“Eating well” is important and more so when you are on the road away from home. While traveling, it can be a great opportunity to try different foods, flavors, and textures. For many including myself, eating delicious food while traveling is a must.
First, figure out your budget as this will greatly determine your dining options. Check if there are any online coupons available from Groupon, Bloomspot as well as gift certificates to save money. Instead of dinner, go during lunch time at pricier restaurants to take advantage of their lunch specials when available. Or check out if there any “happy hours” for discounted appetizers and drinks specials or “early bird” dinner specials right before the regular dinner rush.
Boston is home to a few token BBQ places and the newest entry that joined last November has taken the city by storm. Helmed by Season One finalist of the popular Bravo TV Reality show “Top Chef” Tiffani Faison, barbecue fans are in for a treat. After the South End Italian restaurant Rocca closed its doors, Tiffani decided our fair city needed a new place that served Texas style BBQ. After some serious road tripping throughout Texas trying out the different barbecue, they came back and to our great fortune, Sweet Cheeks (1381 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 266-1300) was born.
When Shiki (aka Four Seasons in Japanese) located at 9 Babcock Street, Brookline [617-738-0200] opened up a few years ago, it filled a much needed void. While in the highly competitive Brookline area, riddled with Japanese places, they still deliver delicious food and different Japanese food from the mainstream Japanese sushi houses. This is one of the few places around I always hear Japanese spoken amongst the patrons. This is a sure sign of a winner!
Bostonians know to go to the North End or our Little Italy to get great Italian food. But delicious Italian food can be had for reasonable prices outside of the North End too. Nestled in between Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village off Harvard Street is a great Italian Gourmet Deli called Bottega di Capri [41 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 738-5333]. This great hole in the wall serves both lunch and dinner that has a few tables.
What do you think of when you think of Chicago in terms of food? The most common answers would be deep dish pizza and Chicago Style hot dogs. Foodies will say that the food scene is amazing and some top notch molecular gastronomy can be eaten here too.
But how far will you go to try something new?
Locals in the know have heard of restaurateur, cook book author, pastry chef and owner of Flour Bakery and Café’s Joanne Chang, who has supplied Beantown’s sweet tooth for over a decade with her decadent yet wonderful food and baked goods.