I consider myself to be a bit of a foodie. I love pretty much all types of food, especially Italian. When I’m open to spending a little money on the weekends, I like to try out new places in Boston. After living here for almost four years, I’ve learned a thing or two about some pretty good eats that are close to campus.
Top local eateries in Boston:
You’ve probably gotten coffee from Capitol Coffee House and walked right past this little diner on your way home. It’s a hole in the wall type place, which in my opinion is the best kind of establishment. The diner might specialize in Greek food, but they also make a mean burger. It’s only five dollars for a burger and they give you enough fries to last into the next three days. And if you want to stop in here for breakfast, they make their muffins homemade every morning. As a bonus, they’ll even toast them with some butter.
If you’re a fan of sushi, go to Fin’s. They’re a pretty popular chain restaurant and there’s good reason for that. The crazy maki is insanely good and if you aren’t a fan of raw seafood, they have plenty of other options. The chicken katsu is my personal favorite.
Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar
While they do have pretty good sushi, my main reason for going here is the yaki ramen. I love pretty much any Asian noodle dish, but this one especially is worth the eleven dollars. You can get it with vegetables, chicken, or beef. They also give you enough to feed a small army so you can make at least two dinners out of this meal.
This one’s a little farther out, but its worth the fifteen minute train ride to Harvard Square. If you’ve ever watched “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” then you might have heard of this place before. It’s been christened by Guy Fieri himself. They have over twenty burgers to choose from, all named after different pop culture or political references. I myself love the Mindy Kaling burger. This place might get a little crowded on the weekends, but the burgers are the size of your head and the onion rings are reason enough to wait in line.
My friend introduced me to this place and I will forever be grateful to her for suggesting it. This restaurant is in the heart of Chinatown and it gets pretty busy during the evening hours. The reason: pork noodle soup. While I have tried other things on the menu and have enjoyed them all, my true love can be found under the soup portion of the menu. The soup is hearty and it comes in a gigantic bowl so come here with a friend. Order some fried dumplings off the appetizer menu to go with it and you’ll leave a happy camper.
Boston Common Coffee Company
If you live in the 10 West dorms, then you really have no excuse as to why you haven’t been here yet. This is hands down my favorite lunch spot in Boston. They have about nine pressed paninis to choose from, and for about two dollars extra you can get a side of their delicious tortellini salad. Pair this with an iced chai latte; grab a window seat and do some people watching.
This is a newer addition to the Downtown Crossing area and I couldn’t be happier with it. If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, then this is the place to go. I’ve had my share of falafel, but this is the only place I’ve had so far that cooks it just right. They also have beef or chicken shawarma pita wraps or plates that come with rice and pita bread. As an added bonus, they give you a sample of their falafel with homemade hummus while you are waiting in line. It really doesn’t get much better than that.