A Foodie’s Summer Suggestions

The following entry was written by Veronica Tawney, Class of 2014.

With classes over and summer in full swing, those of us who still come to campus have the benefit of less-crowded restaurants and beautiful weather that compels us to explore what’s nearby. As we’ve mentioned before, Emerson is in a prime location for young foodies— the North End, Chinatown, and the South End are all only minutes away and have some of the best restaurants in Boston. So for Emersonians spending the summer in Boston, it’s time to set the Ramen diet aside and take advantage of some of the best local eateries.

A piping hot plate of fajitas from Fajitas and 'Ritas

A piping hot plate of fajitas from Fajitas and ‘Ritas

Craving Mexican food? There are a couple of popular stops right around campus. Maria’s Taqueria on Tremont Street is right across from the Little Building residence hall is best-known for affordable prices and unbelievably large portions. Maria’s is small, so this is the kind of place to pick up your food and enjoy it out on the Common while soaking up some vitamin D. Prefer a sit down restaurant? Fajitas and ‘Ritas on West Street is the place to go. This place is great for, well, their fajitas and margaritas. However, they’re more than friendly to their under 21 patrons, and you can sip virgin mocktails while pigging out on delicious Mexican food.

For those who love Asian cuisine, there’s a plethora of options around Emerson — Chinatown is right down the street. If you get a chance, stop by Gourmet Dumpling House on Beach Street. The dumplings are famous and their scallion pancakes are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. If you like Thai food, Montien is just across the street from our Majestic Theater. While a little pricier, one order of Pad Thai will feed you for days.

If you’re looking for the comforts of American food, you don’t even have to leave the block. Intermission Tavern on Tremont Street serves tasty, affordable, pub food. Burgers, mac and cheese, crispy tater tots, wings—Intermission Tavern covers all of the basics at a reasonable price. For a slightly more upscale dining experience, jump across the intersection to Stuart Street and try Rock Bottom. Although they’re a chain, the huge menu includes salads, steaks, and everything in between. It’s a popular spot for students to take their parents on Family Weekend (hint hint!).

A box of cannoli from Mike’s Pastry

Don’t forget about dessert! Even if you don’t want to go out for dinner, we all deserve a sweet treat now and again. Finale on Columbus Ave is THE place to go for dessert. Not only are the confections delicious, but they are so pretty you have to take a picture before you dig in. Their Cookies and Cream plate is just the thing to order after a stressful semester. If you’re up for a stroll in the North End, stop by the famous Mike’s Pastry while you’re there. The crowd may seem daunting, but the cannoli and other desserts are well worth the wait.

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