Thursday, July 18, 2024

Readers of National Geographic Traveler this month get a rundown from Boston-based journalist Janelle Nanos on the best way to spend “48 Hours in Boston” — except that its Cambridge getting nearly the entire section on “Where to eat.”

She identifies the city as having “some of the smartest, most inventive food in the area” and (after naming the chickpea fritters at Clover as being worthy of a nosh, but not identifying it as a Cambridge concoction) goes in depth noting:

Chef Tony Maws won a James Beard Award in 2011 for his creative nose-to-tail offerings at Craigie on Main — all the more reason to cast decisions aside and let him choose the six or eight courses for your tasting menu, which may offer dishes such as beet and pig’s ear salad, and celery and green apple sorbet.

Other Cambridge standouts include East by Northeast’s modern Chinese menu, with its hand-rolled noodles with pork ragout and duck confit dumplings. Area Four’s wood-fired pizzas are topped with surprising combinations such as pancetta, potato and mascarpone. “I covet their oven,” says Joanne Chang, the owner of the always packed Flour Bakery, whose roasted lamb sandwiches and homemade toaster pastries fuel Cambridge’s agile minds.

Chang adds: “Go to Toscanini’s for the best ice cream in the world.” Try its more unusual flavors such as burnt caramel or goat cheese brownie.

The whole story is here, although a link to “more” at the bottom seems to be broken.