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The Pretty Unpretentious Guide To Eating Well In Bean Town

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The Pretty Unpretentious Guide To Eating Well In Bean Town

Food Scene
Great Latin-style flatbread sandwiches, healthy salads, and cold-pressed juices.
Toasted Flats
53 Chelsea St
Great Latin-style flatbread sandwiches, healthy salads, and cold-pressed juices.
Some of the best Italian Sandwiches in Boston. Order the Meridian Street Special.
Meridian Food Market
121 Meridian Street
Some of the best Italian Sandwiches in Boston. Order the Meridian Street Special.
The other best Italian Sandwiches in Boston. Order The Hen House Special, no onions, with lettuce, mayo, and ketchup.
Roy's Cold Cuts
198 Marion Street
The other best Italian Sandwiches in Boston. Order The Hen House Special, no onions, with lettuce, mayo, and ketchup.
Top 5 classic-Italian joints in Boston. Their pizza is THE BEST. Better than Tarp's. Better than Regina's. Eat here.
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Italian Express Pizzeria
336 Sumner St
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Top 5 classic-Italian joints in Boston. Their pizza is THE BEST. Better than Tarp's. Better than Regina's. Eat here.
Be prepared to wait. Order the homemade lobster ravioli.
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Rino's Place
258 Saratoga Street
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Be prepared to wait. Order the homemade lobster ravioli.
The shrimp scampi pizza is worth the wait, but otherwise go with the grilled meats, bread, and glass of house red.
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Santarpio's Pizza
111 Chelsea St
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The shrimp scampi pizza is worth the wait, but otherwise go with the grilled meats, bread, and glass of house red.
Order the pork adobada and the nachos. Kick back with a Michelada. Delicious.
Mi Pueblito Restaurant
333 Border Street
Order the pork adobada and the nachos. Kick back with a Michelada. Delicious.
Best tacos in Boston.
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Taquería Jalisco
291 Bennington Street
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Best tacos in Boston.
The BEST Latin fried chicken you'll ever lick off you fingers.
Pollo Campero
188 Border St
The BEST Latin fried chicken you'll ever lick off you fingers.
Central American brunch spot.
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Angela's Cafe Eagle Hill
131 Lexington Street
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Central American brunch spot.
Order a charcoal chicken, fries with cheese, and a salad. You couldn't do better if you took a trip to Peru.
Pollos A La Brasa El Chalan
405 Chelsea St
Order a charcoal chicken, fries with cheese, and a salad. You couldn't do better if you took a trip to Peru.
Burritos and breakfast.
Cactus Mexican Grill
44 Maverick Street
Burritos and breakfast.
Think Fogo de Chão at reasonable prices. Go for the Columbian grilled meats. Stay for dessert.
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Oliveira's Restaurant
297 Chelsea Street
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Think Fogo de Chão at reasonable prices. Go for the Columbian grilled meats. Stay for dessert.
Central American spot with good food and drinks
Angela's Cafe Orient Heights
1012 Bennington St
Central American spot with good food and drinks
Standard diner fare.
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Donna's Restaurant
980 Saratoga Street
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Standard diner fare.
One of the two best views of Boston from across the harbor, a good spot for drinks and a great seasonal spot for brunch al fresco. Reasonably priced.
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ReelHouse East Boston Waterfront
6 New St
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One of the two best views of Boston from across the harbor, a good spot for drinks and a great seasonal spot for brunch al fresco. Reasonably priced.
Order the burger and a beer.
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Cunard Tavern
24 Orleans St
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Order the burger and a beer.
Top 3 bagel spots in Boston.
Katz Bagel Bakery
139 Park Street
Top 3 bagel spots in Boston.
Great Australian food and cheap beer. Order the shrimp on the barbie and a side of potato wedges. May be closing in 2019, so don't miss out.
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KO Catering and Pies
256 Marginal Street
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Great Australian food and cheap beer. Order the shrimp on the barbie and a side of potato wedges. May be closing in 2019, so don't miss out.
BBQ!!!
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Blackstrap BBQ
47 Woodside Avenue
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BBQ!!!
Old-school Boston Italian with a homey vibe.
Jeveli's
387 Chelsea Street
Old-school Boston Italian with a homey vibe.
Best no-frills seafood in Boston with a view of the planes taking off at the airport.
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Belle Isle Seafood
1 Main Street
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Best no-frills seafood in Boston with a view of the planes taking off at the airport.
Go for the pho! Stay for the dumplings.
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Saigon Hut
305 Meridian Street
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Go for the pho! Stay for the dumplings.
