AB Road Eats: Boston


COFFEE

The Thinking Cup: Thanks to Rachel Blumenthal (editor from Eater Boston), I was able to find coffee pretty close to my tour venue. A lot of fans don’t realize, but I don’t have cars in each city I visit. So restaurants or coffee shops within walking distance are always preferable. This was a good coffee shop with a constant hustle of commuters.

BREAKFAST

Bagelsaurus: I don’t think I’ve come across cream cheese or butter spreads as unique as these. Bagelsaurus provides the usual bagel varieties: plain, poppy, everything, etc. But next time you’re there (or on your first visit), I urge you to try the black olive bagel with honey rosemary cream cheese.

LUNCH

Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe: This is the home to Boston’s only Xi’an-style hand-pulled noodles — and they were good. Really good. Per Ms. Blumenthal’s recommendation, I ordered the hand-pulled noodles with the lamb skewer. It was one of my favorite bites of the day. They were slippery, slurpy, spicy and stinky … in the best way possible.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck: The first item on their menu is called the Double Awesome. It’s a scallion pancake sandwich with pesto, cheddar and two oozy fried eggs. Have you had that anywhere else? I doubt it. Nice going, guys. I’d also suggest, if it’s cold, to get a cup of their hot buttered cider.

Clover Food Lab: Right across from Mei Mei was a truck with an odor coming out of it you just couldn’t ignore: rosemary. I went up to the truck and found they were hand-cutting french fries and seasoning them with rosemary. So naturally I got an order of those too.

Sam LaGrassa’s: On my way back to the theater, I passed a sign that read, “World’s #1 Sandwich.” Well how can you pass that up? I ordered the famous Rumanian Pastrami sandwich, as well as a chicken parm. Between the two, my favorite was the pastrami.

AFTER-SHOW

Dumpling Cafe: The Taiwan-style noodles with pork and vegetables was hands down the best bite of the day. They weren’t greasy. They weren’t dry or over-cooked. There were so many layers of flavor in this dish and they all complemented each other. I can admit that I horded this dish and didn’t share as much as I should have.

Images © Alton Brown, 2014

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    MATTHEW BABINEAU

    Coffee wise there is a new great place close to where Gene’s is. Gracenote Coffee is a small but amazing coffee shop and the people there are passionate and fun about coffee.

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    ChefJoe

    Welcome to Boston !! Taipei Gourmet in Lexington for the best Taiwanese food and Filepe’s Taqueria in Harvard Square, awesome carnitas and burritos

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    Aiiileen

    I’m so glad you had the chance to experience Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe. We’re super fans of his amazing offerings. He had no idea you were there until your twitter following rushed in after you had left!

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