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A lobster-stuffed popover at Woods Hill Pier 4
The lobster roll at Woods Hill Pier 4 substitutes a buttery popover in place of bread
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Where to Find Great Biscuits, Rolls, and Flatbreads in and Around Boston

Plus, buttery popovers, grilled sourdough, and rich focaccia

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The lobster roll at Woods Hill Pier 4 substitutes a buttery popover in place of bread
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The cold weather has officially set in, which means now is the time to indulge in comfort food. And there’s no better comfort food than carbs. For those looking for something less-everyday than the whole loaf, sliced breads, and buns you can easily get in stores, this map includes the city’s best spots to tear into buttery milk rolls, snack on (and repurpose) fluffy buttermilk biscuits, or devour airy, flaky popovers. Go ahead and *roll* through the city to sample these bites of doughy deliciousness.

Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Puritan & Company

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1166 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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This modern American Cambridge spot has made the transition to takeout and delivery only during the pandemic, but it’s still producing a killer Parker House roll, which comes in orders of four alongside a container of cultured butter. Puritan’s version of the classic Boston bread is made with potatoes and milk — milk is used in place of water — and is slightly sweet thanks to a dash of sugar. The milk imparts a super soft texture to the roll, while a sprinkling of sea salt flakes balances the sweetness. Eat them on their own, or with a sliver of cheese from Puritan’s simple but excellent burrata and kale salad.

Puritan & Co. is currently open for pickup and delivery via Toast, with deliveries fulfilled by DoorDash.

The Park House rolls offered at Puritan & Company
The Parker House rolls, sprinkled with flakes of English Maldon sea salt
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2. The Smoke Shop BBQ

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One Kendall Square, First St #100
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 577-7427
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Absolutely head to the Smoke Shop BBQ in Kendall Square for fall-off-the-bone barbecue. (There are sibling outposts in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex and the Seaport, as well as a takeout and delivery only shop in Harvard Square.) And remember to order some of its legendary cornbread, which is exceptional on its own — the squares of crumbly goodness are brushed with sea salt honey butter — but approaches god mode when slathered with any combination of Smoke Shop BBQ sauces. The cornbread can be ordered as a side for $1.50 per square.

The Smoke Shop BBQ is open for indoor dining, and pickup and delivery via its website.

3. Woods Hill Pier 4

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300 Pier Four Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 981-4577
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This Seaport spot shines a spotlight on bread in several of its dishes. Savor the flaky popovers — an homage to the legendary version served at the site’s former restaurant, Anthony’s Pier 4 — which are used for its lobster roll in place of the more traditional New England hot dog roll. Popovers also feature in the restaurant’s caviar service, served alongside chives, crème fraiche, and shallots as a complement to the slightly briny, buttery, decadent fish roe. The popovers can also just be ordered as a side and enjoyed on their own.

Woods Hill Pier 4 is currently open for indoor and outdoor (in igloos, no less) dining, with takeout available via Toast.

The lobster-piled popover at Woods Hill Pier 4
Instead of a classic roll, the lobster roll at Woods Hill Pier 4 piles lobster into a popover
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4. Krasi

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48 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 536-0230
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Greek cuisine may be more known for heaps of feta and smoky baba ghanoush, but Krasi’s secret lies in its spectacular spread of house-made breads. The charoupi, which is made with carob and molasses, is dark and sweet, and pairs well with Krasi’s garlicky hummus. Tiropita rolls — which are made with layers of crispy, buttery phyllo dough — come with cheese, olive oil, and honey, while the lalangia (fried dough) is drizzled with thyme-infused honey, and eating it feels a bit like starting your meal off with dessert (which is fine, by the way). Rotating specials include mezze served alongside sourdough that’s grilled, providing a satisfying crunch. 

Krasi is open for indoor dining, with takeout via its website and delivery via Uber Eats.