Spartan spot serving familiar Indian-Pakistani fare as well as some uncommon dishes.
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Mehak Halal
329 Sumner Street
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Spartan spot serving familiar Indian-Pakistani fare as well as some uncommon dishes.
A delightful smorgasbord of wing flavors.
Wingstop
173 Border St
A delightful smorgasbord of wing flavors.
Tapas, wine poured from the decanter into your mouth late-night (if you're lucky), and an overall "scene".
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Barcelona Wine Bar
525 Tremont Street
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Tapas, wine poured from the decanter into your mouth late-night (if you're lucky), and an overall "scene".
Arguably the best burger in Boston, and under-rated everything else that comes out of this kitchen. YUM. Great spot to get stranded in a snow storm.
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Delux Cafe
100 Chandler Street
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Arguably the best burger in Boston, and under-rated everything else that comes out of this kitchen. YUM. Great spot to get stranded in a snow storm.
Arguably the best burgers (plural) in Boston and a favorite watering hole for industry folks thirsty for a great cocktail.
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The Gallows
1395 Washington Street
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Arguably the best burgers (plural) in Boston and a favorite watering hole for industry folks thirsty for a great cocktail.
If your money is burning a hole in your pocket and you REALLY need to eat a perfectly-cooked steak and mashed potatoes. With demi glace.
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Boston Chops South End
1375 Washington Street
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If your money is burning a hole in your pocket and you REALLY need to eat a perfectly-cooked steak and mashed potatoes. With demi glace.
French. Good drinks. Great brunch.
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Aquitaine
569 Tremont Street
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French. Good drinks. Great brunch.
Pizza & Ice Cream. 'Nuff said.
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Picco
513 Tremont Street
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Pizza & Ice Cream. 'Nuff said.
Barbara Lynch is a Boston-food rockstar. Even has the Southie born-and-bred cred to back up her heavy-metal-foodie edge. Oysters, wine, and usually a stylishly-raucous group or two to round out an overall cool ambiance.
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B&G Oysters
550 Tremont Street
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Barbara Lynch is a Boston-food rockstar. Even has the Southie born-and-bred cred to back up her heavy-metal-foodie edge. Oysters, wine, and usually a stylishly-raucous group or two to round out an overall cool ambiance.
Meat. Do you like meat? All the meats. (Paired with wine.)
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The Butcher Shop
552 Tremont Street
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Meat. Do you like meat? All the meats. (Paired with wine.)
Best Restaurant In Boston. Maybe the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain.
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Toro Boston
1704 Washington Street
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Best Restaurant In Boston. Maybe the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain.
When the North End tourists are just too much, and you need an Italian sub and a pizza.
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Coppa Enoteca
253 Shawmut Avenue
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When the North End tourists are just too much, and you need an Italian sub and a pizza.
Excellent Italian outside the North End. Swanky on the inside, sterile on the outside. But don't let the outside stop you from staying there for a 5-course meal.
Bar Mezzana
360 Harrison Ave
Excellent Italian outside the North End. Swanky on the inside, sterile on the outside. But don't let the outside stop you from staying there for a 5-course meal.
Your Sunday-morning brunch take-off to a SOWA shopping stroll and cute-dog obstacle course.
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Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
560 Harrison Avenue
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Your Sunday-morning brunch take-off to a SOWA shopping stroll and cute-dog obstacle course.
One of the few places in Boston you can hold a drink, look out the window, and feel like you're in New York. If you can't afford New York. And don't like New Yorkers.
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MIDA
782 Tremont St
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One of the few places in Boston you can hold a drink, look out the window, and feel like you're in New York. If you can't afford New York. And don't like New Yorkers.
If you're the kind of person who would pay $20 for an uncooked, heirloom, grass-fed chicken at a Vermont farmers' market but would prefer to spend that same $20 on the same chicken, already cooked in BUTTER, this is your spot.
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Metropolis
584 Tremont Street
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If you're the kind of person who would pay $20 for an uncooked, heirloom, grass-fed chicken at a Vermont farmers' market but would prefer to spend that same $20 on the same chicken, already cooked in BUTTER, this is your spot.
Enjoy the North End's best Italian restaurant with a side of schadenfreude; Pomodoro has a front row seat to all the suckers standing in line for Giacomo's, the so-so place next door. Not to be missed! (And their free tiramisu at the end of every meal...)
