Eating Boston (so far)

I feel like I am well on the way to eating all of Boston, starting within 500 yards of the Seaport Hotel.

There are a ton of reviews coming from the UF team as well as from some of our foodie friends.   So far, I have had a pretty non-memorable fried food platter at “No Name” with fried clams, scallops, scrod, shrip and fries that seemed pretty Food Services of America to me…. just not well seasoned to be honest – the service is was awesome though and the waiter was a real character.

Yesterday, I had 2 meals at the highly recommended Aura in the hotel hear that ranged from “best I have had in a while” to “un-freaking-believable”  when I had the 2 of 3 of the 3 course Restaurant Week options for lunch and dinner.

More to come on that with pictures.

Best in Boston part 3:

Last week I was  joined by Paul Schiavone, the President of and Honor Lydon, the Managing Editor of the Restaurant News to chat about the Boston foodie scene and the hot and interesting chefs in Boston right now.

There are a ton of great restaurant names thrown around in this podcast including a few like Persephone and Aura that were brought up in some previous chats… where there is agreement between food writers and critics, there must be a heck of a meal.

We covered in detail a couple of the areas that we are really interested in hitting – the Seaport area, where we’ll be staying and working, the Fenway area where I will be making my baseball pilgrimage and Cambridge.


Paul and Honor really know the lay of the land when it comes to chef’s and restaurants in Boston and they also produce an amazing site at – they are really brilliant in that they actually provide menu’s and pictures (talk about your food porn) of the food from the restaurants they review.

Enjoy the Podcast!

Best of Boston: Hidden Boston Restaurants

Karen and Joel and I were in for a treat last week when we sat down with Marc from

Marc has spent a number of years writing on the Boston food scene beyond the tourist routes. He specializes in getting into the neighborhoods and checking out the places that are off the beaten path and has put together over 2000 pages of content on his site at He does a great job of breaking things down by Cuisine, Region and Cost to it’s easy to find what you want on his site. For instance in the Ethnic Foods section, he has you covered from Afghan to Vietnamese.

We started off asking him for recommendations around the Seaport area where we’ll be for the Affiliate Summit conference and branched out from there and ended up talking Fenway Park area food and Irish Pub Grub for the return trip after Tuesday night’s Red Sox game. Enjoy the podcast:


Some of his picks were:

Near the Seaport:

Eastern Pier – Hong Kong Style Seafood and Chinese food – not much to look at from outside, great view and “boat up” service with food and payment made by bucket out the window to boats waiting at the dock.

Salvatore’s – local Italian chain joint with funky “Euro” feel

The Channel Cafe – In the 4 Point Channel District – combo restaurant/ art gallery with great sandwiches, soups and salads


Shanti – mid to upscale Indian food in Dorcester – great food and service – light crowds every time Marc has been in.

Pho So 1Boston – Vietnamese noodle soup joint on Dorcester Avenue.

Mark recommends Dorcester Avenue for a variety of affordable ethnic cuisines.

Fenway Park Area:

India Quality

El Polon Tacqueria

Brown Sugar Cafe

Audobon Circle

We had a great time with Marc and look forward to investigating some of his recommendations in just over a week.   You can check out his site at

Best of Boston:

Karen and I were recently joined by Lauren Clark of on one of our favorite Ultimate Foodie podcasts to date. We’re headed to Boston for a tradeshow in 2 weeks and we wanted to know all about what the Boston bar scene was like and what the coolest places were to go for a relaxed beer or classic cocktail after any show festivities.

Lauren Clark is the publisher of, a guide to bars, bartenders and imbibing in Beantown. She is also a freelance drinks journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald and the New York Times, among other publications. A former bartender and brewer, Lauren is a founding member of the Boston chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC).

We chatted with Lauren for about 25 minutes and got some great tips from her on her top picks for nightlife for Affiliate Summit attendees.


Lauren has a really cool point of view that matches up with me as she isn’t a fan of the fancy neo-martini’s and clubs with velvet ropes to keep people out. She loves bars with history, great service, experienced bar tenders who know their stuff and ambience. Some of her favorite picks are:

Near the Seaport Hotel:

Legal Seafoods Test Kitchen


Tamo Bar at Aura (on site at Seaport Hotel)

Les Zygomates

The Bar at Radius

Kingston Station

Beer Bars –

The Publick House

The Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Square – oldest brew pub in Boston area.

Deep Ellum – tons of beers on tap along with some cool aged cask beers

Lauren’s Pick for best bar and best drink in Boston: The Pisco Sour at Eastern Standard

You can find the rest of her picks for the best bar’s in Boston at

If you have been to Boston or are from the Boston area and have your favorites, let’s hear them. Please feel free to comment below.

Boston foodies – UltimateFoodie wants you!

Boston pic from

I mentioned a while back that we’re coming to Boston from August 9-13 for a trade show.   We’re really excited to be hitting a town that we don’t have a ton of experience with.  It makes for a more adventurous trip as there are no comfortable “fall back” places to go to.   Every meal out will be a new adventure.

So here’s the deal -  if you are from the Boston area- and know Jack about the food and drink scene – we want to hear from you.   If you’d like to contribute some posts or reviews, let us know and we’ll set you up an account.   If you have a food blog of your own, we’ll throw you a back link.   If you’d like to podcast and can really bring it – let’s do it.  Get in touch with me at info [at] and let’s make arrangments.

I’m looking to put out some content in a number of areas: best places to take a client, best places to  get a great meal on a budget, best neighborhood joint, best fine dining, best street food, best place for a martini,  best neighborhood bar near the Seaport hotel, best ethnic cuisine.   You get the picture.

Stay tuned here.. we’re starting our “Best of Boston” series over the weekend with a podcast with Drew Koven of the best cookie and brownie bakers in Boston, Geoff and Drew’s Cookies.

Now – I am off to shop – cooking up the Orzo with Asparagus from our last guest Carolyn Tang’s site