Having matriculated in a university located in New England, many of my New York friends and family often come to me for eating recommendations in the region. The following is a New Yorker’s guide to food in New England.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 The Vehicle of Choice during a New England Road Trip – 2018 Mazda CX-9
- 0.2 The Mazda 2018 CX-9 has an engine like no other
- 0.3 Driving to New England On the Merritt Parkway with Mazda
- 0.4 Historic Food Stop – Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT
- 0.5 Burgers only at Louis Lunch in New Haven, CT
- 1 Boston’s Big Three with CityPASS
- 2 Hotels we’ve stayed in Boston, Massachusetts:
The Vehicle of Choice during a New England Road Trip – 2018 Mazda CX-9
My first suggestion – make it a road trip. Not only is it an easy drive, but a scenic one, especially during the Autumn months. Map out your stops and make a good playlist. Our ride of choice is the Mazda CX-9 Signature Edition.
Don’t expect a run-of-the-mill family vehicle; instead, expect a thing of beauty that is more akin to a sports vehicle. The exterior, a sleek machine gray metallic, with large alloy wheels, and headlights that can only be called sexy. In short, this is a luxury vehicle. The interior, a rich auburn finish, replete with napa leather seating that is akin to an expensive glove, and rosewood detail is reminiscent of 1920’s opulence.
The Mazda 2018 CX-9 has an engine like no other
Along with its sophistication is an engine like no other. It handles as easily as it picks-up. Brenda is the driver in the family and she indulged in the smoothness of the drive throughout the trip. Speaking of the music playlist, the Bose sound system is a cut above, and the insulated interior, all the difference in a gratifying ride. The vehicle can easily fit six passengers, and also has great mileage. Which is always a plus when driving a region trying to find the best food in New England.
Driving to New England On the Merritt Parkway with Mazda
One of the most splendid roads in New England is the Merritt Parkway. The abundance of green wooded areas can make one forget that within a few hours of the city, a bucolic setting can be found. Driving under historic bridges and through resplendent Connecticut towns can bring out the romantic in all. Notable exits would be Greenwich, CT., where it seems to be the birthplace of blue blazers and the Housatonic River, where its beauty easily reminds one of the early days when the Mohicans inhabited the area.
Historic Food Stop – Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT
Yes, there’s the Ivy League University, Yale; but there are also other reasons to visit New Haven, Connecticut. One stop not to miss is Louis’ Lunch the supposed birthplace of the American hamburger. The place itself is a time warp. Though the actual structure has been displaced from its original location, everything else has remained as it was when it opened in 1895, including their famous vertical box broilers.
Burgers only at Louis Lunch in New Haven, CT
The main course is burgers only, cooked to one temperature, with any combination of three simple toppings, which are onion, tomato, cheese. No fancy buns here, they are all served on toasted white bread. Don’t look for fries here, they serve an excellent potato salad instead and an array of bagged potato chips. This establishment is a testament to the fact that if you make one thing well, that’s all you’ll ever need. Cash Only.
Boston’s Big Three with CityPASS
When visiting a historical town such as Boston, there are many sites worth a visit. This can be quite costly if you want to truly immerse yourself in the city. We highly recommend looking to cut costs and long lines by purchasing a booklet from a company called, CityPASS. For a one time cost of $56 for adults (12+ years) and $44 for children (3-11 years), you’ll receive easy entry to New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, Harvard Museum of Natural History OR Boston Harbor Cruises. The savings is a minimum of 45%, and they’re good for a year if you don’t get to all the sites. To put things in perspective, the entrance price to the Aquarium alone is $28, and the lines always very long.
Skywalk Observatory in Boston with CityPASS
During our recent visit to the Skywalk Observatory, we noticed a large photo of Julia Childs and her list of favorite Boston recipes. On the list were Boston Scrod, Boston Baked Beans, and Boston Cream Pie. Without hesitation, off we went to get a taste of these quintessential dishes.
