Boston is arguably the most historic, academically minded city in America. But behind its cultured façade, Beantown is home to an innovative dining scene with flavors from every corner of the world. While Bostonians will always hold a special place for lobster rolls and clam chowder, local foodies have more lunch options than ever before. We’ve narrowed down our favorites, and now it’s your turn to vote for the most mouthwatering lunch spots in the following categories:
It’s time to cast your vote! Once the category winners have been established, we’ll hold another round of voting to determine the Single Best Lunch in Boston.
SA PA – SA PA combines every thing you love about fast-casual dining with fresh Asian flavors. This eatery continues the Vietnamese tradition of using local ingredients by sourcing from purveyors across New England.
Sugar & Spice – When it comes to authentic Thai cuisine, look no further than Sugar & Spice. Their coconut-rich curries, char-grilled meats, and bubble teas earned this Cambridge restaurant a spot on the Boston A-List.
Equator Thai – Variety is the spice of life at Equator Thai. This South End staple offers more than your typical Thai restaurant, with dishes ranging from classic curries to specialty dishes like Tamarind Duck and Ginger Fish.
The Porch – Bostonians love The Porch for its laidback vibe and menu of traditional, high-quality southern fare. Pulled pork, fried chicken, Texas brisket, and St. Louis ribs offer omnivores plenty of options for satisfying their BBQ cravings.
M&M Ribs – This no-frills food truck boasts the “Best BBQ in Town” and we can’t say we disagree. Renowned for its BBQ ribs, this mobile eatery also offers tasty sides like mac and cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad.
Red-Eyed Pig – Tucked away in West Roxbury, Red-Eyed Pig specializes in southern BBQ served in familiar formats. A bowl comes with your choice of mac and cheese or rice, pulled pork or chicken, and is served over lettuce and smothered in BBQ sauce.
The Grill – The Grill is on a mission to introduce Bostonians to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine through fresh, healthy, made-to-order menu items. If you’ve had it, you know their hummus is some of the best in the city!
Fava Bean – Think of Fava Bean as Mediterranean food’s answer to Chipotle. Choose from shawarma, falafel, or chicken kebab, add your favorite toppings and sauces, and eat your meal as a bowl, salad, or wrap.
Bytes – This hidden gem in University Park offers fresh Mediterranean flavors at unbeatable prices. With a variety of breakfast options, Middle Eastern wraps, and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everyone at Bytes.
Papagayo – If you like tacos, guacamole, and margaritas, you’re going to love Papagayo. Their menu items are prepared with the finest local vegetables, freshly made tortillas, and high-quality protein for flavor you won’t find anywhere else.
Pancho’s Taqueria – When it comes to great food, friendly service, and affordable prices – Pancho’s Taqueria checks every box. Foodies go crazy for the pork carnitas and grilled fish burrito, and the lunch combo offers an incredible value.
North East of the Border – The team behind North East of the Border has a deep love for Mexican culture and street food – and it shows. Trust us when we say the Chicken Tinga Taco is worth the wait at this wildly popular food truck.
Burger Dive – Have you ever had a burger topped with Fritos and chili? How about a fried egg and Applewood bacon? The folks behind Burger Dive are all about coming up with new ways to enjoy America’s favorite sandwich, and we’re totally on board.
Pennypacker’s – With a mouthwatering variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, and sides, Pennypacker’s Fine Foods has the unique ability to satisfy every lunchtime craving. Their menu rotates daily, but their specialty, Porchetta, is a mainstay.
Simple Fare – It doesn’t get much more American than good old-fashioned deli sandwiches. Simple Fare does it right with savory stacks of meat and cheese piled high on fresh bread and served with a side of homemade chips.