Boston Area Restaurant Reviews
Boston has never been famous as a food town. After all, it is the
of the "bean and the cod", but the quality of restaurants and
food available in the supermarkets has risen dramatically over the past
ten or fifteen years.
There are three main problems faced by Boston area diners:
- Boston is at the end of food supply chain in the US, at
comparison with other cities of its size. This usually means that it is
to buy things like foie gras and
avocadoes, but now and then, there are shortages of such items as
lemons, scallions, limes or even salt. For more exotic items, like fois
gras, availability is subject to the vagaries of the market. Our usual
supplier just warned us that there was a chance that our most recent
order might be diverted by the delivery driver since they were often
bribed by various restaurants. This is not unlike the situation in
Sofia, Bulgaria, that is, before the fall of the Soviet Empire.
history which denied the
pleasures of the flesh.
If it was enjoyable, it was sinful. Even today, Boston is a city where
the pleasures of dining, dressing, dancing, and even sex are considered
morally suspect. We suggest The Late George Apley by John
Marquand (also the author of the Mr. Moto mysteries) for some rather
sad insight into the pleasures of the Boston elite. We suggest the Boston Globe for a more recent, but
surprisingly unchanged, outlook.
- Boston worships the cult of the amateur, so that
is frowned upon. Anyone really good at anything is resented and often
moves to New York. This shows up at the table with sommeliers who can
only describe a wine as "popular", waiters arguing with the customer
about the order of the appetizer and the entree, restauranteurs who
cannot deal with the complexities of offering dinner reservations, and
frequent supply and ordering problems. Even ordering a "doggy bag" can
be problematic, as bags are often in short supply.
Despite these challenges, it is possible to get a good meal in the
area, though it helps to have a Plan B and sometimes even a Plan C.
to the dismal rules exist, including:
- the warmth and generosity of the service at Biba
- the beauty and expertise of the sommelier at Grill 23
- the creativity and exuberance of Stan Frankenthaler (Salamander)
- the style and execution of Gordon Hammersley at his eponymous
- the Southern style of Chris Schlesinger
- and numerous others as well - read on
Here are some of our opinions and experiences at Boston area
offered in no particular order.
These restaurants are located in the city of Boston:
Cambridge is the funky, academic, and increasingly upmarket city
the Charles River from Boston. It is the home of MIT and Harvard and a
of great bookstores, but it can be a tricky place to get a meal.
There are also restaurants in the Boston suburbs:
Out of the Past
Here are a few restaurants that are now but memories.