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10 Signature Boston Dishes You Need to Try

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Freelance Writer
Updated: 30 January 2017
Visitors can learn a lot about a city by eating what the locals eat, and Boston is no exception. And while the city is known for its seafood, there are many other dishes to eat that will appeal to all taste buds. Here are 10 delicious dishes that are frequently chowed down on in this New England city.
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Clam Chowder

Visitors to Boston must try the city’s classic clam chowder, found at just about every corner restaurant. Union Oyster House is rumored to have one of the best bowls around. Clams, potatoes, bacon, onions, and cream – what more could you want on a chilly day?

Union Oyster House, 41 Union St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 227 2750

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Lobster Roll

While its northern neighbor, Maine, may be known for its fresh lobster rolls, Boston’s are a pretty close second. Try them out, either cold or hot, from Neptune Oyster – just be prepared for a line that runs down the block.

Neptune Oyster, 63 Salem St # 1, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 742 3474


Visit the Italian North End neighborhood for Boston’s signature cannolis. Taste test from just about every restaurant on Hanover Street, or compare the top two contenders: Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry.

Mike’s Pastry 300 Hanover St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 742 3050

Modern Pastry, 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 523 3783

Mike's Pastry Cannoli | © Navin Rajagopalan / Flickr
Mike’s Pastry Cannoli | © Navin Rajagopalan / Flickr
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Baked Beans

Boston got its “Beantown” nickname thanks to its famous baked beans. The old-fashioned, slow-cooked recipe can be found at a range of pubs. Try authentic Boston Baked Beans at Marliave – a French restaurant.

Marliave, 10 Bosworth St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 422 0004

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Sure, every city in the United States has pizza, but Boston’s has something special – perfect crust and plentiful toppings. Try the famous Regina Pizzeria that started in 1926. Be sure to go to their original North End establishment as the chain locations just aren’t as tasty.

Regina Pizzeria, 11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 227 0765

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Fish and Chips

Boston is known for their scrod. Visitors can order fish and chips at many restaurants in the city, but The Barking Crab is a fan favorite. Listen to live music, sit at picnic tables on the harbor, and enjoy the fried seafood with a pint.

The Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 426 2722

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Boston Cream Pie

You can’t come to Boston and not try the renowned Boston Cream Pie – the official dessert of Massachusetts. Created in 1856 by a chef at the Parker House, the French butter sponge cake is filled with cream, brushed with rum, and topped with chocolate fondant.

Omni Parker House, 60 School St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 227 8600

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Raw Oysters

Prohibited from having happy hours that only include alcohol, Boston offers other types of deals. Enjoy delicious $1 oysters at happy hours around the city. Try Boston Chops to start.

Boston Chops, 1375 Washington St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 227 5011

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Fenway Frank

A Fenway Frank may not be a delicacy, but it is a right of passage for Bostonians. Stop in at Fenway Park, catch a Red Sox game, and enjoy a Fenway Frank or sausage.

Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, USA, +1 877 733 7699

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Turkey Club

Turkey clubs may be standard fare, but Boston has some pretty awesome sandwiches. Try the South End Buttery for lunch or brunch, and enjoy a full-stacked sandwich.

South End Buttery, 314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 482 1015