Attention, tourists: Boston’s dining scene hasn’t been defined by baked beans and chowder in decades. Sure, seafood is a standout option around town — in a multitude of non-chowder preparations — but there’s much more to try when eating your way around the city.
Here are 26 iconic dishes and drinks that define Boston (and the surrounding area) in one way or another, along with bonus options to try related to each one. Some of these dishes have earned a place here primarily by way of their longevity and important place in Boston’s dining history; others are truly the best of the best of their kind, regardless of age; and others are unique items that can’t be readily found anywhere else in the area.
- The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Eating in Boston: New to town or just passing through? Start here
- The 38 Essential Boston Restaurants: Showcasing the best of the best, updated quarterly
- New England’s 38 Essential Restaurants: Top picks in Boston and beyond from Eater’s former roving restaurant editor, Bill Addison
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.
This map was originally published on June 27, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.Read More