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Old Yesterday, 07:28 PM
 
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Neither Boston nor Atlanta appear in this US News Travel list of 15 best foodie cities:
https://travel.usnews.com/rankings/b...ns-in-the-usa/

Both Boston and Atlanta appear in this Zagat list of 30 best foodie cities. Atlanta (#9) does beat Boston (#14) in the rankings but out of the 30 best, that's not a great difference:
https://www.zagat.com/b/30-most-exci...n-america-2017
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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When the family got hungry we would check google and yelp for places in the area to eat. Admittedly we were not looking for high-end gourmet type food because that would have used up all of our funds. However, the vast majority of neighborhood eateries were dunkins, italian pizza joints, south/central american spots (in Revere, anyway), or asian fare (Malden, Quincy). I did try one jamaican place, but made a special trip for it. A lot of the spots carrying good ratings on Yelp or Google reviews weighed in at meh/mediocre to our palates.

What I did not find were japanese izakayas, barbecue joints, korean barbecues, traditional mexican (no, not a place where they melt cheese on your burrito), gyro and/or shawarma joints or indian/pakistani spots. Atlanta has these in spades, and many more. What IS tough to get in Atlanta is:
1. Above average seafood (not surprising given the geography)
2. Good new york style pizza (which is tricky to find in Boston too)
3. Mom and pop style delis or sandwich places (they exist, but aren't super prevalent).

Does Boston have most of the places that I did not encounter? Probably? But if so, few or none of them were convenient to any of the half dozen places we stayed. In lieu of these, I passed an inordinate number of Dunkins.... there are more Dunkins in Boston than McDonalds restaurants or Starbucks in the Atlanta metro.... are they state funded or something?

This is the basis for my comments about Boston's food scene. No way could I make the same comment about D.C. or Chicago
There are quite a few gyro/shawarma places -- the one I like best is in Coolidge Corner. There's also a very good one in Norwood and a few others in Newton. There is a great Venezuelan restaurant with fantastic arepas in Brookline, near the Brookline Village T stop. There are tons of Indian restaurants all over, many of which are good.

I think there are more good low cost restaurants in Boston than there are in Philly -- Philly has lots of fantastic high end restaurants, but beyond cheesesteak and pizza, not tons of great stuff at the lower price point. And it's not fair to compare most cities to Chicago. Foodwise, Chicago is one of the very best.
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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM
 
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#4 on the list:

Few topics inspire as much fiery passion as barbecue. The style may vary across the country, but two ingredients remain the same throughout: smoke and meat, a powerful combination that's enticed eaters since ancient times. Today, barbecue is a deeply rooted part of American culture, with regional 'cue preferences speaking to a city's history, geography and taste.—Jamie Feldmar

https://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-bbq-cities?

I'm not interested in what some flashy clickbait magazine says, I was more asking about your experience. I concede that I have never been to Kansas City to try their BBQ, I had just had the impression (based on my own experience and others') that Memphis holds the candle for ribs and NC for pulled pork. Have you actually been to all these places in addition to KC, and still determined that KC is #1? That would be interesting.
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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM
 
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Re: DD, I love donuts, and up here DD's are pretty darn good. Outside of the Boston area, DD's SUCK. In PA, MD, NJ and elsewhere, most of the DD donuts were of such bad quality that I had essentially given up on them. According to people at the DD HQ, the quality of the donuts depends on the local bakeries where the franchisees get the donuts from. But I don't understand why the HQ doesn't implement some kind of quality control, so that the donuts are uniformly good across the country. The DD donuts here are of a MUCH higher quality and taste much better than donuts at DD's in many other areas.

The pizza, however, is almost uniformly bad. I've never found pizza I love anywhere in the Boston area. I don't understand why -- surely some New Yorkers have meandered up here and should be able to bring their pizza making skills with them. Philadelphia has good pizza. There's no reason the pizza up here should be as bad as it is. At best it's "not too bad."

Re: The poor quality of housing - I expect that may be in part due to the large student market. Students are usually pretty limited to a small geographic area, may not have that much familiarity about further flung areas, and may have a limited time schedule to find a place. Therefore, they'll accept whatever is available. So, if a LL is still able to rent the place, there is little incentive to renovate it -- especially a major renovation.
Agree about the pizza. Uniformly weak. Though I'm sure there's a hidden gem here or there.
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Old Yesterday, 07:42 PM
 
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Come on is the pizza really that bad???


I agree that there is an overabundance of sh#$%y Greek joints, but there is still some pretty good pizza if you know where to go. I highly doubt anything in Atlanta matches Santarpio's, for instance.
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 PM
 
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Philly has the regional trains from center city to the suburbs. But, Philly's restaurant scene is large enough within the city boundaries. No need to go beyond.
not understanding the counter-argument.
yes, boston has commuter rails that go to suburbs too. but they are more costly and take longer and way less frequent than subways.

you can walk from cambridge and parts of somerville to downtown crossing so they are not suburban.
thats like saying crossing the river in center city takes you to suburban university city ?
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Old Yesterday, 07:47 PM
 
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Agree about the pizza. Uniformly weak. Though I'm sure there's a hidden gem here or there.
Reginas is quite good

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa...amp/1662679002

Usually like waypoint or coppa for more gourmet
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 PM
 
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Reginas is quite good

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa...amp/1662679002

Usually like waypoint or coppa for more gourmet
I'm sure there's some good pizza out there, somewhere Between travel & work I don't get out like I used to. When I get over to Portland, Maine on business I get spoiled on the choices of excellent pizza offered.
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Old Yesterday, 07:57 PM
 
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Agree about the pizza. Uniformly weak. Though I'm sure there's a hidden gem here or there.
weird that 2 posters said that boston has horrible pizza. its usually critically acclaimed:
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/10/...visor-ranking/
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Old Yesterday, 08:06 PM
 
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not understanding the counter-argument.
yes, boston has commuter rails that go to suburbs too. but they are more costly and take longer and way less frequent than subways.

you can walk from cambridge and parts of somerville to downtown crossing so they are not suburban.
thats like saying crossing the river in center city takes you to suburban university city ?
I am not clear on your question. University City is a neighborhood in Philadelphia -- within Philadelphia boundaries. Any city/town outside Philadelphia is a suburb. One can walk from the Philadelphia boundary line and be in a contiguous suburb.
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