Favorite Places to eat

Places that keep me coming back over and over, and even traveling to be able to enjoy their creations.

Boston, MA (and nearby towns)

  • Bakers Best, Newton, MA. Great for brunch on the weekends.
  • Cambridge 1, Cambridge, MA. Great artisanal pizza and atmosphere. 
  • Chez Henri, Cambridge, MA. Really comforting, elegant food. The bar has a different yet also worthy menu, try the  empanadas and do not leave without getting a cuban sandwich. We actually had our wedding rehearsal dinner here. The owner/chef, Paul is a really great guy.
  • L’espalier, Boston, MA. Very gourmet and inventive French food. Superb service and overall experience.
  • Taberna de Haro, Brookline, MA. See my review for more details.
  • The Metropolitan Club, Chestnut Hill, MA. Great for a upscale brunch.

Cape Cod, MA (and nearby towns)

More details in my recap of great food on our last trip there.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • Les Pyrenees – In old Montreal. Really nice atmosphere, not too fancy but the food is amazing. The menu changes all the time but I adore their lentils and sausage dish.
  • Mondavie – In old Montreal. The food and wine are great at this little bistro. Their house made pasta just melts in your mouth.
  • Olive + Gourmando – In old Montreal. Awesome bakery with really great coffee and great pastries. They also have a little café with a fantastic looking menu. Only open Tue – Sat.
  • Stash Café – In old Montreal. Fun place to try delicious polish food. Their pirogues are a must try. They also have nice tables by large open windows and a quirky atmosphere.
  • Vauvert – In old Montreal. This restaurant is at one of the hotel we’ve stayed at. The food is great and the atmosphere is young and hip. Their bar is nice and I think you can order tapas (if not the entire menu) there.

New Orleans, LA

  • Jacque-Imo’s – Fantastic creole and cajun food. You HAVE to go here is you are in New Orleans.
  • Acme Oyster House – Their shrimp po’boy is something I crave regularly.
  • Café Du Monde at the French Market – Yes it is touristy but it is a great experience that must be tried by all.
  • Mother’s -  Go early, be prepared to wait in line but it will be worth it.

New York, NY

I love eating in NY. Here are just a few of the ones I want to share as must try’s.

  • Carnegie Deli – The hot pastrami sandwich is fantastically good. They may have other great items, but I can’t bring myself to try anything else the few times I’ve gone. It can get very crowded though, so here’s a tip…go in and order yours to go, then walk over to central park, find a nice people watching spot and enjoy it there. 
  • Chelsea Market – an old building with its corridor lined with diverse eateries and specialty shops. It is also home to the Food Network in NY. Read my review for more details.
  • Sarabeth’s at Central Park – right next to central park, gourmet menu, great for brunch/lunch. It will feel like a treat. Read my review for more details.

San Francisco, CA (and surrounding area)

  • Boccalone – located at the Ferry Building serving up amazing salumi and sandwiches. Read more here.
  • Gott’s Roadside – see my review of their Napa location for more details.
  • The Ferry Building – Another historic building repurposed and now lined with amazing local eateries and specialty shops with a focus on local products and sustainable practices. Home to one of my favs, Boccolone.
  • Out The Door at Westfield – modern Vietnamese cooking using local ingredients. Their white and yellow sweet corn with minced pork dish is really phenomenal. They also serve Hong Kong milk tea, which I just can’t get enough of as it reminds me so fondly of my childhood. (Jan 21, 2011 Update: They no longer have milk tea on the menu. Huge disappointment!)

Palo Alto, CA (and surrounding area)

  • Mayfield Café, Palo Alto, CA – While the service isn’t always top notch, I love the food, the local and sustainable approach of the chef and eating outside on their patio.
  • Coupa Cafe – Their Spicy Maya hot chocolate is so good, a must order when you go. They also have a great menu offering nice combinations and something for everyone. I just had the scrambled eggs with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and chives this morning (served with baguette and fruit) and it was extremely satisfying. Just beware that they do get very crowded, so it is best to go with a friend so one of you can scout out a table since you order at the counter, wait for beverages and get a number if you order food so servers can bring it to your table. Or bring a jacket or something like that to leave at an open table before you get in line to order. People seem to respect that to mean the table is taken. Just not newspaper since people tend to leave them for others to read.

Napa, CA (and surrounding area)

  • Farm at The Carneros Inn, CA – Amazing food and a very relaxing ambiance. I had the best pork chop I have ever had there. The menu changes often supporting local and organic sources.
  • Go Fish – see my review for full write-up. 
  • Gott’s Roadside – Awesome burgers. Burger joint food made with top notch ingredients that cares about being green. We went to the Napa location but I’m sure we’ll be hitting up the one at the Ferry Building in San Francisco soon!
  • Mark’s the Spot (Food Truck) – see my review for more details and photos!
  • Market – see my review for full write-up.

Bay area roaming Street Trucks/Carts
Moving to the Bay area has introduced me to gastro food trucks and I am in love with them! To see where these trucks will be next, follow their tweets.

  • Adobo Hobo (@adobohobo)– I thank them for introducing me to Chicken Adobo, a tasty, honest and comforting Filipino dish. Read a little more in my review.
  • HapaSF (@hapasf) – local, organic, seasonal, tasty and affordable Filipino food served out of a truck by a couple who seems genuinely nice. Gotta love it.
  • Jett Cakes (@jettcakes) – The peninsula’s original sweet truck brining delicious and inventive treats to the street! Be sure to follow on twitter so you can snag some yumminess soon. And to boot, Marianne is cool, she totally understood the first time I met her that my desire to buy more cupcakes was only limited by my ability to carry them safely and push a stroller.
  • Mad For Madeleines (@Mad4Madeleines) – The best madeleines I’ve ever tried. Their chocolate ones are a common craving of mine. See my write-up for a pic.
  • Sam’s Chowder Mobile (@chowdermobile) – Amazing lobster roll (this coming from a New Englander) and fried calamari.
  • Sweet Constructions (@sfcookies) – Love them, love their cookies. The cookies are really good, you can taste the quality and care that goes into them. I had to blog about them, read more here.
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