Boston Travel Guide By Locals Who Know It Best

 

Eat, Drink and Love Boston As A Local. Expert tips from those who know it best: Bostonians!

 

 

Dave Willis, co-founder, Bully Boy Distillers

Best place for breakfast in Boston?

Centre Street Cafe in my neighborhood, Jamaica Plain (JP for short). Delicious brunch but get there early.

 

Secret find / discovery in Boston?

The Islands in the Boston Harbor. I’m guessing most folks who live in Boston have never visited the islands right off the city’s shoreline. You can visit four of them, and they each offer something different. Camping on Peddocks Island is really cool, and the view of the skyline from St. George’s island is sublime.

 

Favorite event for Fall or Winter in Boston? 

Lantern Festival in JP, which happens yearly in October. There are thousands of people walking around Jamaica Pond with lanterns.

 

Must eat dish (anywhere!) Boston?

Bon Me Chicken Sandwich at Cafe Brassica in JP.

 

Favorite restaurant in Boston?

Changes all the time. Right now I’m really into SRV. It’s great Italian, and they serve a killer Negroni that features our new Bully Boy Estate Gin.

 

Favorite place for drinks in Boston?

Depends on the season and the mood: Pub? Brendan Behan. Cocktails? The Hawthorne (get the Hemingway Daiquiri, made with our White Rum) Summer weather? Lookout Rooftop & Bar at the Envoy Hotel.

A signature dish from The Envoy Hotel, Outlook Restaurant and Bar by Chef Tatiana Rosana

Tatiana Rosana, executive chef, Outlook Kitchen and Bar at The Envoy Hotel

Best place for breakfast in Boston?

To be honest, one of my favorite places to eat breakfast in the city is Winsor Café. It’s a small dim sum restaurant located right in the heart of Chinatown. You most likely have to wait in line to get in, and once you are in chances are you will have to share a communal table with strangers, but as soon as the first round of dim sum hits, it’s all worth it. It isn’t a traditional dim sum restaurant where the food is brought out on carts. Your order is made fresh and brought out to your table as it’s made.  My favorite things to order? The shrimp dumplings, sticky rice, mini pork dumplings, fried shrimp balls, you can’t go wrong. It is not your typical breakfast but it’s my favorite in the city, for sure.

 

Secret find / discovery in Boston?

Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Davis Square (technically not Boston, but close enough) I stumbled upon this hidden gem while walking around Davis with my wife. We decided to take a look inside and were so blown away with all the delicious things they had that we went back almost every week after that.  It’s a one-stop-shop. You can buy cured meats, cheeses, and pastas in multiple flavors and cut to your specifications.

 

Favorite event for Fall or Winter in Boston?

My favorite event for fall (specifically) in Boston is free. Few things bring me more joy than walking around the city “leaf peeping.” Although there may be greater sites outside of the city, you don’t need to go far to see the most beautifully colored leaves as the season changes. My hands down favorite is a maple tree located in Boston’s Public Garden. It stands alone, and is usually the first to change colors, erupting in fiery reds and oranges. It’s stunning. I look forward to seeing that tree every year.

 

Must eat dish (anywhere!) Boston?

The Mozzarella in Carrozza at SRV. I wouldn’t really refer to it as a “dish” as it’s more like a bite (they are tiny, I often order multiple they are so good) but it is the PERFECT little bite. It’s served with preserved tomatoes and bonito flakes, a combination that I was skeptical of to begin with but once I tried them I was hooked.

 

Favorite restaurant in Boston?

Outlook Kitchen and Bar, duh!

 

Favorite place for drinks in Boston?

Hojoko Boston. It’s located in the Verb Hotel which automatically makes it cool. But then you walk in and all your senses go into over drive.  Whether you choose a sake cup, one of their signature tiki cocktails, or an adult slushie, you always win. It’s different. I like different. Go for the photo opps alone. Make sure to tag #HelloHojoko in your posts.

 

Dishes from State Street Provisions with Chef Tom Borgia

Tom Borgia, Executive Chef, State Street Provisions

Best place for breakfast in Boston?

Angela’s cafe in East Boston.  I can always find one of my cooks in there so I know it’s good.

Secret find / discovery in Boston?

Tenoch.  Right up the street.  Awesome sandwiches.

 

Favorite event for Fall or Winter in Boston?

Bruins opening day…I’m a big fan.

 

Must eat dish (anywhere!) in Boston?

I still love the mussels at Mistral.

 

Favorite restaurant in Boston?

I haven’t been in a while but I do love Myers and Chang.

 

Favorite place for drinks in Boston?

Park.  Best bar around.  Not even trying to be a company guy.  Just love that bar.

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EmmyLou Taylor dishes her favourite places in Boston

 

EmmyLou Taylor, Assistant General Manager, Eastern Standard

Best place for breakfast in Boston?

Mike & Patty’s in Bay Village.

 

Secret find / discovery in Boston?

Cornwall’s in Kenmore Square has some of the best clam chowder in the area. We (Eastern Standard) send folks over there for lunch all the time. Jugo’s summer pop-up at the Charles River Pool is a close second. The guacamole is nuts. Best day off in the city.

 

Favorite event for Fall or Winter in Boston?

Any 5ks or 1/2 marathons that start and end at a farm and/or run through the fall foliage. Cider donuts at the finish line is a HUGE perk.

 

Must eat dish (anywhere!) in Boston?

Fried Okra at Sweet Cheeks. Amazing Pork at Peach Farm (tastes like pancakes). Lamb Kofte Sliders at Sarma.

 

Favorite restaurant in Boston?

Straight tie between State Park in Cambridge & Sarma in Somerville.

 

Favorite place for drinks in Boston?

Backbar in Somerville or Ward 8 in the North End. Lone Star in both Allston & East Cambridge if I feel like Tequila (hint: I always feel like Tequila).

 

 

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mulberry Ink says:

    This is awesome, so many places I haven’t heard of yet and I can’t wait to taste and review them! Are you a chef yourself, how did you contact all these wonderful chefs?

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    1. MICHELLE says:

      Hi !! These are super new and definitely worth visiting
      Lovely people that I just happen to bump into – lucky me! And I’m persistent 🙂
      Let me know if you want to visit any 🙂

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      1. Mulberry Ink says:

        I will definitely be visiting some, I love discovering some new secret local places!

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