I moved from Boston to NYC over 3 years ago and still miss it. I lived there for 6 yrs (Allston, Dorchester and Brookline) and loved it. There really is a lot of good eats in Boston if you know where to look. Of course, its all subjective, so my cravings may not be for everyone. One thing to note though is that no one area has all the food one is looking for. The great food in Boston is spread throughout the city and the suburbs. Here are some of the things that I miss:
1. The carnitas super burrito at Anna’s Taqueria, (1412 Beacon St. Brookline near Coolidge Corner)-you had me at "hello", Anna.
2. pressed sandwiches at Audubon Circle. (838 Beacon St. Fenway)
3. beer steamed burgers at Sunset Grill. (130 Brighton Ave. Brighton)
4. Any lunch item at the A Street Deli. (324 A Street South Boston)
5. chicken sandwiches from Chacarero (426 Washington St. Downtown Crossing outside of Filene’s)
6. fries w/homemade ketchup at Matt Murphy’s (14 Harvard St. Brookline-near "D" line)
7. the chowder at Legal Seafoods
8. Carlo’s Cucina Italiana for italian food (131 Brighton Ave. Brighton)
9. the spicy pterodactyl (boneless) wings at Wing It! (1153 Commonwealth Ave. Allston)
10. anything from Bottega Fiorentina (313B Harvard St. Brookline nr. Coolidge Corner)
11. oatmeal cookie dough ice cream from J.P. Licks (311 Harvard St. near Coolidge Corner)
12. grapenut ice cream from Toscanini’s 1310 Massachusetts Ave. Harvard Square (ohhhhhh, the best!!!!)
13. malted vanilla ice cream from Herrell’s (155 Brighton Ave. Brighton corner of Brighton Ave and Harvard Ave)
14. a messy roast beef sandwich from Kelly’s (reviewed on Roadfood, I believe)
15.slices from the Upper Crust (286 Harvard St. Brookline nr. Coolidge Corner)
16. whole pies from Pizzeria Regina (11 1/2 Thacher Street, North End)
17. the corned beef hash from B&D Deli. (1653 Beacon St. near Washington St stop on "C" line)-crusty on the outside, creamy on the inside)
18. the 18-wheeler breakfast from Johnny’s Luncheonette (30 Langley Rd. Newton Centre) That and the breakfast at the now closed Suburban Cafe in Rome, NY are my 2 favorite breakfast spots EVER!!
My buddy and I used to go on a Indian buffet bender about every two weeks, always on Saturdays. There were a lot of good places that had $9.95 all you can eat deals. There was Kashmir on Newbury St, a place in Harvard Square next to L.A. Burdicks, and a really good place on Mass Ave near Newbury that had amazing butter chicken and a carrot dish that haunts my dreams. Who’s got two thumbs and loves Boston chow? THIS GUY!! (Ok, yeah its a visual joke, but you get the point).
The places I provided addresses for should still be open. I got them from a google search. Not all of them have websites though. If you need any more info on any of the places, feel free to email me.