Food Tour: Navigating Your Belly Through Boston's South End

Many of the city's tastiest tables cluster at the corner of Tremont and Clarendon streets, yielding delicious flavors from around the globe

Over in Boston's South End, the intersection of Tremont and Clarendon streets is the epicenter of Boston dining, featuring a vast—and delicious!—assortment of cuisines that spans the globe. At local restaurants, you can feast on Ethiopian, French, Indian and Thai, as well as New England seafood, some of the city’s best pizza, and good ol' American comfort food. There’s been food feng shui here for decades. Back in the 1970s, when Boston was a culinary backwoods, Chris Douglass opened his Icarus here; it was a restaurant pioneer in a wasteland of burned out buildings and pot holed streets. (Speakeasy Wink & Nod has just opened in Icarus' former digs, which closed in 2009; you can dine on Douglass' food at Ashmont Grill in Dorchester.) Today, realtors call this area the "Golden Triangle" for its high priced condos, but Boston foodies know what’s truly golden: the eating.

Our guide to the Golden Triangle:

Addis Red Sea

Sit around a mesab (basket table) and share savory stews and salads arranged on a platter of spongy injera bread that you tear apart with your fingers to use as an edible scoop. Who doesn’t like eating with their hands?
544 Tremont St., Boston, 617.426.8727

Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistro

Like the best neighborhood bistro in France, you’ll keep coming back for the plats du jour: pork schnitzel, bacon-wrapped monkfish, herb-roasted leg of lamb, or Long Island duck breast—emphatically, with a side of ethereal pureed potatoes a la Joel Robuchon, s’il vous plait.
569 Tremont St., Boston, 617.424.8577

B&G Oysters

Chef Barbara Lynch’s paean to ocean-side dining features 12 different daily varieties of East and West coast oysters, as well as New England classics like creamy clam chowder, fried Ipswich clams, Maine lobster roll and a dynamite lobster BLT.
550 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.0550

The Beehive

Underneath Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama (a Greek Revival theater built in 1884 to house a mammoth circular painting of the "Battle of Gettysburg"), you can chow down on Moroccan couscous, a short rib and grilled cheese sandwich, or Malaysian wings, while enjoying craft cocktails and nightly live music.
541 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.0069

Hamersley’s Bistro

While Gordon Hamersley's farm-to-table menu changes seasonally, you’ll still find the grilled mushroom and garlic sandwich and the roast chicken with garlic, lemon and parsley—signature dishes from the restaurant’s founding in 1987. It was one of the city’s top places to dine then—and is now.
553 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.2700

Mela

The South End’s lone Indian eatery serves up a smorgasbord of subcontinental treats: Meat samosas and fried prawn poori, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh and vegetable biryani. The lunch buffet is a neighborhood favorite.
578 Tremont St., Boston, 617.859.4805

PICCO

Regulars claim chef and owner Rick Katz makes the best pizza in Boston, but we think he also makes the best tacos, the best macaroni and cheese, the best meatball subs, and definitely the best ice cream. Splurge for the house-made soda. FYI: PICCO stands for Pizza and Ice Cream Company.
513 Tremont St., Boston, 617.927.0046

Stephi’s on Tremont

Newbury Street culinary doyenne Stephanie Sidell Sokolove brings her trademark, sinfully over-the-top, comfort cooking to the South End. With devilish delicacies like cheddar-stuffed meatloaf, blackened skirt steak Caesar salad, and sticky toffee pudding served with gooey toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
571 Tremont St., Boston, 617.236.2063