My Favorite Boston Restaurants

This was at the night market last Saturday in Government Center
Canary Square
Lobster roll at Doyle’s 🙌🏻
Lobster Burger at Saltie Girl

This is a request I’ve been getting for a while now: what are your favorite restaurants? I have so many so I decided to break it down by neighborhood.

I don’t go out nearly as much as I use to, but I was a concierge for years so recommending restaurants is a must. You need to learn as many as you can and act like you’ve been to every one you’ve suggested. Usually you just go off or whatever your colleagues who had been said about the restaurant you were suggesting and vice verse. This list is of restaurants I have actually been to more than once and LOVE!

Back Bay

  • Buttermilk and Bourbon: I love me some good southern and Cajun style soul food! Buttermilk and Bourbon is the best of both worlds in Boston. They have such good small and large plates, I highly recommend them. Also, their cocktail menu is insane. Fun fact: a few of their bartenders are from Greeley, CO. (Not named after my family lol)
  • Saltie Girl: Right around the corner is a delicious seafood spot Saltie Girl. It is pretty exclusive so make sure to give your name in advance because they don’t take reservation and only have 4 tables and about 15 bar stools. Great seafood and their Lobster Burger is BOMB!

Beacon Hill

  • Paramount: If you wanna grab some mouthwatering breakfast delights, but don’t want to have the full sit down, this is your place. It’s structured kind of like an ——–

Cambridge

  • Za/Evoo: Farm to Table has hit the Cambridge scene big over the last 5 years, and these two have to be my favorite. Za has individual, gourmet pizzas, and Evoo is a contemporary American spot with some Italian flair to it. They are connected by a bar in the center, where you can order from both. I recommend Za for a casual night and EVOO for something a little fancier.

Charlestown

  • Pier 6: Seafood with a view! You can see the entire Boston Skyline from this spot and it is absolutely breathtaking. In the summertime, they do have an outside deck bar where you can enjoy the weather. Their Scallop plate is my favorite.

Chinatown

  • Q Restaurant: If you have never had hot pot this is the place to go! The Bartenders are AMAZING, especially Jason and Chanthra. Their drinks are bomb. You can get anything here from Hot Pot to Sushi. It’s conveniently located on the corner of Chinatown and Downtown Crossing.

Downtown

  • Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen: If you love wine as much as I do, go here. They have an amazing selection of wine, pretty much anything you want.
  • Back Deck: It is literally a Back Deck oasis in the middle of the city. You have to go here on a nice day during the summer, they open up all the windows and it’s such a nice atmosphere and an awesome spot for people watching. They have pretty much anything you can cook on the grill.

Dorchester/ Mattapan

  • Pit Stop BBQ: This is way off the beaten path but if you’re a local, so worth it. Pit Stop has the best BBQ I have ever had in my life, AND THEY’RE ON UBER EATS! They’re only open a few days a week, but they do have late nights, I’m talking 2am! You HAVE to try Pit Stop

Government Center

  • Anthem: Anthem is your typical American restaurant, BUT they do Gluten Free like no other. A significant amount of their menu can be made gluten free.

Fenway

  • Sweetcheeks: I love me some BBQ as you can tell. Sweekcheeks has an award winning chef and a crazy amount of combo options.

Food Trucks

I know these aren’t restaurants, but I love trying all of the food trucks! You can find the city wide schedule here. My favorites are Chik Chak and Moyzilla.

Jamaica Plain

  • The Frogmore: Again, Cajun food vibes. The Frogmore has serious southern food vibes and I have never been disappointing. Their brunch dishes are HUGE portions and their bacon is thick cut fresh from VT. AHMAZINGGG!
  • Canary Square: They have a smaller menu consisting of contemporary american food. Their burgers and Brussels are my fave and they have a very nice sparking Rose.
  • Doyle’sDoyle’s Cafe is a small Irish Pub with so much history. They were one of the first Pub’s in Boston, and are currently one of the only ones still supplied by the Sam Adams Brewery in JP (which you should also check out)
  • Brassica KitchenI found this place on accident one weekend, but let me tell you they have some of the best breakfast sandwiches around AND they can accommodate Gluten free and Dairy free.

North End

  • Antico FornoI’m half Italian and my family actually settled in the North End. This is my absolute favorite restaurant because it has authentic Italian food. Every dish I have had here has been amazing. This was always my number one recommendation as a concierge.
  • Bacco: The building this restaurant is located in looks like it’s right out of Tucson. You have to go here in the summer and request to sit on the second floor by the window. It is beautiful!
  • Florentine Cafe: If you know me, you know I’m not a salad person, but for some reason I absolutely love the salads at Florentine Cafe. Also, they have some of the best squash ravioli I’ve ever had! (Not gluten free)
  • Mamma Maria’sFine dining at its finest! The atmosphere here is so romantic and the dishes are amazing. It is on the pricier side, but you get REAL Italian portions. The wine selection is amazing.

