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Mat Schaffer Shows Us His Boston

Food critic Mat Schaffer—he's also this city's newest playwright—shares with us his dream day in Boston

Food critic Mat Schaffer and this city's newest playwright—his debut drama "Simon Says" opens at Boston Center for the Arts Feb. 26—shares with us his dream day in Boston. Follow along for some art and food-fueled fun. 

10 am: Breakfast of Champions

Eggs and grits at Mike’s City Diner, the best breakfast place in my neighborhood—the South End. 

1714 Washington St., Boston, 617.267.9393

11 am: Shopping for Art 

Visit the SOWA galleries and shops, with emphasis on the photographs at Gallery Kayafas and the Asian antiquities at Mohr & McPherson. 

Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617.210.7900 

Mohr & McPherson, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617.482.0411

12:30 pm: Walking Tour of Chinatown

We have one of the best Chinatowns in the country, so we'll take a walk around and stop at Hei La Moon for dim sum.

88 Beach St., Boston, 617.338.8813

Grab dim sum at Hei La Moon (©Paul Gelsobello)
Grab dim sum at Hei La Moon (©Paul Gelsobello)

2 pm: Chowder & a Walk 

A seaside stroll along the Boston Harborwalk from Fort Point to the North End with a pit stop for chowder at Barking Crab. 

88 Sleeper St., Boston, 617.426.2722

4 pm: Browsing Through Books 

Searching the stacks for hidden literary treasures at Brattle Book Shop. 

9 West St., Boston, 617.542.0210

5 pm: Find Out Your Future

Tarot card reading at the Tremont Tea Room. Fingers crossed I pull the Sun card.

Boston, 617.338.8100

Jacob Wirth serves a great beer (©Justin Hamel)
Jacob Wirth serves a great beer (©Justin Hamel)

6:30 pm: German Beers 

Beers at Jacob Wirth, Boston’s original beer bar—set the WABAC Machine to 1868.

31 Stuart St., Boston, 617.338.8586

8 pm: Back to Chinatown for Dinner

Peking duck dinner at China King in Chinatown, and yes, I ordered the duck 24 hours in advance.

60 Beach St., Boston, 617.542.1763


Read more about Schaffer and his new play "Simon Says" in our recent interview.