I am a Chowhound reading, Zagat eschewing foodie. If you know that expensive is not always good, and like a combination of local haunts and some tourist spots (we are after all tourists), then this is the list for you.
Here are my top picks for the food savvy visitor conveniently mapped out on Google Maps. I selected restaurants that were convenient to tourist attractions, and serve food that you won't find elsewhere. Impress your Boston foodie friends and eat where the people in the know eat!
Best Restaurants in Boston - Visitor's Guide
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Best Restaurants in Boston (list format):
Christina's Ice Cream - Best ice cream! (Inman Square, Cambridge)
Clio Restaurant - Most Creative, try the tasting menu (Back Bay)
Croma - Bar and Pizzaria if you must eat on Newbury (Newbury Street)
Eastern Standard - Meal before a Red Sox Game (Fenway)
Flour Bakery and Cafe - Famed Sticky Buns(South End)
Giacomo's - If you must have Italian (North End)
Hungry Mother - Southern Influence (Kendall Square)
J.P. Licks - Good ice cream on Newbury (Newbury Street)
L.A. Burdick's Chocolate - Best Hot Chocolate (Harvard Square)
L'espalier - Boston's Finest (Back Bay)
Neptune Oyster - Oysters and lobster roll here! This is Boston!(North End)
Petite Robert Bistro - Meal before a Sox Game (Fenway)
Rendezvous - New American - My favorite (Central Square, Cambridge)
Tea Luxe - It's a local chain but nice to stop here and recharge (Newbury Street)
Tony's Clam Shop - Best fried clams (Quincy)
Toro - Tapas and drinks (South End)
If there are particular ethnic foods that you are craving (depending on where you're from), refer to my best lists.
Best Dim Sum Restaurants
Best Japanese / Sushi Restuarants
Best Korean Restaurants
Best Sichuan Restaurants
Best Thai Restaurants
Purchase Before you Visit Boston
I highly recommend this street map of Boston and Cambridge which will come in handy as you explore the city. I used this when I first moved to Boston. Others are fun reads to get yourself into the spirit of bean town!