I love strolling the streets of Boston. It's such a beautiful city with amazing architecture. It's one of the oldest cities in the United States; many firsts include the United States' first public school, first subway system and first public park. The city's history is rich and prevalent everywhere. But enough about the history, let's talk about the amazing food and drink!
We couldn't go to Boston without trying oysters at some point. I'm not a huge oyster fan, the idea of slurping slimy, salty oysters out of a shell is not really my thing, but we had to try it. That being said, this restaurant is fantastic! Kyle had the filet mignon with bone marrow butter (yes, I said bone marrow butter) and I had the sea scallops.
George Howell Coffee
George Howell is one of our favourite coffee roasters. After drinking their coffees many times at Astro Coffee in Detroit, it was the highlight of our trip to visit them. They recently opened a full cafe in The Godfrey Hotel, it wasn't open yet when we visited a few months ago, but we did check out their other locations. They have a cafe in Newtonville (ten miles outside of Boston) and a pop-up in the Boston Public Market. The Boston Public Market is definitely worth checking out, it's a year-round, indoor market featuring fresh, locally-sourced food. It's the only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States, everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England. I highly recommend grabbing a pour over and purusing the market.
One of the most incredible dining experiences we have ever had. The space is elegant and trendy and the food is amazing. Whatever you do, get the beef tenderloin & mashed potato pizza! I know it sounds strange, mashed potato on a pizza?... but it's SO DELICIOUS. My mouth is watering as I'm thinking about it. It's a thin crust pizza with thinly-sliced beef tenderloin that is so tender it melts in your mouth. Then it's topped with dollops of garlic mashed potatoes and white truffle oil. Oh. My. Word. I want to go back. I would order this pizza every time, hands down, THE best pizza I've ever had. The grilled swordfish is also very delicious. It's like a giant white steak, so meaty and tender, and the presentation is beautiful.
If you like cocktails you must check this place out! It's a little hard to find (the best places always are), it's located in a basement and looks like business offices from the outside. But when we saw the lineup to get in we knew it must be worth the wait. The space is really cool, it's not your typical layout. There's three separate square bars with seating around all of them, so no matter where you sit, you're sitting at a bar. And all the bartenders are personable and fun to watch as they craft multiple drinks at once. They don't have a cocktail menu, you just tell your server what you like to drink and they create a drink for you. Their food is fantastic as well, we recommend the chips and dip and the charcuterie plate.
With three locations in Boston, these cafes are quite busy. They serve Stumptown coffee and offer a full lunch menu and lots of pastries.
Pavement Coffee House
They also have several locations, we went to the cafe on Newbury Street. It's a great spot to grab a coffee as you stroll through the many shops along this bustling street.
We read a lot about this place, people were raving about their oysters and lobster roll, so we had to try it! They don't take reservations and the wait to get in was over two hours. We almost missed our flight home waiting to get a seat. So if you're in a rush, you'll want to skip this one; but it's really SO delicious. The restaurant is very small, with limited seating. The menu is small too, they only offer seafood. We ordered the lobster roll (obviously) and the lobster tacos (which are only available Sundays, but lucky for us, we went on a Sunday) and they were so tasty! If you don't mind waiting a bit, and you like seafood, definitely check this place out!