Boston for Dining – Delight Your Taste Buds With the Best in the Northeast

Which major east coast city is home to the 2007 Best Northeast Chef? If you said New York City and that is your final answer, you just lost the game. If you said Boston, you win the prize. And the 2007 James Beard Award Best Northeast Chef is just the beginning of what Boston has to delight your taste buds.

In the heart of fashionable Back Bay, in an 1880 townhouse, you will find sophisticated and modern New England-French cuisine, with an emphasis on artisanal and New England ingredients. At L’Espalier (30 Gloucester Street), you will also find Chef Frank McClelland, the 2007 James Beard Award Best Northeast Chef. Also in Back Bay, you’ll find a specialist in classic steak house cuisine and an award-winning wine selection at Capital Grille (359 Newbury Street). And at Vox (755 Boylston Street), known for its martinis, Chef Eric Bogardus offers dishes like Woven Flounder or Ostrich Stroganoff on an American Bistro-style menu.

Seafood is a New England classic and part of Boston’s history is its noted seafood. The Union Oyster House (41 Union Street), established in 1826, claims to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the USA. They claim you can find the best clam chowder in New England, along with fresh seafood. Reserve the booth John F. Kennedy favored while practicing law in his early days. Overlooking Boston Harbor, Anthony’s Pier 4 (140 Northern Avenue) offers an exceptional dining experience with the freshest seafood and succulent Maine lobsters. At Atlantic Fish Co. (761 Boylston Street) the kitchen serves up raw bar classics like shrimp cocktail, iced Littleneck clams and Blue Point oysters. For a more upscale ambience, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (34 Columbus Ave, Boston Park Plaza Hotel) is just the ticket in the Theatre District.

Boston’s North End is famous for all things Italian, and the restaurants live up to the reputation. Cantina Italiana (346 Hanover Street) is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike. Open since 1931, Cantina Italiana is the oldest restaurant in the North End, and offers a warm and charming atmosphere with a relaxed dining experience. Ristorante Fiore (250 Hanover Street) offers authentic Italian cuisine in an elegant setting and the North End’s only seasonal patio and rooftop dining.

If Sunday Brunch is your dish, Café Fleuri (250 Franklin Street, The Langham hotel) was voted one of Boston’s best. The Sunday Jazz Brunch is just one of its specialties. It offers a brasserie-style dining experience, with an open kitchen and complete brick oven that allows diners a glimpse of culinary creativity firsthand. In addition to breakfast (voted “Best Power Breakfast”), lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Café Fleuri also offers a famous Saturday Chocolate Bar. Harvest (44 Brattle Street, Cambridge) offers another award-winning Sunday Brunch, as well as American cuisine showcasing the region’s freshest ingredients and seasonal product. Harvest was voted Top New England Restaurant by the Zagat Survey. If you’re packing kids, Bostonians recommend Toro (1704 Washington Street), voted Best of Boston 2007 Kid-Friendly Brunch.

For a meal with a view, Top of the Hub (800 Boylston Street, Prudential Center, 52nd Floor) offers a 360-degree view of the city, plus live jazz and original American dishes with unique flavors.

No major city is without its friendly arguments over the best pizza and Boston is no exception. At Pizzeria Regina (11 Thacher Street), Bostonians have enjoyed tasty brick oven pizza for over 70 years. For specialty pizza, head to Croma (269 Newbury Street), where the special is in the combinations like Peking duck, scallions, and hoisin sauce, or bacon, sausage, mozzarella, and an egg, sunny-side up.

For casual dining, try Bukowski Tavern (50 Dalton Street), voted Best of Boston 2007 Pub Grub. The burgers are big and messy, and the menu includes classic barbequed chicken tenders and the one and only White-Trash Cheese Dip. If you want your casual with a healthy twist, try B. Good (131 Dartmouth Street), where two childhood friends offers guilt-free burgers, fries, along with vegetarian dishes and salads.

Top off your Boston tastebud tour with a confection from Choco Choco House (83 Pembroke Street), voted Best of Boston 2007 Chocolate. Or indulge in one of Boston’s favorite dishes, ice cream. Bostonians eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in the USA, and when they want the best, it’s Christina’s (1255 Cambridge Street) with 40 rotating offerings, some created with ingredients from the spice shop next door.

Things to Do in Boston

Boston is a city steeped in American history and lore. It is the largest city in New England and has a wealth of experiences to offer any traveler. Over the years Boston has enjoyed a steady increase in tourism, and is now one of the top 10 tourist sites in the United States. The best time to visit Boston is during the spring or summer, especially May through September.

