Boston, Massachusetts: Diverse Neighbourhood Dining
By Vic Liang
Mingled with Boston’s deep historical and cultural heritage is its delicious dining inspired by its diverse population. As a true gourmet, I was attracted to the city with its pleasant and friendly surroundings, where I could enjoy top culinary delights and excellent traditional culture.
Upscale Eateries on Newbury Street
Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay neighbourhood is one of the Boston's most distinctive dining areas. On the tree-lined streets, you’ll find neat rows of Victorian red-brick buildings. These historic buildings are now a variety of restaurants with cuisine from around the world including French, Italian, Mediterranean and Asian. Many restaurants also have outdoor seating so you can enjoy a meal while leisurely chatting with friends and taking in the bustling pedestrian shoppers.
If you’re on the hunt for real Chinese delicacies, head over to Boston's Chinatown, the third-largest Chinatown in North America. Favourites include boiled fish, steamed dumplings, small hot pot, three cup chicken and southern Dim Sum like Pork Sui Mai, shrimp dumplings and egg tarts. There’s also Cantonese-style lobster and seafood. Every time I think of this place, I still get cravings for all of those tasty treats. Be sure to take a picture at the popular Chinatown Gate.
The North End: Little Italy
The North End in Boston, also known as Little Italy, is one of the most gourmet restaurant districts in Boston and a favourite place for friends to gather at night. Here in the city’s oldest neighbourhood, you can taste specialties from different countries and enjoy assorted bakeries on both sides of the streets, as well as savour traditional Italian seafood. And of course, if you’re looking for amazing pizza, this is where you should start your search.
While you’re here, you can stop at some unique sites such as Paul Revere’s house and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the second-oldest burying ground in Boston founded in 1659.
Quaint Culture in Brookline
Well-known to locals, Coolidge Corner in the Brookline neighbourhood is a great stop for small boutiques and eateries along with some chains. Coolidge Corner is known as a centre of Jewish culture in Boston, so this is the place to go for kosher eateries and other locally owned Jewish shops. For some of the best deli-style meals and sandwiches you’ll ever find, you must stop into Michael’s Deli. It’s practically a landmark in itself.
Speaking of landmarks, you’ll find John F. Kennedy’s birthplace in this neighbourhood. You can visit the home, which is a National Historic Landmark and maintained by the National Park Service. I found the architecture of Coolidge Corner really interesting as well – at one corner of Beacon and Harvard is the Tudor-style S.S. Pierce building from 1857 that currently houses a pharmacy, and at the other corner is the Art Deco Coolidge Corner Theatre, circa 1933.
No matter where you go and no matter what you’re craving, you’ll find great dining from all over the world right here in Boston.