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If you thought Boston was only a feast for the eyes and mind, you'd be up the Charles River without a duck boat. Boston is famous for many things - the Tea Party, the Freedom Trail, rabid Red Sox fans, Cheers and New Kids on the Block - but history, revolutions, and '80s bands that Seattle (thankfully) helped us forget won't tame the traveler's appetite.
Fortunately, Boston is also famous for something else. Food. And we're not talking just any food, but seafood - some of the freshest you'll find anywhere in North America.
And there's a simple reason you can't discuss must-eat foods in Boston without mentioning it: In no other American city does New England's offshore bounty flop onto your plate with such diversity, style, and taste. Offer your taste buds the Northeast's finest maritime culinary gifts and seek out these three must-eat foods in Boston.
New England Clam Chowder
Don't pin your hopes on mimicking those clunky, canned clam chowders you'll find at your local grocery store. New England's seafood masters would never subject your taste buds to such abuse.
To Bostonians, real New England clam chowder isn't laden with fillers or thickening agents. Handpicked clams, fresh herbs, potatoes, cream and a flavorful broth are all that Bostons finest seafood chefs need to devise a chowder that will hit star status in your travel journal.
It's not as if finding clam chowder in Boston is a challenge, but for some of the city's best, try Neptune Oyster in the North End. The beauty of Neptunes clam chowder is in its simplicity - beyond the base ingredients little is added to distract from the dish's main flavors.
It's impossible to visit New England without succumbing to the temptation of the lobster roll. Simply seeing the glistening bun, overflowing with juicy chunks of pink lobster, adorned with a splash of mayo and herbs, is enough to send your appetite into a frenzy.
Going wrong with a lobster roll is hard, especially at the Yankee Lobster Company in South Boston. At this waterfront eatery, you'll discover everything that's propelled the lobster roll to fame in New England - succulent lobster meat delicately painted with herb-infused mayonnaise and served on a lightly buttered bun.
Want to become a professional oyster shucker? Boston is the ideal city to perfect your skills.
When Bostonians feel the urge to knock back a few oysters, they end up at the Island Creek Oyster Bar on Kenmore Square. ICOB, as locals affectionately dub it, reflects sea-to-table dining at its pinnacle. Oysters rarely get fresher than here, and by the lack of elbowroom, everyone in Boston seems to know it too.
If you want to secure a table, call ahead for a reservation, especially during baseball season when ICOB fills with Red Sox fans from Fenway Park, located just steps away.
Still have room after drowning your seafood cravings? Hop over to the North End and visit Mike's Pastry for a hearty dessert that will drive you to run to Harvard and back just to burn it off.
Spotting this little shop is a breeze - simply look for the Italian pastry shop on Hanover Street with crowds bursting onto the sidewalk. The massive line motors quicker than expected, and with a tad of patience, you'll soon be face-deep in cannoli so rich and filling you'll forget that other desserts exist. Portions are Godzilla-sized, so be sure to bring a friend along for some calorie-splitting fun.
Which of these three Boston must-eat foods would you want to try most? Have your say in the comments section below!