North Station/West End

  • Boston Sports Grill: If you’re going to a game or concert, this is one of my favorite places to go before hand. It had a crazy sports vibe to the atmosphere and good traditional American bar food.
  • Ward 8: This is the cutest little spot. They have an awesome brunch menu and can accommodate GF. My best friend and I end up here a lot during our wine drunk dates.

Seaport

  • The Barking Crab: My favorite place for seafood! I have been talking about getting a lobster roll here in the summer for Months and J is prob sick of it at this point. It is right on a Wharf, you get shared tables, and it is accessible by boat! The ferry isn’t too far, sometimes it’s fun to just take a water taxi after.
  • Tezmecal: I love me some Mexican food! Tacos are life and so is Tezmecal’s guac!

Southie

  • Coppersmith: If you like the industrial look, this is your place! They have a Food truck in their restaurant and such a cute rooftop bar. I heard a rumor they’re closing, so get here quick. Not sure if that is accurate or not.
  • Moonshine 152: One of my best friend use to work here, and it’s such a cute spot. They have a decent size patio and great brunch on the weekends.

I hope you have the chance to at least try some of these restaurants! If you do, comment and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to email subscribe so you don’t miss a post. If you’re on a desktop, it’s on the top right, on a Mobil phone scroll to the bottom.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

~Tay

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Top 15 Wegmans Store Brand Items

Hi Everyone!

Let’s talk about one of my Number 1 obsessions, Wegmans. If you have never been, and there is one near you, I recommend you go! It will change your world.

I was raised by Gen X parents who are extremely dedicated to brand loyalty and have very little care to switch. Which is great, unless you are on a budget. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few brands that I like to stick to, especially my Gluten free and Dairy free items – not worth saving a few bucks there.

Any place that I shop, I will try their store brand that is comparable to some of my favorite Brand names. I love most things Trader Joe’s, but it is not always convenient for me to shop there. So, Wegmans is my go-to and you can seriously save by purchasing their store brand items. Below are my top Wegmans Brand items that I have tried and swear by!

  1. Gluten Free Pasta I love their gluten free pasta! Not all gluten free pasta is the same, and if you are someone who HAS to be gluten free, you understand. This is a brand you cannot even tell the difference.
  2. Meats If you have read any of my meal prep posts, I buy my meat in bulk, especially my chicken. You can get a family pack of Chicken Breast for under $2 a pound! When I get family packs of chicken thighs, I don’t think I have spent more than $8 and it lasts me 6 weeks.
  3. Toilet paper and Paper Towels I love bounty and Charmin for name brands, and Wegmans brand is almost identical! You seriously cannot tell the difference, except the price difference is insane.
  4. Cleaning Products – I try to be as eco-friendly as possible without sacrificing being sanitary. Wegmans has a tone of great plant based cleaning products for both the kitchen and bathroom. ALSO they have an AMAZING imitation swifter wet-cloth that smells delicious! And actually cleans your floors. Also, the have sanitizing wipes (like Lysol) that work very well.
  5. Plastic baggies– They’re bags are just as good as the name brands and half the price. Even the freezer bags.
  6. Almond Milk – Super comparable to Silk and Almond breeze, if not exactly the same.
  7. Gluten free baking mixes – This is so hard to find, but they do an amazing job with these mixes. My go-to’s are the cornbread and brownies!
  8. Trashbags I always get the flexible lavender scented ones.
  9. Frenchfries– I am talking about their frozen french fries, but they do have fresh ones in the produce section as well!
  10. Coffee! –  I LOVE the K-cups!!!! I get the Donut Shop blend and you can buy in bulk. I think it is 72 K-Cups for under $25. I make my coffee for work every day and save so much money!
  11. Creamy Peanut Butter – Just as good, if not better and more rich than the brand names. I was doing all natural for a while, but I like my fatty classic creamy peanut butter.
  12. Fresh Almond Butter – I like almond butter in my smoothies sometimes, but it can get gross and separate after even just sitting for a few days. I always have good luck with their fresh ground almond butter. They grind it right in the store and their only ingredient is Almonds.
  13. Sparkling water I like always having cans at home, just to have. The have a pretty decent election and a sleeve of cans is only a few dollars.
  14. Baby Wipes you always need some of these at home, baby or no baby.
  15. BBQ Chips – I can legit down a bag in 5 minutes. My boyfriend is super picky with his chips, he LOVES them. They come in massive bags and are super low priced.

Everytime I go shopping at Wegmans, this is pretty much my grocery list plus my veggies. If you go to Wegmans and try any of these items, let me know what you think! Or if you find any other store brands you like, I def wanna know as well.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

Tay