Welcome back to Food Crawls, a series in which Eater Boston staffers guide you (virtually) on various food (and booze) crawls in the Boston area.
When we go out, we often find ourselves wanting to try more than one restaurant or bar at a time — a drink and a snack here, another drink and perhaps a dessert there — and want to share our favorite multi-stop combinations with you. These crawls are meant to be relatively walkable, and the amount of food and drink is meant to correspond roughly to a couple of average appetites (so bring a friend), although your mileage may vary. Email us if there’s a particular theme, specific dish or drink, or neighborhood you’d like to see covered in a future installment.
Coolidge Corner — and either stretch of Harvard Street leading into it — is an eater’s (and a culture vulture’s) dream. There is very good to great Thai and Japanese and kosher and Middle Eastern and Italian. There are good cocktail bars, and there are good dive bars. There’s a fantastic bookstore, and there’s one of the very best independent theaters in the country. As far as neighborhoods in Boston’s suburbs go, Brookline’s Coolidge Corner is hard to beat for tasty treats.
This crawl will require at least two (but probably three to four) mouths.
Stats for this food crawl:
- Total stops: 4
- Things eaten from a deli: 2
- Healthy salads consumed: 1
- Doughnuts eaten to negate the healthy salads: As many as you can handle
Corned Beef Sandwich at Michael’s Deli
256 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446
The self-professed corned beef king (it’s a deserved note of self-confidence), Michael’s Deli has been doing its thing in Coolidge for nearly four decades. Get a whole corned beef sandwich and share it with a friend, and get a couple of half-sour pickles too. And, yeah, why not: Eat a potato knish while you’re at it.
Tabbouleh at Shawarma King
1383 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446
There’s a lot of meat and a lot of doughnuts on this crawl, so this salad is crucial. Tabbouleh seems simple, but there’s a lot happening here — parsley, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, cracked wheat, lemon juice, and olive oil. This is an exceptional version.
Beef Tongue Sandwich at Zaftigs Delicatessen
335 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446
There are many good ways to cook and serve beef tongue — I dream weekly of the lengua tacos at Tacos Lupita in Haverhill — but on a sandwich is about as good as it gets. Go with marble rye, and grab a few more half-sours and some potato pancakes, too.
Any Doughnut at Union Square Donuts
409 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446
The best are the classic coconut and the not-so-classic maple bacon — but honestly, everything is worth a taste. Pack whatever space you’ve got left in your stomach with a bunch of yeasty, fried goodness. And some coffee. Union Square Donuts has a damn fine cup of coffee.