5. Sweet Cheeks Q

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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The biscuits at Sweet Cheeks Q are no secret — they are the best in the city. They’re best when slathered with honey butter and eaten alongside a heap of pulled pork or a slab of brisket, but they can be taken to-go and transformed at home, too. Order a bucket of four, but don’t devour them in one sitting. Instead, save them until the next day and whip up some buttermilk biscuit French toast, or toast them in a pan with a generous pat of butter and elevate homemade breakfast sandwiches.  

Sweet Cheeks Q is open for takeout.

6. Boston Chops South End

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1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 227-5011
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The popovers at Boston Chops are worth a special trip, and a complimentary part of the dinner service for all in-person diners. (This is not an endorsement of indoor dining.) Instead, savor them as part of a takeout basket, where they pair particularly well with a red wine jus that the eatery serves with its well-loved chicken-under-a-brick dish.

Boston Chops is open for indoor dining, takeout by calling the restaurant directly, and delivery via Grubhub.

The fluffy popovers at Boston Chops
The fluffy popovers at Boston Chops
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7. LULU GREEN

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246 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 420-4070
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This café, bakery, and juice bar opened early last year, infusing Southie with an array of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats. The housemade breads (made with organic wheat flour) are excellent, from the braided olive stick that accompanies the shakshuka to the sesame bagel. The focaccia — fluffy and drizzled with olive oil — is dusted with za’atar, and showcases sumac and thyme from owners Mary and Nada Lattouf’s family farm in Lebanon. Co-owner and executive chef Brian Corbley also makes an exceptional version of saj, a thin Lebanese flatbread that’s pressed and cooked to order. It’s great as a sandwich wrap, or when dipped into creamy hummus. Be sure to order some sesame buns too, which are dipped in pomegranate molasses and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. 

Lulu Green is open for takeout via their website and phone, and delivery via Caviar, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

8. JP Roti Shop

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482 Washington St
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 825-4860

This Dorchester Caribbean spot is best known for its roti, a sort of curried stew which originated in the West Indies (specifically in Trinidad) served with — or swaddled by — flatbread like you’d find on the Indian subcontinent. The unleavened flatbread is grilled until its outside crisps and slightly bubbles, and is mainly used as a delivery mechanism for the shop’s excellent curries and stews. But the roti breads are also sold solo for $2.50 each — douse a piece with the housemade fiery pepper sauce if you dare.

JP Roti Shop is open for pickup by calling the restaurant directly.

1. Puritan & Company

1166 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The Park House rolls offered at Puritan & Company
The Parker House rolls, sprinkled with flakes of English Maldon sea salt
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This modern American Cambridge spot has made the transition to takeout and delivery only during the pandemic, but it’s still producing a killer Parker House roll, which comes in orders of four alongside a container of cultured butter. Puritan’s version of the classic Boston bread is made with potatoes and milk — milk is used in place of water — and is slightly sweet thanks to a dash of sugar. The milk imparts a super soft texture to the roll, while a sprinkling of sea salt flakes balances the sweetness. Eat them on their own, or with a sliver of cheese from Puritan’s simple but excellent burrata and kale salad.

Puritan & Co. is currently open for pickup and delivery via Toast, with deliveries fulfilled by DoorDash.

1166 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

2. The Smoke Shop BBQ

One Kendall Square, First St #100, Cambridge, MA 02139

Absolutely head to the Smoke Shop BBQ in Kendall Square for fall-off-the-bone barbecue. (There are sibling outposts in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex and the Seaport, as well as a takeout and delivery only shop in Harvard Square.) And remember to order some of its legendary cornbread, which is exceptional on its own — the squares of crumbly goodness are brushed with sea salt honey butter — but approaches god mode when slathered with any combination of Smoke Shop BBQ sauces. The cornbread can be ordered as a side for $1.50 per square.

The Smoke Shop BBQ is open for indoor dining, and pickup and delivery via its website.

