By Noëmie Carrant, Staff Writer

Dear Freshmen,

Welcome to Boston. As a seasoned eater at Boston University, let me tell you right now that you will get sick of the fast food places that grace our campus. When you do, I highly suggest leaving Commonwealth Avenue, taking the T and trying to find other places to go to. Fortunately for you, we at the FreeP, make traveling a lot easier by presenting you with a guide of restaurants, markets and cafés to try out.

1. Yamato 

GSU sushi is nice, but $10 for a couple of maki and sushi can definitely add up. As an alternative, enter a sushi heaven, where for $16, you can eat ALL THE SUSHI IN THE WORLD…at lunch time. Never fear though, there is a dinner special. All-you-can-eat for dinner will cost you from $22 to $24 depending on what day you go.


117 Chiswick Road

Brighton, MA 02135

2. Super 88 Market 

Super 88 is not just an Asian grocery but hosts a lot of authentic Asian cuisine (ie. Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean.) Imagine all the fresh, exotic fruit and frozen and packaged goods – the Korean instant ramen Shin Ramyun is spicy, delicious and is always a classic choice. More than that, the food is both filling and cost-efficient.


1 Brighton Avenue

Allston, MA 02134

3. Trident Booksellers and Café

The Trident is a wonderful, cozy combination of a bookstore and a café and is a 10 minute walk from Kenmore Square. This bookstore/restaurant is on Newbury Street, one of the most iconic shopping districts in Boston. Trident has some delicious sandwiches (try the Turvacado), an excellent breakfast selection and the Chocolatino, which saves lives in the winter. Really.


338 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02115

4. L.A. Burdick Chocolate

Though there’s tea, coffee and cakes, L.A. Burdick is most renowned for its variety of hot chocolate. L.A. Burdick has three flavors: dark, white and milk hot chocolate. Each sip of all the rich and dense liquids is a delight and almost guarantees a higher standard in hot chocolate.

Address: 220 Clarendon Street

Boston, MA 02215


52 Brattle Street – Harvard Square

Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Gourmet Dumpling Café

Boston’s Chinatown is very decent and Gourmet Dumpling Café is one of its landmarks. It’s a busy little place but it’s worth the wait. There are plenty of classic dumplings, dim sum and other Chinese options to choose from.


52 Beach Street

Boston, MA 02111

6. Flour Bakery + Café

Flour has four locations all around Boston, because it’s that wonderful. Everything, from the sandwiches (the roasted lamb sandwich is exquisite) to the pastries and cakes (two words: banana bread) is good. Also, they make their own version of pop tarts with puff pastry and raspberry jam that changes lives.There is greatness in every single breadcrumb and chocolate chip. The people bake with love, and as you bite into whatever you order, you can taste it.


Back Bay

131 Clarendon Street (entrance on Stanhope Street)

Boston, MA 02116


South End

1595 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02118


Fort Point Channel

12 Farnsworth Street

Boston, MA 02210


Central Square

190 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge MA 02139

7.  J. Pace & Son

This Italian deli is the must-visit of the North End. There’s a vast selection of imported goods and an excellent catering service, where you can grab a sandwich, a salad, some pasta, etc. Try the hearty Big Dip sandwich and be Italia.


42 Cross Street

Boston, MA 02113

8. Mike’s Pastry OR Modern Pastry

You’ll often hear people clashing in heavy debate about which is better, is it Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry? Which establishment has the best cannoli? Which establishment has the most variety? Personally, Mike’s Pastry wins my heart, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.


Mike’s Pastry

300 Hanover Street

Boston, MA 02113


Modern Pastry

257 Hanover Street

Boston, MA 02113

9. James Hook & Co. Lobster

Visit this place and get one thing: the lobster roll. It’s $14, but it will be the best lobster roll of your life. Fresh and juicy lobster meat, covered in a celery and mayo dressing, tucked in a doughy bun. Simplistic and classic all in one roll.


15-17 Northern Avenue

Boston, MA 02110

10. Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers

Right next to Harvard Square is a nice little burger joint. The interior is fitted with a retro vibe with dimmed lighting to match. The burgers are gigantic and all have whacky names. Try the fries with the homemade pepper jam.


1246 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

Though if you’re really set on staying within the boundaries of campus and/or have a tight budget, here are a few tips to spare: West Campus has the best pizza, Warren has The Sandwich Guy and The Omelet Lady and Bay State has the best of everything else.