- Parish Cafe $$
Parish Cafe is a gourmet sandwich restaurant in Back Bay where each sandwich is created by a local famous chef such as Barbara Lynch, who you have maybe seen on the Food Network. My favorite sandwich is the Zuni Roll which is smoked turkey breast, crisp bacon, chopped scallions, dill Havarti cheese, and cranberry chipotle sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla and served warm with a side of cranberry chipotle sauce and sour cream with scallions. They also have outdoor seating which is a bonus!
- Bon Me Food Truck $
Bon Me is a Vietnamese Food Truck that serves amazing rice bowls with either Brown or White Rice and your choice of filling (I recommend the spice rubbed chicken or the pulled pork) with pickled carrot and daikon, mesclun, cilantro, shallots, scallions, soy drizzle. It is one of the best lunches I have had in Boston. To figure out where the food trucks are parked around Boston download the Boston Street Food App on your phone.
- Sweet Greens $
Sweet Greens is my favorite healthy lunch spot. It is located on Boylston Street in Back Bay and serves all salads. You can pick from one of their signature salads like the rad thai, earth bowl, or spicy sabzi, which are my favorite, or you can make your own. The ingredients are always fresh and the combinations of their signature salads are very unique. They always have lines out the door but they usually go fast, you can also download the app and order ahead online. I recommend taking your salad to go and walking to the Boston Common/Public Garden to sit for lunch.
- Piperi Mediteranean Grill $
Piperi is my second favorite salad restaurant. It is a Greek restaurant where you can build your own Greek salad, plate, or wrap. The ingredients are very fresh and their falafel is amazing. I recommend a salad with chicken and falafel with all of the toppings (marinated shredded carrots, white beans, hummus, olives, feta….). This is not a sit down restaurant, I would recommend grabbing a salad and walking to the Boston Public Garden to sit for lunch.
- Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese $
Roxy’s is another food truck but this one, as you can tell by their name serves all different kinds of grilled cheese. The Mighty Rib Melt is my favorite but all of them are delicious and foodies love this place. They also have one of the best rated burgers in Boston but I have yet to try it. You can use the Boston Street Food App to track this food truck.
- Flour $$
Flour is a bakery that is located on Clarendon St in Back Bay. They have many delicious sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Their menus change frequently but my favorite salad right now is the arugula and barley salad which has kimchi on it! (that salad will likely be gone by the time you visit Boston but everything is very creative and delicious).
- The Courtyard Restaurant in Boston Public Library $$
The Courtyard Restaurant in Boston Public Library overlooks the beautiful Italianate courtyard and serves New American cuisine. Make sure to watch the clock because they are only open a few hours each weekday but they do take reservations.
Lunch: Monday- Friday, 11:30 am -2:30 pm
Tea with finger sandwiches and small desserts: Wednesday- Friday, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm and Saturday’s 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
- Sam LaGrassa’s $
Sam Lagrassa’s is a sandwich restaurant in downtown Boston that is famous for their corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. Most people recommend getting the combo sandwich of corned beef mixed with pastrami. They were featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and this is a popular foodie destination. They are only open M-F 11am-3:30pm.
I know I have mentioned this place a lot but it is that good! I love their grilled halloumi salad or their quiche. I also always recommend a coffee or latte!