My Fulbright Story: Boston Eats

As a bit of a foodie, I always enjoy exploring a city’s culture through its culinary delights. 

Given its history and geographical location, a typical Boston menu includes a lobster roll, clam chowder, Fenway frank and good hearty Italian food

Based on recommendations from locals, here’s my take on some of Boston’s most popular eateries. 

Union Oyster House

Coined ‘America’s oldest restaurant’ and naturally the oldest restaurant (and brick building) in Boston, this restaurant has lived through all key moments in history.

From hosting early talks of the American Revolution, housing exiled Louis Phillippe who would later become King of France, to being the first location where the humble toothpick was sold in the U.S., today, the decor continues to pay homage to its distant past. 

Given its standing as a National Historical Landmark, it was only fitting to taste test the lobster roll and clam chowder.

My verdict? Because Sydney is home to some of the best lobsters in the world (although this is apparently debatable as some food critics would argue that Sydney’s lobsters are in fact ‘sea crayfish’), I wasn’t overly amazed. Similarly, although the clam chowder was good, it did taste a lot like potato and leek soup. 

Regina’s Pizzeria

Regina’s Pizzeria is one of those food institutions that can boast about its history in being Boston’s ‘Original Pizzeria’. And when a pizzeria is voted as the #1 pizzeria in the U.S., you know you’d have to make a visit. 

It certainly did not disappoint – big servings, spongey crust, and all the goodness of a pizza cooked in a brick oven. 

At its original North End real estate, a delightfully quirky detail is an assortment of police badges from all over the world that quickly fills its walls. Fortunately for our group of Aussies, we serendipitously found the New South Wales and Western Australia police badge hanging just above our booth! 

Mike’s Pastry

Arguably the most talked about food destination for anyone visiting Boston is Mike’s Pastry

With nearly 80 years history, this store has its own cult following with the go-to item being the infamous cannoli. 

At $5 a pop, you can choose from dozens of flavours as you momentarily forget about being health conscious! (Personally, my favourite is still the original).

Fenway Frank

I’d say a Fenway frank is to baseball what a meat pie is to the Australian Football League. 

Named after Fenway Park stadium, this game day food is serious business. In 2017 alone, approximately 19 million fenway franks were consumed – that’s a LOT of hot dogs! 

Unfortunately, because us Aussies have our own iconic sausage sizzle, the Fenway frank was quite underwhelming. Sorry, Boston!

Fenway Frank or Sausage Sizzle? Atlantic or Eastern Rock Lobster? Let me know in the comments below!

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