You can eat the greatest oysters in the world at Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Neptune Oyster; have ridiculously delicious (and underrated) chowder at Ned Devine's, Summer Shack, Barking Crab, and yes, Legal Sea Foods. Get involved in the North End cannoli wars at Mike's and Modern (the correct answer is Mike's, dammit), eat shockingly good pizza at Santarpio's, Picco, Locale, or Galleria Umberto, and even indulge in the Northeast burrito cult that is Anna's Taqueria. Point being, if there is a national food dance, Boston is the only gal from Mass getting an invite.
Michigan: Grand Rapids
Detroit is great, but its overall food scene is more the sum of its metro area (Ferndale, Hamtramck, Dearborn… not Taylor), so that seems a bit of a stretch when naming the best proper food city. And while we've been on Traverse City's jock for a while now, that seems a bit disingenuous, considering the size. Grand Rapids, though, has been making a huge mark on the Mitten, rising as the state's best beer city and it's finest place to eat, thanks to fine dining on pan-Polish/German/Latin cuisine at the farm-fresh UN of eating that is Grove, Euro-flecked beer/food-obsessed Green Well, Mediterranean-inspired comfort food and breakfast courtesy of Marie Catrib's, duck-confit nachos at the gorgeous Brewery Vivant, and so, so much more. The whole "being a beautiful city" thing is icing on the cake. Oh shit, that reminds us: get a cake at Cakabakery.