As much as we all crave Boston College dining hall staples like chicken and two sides, one of the best parts about going to school in a city like Boston is the endless food possibilities. Whether you are looking for a quick weekday bite near campus or a place to get off campus with friends, there are options to suit everyone’s palate.
Within walking distance of campus are a wide variety of restaurants and takeout choices to throw into the mix. Livite, which is just about two miles down Beacon St., is a great lunch spot with a menu packed full of healthy options such as wraps, salads, and smoothies. Although it is currently not allowing indoor seating, it is offering contactless pick-up and is available for delivery on both DoorDash and Uber Eats.
Tasca is a Spanish tapas restaurant down Commonwealth Ave., featuring a large, reasonably priced menu. It’s a great place to go with friends because you can share and order a variety of things. Make sure to order the mejillones—mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce—and the patatas bravas.
For those who want to break out of the BC bubble and explore more of Boston, Citrus & Salt is the perfect spot for a night out with beach-themed decor and a fun menu. It offers a variety of Mexican-style small plates that are great for sharing. Make sure to try the Hot Cheeto street corn and unique frozen drinks.
If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy weekend brunch spot, visit The Broadway in Southie. Its menu features both sweet and savory options, including cinnamon monkey bread, lemon ricotta pancakes, and chicken and waffles. It has plenty of TVs, so it’s also a great place to watch sports games. Also, as the weather warms up, you can enjoy The Broadway’s outdoor seating.
If you’re willing to make the trip, Crazy Good Kitchen is a diner in Malden, Mass. which went viral on TikTok for its burgers, shakes, and chicken sandwiches. It’s a little out of the way, but if you’re in the mood for some comfort food, it is most definitely worth it. It’s also opening a closer location in Back Bay in the coming months.
This year, going out to eat can provide a fun and COVID-friendly break from campus. If you’re looking for more restaurant inspiration, check out @girlfriendsboston and @twotastebuddiez on TikTok or @bostonfoodies and @bostonfoodgram on Instagram for more delicious options.
For those who want to be a bit more spontaneous and enjoy the sunny spring days in the weeks ahead, areas like the North End, Chinatown, or Seaport are fun to wander around until you stumble upon a restaurant that catches your eye.
Next time you and your roommates are going stir crazy in your dorm room, get out and try one of these restaurants—there is so much beyond Eagle’s Deli and Chipotle that is definitely worth a try.
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