While I am a proud Clevelander, it is nice to get away now and again. For us, an easy getaway is to schedule a visit to see my brother-in-law who lives in Boston. We visited Scott last year during Labor Day weekend and on that visit ate and drank our way through Beantown. Our 2011 visit was no difference – the food we found around Boston was solid…
Upon our arrival on Friday, we snagged a quick reservation at Legal Harborside – a part of the Legal Sea Foods restaurant group:
Seated in their second floor lounge, we enjoyed an array of fine dining options. I stuck with one of my standby pairings: a salad to start with mussels for my main course. Their seasonal salad option featured apple, walnuts and endive – a wonderful combination. Their steamed mussels were served in a smoky tomato sauce already removed from their shell. I was one happy girl.
The boys went with hearty options featuring lamb and filet mignon (and a hint of Alaskan king crab). Both were expertly prepared and not a single bite was left behind.
I was proud of my sister-in-law for ordering an entrée that had two side dishes that weren’t familiar to her. The pan roasted chicken was paired with a truffled celery root puree and an egg ravioli.
She didn’t like the celery root but did enjoy the ravioli, saying “it tastes like a pierogi!” You can take the girl out of Parma…
On Saturday, as the family headed to Harvard to watch a regatta, I was so incredibly excited to meet up with two of my favorite bloggers: Jess from EatDrinkBreatheSweat and Jolene from Determined To Be!! They were kind enough to treat me to Snappy Sushi in the Back Bay neighborhood. Known for using brown rice at their restaurant, I went with Snappy’s Triple Lunch: a roll with tuna, salmon, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in a soy sheet, served with mixed greens and a seaweed salad.
I enjoyed the brown rice in the roll, was excited the restaurant had gluten-free soy sauce, but more importantly, LOVED getting to chat with these two wonderful ladies for a few hours over raw fish and hot green tea! Thanks again Jess and Jolene for your warm Boston hospitality!
Saturday night, we found ourselves at Papagayo Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar near the convention center. The restaurant is known for their table side guacamole preparation.
Using hand hacked Haas avocadoes, the “guac man” (as I lovingly dubbed him) rolled his cart over to our table to create a fabulously delicious bowl of my favorite spread.
I easily ate half of that bowl on my own!! I apparently couldn’t get enough of the table side prep, and choose the ceviche with shaved tuna, lime macerated shrimp and plantain chips:
When asked how spicy I wanted my dish, I requested medium. Good thing I didn’t say hot because the medium was damn spicy enough!! I seriously needed something to cool my mouth off, even though it was delicious! More guac please! I was really please with my selections at this fun, Mexican spot near the Seaport area.
Sunday started out as most Sundays should: with beer! Before the Browns game, Hans and I headed to Harpoon Brewery for a quick brewery tour:
For $5 a person, you get to take a tour of the brewery, tasting their brews along the way in your souvenir glass, while getting to know about the brewery that has locations in Boston and Vermont. As an IPA lover, Hans was excited to try the IPA as I enjoyed their hard apple cider:
After the tour, participants were encouraged to try their array of brews on tap in their tasting room:
I stuck with my cider as Hans did the the other version of the Harpoon Brewery tour: trying all the beers! He liked their UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen best.
After the tour, we jumped on the Silver Line and eventually found our way to The North Star. This bar is the new home for the Browns Backers of Boston and happily hosts Browns fans each weekend during the game. Anywhere that has Cleveland themed menu options on their brunch menu is a-okay in my book:
We felt right at home as the bar was filled with orange and brown. If you’re ever in Boston during the football season and need your Cleveland support system to get through a game, check out the Boston Browns Backers and enjoy the game with their crew:
After enjoying lunch and a Browns win, we headed over to a “must stop” in Hans’ travel plan: Mike’s Pastry in the North End:
As always, there was a line out the door of this popular bakery. The crowds outside were no match for the crowd inside:
Hans got his chocolate chip cannoli and we got out of Dodge before you could say “sugar coma”. Said dessert was happily enjoyed after a simple meal back at home base. It was just as delicious previous visits – they do make one mean cannoli.
Monday morning was dedicated to packing and getting to the airport. Since he didn’t have a proper breakfast, Hans decided we should visit Logan’s location of Legal Test Kitchen for one last bowl of their New England Clam Chowder.
When in Rome! A pre-flight meal and beverage at this airport spot is becoming a tradition for us – we even had the same bartender serve us as our last visit. Hans felt his bowl of soup was the perfect end to a fun, relaxing weekend away.
LONG STORY SHORT: While there’s plenty of other ways to see Boston, I do always enjoy our culinary travels through the New England metropolis. We came, we ate, we digested, we ate again. And I can’t wait to do it again next year!
What’s your favorite foodie town to visit?