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Visiting Boston? You have to try these iconic dishes in Boston!
Boston is definitely known for its history and landmarks. But don’t worry, theres plenty of food options if you’re visiting Boston!
Boston is a major U.S. city, and of course, you’ll find dishes to fit everyone’s palette. However, the fresh seafood (hello lobster rolls!), Italian food and desserts are exceptional. I highly recommend you come hungry for them!
If you’re looking for ideas of what to do between meal in Boston, I got you covered! Check out my guide for how to spend a weekend in Boston.
Of course, we’re starting the list with lobster rolls. Boston is home to one of the freshest seafoods. And lobster rolls are indulgent way to enjoy the lobsters. They are staple in the city. Lobster rolls are typically made with a toasted split-top bun filled with succulent pieces of lobster in butter if you get it warm, or in a a mayonnaise-based dressing if served cold. Typically, the price of the lobster roll is not listed, and it only says Market Price. Depending on the price of lobster, I’ll admit, it can be quite a splurge. The lobster roll is a must-try for any seafood lover visiting Boston, and there are plenty of places to try one!
Where to find Lobster Rolls:
- Legal Seafood – This is more of a sit-down option. There are multiple locations throughout the city, and they have fantastic chowder and crab cakes too!
- Quincy Market – If you follow the Freedom Trail in Boston, Quincy market is a great spot to stop and grab a bite!
Boston is allegedly home to some of the best cannolis outside of Italy! If you find yourself strolling the North End area of Boston (which is a highlight in Boston!), you will definitely see either Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry.
Depending on the time of year, there might even be a line out the door to grab the cannolis. Both bakeries make fantastic cannolis! Mike’s Pastries is more popular as a tourist destination, but I prefer the cannolis at Modern.
I highly recommend grabbing a cannoli from each bakery and deciding for yourself! Both bakeries offer other desserts, as such cream-filled Lobster Tails and a variety of cookies and cakes.
Where to find Cannolis:
- Modern Pastry Shop
- Mike’s Pastry – They have multiple locations in the city. And while you’re there, check out the delicious Lobster Tails!
While Boston is not usually part of a hot pizza debate (unlike New York or Chicago), Regina’s Pizzeria is one of my favorite pizzas of all time!
Their pizzas are somewhere between a pan pizza and a foldable New York style pizza. But the dough is soft, almost flakey, and their topppings are always fresh! Locals will tell you that you must only go to the location in North End.
Regina’s Pizzeria – Check out their original North End location if you’re a purist.
Boston Creme Pie
Another iconic Boston dessert is the Boston Creme Pie. This delicious dessert is made with layers of sponge cake, filled with custard or crème patisserie, and topped with a chocolate glaze. It is an iconic Boston dessert and is said to have been invented in the mid-1800s. You can find Boston Creme Pie in many bakeries and restaurants around the city.
Where to find Boston Creme Pie:
- Omni Parker House – This is the original home of the Boston creme pie, and a fantastic place to pay it homage.
- Flour Bakery – a fanstastic bakery and cafe, with lots of options for breakfast, lunch and baked goods – including the Boston Creme Pie!
The New England Chowder is another iconic Boston dish, you must try! This creamy soup is made with potatoes, onions, celery and, of course, clams. It’s often served with oyster crackers, and sometimes in a bread bowl (my favorite way to enjoy it!). It is a must-try for any seafood lover.
Where to find Chowder:
- Boston Chowda at Fanheuil Hall – If you follow the Freedom Trail in Boston, Quincy market is a great spot to stop and grab a bite!
- Neptune Oyster – located in the historic North End. They often have lines, and long waits, so try to peak lunch and dinner times.
- Atlantic Fish Co
More great food in Boston
If you have more time in Boston, here are some more delicious places to enjoy great food in Boston!
Their roast beef sandwiches are definitely a staple, and are worth trying if you’re not into the seafood Boston has to offer.
Union Square Donuts
These gourmet donuts are delicious and they had lots of unique flavor options. The Vietnamese coffee flavor was delicious, and the coffee was good too!
Wander North End for some delicious Italian food
The city of Boston has a large Italian presence, and North End neighborhood offers lots of Italian restaurant options. Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, pizza or other Italian delicacies, there are lots of great restaurants that will fit the bill there!
Time Out Market in Boston
This market is near Fenway Park, and just like other Time Out Markets offers a great selection of eats from the city’s local chefs. If you’re feeling indecisive, this market has lots to offer.