Pomodoro
351 Hanover St
Enjoy the North End's best Italian restaurant with a side of schadenfreude; Pomodoro has a front row seat to all the suckers standing in line for Giacomo's, the so-so place next door. Not to be missed! (And their free tiramisu at the end of every meal...)
After a night out, this is the spot to get your greasy fix at 2am.
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Bova's Bakery
134 Salem Street
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After a night out, this is the spot to get your greasy fix at 2am.
It's the North End as you wanted it to be.
Quattro
264 Hanover Street
It's the North End as you wanted it to be.
It's the North End as you wanted it to be.
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Antico Forno
93 Salem Street
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It's the North End as you wanted it to be.
You came to Boston for seafood, right?
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Legal Harborside
270 Northern Avenue
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You came to Boston for seafood, right?
It doesn't get anymore Bahhhston than this when it comes to fresh seafood. Try the fish chowder.
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No Name Restaurant
15 1/2 Fish Pier Street East
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It doesn't get anymore Bahhhston than this when it comes to fresh seafood. Try the fish chowder.
You came to Boston for outstanding queso and margs, right?
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Temazcal Tequila Cantina
250 Northern Avenue
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You came to Boston for outstanding queso and margs, right?
Best lobster roll in Boston...? And all the oysters in the North End.
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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St # 1
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Best lobster roll in Boston...? And all the oysters in the North End.
Actually ALL of the oysters in Boston. You cannot go wrong here.
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Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Avenue
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Actually ALL of the oysters in Boston. You cannot go wrong here.
Drinks & Nightlife
Incredible nachos, margaritas, and late-night entertainment.
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La Hacienda
150 Meridian Street
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Incredible nachos, margaritas, and late-night entertainment.
The best dive in Boston.
Eddie C's
34 Maverick Square
The best dive in Boston.
Free tastings!
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Downeast Cider House
256 Marginal St
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Free tastings!
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Maverick Marketplace Cafe
154 Maverick Street
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If you need to catch [name a Boston sports team], watch the game here.
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Kelley Square Pub
84 Bennington Street
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If you need to catch [name a Boston sports team], watch the game here.
Local hang with good bar food.
Renegades Pub
1004 Bennington St
Local hang with good bar food.
The best view of sunset over the tall buildings of Boston. Outdoor fire pits light up the early evening in fall and go great with s'mores. After sunset, take the water taxi across the harbor to Seaport for dinner (and more drinks!)
Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
101 Harborside Drive
The best view of sunset over the tall buildings of Boston. Outdoor fire pits light up the early evening in fall and go great with s'mores. After sunset, take the water taxi across the harbor to Seaport for dinner (and more drinks!)
Great brews, near a Five Guys if you get hungry.
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Mystic Brewery
174 Williams Street
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Great brews, near a Five Guys if you get hungry.
Large indoor and outdoor space for brews and food truck eats.
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Night Shift Brewing - Everett
87 Santilli Highway
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Large indoor and outdoor space for brews and food truck eats.
Bone Up Brewing Co.
38 Norman St
Down the Road Beer Co.
199 Ashland St
More than a bar; a great place to watch the game and discover steak tips. Also, a bar. A very, very committed bar.
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J.J. Foley's Cafe
117 East Berkeley Street
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More than a bar; a great place to watch the game and discover steak tips. Also, a bar. A very, very committed bar.
Jazz music in a basement for people who don't even like jazz and are afraid of basements.
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Beehive Restaurant
541 Tremont Street
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Jazz music in a basement for people who don't even like jazz and are afraid of basements.
DIVE into exceptional grilled cheese.
Biddy Early's
141 Pearl St
DIVE into exceptional grilled cheese.
DIVE into pre-gaming the theater district. Or just pre-gaming.
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The Tam
222 Tremont Street
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DIVE into pre-gaming the theater district. Or just pre-gaming.
DIVE into a peanut-butter-bacon cheeseburger, and spin the beer-wheel of fortune! Because you're a disgusting alcoholic; you earned it.
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Bukowski Tavern
50 Dalton Street
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DIVE into a peanut-butter-bacon cheeseburger, and spin the beer-wheel of fortune! Because you're a disgusting alcoholic; you earned it.
In the midst of charming Faneuil Hall's cobblestone streets and food court fineries, this Boston institution is devoid of anyone who will know your name or want to...Guy.
J.J. Donovan’s Tavern
In the midst of charming Faneuil Hall's cobblestone streets and food court fineries, this Boston institution is devoid of anyone who will know your name or want to...Guy.
DIVE into the best small-music venue in Boston. Ca$h only.
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Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
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DIVE into the best small-music venue in Boston. Ca$h only.
