Food & Drinks, Life

My review of the seven best eats in Boston

What's a trip without the best foods in town?

I think I can confidently say I’m somewhat of a Boston local now (I actually live in Wellesley, which is a 30-minute drive away, but we’ll let that slide). Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the Victorian-style buildings are absolutely gorgeous. If you are planning to visit Boston, you can’t leave out food when you’re on a trip. Because I am an enthusiastic foodie and have been living in the Greater Boston Area for about two years, I would like to share my experiences with food in one of the biggest “college cities” in the country.

1. Eataly Boston

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You can’t not go to Eataly when in Boston. Located in Prudential Tower, Eataly looks like a fancy Italian marketplace with tons of eateries and groceries. I recommend the tiramisu and cannolis to abate a sweet tooth. The tiramisu is everything you want: a spoonful of soft, thick, creaminess with espresso and cacao powder that bursts with flavor. The fresh cannoli cream oozes out of the other end as you bit into the crunchy pastry…yum. Before dessert (or after), explore the rows of wine, wheels of cheese, and meats hanging from the ceiling. Eventually, you’ll run into an eatery in the midst of it all. Sit down and enjoy a plate of fresh pasta or a pizza hot out of a wood-fired oven.

2. Earl’s Kitchen

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Prudential is a popular shopping mall, and it’s loads of fun exploring all the different shops with your friends. But after going in and out of Sephora, Aritzia, and Madewell, it leaves you pretty hungry. There’s one problem: you’re craving sushi, but your best friend really wants a burger. What do you do? Get the best of both worlds at Earl’s! This multicultural restaurant has comfort foods from all over the world. From BBQ ribs to sushi rolls, Korean Beef Bibimbap to the California Burger, Earl’s is the perfect fusion place to be when you’re craving both western and eastern-style dishes.

3. Yamato II

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I really recommend paying a visit to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. I’m a bookworm and I’m naturally attracted to places with books (bookstores, libraries, book cafes…). While you’re there, consider grabbing a bite to eat at Yamato II, a Japanese restaurant. You can order individual dishes and go for the All You Can Eat option if you want the real deal. If you’re on a budget like I am, Yamato II is the best place to be to enjoy unlimited fresh sushi and other Japanese dishes for a very reasonable price.

4. Trident Booksellers and Cafe

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I told you I liked bookstores. This is my absolute favorite place—not just a favorite restaurant—in Boston. Food and books, what more can you ask for? Trident has your classic American favorites: burgers, salads, soups, and shakes. They also offer breakfast for dinner; enjoy a hot plate of french toast with hot chocolate piled with whipped cream. I usually like eating dinner for dinner, so I go for a beefy Trident burger with extra cheese and sweet potato fries on the side.

5. Santouka

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Anyone craving a hot bowl of Japanese ramen? Santouka is my go-to. There are two locations: Newbury Street and Harvard Square. The Harvard one should be easier to get seats, but you’ll still wait 30-40 minutes; it’s that popular. But no worries, you can pop over to the Harvard Bookstore or take a little stroll across Harvard campus to kill time. Once I’m seated, I order a small bowl of shoyu (soy sauce flavor) ramen with a side order of hanjuku tamago (soft boiled egg). I travel to Japan every chance I get, and I can assure you that Santouka captures the same flavors I had in Hokkaido.

6. Top of the Hub

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You’re in a beautiful city. You’re feeling fancy, like filet mignon. Top of the Hub is your top choice if you want to dig into a juicy steak while enjoying a 360-degree view of the Boston skyline. You definitely would want to reserve a table though, especially if you want a window seat. Top of the Hub is located on the 52nd floor of Prudential, and they may ID you at the lobby before you take the elevator, so have a license card or a passport ready. Although the food can get a little pricey, the view and the steaks are so worth it. I recommend a Filet Mignon Oscar Style: surf and turf dish with steak and king crab. It’s Boston, you must have seafood at least once, right?

7. Shabu Zen

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In New England, it doesn’t stop snowing until early April. Seriously, I’m stuck in my room writing this because there is a snowstorm blowing this entire weekend and it’s March. Head over to Allston or Chinatown to have what I think is one of the best hot pots in the city to warm yourself up. Be sure to order the special Kimchi Broth for the mildly-spicy and savory goodness. Big tip: once you’re finished with your veggies and meat, ask for rice, sesame oil, and a raw egg. Put the rice in the remaining broth, pour in a dollop of sesame oil, and crack the egg and stir until you get a kimchi broth porridge. This is hands down the highlight of the meal, trust me on this one.

There are so many great places to eat, but these are the places that I think are the best. I hope you get a chance to try at least a couple of these restaurants, and I wish you enjoy your stay! If you’re a fellow Boston foodie, I want you to comment on this article with some of your favorite restaurants. Stay happy, stay full!