For decades, grocers, chefs, and seafood lovers who live outside New England have relied on the Zanti family to provide them with wholesale lobsters pulled straight from the North Atlantic waters and processed in Yankee Lobster’s waterfront facility in South Boston. For Boston locals, however the process is simpler: just head over to Yankee Lobster on Northern Avenue to get lobster, crab, shrimp, shellfish and fillets—either at the market or freshly prepared in Yankee Lobster’s in-house restaurant. Boston locals (who know a thing or two about seafood) praise the fried scallops, lobster rolls, and creamy clam chowder, especially when they’re paired with a few beers and great conversation. You can eat in the dining room, on the outdoor patio, or take your order to go. Though the seaport area has seen plenty of commercial development recently, Yankee Lobster’s market maintains a down-to-earth, blue collar Boston vibe. Public Domain/Pixabay/ShenXin
The Freedom Trail Foundation offers an impressive array of historic tours throughout Boston, and is your one-stop shop for your journey into the important pieces of American History. Perhaps its most popular tour is the Walk Into History tour that includes 11 of the 16 Freedom Trail historical sites. They also host historic pub crawls and specialized tours on African American Patriots and the Women of the Revolution. The Freedom Trail Players accompany you on the trail, with valuable stories of how our nation came to be. Each Player is modeled after a significant historical figure, and a glimpse into their own personal tales of the revolution can often be one of the more memorable pieces of the tour. Public tours are held daily, and the tours also make for a great group activity or private excursion. Check out the availability of each tour online, or book your tour today
The TD Garden Arena plays host to the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics on the court, but a few levels higher, you'll find The Sports Museum. This museum resides on Premium Levels 5 and 6, and it celebrates the illustrious history of Boston in the realm of professional sports. That's why the TD Arena is the perfect home for it. Schedule a private tour or take a public tour of The Sports Museum to explore its half-mile of artifacts, which work together to tell the story of the city's sports teams. The exhibits include teams who don't play at TD Garden, like the Patriots and the Red Sox, so sports enthusiasts of all types will learn something new. Over the course of your tour, you'll also get to go to Level 9 of the arena and get a bird's eye view of the court below, along with a close-up
Chefs Matt and Kate of Townsman pay homage to New England in every locally sourced plate they design. The menu at Townsman changes regularly to reflect the current season, showcasing ingredients grown sustainably by farmers around the region, but the constantly revamped brunch menu may be the most popular. Come in this weekend to taste-test something sweet from the Maple Syrup Cart. It rolls around during brunch so that you can try the classic house maple syrup or something more unique, like Matt Jennings' Maple Hot Sauce or Bourbon & Rye Barrel-Aged Syrup. Grab an eight-ounce bottle of your favorite to drizzle over your chicken and waffles, and take the rest of it home. If you want to skip the sweet stuff, devour the chorizo Benedict with green-garlic hollandaise, the bagel with cream cheese and house-made lox, or the burger topped with bacon, Boursin, roasted onion jam, and egg-yolk caramel.
When Cafe Landwer opened three months ago, the brunch possibilities in Boston expanded to include a variety of contemporary American and Mediterranean eats you won't find at other spots in the city. So grab a cup of creamy, nitro-infused cold-brew coffee or a fresh fruit smoothie and spend some time perusing the morning menu. If you're in the mood for American comfort food, order a stack of Landwer's pancakes decorated with Nutella, house-made whipped cream, and maple syrup or dig into a breakfast bowl of steel-cut oatmeal loaded with bananas, berries, and roasted almonds. Interested in trying something new? Try the halloumi shakshouka, a pair of poached eggs capped with crispy halloumi and spinach, all smothered with tomato sauce and tahini. You can also dig into one of the grilled sandwiches, like the Jerusalem with mozzarella cheese, a hard-boiled egg, sun-dried tomato spread, and za'atar seasoning. Public Domain/Pixabay/keltra89
The stunning space that houses Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar looks like a cross between a cosmopolitan coffeehouse and an industrial-chic taproom with craft beer on tap. And that's exactly what it is. By day, Jaho pours cups of artisan coffee. By night, it transforms into a bar serving fine wines, craft brews, and cocktails. If you stop by in the morning, the aroma of roasting coffee will probably hit you as soon as you walk through the door. It emanates from the Loring Kestrel Roaster in the back. The baristas incorporate those freshly roasted beans into cups of java at the slow coffee bar using artisan brewing methods. Pair yours with a pastry. In the evening, come back to Jaho to unwind with a craft beer, a glass of wine, or a signature cocktail like the Scarlet Espresso Martini. Public Domain/Photo by Edan Cohen on Unsplash