Food

Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline - The Food Lens

Brookline may not be anyone’s idea of a food mecca at first glance—but those who pass it off as another Boston suburb do so at their own peril. That’s because it’s home to some of our favorite neighborhood destinations, from line-drawing independent bakeries and sandwich shops to tiny spots bursting with fierce flavor.

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A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

A field guide to 16 essential vegetarian restaurants - Boston.com

Finding a plant-based meal in Boston hasn’t always been easy. But that has changed recently, as a new generation of meat-free options has sprung up to complement long-standing vegetarian and vegan favorites. That’s great news for a lot of us, whether you’ve decided to go sans-meat yourself or are just looking to do 2019 on a new foot. Here are 16 places to start.

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Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston-Brighton - The Food Lens

Allston has outgrown its reputation as a student-packed 'hood filled with greasy slice joints and fast food. Well, the students are still there-but they now have access to innovative fast-casual spots, excellent ethnic fare, and plenty of independent restaurants and bars that won't break the bank.

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16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

16 post-game dining destinations in Boston’s West End - Boston.com

The West End is chock-full of Irish pubs and sports bars, with buffalo wings and burgers to satiate post-Celtics game appetites. Yet the West End has begun to diversify in recent years, with new openings from local restaurant groups and hospitality vets who have strayed from the tried-and-true formula. From sports bars to sit-downs, here are 16 hot spots to try.


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Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings - The Food Lens

Dumplings may be as close as we get to a universally beloved food. Whether they’re filled with pork and pan-fried or full of vegetables and steamed, these stuffed starch packets are what comfort food dreams are made of. From Chinatown to Brookline, Greater Boston has no shortage of places to get your fill.

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Foodie Gift Guide - Metro

Foodie Gift Guide - Metro

They plan vacations around restaurant reservations. They refer to famous chefs they’ve never met by their first names. And they may have even used the word “mouthfeel” once or twice without irony. They’re the food lover on your holiday shopping list, and we’ve got gifts to satisfy their rarified appetites.  Check out our foodie gift guide for 2018.

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22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

22 Must-try Boston Clam Chowders - Boston.com

Clam chowder can sometimes feel more like a regional stereotype than an actual food consumed by locals, so there’s no shortage of disappointing swill aimed at Freedom Trail trekkers. But anyone tempted to turn their back on clam-based broth for good does so at their own peril: Boston is filled with tempting cups and bowls of the classic soup — if you know where to look. 

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19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

19 Must-Try Restaurants in Boston's Chinatown

Given its location in the heart of a rapidly changing city, it feels like a small miracle that Boston’s Chinatown has remained independent, authentic, and blissfully chain-free (mostly). From no-frills mom-and-pops to slick outposts of the growing Shojo empire, here are 19 spots that will satisfy your comfort-food cravings, test your taste buds, and maybe even remind you of home.

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The 30 biggest restaurant openings of the past year (and 5 more to look out for) - Boston.com

The 30 biggest restaurant openings of the past year (and 5 more to look out for) - Boston.com

The past 12 months have been a banner year for greater Boston’s restaurant scene. Beloved pop-ups such as Better Bagels and Oisa Ramen found their own homes, and neighborhoods from South Boston to Somerville welcomed chef-driven, independent restaurants exploring everything from Japanese-Hawaiian to old-school Italian-American. Here’s what we consider to be the 30 biggest openings of the past year, plus five more restaurants to look out for in the coming months.

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18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

As far as quintessential Boston experiences go, biting into a lobster roll ranks up there with watching the Pops on the Fourth of July. We may never reach a consensus on what constitutes the perfect roll — lettuce or no lettuce remains a hot-button issue, let alone cold-mayo versus hot with butter — but those debates are a testament to the special place lobster rolls hold in our hearts. From the oldest of the old guard to the young guns pushing the envelope, here are 18 worthy venues for getting your lobster roll fix.

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Crudo - The Food Lens

Crudo - The Food Lens

We’ve got nothing against clam chowder. But when Boston seafood is at its best, we're inclined to eschew cooking and dousing in cream; sometimes fish needs little more than a bit of oil and citrus. When our crudo craving peaks, these are the spots we turn to.

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A Field Guide to Dining in Boston's South End - Boston.com

A Field Guide to Dining in Boston's South End - Boston.com

The South End’s historic brownstones and ample sidewalks make it fertile restaurant territory, and the crop it’s yielded does not disappoint. A mix of big-name restaurant groups, household-name chefs, and creative upstarts have given the Boston neighborhood a vibrant dining scene that shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s where to go, new and old.

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