2016 Boston Food Guide

We live in a city traditionally known for its clam chowder, lobster rolls, and Fenway Franks. But Boston has more to offer than those staples. Food colors the culture of the city as much as its instantly recognizable accent does. In the past two years, The Heights took a look at the best the city has to offer by neighborhood and by style of food. This year, we’ve created a plan to see the entire city in a day. The best of Boston is found in the city’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

-Juan Olavarria, Metro Editor

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Ask the Experts

Complied by Hannah McLaughin, Heights Editor

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Cafe/Theme Restaurant

Cai Thomas, BC ’16

Ula: 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain

Sweet Cheeks: Fenway Triangle, 1381 Boylston St

“In terms of cafe or coffee, there’s this place called Ula in JP. They have a turkey cheddar avocado sandwich that I love. My favorite restaurant in Boston is probably Sweet Cheeks. I get wings and mac and cheese and coleslaw there.”

Breakfast/ Brunch

Laura Nieto, BC’15

Deep Ellum

477 Cambridge St, Allston

“I’m going with Deep Ellum in Allston. The duck confit hash is to die for. Incredibly rich but amazing comfort food at a restaurant that has a hipster hole-in-the-wall vibe. It’s the kind of place where you feel like you should be best friends with the waitstaff, and the bartender knows their stuff.”


Molly McCarthy, BC’14

South End Buttery: 314 Shawmut Ave, Boston

Mare Oyster Bar: 3 Mechanic St, Boston

“Brunch at South End Buttery. The truffle fries are a must! My favorite meal in Boston, though, would have to be the lobster ravioli at Mare in the North End.”


John Buckley, BC ’86

John Harvard’s Brewery and Alehouse

33 Dunster Street, Cambridge

“My favorite place for lunch is John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Cambridge. For starters, I like the fried calamari. It is deep-fried to perfection, a little spicy, but never greasy. I also usually get a cup of clam chowder. It is loaded with clams—they don’t skimp! For my main dish, I like the Harvard Classic Burger with cheese. I know it sounds basic, but it is a good size burger and again, cooked to perfection with a generous side of crispy fries! Very comforting. I like John Harvard’s because it smells like a brewery—and that’s a good thing because it IS a brewery! It is definitely a pub that happens to serve great food. The atmosphere is authentic—lots of dark wood, casual and relaxed with plenty of room at the bar to eat, if you’d like. Oh, and [it also has] great micro-brewed beer!”

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Judy Stanton, BC ’91

Stockyard Restaurant

135 Market St, Brighton

“My favorite dinner restaurant in Boston is the Stockyard in Brighton. The quality of the food is always great. The waitstaff is friendly and accommodating. My favorite dish is the Stockyard Burger, which is always cooked to perfection. The Stockyard is a great restaurant for date night as well as dinner with the kids before a BC hockey game.”


Chris Mario, BC ’12


513 Tremont Street. Boston, MA 02116

“My favorite dessert place in Boston would be Picco in the South End. Though it is known primarily for being a pizza place, they also make their own ice cream. The vibe is very South End and fun, and the ice cream is out of this world. I always go with chocolate.”


Nicole Frederick, BC ’15

LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar

412 W Broadway, Boston

My favorite place is LOCO in Southie. El Jefe margarita and pork carnitas tacos are a killer combination. It’s a fun place to head after work for Taco Tuesday. The restaurant itself has a great atmosphere and is a really fun bar scene.”