Welcome back to Food Crawls, a series in which Eater Boston staffers guide you on food and booze crawls in the Boston area. When we go out, we often want to try more than one restaurant or bar at a time — a drink and a snack here, another drink and dessert there. Eater Boston 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. Email us if there’s a particular theme, dish, drink, or neighborhood you’d like to see covered in a future installment.
It’s not a secret: Development is changing Greater Boston. There seems to be a new, often contentious “luxury condominium/mixed-use” project climbing into the sky on every corner in the metro region, and one such project is leading to some changes on the North Shore.
A development group plans to raze the building where Bianchi’s Pizza sits in order to build one such apartment complex, and while Bianchi’s might find a place inside the new structure, time in its current home of 70 years is limited. Which is to say: If you’ve never been to Revere Beach for one of its slices, you’ve got about three months left to experience the original.
So go. Eat. And because you’re already there, sample some of the other classic grub the strip has to offer. The bonus? All of these beachside stops are quick-serve window service. This leaves plenty of time to walk to the beach and gorge while watching seagulls fight for loose french fries that are probably actually just rocks.
- Total stops: 3
- Slices: 1 or 2
- Mayo on the roast beef sandwich? Yep.
- Soft serve, with or without sprinkles? With.
A Slice or Two From Bianchi’s Pizza
322 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151
Regarded as one of the best slices on the North Shore — and listed among Eater Boston’s essential Boston-area pizzas — Bianchi’s is a Revere Beach must. The ‘za is New York-style, and as such the slices are massive: One slice is equal to a quarter of a pizza and will only set you back about $3. The cheese is bubbly and slightly burnt, which is the thing that separates decent pizza from great pizza. Snag a slice of pepperoni. Cash only.
A Super Beef, Four Ways at Kelly’s Roast Beef
410 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151
Plans for depressing redevelopment don’t seem to be headed for Kelly’s Roast Beef. [Knocks on wood.] Get a super beef (the largest size of beef sandwiches) for $9.50, and get it four ways: mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, and, of course, barbecue sauce. It comes on an iconic knotted seeded roll (buttered and griddled, of course) that’s made by Piantedosi Baking Company, a longtime family-owned Massachusetts business.
A Cone at Kell’s Kreme
437 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151
The only acceptable Revere Beach dessert is a soft serve cone from Kell’s Kreme. The play here: Classic vanilla with chocolate sprinkles on a cake cone.
The tide in the area is rising. Patronize these places while you still can.