I swear that Boston is one of the best cities in the world in terms of food. There are many wonderful snack places. It totally fits my taste buds especially its seafood. I have tried and tested a LOT of places during my four years of living there. Here are my top places to go out for a snack.
(Before I continue, this is a warning that my pictures in this post aren’t the highest quality. Back then, I didn’t take a lot of pictures of my food. The pictures might not look appetizing but TRUST ME, they’re good. )
1) Georgetown Cupcakes
83 Newbury Street
Georgetown cupcakes are the best! It’s conveniently located on Newbury Street, a famous shopping area in Boston. There are signature flavours (and my favourite) like red velvet and milk chocolate birthday but they also have daily AND monthly specials. When I was in school, they had an amazing chocolate banana cupcake as a monthly special in September. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s on the menu anymore but I would recommend trying ‘Hummingbird’ in April. That’s the closest substitute I could find.
There is usually a line up on weekends so I would go after class on a weekday to buy some cupcakes. I generally don’t like to line up for food so if there is a lineup, I would recommend coming back when there’s no line. This is the place to go if you’re craving something sweet. Isn’t a sweet snack always what you need at the end of the day?
2) Au Bon Pain – Spinach and Cheese Croissant
Everywhere in Boston
You’ve probably heard of the chain bakery place. It’s all over Boston. I love their spinach and cheese croissant. It’s by the hot food section and they always sell out pretty quickly! It’s so good that I have to get two at a time. Every time I’m in the States, I’m always looking for Au Bon Pain (they have them in New York City and Chicago as well).
I also enjoy their red velvet cupcake. Georgetown Cupcakes is great but there’s only one location. Au Bon Pain is pretty much everywhere. If I’m craving a red velvet cupcake and I’m not near Georgetown cupcakes or if there is a line up to get in, I get one from Au Bon Pain.
3) Flour Bakery – Banana Bread
Several locations around Boston (I usually go to the one on 131 Clarendon Street)
BANANA BREAD. I repeat, BANANA BREAD. Can you guess what’s my favourite item on the menu? This is hands down the best banana bread I have ever tried in my entire life. It’s very moist and soft. Whenever my mom visits me in Boston, this is something she always gets. Even now, she would talk about how good their banana bread is and how other places just don’t compare. I brought some back to Toronto for my family and friends to try and they all agree it’s really good.
I like that they sell them in slices. Buying an entire banana bread is too much to eat for me. This is another snack that I always have to get two of. If I had to pick ONE thing I don’t like about their banana bread is the walnuts. I prefer my banana bread to be nut-free although I’m not allergic.
Flour bakery is also known for its sticky buns. Personally, I’m not a fan but my cousins have co-workers that fly back and forth between Toronto and Boston. Their coworkers raved about their sticky buns so my cousins asked me to bring some back to try. It’s too sweet and dense for their liking but they say it’s good. If you’re going to buy some banana bread, you might as well try a sticky bun too.
4) Il Mondo – Buffalo Chicken Pizza
738 Huntington Avenue
I first heard about this place from my roommate’s friend. I was skeptical at first. Buffalo chicken pizza? As a non-American, the idea of it sounds strange. Once I tried it, I never looked back. Il Mondo has the best buffalo chicken pizza ever! PERIOD. I would go as far as to say that this is my favourite pizza place in the world. Every single person I took to eat here says the same. The pizza has ranch dressing, parsley, and buffalo chicken. The first bite is delicious! I like that the crust is not too thick. It’s chewy. The ranch dressing adds the perfect amount of flavour.
When I go back to Boston, this will be one of the first places I would go to satisfy my craving. They sell pizza by slices so it’s a great snack after school! I do get a slice here and there but I find that a slice isn’t enough to satisfy my craving. I usually get delivery and order a large pizza to eat at home. Hehehe. I miss those days.
5) BBQ Chicken – Boneless Soy Garlic Korean Fried Chicken
182 Harvard Avenue
I don’t know if some people would consider fried chicken a snack but I do! When I was living in Allston, I would always order the boneless soy garlic chicken. Soy and garlic are two of my favourite ingredients. Both together = amazing.
Their chicken is tender and juicy. The soy garlic flavour makes it so much better! For Korean fried chicken, I always go with boneless chicken. It’s easier to eat but the restaurant has options with bones in as well.
You might wonder what’s the difference between regular fried chicken and Korean fried chicken. Korean fried chicken hits different. It’s also rare to find soy garlic flavoured chicken. The closest would probably be honey garlic chicken. Don’t get me wrong. Honey garlic chicken is great but soy garlic chicken all the way. This Korean chain restaurant has a location in Toronto as well. Thankfully, it’s not too far from where I live but I haven’t had the opportunity to order from here yet. It should taste the same, right?
The authentic way to eat Korean Fried Chicken is to drink it with beer but I’m not a big fan of alcohol so I do my own thing. I like to eat Korean Fried Chicken with steamed rice. It’s a bit of a weird habit, I know. I prefer to eat salty dishes with a side of steamed rice to balance out the flavours.
Before Boston, I’ve only lived in big cities so people around me were worried that there are not a lot of options in terms of food. Since everyone around me was saying this, I was worried about this too. We were wrong. In hindsight, I wish I appreciated the food more when I was there. It wasn’t until after I left Boston that I realized how great the food is. This might be daring but I have to admit, I like the food in Boston more than some of the other larger cities I’ve lived in.
I hope you can try some of these foods on this list. Let me know when you think! If snacks aren’t your thing, I have some restaurant recommendations you can check out.