Tuesday, November 20, 2012


If you haven't figured it out already, I've been doing a lot of traveling lately. My most recent stop was in Boston where I crashed on the couch of my new good friends Kristen, Alan, and Sara Li. I got in late on a Friday night, had an interview Saturday morning, and was off to check out the city for the next few days. I'd like to take this chance to apologize to everyone who gave me a suggestion of where to eat with my short time in Boston. Really, I just went with the flow.

Masa Restaurant
Location: 439 Tremont Street
Cost: About $15 per person
Despite the large lunch I had at the interview, I was able to find some room to join my hosts for brunch at their favorite spot, Masa. As a bunch of med students, I think their primary goal was to get a cheap meal in, but the food was not bad. I got a bloody mary and a two course breakfast for $15. The plantain empanada was my favorite dish, and the huevos rancheros was just average. The bloody mary would've been enough, and like my dad likes to say, it would put some hair on your chest.

 The Bloody Mary

 The Cornbread

 The Plantain Empanada

 The Eggs Benedict

 The Huevos Rancheros

Later that night I got to check out a pretty cool spot for drinks, Top of the Hub. A bunch of my fellow interviewees wanted to grab a drink, and this place was really cool. I'd call it equivalent to the Signature Room in Chicago with the huge views, swanky feel, and jazz tunes.

The next morning, I schlepped out to Newton to meet my cousins for some Peet's Coffee and some Rosenfeld's Bagels. After that I hauled it over to meet my friends at the Freedom Trail for a tour.

Our Tour Guide

Ye Olde Union Oyster House
Location: 41 Union Street
Cost: About $35 per person
I couldn't go through a trip to Boston without some local beer, seafood, and beans (in retrospect, I forgot cream pie). After our tour on the Freedom Trail we ended up at Ye Olde Union Oyster House. I'd been given a ton of suggestions on where to get seafood, but this is where we ended up. I'm sure with its historical status that Union Oyster House is a big ole' tourist trap, but the food was still pretty good. I went for some Cherrystone Oysters, Clam Chowder, and Boston Baked Beans. I also got to try a fried oyster sandwich and washed it all down with some Harpoon.

More Cornbread

 The Mussels

 The Shrimp

 The Cherrystone Oysters

 The Fried Oyster Sandwich

 The Boston Baked Beans 
(pretty much the same as Bush's Baked Beans)

 The Fish Sandwich

The Publick House
Location: 1648 Beacon Street
Cost: About $30 per person
To be honest, I was probably still full from the lunch they served us at the interview the day before, but I somehow found room for another big meal. I met up with my old research buddy Lon and his wife Jessica in Brookline at The Publick House. For those of you in Chicago, this place is pretty similar to The Hopleaf. They've got a huge beer list and some high end bar food. We started with some Mussels and fries which were done just right. After that I got the Crab Cake BLT and Lon got the Seafood Stew. Everything was really exceptional and even the biggest of beer snobs like Lon and I found new options to try.

The Mussels

 The BLT

 The Seafood Stew

 The Crab Cake BLT

Flour Bakery
Location: 1595 Washington Street
Cost: About $5 per person
Since Alan and Kristen were about to start on new rotations they had later starts and were able to see me off with a good breakfast before going to the airport. They had this bakery, Flour, around the corner from their apartment. It was on Throwdown with Bobby Flay for their Sticky Buns.

The Blueberry Muffin

 The Sticky Bun

 The Apple and Walnut Granola

Side bar: Does anyone else hate that show as much as I do? Do you realize that Bobby Flay is promising these people their own Food Network Special and then welching on them? Then these people, who have made their career on one dish, get to battle it out with Bobby Flay. If they lose, it's got to be devastating. Did you see that poor lady who makes Mac N Cheese in a mall cart? Bobby beat her with the fanciest set of cheeses and a bunch of lobster. That's total garbage. Nonetheless, he lost this Sticky Bun battle and maybe the ends justify the means because Flour's business was booming.

On top of these amazing sticky buns, we also split a spectacular blueberry muffin and some oatmeal. It was an excellent way for me to wrap up my time in Boston.
Union Oyster House on Urbanspoon Masa on Urbanspoon The Publick House on Urbanspoon Flour Bakery + Cafe on Urbanspoon


  1. Unlike Chicago, Boston also has some great ice cream spots. You'll have to check some out next time you're in the city.

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