Boston Restaurants

Good Eats Boston: Balani

Good Eats Boston features a number of restaurants in and around Boston. Waltham, specifically the Moody Street area, also has a varied collection of restaurants serving delicious foods. With so many restaurants on one street there is literally all the cuisines you could think of including Tapas, Sushi, Mexican, Thai and good old American fare. If you crave it, its probably on Moody street. Recently I decided to venture to the popular street to sample the delicious dishes served up by Balani restaurant. 

The Balani Burger

The moment you enter Balani, you are welcomed by a very friendly host and the eclectic decor immediately catches the eye. With unique artwork, warm tones and a comfy lounge area Balani certainly has character and is very inviting. 

I ordered the stir fried Chinese broccoli succotash which includes baby corn, edamame, shiitake with a creamy curry sauce. My husband, who loves seafood, ordered the grilled octopus with chopped salad, ginger soy dressing and crispy fava beans. We both enjoyed our appetizers, however, If we knew the portions were so large, we probably would have shared an appetizer. 

Since I was on my cheat day I knew I had to go all out for the main course. I ordered the highly rated Balani Burger made with smashed prime chuck, crispy pork belly, cheddar, house dill pickles, awesome sauce, potato roll and fries. To say the burger is good is an understatement; it’s awesome! My husband ordered the roasted Chinese eggplant with short rib and he loved it. His dish was made with a sweet and spicy soy glaze, jasmine rice, chopped salad, ginger vinaigrette and very tender short rib. The plate was cleared when he was done with it. 

Balani Waltham Grilled Octopus

Balani Waltham ROASTED CHINESE EGGPLANT with Short RibYou would think after all that food we couldn’t possible eat anything else but there’s always room for dessert. We ordered the date cake, which was easily the best dessert I have had in a long time. I told my husband I would drive back to Waltham just to have the date cake. I am not sure what the cake is made from exactly but you can definitely taste the dates, vanilla and toffee. 

Balani Waltham Date Cake

If you are in the Waltham area or looking to try a new restaurant for your next date night, I highly recommend Balani. This restaurant impressed me in so many ways from the amazing service to delicious food and a fab environment. Definitely worth putting on your to go list. 

Balani 

469 Moody Street

Waltham, MA 02453

Phone: 781.472.2805

Good Eats Boston: Pauli’s

I finally went to the popular Pauli’s sandwich shop in Boston and I totally get what the fuss is about. This place is awesome and it is an easy choice for this week’s good eat’s Boston feature. What I love about Pauli’s is that there is nothing pretentious about it, just super good food and excellent service. 

Pauli's Skinny Vinny Salad

The restaurant is small but with enough room to fill a decent amount of people. I went there on Saturday afternoon around 2:30 pm and it was pretty packed which is a good sign.  I was with my hubby who ordered the lobster roll and I ordered the Skinny Vinny Sandwich. If you love seafood you cannot visit Pauli’s without trying their famous  lobster roll. You have the option to have it warm or cold. We prefer the warm version most of the time so we chose to have it warm. It was absolutely delicious even my husband who grew up around great seafood said it was really good which says a lot. 

The Skinny Vinny Sandwich which is made with eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers & pesto sauce is delicious. I am always worried when I order eggplant because some restaurants mess it up but this one was perfectly crisp on the outside and well seasoned. We loved the Skinny Vinny sandwich so much we decided to order the salad version for take-out. Similar to the sandwich the salad includes mixed greens, red onion, grape tomato, cucumber, green pepper, eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a house made basil pesto sauce is amazing.  

Good Eats Boston: Pauli's

Skinny Vinny Sandwich Pauli's

So the next time you are in Boston, head over to Pauli’s and try one of their delicious sandwiches, Salads or wraps. I promise you will not be disappointed. I feel like it is a stop everyone should make when they visit Boston. I plan on going back to try their fish and chips and clam chowder. 

Pauli’s is located in Boston’s buzzing North End district and is easily accessible on the subway if you not driving.

