Local Foodie Favorites in Boston


Beantown-bound this spring? Don’t stick to the well-worn tourist destinations when the dinner bell rings. Morning, noon or night, Boston’s locals are serving up the authentic spots that are sure to please.

Alden & Harlow – Harvard Square
“I can’t tell you which toppings your burger will be blessed with at Alden & Harlow, as Chef Michael Scelfo changes them up constantly, but previous versions include Chinese sausage + green curry, chicken-fried rabbit, pork belly with pickled carrots and fried clams with butter sauce. This is a burger that’s limited in supply each night, so don’t get there too late! Oh, and I really love A&H for its music (always chill).” – as recommended by Boston local Georgina Castellucci

Alden Harlow Boston Restaurant Localeur Burger
Alden & Harlow in Boston, MA; photo courtesy of Localeur













Tatte Bakery – multiple locations
“Tatte Bakery is one the best of its kind in Boston. From pastries to salads, coffee, and the epic shakshuka, it’s a perfect lunch spot! Even the ambiance is scrumptious, with white marble counter tops, a communal wooden dining table and glorious industrial light fixtures adorning the ceiling. Don’t miss the super-refreshing watermelon and pistachio salad, which comes complete with snow peas and a light vinaigrette dressing. Some say their shakshuka (a tomato and eggs meal) is even better than those made in Israel, which I can’t confirm or deny – but I tend to believe based on its sheer deliciousness!” – as recommended by Boston local Chelsea Marrs

Tatte Bakery Boston Restaurant Localeur
Tatte Bakery in Boston, MA; photo courtesy of Localeur















Thirst Juice Co – Downtown Crossing
“Located in the heart of Downtown Crossing, Thirst Juice Company is the perfect spot for a pre-work breakfast or afternoon snack. They serve up açaí bowls, fresh juices and smoothies, cold-pressed bottled juice and homemade soups. Looking for a sweet pick-me-up? Go for the Bad Monkey, made with banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, cacao powder, dates, coconut milk and ice.” – as recommended by Boston local Rachel Kaczynski

Thirst Juice Co Boston Restaurant Localeur Smoothie Bowl
Thirst Juice Co. in Boston, MA; photo courtesy of Localeur














Saltie Girl – Back Bay
“Saltie Girl is one of Boston’s best and most inventive restaurants. Small in size, this place packs a massive punch by providing exquisite tinned seafoods and creative cocktails – and need we say anything more than ‘fried lobster and waffles’? If you’re looking for a fun date night (the decor is gorgeous) or a meal with your gals, Saltie Girl will not disappoint. There’s no dessert or coffee, but both Amorino and Emack and Bolio’s are within walking distance.” – as recommended by Boston local Georgina Castellucci

Saltie Girl Boston Restaurant Localeur Rose
Saltie Girl in Boston, MA; photo courtesy of Localeur















Yvonne’s – Downtown
“Yvonne’s is a must-see venue, and not for its atmosphere alone. This lounge is the epitome of swanky and posh in the heart of downtown Boston, perfect for a date night or special occasion. You’ll notice its speakeasy vibe as you enter through a hair salon followed by two rooms, each with its own theme. You’ll find yourself surrounded by hushed tones, mood lighting, fireplaces and books in one; chandeliers in another. Many come for the bar, but you can have a nice sit-down dinner if you make reservations a couple of weeks in advance.” – as recommended by Boston local Chelsea Marrs

Yvonne's Boston Restaurant Localeur Painting
Yvonne’s in Boston, MA; photo courtesy of Localeur

















Render Coffee – South End
“Render’s coffee is delicious and so is its solid menu of pastries and food (both breakfast and lunch). The staff is very friendly, and the vibe is overall upbeat and fun. During nice-weather months, the back deck is lovely – and many times the door between the coffee shop and Luke Adams Gifts is open, so you can do a little shopping post-latte.” – as recommended by Boston local Rachel Kaczynski