Situated just north of the Mystic River, Malden has a long history. It was once a wooded area settled by the Puritans in the 1600s. During the American Revolution, the city played an important role in the resistance. Today, Malden has grown in size and earned the title of the best place to raise a family. It also holds a wealth of culinary appeal. Here are the 10 best places to eat in Malden.
All Seasons Table offers a diverse selection of sushi and other modern Pan-Asian cuisine including drunken noodles and Kung Pao tofu. It is a highly popular restaurant in Malden with a large bar that serves a variety of tasty cocktails. This is a great spot to visit if there are vegetarians among you because there are lots of options from which to choose. Be warned, this place gets busy on weekends, so you’ll be in the good company of many happy people enjoying their meals. The owner is always present, and it is quite clear he cares deeply about the customers and their dining experiences. Takeout is also available.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
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Mystic Station is your quintessential American bar with exceptional dishes and cocktails. They serve a wonderful selection of microbrews. If you’re in the States, sipping on a hoppy Pale Ale or IPA at least once is truly a must. Mystic Station offers some of the best varieties in the region including Harpoon, Lagunitas, Omegang and Idle Hands. Pair a yummy beer with a burger for the perfect American bar experience. Consider swapping traditional fries for sweet potato or onion rings. Mystic Station draws a pleasant bunch of patrons and provides activities during the week like trivia night.
Exchange Street Bistro welcomes visitors into an inviting atmosphere with an interior of warm wooden tones and cheerful lighting. This restaurant serves authentic French–Spanish fusion cuisine. Expect your entrées to be served with a lovely presentation of fresh garnishes and colorful sauces. Seafood dishes like salmon, fish tacos, and spicy mussels are all very popular. The menu changes according to the season, so ingredients are always fresh. It’s recommended that you come with friends and share some tapas dishes together. Pair your food with a selection from their excellent martini list. Remember to save room because all of their delicious desserts are homemade.
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, Coffee, Tea , $$$
Pasta Market Café serves fresh Italian pasta and pizza. The pastas are even made on-site. The eggplant Parmesan, Diablos pizza, and lobster ravioli are a few crowd favorites. The chefs take pride in their work and even offer festive twists on traditional dishes throughout the year like red heart-shaped raviolis on Valentine’s Day. Finish your dinner with the phenomenal homemade tiramisu. Wash everything down with a Birra Moretti Italian beer. Consider dining al fresco on the patio in the summertime, and remember to bring cash because Pasta Market Café does not accept credit cards or checks.
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Habesha is the best place to try if you’re looking for something different. It serves classic Ethiopian fare in the traditional way, communal style over a large piece of injera, Ethiopian sourdough flatbread. Several pieces of injera come on the side as they serve as the primary vessel for getting the food from the plate to your mouth. That’s right, no silverware is needed here. It’s a fun way to sample different textures and spices from another part of the world. Order the Habesha special, which comes with a little bit of everything, both meat and vegetarian. Expect Habesha to be filled with Malden locals and Ethiopians, which is always a good sign.
Dom’s Sausage Co. Inc. is a butcher shop and deli that serves high-quality meats, sandwiches and barbecue. It’s a family-owned business that’s been in operation for some time now. The steak tips, sub sandwiches, sausages, or salads all make excellent choices. Open for lunch, this place is ideal for grabbing some takeaway and eating outside on a sunny day. If you’re a local, don’t hesitate to buy some meat and signature marinade from Dom’s to cook at home, they’ll be a hit. If you are unsure what to order the employees are knowledgeable and happy to help. There’s even a pretty extensive wine selection. They will deliver right to your door.
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
Ristorante Serena is a family-owned restaurant that serves a diverse array of Italian cuisine. Don’t forget to check the weekend specials because they are particularly spectacular. Some examples include lobster and shrimp fusilli as well as salmon encroute. Pizzas are made in a traditional oven, a testament to their authentic crispiness and the aromas wafting throughout the restaurant. Even the salads and bread are laudable. The Italian chef at Serena’s promises nothing short of the best in terms of quality ingredients and delicious flavor. It’s an elegant spot that borders on Boston’s North End.
Ferry Street Food & Drink is a pub-style restaurant whose owners met in culinary school. It has a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere, complete with good music, and excellent food. Some notable items include the pulled pork, spiced Brussels sprouts, pickled vegetables, and paté. If you like to keep track of the scores when your favorite team is playing in the big game, Ferry Street Food & Drink has you covered. There is always at least one TV showing locally relevant sporting events. This place is an ideal spot to get together for a casual outing with friends. Ferry Street Food & Drink is truly a local gem.
Dockside Restaurant offers good food at a great price. Choose from the likes of burgers, pasta dishes, chicken wings, pizza, fajitas, and even fried pickles. It excels in quality compared to chain renditions of this pub-style restaurant. Portions are generous, and the menu is vegetarian friendly. They also provide a good selection of craft beers as well as three-dollar margaritas. The interior is simple and unpretentious. Located near the airport, Dockside makes for a convenient stop on the way into town after a day of travel. Be warned, this place gets crowded on weekends.
Bar, Italian, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Pub Grub, $$$
621 Tavern and Grille is your go-to spot for consistently tasty Italian fare and a casual atmosphere. Some particularly delicious menu items include steak tips, chicken Milanese, and shrimp pizza. Expect large portions for a great price. The interior consists of a large bar with ample seating as well as several booths with blue upholstery lining the walls. 621 Tavern and Grille serves a variety of cocktails, and the waitstaff is quite helpful in giving drink recommendations. It’s a neighborhood restaurant that is especially popular with the locals, yet anyone who comes here is bound to feel at home.