Pizzeria Regina is the famous one, with red-and-white-checked
tablecloths. The Flour Bakery & Café is great; it's in the
South End. For great Boston clam chowder and other seafood dishes,
go to Legal Sea Foods. It's now a chain, but it started in Boston.
I love Boston clam chowder. I can't eat that Manhattan stuff.
Manhattan clam chowder is red, tomato-based. Boston clam chowder is
more creamy and milky. It's fantastic with some oyster crackers.
You can get it all over Boston, at Legal Sea Foods, or Durgin-Park,
or, even more atmospheric, at Union Oyster House. They shuck the
oysters and clams right there. It's been there for nearly two
centuries. You can send lobsters from James Hook & Co. and
Legal Sea Foods to your family and friends back home by mail.
What are some good neighborhoods to stroll through when you
want to walk off all of that delicious chowder and Indian pudding
you just ate?
You have to see the South End. There's great food, new boutiques,
great architecture. And, of course, Harvard Square is fantastic.
Actually, my sister lives right near Harvard Square in Watertown.
Harvard Square is just ... you know what's great about it? It feels
really smart. ART, the America Repertory Theatre, is right there.
They have fantastic plays. You have the campus of Harvard right
next door. Then you have fantastic little boutiques and great
bookshops like the Harvard Book Store, and people are sitting
outside, and it's quaint and quintessentially Boston. Walking
through Harvard Yard is always inspiring. You know, some things
sort of don't match up to the fantasy, but that one does. It is
actually picturesque and romantic, and I always wonder what is
going on behind the brick walls, with all of the bright young
By this point, we might require some culture. Where are the
best places in Boston to
The Boston Children's Museum is where kids rule. As a parent or an
auntie, you never have to say no. The displays are all for the kids
to touch and climb and play on. Interaction is the rule, not the
exception. The Museum of Fine Arts has it all. A great collection,
a beautiful building, a wonderful café, and a music and film
series. Don't forget about the smaller, intimate Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum just a few steps away. She was kind of a queen of
Boston society. She lived in this Venetian-style palace that's now
known as one of the great small art museums of the world.