken (both classic and hot), mac & cheese, buttermilk biscuits with molasses butter and the charred brussel sprouts. A perfect spot for a night when you just want to lay low and eat some delicious food as you won’t be able to move after!
GOURMET DUMPLING HOUSE
Located in the heart of Chinatown, this is our favorite Chinese restaurant. There is usually a line but it's worth the wait and usually moves quickly. This is a zero frills type restaurant. You will probably be seated at a table with people you don’t know (perfect for people watching) or our favorite table next to the fish tank (yes there is a fish tank in the restaurant). But the food is delicious and after all the atmosphere is all part of the experience.Some of our favorites are the pork and leek dumplings, chinese broccoli and scallion pancakes.
A new pizza and ice cream place that just opened in the South End! It is tiny, so I would highly recommend making a reservation or grabbing takeout if you want to go on a weekend. We tried the roasted cauliflower pizza and the ice cream sampler. Once you see the flavors you won’t be able to just pick one! All of the ice cream is homemade, and we got to try some unique flavors like Bananas Foster and honey!
Atwoods Tavern has been our favorite for years! We started going there in college, and it’s the perfect low key night hangout spot. Located in Inman square, it is a bit outside the city but totally worth the trip. Their menu has an extensive beer list and pub style food! We love their flank steak. They also have an outdoor seating area that is perfect for summer nights!
Date Night or When You're Feeling Fancy
Mida is a small Italian restaurant located on Tremont Street. Their meals are meant to be a gift for you, and that they definitely are. We tried the Della Casa that lets you sample a bit of everything from the menu. Its a 4 course meal with a salad, appetizer, either a meat or pasta entree and dessert.The menu is pre-selected, but there is a choice of entree. There is even an option to add wine pairings to go with each course. Everything was delicious! We can’t wait to try their Monday night all-you-can-eat pasta special!
FOX & KNIFE
Fox and Knife is a new restaurant that just opened in Southie owned by Karen Akunowicz from Bravo’s Top Chef. Restaurants in Southie can be hit or miss, but this one is a must try. It’s another family style restaurant! I have to say I’m obsessed with those. Their food was delicious. Portions were a bit small but perfect for family style and so you can try a bit of everything. Our server was so friendly and helpful, and the brussel sprouts may have been the best I’ve ever had.
Lulu’s in Allston is one of my favorite brunch spots. While their brunch menu is classic, their tater tots are anything but. I recommend trying the White Trash Hash, which includes tater tots, short ribs and poached eggs. If you aren’t a tater tot person (what??), then their omelets come with a variety of types of potatoes, including (surprise) sweet potatoes.
BUTTERMILK & BOURBON
Buttermilk and Bourbon is a New Orleans style restaurant located on Newbury Street. They have classic brunch options with a Cajun flair. Their brunch menu also includes fun drinks like their soft serve mimosas. If you can, save room for dessert and try one of their pretzel cones.
MONUMENT RESTAURANT & TAVERN
If you want a delicious meal before walking the Freedom Trail or are just looking for a new brunch spot, try the Monument. The restaurant has a rustic feel and offers brunch special drinks such as the Cinnamon Toast Brunch and Dunkies Run. They also have unique twists on brunch classic such as Bacon Benedict and fried chicken and biscuits.
Hope you enjoy these recommendations as much as we do!