There are endless reason to visit Boston: from the rich history, the gorgeous foliage in the fall, and best of all, the amazing food that the city has to offer. While the city is full of incredible innovative restaurants that you must visit, if it’s your first time visiting Boston, you absolutely should try these iconic dishes.
Clam chowder was introduced by settlers, assumed to be from Britain, France, or Nova Scotia, who brought the soup to New England as early as the 18th century. Boston has become well known for the thick soup that’s made of clams, onions, potatoes, and milk or cream. Often, oyster crackers are added. You can find it pretty much anywhere, but you have to try it at Union Oyster House, which has been around since 1826.
While the state of Maine is known for lobsters, Boston can hold its own when it comes to lobster rolls. The summertime sandwich is served on a buttered griddled roll that’s full of fresh pink lobster meat topped with warm butter or mayonnaise. You can try a delicious one at Neptune Oyster.
Boston is home to some fantastic cannoli, so much so that there’s a rivalry between the most popular places. Head to the North End, historic home to many Italian immigrants, where you’ll find Mike’s Pastry, which has been around since 1946. You can then try Modern Pastry, which is down the street and has been serving up hand filled cannoli shells for three generations. You be the judge!
Boston Cream Pie
The Boston cream pie was first invented in 1856 by French chef Augustine Francois Anezin while he was working at the Parker House Hotel, which is now the Omni Parker House Hotel. The dessert is made of a chocolate cream pit with two sponge cakes covered in custard, brushed with rum syrup, and covered in chocolate fondant. You can still get it at the hotel, but there are plenty of other versions all around the city. You can also try it in doughnut form.
Briny oysters are a must try while visiting Boston. You can get some at Island Creek Oyster Bar, where the oysters are sourced from coastal towns Plymouth, Duxbury, Barnstable, and Wellfleet. You can try shooting them as is or add in a squeeze of lemon juice. Try them at La Brasa, Boston Public Market, or Russell House Tavern, all which offer $1 oyster hours.