Five of my Favorite Places to Eat in Boston

Sweet Cheeks Q

Walking into Sweet Cheeks is absolutely intoxicating. If you’ve been, you know what I’m talking about. They could literally bottle that smoked meat scent and sell it in a jar. I would buy it.

Sweet Cheeks has only been open a year, but we’ve probably been at least 10 times. It’s that good. We always order a 1/4 lb of pork belly for the table. It’s just enough for everyone to have a bite and not feel overwhelmed. We also always order biscuits. These biscuits are amazing. I was excited to hear that they’re now serving the biscuits at lunchtime and they’re available for carry out.

My order is pretty weird at Sweet Cheeks, but it works. Unless Hubby is in the mood to share a tray with me, I order 2 ribs and the farm salad. The salad comes with seasonal veggies and a light dressing. The ribs are smokey and after a biscuit and some pork belly, it’s just the right amount of food to enjoy. Another great thing about Sweet Cheeks is the outdoor seating and their new outdoor beer garden.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

The first time we went to Island Creek Oyster Bar was shortly after it opened. We went for our friend’s birthday dinner and I ate my first oyster. I wasn’t a huge fan of them after that first taste, but I didn’t hate them either. Throughout the past few years, I have learned to love oysters.

Not only does ICOB serve oysters, they have some amazing seafood and cocktails. The Lobster Roe Noodles are amazing and Hubby almost always orders that dish. The biggest downside of this restaurant is just that it’s hard to get in to. Securing a reservation is a good idea, but you’re probably going to have to do it a bit in advance. Or just head over and be prepared to wait.

Anna’s Taqueria

This place is an institution in Boston. Everyone loves it. Anna’s Taqueria is known for their Super Burritos, but I have to admit, it’s just too much for me. I get a regular burrito on a whole wheat wrap. I also enjoy the Mexican plate which is basically all the filling of a burrito without the wrap. That plate can feed me for two generously sized meals.

I remember when Anna’s was cash only. Since I never have cash, I only went on rare occasions. Ever since they started taking credit, Hubby and I go at least once a month.


Cutty’s is another fairly new restaurant in the area that Hubby and I have fallen in love with. I’m pretty sure Hubby would eat there every Saturday if I let him. Cutty’s is a small deli down the street from us that is only open until 3pm.

So the only time we can go is on Saturdays (they’re closed Sundays). The first few times we went there, we’d order two different sandwiches and split them. Now that we’ve tried them all, we have our favorites and just order a Roast Beef 1000 and a Greens Bacon and split them both. Sometimes I get the salad instead and Hubby eats his Greens Bacon himself.

We’ve also tried their breakfast sandwiches, which are also amazing. Cutty’s uses local ingredients and has a chalkboard wall that lists where everything comes from. They were featured on Diners, Dine-Ins, and Dives a couple weeks ago too!

Cognac Bistro

This place is on my list for 1 reason: $1 Oysters from 3-5pm. On a nice day, we love to head over to Cognac Bistro, sit outside and order a dozen (or more) oysters to split. It’s usually pretty easy to convince others to join us for the outing. They also do $3 Narragansett’s. Nothing beats an afternoon sitting outside, eating oysters, and drinking beers with friends.

All these pics are from Instagram. Apparently I really like taking photos of my food!

One Year Ago: Massaged Kale with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates and Vanilla-Pecan Butter
Two Years Ago: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting and Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Three Years Ago: Cookie Dough Brownies
Four Years Ago: Lumberjack Cookies and Peppermint Sandies

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7 Responses to “Oh What a Night”

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    Sarah — July 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Interesting to know those things really happen! So what was your official feedback, and had everyone been raving about the food before the announcement? Hubby and I have eaten the Wanchai Ferry Sweet & Sour Chicken and weren’t thrilled with it (tasted very sweet and goopy, just overall processed). I guess it’s all psychological!

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    nutmegnanny — August 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Hahahaha that’s so funny that they did a little switch on you. Like you pointed out, I guess that is how they did the Pizza Hut commercials.

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    Megan — August 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I think you did a great, fair recap of the event. It was at least really nice to run into you there! And you got some great pictures.

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    Jen — August 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Sarah – I updated my post to include more feedback. As I mentioned, we were discussing how the first two courses were much better than the entrees. At least at our table, there was no raving.

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    Kerstin — August 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I’m glad you had fun, although I’m a bit perplexed that they thought they could fool foodies with a frozen dinner! I still haven’t been to Flour and really need to go – I feel like I’m a bad Boston blogger!

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    Jen — August 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I agree Kerstin, most food bloggers probably don’t eat many frozen entrees… But it definitely wasn’t all food bloggers.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I heard about this event from Megan and it sounds interesting to say the least. It just seems like GM didn’t do their research because that is not similar to Myers + Chang’s food! Either way, at least you had fun with some other food bloggers!

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