FEED ‘EM TRAIL
Satisfy hunger and curiosity off Boston’s beaten path.
BOSTON’S FREEDOM TRAIL is a globally recognized tourist attraction, but it’s just one among many ways to forge a merry and enlightening path through the city. Black Heritage Trail, Irish Heritage Trail and Women’s Heritage Trail are also well worth the exploration. Not to mention the various docent-guided tours that celebrate Boston’s literary, architectural and cultural heritages.
Woven into this serpentine matrix of pathways is a growing number of guided walking tours for foodies, including Bites of Boston (specializing in the South End and Allston), Off the Eaten Path (North End) and Boston Foodie Tours (which adds Beacon Hill and Back Bay to the mix). Since the permutations of flavors and routes are practically infinite, here’s our own wide-ranging Where Boston Culinary Trail to get you started. In addition to several well-known eateries—the sorts of places your stomach will complain about if you neglect them— we’ve decided to duck down the occasional lesser-known alleyway so that you’ll not only lick your Boston food chops, you’ll also earn them.
First, the pillars of excellence: those establishments that skewer familiarity on the rapier of uncontestable awesomeness. At Union Oyster House, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in America, you sit at the very same oyster bar where Daniel Webster once sat and tuck into clam chowder, steamed lobster and gingery Indian pudding (ask for vanilla ice cream on top). A solid stone’s throw away toward the Common, you’ll delight in discovering white-linen wonderland Parker’s Restaurant at the Omni Parker House hotel, where Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie were invented—and are still served.