Travelers to Boston usually visit the Fenway arts district while in town, whether it's to see the incredible collections at the world-class Museum of Fine Arts, hear Andris Nelsons or Keith Lockhart conduct a concert at Symphony Hall, walk a portion of the Emerald Necklace, or catch a baseball game at historic Fenway Park. Since one can easily spend all day in this 'hood, here's a guide for where to fuel up.
While shawarma—thinly sliced, rotisseried, pressed beef/lamb or chicken, rolled in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and tahini sauce—gets you through the door here, you’ll return for the Middle Eastern classics like lamb and bulgur kibby, fool moudamas stewed fava beans, fattoush and some of the best falafel in town. Of course, all the meat is strictly halal.
315 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617.670.0460
Sweet Cheeks Q
Top Chef Season 1 runner-up Tiffani Faison shares her love for barbecue at this fun and funky hotspot. Try buttermilk fried chicken, Berkshire pulled pork, Great Northern brisket or a slab of ribs. Save room for Faison's signature biscuits and honey butter, as well as hush puppies, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes and maybe the best broccoli casserole north of the Mason-Dixon line.
1381 Boylston St., Boston, 617.266.1300
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar
From the team behind the Franklin Cafe and Tasty Burger (the retro-looking joint across the street) comes this unabashedly American roadhouse that prides itself on great beers, burgers and locally caught fish and shellfish. Vibe is sophisticated, and the bar serves up an incredible selection of whiskey. Parties of 10 or more can schedule a Pig Roast—a whole suckling pig, served snout to tail, along with tons of homey sides, from Brussels sprouts to mashed potatoes.
1310 Boylston St., Boston, 617.450.9000
This all-organic Persian restaurant is beloved by Symphony Hall patrons and Huntington Theater goers for its juicy kebabs, savory rice platters and many lamb dishes—the lamb stew has achieved near cult status. Accompany with sides of cucumber, tomato, onion and mint salad or diced garlic yogurt. If you like sweets, the lemonade with rosewater, saffron ice cream and baklava are all homemade. Heads up: This place takes cash only.
269 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617.236.5511
This tiny slice of Tuscany in Boston conjures up a cozy neighborhood ristorante in Firenze where locals gather to celebrate good food over glasses of wine. Among the specialties: ribollita vegetable soup, pasta with sugo di cinghiale wild boar sauce, gnocchi tossed in gorgonzola and walnuts, stewed tripe and oven-roasted stinco lamb shank. If there’s a wait to be seated, it’s worth it.
130 Jersey St., Boston, 617.247.9508
At the Museum of Fine Arts' own Bravo restaurant, Executive Chef Tim Partridge offers an upscale menu predicated on local, seasonal ingredients (past spring dishes have included shrimp and chanterelle quiche, mussels Provencale and crispy skin Atlantic salmon).
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617.267.9300
Map of Where to Eat in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood
EDITOR'S NOTE: Church is now closed.