Ask The Experts: Professors & Culinary Professionals Pick Boston Restaurants

What’s the best bite in Boston?

We asked both Boston College faculty and local food professionals where they get their favorite food in Boston.

On Campus


Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, English Department.
Mistral Bistro 223 Columbus Ave, Boston.

“It’s a high end French restaurant downtown that’s amazingly beautiful with an elegant interior and excellent food. If you can afford the Dover Sole, by all means get it. You won’t eat food that delicious in many places on earth.”


Celeste Wells, Communication Department.
The Publick House 1648 Beacon St., Brookline.

“The Publick House makes their mac and cheese in an iron skillet with a perfect cheese to-pasta ratio. They have a whole host of things you can add to it if you want to move beyond the traditional but I always go with the fresh jalapenos. The peppers definitely make it hot, but in an amazing, I-might-burn-my-mouth-off-but-I-love-it kind of way. The atmosphere is relaxing and their beer list is just plain beautiful.”


John Gallaugher, Information Systems Department.
Roy Moore Lobster Company, 39 Bearskin Neck, Rockport.

“They’ll steam a lobster for you at a bargain price, and they’ve got other snacks, too like shrimp, stuffed clams, smoked salmon bites. Take it out back and eat it sitting on a crate overlooking the harbor, or if the weather is really warm, take it to the beach or the end of the pier. Rockport is a serious Instagram destination.”


Richard Tresch, Economics Department.
Legal Seafood, 270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Warf Boston.

“The clam chowder at Legal Seafood comes to mind. Also, any type of roll or bread from Iggy’s in Watertown.”


Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J., Philosophy Department.
Thai North, 433 Faneuil St, Brighton.

“Boston and the suburbs has many Thai Restaurants, but this is the only one I know of that specializes in food from northern Thailand—for those who’ve been there, Chiang Mai and north. Service is good, but if you’re eating in rather than out, it’s small. That’s not a problem unless you happen by at the busy time for dinner. The pictures on the wall inside are from Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai.”

 


 

Off Campus


 

Nick Mallia, The Paris Creperie

“I really enjoy El Pelon Taqueria, and El Guapo is my absolute jam.”

House Favorites: Apple & Brie Crepe, Bear Claw Crepe
Best Bets:
Caramelos Tacos, Calabacitas Burrito


Alyson Show, Alden & Harlow

“I love Picco by Fenway.”

House Favorites: Secret Burger, Crispy Baby Bok Choy
Best Bets: Brussel Sprouts & Butternut Squash Pizza, Crispy Kale & Hummus Bruschetta


Adrienne Grigoriess, The Beehive

“Definitely check out the Beat Brasserie in Cambridge.”

House Favorites: Beef Cheek Taco, Spicy Seared Octopus
Best Bets: Hippie Salad, Buffalo Cauliflower


 

Tom Brush, Flat Patties

“I really enjoy Puritan & Company in Cambridge.”

House Favorites: Chimichurri Burger, Cheese Fries
Best Bets: Corn & Cheddar Quiche, Swordfish Pastrami

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