Five Places to Sample Traditional New England Dishes

By: Cheryl Fenton

June 7, 2013

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was the first to set the table with some of the nation’s favorite comfort dishes. Whether it’s a crock of namesake baked beans, a Pilgrim’s delight of turkey with cranberries or a plate pilled high with fried clams, a quick flight to Boston will have you tucking into traditional New England dishes in no time. After all, this city is the birthplace of the toothpick.

Durgin Park, Boston

This Faneuil Hall hot spot has been serving up traditional Yankee recipes for over 185 years. Dine on New England corned beef & cabbage, Yankee pot roast, potted beef with onions, and their famous Boston baked beans. There’s even a little pilgrim pride to be had with their Thanksgiving on a Roll sandwich of hand-carved turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Durgin-Park, 340 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Durgin Park | Five Places to Sample Traditional New England Dishes

In the heart of Faneuil Hall the historic Durgin-Park serves up hearty Yankee pot roast and corned beef & cabbage © Meg Lessard/Flickr

Union Oyster House, Boston

Opening its doors in 1826 and earning a place on the National Historic Landmark list, this busy restaurant is America’s oldest. On a menu full of Yankee-style seafood, the Shore Dinner is a New England feast not to be missed – Oyster House clam chowder, steamers or mussels, live lobster, native corn, red bliss potatoes, and gingerbread or Indian pudding.

Union Oyster House, 41 Union Street, Boston

Union Oyster House | Boston

A familiar sign that has been luring diners in for New England seafood for almost 200 years © Union Oyster House

Stoddard’s, Boston

Located in the historic 144-year-old Stoddard’s Fine Cutlery building, this gastro pub offers pub grub within a dark mahogany vintage-voluptuous interior. Their “Boston Butt” sandwich is piled high with slow roasted pork and smoked ham and slathered with English ale mustard. The Venison Shepherds Pie is a nod to the city’s Irish eyes, while the Ale Batter Crusted Cod and Cape Cod Oysters are seaside favorites.

Stoddard’s, 48 Temple Place, Boston

Stoddards | Boston

Comfy leather booths and vintage interiors at Stoddard’s © Stoddard’s

Legal Sea Foods Harborside at Liberty Wharf, Boston

The newest destination in this infamous seafood empire’s vast kingdom (there are five locations in Boston alone) is the 20,000-square-foot, three-story waterfront site overlooking the Harbour. They serve 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish throughout the year, including their famous N.E. Clam Chowder, a creamy concoction that has travelled to the White House for its Inaugural activities for the past three decades.

Legal Seafood Harborside at Liberty Wharf, 270 Northern Avenue, Boston

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Legal Harborside’s coveted picturesque view of the Boston Harbor © Legal Seafood Harborside

Turner Fisheries, Boston

A menu full of only sustainable and local seafood dishes begins with a piping hot bowl of the Hall of Fame Clam Chowder, a Best of Boston and Chowderfest winner. Dinner is an exercise in local gastronomy love, with Baked Long Line Scrod and steamed Maine lobsters that can reach up to three and a half pounds.

Turner Fisheries,10 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Turner Fisheries | Boston

Turner Fisheries is home to award-winning chowder and huge steamed Maine lobsters © Turner Fisheries

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Cheryl Fenton

A Boston native, Cheryl Fenton is no stranger to the goings on and hot spots of her favorite city. Throughout her 15-year freelance career in dining, fashion, beauty and travel, Cheryl has covered it all for local magazines and websites including Stuff, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and Boston Common. You can also find her national bylines in glossies such as Glamour, Cooking Light, and Wallpaper. In her spare time, what little there is, Cheryl strolls the city with coffee in hand, always looking for what’s next on the agenda.

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