Boston’s Best Food Destinations Locals Love

November 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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Bostonians love many things – their beloved sports teams, a good drink and a great meal. This list of food destinations that locals love will give you plenty of savory options to explore and potentially new spots to take visiting family and friends. Depending on the neighborhood, style and even cravings, every local’s list will be different but will contain similar categories to the list below.
(Photo from Santarpios)

(Photo from Santarpios)

Santarpio’s Pizza
111 Chelsea St.
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-9871

Everyone has their favorite pizza – thin crust, Chicago or New York style. Get a taste of Boston pizza and visit Santarpio’s. Located in Eastie, Santarpio’s is not only a neighborhood fixture, it is a place that many locals claim has the best pizza in greater Boston. Come in for a traditional cheese pizza and try some of its infamous grilled sausage on the side. If you are so inclined, a glass of the house chianti is also recommended. Santarpio’s is easily accessible via public transportation (Blue Line, Maverick Square) and plenty of street parking is available too.

(Photo from Peach Tree)

(Photo from Peach Tree)

Peach Farm
4 Tyler St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-3332

Did you know that Boston is home to the third largest Chinatown community? For your next meal, head to Chinatown to have dinner at Peach Farm for traditional (Cantonese) and American-style Chinese food. Regular diners hail Peach Farm for its large selection of seafood-based dishes. Try the salted fried squid, soft shell crabs or the ginger scallion lobster. If you find yourself passing through late at night, you can still enjoy Peach Farm; it stays open until 3 a.m.

(Photo from Ristorante Limoncello)

(Photo from Ristorante Limoncello)

Limoncello Ristorante
190 North St.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 523-4480

Locals and travelers alike will tell you that it is impossible to skip Boston’s colorful North End. With street festivals, quaint gelaterias and a vibrant Italian community, a meal here is not to be missed. One local favorite is Limoncello Ristorante, slightly off the beaten path of Hanover Street, one of the main pedestrian routes. While lunch options such as sandwiches and salads are delicious, plan your visit at dinner time for extra ambiance. Be sure to try the famous Pasta Rosette and chat with Limoncello’s friendly owners.

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Legal Seafood’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar – Harborside
270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 477-2900

Would like a bowl of clam chowdah? Locals would say that it is impossible to dine in Boston without having a bowl of this delicious dish. Head to Legal Seafood’s, a staple in the Boston dining scene, for a tasty bowl of clam chowder as well as other seafood-inspired eats. While there are many locations around town, head to the location at Harborside. Enjoy your meal on one of three levels, including the roof deck when the temperatures are pleasant. Be sure to think ahead and make a reservation as this spot is highly coveted. Kid-friendly options are available on the menu as well.

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Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100

With its prime location in Boston’s Kenmore Square, Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks is a great spot for people watching, imbibing, Red Sox cheering and most of all eating. As you wait for your table, allow any one of Eastern Standard’s capable bartenders to create one of their signature cocktails like a Whiskey Smash or Courio Coupe. Depending on your palate, try any of the fresh seafood options (shellfish, clams, oysters), opt for French-inspired fare or try a traditional American dish.

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Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on

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