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How to eat like a local at Time Out Market Boston

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Photograph: Eva Sakellarides Time Out Market Boston

Whether you're a first-time visitor to our humble metropolis or a tried-and-true Bostonian, Time Out Market Boston is your go-to source for fine local fare. And we mean local, as each of the 15 eateries utilize fresh ingredients and products sourced from New England's finest artisan makers, farmers and fishermen. If you really want to eat like a local, here are the dishes you'll want to seek out: 

Pastrami reubens and smoked fish at Mamaleh's

Countless Bostonians have grown up with comforting deli staples, developing a deep attachment to soul-pleasing sandwiches and noshes, but in recent years most of the area’s old-school joints have vanished. At Time Out Market Boston, the Mamaleh’s team serves the kind of classic smoked fish platters and juicy house-made pastrami that cities like Boston were once famous for.

Gourmet burgers made from happy local cows at Craigie Burger

At his nationally-recognized Craigie on Main, Tony Maws created a culinary firestorm with his signature burger; only 18 of the classic version are available nightly, leading to pre-opening lines. At Time Out Market Boston, the first and only Craigie Burger gives customers easy access to what might be the city’s best beef sandwich. Each burger is made from a custom blend of local, non-commodity beef from Northeast Family Farms, and toppings are sourced from local farms.

Superb seafood and chowder at Saltie Girl

In a town with no shortage of fish-focused eateries, Kathy Sidell's Saltie Girl manages to stand out. At Time Out Market Boston, chef Kyle McClelland proudly uses locally-caught haddock in his whitefish sando and fish and chips, Maine uni in his arancini, and Maine lobster in his lobster rolls. Then there’s the silky clam chowder, which Saltie takes to another level by using marble potatoes and pork belly.

Boston creme donuts at Union Square Donuts

The award-winning team behind Union Square Donuts has been serving up mouth-watering treats to the Boston area for more than a half-dozen years. USD takes its craft to the next level by making each donut from scratch every day; brioche dough is used to create light and airy pillows, each with a soft and fluffy texture. All glazes, sugars, jams, and creams are made in-house using real ingredients. And while we won’t judge if you opt for inventive flavors like Vietnamese coffee, brown butter hazelnut crunch or maple bacon, you’ll earn extra street cred if you try the extraordinary Boston creme donut. We’d argue that this circular treat is more enjoyable—and certainly of a higher quality—than the majority of conventional Boston creme pies served around town.

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