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5 Best Places to Eat in Boston

Michael went to school in Boston, and, even though I had to take a twelve hour bus ride to visit him, our weekends in Boston were the best. There was always fun stuff going on. If you’ve visited our blog before, then you know that me and Michael love trying new foods! Here are five of our favorite spots that we have gone to eat in Boston (plus two bonus tips at the end that we had to include).

1. Yamato II

If you are HUNGRY and looking for a place to eat a lot in Boston for a reasonable price, go to Yamato II. This cozy sit-down buffet style Japanese restaurant is perfect. We love to come here when we are going out to eat with a group of friends.

Yamato II has a fixed lunch and dinner menu price that includes most of the items on their very large menu. They also have some fancy sushi rolls and drinks that you can add on for an extra charge. You can continuing ordering throughout your meal, and they will keep bringing you food! Just make sure not to order more than you can eat, because you cannot take home any of the food without paying for it separately.

Yamato II is a great place for sushi lovers; the sushi is so fresh and delicious. If you’re not normally a sushi eater, make this your chance to try something new!

An order of shumai with some yaki udon is a great place to start. All of the sushi is great, so make sure to try sashimi and at least one sushi roll. If you are going to splurge on one of the add-on rolls, the snow mountain maki roll is incredible. Also, if you are here for dinner, dessert is included in your meal! You can’t go wrong with mochi or fried ice cream with friend bananas.

2. Bistro du Midi

Michael was always more adventurous with food than I was, but over the years I’ve grown to be very open minded to trying new things. I visited Michael in Boston for his 21st birthday and made us surprise dinner reservations at Bistro du Midi. French food was new to both of us.

It was such a great experience!

Bistro du Midi overlooked a beautiful park in Boston, and the restaurant was a really nice walk from where Michael lived in Back Bay. They have a cute café style restaurant downstairs and a more upscale classic French restaurant upstairs.

Our waiter was incredible! I had many questions about the menu, and he was so kind in guiding me through it. He suggested that we do the three course meal, which offered all of their most popular options, so we did. We also decided to get a delicious bottle of Chardonnay. They kept the bottle in a beautiful bucket of ice next to our table, and our waiter came over periodically to refill our glasses.

I started with the cauliflower soup, and it was delicious. I love mushroom, and a creamy soup with an array of wild mushrooms felt like the perfect way to start off my first real French meal. Despite wanting to try everything on the menu, we both ordered gnocchi as our main plate, and we did not regret it! We finished our night with a soufflé and a seasonal berry sorbet.

If you are looking to for a romantic date night in Boston, Bistro du Midi is the place to go!

3. Boston Burger Company

There is a Boston Burger Company in Boston and one in Cambridge, and we have been to both twice. We have never regretted any of our visits. Boston Burger Company is consistently delicious, and it’s a fun place to go on a casual date or with friends.

Although I love trying new foods, I have a hard time visiting the Boston Burger Company and not ordering The Mac Attack Burger (with no bacon). I hate bacon >:( Michael switches up his order every time he goes, but his favorites have been The King, a super fun cinnamon, peanut butter, and fried banana burger (he says to trust him), The Killer Bee, a delicious honey-barbecue with crispy onions, The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, with heaping piles of pulled pork and a patty, and The 420, with lots of fried munchies on top, (he obviously frequented Boston Burger Company in college). Also, it was not his favorite, but Michael said that people in college loved The Kitchen Sink topped with a fried egg.

Obviously we also share a #freakfrappe as well. Their milkshakes are incredible. If you are over 21, you can even order an *adult* milkshake. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you which milkshake is our favorite because they are all amazing. You can’t go wrong!

4. Cafe 472

Cafe 472 is the best place to go when you are craving a delicious sandwich or looking for a late night meal. This little sandwich shop doesn’t look like much at first glance. It’s located down a staircase under another store, and it only comfortably fits a small handful of people. Don’t let this trick you!

Cafe 427 is open until midnight, and you are sure to find something that you will like. They have paninis, melts, wraps, salads, soups, specialty sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and frozen yogurt sundaes.

If Michael and I were at Cafe 427 right now, we would probably order a panini with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, provolone, sun-dried tomatoes, and mesclun mix to share. We would also get a banana boat frozen yogurt sundae. After a long bus ride, Cafe 427 was our go-to spot to eat in Boston.

5. India Quality Restaurant

I had never had Indian food before coming here, and I was pretty skeptical. I didn’t know if I would like it. Also, Michael loves spicy food, and I didn’t know if I’d be able to handle it. I loved it though!

We started with vegetable samosas, which felt like a safe option. Michael and I both didn’t really know what any of the options on the menu were. We also picked out a bread. If you have not had Indian food before, make sure to order one of their breads. They have lots of fun flavors, and they go really nicely with your meal (and they help if something is too spicy). We got spinach pratha.

For one of our main dishes, we tried the chicken madras, which was one of the chef’s specialties. We also got a second chicken dish that came with some perfectly spiced vegetables. Both were really delicious! When you order your meal, you get to choose between mild, medium, and spicy. We decided to be bold and go for the medium. It was incredibly yummy and equally as spicy (Michael says you’re a psycho if you order spicy like he did on his first trip there).

*Bonus*

  1. Which Wich – Which Wich is a sandwich shop on Newbury Street in Boston. The sandwiches are pretty good, but that is not why I am telling you to go. Their M&M milkshake is so delicious. It tastes just like eating an entire tube of mini M&Ms. I get one of these whenever I eat in Boston because they are just so yummy.
  2. We were so excited to add Spyce to this list. After googling Spyce to share the link to their website, we learned that Spyce was actually bought out by the company Sweetgreen. So, our advice is to not go to Sweetgreen. Spyce was a really cool robot run restaurant that was created by recent MIT graduates. The restaurant was able to serve food in under three minutes from ordering and was a really unique experience. Unfortunately, it is no longer open. RIP Spyce

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