Lite fare found at casual eateries, stands, and trucks around the city may at first glance lean toward a distinctly New England-style, featuring fried shrimp, haddock, freshly-shucked clam baskets or rolls, oyster po’ boys, and hearty chowders just the way the locals like it. But visitors can easily delve into tastes beyond the immediate border as well – global influences can be found at noodle bars, sushi bars, Mexican cantinas and Latin and Mediterranean-inspired eateries.
While lobster rolls are a must while visiting the city, there are many delicious options for hands-only food. Grab a hot dog at renowned stands (try one wrapped in bacon), or stroll into a raw bar near the harbor for local oysters on the half-shell with a dash of mignonette. Seek out some of the best focaccia, wraps, bahn mi, and fried bologna sandwiches, if you like, at the multitude of independent sandwich shops around the city and hidden in plain sight on the outskirts of town. Or, opt for fare that’s light in aspiration only, such as French fries fried in duck fat (a local passion), or crave-worthy BBQ served at a picnic table from one of the area’s popular BBQ joints.