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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Boston is complete without tasting the traditional Boston food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Boston to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Chorizo: is made with pork meat or pork shoulder and possibly fat.
  • Linguiça: is a form of Portuguese cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika.
  • Finnan Haddie: is a smoked haddock and is the traditional dish of Scotland.
  • Fishcake: mashed boiled potatoes and flaked fish, served with tartar sauce.
  • Parker House Roll: are made with milk and are generally quite buttery, soft, and slightly sweet with a crispy shell. Invented at the Parker House hotel in Boston.
  • Pot Pie: it has a filling of meat (beef, chicken or turkey), gravy, and mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas).
  • Stuffed Quahogs: large, hard-shell clam stuffed with breading and possibly bacon., a classic Cape Cod appetizer and perfect for the summer.
  • Sweet Italian Sausage: is a versatile, tasty sausage for a variety of dishes.



Main courses

  • Boiled Lobster: they are simple to prepare, yet elegant to serve.
  • Boston Baked Beans: are a variety of baked beans, typically sweetened with molasses or maple syrup and flavored with salt pork or bacon.
  • Broiled Fisherman's Platter: lobster, scallops, shrimp, butter, paprika, wine.
  • Broiled scallops: wine, garlic powder, lemon juice and parsley, scallops.
  • Broiled Scrod with Lemon Butter: seasoning fish with butter and lemon.
  • Grilled Lamb: grilled leg of lamb, marinated first in rosemary garlic marinade, grilled over charcoal or gas.
  • Lobster Pie: sliced mushrooms, lobster, sherry, butter, and mixed vegetables, along with cream and other ingredients.
  • Lobster Savannah: lobster, water, butter, mushroom, green pepper, milk.
  • Oysters on the Half Shell: raw oysters served on the bottom shell.
  • New England Boiled Dinner: is the basis of a traditional New England meal, consisting of corned beef, cabbage and other vegetables.
  • New England Clam Bake: is a traditional method of cooking foods, especially seafood.
  • Pork and Clams: a quick and easy pork dish with Mediterranean flavours.
  • Steak Tip: meat and vegetables.
  • Steamed Clams: clams are steamed and then dipped in broth and then butter before being eaten by hand.
  • Yankee Pot Roast: is often served with carrots and/or potatoes as well as other vegetables such as onions simmered in the cooking liquid.


  • Brigham's Ice Cream: iconic Boston are brand.
  • Boston Cream Pie: is a round sponge cake, split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.
  • Cannoli: an Italian specialty: tube-shaped fried pastry shells, filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese filling.
  • Charleston Chew: is a candy bar consisting of flavored nougat covered in chocolate flavor coating (made in Boston).
  • Cider Doughnut: are a harvest tradition in autumn in the northeastern United States and are sometimes sold at cider mills. (Flavored with autumn spices like cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • Coffee Ice Cream: milk and cream infused with whole coffee beans.
  • Dunkin' Donuts Doughnut: iconic Boston coffee and doughnut store.
  • Grapenut Pudding: sugar, dry grapenuts, salt, eggs, vanilla. (old fashioned)
  • Indian Pudding: it consists of milk, cornmeal, and molasses, spices, butter, nuts. (old fashioned)
  • Lemon Lush: lemon pudding.
  • Necco Wafers: candy wafer. (Boston company)
  • Portuguese Sweet Bread: is a bread made with milk, sugar and/or honey
  • Profiterole: is a choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, or ice cream. (French)
  • Salt Water Taffy: is a candy and an upper-body workout all in one.
  • Toll-House-Cookies: famous classic American cookie that was invented in Massachusetts.
  • Whoopie Pie: is made of two round cookie-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.

Fast food

  • Chow Mein Sandwich: is a hot sandwich, which consists of a brown gravy-based chow mein mixture placed between halves of a hamburger-style bun.
  • Fluffernutter: is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, usually served on white bread.
  • Fried Clams: are made by deep frying soft-shell clams that have been dipped in batter.
  • Clam Roll: fried clams served in a hot dog bun.
  • Greek Style Pizza: style of pizza popularized by Greek immigrants. Can have any topping.
  • Lobster Rolls: typically a hot dog style of bun filled with cold lobster meat mixed with mayonaise. Can also be served hot drizzled with butter.
  • Onion Rings: are deep-fried onion slices (rings) commonly found in the United States.
  • Roast Beef Sandwich: is a sandwich that is made out of sliced roast beef or sometimes beef loaf.
  • White Clam Pizza: garlic, olive oil, flour for sprinkling, commercially made pizza dough, yellow.

Street food

  • Fenway Franks: beef hot dogs which are lightly smoked and spiced with garlic, onion, and mustard.
  • Grinder: submarine sandwich.
  • Steak Bomb: is a hot submarine sandwich commonly found in pizza and sub shops.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Harpoon: locally made "craft" beer. Tours available.
  • Samuel Adams: one of the pioneers in the "craft beer" movement. Now a fairly large craft beer company still based in Boston. Tours available.
  • Ward 8: rye, lemon juice, grenadine.

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