One Kendall Square, First St #100
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Woods Hill Pier 4

300 Pier Four Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
The lobster-piled popover at Woods Hill Pier 4
Instead of a classic roll, the lobster roll at Woods Hill Pier 4 piles lobster into a popover
Courtesy Woods Hill Pier 4

This Seaport spot shines a spotlight on bread in several of its dishes. Savor the flaky popovers — an homage to the legendary version served at the site’s former restaurant, Anthony’s Pier 4 — which are used for its lobster roll in place of the more traditional New England hot dog roll. Popovers also feature in the restaurant’s caviar service, served alongside chives, crème fraiche, and shallots as a complement to the slightly briny, buttery, decadent fish roe. The popovers can also just be ordered as a side and enjoyed on their own.

Woods Hill Pier 4 is currently open for indoor and outdoor (in igloos, no less) dining, with takeout available via Toast.

300 Pier Four Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

4. Krasi

48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

Greek cuisine may be more known for heaps of feta and smoky baba ghanoush, but Krasi’s secret lies in its spectacular spread of house-made breads. The charoupi, which is made with carob and molasses, is dark and sweet, and pairs well with Krasi’s garlicky hummus. Tiropita rolls — which are made with layers of crispy, buttery phyllo dough — come with cheese, olive oil, and honey, while the lalangia (fried dough) is drizzled with thyme-infused honey, and eating it feels a bit like starting your meal off with dessert (which is fine, by the way). Rotating specials include mezze served alongside sourdough that’s grilled, providing a satisfying crunch. 

Krasi is open for indoor dining, with takeout via its website and delivery via Uber Eats.

48 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115

5. Sweet Cheeks Q

1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

The biscuits at Sweet Cheeks Q are no secret — they are the best in the city. They’re best when slathered with honey butter and eaten alongside a heap of pulled pork or a slab of brisket, but they can be taken to-go and transformed at home, too. Order a bucket of four, but don’t devour them in one sitting. Instead, save them until the next day and whip up some buttermilk biscuit French toast, or toast them in a pan with a generous pat of butter and elevate homemade breakfast sandwiches.  

Sweet Cheeks Q is open for takeout.

1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

6. Boston Chops South End

1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
The fluffy popovers at Boston Chops
The fluffy popovers at Boston Chops
Courtesy Boston Chops

The popovers at Boston Chops are worth a special trip, and a complimentary part of the dinner service for all in-person diners. (This is not an endorsement of indoor dining.) Instead, savor them as part of a takeout basket, where they pair particularly well with a red wine jus that the eatery serves with its well-loved chicken-under-a-brick dish.

Boston Chops is open for indoor dining, takeout by calling the restaurant directly, and delivery via Grubhub.

1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

7. LULU GREEN

246 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

This café, bakery, and juice bar opened early last year, infusing Southie with an array of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats. The housemade breads (made with organic wheat flour) are excellent, from the braided olive stick that accompanies the shakshuka to the sesame bagel. The focaccia — fluffy and drizzled with olive oil — is dusted with za’atar, and showcases sumac and thyme from owners Mary and Nada Lattouf’s family farm in Lebanon. Co-owner and executive chef Brian Corbley also makes an exceptional version of saj, a thin Lebanese flatbread that’s pressed and cooked to order. It’s great as a sandwich wrap, or when dipped into creamy hummus. Be sure to order some sesame buns too, which are dipped in pomegranate molasses and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. 

Lulu Green is open for takeout via their website and phone, and delivery via Caviar, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

246 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

8. JP Roti Shop

482 Washington St, Boston, MA 02124

This Dorchester Caribbean spot is best known for its roti, a sort of curried stew which originated in the West Indies (specifically in Trinidad) served with — or swaddled by — flatbread like you’d find on the Indian subcontinent. The unleavened flatbread is grilled until its outside crisps and slightly bubbles, and is mainly used as a delivery mechanism for the shop’s excellent curries and stews. But the roti breads are also sold solo for $2.50 each — douse a piece with the housemade fiery pepper sauce if you dare.

JP Roti Shop is open for pickup by calling the restaurant directly.

482 Washington St
Boston, MA 02124

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