Travel outside of Boston proper for more delicious food!Now that I have covered some of my favorite Boston proper restaurants in Boston Bites - Part I, it's time to bring it on home and mention a few favs from Waltham. You see, I didn’t actually live in Boston proper, I was a few miles outside of the city, but never the less, there were culinary gems to behold.
Ok, maybe “culinary” is the not quite the right word to describe the cuisine at Bison County BBQ, but this is my blog and my mouth waters for their food.
Anyone here like fried pickles? I had never had them before I got to Boston but ended up falling in love. I would order them anywhere they were available. You’d think it would be hard to screw up fried pickles, but trust me, you can, I’ve seen a couple sad example here in LA. But some of the best fried pickles I have had were at Bison County; served with a creamy horseradish sauce instead of ranch. Very elegant. Another favorite was the white chili made with turkey and chicken. It really hit the spot after trudging in the snow to get to there. Of course, the pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches were staples, as well as the ribs. If you’re super hungry, try the Thanksgiving Burrito, stuffed with pulled pork, corn bread, and slaw. Basically, anything on the menu is delicious and I’ve tasted pretty much everything there, so trust me!
If the great food wasn’t enough, they also have an extensive beer list. You could order a plain old Corona or a local brew from Backlash (What up Helder!). If you’re not convinced yet, the staff is also super friendly. I got to know many of them by name. They were always happy to help with a food or beer recommendation or just to chat about whatever. Clearly, this was my local joint and I miss it terribly. Bison, if you’re reading this, send fried pickles!
Fried pickles from Bison County
Another East Coast dish I can't seem to locate on this side of the country is the elusive steak bomb. They are prepared a little differently at each restaurant where I've had them but they are basically little fried Philly steak sandwiches. My favorite ones came from a trendy joint on Moody Street in Waltham called Tempo. Their Philly Steak and Cheese Spring Rolls come as an appetizer that I would frequently order as my main dish and served with a drizzle of some sort of delicious ketchup concoction. I'm not sure what makes these better than others, but they just are.
We all know that Mexican food is hard to find on the East Coast but I found a place that satisfied my hunger, Habanero's on Moody Street in Waltham. They offer numerous types of flavored tequilas, like my personal fav, pineapple habanero, as well as long list of fancy tequilas for sipping. My go to food item was the Fork and Knife Burrito.
Moving on to breakfast, it has to be the homemade turkey hash at Joseph’s II. Located on Main Street, it is the quintessential breakfast diner. A family owned and operated restaurant that creates the most delicious homemade turkey hash. I have never even seen turkey hash on a menu, let alone homemade turkey hash! Tasty and healthy? Yes indeed.
I feel I am ranting now and realized I left off a few other favorites from around Massachusetts.
Back in Boston you gotta get a beer at Harpoon and freshly baked pretzel from their brand new beer garden. It's not just for tourists, I visited the Harpoon brewery on
numerous occasions just for fun.
When you need something more than beer and dough, head to the famous Yankee Lobster, which is conveniently located just a block away, for a hot, buttered lobster roll and fried clam strips. You will have to fight for a table so be prepared.
For the best Bolognese in the world it’s Terramia Ristorante back in the North End.
Bolognese from Terramia Ristorante
Best pizza in Boston? Regina's all the way!
Pizza? Regina’s all the way. Sorry Santarpio's.
Pizza from Regina's in the North End
For the most amazing charcuterie you’ve ever tasted, stop by The Butcher Shop.
Charcuterie from The Butcher Shop
If you have ventured on to the Cape and find yourself in Provincetown, or P-town, you must try Mews. I ate there about 2 years and I STILL think about it! Yeah, that’s how good it was.
I could go on and on and on.
Lobster Risotto from Mews
Giant cookies and cream dessert included instructions!
I know I am leaving so many good places out, but if I keep going, I would eat my own foot. The food in Boston was just so amazing. And the great part is that so much of it is accessible. Sure, there are plenty of fancy restaurants that are a treat, but there are plenty of not fancy places serving up delicious food too. All I can say is when you come to Boston, come hungry!
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