A Brief Gastronomic History of New England

If you’re looking for the world’s best seafood as well as a fantastic representation of each of the world’s major cuisines, look no further than the markets surrounding Boston and much of New England. Between classic Northeastern pub fare and ridiculously fresh fish, you’re in for a treat no matter where you look in the greater Boston area.


Here are some of the classic dishes—some dating back hundreds of years!—that you simply have to try: 

Clam Chowder

If you want to sound local, pronounce it ‘chowdah’! Dating back hundreds of years, the first time clam chowder appeared on the scene featured settlers from Europe in the 1700s. A chowder, much like a bisque, must include seafood and a cream element; popular ingredients include clams, oyster crackers, potatoes, and milk. You can find a great clam chowder in almost every Bostonian restaurant thanks to its popularity on the upper East Coast. 


Cannolis are flaky, pull-apart, melt-in-your-mouth pastry tubs that come filled with sweet Italian ricotta cheese and chocolate or fruit—where could you possibly go wrong? There’s a small rivalry going on in Boston’s Little Italy that you can turn to your benefit: several restaurants claim to make the original and best Bostonian Cannoli. If you can help them figure out to whom the title should go, you’ll be satisfying your sweet tooth—and be providing a public service.

Fish and Chips

This dish was originally a London creation; however, Boston and the New England area have adopted it as their own. Featuring a white fish—generally, haddock or cod—which has been fried to a crispy, meaty, golden finish paired with salted and peppered fries, fish and chips have been a historic comfort food dating back centuries. 


Made the mistake of thinking of oysters as slimy seafood you wouldn’t want to sample? Think again! This briny delicacy is featured in many Bostonian seafood bars with myriad toppings and sauces. If you can find them fresh, they’re a delicacy revered the world over! Try them with fresh lemon juice squeezed on top at a dollar oyster happy hour all over the Boston metropolitan area.

Final Thoughts 

Feeling the urge to sample any fantastic international cuisine, from Italian to Chinese, from traditional American pub fare to African street food? The streets of the metropolitan Boston area are ready to serve you. Visit New England for fantastic regional and international cuisine; and when you do, reserve your stay at Bricco Suites!

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