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BOSTON = BEANTOWN

Baah-Stahn, history, Iobstah and the countries second largest Chinatown. With only two days exploring I was able to go to 25 restaurants, and find some real unique offerings. I spent most of my time walking through Chinatown, chasing specialty sandwiches, and seeking out other local dishes known in this part of the world. I've expanded on my top picks below, and can't wait to get back to Beantown.

The Pig

CULINARY EXPLORATIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON

PIG'S PICKS

Where to immerse yourself in Asian, and find satisfying sandwiches in Boston

GOURMET DUMPLING HOUSE

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: AUTHENTIC CHINESE

WHEN: You want truly regional Chinese.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

52 Beach St.

Boston, MA 02111

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Scallion Cakes

  • Sliced Fish

WHY: This is what authentic Chinese taste like, you wont get the orange chicken here, but rather specialties like roast pig heart, sliced fish, fried pork intestines, or scallion cakes.

ALL-STAR SANDWICH BAR

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: AWESOME SANDWICHES

WHEN: You are hungry enough to eat a horse, and on a college budget.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (2 locations)

1245 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Mr. Miyagi

  • The Wilson

WHY: The name says it all, All-Star Sandwich Bar. The Mr. Miagie still haunts my dreams at times and was my desktop screen shot for over two months.

MIKE'S PASTRY

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: OLD SCHOOL PASTRIES

WHEN: You're in old Boston, and want to try the iconic bakery.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

300 Hanover St.

Boston, MA 02113

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A Hand Stuffed Cannoli

  • The Lobster Tail

  • Brownie

WHY: A Boston icon "Mike's Pastry" has been has been pleasing sugar fiend local around since 1946. Can a old school pastry shop really be this good? The simple answer is YES. Don't go in expecting glorious cakes that look like a Stiletto, but if your looking for the best cannoli or brownie that Boston has to offer, you found the right location.

 

MEI - MEI

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: APPROACHABLE ASIAN

WHEN: A cool place for lunch or a light dinner.

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

506 Park Dr.

Boston, MA 02215

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Double Awesome

WHY: This creative Chinese-American concept started as a food truck by three siblings. With quality locally sourced food and amazing flavor they have grown into a brick and motor. They are serving quality street food out of both. Make sure to drop in and get the double awesome, it will give you a double wide smile!

MIKE & PATTY'S

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: A REALY TINY SANDWICH SHOP

WHEN: You want the best damn breakfast sandwich to go.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

12 Church St.

Boston, MA 02116

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Fancy

  • Breakfast Torta

WHY: This tiny, and I mean tiny, sandwich shop uses only locally sourced ingredients and love to make the best morning sandwiches you'll find in Beantown. This little sandwich shop packs a punch!

HEI LA MOON

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: DIM SUM AT IT'S BEST

WHEN: You are feeling adventurous for lunch my friend.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

88 Beach St.

Boston, MA 02111

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Spring rolls

  • Coconut soup

WHY: This place is visually impressive.. It feels like the Disney land of Texas BBQ. Select your entrée out of the meat locker, and grab your sides. But this is the once BBQ joint that I will tell you to not ignore the steak. 

NEPTUNE OYSTER

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: BOSTON'S  BEST LOBSTER ROLL

WHEN: You want an upscale lobster sandwich. get your pinkies ready.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

63 Salem St # 1

Boston, MA 02113

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Lobster Roll

WHY: Lines form early at this tiny high end seafood café. But believe me the Lobster roll is creamy, delicious and worth it.

LEGAL SEFOOD

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: GREAT BOSTON SEAFOOD

WHEN: You want a nice dinner with family or friends. 

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

255 State St

Boston, MA 02109

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Lobster Roll

  • Clam Chowder

WHY: Boston is known for seafood, and the master mind Chef Jasper White behind Legal Seafood, totally understands how to do it right. They may be a super regional chain, but they don't disappoint.

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