Food & Drink

The best frozen treats in Boston, from tequila snow cones to lobster shell concretes

Published On 06/06/2013 Published On 06/06/2013
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1. Shake Shack 49 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (Chestnut Hill)

Billed as a "modern day roadside burger stand", NYC's notoriously cultish Shake Shack has officially opened in Chestnut Hill, giving those damn kids at BC first dibs on their signature Angus patties, frozen custards, and loaded "flat-top" dogs.

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2. Abbott's Frozen Custard 360 Washington St, Boston, MA 02135 (Downtown Crossing)

The Downtown Crossing outpost of this dairy-dessert chain is well worth a visit when you're in the mood for some custard... or those Bluth-esque frozen bananas, which are especially delicious dipped in chocolate and rolled in whatever topping your heart desires. Except for vodka. Sorry.

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3. Grass Fed 605 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130 (Jamaica Plain)

As its name suggest, this place is a burger joint. But before you pigeon hole it, just know that they also dole out sammies, hotdogs, and probably the most overlooked/underrated item, adult milkshakes(!) with flavors like Salted Caramel and Banana's Foster Parent.

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4. Papagayo 283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

If you enjoy tableside guac, swimmin'-fresh ceviche, fired-up tacos al pastor, and stacks on stacks of excellent tequila... then this is definitely your spot.

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5. Spinelli's Pasta & Pastry Shoppe 282 Bennington St, East Boston, MA 02128 (East Boston)

This East Boston shop(pe) from the legendary caterers is THE place to go to fulfill your Italian-prepared-foods-and-pastries desires -- no wedding necessary. The pre-made chicken parm and eggplant & chicken dishes are especially worth a visit; just heat 'em up and pretend that you made it from scratch.