Boston foodie culture is more than just high prices in stuffy settings. Boston spots that please the palates of foodie locals dot the city's landscape, and many offer their great eats at reasonable prices. Whether you're a junk foodie, a fast foodie, a truck foodie or a fun foodie, Boston has eateries just for you.
Downtown Boston restaurant and bar JM Curley is the spot for the junk foodie. Melding the desire for junk food with foodie taste buds, JM Curley corners the market on sweet and salty treats. The creative plates are reminiscent of childhood favorites, but with a twist that takes it a level far beyond basic.
At JM Curley, you'll indulge in ever-changing specialties like gourmet donuts (foie gras glazed with freshly made filling, for instance), fried chicken with fancy dipping sauces (pay the extra to order them all) and even the somewhat healthy beet Doritos. The casual bar atmosphere may take you by surprise, but you won't be disappointed. Jm Curley serves fried chicken with killer sauces — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
There are times when the foodie is on the go and a drive-through chain just won't cut it. Sofra was made with the fast foodie in mind. Sofra's fast casual Mediterranean concept combines the best of Chef Ana Sortun's bounty (much of which is grown on her family farm Siena Farms in Sudbury, MA) with the ease of counter ordering and the option to have it packed to go. The fast foodie will love her sandwiches, plates, mezzo and sweets. Order extra to savor later on.
Food trucks have taken hold of the food scene across the nation and locally in Boston, and some offer foodie-worthy cuisine. A Boston favorite is the A4 food truck, a creation of the folks who own Kendall Square hot spot Area Four. The truck foodie will feel right at home at A4.
Using the local seasonal ingredients of Area Four and handcrafting dough daily for their famous Piadini, A4 is a stellar reflection of Michael Leviton and Area Four’s local, sustainable ethos. A4 offers a fast, casual alternative to the sit-down haven and serves diners a high-quality, value-driven menu that is uncommon on four wheels. Breakfast and lunch are available.
The local white collar crowd of foodies return as often as A4 is parked close by. A4 is even a kid-friendly concept, so your little gourmets can indulge in A4's scavenger hunt and relish the reward of a giant, chocolate chip cookie (after eating one of the food truck's far better than average, filler-free hot dogs, of course).The A4 food truck pleases even little fans — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
The fun foodie will find a home at Tavern Road, where the environment is so upbeat and welcoming that you may want to linger for hours and try each of their specialty cocktails, after enjoying plates of foodie fare.
Serving reasonably priced small bites for sharing, plates of solo protein and a variety of sides, Tavern Road lets you mix and match to create a full meal or just share a bunch for a family-style feast. Indulge in their prochetta, share some whipped feta and sample a few items from their homemade charcuterie. You'll understand why Boston foodies are raving about Tavern Road.
With so many inexpensive, casual and even take-out options around, foodies in Boston never have to shell out serious cash for seriously good eats.