Nico Eats: Boston Edition
A person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.
I proudly proclaim myself as an amateur foodie who indulges in the sinfully delicious delights that any city offers. Anyone who knows me or has traveled with me knows I like to "eat my way" through places I visit & lots of asking friends and online research goes into finding unique places to try. Experiencing great cuisine and cocktails can make or break one's impression on a city. Since I love sharing recos and putting together mini food tours based on spots that are a must for me whenever I’ve visited a particular city, I wanted to bring this to life in a mini-series here for you all.
And what a better way to start then to share my recommendations in Boston! If you looking for a piece of some serious seafood, you will more than happy in Beantown. Filled with historical charm & sights, Boston was a great weekend getaway for Alexis & I to explore, disconnect from the hustle of Miami & feel like kids again.
Our first stop off the plane was Neptune Oyster. Recommended by local Bostonians who I had the pleasure of working with a few weeks ago, Neptune Oyster was a charming, locals hotspot that gave me my first real understanding of what the food scene in Boston would be like during my visit. Most places don't take reservations and normally have a pretty hefty wait time (1 1/2 -2 hours). Neptune was no expectation to this and we were prepared some Disney-like wait lines without fast passes. I should have played the powerball since we walked in & found two spots at the bar (Thank you Food Gods!). Immediately, I order a crisp, refreshing rosé and the hot lobster roll which was simply divine. As I waited for our food, I peaked around a noticed beautiful seafood platters with oysters, seafood risottos and made to order Clam Chowder.
After stuffing my face at Neptunes, I took a walk down the gorgeous Newbury Street to grab some ice cream at Emack & Bolio's. This Instagram worthy spot has been serving up some unique, tasty & yummy sweets since 1975 that range from homemade ice cream, yogurt, fudge & chocolates. I opted for a rice-crispy treat rimmed cone with a scoop of Cosmic Crunch (Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Swirl, Chocolate Chips, Walnuts, And Cookies Mixed In), while Alex got a fruity pebble rimmed cone with a scoop of Stoney's Dream.
In the morning we took a walk in the Bay Back Neighborhood and headed over to The Thinking Cup for a cup of joe & a quick bite before heading off to explore. This place reminded me so much a little coffee shops that you can find in NYC with it's overall mood lighting, decor and vibe. This place gets an A+ from me based on great service, beautiful presentation & tasty options such a quiches, freshly baked goodies and breakfast sandwichs.
We worked up a bit of an appetite after spending the day at the USS Constitution & took a great little ferry boat across to the North End to conquer Boston famous food hall, Quincy Market. The whiff of food hits you instantly as you walk into this historical that was designed & completed in 1826, which now houses some great little eateries. Come with an empty stomach and leave with a very happy belly as this place will cater to any craving you might have. Italian, Mexican, Sushi, Baked Goodies and of course all the seafood you can eat. Take a stroll and grab a bite, you will thank me later.
With all this food talk, I must chat about a unique, little bar called The Ghost Walks (Cocktails) that serves up some crafty cocktails that are truly outside of the box. Located in Boston's Theatre District, you can snag a seat at the bar, nipple on cheese board & indulge in their amazing cocktail options such as Paparazzi which comes in an Canon Camera Lens or Box Office which is served in a popcorn box. You can also try one of their Hot-Off-The-Press Cocktails, that are mini cans mixed with mini travel size alcohol. I opted for a mini Moscow Mule that packed quite a punch. If cocktails aren't your jam and you're craving some bubbly, take a walk towards the back of restaurant to grab your own mini bottle of Möet in their #MoetMoment Vending Machine.
For my final farewell, we made our way to The Saltie Girl. Smaller than Neptune Oyster, this local eatery with a chic mermaid vibe only sits about 40 people & was worth the 1 1/2 wait. Grab a daily oyster menu and you try one of their delicious cocktails, like the prickly pear that comes in a festive fish bowl and mention to share. Their Holy Trinity Clam Chowder was the best Clam Chowder I've ever had and share between Alexis & I, since we wanted to savory on main entrees: Fried Lobster & Waffles and a farewell Hot Lobster Roll accompanied by homemade french fries. If your looking for a casual, delicious restaurant with creative seafood offerings, curated wine offerings & cocktails that will leave you craving more and add an extremely friendly staff that truly loves doing what they do....RUN to the Saltie Girl.
I hope this guide helps you experience Boston the way that I did: leaving fuller, belly happy & missing their unique take on fresh seafood. If you happen to visit any of these places in a future tag, I want to know all about your experience. So tag me or leaver me comments below!