Where the BlueBoots Go: Eating Out in {Boston}

tAre you looking for a place to eat in Boston? Here are my top picks, and places I’ve been to. Want to see a post for any of these places or a review of the food and photos? Let me know in the comments section. Any questions? Recommendations of your own? I’m happy to receive comments, and respond.

Bon Appétit!

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I have a LOT to say when it comes to food adventures – think: ambiance, flavor combinations, textures, smells, colors, service, location + accessibility – so I’ve just compressed my sentiments into a list with minimal comments.

Some have “Review” with a link next to them, and I’ll update with links to my Instagram photos that have commentary on the foods. The best way to follow along with my eating adventures is to follow me on Instagram @bluebootsgo, where I snap and share right away!


Best Japanese:

  • Douzo (Back Bay)
  • Basho (Fenway)

Best Desserts:

  • Deuxave (Boston)
  • Bar Boulud (Boston) – Review

Best Cupcakes:

  • Georgetown Cupcakes (Newbury St)

Best Juice:

  • Juice Press (Chestnut Hill, Back Bay)
  • Mother’s Juice (Back Bay – get their chia pudding!)

Best Taiwanese:

  • Taiwan Cafe (Chinatown)
  • Dumpling House (Cambridge, between Central Square and Harvard Square)

Best New England Fare:

  • Fireplace, Washington Square, (Brookline – cheese plate, wine, salad – all terrific)
  • Eventide Oysters (coming soon to Fenway! Formerly in Portland, ME)

Best Fast + Healthy

  • sweetgreen
  • b.good (also has breakfast!)
  • by Chloe

Best Pizza:

  • Pico (South End) – get the Margherita pizza!
  • Dirty Water (Newbury St) – my favorite cheese slice

Best Brunch Spots:

  • Zaftigs (Coolidge Corner)
  • Henrietta’s Table (Harvard Sq)
  • Aquitaine (South End)
  • Tatte (Beacon Hill, Kendall Square, Brookline, and more!)

Best Ramen:

  • Ganko Ittetsu Ramen (Coolidge Corner )

Best Thai food:

  • Thaitation (Fenway)

Best Café Spots:

My Top 10 Coffee Shops in Boston was published on Atlas Coffee Club

  • Thinking Cup (165 Tremont St. Boston, MA or Newbury St)
  • Flour Cafe (Back Bay, Central Square + more new locations )
  • Tatte (multiple locations)

Best Southern Comfort Food:

  • Southern Kin (Assembly Row, Cambridge) – the most delicious mac and cheese – magic

Best Donuts:

  • Blackbird Doughnuts

Best Ice Cream:

  • Toscaninis (Central Square)

Best Iced Latte

  • 4A Coffee (Brookline – get the Shaker!)
  • Tatte

Best Hot Chocolate

  • Tatte in Beacon Hill

Best Italian:

  • Scampo (Liberty Hotel by MGH/Beacon Hill)
  • Eataly (Back Bay)

Best Chef’s Table Experience

  • L’Espalier (also lovely to sit in the salon for a drink and an excellent selection of cheese) – Review

Best for catching up with a friend or colleague:

  • Restaurant in the Four Season’s Hotel
  • Coppersmith (south boston)
  • Banyan Bar + Refuge (South End) – Review


Where next?

Have any favorites not on my list? Let me know! 

  • Masa (South End)
  • Kava (south end)
  • Gracenote coffee
  • Uncommon Ground (waltham)
  • Honeycomb Creamery (Cambridge)
  • HiB3ar Ice Cream Roll (Brighton)
  • City Girl Cafe (Inman Square) for Brunch
  • Greek Place in Brighton
  • Mamaleh
  • Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar (south boston)
  • Kirkland Tap and Trotter
  • Craigie on Main
  • Mei Mei’s in Brookline


Select Other Restaurants I’ve Tried

organized by cuisine


  • Bibim, Korean, (Allston)


  • Red Bones, BBQ, (Porter Square)
  • Sweet Cheeks BBQ (Fenway)


  • Chacarero (Downtown Crossing)
  • Barcelona (Brookline – I prefer it to South End)
  • Tasca Tapas Restaurant (Brighton)
  • Fogo de Chao (Copley)
  • Oliveiras (Everett)
  • CasaB (Somerville)


  • Hop & Scotch (Coolidge Corner)
  • Hamersleys (South End – closed)
  • Coolidge Corner Clubhouse
  • Reagle Beagle (Coolidge Corner)
  • Top of the Hub (Boston)
  • the Living Room (North End)
  • Rialto (Harvard Sq)
  • Ten Tables (JP or North Harvard Square)
  • evoo (Kendall Square)
  • Brickhouse Pizza (Brighton)
  • figs (Charles St)


  • Coast Cafe (Cambridge)
  • Tupelo (Inman Sq)


  • Giacomos (North End)
  • Al Dente (North End)
  • Dante (Cambridge)



  • frenchie (south end)


  • Sepal (Cambridge)
  • Viva Café (Harvard Square)—closed
  • Andala (Central Square)
  • Oleana
  • Sofras (Cambridge)
  • Sarma (Cambridge)

Fast Food – neighborhood or local chains:

  • Tasty Burger
  • Lee’s Burger (Coolidge Corner)
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Ana’s Taqueria

Recent Cafes I’ve Tried:

  • Café Fixe (Brookline)
  • caffe nero (downtown crossing + multiple locations)
  • Fuel America (Brighton)
  • Tatte (Kendall Square)
  • Tatte (Brookline)
  • Café Luna (Central Square)
  • Life Alive (Central Square)
  • 1369 cafe (Central Square)
  • Cafe Vanille (Beacon Hill)
  • Render Coffee (South End)
  • Café Madeleine (South End)

Recent Dessert Places I’ve Tried:

  • crumbs cake shop (south station – closed)
  • Finale (Harvard Square – closed)
  • Petsi Pies (Cambridge)
  • Cafe Japonaise (Boston)
  • Kane’s Donuts
  • Union Square Donuts (Union Square + Brookline)

“Old” Favorites

  • South End Buttery (Brunch and Cafe)
  • Brown Sugar Café (Boston)
  • Victoria Seafood (Boston)
  • Clear Conscience Café (Central Square)–closed
  • Crema Café (Harvard Sq)
  • Greek Corner Cafe (Cambridge – Mass Ave)
  • Muqueca (Inman)
  • clear flour (Brookline)

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