Best in Boston part 3: BostonChefs.com

Last week I was  joined by Paul Schiavone, the President of BostonChefs.com 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.

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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 BostonChefs.com – 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 HiddenBoston.com.

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 HiddenBoston.com. 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:

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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

Ethnic:

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 www.hiddenboston.com