Pizza with Mushroom and Onion
Name: Haymarket Pizza “The Famous One”
Location: Boston, MA
Meal: Slice of Mushroom and Onion Pizza and a Pepsi
People often make the joke that pizza is a lot like something else, even when it is bad it is still pizza. I’ve been to the top of the pizza world, having eaten at a coal-fired pizzeria in Naples, Italy. I’ve also had crappy college delivery pizza at 1:00 in the morning. Haymarket Pizza was definitely on the better half of my pizza scale. The crust is great, the sauce a little strong (heavy on oregano), and the cheese is melted so therefore good. What Haymarket excels at is delivering a tasty meal quickly and at a very decent price. During lunchtime they do such a steady business that any one of their dozen-plus varieties of pizza is served piping hot without any reheating. You can easily be in and out of Haymarket with two slices and a drink in less than 3 minutes and having spent less than $6.00.
Inside Haymarket Pizza
Haymarket Pizza "The Famous One"
Fresh Roasted Garlic
Name: Vinny T’s of Boston
Meal: Fried Mozzarella, Linguine with White Clam Sauce, and a Martini
The foodie in my wants to abhor chain restaurants. Commonsense should tell me that if a restaurant is good enough to be franchised it means it is probably pretty good. Vinny T’s in Boston is an example of one of these chains restaurants worth visiting. I was in Boston, luckily with a friend who used to live in the neighborhood and knew that I’d enjoy Vinny’s. Let me preface my next comment by saying that I really enjoy Maggiano’s; they do Italian and service really, really well. My short description of Vinny T’s is that they are the restaurant that Maggiano’s tries to be. I understand that the pictures that decorate the walls don’t actually have any connection to anyone actually involved with Vinny T’s but it does come off a lot less contrived then Applebee’s and Fridays (to be honest, that’s pretty easy to do). Continue reading
New England Clam Chowder
Name: Union Oyster House
Meal: New England Clam Chowder and Sam Adams Summer Ale
Type: Formal Seafood
Anyone who has read my entries before knows that I love older establishments; restaurants that have been serving quality for years if not decades. I may have taken this love to an extreme with my visit to Union Oyster House in Boston, MA. Union Oyster House holds the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in the United States. They have been operating from the same location since 1826. It is so old that records of its creation don’t exist. Needless to say, if you can stay in business that long you’re doing it right. The restaurant is located just around the corner from Faneuil Hall, Boston’s most popular tourist destination so its a little touristy but they handle it well.
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Legal Sea Food Lobster
Name: Legal Sea Foods
Location: Logan International Airport, Terminal C
Meal: Lobster, Onion Rings, Broccoli, and a Pepsi
Type: Formal Seafood
Flying isn’t very fun these days; between the check-in process, luggage fees, and cramped quarters there isn’t a whole lot to love. Air travel takes a turn for the worse when you hurry to get to the airport only to find out they have delayed your flight for no reason (ahem..AirTran). Of course no one likes to be delayed from their flight but Boston’s Logan Airport has at least tried to make it bearable. Logan has a Street Pricing Policy that ensures you pay no more for a meal at the airport then you would elsewhere around Boston. They also make sure to bring in restaurants you would actually like to eat a meal at. Legal Sea Food was one of the first high-end restaurants to open in the airport and as luck would have it they opened in the very terminal I found myself stranded.
Name: Jacob Wirth Restaurant
Location: Boston, MA
Meal: Wedge Salad, Sausage Sampler, and New England Clam Chowder
Jacob Wirth came highly recommended to me by my brother who used to visit frequently with his work in Boston’s theater district. I’ll have to concede this one to my big brother and admit the recommendation was dead on; Jacob Wirth is a great restaurant. Boston is an old town with lots of history; Jake’s is the second oldest restaurant in Boston. It is safe to say that Jacob Wirth’s knows what they’re doing.