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.
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.
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.
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