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13 of Boston's Best (Non-Deflated) Balls

In Boston and beyond, the last couple of weeks have been more devoted to ball talk than ever before.

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In Boston and beyond, the last couple of weeks have been more devoted to ball talk than ever before, so let's continue the conversation. And no, not deflated or semi-deflated conspiracy theory footballs, but balls — as in food that comes in a (fully inflated) spherical shape. Bonus: these are all great for snacking while watching the Super Bowl.

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Boston Burger Company

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Fried mac and cheese: Served up in neat little balls, the mac and cheese bites, as one could guess, start with some macaroni and cheese and fry it crispy. They can be ordered on their own or as part of a sampler plate. [Photo: Yelp]

Bova's Bakery

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Here, balls come in chocolate and in the form of other assorted Italian cookies. And since Bova's is open 24/7, these balls are available all the time. [Photo: Yelp]

Bronwyn

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Sisky: a Slovakian doughnut served with a seasonal fruit spread. [Photo: Official Site]

Commonwealth

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Commonwealth ice cream: Before it melts, ice cream that is scooped well is ball-shaped, and when it's sometimes served with a side of doughnut holes, it's three balls in one bowl. While the flavors change regularly, keep an eye out for the peanut butter jelly time and chocolate cheesecake. [Photo: Facebook]

Meatballs al Forno: These wood oven-roasted little meatballs are served in a blanket of tomato "gravy" and dusted with Parmesan cheese. [Photo: Facebook]

Galleria Umberto

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Arancini: Massive softball-sized balls deep-fried until crackly on the outside, the arancini at Umberto's are just as much of a star as the limited-supply pizza. [Photo: Yelp]

Highland Kitchen

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Ricotta and mozzarella fritters: Cheese shaped into balls and deep-fried until crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. Now how can that be bad? Served with a chile-honey dipping sauce. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

Jacob Wirth Restaurant

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Sausage and sauerkraut balls: At one of the city's oldest restaurants, one can dine on fried sauerkraut and sausage balls, complete with housemade ale honey mustard. [Photo: Yelp]

Lulu's Allston

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Cherrywood smoked olives: To start a meal at Lulu's, diners can select the cherrywood smoked olives, served with a thick slab of baguette. [Photo: Yelp]

Falafel: Classically prepared with Middle Eastern spices and ground chickpeas and fried until golden brown, these balls are served on fluffy pita bread or on a plate with all the fixings. [Photo: Facebook]

Pork meatball banh mi: A new addition to the lunch menu, this banh mi comes adorned with garlic-ginger meatballs, pork pate, and pickled vegetables, and it's served with house-made chips. [Photo: Facebook]

The Gallows

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Scotch eggs: One of the restaurant's signature dishes, a soft-cooked egg is encased with pork sausage and then deep-fried, resulting in true comfort food. [Photo: Facebook]

Zaftigs Delicatessen

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Matzo ball soup: This classic Jewish "penicillin" comes chockfull of egg noodles and a single matzo ball. Want two balls? A second can be added to the soup for 75 cents. [Photo: Facebook]

Boston Burger Company

Fried mac and cheese: Served up in neat little balls, the mac and cheese bites, as one could guess, start with some macaroni and cheese and fry it crispy. They can be ordered on their own or as part of a sampler plate. [Photo: Yelp]

Bova's Bakery

Here, balls come in chocolate and in the form of other assorted Italian cookies. And since Bova's is open 24/7, these balls are available all the time. [Photo: Yelp]

Bronwyn

Sisky: a Slovakian doughnut served with a seasonal fruit spread. [Photo: Official Site]

Commonwealth

Commonwealth ice cream: Before it melts, ice cream that is scooped well is ball-shaped, and when it's sometimes served with a side of doughnut holes, it's three balls in one bowl. While the flavors change regularly, keep an eye out for the peanut butter jelly time and chocolate cheesecake. [Photo: Facebook]

Coppa

Meatballs al Forno: These wood oven-roasted little meatballs are served in a blanket of tomato "gravy" and dusted with Parmesan cheese. [Photo: Facebook]

Galleria Umberto

Arancini: Massive softball-sized balls deep-fried until crackly on the outside, the arancini at Umberto's are just as much of a star as the limited-supply pizza. [Photo: Yelp]

Highland Kitchen

Ricotta and mozzarella fritters: Cheese shaped into balls and deep-fried until crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. Now how can that be bad? Served with a chile-honey dipping sauce. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

Jacob Wirth Restaurant

Sausage and sauerkraut balls: At one of the city's oldest restaurants, one can dine on fried sauerkraut and sausage balls, complete with housemade ale honey mustard. [Photo: Yelp]

Lulu's Allston

Cherrywood smoked olives: To start a meal at Lulu's, diners can select the cherrywood smoked olives, served with a thick slab of baguette. [Photo: Yelp]

Rami's

Falafel: Classically prepared with Middle Eastern spices and ground chickpeas and fried until golden brown, these balls are served on fluffy pita bread or on a plate with all the fixings. [Photo: Facebook]

Shojo

Pork meatball banh mi: A new addition to the lunch menu, this banh mi comes adorned with garlic-ginger meatballs, pork pate, and pickled vegetables, and it's served with house-made chips. [Photo: Facebook]

The Gallows

Scotch eggs: One of the restaurant's signature dishes, a soft-cooked egg is encased with pork sausage and then deep-fried, resulting in true comfort food. [Photo: Facebook]

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Matzo ball soup: This classic Jewish "penicillin" comes chockfull of egg noodles and a single matzo ball. Want two balls? A second can be added to the soup for 75 cents. [Photo: Facebook]

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