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new england clam chowder soup crackersBoston's food scene goes beyond "chowda" and all things seafood (though if that's what you're looking for, you'll find plenty of delicious choices). The North End is home to some of the city's best Italian restaurants (don't miss the mouth-watering cannolis), while you'll find other ethnic fare in neighborhoods around Boston. Save money by enjoying your big meal at lunch rather than dinner.

Finding the Best Restaurants on the Road

There are tons of food choices at Faneuil Hall. The food court offers a little bit of everything, including sushi, stuffed grape leaves and pizza. There's not a lot of seating, though. For a sit-down meal, Durgin Park Restaurant and Oyster Bar has been a popular spot since 1827, and is noted for big portions and the aforementioned surly waitresses.

Just a block from Faneuil Hall is the historic Union Oyster House, where you can request to sit in the booth where JFK dined (good for bragging rights with the folks back home). It's the oldest restaurant in Boston, dating back to 1826.

For the best (albeit pricey) sushi in town, head to Oishii, located in the South End. Come midday and order the lunch special to sample the goods without the sky-high price tag.

Join the Harvard gang for a burger and great onion rings at Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers in Cambridge. The cheeky menu includes such options as the Elizabeth Warren: "liberally anointed with Swiss cheese & grilled peppers with potato salad." Health-conscious travelers can substitute a turkey or veggie burger for any of the beef burgers on the menu.

Legal Sea Foods serves the freshest seafood around, including lobsters, fresh fish and "chowda." There are various locations around the city, including the Prudential Center and even Logan Airport (Terminals B and C).

Formerly known as the Bull and Finch Pub, Cheers Beacon Hill has embraced its identity as the inspiration for the TV show "Cheers." In addition to offering plenty of kitschy souvenirs, the place serves a decent burger.

The North End is still an ethnic Italian neighborhood despite higher rents and an influx of yuppies. Grab a cannoli (the best in town) at Modern Pastry on Hanover Street.

For those seeking an indulgent French meal in a romantic setting, try Deuxave in the Back Bay neighborhood. Starters might include such options as "nine-hour French onion soup" and duck liver pate, followed by main dishes of pistachio-crusted lamb and spiced duck breast with lentils.

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