Those Berklee College of Music kids have to go somewhere when the police remove them from the Public Garden for panhandling, er, busking. Jazz music for people who love jazz.
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Wally's Cafe Jazz Club
427 Massachusetts Avenue
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Those Berklee College of Music kids have to go somewhere when the police remove them from the Public Garden for panhandling, er, busking. Jazz music for people who love jazz.
Start here if you're out for the night in the North End sans tiny humans. Excellent cocktails, and tourists are just scenery.
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Parla
230 Hanover Street
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Start here if you're out for the night in the North End sans tiny humans. Excellent cocktails, and tourists are just scenery.
A classic Boston joint. Decent food. Decent drink prices.
Beantown Pub
100 Tremont St
A classic Boston joint. Decent food. Decent drink prices.
The cocktail bar that seeded Boston's cocktail scene...and much of the rest of the country's. As in all things, we were doing craft cocktails, first, no matter what New York says.
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Drink
348 Congress Street
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The cocktail bar that seeded Boston's cocktail scene...and much of the rest of the country's. As in all things, we were doing craft cocktails, first, no matter what New York says.
Only the best cocktail bar in Boston. Ask for Sam. Tell him some crazy redhead named John sent you and that he's missed at Drink.
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Backbar
7 Sanborn Court
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Only the best cocktail bar in Boston. Ask for Sam. Tell him some crazy redhead named John sent you and that he's missed at Drink.
I'm drowning in a whiskey river Bathin' my memory's mind in the wetness of its soul Feeling the amber current flowing from my mind To a warm and empty heart you left so cold Warm up your Willie with whiskey. Any questions?
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The Quiet Few
331 Sumner St
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I'm drowning in a whiskey river Bathin' my memory's mind in the wetness of its soul Feeling the amber current flowing from my mind To a warm and empty heart you left so cold Warm up your Willie with whiskey. Any questions?
Essentials
If you want a ripe avocado, this is the spot.
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Shaw's
246 Border Street
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If you want a ripe avocado, this is the spot.
Worth the walk, or take an Uber. This grocery store has it all, cheap.
Market Basket
Worth the walk, or take an Uber. This grocery store has it all, cheap.
Sometimes being basic is a good thing. Like in the case of this wonderful bodega. Great spot to grab basic beer, basic wine, basic vegetables, and incredible Latin spices for your game day wings.
Las Palmas Market
13 Chelsea St
Sometimes being basic is a good thing. Like in the case of this wonderful bodega. Great spot to grab basic beer, basic wine, basic vegetables, and incredible Latin spices for your game day wings.
For your 24/7 munchie and influenza needs.
CVS
210 Border Street
For your 24/7 munchie and influenza needs.
Good prepared foods, great wine selection, and basic custom-deli. Do you hate walking to the grocery store? This spot's for you.
PORTSIDE MARKET & SPIRITS
50 Lewis St
Good prepared foods, great wine selection, and basic custom-deli. Do you hate walking to the grocery store? This spot's for you.
Arts & Culture
Re-opens in Summer, 2019.
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ICA Watershed
256 Marginal St
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Re-opens in Summer, 2019.
Sightseeing
Boston hipsters in their native habitat. Don't feed them; the popcorn is free. And don't tell them that your uncool old *** drank there in college. Otherwise, be polite and the old lady behind the bar will give you darts to throw.
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Silhouette Lounge
200 Brighton Avenue
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Boston hipsters in their native habitat. Don't feed them; the popcorn is free. And don't tell them that your uncool old *** drank there in college. Otherwise, be polite and the old lady behind the bar will give you darts to throw.
Shopping
Their fresh sundried tomato pesto, fresh bread, and aged parmigiano-reggiano.
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Salumeria Italiana
151 Richmond Street
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Their fresh sundried tomato pesto, fresh bread, and aged parmigiano-reggiano.
Best classic Italian sub in Boston. Oh, and the steak and cheese isn't bad.........
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Monica's Mercato
130 Salem Street
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Best classic Italian sub in Boston. Oh, and the steak and cheese isn't bad.........
The only meat market you want to visit post-college.
Sulmona Meat Market
32 Parmenter St
The only meat market you want to visit post-college.
Given the quantity of tea and coffee sold here, it's safe to assume the Sons Of Liberty were supplied by Polcari's for their Tea Party.
Polcari’s Coffee
105 Salem Street
Given the quantity of tea and coffee sold here, it's safe to assume the Sons Of Liberty were supplied by Polcari's for their Tea Party.