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Alton Brown Had a Noodle Party in Boston

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The chef/television personality/author came to town for 24 hours and tasted as much as humanly possible.

Alton Brown eats a post-show dumpling at Dumpling Cafe
Alton Brown eats a post-show dumpling at Dumpling Cafe
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"I came for beans and chowder, but in the end I had a noodle party," Alton Brown tells Eater. He was in town for just 24 hours on Friday to perform at the Shubert as one of the final 2014 stops on his tour, and with no car, he embarked on a whirlwind culinary exploration of some of the best downtown eats, documenting it all on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. (He also snagged some Bagelsaurus bagels from across the river thanks to the magic of social media.) Here's a run-down of what he ate, and be sure to head over to his blog for more of his thoughts on it all.

The day began with coffee, of course, and the bustling Tremont Street location of The Thinking Cup was conveniently located.

One lunch consisted of the essential hand-pulled noodles at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, a true Instagram food porn specimen. "Slippery, slurpy, spicy and stinky," he writes on his blog, "…in the best way possible."

One lunch is never enough, so there was also a visit to Mei Mei Street Kitchen for the signature Double Awesome, as well as some rosemary fries from Clover.

There was some obligatory chowder and baked beans at the oldest restaurant, but these mainly factored into the show in a way that will remain un-described so as not to ruin the crazy demonstrations for those who are planning to catch the tour in future cities. (Although those two Boston-specific items will surely be replaced with something else in each place.)

And there's still more to go. He also tried a classic pastrami sandwich from Sam LaGrassa's (and possibly a chicken parm as well).

At the end of the night, dumplings were devoured at Dumpling Cafe.

Not bad for 24 hours. Not bad at all.

Thinking Cup

165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111 (617) 482-5555 Visit Website

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

86 Bedford Street, , MA 02111 (617) 482-1888 Visit Website

Dumpling Cafe

695 Washington Street, , MA 02111 (617) 338-8859 Visit Website

Sam LaGrassa's

44 Province Street, , MA 02108 (617) 357-6861 Visit Website


1796 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 (857) 285-6103 Visit Website

Union Oyster House

41 Union Street, , MA 02108 (617) 227-2750 Visit Website