Pauli’s
65 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113

Phone: (857) 284-7064

Good Eats Boston: The new By Chloe Carrot Dog

Boston’s restaurant scene is hot with so many new restaurants opening and new menu offerings. One of my favorite new menu item is the Carrot Dog from By Chloe, a vegan spot with 4 locations in Boston including the buzzing Boston Seaport area. By Chloe has become a regular feature on our Good Eats Boston series and for good reason. They know how to do vegan food well. 

Good Eats Boston: The new By Chloe Carrot Dog

By Chloe Carrot Dog

I know what you are thinking, Carrot Dog sounds like a very out of the box hot dog style. Should you try it? My answer is yes, It’s delicious! Once you hear how it is made it will all make sense. 

The Carrot Dog is made from whole, hand-picked carrots that have been cured and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and oregano, smoked over local oak and maple wood, aged, and then grilled. It’s served classic NY style with sauerkraut and Sir Kensington’s Classic Yellow Mustard in a toasted potato bun. Sounds good, right? I am actually mad at myself for not thinking about this first. 

If you stop at By Chloe I highly recommend trying some of their sweets too. From red velvet cupcakes,  donuts to cookies, they have it all. You can also order smoothies and ice cream that are much needed this summer. 

By Chloe Sweets

By Chloe My Birthday Donut

Check out the menu or find your nearest By Chloe location by visiting their website here

Good Eats Boston: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Today’s good eats restaurant feature needs no introduction but deserves some love for sure. Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of the most popular fast casual restaurants in the country and for good reason. The food is real, full of flavor and tastes like something you would eat at home. Everything is prepared by hand, they even hand-mash their guacamole every day from scratch which I love. 

Whenever the hubby and I order from Chipotle he orders a salad bowl and I order a burrito. The burritos are enormous, I can never finish it at one go. The way the restaurant works is you go to the counter and tell them what you want in your burrito and they make it in front of you. I am always amazed at how much they put in them and still be able to wrap it perfectly. 

The great thing with Chipotle is that there are vegan options and meat lover options. Most importantly it is a very affordable place with very good. 

So if ever you are looking for a quick delicious meal I highly recommend Chipotle Mexican Grill. The food is excellent. They have so many locations around the country so you are bound to find one near you. If you are looking for something a little more formal, Moon Bar is a nice alternative. 

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar

This week’s Good Eats Boston Feature is a awesome Cajun seafood spot, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar, located just outside of Boston in the town of Revere. If you have been to New Orleans, which is one of the nation’s culinary cities, you are probably familiar with Cajun food. Cajun food is known for its amazing flavor and rustic elements. 

Since I have yet to visit New Orleans I have always hoped to find a place around town that serves Cajun food. So glad to have found Hook & Reel. They serve amazing seafood dishes with authentic Cajun seasonings, fresh garlic, and zesty lemon.

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood BarThe restaurant is mainly known for its seafood boil where seafood such as crab, crawfish, or shrimp is boiled in seasoned broth. Other ingredients such as potatoes, corn, eggs and sausages can also be added. They serve it in plastic bags as they do in New Orleans which I love. You also get gloves and a bib to eat the meal which really creates a fun and authentic eating experience. 

Other delicious dishes served here are Soft Shell Crab Baskets, Crab meat Roll Sliders, Po Boy Sandwiches and much more. We ordered some fried calamari and a small portion of the paella for our starter; both were delicious. This place is just seafood heaven. 

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar

If you love seafood, Cajun food or want an amazing eating experience filled with great flavors I highly recommend Hook & Reel. With locations in Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and many more locations to come, you know they are doing something right and are here to stay. 

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Hook & Reel Revere

                                                          151 Vfw Pkwy Ste 10 Revere, MA 02151

Mon – Thu 12PM – 10PM
Fri-Sat 12PM – 12AM
Sun 12PM – 10PM

FYI: My meal at Hook & Reel was complimentary but as always the opinions and content in this post are all mine. 

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