Five Amazing Dining Experiences for You and the Kids
Boston is a great vacation spot for families and offers lots of dining experiences that are perfect for both kids and adults. Whether you're looking for a fancy lunch or a laid-back seafood feast by the sea, the city has everything. Don't forget to make Boston's famous clam chowder part of your order wherever you go—the dish is a classic.
Way Up High: Top of the Hub
Top of the Hub (800 Boylston St., Boston, MA) offers a view of the city from the summit of the Prudential Center. It's a whopping 52 stories up in the air, so your family will admire the city skyline from the windows as you eat. The restaurant serves continually shifting seasonal fare inspired by New England—expect chowder year-round. Top of the Hub is best visited during the day if you have young ones, especially in the spring and summer. The best deal is the prix fixe brunch menu, which offers several courses and runs $24 for kids under 12 and $42 for older kids and adults. It's worth the splurge.
For the Strike: Flatbread Company
Bowling and pizza make a great combination, and that's what you'll find at Flatbread Company (45 Day St., Somerville, MA), a favorite among local families. Flatbread Company's old-school candlepin bowling and homey vibe is especially perfect for cold or rainy days. There's plenty of wood-fired flatbread pizzas to choose from. You can even create your own, which helps please picky eaters. Be sure to save room for dessert. Homemade brownie sundaes anyone? Large pizzas average $15-19.
With Your Hands: Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage
No need to get fancy: Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage (1246 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA) serves up some of the best burgers in Boston. The joint has been open since 1960, and the walls are covered with posters, bumper stickers and funny signs. The landmark spot is truly one of a kind—the kids will love the high-energy vibe and delicious french fries, while you'll appreciate the storied history. The burgers have hilariously great names, too. You can select from the Beyonce, the Hashtag and the Casey Affleck, among others. The kids' menu is budget-friendly, with dishes around $5.00, and it's a great visit in any weather.
From the Past: Durgin-Park
Durgin-Park (340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl., Boston, MA) has been around for over a century. The historic eatery, centrally located in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is a great spot to introduce the kids to real Boston clam chowder in any weather. Durgin-Park is known for its stone-crock baked beans, and there's even franks and beans on the kids' menu, so the entire family can get a genuine taste of the city. All children's menu items run $7.95.
By the Sea: The Barking Crab
If you're visiting Boston in the warmer months, you'll want to head to the seafood shack, The Barking Crab (88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA). Located along the waterfront, the entire restaurant is situated in an outdoor tent and serves up local seafood with fun and flair. It's more like you're at a local clambake than a touristy spot, which gives it a seriously unusual vibe. There's live music in the evenings, and everyone in your family will love the tasty lobster rolls and fried Rhode Island calamari. It's a bit on the pricey side, but the seafood is brought in fresh daily and it's a great way to experience the local scene. Dishes range from $5-26, with lobster rolls at daily market price.