Tuck into Boston's comfort eats
As one of the oldest cities in the USA, Boston has played a big role in crafting what we now know as traditional American food. Home to a patchwork of immigrant communities and in close proximity to crisp waters and dairy farms, this city's cuisine is unique in its own right.
We take a look at some of Beantown's most well-loved eats.
In New England, lobster bakes are traditionally cooked with corn and potatoes over a seaweed-fuelled fire on the beach. One of the city’s best downtown hotels, Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston, is home to the well-regarded North 26 Restaurant and Bar, which features local and seasonal produce and serves up a hearty lobster bake for both lunch and dinner. Here, an almost 1 ¼ pound (or 600 gram) Maine lobster is baked and served with red bliss potatoes, local corn on the cob, alongside a cup of classic New England clam chowder, lemon, and drawn butter (from US$20 per person, available until 31 October, 2015). Grab a seat on the patio for some fresh air or dine indoors for a more sophisticated experience amid hickory and dark walnut woodwork.
Oysters on the half shell
A 10-minute drive west along the Charles River from Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston will land you at Island Creek Oyster Bar. This eatery has a loyal following among Boston's oyster lovers as it offers almost a dozen varieties of freshly shucked local oysters, such as Wellfleet, Chatham, First Light and Rocky Nook, which can be ordered individually. If you still haven't had your fill, take a short walk south to self-proclaimed modern neighbourhood tavern, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, in which you’ll find a range of market-fresh oysters that aren't limited to the New England region.
Boston may be home to Dunkin' Donuts, but scoping out quirky artisanal doughnut shops is the way to go. Less than a 10-minute drive south from Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston is Blackbird Doughnuts. This specialty doughnut shop, which makes all of its goods onsite, is known for its unusual creations, such as Cheddar Jalapeno and Blackberry Lavender doughnuts. If you’re driving farther south, Kane's Handcrafted on Oliver Street doesn't only make some of the best doughnuts in the country, but it whips up deliciously indulgent cronuts, coffee rolls, cupcakes and sandwiches, too.
Dorchester is home to a large Vietnamese community as thousands of refugees settled here in the 70s. Thankfully, they brought their cuisine to the city and Bostonians have since gone crazy for pho. Dorchester's Anh Hong makes the most out of the region's seafood. Its sumptuous bun rieu is made with fresh crab, shrimp and spare ribs, all simmered together in a zesty red-hued stock.
Can’t get enough of lobster? From Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston, cross the Bass River and continue east until you arrive at Yankee Lobster Company. There's nothing like a classic lobster roll made with chilled sweet morsels of juicy crustacean, tossed with lemon and creamy mayonnaise and served on a fluffy bun. Here, you’ll find generous helpings of succulent lobster meat on soft rolls, with coleslaw and fries on the side. Alternatively, trendy seafood eatery, Neptune Oyster, which is a mere five-minute walk north from the hotel, offers its lobster rolls warm, doused with hot butter and served on a toasted bun.