Top 5 Restaurants You Can't Miss in Boston

February 16, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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Planning on heading to the Boston area sometime soon?

You don't want to miss the eclectic mix of cuisine before you leave town. From Italian pizzerias and Japanese food to steakhouses and upscale seafood joints, Boston has got a plethora of choices for just about anybody. Here are the top five restaurants in Boston you just can't miss.

1. Carmelina's

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Located on Hanover Street in the heart of Boston's Little Italy, Carmelina's is heaven on a plate. Classic Sicilian dishes like risotto Caprese, gnocchi al Forno, and puttanesca are served right alongside seafood dishes like fried calamari, mussels marinara, and spicy shrimp. The locals and visitors alike love the fresh pasta and the sit-down dining experience thanks to the friendly staff and picturesque atmosphere. Since 2012, visitors have been in love with the traditional Sicilian comfort food with a Mediterranean twist served up by Carmelina's.

2. Ocean Prime

Got a taste for fresh seafood or prime steak? Ocean Prime is located in the heart of Boston's bustling Seaport District on Seaport Boulevard and offers a menu full of the best handcrafted cocktails, delectable steak and seafood, and a dining experience matched by few. An outdoor dining area is available so you can dine in comfort. On the menu, you'll find crave-able dishes like smoked gouda tater tots, lobster mac and cheese, dynamite rolls (tempura shrimp, spicy may, sesame seeds), and parmesan truffle fries. It has locations in Chicago, Detroit, Tampa, and several other cities in the country.

3. Craigie on Main

If you're in the mood for some contemporary American food, Craigie on Main is where you want to go. Locals and visitors alike can't seem to get enough of this delectable city gem thanks to its grass-fed, Hardwick beef Craigie on Main Burger served with Shelburne Cheddar cheese and savory mace ketchup and its host of other specialty burgers. But burgers aren't the only thing on the menu (perhaps because they only make 18 a day - first come, first served). If you don't make it in time to get one, you can also feast on their Chile chili fries, roasted chicken, red chile and garlic-roasted rapini, and more.

4. Boston Burger Company

On a mission to deliver an over-the-top dining experience, the Boston Burger company does just that. If you haven't seen them featured on the Food Network, the locals will tell you all about their menu full of mouth-watering, crazy food combinations, such as the Big Papi Burger (made with smoked bacon, griddled hot dog, fried egg, guacamole, pickled red onions, lettuce, tomato, and Papi sauce). Other things you can find on their menu include dishes like the kitchen sink (fried egg, ham, bacon, sauteed peppers, mushrooms, onions, American, cheddar, provolone, and BBQ sauce) and the Sophie (prosciutto, goat cheese, candied walnuts, fig jam, mixed greens tossed with lemon vinaigrette, and balsamic reduction).

5. Sarma

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Middle Eastern treat anyone? Sarma is a mix of Turkish and Middle Eastern style food, offering up delicious creations like the black sea cornbread, the salmon tarator, and the Turkish red pepper soup. You don't want to miss their mouth-watering sesame-chicken and their food-coma-inducing lentil nachos and mushroom manti. If you want to take your taste buds on the ride of their lives, you have to hit up Sarma if you're going to be in Boston anytime soon. You'll be glad you did.

6. O Ya

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Since 2007, O Ya has been one of the premier spots for Japanese cuisine and one of the best in all of New England. Thanks to their go-go pop up, you can order online and pick your food up, whether you're feasting on their succulent smoked salmon rolls, their torched salmon teriyaki taco, or the traditional hamachi sashimi. Or you can always mix things up with a mini chirashi bento bowl (torched sashimi, spicy mayo, toasted with nori, cucumber, and avocado) for an explosive taste of Japanese-infused flavors.

7. The Friendly Toast

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The Friendly Toast, located on Stanhope Street, is one of the top restaurants in Boston and for good reason. Thanks to its delicious breakfast creations, locals love it and tourists can't get enough. Visit here and you'll get the chance to sink your teeth into breakfast staples like their breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, Friendly Toast Benny (thick-cut English muffins, Virginia baked ham, poached eggs & bacon-infused Hollandaise served with home fries), and their vegan burger (plant-based vegan patty, braised mushroom onion blend, arugula and blistered tomatoes on a sesame seed bun). The funky decor and full bar are enough to make you visit every time you come to town.

Boston may not be known for its food scene, but it's still got plenty of surprises up its sleeve. If you're looking to try out different dishes from all around the world, you're sure to find it in Boston. Have you visited any of the above restaurants? Let us know in the comments.  


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