Durgin Park in Boston’s Faneuil Hall for some scrod
Durgin Park is a historic restaurant in the heart of Boston’s famed Faneuil Hall. It is situated perfectly for enjoying the thoroughfare of the marketplace. We always enjoy a plate of fried seafood when here, which includes the Boston Scrod. It’s immediately apparent that they plate out a lot of these. The day caught seafood is always fried to perfection. I’m used to this execution since my undergraduate days at Boston College, but our latest visit was the first for my daughter, who was for the record, impressed. This is the place to check Scrod off the list.
The Bull and Finch aka “Cheers” for some baked beans
One of the most beautiful sections of Boston is the Beacon Hill neighborhood. With streets literally steep and also in history, it’s old world charm at its best. There are many posh places in which to eat, but because my wife and I are fans of the 80’s sitcom, “Cheers”, one stop we always make when in town is a tavern in the area named, “The Bull and Finch”. This bar is the setting in which the sitcom is based. my wife and I are fans of the 80’s sitcom, “Cheers”, one stop we always make when in town is a tavern in the area named, “The Bull and Finch”Click To Tweet Though not a destination locals would often frequent, it’s just fine for we tourists. They also happen to serve really good Boston Baked Beans. Served in a big mug and always hot, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty. If you’re a fan of hot dogs, this is an excellent offering as it has bits of hot dog in the recipe. It also pairs wonderfully with a mug of cold beer (here, there are plenty from which to choose).
Visiting Harvard University
I have an affinity for Boston College, as I am an alumnus; but if there is one University that needs to be seen while in the Boston area, it must be Harvard. Across the famous Charles River is the city of Cambridge, where this world-renowned University sits. It is a beautiful campus and its outskirts are filled with shops and eateries that cater to the academic residents. A bakery named, Flour, is a favorite of the student body and also happens to serve excellent Boston Cream Pie. I believe it’s the best to be found. The yellow cake, fluffy; the chocolate icing, subtle; and the cream, decadent. A cake worthy of carrying the title and crossing the river.
Boston’s Little Italy, The North End
Another neighborhood worth visiting in Boston is the North End, Also Known as their “Little Italy”. Here you can find great Italian-American cuisine. We recommend dining in a joint called, L’Osteria, a red brick establishment on the corner of Salem Street and Bartlett Place. The hostess and waiters are nice but not too nice, the tacky tablecloths are checkered red and white, the flowers fake, and the Christmas lights are never taken down from the walls. We recommend ordering the spaghetti with white clam sauce. The manila clams are prepared is a simple white wine, olive oil, garlic and parsley sauce; simple and delicious. Pair it with a large carafe of refrigerated house white wine. This place is nothing short of perfect, everything you would want out of this neighborhood. It certainly has character.
Get Your Fill of Seafood in New England
For those who want to venture further, there is Maine for the famous lobsters (and Vermont for the quintessential cheddar). However, if like us, always short on time, there is a great alternative on the way home located in New London, Connecticut. Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock is beautifully set on the Long Island Sound and doles out some of the best seafood in all of New England. Here, one can get their fill of lobster in lieu of making a further journey up north. The range of the menu is wide, with steamed, broiled and fried offerings of just about any fruits of the sea you can name. However, no trip to New England is complete without a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. Here the chowder recipe is filled with lots of chopped clams and just the right amount of potato. Its creamy goodness is not for the faint-hearted. It makes for a perfect stop before heading back home.
Of course, there are plenty of dishes and destinations missing from this list. But, what did you expect from a New Yorker?
Thank you, Mazda and CityPASS for sponsoring our road trip to Boston. All opinions and words my own. Some links are affiliates, thank you.
Hotels we’ve stayed in Boston, Massachusetts:
The Boxer Boston Hotel
On our most recent visit, we stayed in the North End of Boston at a fantastic boutique hotel called The Boxer. It was a central area and we walked to Boston Public Gardens, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and of course, Little Italy from the hotel.
The Revere Hotel in Boston
We’ve also stayed at the Revere Hotel, a couple of years ago, which was also very convenient to all the attractions and restaurants. Plus, it has an indoor pool!