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Best non-restaurant food spots in Boston (or other "foodie" recommendations)

lobsterkiller | Jan 8, 2014 11:31 AM

I don't like the word "foodie", however it's used a lot on this site...so, I'm looking for a good list of foodie destinations in Boston. I have been to Boston many times, but never for an extended period of time. I've been to Quincy Mkt (not that interesting, in my opinion) and have strolled through the North End several times. I've been to Neptune Oyster, L'Espalier, Mike's Pastry for a lobster tail, and have had enough pizza and Italian food to satisfy that craving for years.

I will be staying at the Inter-Continental, which looks great for a business trip but it doesn't seem to be walking distance to a whole lot otherwise. I do have a reservation at Menton, but I am mainly looking for recommendations for great shops: unique kitchen stores, gourmet shops, cheese shops, great bakeries, seafood shops, Asian markets in Chinatown (or other great spots to visit in Chinatown?), best cocktails (I'm talking hipster craft cocktails, heavy on the bitters), local coffee roasters, local food artisans of any kind (cheese, chocolate, coffee, beer, spirits, etc.). I am from L.A. and have spent the last 10 years living in Manhattan...a lot of people say that Boston doesn't offer the same types of shops and products, but every city/region has their own stuff and I want to find it. Any help leading me in the right direction is appreciated.

Neptune Oyster,
Mike's Pastry Boston,
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