There are myriad options for getting into Boston, with Logan International Airport being the easiest. The airport services every major international airline, as well as serving as a hub for domestic flights and connections. The airport is not far out of town, and taxis as well as shuttles are cheap going to the city center. Trains and buses also service Boston, it serves as an Amtrak hub and there are numerous bus lines coming from the entire northeast region. The best thing about arriving in Boston after a long trip is that it has fantastic public transportation and is laid out as a walking city, so a car is unnecessary.

There are too many sights to see on just one trip, but these are some of the top-rated experiences from people in the know:

o The Boston Museum of Fine Arts houses impressive collections of French Impressionistic art, as well as huge collections of Japanese and Greek artifacts.
o The New England Aquarium until recently held the largest fish tank in the world, and is still an excellent choice for anyone that loves aquatic life.
o The Panopticon Gallery, founded in the 1970s, is dedicated solely to photography and has excellent contemporary works.
o The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk through historic sites that played integral roles in America’s war for independence.
o Boston’s local brewery, Sam Adams, offers tours with free beer samples throughout.
o If baseball season is on, no trip to Boston would be complete without catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park!
o Schools like MIT and Harvard, some of the most prestigious in the world, reside in Boston and offer campus tours for free.

Boston is known far and wide for its incredible bar scene, and it is not uncommon to see one or two bars on nearly every block. The most dense concentrations of bars can be found on Canal Street, Downtown Crossing, around Fenway, and Harvard Square. Irish pubs abound, and many tourists try to find their own “perfect” watering hole. Tired bar goers can find their caffeine fix at any of the innumerable Dunkin’ Donuts locations around Boston, the city where it was born. Dining in Boston is like most metropolitan cities, in that there is something to be found for everyone. If there are two things New England and Boston in particular are known for when it comes to food, they are clam chowder and lobster. Both should be sampled before leaving the city.

Boston is one of America’s great cities, and everyone should make a visit at least once.

How to Find the Right Boston Airport Car Service

Boston air is always infused with academic charm. Many people come to the city not just to experience its lavish lifestyle, which is magnificent in its own right, but to fill themselves with the knowledge of high arts, complex science, and mind numbing logic. A Boston airport transportation limo becomes witness to many such heated and spirited discussions struck when among the passengers when commuting to or from airport to the university.

Boston, the city that sprawls in 89.63 miles and gives home to hundreds of thousands of people, has in excess of 100 colleges and university where more than 250,000 students come to satiate their hunger for knowledge and expertise. It is one of the major education hubs of the United States. The academic buzz has fetched the name of “the Athens of America” for the city.

The demand for limousine in Boston and its neighborhood is fueled not only by party goers or corporate executives, but also by people in academic circles. Students of various colleges and university also demand for a world-class Boston airport car service to carry them to and from the airport. Although I do not have any data to support this, I think students contribute a great deal to Boston airport transportation business.

When mentioning Boston it is prudent to mention nightlife of the city, which is made exciting by the presence of various nightclubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants. The city is famous for its restaurants which has unique mix of live music and sumptuous food. From The Alchemist Lounge on Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain to Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro, South St. Downtown to Julien Restaurant on Franklin St (Langham Hotel) to Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge on Amory Street, Jamaica Plain to Zuzu to The Middle east; each restaurant in the city provides a wide range of choices both in food and music. And for an art lover, the rotating art gallery of Zuzu is quite a treat.

But how to hire a right Boston airport car service?

If you have been struggling with this question then an answer to your problem, if not plight, has been found which I am going to describe below.

Step 1: Recommendation, recommendation, and recommendation

Seek recommendation from your friends and families. Nothing works better than personal recommendation in hiring a limousine. Talk to people who have availed limo services in Boston and ask not only about which company to go for, but also about the factors you should care for when hiring a limousine in Boston.

Step 2: Scan through local business directory

Now many people appreciate the importance of scanning through a reliable local business directory while hiring a limousine. Go for the best local business directory and look for the available alternatives. The folks behind the directory will include companies with dubious background or missing credentials (scams) because they also have to protect brand image of their business directory. Use this source to make a primary list of limo rental companies to call.

Step 3: Compare the offerings

Make a secondary list of 3 to 4 limousine rental companies in Boston. Talk to each one of them and ask them as many questions about their fleet, chauffeur, interior, model and make of their fleet, sitting space, etc., and do head to head comparison of each features.

You should base your judgment of hiring Boston Airport transportation on all three factors, not any one of the three factors. Each one of them is of equal importance, do not overlook any.