Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Lucky's Lounge355 Congress St, Boston
2. Saus33 Union St, Boston
3. Teatro Boston177 Tremont St, Boston
4. Kingston Station25 Kingston St, Boston
5. Brasserie Jo120 Huntington Ave, Boston
6. Shojo9 Tyler St, Boston
7. Sunset Grill & Tap130 Brighton Ave, Allston
8. Sunset Cantina916 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
9. Grill 23161 Berkeley St, Boston
During the early days of the Fort Point renaissance, Lucky’s opted for out-of-the-way-no-sign-having coolness in this red, plush '50s-esque lounge. Even cooler: there’s FREE shuttle service to Lucky's from anywhere in South Boston!
Come to Saus to get the best of all things Belgian -- that means you're chomping down on pommes frites (with over 13 different sauce/saus options) and Liége waffle sundaes.
Teatro, a high-end Italian spot in the Theatre District, is best known for their house-made pastas and gelatos. Here’s a not-so-secret secret: order the fries. Parmesan truffle fries, to be exact. These subtly flavored stunners start with a salty crunch and finish with the aromatic nuttiness of parmigiano reggiano. Good luck sharing. Spoiler: you won’t do it.
Kingston Station defines “urban bistro” with their creative fusion cuisine (like the very popular Ginger Edamame Hummus). As such, they take their truffle fries to a whole other level. They coat crispy potatoes with truffle oil and scallions and then cover them with a happy blanket of melted gruyere. Erase your memory with some Absinthe and get the fries again. Repeat as necessary.
Brasserie Jo brings traditional French fare to Back Bay, with classics like coq au vin, Tarte Flambée, and steak au poivre. And every brasserie worth its weight in butter must have excellent pommes frites. It’s a law or something. Brasserie Jo delivers with no-nonsense, simply-executed fries that complement every dish.
Tucked away in Downtown Boston's Chinatown and named for a Japanese sea spirit, Shojo focuses their Asian fusion far on small plates of meats and steamed buns alongside savory noodle bowls. Much like its customers who order a slew of plates and share them amongst themselves, this hidden treasure covered with urban takes on famous Japanese art has also got a penchant for sake and inventive house cocktails.
Although this Allston spot is known primarily for its HUGE beer selection (nearly 400) -- which makes sense, because this joint is right near BU and is in the frat/party central area of the campus -- it's also got a massive food menu to boast about. It features everything you could possibly think of, including nachos, BBQ ribs, fish tacos, 1/2 lb. burgers, fajitas, and a bunch more. If you aren't coming here hungry, there must be something wrong.
Sunset Cantina delivers cheap Mexican fare to grateful BU students, and salty snacks are the best way to keep the crowds thirsty. They up the ante with their original Sour Cream-N-Chive Fries with homemade ranch and for heat lovers, the oh-so-smoky Cajun Fire Fries will put sweat on your brow. (Also served with ranch for cooling purposes.)
Designed with a multi-floor dining room, enormous traditional columns, and plenty of dark mahogany paneling, Grill 23 provides the ideal setting for sophisticated white-tablecloth dining. The menu offers one of the best steaks in the city: an 18oz, 100-day aged prime ribeye with a charred salty crust. The wine list is equally laudable and includes plenty of options to pair with your savory entrée.