The Two Best Meals I Ate in Boston

Before I get into the amazing food that we ate during our week in Boston, a big shoutout to my dear friend Kat who recommended these restaurants (and so many more) to me before my trip.

Boston has so much amazing food to offer – whether it’s New England classics like clam chowder and lobster or Jewish staples like bagels and chopped liver. I’ve decided to highlight the two best meals I had in Boston because if I wrote about everything we ate, I’d be here forever.

First up, is X’s birthday dinner at Mamma Maria’s. Located in North Square – the oldest public square in America – Mamma Maria’s is famous for their seasonal Italian cuisine. Utilizing ingredients from the local area, they adjust their menu according to the seasons. We had their July menu during our visit. I highly, highly recommend the Ossobuco and the Mint Panna Cotta.

Carpaccio – Venetian-style beef Carpaccio with Chickering Farm with black truffles, lemon, arugula, and salt-cured capers ($19)
Tuna Tartare – Martha’s Vineyard tuna tartare with local Maine radishes and cucumbers ($17)
Lamb Three Ways – Grass-fed spring lamb three ways: lamb chop, roasted lamb loin, and homemade lamb ravioli ($40)
Ossobuco – Pasture-raised veal ossobuco with saffron risotto carnaroli alla Milanese ($44)
Mint Panna Cotta

Our second favorite meal was at Barcelona Wine Bar. We had visited the Brookline location as we were staying in the area. I highly recommend that you make reservations early because they’re super busy! And with good reason – everything that we had at Barcelona was amazing. Standout favorites the Chorizo with Figs and Jamon & Manchego Croquetas. Make sure you get their white sangria and Basque Burnt Cheesecake too!

Pulpo a la Planca
Gambas al Ajillo
Jamon & Manchego Croquetas
Seared Duck Heart Pintxos
Chorizo with Sweet & Sour Figs
Cheese Plate with Jamon Serrano, Manchego, and Drunken Goat Cheese
Basque Burnt Cheesecake

And of course, honorary mention to Union Square Donuts, where I had the most amazing Jumbleberry doughnut. They offer online ordering the night before – and sell out fairly early, so make sure you either order in advance or go early!

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