Time Out Market Boston spreads out across more than 25,000 square feet of prime Fenway real estate. Inside the expansive space are 15 eateries that combine to form a best-in-the-city roster, including some of Boston’s best restaurants and chefs. With so many tempting dishes to choose from—and, we presume, only one stomach—you’ll want to know which items to prioritize if you're looking to inspire food envy and get some serious likes. Whether it's a masterpiece of modern gastronomy or a creative, gut-busting bite from a James Beard Award winner, here are the Time Out Market Boston dishes your followers will be lusting over.
How to inspire food envy at Time Out Market Boston
Some say burgers don't photograph well. We beg to differ, especially when we're talking about the picture-perfect patties that Tony Maws and his crew churn out at Craigie Burger. Local, seasonal and organic ingredients make up the “OG” Craigie Burger (Northeast Family Farms beef, sharp cheddar, signature Craigie ketchup), and Maws presents new variations topped with kimchi Russian dressing and swiss cheese or burnt bread steak sauce and charred umami onions.
Boston's not known as a fried chicken town, but Tim and Nancy Cushman are changing that reputation with every tasty piece of golden fried bird they serve up at this colorfully-named eatery. When it comes to photogenic poultry, we suggest an order of crunchy karaage chicken, served with waffle fries, miso-maple syrup, umami salt and yuzu kosho aioli. For a real eye-catching blast of edible fun, try a chicken, broccoli and cheddar gyoza that features a frico crust and comes with spicy miso dipping sauce.
James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy Cushman, are the talents behind one of Boston’s most decorated, and expensive, restaurants: o ya. With gogo ya, the Cushmans have democratized their approach to world-class, Japanese-inspired fare by offering affordable dishes full of technique and flavor. Crispy nori tacos—filled with everything from grilled Maine lobster and mushroom tempura to torched salmon teriyaki—are the main draw, and a damn photogenic one to boot.
Chef Peter Ungár's meticulously handcrafted dishes—current offerings include roasted pork belly lettuce wraps and braised Wagyu beef short ribs—are among the most photogenic in town. Send a friend a pic of your duck corn dogs (duck sausage wrapped in house-made cornbread, served with fermented mustard and curry ketchup) and they're likely to ask why they didn't get an invite to a fun, fine dining-caliber feast.
Sink your teeth into Mamaleh's salty, savory pastrami reuben—the hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat is expertly cured, smoked, and roasted in-house—and remember to wipe your chin before snapping a post-sandwich selfie.
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 satisfies locals and visitors alike with lobster rolls—served warm with butter sauce or cold with house mayo—and cups of rich, pork belly-kissed clam chowder. Want to really show off and earn some foodie cred? Try the octopus empanadas or uni arancini, then post proof of your fresh catch.
anoush’ella—named after an Armenian expression of love, meaning “may it be sweet”—churns out wildly colorful Eastern Mediterranean dishes made from fresh, authentic ingredients. Post a pic of a crave-worthy mezze spread—walnut harissa, labne, grilled halloumi, baked chickpea fritters—and watch the raves start flooding into your comments.
The award-winning team behind Union Square Donuts, led by co-founder Josh Danoff, has been serving up mouth-watering treats throughout 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. Create your own colorful, edible collage and try several of the inventive flavors; may we suggest Vietnamese coffee, brown butter hazelnut crunch or maple bacon?
Michael Schlow’s first-ever pizzeria specializes in Roman-style pies. Go for a classic option (imported San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil) or splurge and treat yourself to the sinful combo of wild mushroom, truffle and grated Parm. Either way, post a pic of your perfect pie and your friends might just wonder if you snuck off to Italy and forgot to tell them.
George Howell has revolutionized the specialty coffee industry since the 1970s with his artisan small-batch roasted coffee. This award-winning, Boston-based coffee expert—founder of The Coffee Connection, inventor of the Frappuccino—celebrates the craftsmanship of his farm partners in his quest for the ultimate cup. Even if you're not a coffee fan, you'll delight the java lovers in your life with pics of the GHC team's drinkable works of art.
Some of the most eye-popping comestibles in all of Time Out Market can be found at this temple of healthy living. Let your followers know that yes, you're capable of taking a break from burgers and donuts by posting a pic of a colorful salad, avocado toast or acai bowl.
Lovers of Italian food will be jealous when they see your snaps of “Mimi’s famous meatballs,” with whipped ricotta and spicy tomato basil sauce. And serious local foodies who were fans of Michael Schlow’s dearly-departed Via Matta will take delight in seeing pics of the chef's creations such as rigatoni with spicy fennel sausage ragu and spaghetti with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil.
Let your audience think you're living the high life by sending visual proof of an epicurean feast. Grab a bottle of a food-friendly wine from the Time Out Market Bar, a couple of tasty, inventive sandos (or a cheese and charcuterie plate) from BISq, and head out to the sunny outdoor patio.
Vincent Turco uses traditional Italian recipes to create small-batch, handmade gelato made from local, organic and additive-free ingredients. Let your people see you enjoying a cup of sinful tiramisu or creamy Sicilian pistachio and wait for the likes to flood in. For an extra-colorful (and less calorific) option, you can always opt for the refreshing, water-based fruit sorbets instead.
Anytime you get to be among the first to feast at a new concept from a James Beard Award winner (and culinary trailblazer) like Jody Adams, you have to post proof. Just remember to take some pics before you start gobbling-up Greek Street's grilled lamb chops, eggplant fries and griddled spanakopita.