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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zaftigs Delicatessen

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335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 975-0075
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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]

2. Bova's Bakery

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134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-5601
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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]

3. Jacob Wirth Restaurant

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31-37 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8586
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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]

4. Bronwyn

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255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776-9900
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Sisky: a Slovakian doughnut served with a seasonal fruit spread. [Photo: Official Site]

5. Galleria Umberto

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289 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-5709
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]

6. Shojo

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-7888
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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]

7. Boston Burger Company

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1100 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 233-4560
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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]

8. Highland Kitchen

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150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131
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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]

9. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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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]

10. Coppa

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253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902
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Meatballs al Forno: These wood oven-roasted little meatballs are served in a blanket of tomato "gravy" and dusted with Parmesan cheese. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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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]

12. Rami's

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324 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 738-3577
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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]

13. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 425-0200
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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]

1. Zaftigs Delicatessen

335 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
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]
335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

2. Bova's Bakery

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
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]
134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

3. Jacob Wirth Restaurant

31-37 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
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]
31-37 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Bronwyn

255 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Sisky: a Slovakian doughnut served with a seasonal fruit spread. [Photo: Official Site]
255 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

5. Galleria Umberto

289 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113
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]
289 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113

6. Shojo

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
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]
9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

7. Boston Burger Company

1100 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
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]
1100 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

8. Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
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]
150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

9. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
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]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

10. Coppa

253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Meatballs al Forno: These wood oven-roasted little meatballs are served in a blanket of tomato "gravy" and dusted with Parmesan cheese. [Photo: Facebook]
253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

11. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134
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]
421 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02134

12. Rami's

324 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
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]
324 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

13. The Gallows

1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
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]
1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

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