I was super excited about traveling to Boston this summer, because I had only heard good things about it. Not only did the city effortlessly become one of my new favorite places, but it easily exceeded my high expectations.
Taking a trip to Boston? Check out my favorite spots to eat, and I promise you (and your stomach) will not be disappointed.
THE FRIENDLY TOAST
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you’re in a walking city like Boston, there’s no guilt in eating a larger than normal meal. The Friendly Toast has three locations and is absolutely worth the wait. Breakfast lovers will be happy to hear that the menu offers all day breakfast. Still wanting to eat healthy? The menu has a ‘Fit and Friendly’ section so that you can stay on track, even while on vacation.
The restaurant’s vibe is friendly with an old-school diner feel, thanks to its bright colors and nostalgic memorabilia. My mom and I ordered the gluten free pancakes, and my dad had the breakfast burrito. Let’s just say our tummies were happy, and we didn’t need to eat another meal until dinner.
MIJA CANTINA & CANTINA BAR
I wish tacos gave me abs – I’d for sure have a six pack by now. I’d sacrifice the abs for a meal at Mija any day. The restaurant is located at the entrance of Quincy Market in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Not only is the food authentically Mexican, it’s also fresh and made from scratch in-house! We stopped here for lunch and enjoyed a few tacos, copious amounts of guac, and a couple margaritas. Stop by to share some appetizers, or enjoy lunch or dinner. Looking for just a drink? I’d recommend the Mija Bonita or the Don Quijote.
My favorite meal in Boston was at the Gallows! It’s a smaller restaurant with a cozy feel, and fortunately they take reservations for dinner. Located in the heart of the South End, the energetic atmosphere and welcoming space is a to-go spot with a weekly changing menu.
The drink menu features a curated list of spirits, wines and humorously named cocktails, such as ‘Gretchen Wiener’ and ‘Honey-Bae. The family-style eating approach to this restaurant is perfect for those of us who can’t decide on just one item. Not only are the staff attentive and friendly, but the fare is equally as delicious.
Seafood is an obvious must-have when dining in Boston. Located in a former steel factory, Row 34 has a modern feel combined with elements of existing architecture. The menu exhibits all the seafood-y dishes you might expect when dining in New England. They serve the classics like Lobster Rolls, alongside fresh ceviches and oysters.
Our server was extremely knowledgeable, and helped us with our raw bar order; travelling from the Rocky Mountains, we don’t consider ourselves oyster connoisseurs by any means. But oysters are just one of the many selections available on the menu. The eatery also serves several seafood dishes including crab, lobster, salmon and bass. A side of onion rings is essential alongside any dish you choose, and don’t skip out on dessert because it is equally as delicious as the main course. I recommend arriving with an empty stomach.