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


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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2 Responses to “Five of my Favorite Places to Eat in Boston”

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    Melanie — December 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I love this round-up! Sweet Cheeks is on the top of my list as well – THOSE BISCUITS! I had never heard of Cutty’s, but I just checked the website and I can’t WAIT to go! Right down the road from me, too! Thanks for the tips!

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      Yes, THOSE BISCUITS is right. I’ve decided since I can’t get them any longer, I’m going to try to recreate them at home. We’ll see how it goes… Either that or start begging Boston friends to overnight some to me.

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