The city by the sea, Boston, is known for many things. History buffs would be happy to spend weeks here while those who appreciate all of the sights and sounds of a city will be thrilled just to walk through it each day. Being so close to the seaport, there's something for everyone from gorgeous coastal views to romantic boat rides through the harbor. Even the outlying towns, such as Quincy, Plymouth, and Salem, are worthy destinations, with not much to dislike about the area or everything surrounding it.


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In between shopping at Quincy Market and strolling down cobblestone alleys before grabbing a bite at a local pub, there are some dishes that are iconic to Boston and must be experienced. While seafood makes up a large part of it, there's plenty to try for those who don't naturally gravitate to the sea's offering. There's even something for those who have a sweet tooth, making this historical city the true culinary heart of New England.

Clam Chowder

The debate among those who side with either New England clam chowder or Manhattan clam chowder has been long-standing but, when it comes down to it, the creamy richness that comes with New England's is the ultimate winner. Therefore, the one place to try the said clam chowder is in Boston, where recipes have been handed down through generations, with each one perfecting the dish a little more. The seafood used in the city's chowders is fresh, tasty, and full of flavor.

Baked Beans

Baked beans don't sound like a dish that's exciting and many of us associate with the canned beans that our families pulled out for BBQs. In Boston, though, these beans are practically a rite of passage and we're not talking about the candied Boston Baked Beans... these are no peanuts. Rather, these beans are usually slow-cooked in a cast-iron pan and are flavored with things such as molasses, brown sugar, and salt pork or bacon. The result is the perfect side dish and sweet, smoky addition to any meal.

Lobster Roll

Maine may have claimed the lobster roll for its own but Boston's rolls should not be underestimated. The lobster meat that's piled in these soft potato rolls is tender and buttery and is made even more so with the help of a roll that has also been buttered first. Occasionally, mayo will be used to add extra moisture to the lobster roll and they can be served hot or cold, depending on where you go.

Boston Cream Pie

It wouldn't be right to visit the city whose dessert shares the same name and if the Boston cream pie is any indication, this city knows how to do its desserts. Of course, the cake originated in this city in 1856 and while it looked a bit different back then, it's been perfected today. This dense, sweet cake contains a filling of sweet vanilla custard before being topped with a layer of rich chocolate, and it's everything you could ask for in a dessert.

Fish And Chips

It makes sense that one of the first major colonial cities would boast fish and chips as one of its best dishes and this city definitely does the London-based dish justice. The fish is usually haddock, cod, or pollock, and there are many restaurants in Boston that compete for the honor of the best fried fish and chips (fries). Served with a side of homemade tartar sauce and lemon wedges, this dish is refreshing, comforting, and truly representative of New England and its culture.

Fenway Frank

A trip to Fenway is a must for sports fans who visit Boston and with it, the Fenway Frank. The U.S. has quite a reputation for hot dogs, also known as frank or ballpark franks, and the Fenway Frank is a rite of passage when attending a game at Fenway. The bun itself is split top and a boiled, grilled, and split hot dog is then placed inside. On top of that goes relish and mustard, which are traditional, but there are plenty of toppings to choose from at any stand.


Cannolis might be associated with New York and its Italian-American culture and while this isn't untrue, it's Boston who has really laid claim to the iconic, cream-filled cookie. Cannolis consist of a fried shell that's filled with a sweetened cheese filling, and usually has chocolate chips or, more traditionally, citrus flavoring added to them. After being topped with powdered sugar or dipped in chocolate they're sold by the dozens at any number of Boston bakeries.

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