Mattapan got its name from the Native American tribe, the Mattahunt. The tribes’ population declined during the 1600s with the arrival of immigrants from Ireland and Haiti. The three cultures created a vibrant community that still exists today in this Boston neighborhood, and some diverse cuisines. Here are 10 great places to experience it.
Ali’s Roti Restaurant is a popular Indian restaurant where customers can watch the creation of their famous roti; a delicious Indian flatbread made with stoneground wholemeal flour. The portions are large and the prices are very reasonable, with the aromas and fragrances of traditional spices spilling out into the street. The staff are very friendly and willing to help first-time customers figure out which foods are best suited to their palate.
Simco’s serves hot dogs, burgers, seafood and much more, and it is truly hard to pick a favorite. Although their specialty is hot dogs and they are delicious, the burgers and seafood give them a run for their money. Simco’s is the perfect hole-in-the-wall in Mattapan to grab a quick bite to eat before returning home after a long day at work.
Flames Restaurant offers a diverse range of Jamaican breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The menu offers more exotic dishes such as ox tail for customers who are feeling adventurous and want to try something new, but also provides tamer dishes such as chicken curry with plantains and vegetable rice.
Morton’s Pizza, also known as Morton’s Seafood and Subs, offers fantastic food with generous portions at great prices. Its delivery service is remarkably prompt, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is casually comfortable. Customers can go to Morton’s for any meal and expect to receive great service every time.
Brothers Deli & Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant with a great layout: the tables are nicely spaced apart and the décor is very chic. No matter how busy the restaurant is, the staff is always very welcoming and friendly. The food, particularly the breakfast menu, is superb and always fresh. As a mom and pop shop, Brothers is a taste of home.
Mattapan House of Pizza is a family owned and family operated restaurant that strives to serve the best pizzas and specialty sandwiches in the city. Every item on the extensive menu is made with ‘tender loving care.’ The restaurant’s pizza sauce is award-winning, and tastes divine when spread across hand-tossed dough and topped with 100 per cent real cheese.
With recipes gathered over five generations, and all steeped in Southern tradition, Pit Stop Barbecue has deep roots to fall back on that make the menu so good. This authentic barbecue pit is a local find and always has a steady stream of pick-up orders. The restaurant offers great service and is family friendly.
Lenny’s Tropical Bakery offers fantastic, friendly service with staff who remember your name when you walk in a week later. The bakery offers traditional Jamaican food, with their ever-popular specialty being their delicious beef patties. The décor is trendy and modern and, if you want a truly authentic Jamaican breakfast experience, this is the only place to go.
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River Street Grill offers a wide variety of food including burgers, salad, subs, chicken wings and tenders, not to mention their famous pizza. The restaurant has top-notch food all across the board, and service is very friendly and prompt. River Street Grill also has a catering service, making it easily accessible for parties too big for it to host.
Locals hail this restaurant as serving the best Chinese food in town. Many customers have been eating there for years, and will eagerly give testimonies to the restaurant’s consistent good food and service.