We all know that working out will keep us healthy and fit. But sometimes that’s not enough motivation to get us up and moving. When procrastination strikes, it’s nice to have a little push to go that extra mile.
And while we love eating healthy, there’s room in every diet for a bit of fun now and then. In the last couple of years Boston has become a major food haven, with tons of unique local spots opening all the time. Several of them cater to the more decadent end of the food spectrum, which is perfect when you’re looking for a post-workout reward. So the next time you go extra hard, be sure to treat yo self!
It’s easy to go big at one of the area’s three Boston Burger Co. locations where you can feast on creative, indulgent burgers. Try the Mac Attack (mac ‘n’ cheese and bacon), the Artery Clogger (beer-battered deep-fried burger with bacon, BBQ sauce and cheese), or the Kitchen Sink (fried egg, ham, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, onions, cheese and BBQ sauce). Better walk home after that!
Don’t even try to resist the pastry case at Flour’s four Boston-area locations. This sweet shop is known for its homemade Oreos, delectable sticky buns, and mile-high pies and cakes. Grab a box with a bit of each to share … or not.
Most of the entries on this list are focused on what you might want to eat after a big workout, while this pick is all about what you’re going to drink. This Cambridge bar has an unrivaled selection of craft beer on tap that is sure to quench your thirst.
This North End staple is the ideal spot to satisfy your sweet-tooth. Don’t miss the famous cannolis, which come in a variety of flavors like pistachio, chocolate chip, and strawberry. The biscotti, gelato, and Italian cookies are all fabulous too.
Before or after you hit Mike’s for a sweet treat, snag a slice of authentic North End pizza at one of three beloved spots. Regina Pizzeria has been serving its signature dish since 1926 and boasts Boston’s oldest brick oven. Ernesto’s is the place to go for giant slices with a variety of toppings. And Galleria Umberto is the place for Sicilian-style pies (cash-only until they sell out).
One of the first food trucks in Boston, Roxy’s now has two brick-and-mortar locations and two more coming soon. Head to Roxy’s Allston restaurant to indulge in one of its signature sandwiches packed with melty cheese or grass-fed burgers. Top your meal off with Roxy’s Poutine with Vermont cheese curds and house-made short rib gravy.
With five locations in the Boston area, there’s almost always a Tatte nearby. That’s a very good thing because the pastry case at this beautiful bakery is the perfect place to treat yourself to a chocolate croissant, fruit tart, or giant brownie. Pair your treat with the muesli or an egg dish for a balanced meal.
This Cambridge ice cream shop has been voted the best in Boston many times since it opened in 1986. With flavors like Toasted Coconut, Salty Caramel, and Gingersnap Molasses, it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking to go decadent, but not totally off the rails, try Toscanini’s Mini Sundae for a small but satisfying treat.
This sweet little donuts shop in Somerville’s ultra-trendy Union Square is well worth the trek across the river. Try classic yeasted treats like the Maple Bacon or Sea Salted Bourbon Caramel, or go for the vegan Cinnamon Sugar. Better yet, gather your friends for a run to the shop, then grab a dozen to share so you can sample them all.
A lot of vegetarian and vegan food is very healthy, but a lot of it isn’t. Veggie Galaxy straddles that line with its classic diner-inspired dishes, beverages, and desserts. For a more indulgent veggie experience, try the Homefry Poutine, a slice of the towering pies and cakes, or a vegan frappe.
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