Best Homestyle Restaurants in Boston

Get Your Fix of Wicked Good Homestyle Favorites at These Boston Restaurants

Boston is a big city with lots of restaurants that will satisfy your craving for that hearty plate of something familiar. Homestyle restaurants are in abundance and offer everything from diner delights to comfort food classics to plates of pasta and even gooey deep fried mozzarella sticks. 10best has rounded up the best of the best in Boston to complete a list that offers a little taste of home.

When you crave a bubbling bowl of cheesy goodness, topped with just the right amount of breadcrumbs, Silvertone's is a must. Here you'll not only find the best bowl of mac n' cheese in all of Boston, but you'll also encounter menu items that will fill your need for a trip to mom's house like darn good buffalo wings, a delicious meatloaf and shepard's pie. Italian restaurants rule the city with some, like Nebo, that turn out plates of perfect pasta, Italian style meats and an array of appetizers that could circulate your table to be an entire meal. No homestyle is complete without a good diner, and one of the most lauded in Boston is Mike's City Diner where their breakfast and lunch menus are filled with homestyle American favorites. 



Set on an unassuming corner of South Boston's main drags, Cafe Polonia serves homestyle Polish cuisine that can't be found anyplace else in the Boston area. Humble food, prepped from scratch consistently comes out of the kitchen. Whether you're of Polish decent seeking an authentic meal, or simply interested in sampling quality Polish home cooking, Cafe Polonia will make you feel at home. Take int the simple yet authentic Polish countryside decor and enjoy heaping plates of prepped from scratch Polish favorites. Enjoy traditional items like stuffed cabbage, potato dumplings, potato pancakes, and pierogi for a real taste of homestyle Polish fare.

Recommended for Homestyle because: At Cafe Polonia you'll get made from scratch plates of homestyle Polish cooking in an authentic setting.

Jessica's expert tip: The stuffed cabbage, and potato dumplings are must-try menu items.

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Trina's Starlite Lounge is a funky find that serves comfort food you'll find yourself craving. Having received numerous local and national accolades for homestyle favorites like their fried chicken and hot dogs, you can be sure you'll get a taste of home at Trina's Starlite Lounge. A visit to Trina's can be yours for brunch or dinner. In place of reservations, Trina's offers walk-in only, allowing you to skip the planning ahead stage just like you would at home. Serving killer cocktails, Trina's draws crowds to drink as well as eat. Stop into Trina's for a chill night with friends enjoy good quality comfort food.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Trina's Starlite lounge is a cool spot for comfort food where you'll feel right at home.

Jessica's expert tip: The fried chicken and hot dog are tow of Trina's extra special items.

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Mike's is open for business for both breakfast and lunch, and it does both equally well. The early-morning pancakes are lighter than air, and the eggs and grits are perfect comfort food for whatever ails you. Turkey and mashed potatoes are served in extra large portions to eager lunchers looking for their fix of eats just like mama used to make. The black and white checkered tablecloths and red bar make for a homey environment, and the waitresses really know their stuff because they've been serving up food like this for years. at Mike's City Diner you'll get more than just the food in front of you, you'll get a homestyle meal.

Recommended for Homestyle because: The large portions of diner food that come to you from the kitchen at Mike's City Diner are as comforting as the environment.

Jessica's expert tip: A South End neighborhood hot spot that you'll love as much as the locals. Order light because portions are huge.

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Johnny's Luncheonette has a 50's diner feel and serves breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner. Their seriously sensational homestyle food evokes the essence of an era when meals were made from scratch and cooked with love in your kitchen. Loyal customers come to this Newton Center food shop more than once a week to get a taste of their favorites. Breakfast favorites run the gamut from basic eggs and flapjacks to uniquely Johnny's specials like their Pastrami Scramble, while lunch and diner offerings are just like mom might serve. Enjoy a hearty meatloaf, mac n cheese, burgers, sandwiches, and even borscht or chopped liver. With such a varied selection, you can be sure there will be something you crave on the menu.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Johnny's Luncheonette is a nostalgic spot that serves great homestyle food.

Jessica's expert tip: Breakfast is served all day, but don't overlook their dinner entrees or sandwiches.

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Nebo Restaurant and Bar
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For gravy like grandma made head over to Boston's Greenway where NEBO has made its home. This Italian eatery serves homestyle Italian favorites inspired by their mother's recipes and plates them with pride. A modern industrial space has a cozy feel enhanced by its open kitchen and views of the Greenway outside its doors. A small patio allows for outside seating, while the bar inside allows walk ins, without reservations, the chance to dine in style even on the busies of nights. Dive into a plate of their gluten free pasta with a Neapolitan style bolognese that is packed with flavor and quite similar to the real thing, while their gluten free pizza will have you returning for more.

Recommended for Homestyle because: At Nebo, the idea is to share, like you would at Sunday dinner; order a variety and dig in, just like you would at home.

Jessica's expert tip: Save room for dessert like the sinfully rich flourless chocolate cake or the airy panna cotta.

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Heading down the tiny road that is Bromfield Street in Boston's Downtown neighborhood, then making your through the almost hidden entryway that leads you down a nondescript stairwell and into the dark den that is Silvertone, you may ask yourself what the heck you're in for. The answer is hands down the best homestyle food in Boston. Serving comfort food at low prices is what Silvertone's has done well for more than a decade. A meal of buffalo wings served with actual blue cheese (not dressing) and their aboslutly amazing mac n' cheese, served with lightly dressed mixed greens on the side is under $20. Regulars rave about the meatloaf and can't get enough of their burger. If the cool setting makes you feel you need a fabulous drink, indulge as it may be the most expensive thing your order.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Silvertone is the spot for homestyle favorites in Boston; the only problem being the food here is even better than at home.

Jessica's expert tip: Mac n' cheese is a must at Silvertone.

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This eclectic restaurant, located in the elegant Charles Hotel, emphasizes New England-inspired dishes, and the use of fresh local ingredients has become one of Henrietta's most enduring qualities. Farmhouse-chic decor distinguishes the interior, and sidewalk seating is available, weather permitting. The dinner menu is filled with New England specialty items that bring lots of loyal return customers. A three-course, a la carte brunch is featured on Saturdays, but Sunday's brunch is the one you should not miss. Having won well deserved awards over the years, they manage to take the stigma out of the word buffet by serving fresh fare favoring local ingredients. Platters of perfectly seasoned grilled vegetables, a cheese plate that includes delectable terrines, and pates, a raw bar overflowing with jumbo shrimp and Wellfleet oysters and bagels with all the trimmings welcome you to fill your plate as often as you'd like.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Henrietta's offers hearty local items like Yankee pot roast, and lamb shank with root vegetables that define homestyle in New England.

Jessica's expert tip: Pace yourself! The food is so well prepared you may want to pile it all on your plate right away, but Henrietta's is a nice place to linger so resist the urge and enjoy more than one trip through the buffet.

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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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