The best way to experience a city like Boston is to take advice from the people who live there. We visited Boston back in June and had the chance to catch up with several friends including travel bloggers Alex and Bell at Wanderlust Marriage. Here are six restaurants and bars in Boston that we had the chance to experience thanks to local recommendations. We totally would have missed out on these Boston eateries if not for our foodie friends.
Craft Beer at Row 34 in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood
We spent a rainy afternoon with Alex and Bell exploring Boston from end to end. When the rain falls, it's good to get inside for a sneaky pint. We stopped at Row 34 near Boston's Fort Point neighborhood and perused the lengthy list of craft beers on offer. I opted for the Trail Hopper cider. Row 34 had a great vibe. We sat at the corner of the bar and had a proper catch up while the Boston weekend brunch crowd swirled around us.
An Excursion to Boston's Downeast Cider House
Having gotten a taste for cider, at Row 34, we decided to hop into a Uber to check out a place that's been getting great buzz in Boston: Downeast Cider House. Downeast Cider House is not one of Boston's easier places to find. In fact, our Uber driver got lost trying to find the cidery. Downeast Cider House is located in an awesomely bizarre location under Boston's Tobin Bridge and next to a garbage truck parking lot.
To our dismay, the tasting room was full after we had come so far to get here but on the plus side, Downeast gave us drink tokens to use at the outside bar while we waited. The outside bar at Downeast Cider House has exactly the same drinks on offer as the inside bar. We got to taste the Cranberry Blend and Original Blend ciders but opted to use our free drink token on the limited edition Downeast Hard Lemonade. Served in a special Downeast koozie, our adventure to the far reaches of Boston had definitely paid off.
Dinner at Warren Tavern near Boston's Historic Bunker Hill
Downeast Cider House isn't too far from Boston's historical Bunker Hill neighborhood. Famous as the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution, Bunker Hill is now a posh residential neighborhood in Boston with a park located on the battle site. Our next stop was Warren Tavern. Founded in 1780, Warren Tavern had great colonial-era feel. I can just imagine this place opening up after the Revolutionary War came to its final conclusion.
Warren Tavern is everything a historical pub should be with dark wood paneling and kitschy old-fashioned decorations. We enjoyed a cup of world famous New England clam chowder and a huge plate of sizzling sirloin tips.Warren Tavern in Bunker Hill was a great dinner find thanks again to Alex and Bell.
Lunch South of the Border at Border Cafe in Harvard Square
The next day, I met my friend, Dave, for Sunday brunch. He knows I like Mexican food and suggested Border Cafe near Harvard Square. Border Cafe is a great place to get large quantities of comforting Tex-Mex in Boston washed down with a grande margarita. Border Cafe definitely does not offer fine cuisine but the meal (and margie!) sure was tasty.
Ice Cream at J.P. Licks in Cambridge
After walking off lunch in Harvard Square and out at Mount Auburn Cemetery, we took the advice of another friend of mine who used to live in Boston. Andrew told us that J.P. Licks shouldn't be missed. Turns out he was right. A couple of creamy scoops was just what we needed on a summer day in Cambridge. I opted for a cup of Butter Pecan ice cream. Delicious!
Fine Foodie Dining at Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge
I have a PhD in Chemistry and used to work in research in the chemical industry way back in the day. I met an old friend from my chemistry days, Lisa, for dinner in Cambridge. She recommended Cafe ArtScience. Cafe ArtScience offers fine cuisine and cocktails made using lab equipment. We were both nerding out big time. We tried Mary's Blockpress (above: cassis infused cranberry, lime, elderflower, ginger, and mint) and a burnt-cherry wood old-fashioned (below).